'P' Stands for Pitching?

The first hint that it was not a normal night at Principal Park came when the national anthem was whistled.

Then a thing uncommon in the PCL, where there are typically lots of bombs bursting in air, broke out - a pitchers' duel! The scoreboard practically had the night off as Nashville, behind undefeated Mike Fiers, nipped the I-Cubs, 1-0.

All was not lost for the home team - hardly. The enigmatic Jay Jackson recorded his 6th consecutive quality start and matched a career high with 11 whiffs in his six inning stint. He was succeeded by Bobby [there's no Roberts in baseball!] Coello who continued his sparkling work out of the bullpen with three more scoreless frames. Since moving exclusively to relief duty Coello has worked 34 innings, allowing a mere 18 hits while walking 13 and fanning 46. The non-starter ERA is 1.04; the BAA .158! Significantly, he's been touched for no home runs after serving up 11 in 60 innings as a starter. If he keeps this up, call him Robert-0.

Watch out for Fiers in the NL Central. He's 7-0 since promotion from Double A and his cumulative body of work for the summer shows only 80 hits permitted in 120 innings. He never exceeded 90 on the scoreboard radar last night but complete game shutouts in this league are about as rare as whistled anthems.

As for record-breaking slugger Bryan LaHair, he was in the lineup after shoving Joe Hicks even deeper into franchise trivia with his 38th homer of the season the night before. He flew to the warning tracks in both left and right while playing 1B after a recent run in left. On my way to the park I heard him interviewed on the pre-game radio show where he strongly hinted that he has reason to believe any playing time he gets upon call-up to Chicago will be in the outfield. He also mentioned that, thanks to lots of vacancy in the right-field bleachers Tuesday night, it was his wife that was able to fetch his record-setting long ball. Ah, the charms of the minor leagues.

Andrew Cashner is on hand and slated to work an inning tonight after manning a post as bullpen sentry last night while Coello loosened.


Did the Cubs previously have teams playing simultaneously in Pringles Park and Principal Park? Too bad they didn't change the name to PK Wrigley Field.

How hard was Jackson throwing in his last couple of innings?

still registering 91-92 on a speedometer thought to be a couple mph slow; just as fast as earlier but he was starting to seem out of rhythm despite only 96 pitches...

btw, blh = pcl mvp


stfu, mvp? rufr?


question i'm embarrassed to admit i cannot answer: in top of 4th w/ runner on 1st & less than 2 out, chris robinson made a nice grab on a foul pop near the i-cub dugout railing - the home plate ump then immediately waved the runner to 2nd - what gives?

Did the bench players push him back onto the field, rendering illegal assistance?

hmmm; if so would the batter still be out but the runner advance?

Yes, no aid in getting batter out and if he's in field if play.
If he lands out of play with ball runner advances.

well, he didn't land out of play but that must have been the ruling; thanks for the enlightenment...


Reggie Golden, OF, Cubs (Short-season Boise): 2-for-4, HR (6), R, 3 RBI. Toolsy 2010 draftee has gone deep in three straight games; .236/.328/.409 overall.

Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-3, HR (5), R, 3 RBI; 2-for-3, RBI. Was dropped from leadoff spot and has ripped off three straight multi-hit games; .251/.275/.404 line since promotion has taken some bloom off the rose.

2 HR's in 2 games for Hoilman as well.

Baez went 0-4 with 2K's batting eighth and kept his error streak alive with a throwing error.

Hoilman is the most awesome thing ever

35.1% K rate, 16.3% BB rate, HR about about every 17 PA

"hoilman" is an anagram of "adam dunn"

We wish.


Gioskar Amaya makes AZL post-season All-Stars


Hoilman and Rafael Lopez make NWL

full All-Star list now available


Re: Theo Epstein
I don't see why they wouldn't just hire his assistant GM, Ben Cherington. I would guess, without talking to anyone involved, that Theo's motivation if approached would be to use the interest from the Cubs to negotiate a better deal with Boston - he's from the area, after all. Plus it will cost the Cubs a mint in compensation to Theo and perhaps to Boston as well.

Re: McNutt
Difference is he's 100% now - had some blister issues, went on the DL with bruised ribs in June. Also scheduled to come to the AFL.

