Spreading around a little Sports Illustrated Cover jinx...

Not that it happens all the time, but whenever a Cub or couple Cubs somehow make the cover of Sports Illustrated, I feel compelled to visually even out the jinx.


Of course you've seen the Starlin Castro issue of SI, right?

 

Why would they do that to such a young, innocent kid?
What's wrong with a nice buddy shot of Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, tearing up the league with their torrid bats? Or home run-hittin' good lookin' enough to be a Calvin Klein underwear model Ryan Braunie in his tricked out Milwaukee hot tub? Did you know Astro Hunter Pence is 4th in the NL with 25 RBIs? He'd be AWESOME on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and the photographer's challenge would be to capture him mid-throw, so we can see his textbook semi shot-put technique.

But leave our guys alone, man.

Anyway, just spreading a little of that jinxy feeling to other, more deserving NL Central teams, I give you another SI swimsuit cover featuring a pale Casey McGehee, a cool and detached Colby Rasmus, and the always engaging Joey Votto.

And now: it's a gorgeous day, it's the Reds at Wrigley, and it's Edinson Volquez vs. Matt Garza fresh off his first Cub W.

Go Cubs.

 

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+1 as the kids like to say

McGehee looks a lot like Q-Ball in that drawing.

Volquez walks about 5 every inning or something like that, but this will have no effect on today's game.

just cause I had to check, Cubs as a team are 2nd in NL in batting average, 15th in walks, 6th in Slugging, 5th in OBP and OPS but are tied for 10th in runs scored per game.

OPS with Runners On is 14th in NL, 15th with RISP

~sigh~

Obviously they need more speed. Soriano for Pierre?

I was going to go with try not to put your worst hitters in the middle of the lineup behind all the guys getting on-base.

Hmm..the Cubs? We are talking about the Cubs right?

Take your radical talk somewhere else, pinko!

Today's lineup from Len and bob twitter
Kosuke9/Barney4/Castro6/Ramirez5/MLHRldr7/Byrd8/Pena3/Geo2/Garza1

soriano hits 5th...finally.

now if we could get get geo out of the 8 slot...

But he's slow.

b.guyer (TB) called up after tearing up AAA.

s.fuld is 2-35...yow.

We should trade Fukudome for Fuld.

Archer and Chirinos still struggling. Lee looking like he's going to be a top 20 prospect by the end of the year.

Starlin Castro's last ten games: .143 .163 .167 .329
pencil him into the third spot

btw, Geo Soto's last ten: .242 .390 .576 .966

Until Guyer came along, Desmond Jennings thought he was TB's best outfield prospect.

Super two status, look it up

So what you're saying is that they really wanted Jennings, but they're saving him.

That's possible. I just think .356/.412/.606/1.018 trumps .288/.405/.433/.837. Guyer is coming off a much better year, too.

Guyer homers.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/...

Davis likely to be the starter on May 14th

For those who care about this kind of thing.

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/st...

They should get Leon Durham to join him in the booth.

Parachat bitches

wind blowing out, I feel Garza's HR-less streak is about to end

way to go nostradumass

so sayeth the oracle
3-1

Wrigley is half empty.. so I'm guessing "paid" attendance 35,471

More like 75%, Captain Exaggeration.

you must be seeing double there Captain Morgan.

You must have only turned the game on after the seventh inning when the wind shifted and it started raining a little. I was at the game, maybe on your 13 inch tv it didn't look crowded because half of the crowd was 16 or younger, and they are small.

Yet Koyie Hill continues to be employed?

I think he was hitting like Koyie Hill

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  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • QuietMan 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 17 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 4 hours 10 min ago view
  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 12 hours 40 min ago view