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.


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

Nothing decided yet.

Harry Teinowitz ‏@HeyTweetHarry 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.


orlando hudson...sup?

=p /noreferencesgiven


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?


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 for paying such close attention to these things."

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) 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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  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.