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

Comments

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 singers...no interview following. good stuff.

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

*ducks

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

Ducks.

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.

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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

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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?

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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.

http://worldseriesdreaming.mlblogs.com/archiv...

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:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/13545706/p...

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.

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/st...

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAs6TDLuKgQ

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.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

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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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 6 hours 55 sec ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 6 hours 20 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 8 hours 12 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 8 hours 46 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 9 hours 25 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 9 hours 30 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 9 hours 35 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 10 hours 38 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 12 hours 33 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 12 hours 47 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 13 hours 17 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 13 hours 33 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 17 hours 27 min ago view