Re: Brett Jackson
He's also striking out at a really high rate, and he didn't hit well at all in AA. I'd probably still call him up if I were running the team, but just be aware there are red flags.

Jackson AA 2011:
April: 100 PA's .317/.420/.537
May: 47 PA's .189/.362/.378
June:97 PA's .217/.309/.349
July: 51 PA .286/.412/.524

So he had 151 PA's of good hitting....144 PA's of crap hitting, with a hand injury in there to boot. Cool.
Totals in AA 2010-2011
565 PA's, 92 R, 23 2B, 9 3B, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 33/43SB's, .266/.370/.454

60 RBI's? He sucks.

Anyway, the main red flag is you're getting info from Keith Law.

yeah, the K rate is a red flag....he does a lot of good things at the plate, and in the field... I am just hoping for a non Patterson/Pie situation...

As long as he walks and plays a good CF he will be a useful piece. Kinda looks like either a lead-off or 7th place hitter at this point though.

Without Hendry around, I'm finding myself in need of someone to complain about.

You can share Teflon Tim with me if you want.

Actually, I'm thinking about complaining about Mike Wellman. Leave Bobby Scales alone. :(

It doesn't look like Roberto or Micah qualified for the batting title. Matt Murton is 3rd in his league in hitting, and sporting a nifty 17/60 BB/K ratio - maybe getting the hits title does that to you, which explains Ichiro's problem with the walk.

Jim Hendry must have landed in Japan and told Murton to stop taking pitches.

i bow to no man in my fondness for scales-san...

wonder how Robert Scales likes sushi?

Scales is hitting 0.300 through 43 games, with 7 doubles and 8 homers.
Here's a link to his stats: http://bis.npb.or.jp/eng/players/03705133.html

He's doing better than Hoffpauir and Murton is having a "down" year after his nice 2010 campaign.

Scales is a damned good hitter. After LaHair's 1.070, Scales's .959 OPS was the highest in the Cub organization this year. (Jackson's OPS is .955 at Iowa but of course much lower at Tennessee.)

What prevented Scales from being a major leaguer was that he didn't give you speed or defense.

that and major league pitchers

same three things that kept me out of MLB


Bobby Scales' .743 career OPS is better than our current second baseman's OPS. He had an incredibly successful season in AAA Iowa in 2011 with a .959 OPS and, as mentioned above, is doing very well in Japan. So, I don't really get the Bobby Scales animosity. I never have. My hunch is fans are just too god damn worried about batting average. ...Which is unfortunate because batting average won't get you wins.

And the data are not a fluke... he's been successful because he has a great approach at the plate and a nice, balanced swing.

The hole in his game was never offense, it was that he only played second base.

Meh...another in a long line of Cub Quad-A guys to have success playing at Iowa in their early 30's. Nice guy, have a great career in Japan.

I agree, the Cubs have made a tradition of playing all kinds of AAAA and even AAA guys on the Chicago Cubs in recent years... so why is Scales the unlucky one that doesn't get the call up? It's a double-standard.

If I have to watch shitty baseball, I should at least get to see the shitty players I want to see.

Well...the Hoff got 359 AB's over parts of 3 seasons....Jason Dubois got 165 AB's over 2 seasons....Scales got 158 AB's over 2 seasons...Fuld got 131 over 3 seasons...

Meh. We got plenty of shitty players.

the problem is you have to put a glove on him...that's really it.

sucks at 3rd, 2nd, and LF almost equally...really weak arm...horrible glovework. imo...at worst he would be a bench guy getting 200+ab's a year if not for his glove/arm.

Bobby Scales in left made Jake Fox look like a young Barry Bonds. He was without a doubt, the most clueless left fielder I have ever seen, and as mentioned he wasn't good at the other positions he played.

Though, according to UZR he was an elite left fielder, and very bad at RF,2B and 3B... the final nail in UZR's coffin for me.


my god, i LOVE guys like bobby scales, okay? i cannot believe the tangents here sometimes...

That's better.


I don't understand why you're not pimping for Ronny Cedeno. He once 959 OPS in AAA and cant' hit a good fastball either.

LMAO.....hey, he looked great for 10 games that one time....


Because Ronny Cedeno is shit.

Ronny Cedeno once went to the store and bought a box of croutons thinking they were futons for his new apartment.

in good news, Royals and A's win today

O's lose though and Pirates already losing 3-0 in 2nd.

