The Return of the Lillyhammer

The Cubs enter the Pacific Time Zone, which coincides perfectly with California native Ted Lilly's return to the Cubs. The Padres might as well just save their energy and give the Cubs this win. To make room on the roster, the Cubs optioned their entire pitching staff to Iowa1, because they won't be needed anymore (I'm auditioning for the TLFC). 

Sadly, not much else going on, the Cubs trail the Cardinals now by 5 games which is my personal benchmark for dismissing a team, at least this late in the season2. With only 3 games left between the two clubs, it's gonna take quite a streak by both clubs for the Cubs to make up that ground. The Wild Card is a little more attainable, trailing the Rockies by 3.5 games, but the Giants and Marlins are in the way and the Braves are tied with the Cubs.

I'll post lineups when they become available. Join the late-night fun in Parachat.

1 - Justin Berg was actually sent down.

2 -  Other worthy reasons to dismiss a team: the presence of Dusty Baker, Neifi Perez or Aaron Miles, batting Corey Patterson lead-off, having Ron Coomer as your first basemen, wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform (list subject to change)... 

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...and no EI for the game. so bunk...

the later-week blackouts for a team that's 4+ hours away with NO local TV coverage is bad enough.

i give these guy 180 bucks a year for what now? oh yeah, cuz the only other alternative is watching it in a bandwidth sucking and delayed feed for only a chunk less money...and still in those blackout zones.

this game isn't even a blackout zone...they just don't have a contract with either of the 2 TV stations showing the game. they used to show Ch.4 games (SD)...dunno why not anymore. it didn't stop them from tacking on an extra $20 for EI, though.

Effing WCIU. Fine, the damn game is on too late anyways.

Miles at SS = puke

Santo, (resignedly) after Miles grounds into a 3-6-3 DP: "That's all he does, hits ground balls."

When Santo rags on you, you know you're doing bad. Just lousy this year.

The Cubs seem to be ahead of the curve on signing foreign-born prospects.

At least, the Wall Street Journal thinks so.

Thank you dodgers not.

-and K Gregg, not.

Gregg you idiot how did i know ,what a waste of my time and a loss of sleep.

Bonus coverage on ESPN2.

Blanks has a Gregg-speed bat.

"Bonus" coverage.

I'm done. Kevin Gregg...just die.

Kevin. Fucking. Gregg.

Well, that was a fucking disaster.

I kinda wanna see this team get blown to hell. Sell everyone. I don't like any of 'em.

First we waterboard Hendry.

So how many of us expected gregg to blow it?

I wonder what lous thoughts right about know are(you gave me this piece of crap for a closer)

Lou is thinking "Jeez I wish I kept my mouth shut about that lefthanded b.s. and picked my belly button all winter".

ha...that wasn't kevin gregg...it was aaron heilman wearing gregg goggles

I expected the HR. Sad, but true.

2009 Chicago Cubs == Epic Fail

Yeah, Gregg sucks ass, but if this bullshit offense could manage more than a single run against such "stellar" pitching, they never would have been in this position. You look at a boxscore for the Cardinals for example, every hitter is above 300 it seems. You look at the punchless Cubs, an no hitter is above 300--and most are below 250.

Been watching the Cubs since 69, other than the awful pre-Dallas Green 80-82 abominations, this has been the most feckless Cubs offense I can ever remember. Lack of hitting is why this is a .500 team and will be staying home in October.

Jim Hendry? Work on that resume, pal.

"this has been the most feckless Cubs offense I can ever remember"

I thought the 2002 team (under mgrs Baylor and the immortal Bruce Kimm) was pretty fucking feckless. Or is that fecking fuckless?

we're now in a deeper hole than Lou's belly button.

Keep TheRiot and Soto, everyone else, pack your bags and spin the wheel.

...again, let's try the Marlins model...they have it figured out.

$140m worth of brain melting fun.

Dear Kevin Gregg...
... you fucking suck. If you were a state you would be Mississippi. If you were a president you would be Hoover. If you were an African nation you would be Sierra Leone. If you were a bottle of wine you would be 20-year old Red Dagger which has been vomited by a hobo after being stored in the groundskeeper's shed at Three Mile Island. If you were a shitty song you would be "The Way You Do The Things You Do." Douche...
... Hawkeye

this almost makes up for the loss.

.....and if you were a college man, you'd be an Iowa Hawkeye....."

/cyclone'd

As a Gopher, I find that absolutely hillarious.

... If you were a major league baseball team, you would be the Chicago Cubs.

Division? Over.

Wild Card? Good Luck.

September call-ups will be the net topic of conversation.

As I have said 20 times here in 2009: FUCK YOU HENDRY!!!

manny?

21st!!!!

On the bright side, we have 5 more years of Soriano, 2 more years of Bradley, and another year of Aaron Miles to look forward to.

I'd really like to see a serious lineup shake-up for the rest of the season. Let's see what Sam Fuld and Jake Fox can do given the opportunity to play everyday. Future potential is really all we have to keep our interest at this point, so let's give the youngsters a chance (I know Fuld isn't that young, but whatever).

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  • I agree, but just wanted to point out that Hendricks didn't really have a significant difference between his first and second half like Hammel did. Instead he had alternating good and below average months last year, without much fluctuation in his peripherals except a BB-heavy August and some up-and-down in opp avg. Mostly the team just couldn't win games for him in the months he pitched well. His 16 starts in May, July, and Sep/Oct (in which he limited opponents to OPS+ of 88, 75, and 44) resulted in a 4-2 record.

  • I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we can't be expecting ace quality there.

  • Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.

  • CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

  • Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.

    Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
    Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.

  • I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.

    I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.

    Weird.

  • It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.

  • Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.

  • My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.

  • In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.

    One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.

    I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.

  • Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.

    What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?

  • A-Team

  • Ha

  • I definitely hang around here looking to reply to your comments as noticed by my nearly year long absence.

    there's a fine line between posting something relevant, useful or at least humorous versus posting something irrelevant, useless or unfunny...actually it's rather quite a thick line and easy to see for most people not named crunch.

  • I certainly am digging the RISP machine Zobrist version.