Sometimes It Feels As If We're Dropping Like Flies

Saturday, 10 AM UPDATE: Bruce Levine's ESPN AM-1000, Talkin' Baseball radio show from this saturday morning has updates
on Soriano's injury saying it's just a jammed finger and not a
dislocation. Also, Lilly's knee symptoms are related to a meniscus problem
and Dempster may just miss one more start.

Also he interviewed Oneri Fleita (Cubs VP of Player Personnel)
who comments on all things in the Cubs minor league system as well as
the recent rule 4 amateur draft, saying 2nd round pick LSU infielder DJ LeMahieu is close to signing.

A dark cloud seems to loom even with a two game winning streak after tonight's 3-1 win vs the Gnats.  So I ask, is dropping like flies worse than dropping flys?

This is not following Lou Piniella's script for the 2nd half of the season:

1) Get Healthy and Stay Healthy

2) Score runs

The "Road to Wrigley" game with the Iowa Cubs vs the Vegas 51's isn't coming until August 9th but it looks like the Iowa Cubs will be staying with their parent club just a bit longer, as two more Cub starters are possibly out for days and maybe more.




In the friday night 6-2 win against the Nationals, Alfonso Soriano dislocated his right little "pinky" finger (his throwing hand) in a base running mishap during the 4th inning. He singled to center on a play where DLee was on second but Lee rounded third and held there based on a strong but high throw to the plate by Nyjer Morgan. The catcher, Josh Bard caught the throw well in front of the plate then caught Soriano half way between first and second in an 8-2-6-4 putout. On the replay you can see that Soriano jammed his hand sliding into the base and he pulled on the finger right away apparently reducing the dislocated knuckle. The Comcast telecast also showed Soriano getting treatment from trainer Mark O'Neal as soon as he got back to the dugout but he stayed in the game and even batted again (he grounded out to 3B in the 6th and walked in the 9th). This type of injury doesn't swell until a few hours later but once the swelling develops the finger stiffens up making it hard to grip things (like a baseball or a bat).

From beat writer Paul Sullivan in the Tribune:

He (Soriano) popped it back in and continued to play, but the finger swelled up
overnight. Soriano was scratched from the starting lineup Friday night
and is expected to miss at least a couple more games.  "I don't have power in my hand because I can't grab the bat," he said.

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Sun-Times:

Soriano said he’ll play with pain in the finger as long as the swelling
goes down enough for him to grip a bat again. He anticipated missing
only one game, though manager Lou Piniella said he thought it might
take ‘‘a few days.’’

Since it's his throwing hand there is a chance he will miss more than the initial mention of a game or two but it's all about swelling and stiffness as these simple PIP (proximal interphalangeal) joint dislocations are usually stable once reduced and it looks like Soriano provided the best treatment by reducing the injury immediately.  Things that complicate a dislocation include adjacent fractures of the phalanges, flexor or extensor tendon damage, collateral ligament injuries or a tear of the volar plate (part of the joint capsule). I'll assume none of the bad stuff happened here. I'm not expecting a DL stint but even that is possible if he can't comfortably swing a bat in a few days.  Lou Piniella was quoted, "I think it'll probably be a few days. I don't think it'll go down in one day."
Color this as a few days off but the medical staff will know more in a day or two.

On top of some recent positive updates regarding Ryan Dempster (great toe fracture) and Geo Soto (left oblique strain) feeling much better and looking more like they will miss the minimum 2 weeks we get news that Ted Lilly has a sore knee which has bothered him much of the season. It didn't have any adverse effect in his last start, a 5-2 win against the Cardinals. Lilly pitched a strong game getting the "W" while going 8 innings giving up a measly 4 hits and one run. He was slated to pitch this Saturday in Washington but they've pushed back his start so that Randy Wells will go Saturday and Kevin Hart will get recalled for the Sunday game. Manager Lou Piniella in a pregame chat with the media just said he had some swelling in the knee. The media is running the gamut from just a few extra days to a mention of a DL decision looming. As of now, there really isn't a diagnosis for his knee problem so they will just wait and see how it feels by monday before a decision is needed.

