Game Preview: White Sux (26-33) vs. Cubs (27-33)

The Cubs and White Sox square off for the first time to try and win the BP Crosstown Cup. Each member of the winning team gets an oily bird delivered to their doorstep.

The lineup for the Cubs from Muskat over twitter:  rf fuke, 2b riot, 1b lee, cf byrd,
lf sori, 3b tracy, c hill, ss castro, p wells

And the White Sox lineup: Pierre lf, Ramirez ss, Rios cf, Konerko 1b, Jones
rf, AJ c, Beckham 2b, Nix 3b, (Peavy)

According to a caller on WSCR, Randy Wells was out partying with Ryan Dempster and the Blackhawks into the wee hours of the morning. Might as well just warm up Gorzelanny along with Wells to start the game.

Last, but not least, Mordecai Hill has these flattering words to say about your 2010 Cubs.

"It was a perfect situation for the Brewers," Hill said. "They had a guy up there at the plate [in Counsell] who takes a lot of pride in what he does and he practices those situations, so when it does come up, he gets the bunt down to the right side of the field. They have the perfect guy on first base [in Gomez], who is one of the fastest guys in the league, and they had one of the worst fundamental teams on the field, so it was a perfect situation for them."

eh, Go Cubs?

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Maybe Wells has a new pre-game routine. Look at all the money Farnsworth has made in his career, sets the right example for the young pitchers. Wells just needs a tighter pair of pants now.

I'm also glad BP is sponsoring the Crosstown Cup, since "disaster" and "negligence" are terms that would fit well with the Cubs these days.

heh...

I copied your line for our twitter feed.

http://twitter.com/thecubreporter/status/1593...

Lou and Steve Stone get into it

http://twitter.com/CarrieMuskat/status/159398...

with quotes

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/06/...

"And Steve Stone? He's got enough problems doing what he does with the White Sox. What job has he had in baseball besides talking on television or radi. What has he done?/blockquote>

"Why isn't he a farm director and bring some kids around? Why isn't he a general manager, and put the uniform on and been a pitching coach? Why hasn't he been a field manager. There's 30 teams out there that could use a guy's expertise like that. I'm tired of some of these guys, I really am. Now that's it. Let's go to baseball."

"I've seen more baseball players than Lou has. I just haven't managed them."

thank you steve stone.

yeah, well steve...your mom wears combat boots.

I guess he does the WGN games for free.

clubhousecacner.com ...neat

there's an entire cottage industry springing up over the past few years of how fans can more easily get angry at athletes.

...complete with self-righteous ranting, i mean commentary.

YO, FUCK THIS SPORTS THING BECAUSE WHEN I WAS IN 8th GRADE I ALREADY KNEW BETTER THAN TO DO THIS STUPID FUCKING SHIT. TO HELL WITH THESE FUCKED UP ASSHOLES. THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE A BASEBALL GAME. IT IS MY OPINION THAT MY OPINION KICKS ASS.

Well the world cup will last a few weeks, and then there's hopefully a LeBron signing to get excited about, we should be to NFL Preseason by then, right?

"The lineup for the Cubs from Muskat over twitter: rf fuke,......

Lou, it's June. Fukedome swoons in June. Do you really want this leading off?

KF career: .225 .330 .332
KF ..2010: .227 .261 .318

How about sitting Kosuke down til July when his hitting coach comes back and straightens out his swing?

If Lou sat down every guy who was cold for a week we'd be playing three players.

is colvin hurt?

I'm pretty sure I heard Lou saying something about Tyler Colvin being a "pretty boy" and having "a vagina" during the pregame. I'm not sure. He may have said that he smells bad and is "a douche" too. I think he high-fived Soriano afterward.

Is this totally like Dusty's last year managing?

two of the cubs' latest gaffes [botched rundown; runner scoring from 1st on a bunt]are garden variety little league...

Why has the game been delayed? Stanley Cup?

early morning rain or something, should be starting in 10-20 minutes

there was no rain. i was there, and we sat there looking at a dry field waiting for the game to start.

damn liberal media.

So, when Lou says something like--Unfortunately I have 5 major league outfielders on the roster, so I can't get Colvin in as much as he deserves because others need to play too--is that a message to the GM to trade from the teams strength in order to address a need either at the major league level or in the minors, or is that Lou just throwing up his hands and saying don't blame me?

I mean, should we expect Nady to be traded soon so that Lou only has 4 major league outfielders? Or expect to see Colvin traded soon? Or is Lou saying that we all just have to live with it until the situation somehow resolves itself?

I'm just curious what these angry rants at the press signify.

To answer your question, this is what Lou is thinking:

fart

go ask the players... =p

Look, we have five good outfielders, here - what am I going to do? Soriano has to play, even if he's batting .225 over half the season, you got to play him. Then there's Fukudome - who when I don't put on the lineup card, which he can't read because the first names are the last names anyway, he just jogs out to right field when the game starts. Byrd is leading the league in hitting, and does needless dives better than Andy Van Slyke ever did, and Nady is a proven vet who, I think, charged the beach at Normandy. How can I take him out of the lineup now that he can overthrow third with the best of them? Colvin is the only guy who does what I tell him to do, so he sits out most nights. What else can I do?

i think it means he has 5 good outfielders and 3 OF spots, someone has to sit.

of course it should be fuku right now.

