Biting My Blue-Pinstriped Tongue

I encountered a number of Cardinals fans heading for Chicago Union Station during this evening's rush hour. I thought about making a smart remark or two in their direction, but I held back.

It's the middle of April, there are two games left in this series, and they're still in first place.

Besides, those Saint Louis-bound fans were going to be dealing with Amtrak for the next five and a half hours.

A person should only be subjected to so much grief in a single day.

Freaky Stat of the Day: The four Cardinal pitchers—Walters, Miller, Boggs, and Perez— combined to fan 13 Cubs this afternoon. That's the highest number of strikeouts by Cub hitters in a nine-inning game in which they beat St. Louis going back to 1954, when Baseball-Reference's Play Index data begins.

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i was interested in one thing really from this win. Zambranos pitch count. Ya he gave up 7 runs and 3 walks, but he still managed 7 innings on 109 pitches. For some reason i am really pleased with that.

Absolutely agree. Piniella said before the game he needed his starters to go deeper into games so he wasn't always having to go so deep into his bullpen, and Zambrano did that for him.

Yo Phil!

Looks like it may be time for RHSP CASEY COLEMAN to break into your top 15 Cubs Prospects list. Last year all he did was go from FGCU starting shortstop to their SP rotation to our 15th round draft choice to Boise to Peoria to Daytona.

Now he's pitching for Tennessee and Smokin' the opposition.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Smokies starter Casey Coleman is quickly making a case to be the ace of the Smokies pitching staff. Following up on his solid Double-A debut last Saturday in Jacksonville, Coleman shut down the Birmingham Barons Friday night and led the Smokies to a 9-0 win in front of 4,003 at Smokies Park.

For the second night in row, Tennessee’s pitching staff led the way. Coleman (2-0 0.75 ERA 0.83 WHIP) set the pace Friday night, allowing only three hits in seven innings.

And he's only 21

http://www.volunteertv.com/sports/headlines/432134...

Go Casey Coleman!

I want to open a can of worms. For those of us who follow all Chicago Sports (except WSock of course), the last three games of the Blackhawks regular season were so much fun to watch. Why? Because they were in an intense battle for home ice advantage, and the first playoff game that home ice 6th man was a key in the OT win.

The Cubs already know they will not have home field advantage in the World Series. Some obscure Mets short stop in the all star game who doesn't give a darn will commit two errors in the 9th inning of the All Star Game and the American League will win again.

And the Cubs will start the 7 game series in Arlington, Texas, or some other "historic" park like Royal's stadium (just examples, not saying anything), whether the Cubs win 97 or 100 games.

Can someone (like us) start lobbying to change that stupid ASG ratings gimmick rule? Best Record in the majors would make for some kinda fierce games, building momentum to the very end for the best prize of October: Home field advantage all the way through the playoffs. Reward the team who has to weigh the benefits of September call-ups vs every game means something! Plus I would guess MILLIONS of dollars is at stake for the players who earned it.

OK, I know it won't happen this year. But if we keep reminding Selig "NO WBC" and "September games mean something too" we can makes some historic changes to the game we love most.

Emails to MLB? Facebook campaign? Whatever grassroots we can muster, please...

Um, the Hawks were fighting in the last three games for home ice advantage alright...for the first round of the playoffs. They finished the season 8 points behind Detroit in their division (112-104), let alone 13 points behind the Sharks for the most points in the conference. The Sharks will host every series they play in the playoffs. Even if the Hawks do make the Stanley Cup Finals, they would still not have home advantage if they were to meet up with Boston (116), Washington (108), and New Jersey (106).

The Hawks will probably only have home ice for the 1 series w/ Calgary.

I'm assuming you are talking about the all-star game from last year. If you are, it was a Marlins (not a Mets) middle infielder (a 2b nonetheless, not the SS you claimed) named Dan Uggla who had the two errors that cost the NL the game (and subsequently home field advantage).

Facts are...well your facts are wrong. The Cubs had home field advantage against the Marlins in 03, and that didn't end well. They had home field against LA last year, and got swept. Home field doesn't matter much if you fail to show up (or take out your ace after 120+ pitches and a 3-0 lead going into the 8th), you will lose.

The Cubs need to worry about getting to the playoffs, and keeping the players in their rhythm. The results of the all-star game didn't matter for anyone since there hasn't been a game 7 in the world series since 2002 (and before that, only 7 others prior to 1980).

The Cubs need to get to the World Series before I take gripes about the all-star game seriously.

I think he was projecting a new set of blunders based upon last year's craptasticly uggly experience.

I don't think Jose Reyes is obscure, nevertheless.

WTF man. I'm pretty sure he was coming up with a hypothetical situation to illustrate how ridiculous the ASG deciding home field advantage is.

