Game Preview: Angels(39-32) @ Cubs(30-38)

The Cubs try to avoid the sweep and hopefully save my little Katie and I from years of humiliation. Colvin sits against another lefty (don't ever go 0/4 again kid), but Baker still gets to play after yesterday's Brook Robinson impression. I should be in chat for most of the game if anyone is around and still cares.

cf byrd, 3b baker, 1b lee, rf nady, c soto, lf sori, ss castro, 2b riot, p zambrano

Have you felt like there's been a lack of timely hitting by the Cubs and wasting good starts by their pitchers? Well reader WISCGRAD was wondering the same thing and calculated the numbers of wins as a percentage of quality starts. Unsurprisingly the Cubs are worst in the NL and third worst in the majors behind the poor Mariners that can't buy a run and the Land of Misfit Cubs Toys known as the Orioles.

Chart after the jump...

Please note, if it's not obvious, that is the percentage of all team wins, not just wins in games where the team had a quality start

Happy Father's Day, hopefully the Cubs make it a little happier


Well, yes, hope springs eternal....

(Happy Father's Day to all!)

Another player whose future in the organization is grim is right-fielder Kosuke Fukudome, who went 0-for-4 Saturday and will sit more with Tyler Colvin getting more playing time in right. The Cubs are unlikely to eat the bulk of the remaining $21 million on Fukudome's contract, and he has veto rights to 15 teams because of his no-trade clause.

good luck with that...

If the Cubs are unlikely to eat the bulk of the contract, then his place in the organization is pretty much set.

That's kinda what I was thinking. The Cubs find themselves in the very Cub-like position of just now figuring out or deciding that this team ain't gettin 'er done, in a buyers' market, where nobody has any money and the overpaid pieces they're trying to trade not having done much to make themselves marketable. But they're "unlikely to eat the bulk".... sure.

The funniest part? If Soriano has a decent week or three, he may be more trade-able than some of the other players...

And the second funniest part? My gut tells me the ex-Cub factor means most of these guys would play great elsewhere if/when they get traded.... but other teams aren't going to pay that much for those lottery tickets (and rightfully so)

Len just called Dempster the de facto ace. Thoughts?

**Update** Shortly after that he says "I guess a case could be made for Silva"

Fuck, really?

Converted reliever to starter and back up catcher are looking good today.
F U Lou.

Hunter's diving catch on Castro's ball?

"Marlon Byrd-like"

How TF does Len Kasper live with himself?? (Or have a job?)

**This post is dedicated to Steve Stone**

I don't mind Len and Bob. I also give any Cubs announcers the benefit of the doubt for having to watch this shit on a daily basis and still talk about for 3 hours everyday like they care and like there is still hope. I couldn't do it.

len and bob are my favorite 7th inning interview following. good stuff.

I like Len & Bob. I also enjoyed Chip & Stoney, though...


My favorite announcers were Harry and that kid he had as his straight man for the White Sox.


Sorry, my dad was a White Sox fan.

I think the kid's name was Bob Waller or some such, but don't quote me on that.

That was when Harry said, "That wouldn't be a home run in a phone booth" and "Rahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhd Carew".

Harry was a great Cubs broadcaster but he was a better Sox announcer.

I also remember Walt Williams spitting into his helmet every at bat, and rubbing it on his not so shabby afro.

There really is some good Sox lore out there. I'm glad my dad was a fan so I could enjoy some of it.

If you wanna know why I turned on the old man, it was the 69 Cubs and Brickhouse. God I loved that team.

Submitted by Old and Blue on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 8:42am.
My favorite announcers were Harry and that kid he had as his straight man for the White Sox.


O & B: That would be Bob Waller, the guy who looked like Anthony Perkins.

And there was Jimmy Piersall who Anthony Perkins played in Fear Strikes Out.

Submitted by QuietMan on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 9:30am.
And there was Jimmy Piersall who Anthony Perkins played in Fear Strikes Out


QUIET MAN: I sat with Jimmy Piersall at a Spring Training game a couple of years ago, and he still is angry about Anthony Perkins getting cast as Piersall in Fear Strikes Out.

Did he say who he wanted?

Submitted by QuietMan on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 10:45am.
Did he say who he wanted?


QUIET MAN: No, but based on the reason he didn't like Anthony Perkins, I got the impression he would have preferred John Wayne or Robert Mitchum.

Rob, not sure if this is 'sanctioned' (if not, just delete the post), but here's one blogger's well-articulated argument as to why Lou is done after the utter crap he was spouting yesterday.

can't speak for rob, but info is info and ads are ads...this seems to definitely fall under "info."

even a "competitor" blog with good info has been welcome in the past without being given crap for it.

I thought he was going to demand firing Lou for using Howry in a one run game. The quote he's harping on isn't that big to me, since everyone knows Lou was thinking that anyway.

Saving Cashner and Marshall for small leads in the 7th inning is stupid, how many times does that happen during the season, especially for this team? Good job using Howry in the winnable game and Cashner in the laugher, Lou. Here's your paycheck, enjoy Florida.

all fire sales start with Hendry otherwise it's just a deck shuffling...

