Chicago Cubs: things that cancel each other out.
Whenever I eat a bag of chips, I get that guilt feeling that comes from years of being told that stuff my mom used to put in my lunch bag is really bad for me.
So I eat an apple, and the whole deal evens out.
It's like no harm no foul, or something.
Okay, maybe not totally, but you know what I'm saying.
Take a look at these Cubs and apply the same thinking.
Alfonso Soriano has committed some of the worst errors in left field that I've ever seen committed in the Bigs.
On the other hand, he's made some spectacular throws from that corner.
Carlos Marmol has come into some tight games and proceeded to hit batters, walk batters, have batters stand with their bats on their shoulders til Carlos can get one over.
Gives me the worst kind of heart attacks - the bottom of the 9th is no time for this stuff.
On the other hand, 138 strikeouts last year.
One hundred and thirty eight.
Best in the majors by 26.
Honestly, Marmol's one of those players who's becoming so breathtaking to watch, if something bad happens it's totally no big deal.
He'll be reaching some kind of God-like status if he keeps up the good part.
You could invest in this new "6-Pack" ticket idea at Wrigley, and I guess the Saturday Yankee game would cancel out the Diamondbacks at 1:20 on a Tuesday.
Oh but wait, you gotta buy Padres, Marlins, and Nats too. Plus the Astros. I guess this one's just a kinda-cancellation.
There's Starlin Castro with the million errors, but on the other hand the range, the athleticism, the effort, the youth...
The loss of D Lee and his gold glove at first, but also the new (though not as often) gold glove from Carlos Pena.
Koyie Hill with no ability to hit the ball whatsoever, but then the... oh wait.
He really can't do anything.
I guess some things just can't cancel out.
Would hope so. Don't think the Cards can activate a retired player for the playoffs.
I'm curious. In your experience watching prospects at the lowest and more instructional level, what do teams teach their young players regarding takeout slides (for instance, would they teach guys to do the Coghlan/Kang type slide, discourage late slides like Utley's and Holliday's, etc.), and has what they teach changed at all in recent years?
Phil, now that instructs are over, did you see any players worthy of the title of breakout?
Yeah Schwarber would have still gone out I think. Fowler's was aided but hey if the wind is blowing out nothing wrong with just trying to get the ball in the air.
Schwarber's was hit hard, into cross wind
Fowler's was straight up, heyward followed it until it went out
Mama Schwarber wants to have a word with you.
Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.
It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.
Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.
Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.
I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.
Benji Molina is out of lineup
Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.
Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.
If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.
No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.
I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.
Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!
BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.