What's with everyone being assholes lately? Is it because Rob's away?

I've started the season cold after the horribleness that was my first two ballgames of the year in Milwaukee vs the Cubs. Maybe I was out of line, but year after year I am becoming increasingly more angry at the homer Cubs fans and their crazy What-Ifs, curse talk, etc. Maybe it's too much Boers and Bernstein, I don't know.

As far as the all-star game goes, it adds some fuel to a fire that was dormant for the better part of a decade. If the all-star managers, and the manager of the US WBC club would actually manage the same way they would manage their world series teams, I believe that the all-star game, and the US interest in the WBC would be huge.

I forgive you, I was being hypothetical. There was, however, a lot of talk about HFA for the Cubs last fall. If it's so important, and fans are 10th man, I want it for every game I can get it. Witness the lethargic Astros playing a "home game" in Miller park.

I cannot watch the ASG because I know a major economic and tangible playoff decision is being made by players and managers who for the most part don't give a crap.

And the Blackhawks now have a 2 game advantage and 2 games of experience that having the home fans started the puck rolling, so to speak. How much more might they want to push Detroit out of the top spot next season? But along comes Gary Bettman and says, " The east won the ASG therefore the Stanley Cup finals will start in Boston (or some other) no matter what. Yuck.

If Baseball ASG was WINNER TAKE ALL....$$$$$ Now then I'd watch.

trivia quiz: which # is higher - Lou Piniella's career wins as a manager or hits as a player?

I'm going hits as a player

according to my spanking new Cubs 2009 Media Guide, as the year began Lou's 1,705 hits were against his 1,701 wins as a manager; starting today's play then, the wins had nosed in front 1,707 - 1,705...this little beauty is chock full of such nuggets...

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  • "Like the Chapman deal for Cubs from on-field POV, wish I didn't now have to feel lousy following an otherwise likable Cubs team." @jonahkeri

    pretty much sums up my feelings

    Rob G. 5 hours 22 min ago view
  • You mean Yankees?

    QuietMan 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • Cards lose!

    billybucks 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • You do have a point. The TheoJed certainly would need to address this in a transparent way. Milton Bradley was no help to the team.

    The E-Man 5 hours 45 min ago view
  • FWIW, the Cubs would get a compensation draft pick between the 1st & 2nd rounds (around #35) if they extend a Qualifying Offer to Chapman post-2016 (probably about $17M), Chapman declines, and then he signs with another MLB club before next year's draft. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 52 min ago view
  • This all assumes Chapman doesn't want to be a free agent and possibly sign a $20MM+/year deal. We all know free agents get overpaid, sometimes dramatically (Hello, JayHey!). Not sure why Chapman would agree to the extension. If i'm is agent, I would tell him I could get I'm a $100M deal as a FA.

    billybucks 5 hours 59 min ago view
  • I'll root for the uniform and imagine it's left-handed Rod Beck or Randy Myers out there I suppose.

    Rob G. 6 hours 23 min ago view
  • Amen to this. I guess it's gonna happen and I'm gonna have to suck it up but I really despise domestic abusers with every bone in my body and cannot stand them on any team I root for.

    johann 6 hours 31 min ago view
  • I just prefer they don't  acquire players that choke their wives/girlfriends.

    Rob G. 6 hours 35 min ago view
  • So you'd rather go with Blown Save guy, when you can trade a prospect who is blocked for one piece that could get you over the top to the Big Dance? That is pretty old thinking. This is not a move that they cannot recover from if it goes south. But the upside is potentially historic.

    The E-Man 6 hours 44 min ago view
  • I'd prefer it not happen too.

    Rob G. 7 hours 11 min ago view
  • it's a hell of a blockbuster, but it's for a guy who pitches 1/3rd of a season at an extreme premium considering the guy being traded and if the early extension $$$ rumors are true.

    it's one of those things that is bringing a guy at the top his game, but something is nagging me that this trade piece could have been put to better use.

    a huge part of me is all "hell yeah, top of the line producer"...another part of me is "hmm, that for that?"

    crunch 7 hours 14 min ago view
  • Still don't want. Kinda hope they can't work out the extension.

    Charlie 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • obviously not, and I'm sure they did their homework...just hope they have some better answers than the Yankees

    Rob G. 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Chapman 12+ Career WAR. Currently 4.7:1 k-BB. With Rondon/Chapman/Strop/Nathan/Montgomery/Wood...Its the best pen I can recall other than Sutter or Lee Smith handling things themselves.

    Its gonna suck if he gets injured, and it appears he's not the greatest of characters.

    But, he'll have another Cuban to hang out with on the team.

    The E-Man 7 hours 48 min ago view
  • I agree with the names you mention but there are lots of names being tossed around still and there's that small matter of Chapman agreeing to the extension.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 54 min ago view