The Easter Bunny comes early to Wrigley Field


This was truly an enjoyable afternoon of Cubs vs Dodgers action at Wrigley Field, although some of the stuff I saw didn't make sense in the real world.

Like when the Easter Bunny hopped up in the chair next to me.

"Watch this." he said in the 3rd, "Barney and Byrd are gonna double steal."
They did. 
"Do you believe that?" says Easter Bunny.
"No." I say. 

In the top of the 5th, Ryan Dempster did not look good at all, giving up homers to Blake and Kemp and now the Cubs' lead was only one. And I'm thinking probably Dempster is done.
But in the bottom half, there are two out and the bases are loaded and WTF?
Dempster comes up to bat? 
That's when the Easter Bunny says, "Don't worry, man. Quade knows what he's doing."
Even the guy in front of me says, "No he doesn't."
And Demp strikes out.
Bunny says, "It's cool. You gotta wait til the 8th."

Which was good because then Demp gives up the tying home run, he's relieved by Sean Mashall, Andre Ethier doubles scoring 2 more and by the end of the 7th the Cubs are down 5-8.

"Okay ya stupid rabbit, it's the 8th." says me.
He goes, "You gotta believe."

Soriano singles, Johnson safely and beautifully bunts, Fukudome walks, Castro singles, Soriano and Reed score, Barney hits a grounder to short and Fukudome scores, Ramirez singles, and freaking Jeff Baker hits a double that drives in Barney and Ramirez and the Cubs win 10-8.

So do I believe in the Easter Bunny?
Well I do now.

The last thing he said as he was hopping away: "If you're reeeaaaaaallllly lucky, I'll hang around til October." 


3-0, 0 outs in the top 1st. men on 2nd/3rd.

go Z go.

3 outs later...5-0.

what's yer point?

12er in 4 games vs. 5er in 1 inning, mostly.

We're chasing so many outside pitches off Kuroda.

The Bunny, the bunny,
Yeah I love the bunny
I gave everything that I had for the bunny...

Project .500 really has become quite the success, with the goofy .500 record the Cubs have managed to get into the books. If they win tonight their new, impressive record will be Maris-like. Er, wait. Never mind.

..and hopefully The Farm System will get his first win as a Cub tonight.

it was just archer, a 19 year old SS, and some spare parts.

at least "the farm system" should lead MLB in Ks after the night is over.

btw, 3 games for archer so far...

12.2ip 21h 6bb 12k 6.39era...and "1/2 the farm" is still looking for his 1st win.

odd he's giving up so many hits. he didn't walk anyone in his last outing, but he gave up 10 hits in 4ip. he's yet to throw 5ip. he goes again tonight, fwiw.

haven't had a chance to get on this site much lately, but that's a great nickname

The Farm System reminds me of the Rich Harden experience so far, 5-6 innings of Ks and then get the hell off the mound (substitute electric slider for Harden's changeup)

This is something that needs to change, pronto, for all of the Cubs starters. Hard to win ballgames consistently when the pen throws 4 or 5 innings per game.

Also, it's absolutely inexplicable that they've allowed James Russell to make 2 starts on a reliever's pitch count.

Totally agree about Russell. Coello and Diamond are on the 40 man. 2 open spots means that ABD, Ortiz, Wellemeyer, Doug Davis or whoever can be brought up to pitch.

How can a team with 130 in Payroll just punt 3 games by using the bullpen starter method?

1 spot open on the 40 man. Brian Schlitter was returned to it.

2 blown saves by Marmol this year against Pirates and Padres

You mean the worst two offenses in the league, Pirates and Padres?

yes, Marmol blew 2 saves against the two worst offenses in the league at the moment costing Garza 2 wins.

Really he should be 4-0 then, since the Cubs offense blew those other games.

So, maybe The Farm System will not get knocked around by a decent hitting team tonight, and get his first win.

I'd say 2-1 or 2-2, the 0-2 pitches he threw to Fielder were all his own doing.