I just today noticed the standings on the side bar. I had a real LOL over it - nice work.

think I mentioned in the comments a few days ago...

but as such, I shall only praise Q-Ball for his ineptness the rest of the way...all for the greater good.

I noticed it a few days ago and got a nice laugh out of it. From here on, though, my attention to it will be totally serious. No LOLs whatsoever.

Haha... that's awesome.

always good when the yahoo fantasy servers go down around game time

Cashner in the 8th for Iowa vs. Brewers affiliate

M. Gamel
strike looking, ball, foul, foul, foul, GO 4-3

M. Rivera
strike looking, strike looking, K looking

B. Boggs
GO 1-3

10 pitches, 9 strikes

Stretch him out!

Hoilman's, Golden's (HRs), and Baez's (E-6) streaks all come to an end. Baez got lifted probably for defense after going 1-2 with an RBI.

97/98, free & easy...

Latest free agent rankings:


Ramirez type B, Pena type B, Dempster type A

Reed Johnson none.

I think last time AramRam had to climb over eight guys, now it's only six.

Pena's is 4 from none, so I guess he has to keep playing, assuming the new GM wants to take the risk of offering him Arb for a 2nd round pick... That feels like a decision that will bite the Cubs in the ass. If no one wanted him at the trade deadline, no one is going to want him for better than a year and $10 million.

Edi* Here's the stats that you use to come up with Placido Polanco being a way better player than AramRam.


Have to figure at some point they'll just use a WAR like stat. I love the way they consider center fielders and designated hitters to be equal defensively.

With Soriano & Pena on a team, I think I'd prefer Polanco over Ramirez.

What does this mean?

I would think the new GM would be able to discuss arbitration with Pena as to whether or not he would be inclined to accept. Boras is his agent, so that might not be worth anything. I believe that Pena (and Boras) will insist on a multi-year deal, but who knows.

Ramirez should definitely be offered Arb. Demp isn't likely to opt out based on recent comments, but I would certainly offer him arb if he did.

Sure he would be able to discuss it, but Pena may say "If you offer it, I am going to take it (same as Kerry Wood did)". They agreed to a one year deal this year, why wouldn't they do it again?

Kerry is squarely in the Type B status, by the way.

the cure to all this is signing Pujols or Fielder. So even if they do offer Pena arbitration and numbnuts accepts it, they'll have no problem showing that they have a better option in camp and cut him.

Most likely he declines though...

I assume Boras is smart enough to know that a team that doesn't want one of his players and being cut in camp means less options and less money. On the other hand, if Cubs don't get Pujols or Fielder, they may want Pena back.

I'd be shocked if Dempster didn't opt out. 2012 is his age 35 season. So the choice for him is probably 4/48 on the open market or 1/14 from the Cubs. Especially when it's probably his last shot at a long term deal. Not to mention he's probably the 2nd best SP on the market after CJ Wilson.

Yeah, I am expecting him to opt out, and return to the Cubs. Maybe we can get him on a backloaded deal so we have more money for middle relievers, and Koyie Hill this off-season!

Interesting to see what way the new GM goes? My gut feeling is we see payroll closer to 100 million for the forseeable future. Especially if Ricketts is focusing on capital improvement and land aquisitions.

I think the Cubs would be in a much better position (as far as offering arbitration) if all of those guys are type Bs. Nobody is going to want to lose draft picks for players that old who are basically second or in some cases third tier players.

if Dempster declines his option, he's obviously expecting a multi-year deal. No risk of him accepting it.

For Ramirez, if Cubs buy him out for $2M, then offer arbitration, he could presumably change his mind and accept it. It's not like he'd get much more than $16M and a risk the Cubs might want to take. Ramirez is also one of the few power bats on the FA market. If Cubs pick up his option, and he then opts out, obviously he's seeking a multi-year deal and he won't accept.

I absolutely think both of those are worth the gamble. The worst case scenarios are that you get Dempster, Pena, and Aramis back on one year deals that are not significantly higher than what the Cubs have already been willing to pay them. Best case scenario is that the Cubs free up a bunch of payroll and get draft picks in return. It certainly wouldn't be terrible to have Dempster next year, too. Not like there are a line of pitching prospects ready to take his place. McNutt, Whitenack, etc.--nobody's ready to step into the rotation yet.