A Soriano Byrd Colvin outfield with Nady at 1st would probably be our best offensive combination right now. Lee still isn't hitting, in case anyone's forgotten.

I've counted out winning at this point, though. I just want to see Colvin play because he's the guy I see providing the best value in the future, especially if the Cubs want to be more strategic with their payroll.

Fukudome would have to be the guy to sit. (And I hope that the Cubs are discussing Fukudome, Byrd, and Lee with other teams.)

watching the cubs @wrigley with hawk/stone calling the game.

great...3 hours of steve stone telling us how everything is baseball is wrong unless it's done his way.

kind of like listening to crunch

/too easy and j/k

evidently someone doesn't understand sarcasm.

/egotism

fart

strangely, that just isn't getting old for me.

and it shouldn't.

Randy Wells's new mustache is a sure sign that he's headed down a bad road.

so it his top of 1st.

Iowa is calling Randy...

I wonder if Gorzelanny is the one that leaked Wells was out all night?

At least he got two outs this time, unlike the STL start.

Who is Gorzelanny?

my bad...sloth

That's better.

Or Cashner.

Numbers on the draft for all teams here:

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_articl...

-edit- don't feel like getting into it

long story short...adjusted wOBA on college metal bat baseball = bwhaha. it's not the main gist of the article, though.

I haven't even read it - just remember the discussion about JC players and thought some people may find it interesting.

oh, it's a good article...there's just a blurb at the end about adjusted wOBA on a metal bat college baseball player...as if it matters.

it's like trying to justify how pretending how someone hits inside pitching in metal bat baseball is even justifiable.

Randy Wells had another adventurous first inning, after the Cubs denied a WSCR-AM rumor that their starter had been out until 3 a.m celebrating with the Hawks at The Underground night club.

"He was in bed by 9:30," said a Cubs spokesman.

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/06/...

heh

""He was in bed by 9:30," said a Cubs spokesman."

9:30 am?

...but then he had to get up and go home.

Boom!

"Out of all the guys in that OF, Fukudome is one guy you don't want to run on." - Steve Stone

i would argue, but what do i know?

"I've seen more baseball players than Lou has. I just haven't managed them." - Steve Stone

From Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet (for this past week)

8. Brett Jackson, OF Cubs

Team: high Class A Daytona (Florida State)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: .333/.429/.567 (10-for-30), 1 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B, 10 RBIs, 10 R, 5 BB, 6 SO, 4-for-5 SB
The Scoop: Jackson's raw power has yet to show through in the heavy air of the Florida State League. The Cubs' 2009 first-round pick out of California has just three home runs, including his grand slam on Wednesday against Brevard County, but he's otherwise been holding his own. Jackson, who's been Daytona's leadoff hitter all year, has had issues making contact (54 strikeouts in 214 at-bats), but that was a known problem for him, and he's been patient enough to already have drawn 39 walks, the most by any FSL hitter. Jackson's biggest obstacle so far might be his home park, where he's hitting just .238/.370/.343 in 105 at-bats compared to .321/.426/.486 in 109 road at-bats.

10. Chris Archer, LHP Cubs ....

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospect...

I don't know about you guys, but I'm just getting this feeling that this just isn't going to be the Cubs year.

this just isn't going to be the Cubs year century

again?

damn.

You seeing something I'm not?

On another note, I just read this headline on Rotoworld: "A-Rod has stiff groin, will see doctor Friday".

Doctor's prescription: "Stop checking yourself out in the mirror".

2nd bad century in a row.

Keep up, Mauer.

I understood...I'm just saying that thus far I'm not seeing anything to lead me to believe that this century will be better than the last one.

fart.

touche

The last century also started out rough, as the Cubs finished 6th, 6th, and 5th from 1900-1902, topping out at 68 wins. But after finishing a solid 3rd (82-56) in 1903, the Cubs then reeled off back-to-back 90+ win seasons. Then from 1906-1910, they were in the World Series 4 of 5 years going 2-2, and the only year they missed the World Series they had 104 wins and a .680 winning percentage.

So yeah, if that's how a bad century looks 10 years in, there is nothing about our view from 2010 that suggests this one will be better, or even (cringe) as good.

The Cubs are sort of the Bizarro world's Tampa Bay Rays

something's gotta give...

meh

piniella has nervous breakdown, sandberg brought in as 'interim' to plug the fan leak @ wrigley & then we'll see...

tushy

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 9 hours 40 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 12 hours 38 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 12 hours 50 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 12 hours 59 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 13 hours 5 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 13 hours 23 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 13 hours 59 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 14 hours 17 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 14 hours 19 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 14 hours 37 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 14 hours 44 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 15 hours 39 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 15 hours 57 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 16 hours 2 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 17 hours 12 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 17 hours 51 min ago view