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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  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?