Lahair gets the Sept. callup.

Yeah he told a reporter this a day or two ago, also said he expected to play mostly outfield.

Not in the lineup against a rookie lefty.

1. Castro, SS 2. Johnson, RF 3. Ramirez, 3B 4. Pena, 1B 5. Soriano, LF 6. Byrd, CF 7. Soto, C 8. Barney, 2B 9. Dempster, P

Colvin can't hit left handed pitching.

good time for a Soriano hamstring injury.

So Reed Johnson can play more?




I would guess the plan is to platoon him with Soriano.

Another positive comp for LaHair would be Jack Cust, who spent 6 years in AAA before getting his big break.

Cust was crushing minor league pitching at age 19, also a Top 100 prospect a few times.

Attention TCR! I am now Trademarking the Rob G Fallacy.

You may never compare any two players, unless their entire history is exactly equal.

jeebus, sorry that I dared to question your awesome brain, I know it has yet to make an error...ever.

compare away, and since this is an ongoing discussion on the Internet, I will continue to comment where I see fit. It's kind of how it works.

here's some other comps for Bryan LaHair...Hoffpauir, Dubois, McClain, Paul McAnulty.

Played that silly card one too many times is all. I could have pointed out that Corey Patterson wasn't the 3rd best prospect in baseball.

Being on BA's list, or having a nice season in Low A while someone else is in college shouldn't prevent you from being compared to another player.

well let me clarify my skepticism then...

the list of old minor leaguers that suddenly become even average major leaguers is very short and usually were at the very least, pretty good prospects when they were young and either were hurt or had some development hiccups along the way.

LaHair seems to be neither.

Per usual, I hope I'm wrong.

My point is that if you do very well at AAA (BABIP stuff aside) you're likely to do passably well at the minors.

There's a strong degree of descrimination against guys who weren't higly regarded as they worked their way up, and to me that has at least as much to explain about their lack of success in the major leagues as their inability to do so.

Who do you think is more likely to be a better major league hitter, LaHair or Andy Marte? Marte has had parts of five seasons at AAA and hit .267 .332 .470, and has been given 924 PA's.

LaHair has 136 PAs (better OPS+ than Marte), and hit .297 .368 .528 in AAA (mostly PCL).

Why has one guy got six times as many chances as the other? Because of scouts. But who did better at MLB and AAA?

I don't take "he didn't get called up" as proof that he wouldn't do well.

I was talking about old minor leaguers, putting up great numbers in AAA. You're talking about something completely different.

If Andy Marte was hitting like Bryan LaHair in AAA, then we'd be talking about the same thing and I'd be putting my money on Marte being the better major league player. But he's not and the comp is pointless.

This isn't some scouts vs. stats argument I was trying to make. Although good prospecting is of course the combination of both. It's the skepticism of a 29-year old that's been in AAA for 6 years putting up big numbers and why is he still stuck there? Is there some discrimination?


maybe the Cubs and 29 other teams have see something in his swing or bat speed or something else that is apparent that he won't be much in the majors.

The same thing they saw in Cust, right?

This isn't some scouts vs. stats argument I was trying to make.

Then why are you using BA prospect rankings? Because until maybe 3 years ago, that info is 95% fed by what scouts say.

Regardless, you're still using a negative as proof, and it isn't and it will never be, no matter how often you stick your fingers in your ears and "nah nah nah nah nah".

The same thing they saw in Cust, right?

Cust went through 5 organizations, teams saw something, just not enough to stick with him.

Then why are you using BA prospect rankings? Because until maybe 3 years ago, that info is 95% fed by what scouts say.

because ...good prospecting is of course the combination of both.

We've got his numbers, I know they're good. Need to get some picture on the other side of the equation.

Regardless, you're still using a negative as proof, and it isn't and it will never be, no matter how often you stick your fingers in your ears and "nah nah nah nah nah".

I have no proof, I have skepticism and a feeling that I personally don't think he'll amount to much in the majors.

I could be wrong.

Wait a second, so now being a journeyman minor leaguer is a good thing? And you guys say I argue just to argue.

you can't be talking about Cust?

he was traded while still quite young and still quite intriguing as a prospect.

because ...good prospecting is of course the combination of both.

