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I'm off for a few days, a little family trip down to San Diego. An easy $500 (if not more) to build Legos and see some fish. Next year, we're just going to Toys 'R Us and the pet store.

Try not to ruin the place while I'm away, but if you do throw a party, ask this kid to organize it for you.



thanks to "The Joe" for the link to the video..

I love that kid.

~climbs the kitchen counter~

~feels around blindly in the back of the cabinet~

~grabs key to the wet-bar cabinet~

I just had a mental flashback to the video of "Gin & Juice".

*opens the "special drawer" in dad's desk, checks out the periodicals*

So how about that Cody Ross?

Rob - such a small price to pay since the fish have people standing on their backs and there's really shitty rock music playing.

As for Cody Ross - could he leave his feet unnecessarily on a few more balls hit in front of him?

Damn that Mosquito mascot

On to the land of spaghetti in the chili

You have convinced me that Skyline is indeed the best choice for dinner this evening.

Take an ordinary cup of chili, take out the meat and vegetables, replace half of that meat with dog food, add a half-cup of grease, a quarter-cup of vomit, and voila! Skyline it is!

If I want to turn my bowels into a device capable of performing nuclear fission, I know I have three choices in central Indiana: White Castle, Skyline Chili, and Steak n' Shake.

You'll be in BIG trouble for anywhere from 8-48 hours.

Just $500? Hope you're packing lunches ... Sea World is damn expensive. I'll actually be nearby for my vacation when you're at LegoLand. Enjoy.

Hey everybody, while Rob's gone, let's move the F in THF CUB REPORTER so that it's an E.

"Tyler Colvin tied the Southern League record with his 11th consecutive hit before flying out in the 5th inning as the Smokies won their seventh straight"

Goddamn, 11 in a row? I keep meaning to go see him before he shoots up to the majors and flames out like all of our other prospects.

By the numbers...

By the ridiculous, ridiculous numbers...

Marmol & Gregg this series:

        G  W  L  SV  BS  HLD   IP   H  ER  BB    ERA   WHIP
Gregg   2  1  1   0   2   0   1.1   6   5   0  33.75   4.50
Marmol  2  0  1   0   0   1   1.2   1   3   4  16.20   3.00
Total   4  1  2   0   2   1   3.0   7   8   4  24.00   3.67

86 pitches total between both of them. 86 pitches in 3.0 innings is absurd.

On a different note, please switch to black towels for today's towel drill:

Dear Jim Hendry,



Will Lou remove Gregg from the closer role?

"Why should I?"

I think this is rhetorical, but the answer is: "Because he sucks".

Well, the obvious answer is: Because you have someone better.

That is certainly a debatable point.

Not many closers are perfect, and Gregg has been very good before the last two games. Who exactly would be the replacement?

Right now? I'd try Guzman.


Rod Beck?


Edinson Volquez had Tommy John (ulnar collateral ligament) surgery today. Somewhere the pitching gods are chewing the hell out of a toothpick.

What's the conventional wisdom for how many 100-pitch outings any pitcher (or young pitcher) should have in a season? Volquez had 22 100-plus outings in 32 starts last year. (High: 121) Is that excessive?

Conventional wisdom says that whatever Dusty does is wrong. Therefore, Volquez was abused. I don't know about Cueto and Harang, but they have really been hurting my fantasy team this year. Damn you Dusty!

No good will come of this.

just like the Dos Equis commercial...

when dusty's pitcher's pitch count is over 120 he's abused the pitcher, when it's under 120 he's still abused the pitcher.

That kid has really mastered the ancient art of jackassery.

Go Randy Wells! Go 9 innings and we'll be alright!

Thank you Willy "I Make an Out In Over 72% Of My Plate Appearances" Taveras.

Also, thank you Dusty. Nice guy to allow to decide the game in the bottom of the 9th with two outs.

tav was the best option. they don't have rolen. all that's left is/was a no-hit middle IF kid and the backup no-hit catcher.

it's a pretty shitty team right now...

Okay, I'll give Dusty a break.

But, fortunately for the Cubs, Taveras is still awful.

i'm just glad we get to miss rolen. hopefully he'll be out a couple more days (took a non-intentional fastball off the helmet last night).

By Marquis, no less!

Who turned the WayBack machine to 2003? Meltdown against the Marlins and Alex Gonzalez hurts the Cubs.

A few more like this, and Lou is going to name himself the damn closer.

Did anyone figure out what Lou was yelling to Marmol / ARam? (I had the sound off on the broadcast.)

Alex Gonzalez must've looked like Babe Ruth to Marmol in that AB, the way he was throwing to him. Hill a couple of times stood 1/2-way up trying to target the high heat - nothing doing.