Carrie Muskat at

"When he came back here [Thursday], his knee was bothering him, and the
last couple starts he's had, it's bothered him somewhat," Piniella
said. "We'll see."

Paul Sullivan/Tribune:

Lilly is scheduled tentatively to pitch Monday night in Philadelphia,
but in essence the Cubs are only buying some time before deciding
whether or not to put the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list.

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Sun-Times:

Lilly, the Cubs’ lone All-Star, has pitched through knee discomfort for
much of the season. He returned from the break with the knee flaring up.

There has been no mention of an MRI but if this lingers, I'm sure that's on the agenda. Hopefully it's just a pushback of his start although getting an assignment in Philly isn't something that even the Ted Lilly Supercomputer wants to tabulate.


mike remlinger watched the replay of the soriano injury from his barkalounger and says it made his pinky finger ache again

That whole photo gallery is pretty neat. I liked the Dempster photo... the funny part is you can see a little kid pointing and laughing at him.

kinda sad that soriano is injured and no one really cares because the bench can pull the weight. it's decent OF options, but soriano should pace and destroy those other options.

Kinda sad that Hendry picked up that albatross and the fans turned on him, as expected. Who on earth did not expect this dying quail?

I miss Bo Jackson.

Me too.

War Eagle!

mike wuertz is still pretty good at baseball.

evidently he's a prime trade target from many teams. he put on a hell of a show tonight.

where are they know?

Jeff Samardzja , obviously lou has 4 pitchers ahead of him

could he be sent down?
I just wish they would make up there mind starter,reliever
give him a role keep him there,or trade him to the bears.

where are they know?

Jeff Samardzja , obviously lou has 4 pitchers ahead of him

could he be sent down?
I just wish they would make up there mind starter,reliever
give him a role keep him there,or trade him to the bears.

him and jeff stevens are having a hell of a game of monopoly in the clubhouse.

It's important to have them there... Just in case. Hopefully the Just in Case will be in case the Cubs have to protect late leads 5 nights in a row.

Trade him to the Bears - that's the best idea I've heard for him yet. They desperately need a WR. Too bad they don't still have Grossman - I bet he could pitch a little. You know, in a Mitch Williams "wild thing" sort of way.

Guess that big hitting streak isn't coming any time soon for Soriano. Blech. We need him healthy and we need him to hit.

Bruce Levine said this am on his radio show that his sources said Soriano didn't have a PIP dislocation, just a jammed finger. Not sure but I did watch the comcast broadcast closely (I had recorded the game since I wasn't able to watch that evening) and you can definitely see Sori pull on his own finger. Honestly, it doesn't matter much since as I've said it's all about the swelling and stiffness and how long that lasts. BL said a dislocation would equal a DL stint but I doubt that's true if a dislocation is reduced immediately especially the little finger.

Apparently Hendry is in Daytona so the Soriano info will come from asst GM Randy Bush who is with the team in DC. BL said he expects to have an update on Soriano around 11 AM (CST).

Also he said Lilly might need his knee scoped but thinks he can hold out until after the season.

they also interviewed Oneri Fleita...who is also in Daytona:

Levine asked about Vitters and Starlin Castro. Fleita said both have done what they've asked and excelled. He also mentioned positively Chris Carpenter, Cashner, Casey Coleman and Jay Jackson.

Wellington Castillo... said that although he hasn't hit this year, he defense is off the charts. They preferred he get his defense in order before they worry about his hitting. Also a positive mention of Iowa catchers Robinson and Clevinger.

Asked about the 3 acquisitions in the DeRosa deal. Stevens, breaking ball is much improved. Gaub was just activated. Power lefty who can get leftys out. Archer is a high ceiling guy who needs to get his walks down but is a big strikeout guy.