This is the guy who wasn't a top 100 prospect for five years, and you say "I can't be talking about him?"

You're using hindsight scouting.

talk about anyone you want, I just don't think Jack Cust is a good comp to LaHair.

You're using hindsight scouting.

a bit, be nice if I heard something about LaHair changing his swing or something, but I have not.

a lot of scouting is projecting, doesn't mean they always nail the timetable. I certainly believe in late developers, but they probably flashed some tools early on. I don't quite believe in 29 year old AAA's that no one seems interested in giving a shot in the majors.

Jack Cust is turrible.

It just isn't TCR without TRN arguing on and on about something pointless.

"I saw your mother eat a cracker!"

Amazingly, he hasn't started calling Rob G names yet...

Have we figured out yet how thin these reply boxes can get?

yes, and rob told us to stop it :(

it was epic and pointless at the same time...actually, it was just pointless.

we're also not allowed to break formatting by doing really stupid stuff that has nothing to do with baseball.

this place is no fun. when i turn 18 i'm moving out of this fascist prison.

How is whether or not LaHair could be better than our $10 million first basemen for $400K pointless?

Pray, enlighten me and Rob.

lahair is pointless. numbers are pointless for causing most of this.

the only good thing anyone has had to say about lahair's "i can't even break with SEA as a 1st or 1st/LF/RF bench" self is that he could be a 20-25HR .275 hitter in the bigs.

his swing isn't that pretty. hell, he can throw...he's got a decent enough OF arm...still can't find work.

it'll be fun to see him get his 30-50+abs this month...maybe he'll end up seeing bench work with the cubs or another pro team in 2012. it probably wont be fun to see him fight against 15-30Ks doing it, though.

he's got his sudden power surge this season...willy mo pena would be proud.

Plus he doesn't even have a baseball face nor has he played high level football.

I don't want that kind of guy anywhere near the Cubs roster.

i'd be more concerned about how he handles a slider/offspeed-pitch and outside pitching.

Only 3 kinds of players I want this organization to focus on.

1. Relievers with one pitch that we can stretch out into starters and teach 3 more pitches to

2. Guys who look like ballplayers who start swinging from the dugout.

3. Guys who could have been Arena league football players. Hopefully we can turn these guys into #2's

yeah, and i'd like lahair to be able to hit something other than fastballs and inside pitching that he can pull...or at least be able to take walks while doing it.

i don't hold very high hopes for Lahair at all.

This is fantastic.. What happens when there is negative space for comments?

What consitutes negative space?

The Real Neal.

Plus 1+

Plus you know Q will call him Hair.

or maybe Hairy

"I would guess the plan is to platoon [LaHair] with Soriano"

I'm thinking he would take starts away from Byrd and play right field while Colvin plays center.

Why? Because the Cubs would love to see Soriano with an HR number close to 30 when they push hard to get rid of him this winter. Byrd's cumulative stats (HRs, runs, RBI) can't be salvaged and his BA is okay the way it is. The Cubs are indifferent about trading Byrd, anyway.

Don't know if this has already come up, but Muskat says that Josh Vitters is going to replace Brett Jackson in the AFL. Jackson has another obligation, which she says will be announced at a later time... (WTF?)

Marriage and honeymoon?

US National team?

Chicago Cubs bench warmer?

2011 Pan-American Games are October 16-30th, I'm assuming that is the case. He was part of the qualifying team that went last year along with Chris Archer.

Why don't they send big leaguers to this, if they want to go?


I assume major league teams don't want that...especially the pitchers.

Hitters I don't get, some play in winter ball or the overseas tours as soon as November.

could be a rule I'm unaware of as well...

My money is on Cuba winning it.


suggestion in there that players can't be on a 40-man roster

A lot of guys in the majors on that list... and then there's Brett Jackson.

Officially supsended him for the remainder of the season.


... am I late to the party on this one?


Anyway, sort of nice story.

so is LeMahieu off the AFL roster too and replaced by Marcus Hatley?


I don't see why Pena would get a multi year deal since he didn't get one last year and he didn't have a significantly better year. If he is offered arbitration, he would be crazy not to accept. Maybe if there are enough losers in the Pujols/Fielder derby Pena could drum up some interest, but I think we will be the only ones interested.

