Needs to Look Up the Definition of Preview

So is doing a minute and a half "previews" for each team leading up to the draft on Tuesday. You can find the Cubs version by following this link ( has something against embedding video files). If you don't want to waste that minute and a half of your life, let me summarize the "preview" portion of the video.

"This year's first pick falls at number 31 overall and with a deep pitching crop, the Cubs will likely take advantage."

The other 1:22 of the video is reviewing the ineptitude of the past Cubs drafts.

Soriano, Theriot, Fukudome, Lee, Fontenot, R. Johnson, K. Hill, A. Blanco and Wells go against Hairston Jr., Willie Mays (aka Chris Dickerson), Phillips, Nix, Hernandez, Gomez, Gonzalez, Hanigan and Arroyo in today's series finale.




versus the Brewers today...go rookie.

Harden scratched from today's AAA start for "undisclosed reasons" ala Rotoworld.

Sean Marshall smiles...

must have updated their story...says now stomach virus and he'll pitch tomorrow

That's pretty much the best news it could've been. Sweet.

Kosuke's OPS dropping like a rock again

April 1.052
May .830
June .472

Mr. April!

June .472

After 4 games? Good intelligent commentary on that one.

5 games. Clearly that's all the Cubs have played so far in June.

After yesterday, Fukudome has played in only 5 games in June, and started just 4. He only has 21 plate appearances.

And you want to pretend that is some kind of meaningful sample size?

He's hitting .000 for the rest of the season! We should just DFA him!

cubs trying to blow another one for wells.

thank you carlos marmol,cant guzman pitch every day

marmol can pitch everyday evidently.

Possible slogans for the 2009 Cubs:

"Chicago Cubs 2009: What's the point?"
"Bad AND boring"
"Come watch us punk Randy Wells again!"
"Hey, we won 97 games last year!"

With all of the grousing we give Hendry and Co. for giving up on players too soon, have to give them props for sticking with Gooz through all of his past trials. Can't remember another recent minor - league player from this organization that's sticked around as long as he has, yet still made the big league club.

Hope Guzman still has something left in the tank to close this one out ... today is his 5th appearance in the last 6 days.

He had plenty left

RICH HILL lost it again today

First inning of his start:

pop out 5
stolen base
BB (0-1)
HBP (0-2)
ground out 5-3 (0-3)
removed from game

NAVIGATOR, who bizarrely cannot even properly spell his own Internet chat board handle, continued to blather on with facts irrelevant to the 2009 Cubs.

? Since when is news about Cubs former prospects irrelevant at TCR? That broom up your butt must really be bothering you.

Yeah, I was going to post the same thing but you beat me to it. I think a lot of us are interested in how Hill is doing, just because of his strange tenure with the Cubs, and the fact that his performance impacts our PTBNL that we will get in about a month. Furthermore, it is interesting to see how players do away from the Cubs as it helps us reflect on our coaching and player development. If everyone blossoms elsewhere, we should be worried, but so far we haven't seen that. In fact, it's mainly the opposite, Hendry seems to jettison prospects that are in fact overrated and don't turn into stars. I find all of this interesting.

I might add that those of us who took a flyer on Hill for our fantasy teams are thoroughly, completely perplexed. Mr. Hill, meet Mr. Bench...I guess?

David Patton 2-1
Randy Wells 0-2

hell of a good time for an off-day tomorrow...

i just hope marmol can throw 20-30 pitches on the off-day tomorrow to stay in playing shape.

What was that weird thing Lou was doing with his tongue at the end of today's game while Gooz was working on his career high number of saves? It kept going in and out of his mouth like a lizard. Does he do that all the time? Is that gonna happen to me as I get older?

"Is that gonna happen to me as I get older?"

It might. You never know.

Lou also goes into Bloomingdale's and tries on shirts by stripping off what he's wearing right there on the sales floor.

Lou has just gotten old enough where he doesn't care what people think.

Back in 2004, I saw Dustin Hoffman do that very thing in the men's department of Barney's in Beverly Hills.

Is there a place where people can browse your published writings?

personally i thing marmol needs a mental break can he have
a seat next to soto.

I think he needs a mental break followed by a 2 week stint in Daytona.

call up harden send down marmol?

Len said something about Larry trying to get him to raise his arm angle or something and Marmol just won't do it.

still, tough to get too down on a guy leading the league in holds and the 2nd best ERA among relievers on the team, 5th best BAA against among NL relievers. Way too walk happy of course, and it doesn't look like it's going to fix itself anytime soon.

So much for Lou hating relievers that walks guys...seems to be sticking with him.

and now I look forward to the dozen responses to tell me I'm an idiot...

I really can't wrap my mind around why he won't respond to Larry about his arm slot. I don't know how Carlos can't tell it's clearly MUCH lower than last year. Just watch video.

You cannot control a slider with as much break as he has from that arm angle. It's just not physically possible. Your release has to be absolutely perfect every single time. If you're a little early, that's when that thing turns into a riser with very little break. Ends up at the guy's eyeballs. If you're a little late, that's when it breaks a mile and everything is away, away, away to righties. That pitch with that arm angle makes it nearly impossible to throw strikes. Kinda like 8.3 BB/9 impossible.

In a not really related story, I guess, we went through this exact thing with Z to start 2006. Arm angle was way down, Larry told him it was way down, and he didn't do a damn thing about it.

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  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception?

    Here is Lackey/Lester from last night. It seems their box is a bit different than the K-Zone TBS was using.

    Here is Lester's data:

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.