BJ Ryan, Mark Riggins and Jeff Fassaro will meet with Ryan in Mesa to sort out any issues to help him in rehab.

Brett Jackson is hitting around .300 in Boise. Said they signed 23 of the 25 they targeted. They are very close to signing DJ LeMahieu. Said he saw him in the college WS and thought he might be their closest comp to G Beckham (the question asked was who, if any of this year's draft choices, have a chance to make the majors in a year like Beckham did).

Bruce Levine update... (10:15 AM, cst)

Soriano's injury wasn't a dislocation, just a jammed swollen finger. They expect him back in the lineup in a day or two.

Lilly's knee symptoms is being called a meniscus problem but they are still expecting him to be ready to pitch Monday. This implies he may have had an MRI but that's not been officially stated.

Dempster might just miss one more start.

Here's a link discussing what a torn meniscus means including some drawings describing what the anatomy can look like:

saw this baseball prospectus article from Kevin Goldstein in a minor league update:

Logan Watkins, 2B, Cubs (Short-season Boise)
Thursday's stats: 5-for-6, 2B, 3 R, RBI
The Cubs gave Watkins a $500,000 bonus last year based on the amount of athleticism he packed into his 5-foot-11 frame, but what they didn't expect was such a sound approach and smooth line drive swing. You want hot? How's 16-for-23 in his last five games and an overall batting line of .344/.415/.409?

first video in the corner, watch the ballgirl do nothing to get out of the way.

speaking of injuries, in that link Z says his back was stiff to start the game but no big deal...

and watch the cub fan NOT try to interfere

Z says his back was stiff
and I think I heard len/bob say something about Fontenot getting piggyback rides from Z before the game

I'm not sure that I'd rather him break bats over his knee, if those are my two choices of wacky Z antics

watch the ballgirl do nothing to get out of the way.
Hoffpauir interviews ballgirl (tribune):

"I went over the next inning and asked her, 'The next time, if you don't mind, take a look,'" Hoffpauir said. "She said, 'Look, I'm so sorry.' "

And what happened the next time a foul went down the line?

"She ran into the bleachers," he said with a laugh.

Recent DFA Julio Lugo is working out in the Mets DR site. NY Daily News reporting that he will sign with the Mets after he clears waivers. Apparently Jose Reyes hamstring is still a problem

Couple things about today's game.

The Nationals have two Zimmermans. I am sure this has been commented on ad nauseum in the DC sports pages, but it just clicked with me today. The pitcher Zimmerman, is probably a pretty good fantasy pickup, especially if your league doesn't count wins, he's been hurt by a high BABIP rate, but is K'ing almost a batter an inning (unlike last night's starter who K'd about 1/3rd of a batter per inning).

The hitter Zimmerman, also has a high BABIP at .323, but as his career average is .320, it's nothing to worry about if he's on your fantasy team. He hits line drives about 20% of the time, which is pretty good.

batting 2nd tonight...

Sori is in the lineup.

Today in WTF? news...

Astros tied for second in the NL central.

Astros tied for second in the NL central. long as it been since K-fuk has broken a bat?

he splintered one in his 1st AB and the batboy brought him out 2 bats...both 100% untouched and without tar...looked right out the box.

I have a question. When the umpires started, about 10 years ago, to take a vacation during the season, it begged the question, why don't the players? For example, aren't we all expecting Dempster to come back from this hiatus stronger (barring pain in the toe)? Why doesn't Hendry/Pinella just shut guys down for say, 2 weeks and give them mental, physical, etc., rest? It would seem to make sense...

I would be happy to trade my job where I get weekends off and a few weeks of vacation each year for one where I worked almost every day for 7 months and had 5 consecutive months off. It wouldn't suck if I made somewhere between 400K and 20 million a year doing it, either.