I don't see him getting a multi-year deal either, but he's a good DH/1B option for a power-starved team. But at his age, more in the $5-$7M range.

My feeling is, most players decline arbitration, especially if it's clear you really don't want them, you can always release a player in spring training even if they accept and ultimately the Cubs may want him back.

There's risks, sure, but there's something to gain there as well.

He did get his average over .200 at least. That probably constitutes a significantly better year in some peoples' eyes.

It sure will if Colvin does it.

Cubs give up infield double.


must lose series for Cubs, Pirates just 3 games back in the draft pick standings.

Zambrano off suspension next week. Cubs will pay him, but tell him to stay away.

According to WSCR

anyone got news on Jason Schmidt's contract offer?

Phil Rogers puts it at 3/44

I went to Parachat to see what we did to McClutchen... Doesn't Dempster get the point of the season is to keep them ahead of us?

how the Cubs ever let Josh Harrison get away?

3 BB's in 151 PA's

he better make Ron Santo look like Bobby Scales at 3b.

Levine tweets that Byrd nailed two fans with a liner behind the dugout

I don't think the plan, even for the Pirates, was ever to have him start this many games. He plays a pretty nifty D from what I saw this week.

Cubs Aflac trivia question - How may times have Cubs been in first or within 4 games of first on Sept 1 in last fifty years?

I guessed 5

at least 7

1969, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008

2004 maybe...

couple early 70's years maybe?

nope on 2004, 73-60 but like 15 games back.

2 games back in 1970.

let me know the answer and years if you can remember...

9 times


and years you mentioned.

I thought they were 5 out in 2003, then beat the hell out of cards.
forgot about 2001

wasn't '71, 8.5 back

looks like '73, 3.5 back in 3rd place.

Tough crowd, finished season in 5th place, just 5 games back and never saw a crowd bigger than 28,000, a lot in the sub-10,000 range for the rest of the month.

so 1969, 1970, 1973, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008

"looks like '73, 3.5 back in 3rd place"
"a lot in the sub-10,000 range for the rest of the month."

Thanks for corrections, smarter fans back in 73.


I would go with one more than that. 84 and 07, obviously. It seems like 89 we were in control by then, and I think that in 2001 and 2003 we were pretty close. So I would say them plus 1.

Cashner to be back for Reds series next week.

Further call-ups after Iowa season ends


be curious what AA, Hi-A juggling they do for the playoffs

allegedly 35,000+ paid for this game, Miles says about 25,000 there

I am going to watch our 2012 first basemen club the Astros like baby seals tonight. I'll have to get a picture and post it. So far this week actual attendence has been about 1/5th of paid. It would be really depressing if I was an Astros fan.

Hard to imagine the Cubs doing as well in season tickets without making a splash in FA this off-season.

only ~8,000 at the Dodger game the other day

the entire city truly hates the McCourts right now, it's rather phenomenal.

It's phenomenal when the city of Los Angeles unites over anything.

I sold my 4 tickets on stubhub this afternoon for $4.99 each. I'll take my wife out to a fancy dinner at Arby's.

heh, what's that...like $8 after they take out the selling fees?

16.97. I might let her get a milkshake too!

good full take on Granderson's defense



ends up being $1.7M to keep Z home, grievance heard after season, could possibly recuperate more of his money.

Good for Ricketts though, it'll make it easier when he has to eat Soriano's contract.

no Brett Jackson tonight for Iowa...

L. Montanez batting leadoff and playing CF, seems like a late scratch type move

C. Archer with 2 starts, 13 IP, 1 ER, 6 BB, 12 K
Lee in AA; 200/267/333 4/6 SB in 101 PA's
Guyer in AAA: 312/384/521 14 HR, 29 2B, 5 3B, 35 BB, 79 K in 443 PA
Chirinos in AAA: 268/350/390 in 307 PA's, 6 HR (nice July and August in limited PA's though)

imagine Guyer and Chirinos get call-ups once the playoffs end

Don't look now but Samninja is knocking on the door of a sub 3.00 ERA. What say you BABIPITES? Is he just lucky or what?

