Matt Garza, and if innings were dogs.


Man, life ain't fair.
Oh wait, this isn't life, it's the Cubs.
Which is worse.
Matt Garza gives up a first inning run, then shuts down the Houston Astros all the way til Carlos Lee comes up with 2 outs and a man on in the top of the 9th.
Ties it up, ruins Garza's day.

He finishes all 9, but it's not til the 12th that the Cubs can get another run and beat the worst team by FAR in all of baseball.
If the Cubs pull out a win today, it'll be Houston's 100th loss.
They're 36 and a half out.
They have 8 more losses than the 2nd worse team in baseball, the Minnesota Twins. 

Ah, but today the Cubs have to trot out Rodrigo Lopez.
I believe Rodrigo averages about 5 innings a game, yet somehow he's got 5 wins to go with the 6 losses, and every time I see him in a game I...

You know what?
Beating a dead horse.

But I hope the dog thing gets you at least a tiny laugh.


every day lahair does something is another day soriano playing for someone else becomes more likely...

it won't be a pretty trade...hopefully they'll suck it up rather than taking on a useless crap-ball pitcher and pretending he needs to get starts. at least they cut their last one in spring rather than pretending they needed to keep him on in 2011...even if it ultimately didn't matter.

can they shift both Z and soriano, though? hell of an offseason task for a new GM.

Soriano for Zito? lolz.

Soriano for Adam Dunn - BAM!

good one again this go around, btw, CB.

This blog has gone to the dogs.

And...Can't wait to see what new gm can do here.

What could this mean? (Sign held by a couple of fem-fans in LF bleachers.)

"I'm Starlin for Castro"

len was confused was me and my fiance.

I pun on Jonesin is only thing I can think of.

Maybe Starvin'-->Starlin? Or maybe they are just morons. "I'm Darwin' for Barney!" "I'm Koyie for Hill!" "I'm Reed-y for Johnson!" Well, that last one actually works a bit. . .

That's undoubtedly it.

Maybe they are just dumb whores?

It makes sense the same way it makes sense that Ricketts keeps his squash partner, Crane Kenney, on the payroll.
I wish I could trust the Ricketts family to make good decisions. Meanwhile, I'm gonna stick with the Mayan calendar predicitions. Cubs in 2012!

they're enthusiastically doing "the wave" @wrigley.

okay, im now a english soccer fan rather than a baseball fan.

it's been fun. later, all.

True Cubs fans disdain the wave. Oust the fraudulent fans! Nevermind, that would just about empty the place.
Meanwhile, Joe (the "best second baseman" &*^%$)Morgan, is doing the Chicken Dance at Cincinnati's Oktoberfest today.'s probably cuz of morgan's old batting "tick" where he winged he arms up/down as a timing mechanism.

there was a shocking full house today, btw...people must be wanting to get the last of the summer in doing something/anything before the hardcore cold rolls in. last night it wasn't nearly as full.

cubbies win 2 nailbiters in a row...too bad fun and competitive cubs wins are coming from the 100 loss astros.


As wins go, these are lose-lose. Not only do they not indicate that the Cubs are improving, they also move the Cubs farther down the draft pick line. Hell, they aren't even spoiling anyone.

yeah, it's go-nowhere petty wins, but it's been 2 fun games to watch. there haven't been enough of those on the cubs side this year.

Today was the Cubs' 4000th win at Wrigley.

And nobody is mentioning that the hr today was LaHair's 200th hit of the season.

lol. wut? I don't know if that's a joke or just a mistake.

Lahair is fun to watch. The usual pitching adjustment may not come this year. Just not enough time.

Wscr host today said some scouts gave lahair as .270 hitter with 25 hr power.

Yeah give Pena another contract

Submitted by Old and Blue on Sat, 09/17/2011 - 5:05pm.

Lahair is fun to watch. The usual pitching adjustment may not come this year. Just not enough time.


O&B: With all the time LaHair has spent in the minors, he's not exactly an unknown to the pitchers around the National League. Many of them probably faced him while coming up through the minors.

The league making an adjustment to the player and then the player having to adjust back applies more to younger players with minimal minor league experience than it would to somebody like LaHair.

You'd still feel a lot more comfortable about him had he got 200 PAs instead of 45.

Time to bench Soriano, Johnson and Byrd, in my opinion. Let the "kids" play, to give the new GM some more info about his 2012 40 man.

Everyday outfield of LaHair Campana Colvin? What's it going to hurt. It'd be nice to see DJ get a start at second once in a while since he's up. Not like we need to see more Barney right now.

Pena and Aramis are probably the only two veterans who need to continue to start pretty much every day.

LeHair is first baseman, play him there.

I'm pretty sure LaHair has played more minor league games in LF than anywhere else. He's below average as either a LF or 1B regardless. But Pena will be manning first base at least until his type B status is cemented.

724 at 1st
132 in Left
45 in "OF"
23 in Right
according to BR.

Bryan LaHair played more games in LF than at 1B in both 2009 (at Tacoma) & 2010 (at Iowa), although he played mostly 1B for the I-Cubs this season.

Part of that is probably a function of who else was on the roster.

Quade in postgame interview said he's playing the kids sunday. not sure what that means other than giving Soriano and Aaram the day off...I hate the lineups that have Baker batting 4th.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.