Cubs Say No to Winning Record

I think that was the first game I got to watch in its near entirety in about 2 weeks. My apologies for the outcome.

The Good: After Gorzelanny finished his warm-ups, he mowed the Nationals down through 7 innings. The problem was it took him 3 batters into the game to finish loosening up. Geovany Soto went 2/4 and Kosuke Fukudome reached base 3 times, twice on walks to set-up getting stranded by Lee, Byrd and Ramirez. Soto also gunned down two very capable baserunners in Wily Taveras and Justin Maxwell.

The Bad:  Gorz is now 0-3 despite a 2.45 ERA and as mentioned, took 3 batters to get going. Those 3 batters included a stand-up triple by Nyjer Morgan to leadoff the game that he hit to left center. I didn't even know that was possible. Then Ian Desmond singled Morgan in, and stole off the lefty Gorz. Christian Guzman launched a ball into centerfield into the teeth of the wind that Marlon Byrd completely lost track of leading to the second triple of the inning. Gorz settled in and stranded Guzman and didn't run into much trouble the rest of the night. The bullpen gave up another run in the 8th, with Grab-Ass being the culprit thanks to his own throwing error. The 3 through 6 hitters went a combined 2/16 including Lee, Byrd and Ramirez all getting a crack with 2 runners on in the bottom of the 8th. Matt 'Could've Been a Cub' Capps nailed down his 9th save in 9 opportunities.

The Minors: Iowa picked up the 4-3 win in a shortened double-header in the first game.. Thomas Diamond throws 5 scoreless with 5 K's and Jeff Samardzija got the win with 1.2 scoreless innings and no walks with a K. Brad Snyder went 2/4 and Sam Fuld got on-base twice out of the leadoff spot. They won 4-2 in the 2nd game with Casey Coleman throwing 6 innings and giving up 2 runs. Mitch Atkins picked up the save in the 7th in that one.  The white hot Smokies take a rare loss but Starlin Castro went 3/5 with a double. Ryan Flaherty, who is off to a poor start, did go 1/2 with 2 walks. Daytona won 3-1 with Alberto Cabrera throwing 5.2 scoreless innings with 6 K's. Aaron Shafer extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings in relief. Matt Spencer and Rebel Ridling homered, but B. Jackson, Vitters, LeMahieu and Burke were a combined 0/12. Peoria won 5-4 with Trey McNutt going 5 innings, giving up a run and striking out 5. Larry Suarez threw 2 scoreless innings. Greg Rohan homered and Hak-Ju Lee went 1/4 with a run scored and a double out of the leadoff spot.


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Oh yeah, beat the Nationals!

Castro ends his slump by going 3/5, bumps his line back up to 377/417/610/1017

"Greg Rohan homered"


Rob, not to be nitpicky, but the I-Cubs played a double header yesterday, which is why the game only went 7 innings. They won the second game also, Casey Coleman pitched six innings to pick up the win, while giving up 2 earnies over six innings. Marquez Smith, Wellington Castillo, and Brian LeHair all went 2-3 on the day. Mitch Atkins came on in the 7th and notched the save.

my bad...thanks.

The Cardinals signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract.

I thought we were done with him.

I'll say it one more time:

Was Aaron Miles ever NOT playing for the Cardinals?

Good point.

samardzija brought in w/ bases loaded, one out jam & worked out of it w/ team trailing; got the win after a walk-off rally...

I went last night. It was very cold, although the wind was not bad.

Some random impressions:

Lee and Ramirez each hit the ball hard into long outs.

The Nationals ran aggressively (and successfully) against Grabow. Don't know if the scouting report is that he's easy to run against. He also was a little slow off the mound on Morgan and rushed the throw.

Liked Soriano's opposite field single with 2 strikes. Did not like his other ABs. Liked his first to third advance on the single to center. Did not even draw a throw.

Yeah, Soriano looked good there - that even looked like a slider he hit.

It's a bad time of year to try to hit HR's - Soto got the Memo but Ramirez and Lee not so much.

Resist the urge for Todd Coffey. The Reds fans would LOVE for us to get him. I saw a lot of epic fails on his part as a Reds reliever.

The pen and the offense were red flags before the end of last season and should have been addressed.

What about Juan Cruz?

Is he worth picking up?

Bruce Miles from his blog:

"You never say never, but the Cubs don't have much interest. They don't like him as an eighth-inning guy, and they feel they have better than Cruz to get to Z and Marmol with. I don't see it unless something changes."

riot, fuke, dlee, rami, colv (7), byrd, font, hill, demp.

MLB cracking down on writers and players using twitter for non-baseball related entries...

what...they're not going to drag this out for 3-5 years?

they must not be using Twitter to discuss PEDs or something.

Miguel Olivo passed 2 kidney stones on Monday, and played that night.

couple of passed balls? ouch...


but Colvin has been a beast so far this season. It's nice to see a young player have a good month, even if that's all it is.

Think Cubs could flip gorzy for wood come June?

depends on what the Cubs are willing to pay of Wood's contract

nice catch byrd. next time follow it up with a sac fly.

And Fontenot, if you're down 1 run and you come up to bat with the bases loaded and work a 3-1 count... let's not swing unless it's meatball right down the middle.

Yeah, right. Fontenot is THE problem.
Not the black hole named Lee/Ramirez

I'm sorry, I shall never complain about the great Fontenot or anything he does ever again.

I know I'm in the minority, here, but I think Fontenot sucks balls.

He is usually the closest to them.....


Or does he just buy into defined roles and handedness matchups this much? Regardless of what Tracy does here, how do you not use Soto when you are going to pinch hit for Hill? He's arguably the best hitter on the team right now.

And now Nady in to hit for Dempster, even though Soto will have to come in to play defense for Hill! Nady and Tracy have been ice cold! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! I'm gonna go shout at my toaster.

that sure was a head-shaker

Lou not happy in post game interview

Asks reporter for baseball cred "What kind of baseball did you play?"

Asked about the hitters not hitting-"ask the players"

"ask the players"

...yeah, that worked for milton.

managers manage. it's not a 3-4 hour day then you clock out. how about protecting players, calling out players, or otherwise giving the reporters some sound bites to get them off the clubhouse?

can we quit having 3+m dollar managers and pretending like they're football coaches who create massive playbook strategies for a once-a-week throwdown?

thanks yanks for paying joe torre 5-8m all these years creating the "elite" manager class when so few have so little differences.

I hope I get a job someday where I'm aloud to throw a public hissy fit and still earn millions of dollars without having any identifiable skills while making some decisions even more poorly than individuals with less expertise would.

At least you got the skills part covered.

True. That.

Nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills. Chicks must love you.

I'm training to be a cage fighter.

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  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • 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):