TCR Friday Vacation Notes

You may have thought I've been on vacation since May, but really just the last week and next. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things when I return.

In the meantime, the Mets visit Wrigley for this weekends exhibition. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and his surprising 2010 season start off the set against Randy "Sophomore Slump" Wells.

Fukudome, Castro, Byrd, Ramirez, Nady, Soto, Soriano, DeWitt, Wells

vs.

Pagan, Duda, Carter, Wright, Davis, Arias, Thole, Tejada, Dickey.

Gorzelanny has a hairline fracture in his pinkie and will miss his next start, hints are that he'll avoid the disabled list and pitch again this season.

Welington Castillo was called up.

The Cubs are currently tied for the 7th spot in the draft with the Nationals, a half game from the 6th spot owned by the Royals, 2 games from the 5th spot owned by the Dbacks and 3 games from the 4th spot owned by the Indians. I think the Pirates, O's and Mariners are pretty safe to take the first three picks. On the other side, it doesn't look the Cubs could do much worse than the 8th spot in the draft as they're 5.5 games behind the Astros and Brewers for the 9th spot.

Happy Weekend everyone.

Comments

David Wright's stats have come around, he's up to 22 hr and 87 rbi. The last time I checked (months ago) he wasn't hitting for any power.

Who the fuck is Rob G.?

Soriano's "I'm afraid of the wall" dance cost Wells 2 runs.

soriano defensive fail...

2-0 mets...

wonder if he'll follow it up by turning a double into a single by walking to 1st on a few balls put into play...

soriano bat win...

3-4 cubs...

the high strike is being called liberally today.

No reason to bean the ump then.

...some seriously weird wind gusts going on, too. wind is constant, but there's a lot of gusts whipping through the trees/flags.

x.nady out of f'n nowhere.

unf...that was kinda awesome.

hope soriano just got a good look at d.wright turning a groundout to 3rd into a single by actually...oh...running to 1st.

if dlee is watching in ATL he might want to take note, too.

So how is DPLee doing, you might ask, since he joined Atlanta?

Well, not so good... .214 .298 .310 .607

Braves are 6-6

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/4616

Iowa has to win 3 of 4 from Memphis(Cards affiliate) this weekend to make playoffs.

AA Manager Bill Dancy also took the MOY award for the Southern League.

fun fact:

Here are two interesting hitting lines:

.255/.313/.503 with 19 homers and 50 RBI

.260/.318/.507 with 21 homers and 69 RBI

Line A in 353 PA's, Line B in 457 PA's

(drumroll)

Colvin vs. Soriano

dcf has an expanded breakdown of sori/colvin in post #28 in the thread below this one.

show-off

hurrah innerwebs.

Not to mention you 3/44'd the I-Cubs series.

*knocks down a margarita*

*strolls back to the pool.*

Clay Rapawada called up by Rangers...

1.82 ERA this year in AAA, .120 BAA vs. lefties

Rapada was the PTBNL sent to Tigers at end of 2007 for Craig Monroe.

heh...dewitt has hit 5 of his 16 career HR's vs. the mets (47ab vs. 727ab)

via ye olde world o' roto...

yee flipping haw...

mark prior signs with TEX (minor league deal)

basically, he wants to play AFL or similar under a pro team's umbrella in order to be properly taken care of. he's not expected to play this month.

http://twitter.com/Evan_P_Grant/status/229212...

(dallas sportswriter)

oh, the plight of privileged fans who yell at people about shit they don't know about...but they spend some money so it's their right.

these are the people that end up getting their ass kicked by others like them at their kid's little league game.

btw, those jetblue jets don't look 1/2 the pain in the ass as some of the Delta and American jets i've been on.

I had a dream last night that Hendry and some other Cub executive picked me up in a car to take me somewhere and during the car ride confirmed to me that they'd sign Kerry Wood to be a set-up man next year.

apparently this was the only question I thought to ask or remembered that I asked.

we'll see how my Carnac powers work...

I had a dream last night that Hendry's replacement picked me up in a car to take me somewhere and during the car ride confirmed to me that they'd sign Kerry Wood to be a set-up man next year.

I had a dream that I was watching a baseball game at Fenway Park with Terence Mann.

For anyone interested, the MLB.TV replay has Len interviewing Quade. If you can look past the obvious part where he's doing a little bit of pitching for the permanent job, for my money, he comes across as a pretty good dude.

Also, he said something interesting that I'd like to know if one of you can tell me more about. Len said Quade was a good listener and Quade said yeah even when I disagree with someone on stuff like sabremetrics. I almost said to myself "uh-oh" but then he said he is a closet numbers guy. Maybe Len's not? I don't quite get that. Does this mean he's a sabremetric guy or not?

I myself am not a sabremetrics guy at all but I feel like I want our next manager to be. The only real reason I'm not is that I'm too lazy to dig through stats and evaluate them, so as a fan I rely on my gut.

But a 21st century manager, in my opinion, should be a stats hound.

BTW, today was also Carlos Zambrano bobble head day.

There was a 7th inning ceremony where everyone placed their bobble heads on their seats to watch them explode.

Iowa Cubs win again, down 2-1 they scored a run in the straight innings to beat Memphis on Friday night.

Len's a big stat guy, just doesn't see them as the be-all/end-all that a lot of people do.

Ryan Theriot had 19 BB's with the Cubs in 412 PA's

already has 13 with the Dodgers in 128 PA's

309/384/382 line as a Dodger before Friday's game

Castro with the 2nd best OPS for a shortstop since the break behind Tulo.

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

    Eric S 7 hours 44 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 10 hours 41 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 10 hours 54 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 11 hours 3 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 11 hours 8 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 11 hours 26 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 12 hours 2 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 12 hours 20 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 12 hours 22 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 12 hours 40 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 12 hours 47 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 13 hours 43 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 14 hours 55 sec 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 14 hours 5 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 15 hours 15 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 15 hours 54 min ago view