Ninja Jae-Kuk Ryu's Cardinals!

A nice night for the Golden Boy last night as he throws 5.2 shutout innings against the fading Cardinals to further deter their playoffs hopes. Samardzija did give up six hits and four walks against just one strikeout, so he was constantly working out trouble, but he got 8 groundballs and two timely(as if they are never not timely for a pitcher) double plays by Pedro Feliz to help the cause.

Mike Quade and Geovany Soto came away impressed.

"To me -- and I haven't seen him since Spring Training -- he did a lot of damage with his soft game," Quade said. "He threw some good splits, some good sliders. ... He did a good job against a nice club. It's a real good start."

"He looks more aggressive, throws with more conviction and isn't afraid to baby it in the zone," Soto said.

Ninja says he worked on his offspeed pitches while down in Iowa and mastered picking up groupies for a hopeful 2011 run around Wrigleyville.

"Being down there all year, you get a lot of opportunities to throw [offspeed pitches]," he said. "It's not live or die situations all the time. Not only that but [catcher Geovany Soto] calling pitches [Monday], he showed confidence in me to throw those pitches. A lot of times that's what it takes -- throw it two or three times in a row and that gets it going for the rest of the game."

He'll throw again Saturday against the Marlns and the Cubs say Ninja will be considered for a starting spot no matter how he fares the rest of the season.

In draft pick news, the Cubs slightly improved play has them at the 8th spot right now and in danger of catching the Brewers for the 9th spot as they're just 3.5 behind them with 18 to play.

10 pts for catching the title reference.


Like Samardzija, Ryu was a bird killer, but he kills ospreys, not cardinals, while Jeff kills cardinals but not Memphis redbirds.

as good as the results looked, the guy is gonna struggle to put in 5-6ip the way he was throwing last night.

at least he doesn't get all emotional on the mound (positive or negative). he sure as hell doesn't take anything for granted on plays and busts his ass.

if he falls out of the bigs thanks to his skills it sure isn't going to be from lack of effort or caring.

you can see Samardzija throw one pitch in those highlights to get a double play, not even a very good pitch actually.

as mentioned earlier, Bob Melvin getting an interview.

Aramis says now he's staying.

Sun-Times has ARam staying fo'sho'.

apparently counting on Braves job I guess

melvin, wedge, sandy, quade... *shrug*

Brenly has to be wondering how many more times he has to rip on Soriano to get an interview.

dude needs to learn to speak spanish. he's a loose enough clubhouse guy.

MVP predictor has Pujols and Hamilton.

My guess is Votto gets it though, just out of boredom of voting for Pujols and Reds taking the division.

the math of non-quantitative situations...awesome.

wonder when they'll call felix in SEA for the CY Young then wonder why he didn't win.

actually, they can't be that ignorant to the push/pull of voting to call felix without suspecting it's going to cc.sab or similar anyway.

there's a Bill James Cy Young predictor for awhile now, something like 80% accuracy over the years

just a fun toy.

yeah, i just still remember the whole "mauer thing" from 2008 where BP took themselves a bit too seriously (imo) in their arguments.

i just don't think they'll be on that level with the king felix vs. cc sab thing.

you're confusing a statistical argument over who deserves the MVP or Cy Young, which you could have made for Mauer in 2008 or for Felix this year versus an MVP predictor or cy young predictor which are designed to try and guess what the voters like to vote for in their candidates.

The Cy Young predictor has Felix at #10 now because of his 11-11 record, although his VORP or WAR are all just as good as Price or Sabathia.

Speaking of Prince of Sabathia, that movie came and went quickly.

Here's a good article by Joe Posnanski breaking down the AL Cy Young race between Felix and C.C.

the intro is awesome and to the point...hehe

when you don't have a washed out season with competitors it's hard to give it to a guy with 11-13 wins (or whereever he settles) while also taking 11-13 matter how awesome his numbers are while doing it.

beyond all that the voting is about as scientific as asking a bunch of people who work in ice cream shops what their favorite flavor is and declaring it king of the moment.

castro out again...theriot jr. again tonight.

pujols out tonight, too.

Yeah, I "get it".

Anywho... I, for one, am not going to believe the hype on Samardzija.

much like no one got carried away with silva (even when he was deserving a little woah! hype) it doesn't seem ninja won over too many people last night aside from some positive lip service from the team.

Had to tell you guys I talked with Quade at the rooftop bar of one of the nice hotels in Milwaukee where the team stayed this weekend (no, I did not go up for any games).

I did not have the balls to ask him why he is not have Colvin playing first, or many pertinent baseball questions. I did ask him if he was enjoying himself, and he said, "I am having a blast!"

He was obviously enjoying himself with a cocktail after a nice win. And, he was nice enough to spend a few minutes with myself and my wife.

Pfister Hotel?

Indeed. Beautiful place. Sometimes over the last several years we go up there as it is a nice weekend "away", and compared to Chi, the cost of everything is 25% less. EZ. It is easy to get everywhere. Nice restaurants. Lakefront. REAL frozen custard, Decent live music.