You should try being a sailor, soldier, or working on an oil derick.... I cannot spell that word.

...also the outside corner (left) seems to be wide today on the ump.

ya know what's awesome?

man on, 2 outs, runner going on contact...and soriano is busy hopping around in the outfield on an easy popup and has to correct himself and hop sideways to field the ball.


It's official, DJ LeMahieu signs

he'll report to Mesa until Arizona Phil says he's ready for Boise

no comment on the terms
Dempster update:

Dempster is on the disabled list with a broken right big toe, and had his first bullpen session Saturday since he injured his foot on July 5. Piniella called the workout "OK."

"The bone has to start showing calcifications and fusing together, and that's what we're waiting for," Piniella said. "I think before we make any concrete determination [as to when Dempster can pitch], he'll have to get another X-ray. He threw today and he was OK. He passed the first test. Before we can push him any further, he'll have to get another X-ray."

Dempster expects to have an X-ray on Thursday when the Cubs return from this two-city trip to Washington and Philadelphia. If he continues to progress, Dempster could throw a simulated game rather than go to the Minor Leagues, and be inserted back in the Cubs' rotation by the end of July or the first week of August.

the above link also says Soto is expected back the 1st week in August

and Lilly feels better and expects to be ready monday in Philly

Bradley strikes out for the third time in a row then breaks the bat over his knee...he still hasn't fiqured anything out from the left side of the plate even though he said he did.

hope the thigh bruise isn't lethal

...then Soriano goes oppo! for a 5-4 lead, can it be he needs to injure more knuckles?

Milton was swinging the bat really well before the break. Maybe he lost the swing with three days off. Honestly, Zimmerman had an overpowering fastball all day. He must have some kind of deception in his delivery or the ball really jumps out of his hand. Hitters were behind it all day, mostly Bradley and Soriano

Uhhhh no he wasn't.

1 more game for Milton and he gets his 3rd year. 2 more years of watching this piece of trash race to 50 RBI.

Excuse MikeC... hitting line drives doesn't qualify as swinging the bat well. If Milton had beat out 3 swinging bunts in the St Louis series, then he would have been doing well.

Bradley is swinging so well he is on pace to under perform the great Neifi Perez "saved us" season.

.239 6 HR, and 21 RBI from your RF on July 19th? And yet he is swinging the bat really well. Did you know that same excuse has been used since April?

aside from april he's not been doing that bad...not as expected, though.

still, he's getting on base and before the break he was elevating the ball like he was in May.

If he was a SS like Theriot, i wouldn't complain with his walking habits but he was brought in to drive in a ton of runs not be the Ronny Cedeno of RF offense.

He is the most pathetic middle of the order hitter in baseball at this moment and he plays for the Cubs.

well, that's a lou issue for keep marching him up there in the 3/4 slot.

it's not like they're pitching around bradley to put him on base for dlee/aram/etc.

put him in the 2, 5, or 6 slot, imo.

he's gonna K a ton so #2 might not be ideal, but we don't have a blazing speed leadoff hitter who needs a guy to see a bunch of pitches so they can steal anyway.

hell game.

pen is totally trashed, though. it looks like stevens/samninja are the fresh guys and not much to go around elsewhere. marmol/gregg would be very doubtful for tommorow.

Newsday article saying the Yankees goofed on passing up Lilly (twice)

In July 2002, they chose Jeff Weaver over Lilly, as Weaver came from Detroit to New York and Lilly went from New York to Oakland in a three-way trade. And during the 2006-07 offseason, Brian Cashman chose Kei Igawa over Lilly in the free-agent market.

and Heilman was back to being a POS out of the pen

I think Len/Bob said he's got horrible inherited runner numbers(12/27), but every time I see him coming in to start an inning he is facing a two on, one out situation with one of the runners on via a walk.

Kevin Gregg gets some kudos for his performance tonight cleaning up Heilman's mess and a solid ninth.

and Fontenot's HR was the difference. Glad Pat/Zonk had for once a chance for their insurance sponsor get a real insurance run.

