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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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  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

  • Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.

    Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

  • That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible

  • I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.

  • rollercoaster loss...ugg.

    at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping.

    anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.