I also chatted with Santo in the more "stuffy" lobby bar for a couple minutes on Friday. Short and sweet. Enjoyable for me - went back to my wife at our table who could have cared less about Ron Santo (I had to explain how he was their best 3rd baseman ever).

Basically, just said hi and wished him well - he was relaxing with I think the "team road manager", whom I excused myself to.

Right after that, a typical boorish "fan- couple", drunk, made asses out of themselves forcing the dude to pose for a photo, and spouting off about players loudly. I kinda bad for him. It was 12:30 am, and he just wanted to have his diet Coke or whatever he drinks, and relax with a friend. But he did not get angry or bitch-slap the woman (who deserved it). I could tell it ruined his time there as he took it as a cue to call it a night.


Kudos to you for not being an obnoxious, what-are-your-intentions-for-my-daughterteam baseball fan. You are a classy sumbitch.

Thanks. I never really collected autographs or anything like that. People would get them for me (I had a Bears football signed by the 1968 team, and I used it for pick-up games), but at a certain point, for the most part I just let "celebs" be. Or - I will just say "hi" or "enjoy your work", etc . If they engage in any meaningful conversation and want to continue, I am happy to oblige, though.


blooping Adam Wainwright to death at the moment

Tenn Smokies lead in bottom of 6th, 5-0

rbi + run scored, double for Brett Jackson
3 run HR, Chirinos
solo HR, Guyer

Pitching: Captain Archer, 6ip, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 1BB, 8K...does our pitcher really resemble Scott Bakula?

Cubs ahead 5-0 against Wainwright, baseball symmetry at it's oddest.

Fork meet Cardinals.

Smiley Caridad's arm may be back, pitched the 9th for the Smokies hitting 96 according to the radio broadcaster. Struck out the first two with a grounder to end the game.

Final Tenn Smokies 5, Jacksonville Suns 0. (Game one in a best of five game series)

Oddly they play Go Cubs Go...Hey Chicago whaddya say... after the third out.

Chris Archer interviewed after the game.
Q: "How big is it to take a one run lead (in the series)?"
A: "It's Huge". "We gotta take it one game at a time."

the team musta just watched Bull Durham to prepare for the playoffs!

I have to eat some crow here, off Cubs topic, but whatever Don Cooper and the Sox have Edwin Jackson drinking is working miracles, look at his k/bb numbers since the deal, he's 54/10 as a Sox, with AZ it was 104/60. His career numbers are a little under 2:1. He's only made 7 starts, so we'll see how he finishes out and performs next year. Maybe he's simply the Sox' version of Silva.

BTW, Daniel Hudson, one of the players they sent to Arizona is tearing things up, too, 6-1, 1.67 ERA.

Submitted by Cubster on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 7:44pm.
Smiley Caridad's arm may be back, pitched the 9th for the Smokies hitting 96 according to the radio broadcaster. Struck out the first two with a grounder to end the game.


CUBSTER: Esmailin Caridad's 30-day minor league rehab assignment conveniently (for Tennessee) expires on Saturday, so expect to see him in Chicago next Tuesday when the Cubs start their final homestand.

Most likely to get dropped from Cubs 40-man roster when Cardidad is reactivated from the 60-day DL?... Jeff Gray

why not just release Nady?

because it's pointless.

hoff isn't the 1st of the future and nady isn't a distraction.

nady's trying to prove himself to someone for 2011. even if it's not the cubs (which it may be if they dump $$ into pitching) it's only a few weeks left and not worth the future headaches dealing with potential "on the cheap" risk signings who's agents would be skiddish about a GM dumping a guy with a few weeks left of play. oakland can't sign all of them.

Submitted by crunch on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 10:36am.
because it's pointless.

hoff isn't the 1st of the future and nady isn't a distraction.

nady's trying to prove himself to someone for 2011. even if it's not the cubs (which it may be if they dump $$ into pitching) it's only a few weeks left and not worth the future headaches dealing with potential "on the cheap" risk signings who's agents would be skiddish about a GM dumping a guy with a few weeks left of play. oakland can't sign all of them.


CRUNCH: Using the excuse that they wanted Tyler Colvin, Micah Hoffpauir, and Jeff Baker to play 1B the rest of the 2010 season, and even if none of the contenders had an interest in making a trade for him at the end of August, the "nice guy" Cubs could have released Xavier Nady prior to the 8/31 post-season roster deadline just so he could be free to sign at least a minor league contract with a contender (any player on an organization's minor league roster as of midnight 8/31 are eligible to play in the post-season, as long as the club has a post-season DL roster exemption available).

That would have been a plausible excuse to justify releasing Nady, and would have saved the Cubs at least $225K (or possibly as much as $475K) in 2010 payroll that they will be spending if Nady earns some of his attainable perfomance bonuses. It's not like Nady will be classified as a Type "A" or Type "B" FA post-2010, either (not that it would matter even if he was, because the Cubs wouldn't offer him salary arbitration anyway), so what's the point in blowing $225K-$475K when the team is out of contention and isn't going anywhere?