Joe Torre must have gotten a blood transfusion from TL at the all-star break. Now he's doing the LaRussa pitcher bats 8th thing.

Ethier is out of the lineup so he's got Juan Pierre in CF batting 9th, using the ManRam = Pujols logic.

Furcal, Hudson, ManRam, Blake, Kemp, Loretta, Martin, Kershaw, Pierre

That lineup is lethal if you throw Ethier/Loney in there. I hope they don't get Halladay.

I don't know if this is 3/44, but 3/44 is pitching on Monday!

If the Dodgeres get to the World Series this year I hope a giant earthquake happens during a game and Godzilla comes out and eats Manny and the rest of the team.

HEY! Some of us live out here in Los Angeles Mr.!

okay, Godzilla can eat you too.

Lilly did have a knee MRI
Lilly, who has been bothered off and on since May by discomfort on the inside part of the knee, said he can't pinpoint where the problem started. An MRI exam revealed nothing serious enough to prevent him from pitching through the occasional flareup.

"An MRI exam revealed nothing serious enough to prevent him from pitching through the occasional flareup."

Wow, I'm sure that's exactly how the radiologist's report read ~sarcasm~. That's a slam at the Sun-Times' reporting, not at yours, Cubster. It'd be nice to know if the MRI actually indicated a meniscus problem -- whether Lilly's knee been locking, etc.

I'm used to your intelligent discussion of the medical issues, Cubster. This sloppy-crap medical reporting from The Bright One irritates the heck out of me. A few more facts and a few less unsupported conclusions, please.

article on Marshall's influence on the bullpen, although he did leave a little mess last night and Marmol got out of it (although it was torture watching Zeus miss the strike zone, apparently Marmol threw 14 pitches, 6 for strikes.)
That point was underscored when Marshall entered a one-run game with two outs and runners at first and second in the bottom of the sixth. He got a quick grounder to strand two more runners, improving his major-league-best percentage of stranding inherited runners to 96 percent (24-for-25).

He has stranded 16 straight, hasn't given up a run since last month and lowered his season ERA as a reliever to 1.47, after Carlos Marmol eventually pitched out of Marshall's jam in the seventh.

in Central, 2.5 in the Wild Card...

Cubs ask for executive order before leaving D.C. to play Nationals at least once a week.

Sam Fuld sent to Iowa to make room for Kevin Hart

I feel it is important to note in the midst of all this happy happy joy joy that Milton Bradley is a huge bag of suck.

wittenmeyer lineup:

fukudome, theriot, dlee, hoffpauir (rf), fox (3B), soriano, fontenot, hill, hart

If Soriano can get on a streak like we've seen before, Lee stays hot, Fox is in the lineup everyday somewhere, Aram is back... we win the central going away right?

Also, a great article on Greg Maddux, whose number was retired by the Braves today.

Includes some good stories, including this from Mark Lemke,

“When we trained in West Palm, I’d take a look in Maddux’s car the last week and the thing would be a disaster. He’d hit Burger King every morning and he’d just turn around and — whoosh — toss [the cups and wrappers] into the back seat.”

A four-game sweep is difficult against any big league team. Sure the Nats are utterly terrible, but a four-game sweep is still a nice accomplishment.


are people over this "soriano needs to lead off" and "soriano can't hit with men on" as if there's something to his batting method yet?

sit in the front of the box, swing.
sit in the front of the box, swing.
sit in the front of the box, swing.

the only thing that's changed in most of his career is how he handles that back foot rocking/timing thing. there is no method...

This Day in Cubs Misery

July 19, 2007

In what turns out to be his final game at Wrigley Field, Barry Bonds hits two homers in a 9-8 Giants loss to the Cubs. The second is hit off Will "Meaty Calves" Ohman. Fans are incensed as a pitcher with slimmer calves would likely have gotten Bonds to fly out to the warning track.

