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…


 

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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.

Cosign.

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.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/rumors/post/Mets-...

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

vs.

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

vs.

Cards
.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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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 33 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 18 hours 44 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 18 hours 49 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 18 hours 54 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 19 hours 6 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 19 hours 17 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 19 hours 42 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 20 hours 22 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 21 hours 35 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 21 hours 52 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 21 hours 56 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 22 hours 40 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 6 hours ago view