His SIERA, which adjusts for luck on fly balls not being home runs, shitty defense, groundball rates etc is 3.72, so yeah, a bit lucky, especially considering who's standing behind him and Wrigley.

tom glavine agrees...wait...

imo, they make SIERA too powerful in favor of defenders...you get a slew of good defenders on a team it almost negates any SIERA effect regardless of the talent of the pitcher. SIERA is better at obviously-good/bad pitchers, imo...guys in the middle or middle-top of good can get muddy.

The thing that none of the aggregate systems do is take into account pitchers who get flyballs when they want flyballs and get groundballs when they want groundballs. Glavine and Maddux were pretty good examples of that, but they're exceptions rather than rules. Talking about a guy like Smmaradasjza, who is just trying to get any pitch near the strike zone, with little regard for what happens if they connect, it may not be as accurate as xFIP. It's the guys who always get groundballs or fly balls where it really does a good job.

no mention on TCR about castro caught napping in the IF today giving mccutch 2nd base?

i missed the game...catching highlights now.

As long as he can keep the OPS in the 750-760 range. We can find a spot for him somewhere.

Just about the time he is getting really good. He's going to get really expensive.

I didn't see it in the cubs highlights on mlb.com, but Google turned up this:


Horrible dogging by Aramis Ramirez going 1st to 3rd on what should have been a triple by Carlos Pena. ARam should have scored easily.

I actually didn't think that was dogging. I thought that was just ARam being really slow.

Bob an len seem to suggest the same thing

Fleita given four-year extension with Cubs


Extended by Randy Bush?

I doubt that Randy Bush has any authority to do much of anything. He's a "caretaker" GM.

Any decision to extend Oneri Fleita four years had to come from Ricketts, and it's very strange that this happened now considering the Cubs have not hired a new GM yet, and usually the new GM is allowed to bring his own people on-board.

It almost sounds like Ricketts is looking more for an MLB Player Personnel Director (primary responsibility would be making trades & signing free-agents) rather than an all-powerful Dallas Green-type Baseball Operations Boss.

If that is indeed the case, then some of the names mentioned (Cashman, Epstein, Beane, et al) would probably not be interested in the job, meaning Ricketts is probably targeting a less-established young guy who would be satisfied with more limited responsibilities (at least for now) and with sharing power with Fleita (Player Development & International Scouting) and Wilken (Professional & Rule 4 Amateur Scouting).

So the primary responsibilities would be asset management and contract negotiation? Might as well hire an MBA and forget about interviewing baseball guys.

Rosenbloom has a column up on the Trib's website that really lays out Ricketts for F-ng up the GM search with this hire. You really have to ask yourself about the short and long term direction of the Cubs if this is how he's approaching his most important decision since buying the team.

I'm not a fan of this decision, Ricketts, or the direction this is going. Hope I'm wrong, but I don't think so.

I think I'd take Phil Rogers' opinions with more grains of salt than Rosenbloom. His only purpose is to stir the turd, facts be damned.

that's a retarded as hell statement about a guy who's well regarded by many clubs for everything but his short, yet harmless, temper.

fleita is a great baseball man and it's got nothing to do with being "hendry's buddy at Chreiton"

if he was let go there's more than 1 team that would love to have him.

he's got more than pencil pushing skills and he's far from afraid to get his shoes on the field and work with kids when he's not busy trying to watch 40+ of them play/practice at once.

...and then he celebrates the extension by promoting a .305 OBP leadoff hitting center fielder to Daytona.

Though Ricketts has said the new general manager will have authority to hire a manager and other operatonal personnel, he felt strongly enough about keeping Fleita to extend a new contract in the face of overtures by the Detroit Tigers to seek permission to try to lure him away for a similiar position with them.

Is a Tim Wilken extension next?


Like Fleita, Wilken will have a number of teams interested in his services. If the Cubs decide to make a further commitment to Wilken, the next general manager will have two vital positions in place when he takes over. There will, however, be some flexibility for Ricketts and his next general manager to make changes to those spots in the near future. Fleita’s deal (and a possible one for Wilkens) will be structured creatively with buyouts and options to benefit both the team and the executives.

Everyone feel better now?

If there is buyouts and latitude for the next guy to make his own choices. Then I don't feel quite so bad about any extensions given to Wilken and Fleita.

I do think the praise they get is completely unfounded at this point however. Neither guy has drafted or developed anything resembling a star player.

