Game #64 Preview: A's @ Cubs

The A's make their second-ever visit to Wrigley Field—the Cubs are the only National League never to have played in Oakland—having been swept this past weekend in San Francisco.

The weather forecast is not promising, with Weather.com saying there is a 100% chance of precipitation through the shank of the evening. Is there a rainout-forced doubleheader in these teams' immediate future? If there's anything better than interleague play, it's an interleague doubleheader made necessary by the screwy MLB schedule...which became infinitely screwier when MLB adopted interleague play.

The A's come in Foxless, having DFA's former Cub Jake Fox yesterday. Earlier today, the A's picked up first-baseman/left fielder Conor Jackson from the Diamondbacks. Jackson is not in the A's starting lineup; not sure if he will be in uniform tonight at all.

Speaking of the lineups...

A's vs. Carlos Zambrano (2-4, 6.05; 1-0, 1.35 vs. A's)
Davis 8, Barton 3, Sweeney 9, Suzuki 2, Kouzmanoff 5, Cust 7, Ellis 4, Pennington 6, Cahill 1

Cubs vs. Trevor Cahill (5-2, 2.91; first start vs. Cubs)
Theriot 4, Castro 6, Byrd 8, Lee 3, Colvin 9, Soriano 7, Tracy 5, Hill 2, Zambrano 1

Zambrano is making his third start since returning to the rotation. Last time out, he survived five walks over five innings to beat the Brewers. A's starter Trevor Cahill is coming off one of the best starts of his career, an eight-inning, one-run effort against the Angels. He has been successful recently by keeping the ball down in the strike zone and avoiding the longball—just one HR allowed over the past 33 innings.

Things you learn about the A's and Cubs from spending way too much time on Baseball-Reference.com:

Greatest former Cub who wound up playing for the A's: Billy Williams.

Winningest former Cub pitcher who wound up playing for the A's: Kenny Holtzman, who went 80-81 for the Cubs before joining the A's in 1972 and going 77-55 in four seasons.

Most petulant player who wore both Cub and Athletic uniforms: you might rush to say Milton Bradley. But I'm going to go with Dave Kingman, who was well on his way to the Jerk Hall of Fame before Milton had even played his first Little League Game.

Note: Baseball-Reference.com doesn't rank players by petulance. That one is my call.

This one's for you, Kong.

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third basemen Conor Jackson?

I fixed that one.

link for Jerk Hall of Fame goes to Fox story, that one I can't fix.

Changed the Kingman link.

that Easter buffet looks fantastic...and what a price!!!

Sadly the offer expired 30 years ago.

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

Gordo Witt says some similar (maybe smart?) things to what I was ranting about in the thumb article. Basically, this team would be better mid-term to semi-blow it up now (although he mentions Ramy, who I think I'd keep).

But he's worried how the fans would take it....

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/p...

Strasburg gets SI cover over Blackhawks, although Hawks cover will go out locally.

lol...americans and hockey...

izzo staying at michigan state, cavs not having a coach has to in someway help bulls in lebron chase.

To hell with the Yankees and their complicated shoes.

First pitch expected for 8:45pm CT:

http://twitter.com/carriemuskat

Only thru 4 but...

Suppan working on Cy Young:

4ip, 4hits, 1 run, 4 k's

Leading 3-1

Only blemish...solo HR M Bradley

Z struggling in the first again.

When Ramirez comes back I thought I saw whereif Tracy goes down to Iowa
he would have to clear waivers?

oh no!!!

Submitted by rokfish on Tue, 06/15/2010 - 8:06pm.
When Ramirez comes back I thought I saw whereif Tracy goes down to Iowa
he would have to clear waivers?

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ROKFISH: Chad Tracy is NOT out of options, but he does have to give his permission before he can be assigned to the minors (by optional or outright assignment) because he has accrued 5+ years of MLB Service Time. As a player with 5+ years of MLB ST, Tracy could opt to be a free-agent (and be paid his entire remaining salary as termination pay) if he is sent to the minors without his approval. While he did agree to the Optional Assignment when the Cubs sent him to Iowa in May (most players with 5+ MLB ST would have refused), he might not be as amenable to the idea this time.

Because the anniversary date of his debut on an MLB 25-man Active List was more than three years ago, Tracy would first have had to clear Optional Assignment Waivers when he was optioned to Iowa in May, but Optional Waivers (once secured) are good for the balance of the waiver period (which ends on July 31st), so the Cubs would not have to put him back on Optional Waivers before he can be optioned to the minors again (at least until the end of the current waiver period on July 31st). But again, even with waivers secured, he would have to agree to accept the assignment each time he is optioned to the minors.

I believe the article you read is the same one I saw, and I got the impression that the writer confused Tracy's status with that of Jeff Baker, who (unlike Tracy) is out of options, so that Baker would have to clear Outright Assignmment Waivers (which are irrevocable) before he can be outrighted to the minors. And because he has 3+ years of MLB Service Time, Baker can be a free-agent if he is outrighted to the minors (he can be a FA immediately and if he does he gets no termination pay, or he can accept the Outright Assignment, continue to be paid his $150K+ monthly salary in AAA, and defer free-agency until the end of the MLB regular season, unless he is added back to a 40-man roster by that time, in which case he cannot be a FA).