You also might remember this game as being the one where Jake Fox makes his MLB debut. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat.

I guess MRI results are a bit like playing the kids game "telephone" where one person whispers a message in the next kids ear and they pass the message down the line until the last person reveals what was said...and the result is completely different and often silly.

MRI's can be like that because...

What a radiologist sees is often less useful to the surgeon because they are looking for different things. The radiologist reads the study without knowledge of what if any physical findings are present so they tend to describe any an all extra signals that are picked up whether they are clinically significant or not.

This leads to "readings" that have a false positive rate of about 80-90% (meaning a described abnormality that when looked for arthroscopically is NOT there) well as a false negative rate of 80-90% (meaning no abnormalities read when at arthroscopy there was an abnormality, i.e. a meniscal tear not described on the MRI reading)

There are studies comfirming these ranges of false positives/negatives.

as an orthopod who has been in practice since MRI's became available clinically in the early 1980's, I read my own studies but usually have a radiologist reading the study as well, which is useful because of the differences their viewing bring to the table. I don't always agree with the readings but they do provide value in a crosschecking kind of way.

finally (about time I got to the original point)...

what we hear about an athlete's MRI is filtered through two more levels. Usually there is the team spokesman such as the GM, assistant GM, trainer or even the player trying to describe what the doctor told him/her. Finally there is the media reporter who translates that into what info we finally get.


"An MRI exam revealed nothing serious enough to prevent him from pitching through the occasional flareup."

Ah yes. The telephone game. I'm sure Lilly's MRI report looked more like this:

There is a grade 1 signal in the medial meniscus suspicious for a tear, please correlate clinically. Minimal intra-articular fluid noted. No (Dusty) Bakers Cyst seen.

I have to put up with that kind of silliness every I learned to read MRI's because I needed something more useful to make treatment decisions.

I think we went through this same info communicaton (or lack thereof) fire drill when Rich Harden had an MRI-Arthrogram on his shoulder during the offseason.

In Lilly's case, the decision to do an arthroscopy is as much based on how limiting his symptoms are and the MRI is just background data to make sure the procedure isn't going to find no/minimal pathology or the other extreme where something more dramatically wrong with the anatomy is identified.

Cubster --

Thanks for addressing what was really more of a pet peeve of mine. What I really like about your explanation is that it (cogently and descriptively) sheds light on the process of making an accurate assessment of a knee injury such as Ted Lilly's.

Unlike the Sun-Times.

Thanks Cubster. Interesting background.

Plus, we all knew Dusty ruined pitchers. Now we have medical proof!

Gary Mathews jr, and Boardwalks contract both have almost
identical money and both expire after 2011.

Would any of us make this trade?


some little tidbits from baseball prospectus, Will Carroll:

Mark DeRosa's wrist injury will need surgery, but he's going to try and play through the pain. We'll see how that works out quickly, perhaps as soon as next week. (DeRosa went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout today)

Alfonso Soriano missed a couple of games after dislocating his pinkie, then showed it wasn't bothering him by clubbing a homer. Dislocations are painful, but heal quickly if there's no associated damage.

and this little tirade regarding Jay Bruce (bringing home some of the points made in the MRI report discussion above albeit regarding XRay findings and what is being reported):

"The Reds still haven't said which bone in Bruce's wrist was broken, and it's actually important, because there are differences in the expected time out and lingering effects, based on which bone. They've said that it's a clean break along the joint line, and that there's not soft tissue damage, but neither of those things tells us as much as announcing which bone it was."

then he tries to discuss Colles fractures saying that woud be "similar but not identical" to the Longoria's injury last year (getting comical because he isn't being told what bone is fractured or where it's fractured)

finally this strange conclusion:

"It's good news if this turns out to be a broken arm rather than a broken wrist, as it's a distinction that's important in baseball."
My Lord. That would be good news, having only a broken arm. Somethings really do get lost in translation.

he's got the most interesting career turn/specialization out of all these "indie/small reporter" guys getting their feet wet the past 10+ years in mixed media and what their niche skill is beyond just knowing a whole lot about one sport or sports stats writing.

that's dr. will to you, dr. phil.

i think they got the same medical degrees.

this guy writes injury columns for ESPN and even has done some in-game reports. he's really weaseled his way into his niche and people are just lapping it up like gospel in some corners.

