Where the Old Rubber Hits the Road

retreadsThings are really humming down at the old retread factory!

Todd Wellemeyer returned to the scene of former mediocrity and made one more lackluster start here for old times’ sake on May 5. The next day he reported that he was right on schedule as he rehabbed a sore hip en route back to the big leagues but that was apparently a smoke screen. The day after that he decided to call it a career. Today his spot on the ever fluid roster was taken by Doug Davis who is old enough to run for president should he too decide to shift gears after he makes his I-Cub debut when the team hits the road tomorrow night at Colorado Springs. Good luck in the rarified air of the PCL, Doug. If things don’t go well remember that Iowa’s precinct caucuses are mere months away and there is no clear frontrunner yet among righties. Without knowing much about where you stand when not on the mound, I’m not sure how well a southpaw might do here right now.  

Homestand #2 wound up this afternoon with Ramon Ortiz getting cuffed up to the tune of 13 hits in six IP - so much for what I said last week about his serviceability.

Also, in case you missed it but do care, as I did and do, Max Ramirez was released last week.

It’s starting to look like there’s a detour on I-80 between Iowa and Chicago that routes through Tennessee. Des Moines is about 150 miles closer as the crow drives, but I’m not sure you can get there from here if you’re a ballplayer in the Cubs’ organization this year.

Random bits: 1] Keith Moreland’s honeymoon is over. If he has a spare personality back home in Texas I suggest he have it shipped it to him ASAP. 2] Project ≤ three million update = 32K on Mother’s Day vs. a division rival? Plenty of tickets still available for upcoming Cardinal series? I’m taking the under…



True that on Moreland. I was part of the Yes 84, No Otto crowd, but ... do I actually miss the way Ronny called games? Aw jeez ....

Mariners DFA Uncle Milty

Both Milton Bradley and Marlon Byrd were/are their respective teams' primary #3 hitters this year. Here are the numbers they put up:

Burd: .265 .287 .357 .644 12R,8RBI,1HR, 1SB

Miltown: .220 .316 .360 .676 12R,13RBI,2HR,4SB

As unproductive as Uncle Milty was, Marlon Byrd has actually been worse.

lol... stop it. Even if true, let us be blissfully ignorant.

One word, Milton...............Japan. Don't let the 747 hit you in the ass.

Yeah, he should do particularly well in a culture that emphasizes respect...

...and humility.

I hate reality shows, but I would totally watch "Milton Bradley Meets Japan" on TLC.

i never watch 'em but i too might make an exception for an episode of that one...

Another possible detour to Chicago is thru Daytona ... D-cubs continue their mashing ways, even with Jae-Hoon Ha going O-fer, taking brevard manatees out at the knees, 11-7. Justin Bour hitting his 8th HR on the season, after hitting just 12 total last season at Peoria.

Even the second time that article was linked it makes no sense.

Fire Hendry and the farm director, keep Wilkens.

Agreed. I find this line the funniest:

"If Ricketts doesn’t like the way Hendry spends money, then hire a strong club president to impose greater financial discipline"

Isn't managing talent to get the most bang for the buck the number one job of the general manager?

Take credit when things go well, and make excuses when they don't seems to be the job description.

astros sign max ramirez...because PIT and BAL are no longer the saddest teams in baseball...

Random bits: 1] Keith Moreland’s honeymoon is over. If he has a spare personality back home in Texas I suggest he have it shipped it to him ASAP.


Cubs down a run, two guys in scoring position in the 7th inning. 2-outs, 3-2 count...

Keith Moreland: "This is a biiiig pitch."
Me: ...sigh

Maybe 3/44, La Russa will not be managing the Cards. Has shingles.

i wonder who's fault it is he has shingles besides tony larussa? ...because nothing is ever his fault...ever.

...probably liberal commie aliens who steal signs from the bleachers and take his tax money to buy fake birth certificates for presidents of major countries.

Take it easy, Crunch. I'm a Republican now and I'm very offended by your post. The rich are taxed enough already... Lowering taxes on the rich will increase revenue don'tchaknow.

as long as no one steals larussa's signs the rest don't matter.

if larussa wasn't rich and had to live in middle america like most of us i'm pretty sure he'd be a "GIT OWF MUH LAWN" type neighbor.

He was a "Git off my lawn" type of manager with the A's. When the A's were declining in the early 90's and the White Sox were an up and coming team, playing NL style ball under Jeff Torborg, LaRussa was a little whiny bitch in every series, complaining about things like Sox players' shoelaces, necklaces, etc. He's a F-ing turd.

Only in crunchland can I guy give himself chickenpox....

thank you for bringing logic into a larussa-is-paranoid/reactive comment.

i bet you're stealing signs. i'm telling.

And the Cubs have too many singles.

/i'll see myself out

Mets SP Chris Young likely done for the season with another shoulder injury.


Theriot ss, Rasmus CF, Pujols 1b, Holliday LF, Berkman RF, Molina C, Punto 2B, Descalso 3B,Carpenter P


RF Fuke, 2B Barney, CF Byrd, 3B Ramy, LF Soriano, 1B Pena, SS Castro, C Soto, P Zambrano

another day, another lineup.

at least quade can recognize when someone is struggling...at this point in time, castro.

Soto is still 8th.

top 1/3 vs bottom 1/3 of lineup tonite- who ya got?

Cubs lineup by wOBA:

.398, .330, .315, .309, .359, .295, .326, .320, .347


.311, .383, .330, .475, .492, .308, .281, .286, .205

i'd like to see the series start w/ zombie dotting theriot on the 1st pitch tonight...

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.


    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.