Tracy might be a good fit for the Angels. Or Twins.

At the gam behind home plate.. Two beers in... Cahills shit is wikis. Cubs ain't hitting this shit

*wikid. Dumb iPhone

Oh iPhone. I though it was a reflection of the Wrigley beer!

This is probably incredibly uncool to say, but I don't care... when I go to Wrigley, I enjoy the Old Style. Reminds me of being a kid... at my cousins house having Cubs baseball on TV in the afternoon... and the smell of my drunk uncle...

That drunk uncle part brought a sentimental tear to my eye.

Can you even get Old Style outside of the park? It's really not good. I don't mind drinking crap beer if it's what's available, but paying a lot for a crap beer just rubs me the wrong way.

Hells yeah you can get it!

Did Lee really have two errors in a row that caused runs?

he sure did.

muffed a grounder and then just didn't catch a ball thrown by castro.

Did Z gather his latin posse and fight the the rest of the team through song and dance a la west side story?

well-played Mauer.

fart

lol farts.

Sharks vs Jets...You throw the records out when those two teams get together.

gwahhh!!!

how much f'n cubbery can you fit into a game...2 wild pitches with 2 runs...bases loaded and error marathons...triples with errors? WHAT THE HELL?

and what was up with Z hitting for himself in the rally inning with a man on 2nd and 2 outs?

8-4...holy crap.

in honor of the Cubs new walk-up intros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg

Lou needs to adopt this management style for players who commit errors, wild pitches and other stoopid stuff...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZgVRJ-H8U&fe...

wow...wrigley emptied out really quick after that 7th.

it's a ghost town.

the rain thinned the initial crowd, but this looks like a PIT game.

that colvin HR hit a lot of empty seats in the bleachers.

Yeah what the f=== was up with Zambrano hitting then coming out of game, I am all for seeing more ghost towns.
Seems the only reason i watch is to watch the three C's and laugh at how piss poor the rest of team plays.

the game plan would be to get the ball to Colvin.

Foolishly I was holding out hope that Lou would unload in the post-game press conference and give vent to just a fraction of the frustration that all Cub fans are feeling right now. Instead, it was just the same, old, mealy-mouthed nonsense. "Just one of those games," "Zambrano deserved better," "Gotta go out tomorrow and play better."

You tell 'em, Lou.

Where has Jim Hendry been lately have not seen any quotes from him recently.

preparing his resume.

Hendry's resume is much more attractive the team he's put together for 2010, which I suspect is what (unfortunately for him) future employers will remember most.

From Bruce Miles blog:

As I blogged earlier in the day, I've got to believe Theriot is a non-tender this fall if the Cubs don't trade him first.

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 06/15/2010 - 22:27

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/4230

Many of us were thinking the same thing. But it's nice to see a beat guy say it.

Don't look now, but Samardzija is quietly having a good season at Iowa.

Coleman and Archer dominated yesterday. Coleman "retired the last 21 batters he faced, not allowing a man to reach base after the second batter of the game." His line: 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts.

Archer (Daytona) had no walks and 10 K's in 5.1.

If anyone brings up the 2007 start I will come over to their house and pour a bucket of sour milk on to their computer.

At my own risk, I will bring it up. On June 16, 2007 the Cubs were 31-35, and the won the division with 85 wins, just 8 games over .500. Today they are 28-36, and the Reds and Cardinals are already 7 games over .500, on pace for 90 wins. And the 2007 was actually good. It ain't happening this year.

great!
now I have to drive around with a gallon of milk in my trunk for a week.

That was the most dispiriting game I've seen in quite some time. The team looked absolutely horrible.

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  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.

     

     

    Rob G. 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 5 hours 57 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 54 sec ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • if runner = on base and pitcher = j.lester then lead = large

    if lead = large then probability of extra base on following hit > average of mean

    okay, enough of that silliness...

    ...you can read more on the thread i copy/pasted this from the last time you decided you needed to talk to me about me.

    crunch 6 hours 36 min ago view
  • Thank you for your answer.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 39 min ago view
  • bless your heart.

    crunch 6 hours 40 min ago view
  • I don't recall you answering my question about quantifying how it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this season, apart from one guy scoring on a sac fly. Can you direct me to your answer? Thanks.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • Lester's personal catcher has an .809 OPS.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • we already has this asinine discussion. you didn't like the answer. there's already an answer above you can apply about how a guy goes from 1st base to home on a sac fly that included him stealing 3rd while lester watched from the mound. the fact that the cubs bats, 100% independent of that situation, scored some runs invalidates it as an issue to you. i find that stupid. we will not get anywhere with this. you know we will not get anywhere with this...because we already had this asinine discussion.

    #circularlogic

    crunch 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • it's not about SB...it never was.

    jake arrieta being slow to the plate isn't comparable to jon lester not throwing to any base. how the runners read off arrieta isn't anything similar to what a runner is reading off lester.

    maybe arrieta could use a personal catcher solely to control his running game...but i doubt it's that important.

    crunch 6 hours 53 min ago view