Rockie game is 50/50, Byrd should have caught the ball that led to the first 4 runs (one run would have still scored), but he still might have loss since the offense got shutout.

a guy with 34 K/8 BB/0 HR in 24.2 IP with a near 5.00 ERA and .471 BABIP is a guy I'd be picking up in all my fantasy leagues.

Thanks for the reminder about that. He threw some boneheaded pitches to Fielder. And also, Fielder was really mashing that night.

+31, +13, +17, -23, -24, -26

guess which group the Cubs are in ?

Cubs are 14th in Runs allowed per game, 10th in Runs Scored per game, 15th in defensive efficiency

In the NL or MLB? Hopefully MLB.

NL, I almost never do MLB numbers

In that case... *puke*

Cubs are 1st in all of MLB in BABIP at (.331) but the Cubs pitching has a BABIP against of (.341)

The Cubs have 5 stolen bases, Sam Fuld has 10 (leads the major leagues).

Fukudome's Mr. April line

415/529/439 (968 OPS) with 1 XBH, 10 BB to 5 K

Despite post #11, I like our chances if Fukudome continues on at that rate.

That's always been Fukudome's problem..."if Fukudome continues on at that rate" never comes true.


I don't know about that.... I really think he's figured it out this year. I like his chances to have the 7th best OBP of all time . He would slot nicely there right between Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds on the list.

Q-Ball has parlayed all this FukeOBP into 3 runs.

He looks thicker this year, and not the good kind.

I'm curious, is there another hitter whose hits are 94% singles?

over the course of 52 PA's? probably.

over/under on d.barney finishing the season with a higher ob% than slugging %


over/under odds that his OPS is under .670 at season's end?

im impressed at what the guy is doing, but im a little weirded out we got theriot 2nd baseman form...

at least d.barney can field...and play SS, too...

either way, having him around the next 3+ seasons for next to nothing is nice.

He should be a utility guy. At least Mike Fontenot offered a little power. Barney is going to have to hit .330 to be an offensive benefit.

"over/under on d.barney finishing the season with a higher ob% than slugging %"

Of course, Barney hit his first home run of the year almost immediately after that was written.

that's happened to me twice in the past week or so...

that said, over/under on 5 cubs hitting at least 25HR. and uh...over/under on 4 15-game winners for the cubs. and umm...i want a pony.

Marlon Byrd managed to go 22 PAs before his first XBH, and aside one game he hasn't walked all year.

If your point is that even a slugger can go a long time between XBH'es, Byrd is no slugger. His swing is so truncated . . . one of these days, he'll swing at strike three and the ump will say, No, he checked it in time. Byrd has to pump iron all winter to even hit a double.

Is Aramis hurt?

RF Fukudome, 2B Barney, SS Castro, 3B Baker, 1B Pena, CF Byrd, LF Soriano, C Soto, P Garza,

Esmil Rogers (a righty) going for Rockies

Garza needs no worse than 1 ER in 7 IP to get his ERA under 4.

Don't know on Aramis, but it's probably just a day off. 3K's over the last two days just about doubling his season total.

So Baker batting 4th against a rightly is actually a voluntary decision?

guess it don't matter, Cubs are 10-11, games already been won.

That's the dumbest ass lineup I've ever seen. Would make as much sense to do it backwards....or random.

baker hitting 4th. the guy leading the club in HR hitting 7th (t.colvin with the 2nd most 2). soto bringing up the 8 hole...


Fowler8, Herrera4, Gonzalez7, Tulowitzki6, Helton3, Smith9, Lopez5, Iannetta2, Rogers1


Esmil Rogers, facing the #Cubs for the 1st time, hasn’t allowed a single HR in his last 13 outings on the road (7 starts).

That's OK, the Cubs don't hit home runs off anyone.

It's a small-ball team that doesn't bunt often and doesnt steal many bases.


light rain suppose to be falling throughout...

at least Garza can't complain about it being dry

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  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.