"SLOW IT DOWN" according to the ESPN broadcast.

Geo 1-2 with an RBI and a walk for Tenn.

Cashner looking good -- 6 innings, no earned runs, 8 Ks, 1 BB. ERA at AA now at 0.88 through 6 starts.

Will we see him in Sept?

Depending on how bad Gorzelanny is, why wait?

Looks like we picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.


I am sure Lous blood pressure was rising he was telling Marmol to slow down,according to espn.

Could we see Gorzelany and Ryan tomorrow with Stevens and
Smardzija going down?

BP's Kevin Goldstein's writeup on Tyler Colvin after his 11-11 streak:

Tyler Colvin, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee)
A first-round pick in 2006 out of Clemson, Colvin is a toolsy athlete who hasn't developed as expected, as a far too aggressive approach at the plate and power that is average at best just doesn't allow him to profile well as a corner outfielder in the big leagues. His prospect light has dimmed considerably, but what he did over the weekend was still impossible to ignore; after going 5-for-5 on Friday, he followed that up with a 3-for-3 night on Saturday with a home run, and added three more hits and another bomb on Sunday. Even with that breakout, he's batting a good-not-great .286/.313/.487 in his third year at Double-A, and the problems with patience remain extreme, as he's drawn one walk in his last 23 games.

I think one walk in 23 games is harder to do than going 11 for 11.

Amazing that anyone would throw him anything in the strike zone.

A toolsy player with no concept of the strike zone -- sounds like an interesting concept.

It's not that he has no concept of the strike zone, it's that he swings at and hits too many pitches.

Compare Milton Bradley and Fukudome to Jake Fox batting. Bradley and Kosuke are perfectly OK with taking a strike or two, especially on close pitches, in the hopes that some of them are called balls. Fox swings at anything he thinks he can hit hard. All three of them K a lot, but all of them have good knowledge of the strike zone.

Colvin is more like Fox in that regard, but does less with the pitches he puts wood on.

Dusty Baker thinks the Reds need someone with Colvin's aggressiveness in their everyday lineup.

Last season, Colvin struck out 101 times to 44 walks in 602 PAs. That's a not outlandish ratio of 2.3. One year earlier, it was 6.7 (101 to 15). At Daytona this year, it was 27 to 13. But at Daytona, Colvin was recuperating from elbow surgery and DH'ing, and had no pop in his swing. He's probably trying to do too much at Tennessee to get his power numbers back to where they were a year ago.

To an extent, this was a rehab year for Colvin. He's still only 23. His arm strength seems to have returned: he has six assists on throws from right field.

I remember very well that a little over a week ago (July 27th), before the 15 for 22 spurt, he was hitting .234. But I am inclined to make excuses for him, for Wilken's sake and also because he's potentially what the Cubs need, a lefty power guy who can play center or right.

The K's to Walk ratio doesn't really matter. It's the BB/AB ratio that is a HUGE red flag. You simply cannot have a corner OFer with 15 HR power and a sub .300 OBP.

The Mariners beg to disagree with your analysis.

Manny and the Dodgers stick it to the Cubs again....

Are you really worried about the Brewers?

A bit -- just thought that the Dodgers would win, in LA with Kershaw pitching.

More just a comment that LA beats everyone except non-Cub NL Central contenders.

The Cubs are 3.5 behind the Phillies and 8 behind the Dodgers. I wish the Dodgers would have swept the Cards last week, but if they're going to screw around against our divisional opponents, my vote is we stay hot and pass them in the standings.

Lou: "Gregg has a tired arm."

I think Lou just 3/44'd himself.

What should I expect from Tom Gorzelanny tonight?

6.1 IP, 2 ER (both in the first inning), W

You are very optimistic.

Yeah, I know, I'm always in a good mood the day after watching Randy Wells pitch. How awesome is it that he just comes out of nowhere this year pitching like a man?

It is awesome.

To quantify, however: it's as awesome as having Padma Lakshmi as your practice subject at massage school.

Easy now, that's my girlfriend you're talking about.

You're such a pessimist, Ryno.

But he doesn't sound happy about it.

Also from the Suntimes article:

"Cubs catcher Geovany Soto (oblique) went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double and knocked in a second run with a ground out for rookie-league Mesa (Ariz.) on Saturday in his first minor-league rehab game.

He traveled Sunday and was scheduled to join Class AA Tennessee today for three more rehab games before being activated from the DL in time for the Cubs' series opener in Colorado on Friday."

Apparently it's raining pretty heavily in Cincy...

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  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.

  • I felt the same way, too, but...

    I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.

  • Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.