As I recall his father is a doctor of some sort.

It is a careful line he has to walk, trying to be informative, but doing so without any actual training. Plus he's doing some quantitative analysis which, I think is pretty useful. He does annoy at times, but I can't blame a guy for seeing an open opportunity and working hard to exploit it. That used to be the American way.

it's a total crock of shit and he's in over his head, imo.

Phils are pitching Rodrigo Lopez tomorrow. Who? Wasn't he on the Orioles years ago?

So I did some homework...

Here's a link from the Phillies side of things:

The 33-year-old came out of his outing last Wednesday after five innings because of right shoulder inflammation, but he played catch Thursday, will throw his regularly scheduled bullpen Saturday and said it's all systems go for the opener of a three-game home series against the Cubs.

He did have 3 good years with the Orioles 15-9 (02), 14-9 (04), 15-12 (05)...then lost 18 in 06 before moving on to the Rockies. Missed all of 2008 due to Tommy John elbow surgery 8-22-07. Signed by Phils this spring to a minor league contract, so he got to work for the Lehigh Valley IRON PIGS (a lifelong dream for some!) until he was called up July 3rd.

Phils matchups:

mon, Lilly vs Lopez

tues, Harden vs Blanton (the billy beane special)

wed, Z vs Moyer

Wow - we miss Hamels and Happ. Good draw for the Cubbies

Well, sweeping (4-game sweep to boot) even the lowly Nationals is more than I would have asked for going into the series. I would have been very happy with 3 out of 4. What a way to start out after the break! And to think only one game we scored less than 6 runs. Now yes, this is WASH, but take the good while we can and hopefully build on it for this tough series @ PHIL.

Go Cubs!!

P.S. WTF is up with Bradley? After saying he is going to be hitting the rest of the way and saying he knows what he was doing wrong, he starts out after the break 2-12 (.167) and Lou benches him on Sunday. Then this nugget from CBS: Piniella sat slumping OF Milton Bradley. "I had a nice talk with him today, and tomorrow we'll start working on some things that I think will help him," Piniella said. I thought Bradley knew what he was doing wrong? How many more years are we stuck with this malcontent?

From what I hear, players dread those sessions where they get batting tips from a drunk, pantsless Lou.

...the dreaded Bakers Cyst, a pitcher's worst nightmare

Ken Rosenthal says the cubs have interest in O's George Sherrill
One general manager interested in Sherrill says the Orioles are "playing the 'don't-have-to-move-him-so-make-us' card" — a characterization the O's do not dispute...The Marlins, Dodgers, Brewers and Angels are among the clubs pursuing Sherrill, major-league sources say. The Cubs, MacPhail's former team and one of his frequent trading partners, also have interest.
maybe he's the ptbnl for rich hill (>>rolling eyes>>), might have to throw in a sweater-vest or two

...can't we call it a day after the steve traschel deal?

What's wrong with Sherrill? He'd be top-notch loogy.

He's better than a top-notch loogy. He's got better numbers across the board than anybody in our pen aside from Guzman. And that's pitching in the AL East, too.

Go Cubs, Go! Go Cubs, Go! Hey Chicago whaddya say? The Cubs are 2.0 games back and in second place today!

But hey maybe thats what bradley needs,Maybe Lou can scare
into hitting.

I cant wait till wednesday bradley vs. moyer

Great weekend for Cubs.

Now reality sets in as we go to Philly.

