Wind Clocked at 20; I-Cubs Clock a Trio

Waiting for the game to begin tonight I noticed that the pitchers would be throwing into a stiff breeze. A couple young scouts, I thought, sat down a couple rows in front of me to chart the game, one of them armed with a jugs gun. I sauntered down to ask them how the scoreboard speedometer compared to their readings since the last time I checked it was thought to generally register a couple mph slower than actual velocity. No, the gunslinger told me, the scoreboard readings run pretty true. In fact, he said, he doesn't really use the gun when he's charting; he just goes by the scoreboard numbers. Only then did I realize the "scout" was Randy Wells.

The Iowa hitters, including young Vitters, did indeed surf the wind to the tune of a long ball hat trick tonight. Besides JV, Brett Jackson and, ho hum, the Rizzo kid, also went deep.

Jackson played left tonight and was dropped to sixth in the order. He began the game leading the PCL in strikeouts but tonight he was but a double shy of the cycle. All three of his hits, not to mention Rizzo's league-leading 14th homer, came off Salt Lake lefty Brad Mills. Rizzo's towering two-run blast in the 3rd came on a 3-0 count after Dave Sappelt stole second with two out on the previous pitch. It was last seen well on its way to the Des Moines river beyond the street that runs behind the right field bleachers. Rizzo also drew a walk off side winding loogy Matt Meyers. He looks supremely at ease and confident at the plate in this league. How numbered are his days here?

Travis Wood worked seven solid innings in evening his record at 3-3, notching nine fly outs against one long homer that came to rest in the left field parking lot where I found it lodged beneath a car tire. Manny Corpas traded three runs for three outs in the 9th to make the final 7-5 I-Cubs.

Sappelt played center instead of Jackson who didn't appear hampered legging out his triple or getting cut down at second by the cutoff man when Ty Wright was held at third after Jackson's sharp single to right. Looking for the elusive cycle in his last trip he grounded out, but still his night was whiffless.

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T. Wood the "logical choice" to replace Volstad in rotation according to Sveum.

Nothing decided yet.

Harry Teinowitz [email protected] Cubs could have some very big news coming!

believe he's a Chicago radio dude that happened to get popped for a DUI earlier in the year. earlier tweet said news could pop tomorrow.

~shrug~

orlando hudson...sup?

=p /noreferencesgiven

possibilities

Castro signed to extension
Garza signed to extension
Dempster traded
Garza traded
Soriano kidnapped by extremists
Soto traded
Michael Jordan buys Cubs
LaHair traded
Rizzo called up/Soriano DFA'd
price of beer dropped by $.50
ballgirls will wear bikini's
More bathroom renovations
More ad signage!!!
Papa Joe decides to fund Wrigley renovations

Was Soto bumped from his start because of a sore knee or is something in the works???

said it was a bum knee, day to day

-edit- MRI tomorrow, Sveum says he's available in case of emergency

That's the dude from Mac, Jurko and Harry, though I think the lineup is different now. I'm pretty sure he's Mac.

So you think that Harry is the Mac from Mac, Jurko, and Harry?

hahahha

My hilarity is lost on the internets.

Friday NATO guests singing in the 7th inning?

Saturday NATO protestors singing in the 7th inning?

Sunday Papa Ricketts singing in the 7th inning?

Rev. Wright has been hired as the Cubs' team chaplain?

I will be in the Bud Bleachers today, look for me I'll be wearing a Cubs hat.

Pix and report to follow.

Wear an Obama t-shirt

Yes we can!

Thanks for the report, Mike. It doesn't sound like Rizzo's HR was wind aided. If LaHair keeps hitting, and that's always an if for a guy who hasn't really gone around the league more than once, I wonder how long TheoCorp will be able to keep resisting the urge to bring him up. I know there is some service time stuff involved (unlike AZ Phil, I don't have a microchip implant so I don't recall the details), but it still must be tempting. So where does LaHair go?

I still don't see them giving Soriano the boot - and he actually has a .333 or so RISP, Campana is too much fun in center, and DeJesus was their prime free agent acquisition (!) for the summer, and actually has a reasonable OBP. The only thing I can see them doing is moving DeJesus to center and moving Campana into a late inning role, on the assumption that he just isn't an every day player.

Should be interesting. Now you see why I'm not paid to make these decisions.

Kerry Wood is retiring... per ESPN.

Sounds like he took everyone's advice.

I thought he would retire after last season, myself, but was glad he came back. Oh well. Sad...such a star-crossed career, but always a favorite.

Kerry drove me crazy. Now, I can stop taking my heart medicine. That said, one of my favorite Cubs of all time.

I always liked the presence Kerry brought to the proceedings at Wrigley. I'll always miss watching him as a Cub. It seemed to be his time to go performance-wise, though.

Given that he and his wife are ingrained in the community here by now, hopefully the Cubs offer him some kind of position with the organization and he sticks around for awhile (if he doesn't un-retire first, like so many players do these days).

ESPN1000 reporting Kerry Wood to retire today.

"Thanks to Arizona Phil of the website thecubreporter.com for paying such close attention to these things."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

this is 3/44. posted yesterday. Gotta be on it 24x7!

I saw the tweet yesterday.

Isn't AZ Phil worth an extra mention.

Two things about the AZ "credit". First, It sounds like Rogers got the info directly from this site. He should have attributed it correctly by saying, According to AZ Phil, of the (link)thecubreporter.com(end link), and then some info about Whitenack. I assume after reading this he asked somebody in the organization if they are quietly getting excited about him, but, he being in the mainstream media, it's possible he made that part up, since he didn't even bother saying something like, "my sources tell me". Especially since his "source" was AZ Phil.

I'm sure the reason he didn't link is because we are a bunch of foul mouthed bastards on here, but it's still lame.

Agreed. But coming from Cat. Wrongway, it is expected.

Cubs - City deal dead?

How is Tom and Big Daddy Joe going to get out of the mess created?

Are we looking at PSL's next year if the City doesn't come back to the table?

Then again, fiscally, from what I have read, the City stood to make a nice chunk from the Wrigley/Cubs project.

I read somewhere that somebody in Rahm's office says that the deal is off the table for now.

Not surprising.

"Daddy, why did you do that?!!"

I'm ready for the Hoffman Estates Cubs.............see ya' Wrigleyville!

Soto has meniscus tear, headed to DL.

Ugh. fucks up trade value nicely.

How close is Clevnger again?

I believe I read something that he was getting "close", but the last time I asked AZ PHIL he had not seen Clev in EXST on the field as of early last week.

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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 52 min 56 sec ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 3 hours 54 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 6 hours 5 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 6 hours 5 min ago view