Too bad your TV and internet doesn't get the All-Star game.

Wasn't Ron Coomer an All Star?

Our "closer" is sporting a 4.29 ERA at the moment.

New nickname "Slammy"

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campy RF, batting 2nd
lahair LF, batting 5th
k.hill catching...8th

we badly need a new post of some sort. anything at all...

Nice debut for LaHair

4 SB's for Cubs today, watch out '85 Cardinals

See? I was right.

you're always right, just ask yourself if you don't believe it.

A great man once told me I was all he ever hoped to be.

I was that great man.

That's blatant plagiarism


Everything. Duh.

one of lahair's hits was a bloop single to LF.

it would be nice to see him actually putting a ball in LF if it wasn't for the fact he was trying to pull it toward RF and got jammed.

i'd like to see the guy see some time in RF to see if he can handle it and brought in to PH off the bench to see if he can handle being a bench guy in 2012. colvin has the power, but he's had such a horrible 2011 trying to make contact. the cubs need a power option off the bench.

With LaHair getting a couple hits - I didn't see them but saw one was an infield single? -- it would make Cubbery sense to have him sit today's game out. It's the Q-ball way.

probably...i truly would like to see the guy get 30-50ab's before the season is over, though. he probably won't pry too many games from pena at 1st, so he'll have to get OF time somewhere.

they know whether his arm is good enough for RF, but i'd like to see it or have that info shared. when he was still with SEA in their minors his arm was still decent enough, supposedly.

It's not like I'm expecting much from what really seems like a 4A type a guy but his numbers were so ridiculous I'd like to see them throw him out there.

whatever's going on with c.pena and the cubs weirded that up...they can't sit a guy like that for an extended period of time that's performing to expectations and playing for a contract next year.

in the OF they have to find time for colvin and to a lesser extent, campy. campy shouldn't steal too much time (hopefully), but colvin deserves some starts, too.

I don't understand the need to find time for Colvin at this point? He didn't even hit in AAA.

If Wilken didn't reach 5 rounds to draft him in 2006. Would anyone have ever thought of him as a true prospect?

The kid is clearly having problems this year, but he showed enough last year to still be intriguing. And he's still got drastically more upside than LaHair because he can play RF and CF and more upside than Campana because he showed 20+ HR power. I wonder whether they will ask him to play winter ball or just send him home at the end of the season to break from whatever bad habits he's learned this year.

I think Colvin's "upside" is really that of a 4th outfielder at this point. He isn't more than a passable defensive Center Fielder. His bat isn't good enough for a corner.

At least LaHair has a bat that COULD be passable in a corner spot.

Campana is probably a 5th outfielder, Pinch Runner, Sam Fuld type of late inning defensive replacement.

Submitted by Dr. aaron b on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 11:47am.
I think Colvin's "upside" is really that of a 4th outfielder at this point. He isn't more than a passable defensive Center Fielder. His bat isn't good enough for a corner.

At least LaHair has a bat that COULD be passable in a corner spot.

Campana is probably a 5th outfielder, Pinch Runner, Sam Fuld type of late inning defensive replacement.


DR AARON B: As things stand right now, I think it will probably be LaHair vs Colvin for one roster spot in 2012, with the edge going to LaHair mainly because Colvin will have one minor league option left in 2012, while LaHair is out of options.

I think I can agree with that roster situation.

I honestly think Colvin would benefit from a full year of being left alone in AAA. In typical Cubs fashion they really rushed him up to the bigs the first chance they had. He's never really ever gotten the full AAA consolidation season that most guys require.

500 at bats in Des Moines without the Chicago/Des Moines shuttle pass might be just what the doctor ordered.

The kid is clearly having problems this year, but he showed enough last year to still be intriguing.

It's not like it was hard to predict the epic flop of 2011 for Tyler Colvin.

He has never dominated at any level in the minors and has a hole in his swing large than the hole in the Titanic. Once the league adjusted it was the end of Colvins career, as he has yet to adjust.

His 2011 minor league stint is comically bad. .256 BA, .270 OBP, 5 BB, 55 SO's in 212 AB's.

That goes along with a career .275/.315 in the minors which adds up to
just a really shitty player. But atleast we got the soon to be 29 year old LaHair to save the day.....yeeeesh the minors are god awful.


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