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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  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the MLB.com article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.

  • Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep in excitement/anticipation. Go Cubs Go!