Of course, it's very possible that Nady made it clear to Hendry that he values the money he can make in reaching some of his performance bonuses by getting regular playing time with the Cubs in September more than having an opportunity to play in the post-season by getting released prior to the 8/31 roster deadline and signing a minor league deal with a contender, so that if he had been released prior to the end of August he would have made a big deal out of the Cubs releasing him just to avoid having to give him a chance to earn some of his performance bonuses.

And as I've said before, Hendry isn't averse to having players make more money by earning performance bonuses, even if it means increasing the payroll on a team that isn't going anywhere.

So its better to release a young pitcher with some upside, over risking Xavier Nady having his feelings hurt?

Very Hendry-esque

Submitted by Dr. aaron b on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 11:39am.
So its better to release a young pitcher with some upside, over risking Xavier Nady having his feelings hurt?

Very Hendry-esque


DR AARON B: As far as releasing Xavier Nady instead of outrighting Jeff Gray (or any other player on the 40-man roster) to make room for Esmailin Caridad, it really isn't about keeping Gray or Nady, because both will be off the 40-man roster by the end of November.

Whether Nady is released now and Gray (or another player) gets outrighted later, or Gray (or another player) gets outrighted now and Nady files for free-agency after the World Series, really isn't the point.

Rather, it's much more about the Cubs keeping Nady around through to the end of the season and risk having to pay him as much as $225K-$475K in performance bonuses when the team isn't going anywhere, when they could have released Nady prior to 8/31 (it would look REALLY bad to do it now) with the stated explanation that they wanted to give playing time to Colvin, Hoffpauir, and/or Baker at 1B, and that they wanted to do the "right thing" by giving Nady a chance to sign at least a minor league contract with a contender so that he might have a chance to play in the post-season (even though Nady obviously doesn't care).

The bigger question (I think) is what Ricketts thinks about all of this (presuming he does think about it). Because $225K-$475K is a sizable chunk 'o change.

probably more about keeping Nady's agent happy and getting word out that Hendry looks out for the players he signs. I don't know Nady's agent is, but I assume he has other clients and Hendry might be looking at them. Also, Nady I believe allegedly took less guaranteed money to sign with Cubs (could be misremembering that), just a little payback for that since Cubs saved some on Lee, Lilly and Theriot.

DeRosa, Byrd, Ramirez (at the time) didn't come cheap by accident.

Hell, even if Fukudome allegedly took less to sign with Cubs and I'm sure there are other examples.

/cue Hendry bashing

scott boras unless he's changed agents in the past few months

nevermind then, Hendry's just trying to secure his next job from Boras then. :)

When I think of Savvy Negotiators and Bargain Hunting I always think Jim Hendry......

Soriano and Bradley were his two worst deals

the rest of the big ones were market value or less

he does overspend a bit imo on some of the lower end deals like Grab-Ass, Miles, etc

but then he saves on guys like DeRosa and Byrd.

I don't know that he got good deals with Byrd and DeRosa. He got good production, but no one was saying "wow, look how little that guy signed for" at the time.

that byrd deal was a near gift for 3 years at that price, imo...


A guy over performing his contract, and a guy signing below market value aren't the same thing.

Jason Marquis, Neifi Perez, Glendon Rusch, Eyre, Howry, Miles and Grabow were all thought to be "Setting the market deals" (ie over payments) at that time.

byrd seemed cheap, derosa i'll give you

where does fuku fit?

Xavier Nady's BOWLING FOR DOLLARS update:

10 more PA and he gets $125K
10 more GAMES STARTED and he gets $100K

And if he can get to 350 PA (that would mean he would need to accrue 60 PA over the final 16 games, an average of 3.75 PA per game), he gets $250K more.

$475K is about 50% more than what Nady would have received if he had been traded to a contender on 8/31, hit off the bench in September, and then played in the post-season on the team that eventually won the 2010 World Series.

If Nady doesn't get to 350 PA but does get $250K for reaching 300 PA and 70 GS, that is about equivalent to what he would have received if he had been traded on 8/31 to the MLB club that eventually was the losing team in the World Series.

So basically Jim Hendry doesn't learn his lesson.

What are the chances he survives to ST 2011?

According to WGN Freddie Gonzalez has decline to interview for Cubs.

Cubs 2011 schedule hilites-

At Fenway may 20-22 (first time since Ruth pitched)

Yanks at wrigley in June

here's the link to the 2011 schedule:

The season starts early April 1st vs Pirates at Wrigley.
other oddities: The Cubs play two series vs Rockies and Diamondbacks in April which means they are done with both clubs very early.
The home schedule ends early Sept 16-21 vs Astros, Brewers and the season ends early with a road trip to Stl and San Diego Sept 23-28.

Wait 'til next year!

any team can have a bad...stfu crunch

Saw that the A's callups included Josh Donaldson

I absolutely do not get the title.....

...unless it's a Double Dragon reference?

Well, it does have the added benefit of Ryu being the name of that Street Fighter character who could throw a fireball, right?

GI Joe is where the white ninja character is from.

j.ryu killed a bird in spring years ago...samargijaijiajhriajra (aka, ninja) beat the cards.

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