Win one game please.

nothing wrong with Sherrill, actually he would help giving two good bullpen leftys's McFail that I dislike dealing with

I cant wait till wednesday bradley vs. moyer
hopefully Bradley remembers to hit righty vs moyer

"I can't wait till wednesday bradley vs. moyer"

Bradely is 350/381/800 in 21 plate appearances against Moyer.

If Bradley does not get fat on Moyer and the rest of that pitching staff in that ballpark it will be a very bad sign.

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  • probably saturday depending on what they do with hammel (assuming friday for ham).

    crunch 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Lester is going to get one more start, right? It sure would be nice to see him get a shot at 20 wins.

    Charlie 3 hours 19 min ago view
  • Nicely done! I think in my 10-14 games I went .500 or a little over. Strangely, I went to the Cards games they mostly lost (incl Saturday) and the one SF game they lost, plus a couple Brewers games they lost, too. I should have gone to just Reds games. But still - saw mostly very good baseball on the North Side this year. Regardless of what happens come October - the Cubs are positioned for some good times in the next 3-5 years.

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  • First Cub victory at home this year for me!
    Saw all four starters this year

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  • RIP Arnie. We could use a lot more like you -- a man who succeeded and failed on his own terms, a true original, and, finally, a remarkable example of graciousness towards others.

    billybucks 14 hours 55 min ago view
  • Cubs finish 33 over at home. I was, personally, one game over at 3-2, which was one of my better years in a while.

    I do hope that's the last time we see the Cardinals this year. A lot of power, which is dangerous, particularly in a short series, and they have really shut down KB all year.

    Oh, and Jon Lester? Damn!

    billybucks 15 hours 7 min ago view
  • Yes. Boating accident at 3AM. Very sad, but stupid. Young men do stupid things.

    billybucks 16 hours 3 min ago view
  • lester puts 2 on and is taken out at 96 pitches. oh well.

    edwards in.

    crunch 16 hours 47 min ago view
  • 2 out in the 7th, lester at 84 pitches, ross taken out for the standing O.

    it's possible contreras will catch lester for another inning+.

    crunch 16 hours 54 min ago view
  • What a weird day.  Jose Fernandez and Arnold Palmer, but then Scully and, on a much more modest level, Ross....

    Transmission 17 hours 27 min ago view
  • d.ross gets his 2nd standing O on the night (last home game of the season)...hits HR #10...curtain call. baseball.

    crunch 17 hours 30 min ago view
  • as a fan, he only "owes" us the game on the field and not getting in the way of others on his team being ready to play (imo).

    it's exponentially worse to his family and friends, but this dude most likely had 15+ years of play left and even though he just turned 24 a couple months ago he had already established himself as a top guy in the game.

    crunch 20 hours 52 min ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]

    Updated #Cubs probs vs Pirates: Mon, Hendricks vs Kuhl; Tue, Lackey vs Vogelsong; Wed, Arrieta vs Taillon; Thu, Zastryzny vs Nova

    crunch 21 hours 14 min ago view
  • I know what you're trying to say, Charlie, that none of us feels what his loved ones must be feeling.

    On the other hand, what makes a death like this tragic is precisely the loss, based on Fernandez's youth and brilliance, to the baseball world.

    So, for example, we can say that Princess Diana's death meant more, in aggregate, to millions of admirers who didn't know her personally than to her loved ones.

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 15 min ago view
  • boston pitching snags a couple of mlb team records...

    "Over nine innings of play, Boston's staff struck out 11 straight Tampa Bay Rays hitters Sunday, breaking the major-league record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game.

    The previous record was held by former New York Mets right-hander Tom Seaver, who struck out 10 straight hitters in 1970.

    Not only that, but with a strikeout to end the ninth, sending the game into extras, Boston's staff also struck out an MLB-record 21 batters over nine innings."

    crunch 21 hours 40 min ago view