I'm going to counter you guys (and myself) with this link:

There are some good points here, and I think the main take away is that Lou really did get dealt a shitty hand, and the main culprit is a guy I really liked a couple years ago.

Man, I'm glad my job is not this hard. I'd drink even more than I already do. Okay, that's not much anymore cuz I'm, like, 90 years old, but you get the point.

These are blogs, I know, written by Joe Sixpack and all, but that writer could have said in 30 words what he took 1,000 words to say. Three minutes of my life I'll never get back...

A percentage implies a part of a whole. I'm not sure this percentage is very meaningful. But no sense splitting hairs, because the point remains... the Cubs are getting decent starts and not winning. Lack of offense. Same ol' story.

If it makes you happier, change it to ratio, or write it as team wins relative to team quality starts, or something like that. I think it is meaningful in that it is a quick way to show how well a team is performing relative to how well it's starting pitching is performing.

Well, we kicked the hell out of a good team, picked up a game on the division leaders and can't lose tomorrow - Happy Father's Day Cubs fans.

I feel if you put the quotes by Ramirez here next to those ESPN ads of fans talking out of their ass, you'd have something.

Excellent, excellent!

All you have to do is look to the right of this page and you can see Ricketts is stuck with Zambrano, Soriano, and Fukudome until their contracts expire (almost $50M/year through 2011) unless he and the family want to eat some serious cash (probably not likely). For that matter, add Ramirez at another $15M through 2011 also.

What makes no sense is Lou playing Koyie and his OF stiffs over Colvin. Lou isn't going to win anything with this current roster (one of the most unwatchable Cubs teams since 2004). If Hendry and anyone else in the leadership hierarchy expects him to, then they should replace Lou now.

I cut bait with Kosuke, make Zambrano the 5th starter for the forseeable future, and play Soriano everyday provide he maintains his average above .290 and produces runs.

I give Castro, Soto, Ramirez (when he returns), Theriot (until I find a trade partner), Colvin, and Byrd everyday playing status. I trade Lee as soon as I can find a taker because I wouldn't re-sign him or Nady; and leave the the last one standing to play 1B until October.

By late summer I would have Jay Jackson, Diamond, Schlitter, and Russell up here to see if they're ready to get MLB hitters out. I would try to trade Grabow and Lilly to contenders.

In the off season, this team needs a first-baseman (maybe ARam) or third baseman, an OF (maybe Brett Jackson), at least 2-3 relief pitchers, and 1-2 starting pitchers (depending on Cashner moving to the rotation or staying in a setup role).

I would suggest Samardzija try football.

I would suggest Hendry just stick with Samninja instead of signing Howry. They are equally smelly pieces of shit, so why shell out an extra 800k or whatever Howry costs?

Soriano... fourrr moreee yearrrss...

Santo scaling back...not going on this road trip to his home town of Seattle. On the radio broadcast yesterday in relation to conversation about players getting uniform numbers in 1932, and the numbers given were based on where one batted in the lineup (Ruth #3, Gehrig #4, etc), Pat Hughes teased Santo in that his #10 was because he only dated "tens". He asked Santo if any of his old flames would visit the booth when they were in Seattle (so I think not making this trip was a decision made yesterday).

Ron Santo has agreed to cut back on travel because of his health....said he may miss more trips this season and that next year he and WGN agree that limiting his trips to the Midwest only would help his health.

Santo scaling back...not going on this road trip to his home town of Seattle.

Does this mean that the radio broadcasts will finally be listenable again?

To each their own, but I really enjoy Pat and Ron on XM. And like him or not, you can't say he doesn't care......

and no, it's not cuz I write twice a year for his Bears blog.

I really have to say that I keep trying other Cubs blogs and this is where I always end up.

I'm not a stats hound, but I'm learning how to become one, and AZ Phil is ridiculous, and most of you posters are insanely knowledgeable about baseball.

I just want to say thanks to you guys. This is a sucky season, and you all knew it coming in, and still here you are.

And no, I did not have a near death experience. I'm just sort of nostalgic today (see my earlier post about the White Sox).

But, I don't love you guys. I only like you.

That's really cool, man. Couldn't agree more.

Keep waiting for Rob G to post "You like me... you really like me!", but I've now given up hope.

I just assume you all tolerate me and you're all too lazy to check out other blogs.

And we have AZ Phil.

Cubs 29th round pick LHP Casey Harman is starting for Clemson at the College World Series this morning versus #1 ranked Arizona State.

Harman was Clemson's "Friday Night starter" (#1 starter) this season and was projected to get selected somewhere in rounds 6-10, but inexplicably fell all the way to Round 29.

He had an outstanding outing (albeit taking the loss) in Clemson's opening Super Regional game versus Alabama a week ago Saturday (one earned run, nine strikeouts, and no walks), and should command "5th round money" despite his draft position, although the Cubs can't sign him until Clemson finishes playing in the CWS.

Harman throws an 86-89 MPH sinker with "average" curve and change, but he has outstanding control (he has not walked more than two batters in any game throughout his college career).

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  • 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):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.

  • I felt the same way, too, but...

    I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.

  • Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.

  • I meant December.