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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.

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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"

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=...

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:

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/spor...

Dear Jim Hendry,

No.

Sincerely,
Ryan

Will Lou remove Gregg from the closer role?

"Why should I?"

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

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.

Dempster

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.

LOL

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.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?arti...

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.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/16976...

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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  • Can't get soft just because we have a big lead!

    billybucks 51 min 30 sec ago view
  • kershaw will be lucky to put in 160+ip. even though it projects to be an awesome 160+ip it's going to be extremely difficult for him to do much with that. he's still got minor league rehab game(s) to go through and he's only stretched out to 2ip with his last simulated rehab...it may take another couple weeks before he returns.

    the numbers are awesome, but he's lost the equivalent of a good chunk of a top-tier pen arm's season in innings of work compared to the rest of the lot.

    crunch 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • Kershaw, Fernandez and Syndergaard are your current leaders and all will be pitching meaningful games down the stretch that could make or break them. Hendricks will not be and his saber-numbers aren't anywhere close to those 3 and he'd split votes with Arrieta and Lester whom all are basically neck-and-neck for  WAR and FIP. If Kershaw pitches like just okay Kershaw in September he deserves to win in a landslide. Voters are pretty much saber-inclined now so it would take a crazy shutout streak or something for Hendricks to jump in the picture.

    Rob G. 9 hours 31 min ago view
  • AZ PHIL: With starters the likes of Edwin Jackson, even Chris Rusin or Michael Bowden could look good on their staff. At best, he is a #5-6. But as always, LH are at a premium.

    The E-Man 11 hours 1 min ago view
  • Sure we would all want consistency. He is not even 24, has played 5 (!) positions this year. Can you imagine what is in his head? He was only a part-time player at 2 spots last year. And THEN think about hitting?? Cut him some slack...You sure are picky lately. First wishing #6 NL RBI guy Russell have a better average, and now an "unncessarily fancy pick". Geez tough crowd!

    The E-Man 11 hours 5 min ago view
  • it's going to be hard to take down scherzer.

    kershaw is supposedly coming back soon, though he'll probably need a good amount of deep innings to match up with scherzer...probably too late at this point. tanner roark, bumgarner, and hendricks are probably going to steal some votes along with kershaw.

    crunch 11 hours 33 min ago view
  • I absolutely love Javy's game, and I love the way Maddon changed the perception of him as a ballplayer, but I really wish he would just make the routine plays routinely. On the ground ball in the 9th, he made an unnecessarily fancy pick. He made the play, but tried the same thing last night and made an error.

    billybucks 11 hours 55 min ago view
  • How many wins does Kyle need for serious Cy Young consideration? Would 17 be enough if he leads the league in ERA? My goodness, what a season -- makes a Dartmouth alum proud.

    billybucks 11 hours 57 min ago view
  • jacos 12 hours 1 min ago view
  • hendricks WHIP drops to 0.98 over 159 innings after throwing 7ip 3h 1bb 4k, 0r/er

    ERA down to 2.09 on the season.

    crazy good.

    crunch 12 hours 22 min ago view
  • I am pretty well fed up with the majority of home plate umps. Just terrible inconsistencies.

    The E-Man 12 hours 26 min ago view
  • Oh shit forgot about that
    Shark and Sczur right?

    jacos 12 hours 40 min ago view
  • Yes, football player?- check.

    The E-Man 12 hours 47 min ago view
  • jacos 13 hours 1 min ago view
  • If it was 2006 Hendry would be there w a Bible and a contract
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/77...

    jacos 15 hours 33 min ago view
  • he subscribes to my twitter, he's beyond TCR. #yolo #swag

    crunch 16 hours 11 min ago view