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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  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 21 min 18 sec ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 55 min 48 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • QuietMan 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 31 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 4 min ago view