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


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.


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

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


Colvin vs. Soriano

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


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.

(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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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.