Sunday Funnies: How's your faith hanging there, Cub Fans?

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Steve Clevenger, Geovany Soto, and Wellington Castillo.
You can find them all on the same page - the injury report on MLB.com.
3 catchers going down at the same time is incredibly ridiculous, and the result is Koyie Hill.
Like a ghost from last year's horror movie.
But in the learned words of Lou Piniella, "What are you gonna do?"
The baseball gods are messing with us big time, as usual. 
It's the year of we're-not-supposed-to-expect-to-win, so I guess we just laugh it off.
I sure could use one stinkin' W against the Sox, though.
That too much to ask, baseball god?

 

Comments

so it wasn't a nightmare?

it hurts because it's true :(

Can he hurry up with the DL so we can watch Rizzo play?

On that note, Couple articles saying he may come up when they need a DH and would then move Dejesus to CF once interleague is over with LaHair going to RF.

Fah-getta-boutit, dere ain't enough money to buy a catch-uh, specially since Kid K gone. Dat makes no sense, so I now believe in the throw away season theo-ry. Dale, I trusted you, ya bum!!!

An I gots 3 tickets in Houston startin' tomorrow night. Sigh...

Gettin' out the Tony Robbins-Joel Osteen-Buddah sermon CD's, rabbits feet and my Ernie Banks 8 X 10! Pouring it on for the Astros last rights!

there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home...

Click those Ruby red slippers three times, not the cubby sapphire blue ones?

maholm fail...back to back homers.

t.flowers towering solo shot.

another DP not turned...dat middle IF. (castro + cardenas today)

they can get there...they can catch...they can occasionally throw...they cannot turn a DP.

...and a single + sac fly later...jake peavy scores from 3rd.

i wish castro charged balls hit to him more than standing still or moving back. it's the mike bordick school of playing SS only castro isn't hanging out on/near the outfield grass for every play.

project 100ip continues for s.camp

...bookending on project 150 times up in the pen warming this season.

coleman works the pen today...looks like t.wood is volstad's replacement.

WSox sweep. 5 losses in a row. 10 games from .500 (15-25).

sigh.

...currently in line for the #3 draft pick. =p

17 LOB!!! SEVENTEEN!!! RUDY? Hello RUDY?!?! Whataretheypayinyoufor???

reputation

I really don't know what else to say.

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/2012/05/20/520-sveu...

Sveum likely changing top of order for Monday. DeJesus sure hasn't been a problem. Castro does really chase bad pitches with guys on base so I certainly wouldn't mind moving him to #2.

i wouldnt mind seeing campy/castro/deje/lahair/sori/stewart/etc

d.bundy continues his sick start to pro ball (19, BAL low-A)

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=...

this is his older (22, and harder throwing) brother in AA (also in BAL system, neat)

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=...

Sick is right.

0.23 whip in 30ip. damn.

their plan for him is to go 3 games each of 3ip, 4ip, and 5ip...then letting him loose (probably with a pitch count limit). one of his 4ip outtings was cut to 3ip thanks to pitch counts (8K, 1h, 0bb).

they hope he'll transition well to A+ ball, then close the year in AA.

he came drafted as one of the most polished and insanely self-motivated/trained highschool pitchers ever, but the start to his career has been better than anyone could imagine.

he was "over" the A- level of competition before he threw his 1st pitch.

Why is there all the talk lately about bringing Anthony Rizzo up from Iowa in early June? Shouldn't the Cubs be waiting until later this season to bring him up and extend for another year the club's control over him?

Yes.

So he can save the season, I guess... ?

Isn't June when his due date for club control is?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 8:56am — Dusty Baylor

Isn't June when his due date for club control is?

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DUSTY B: If the Cubs wait until June 23rd to recall Rizzo, they gain one more year of control before he can be a FA (post-2018 instead of post-2017). But that's assuming the 2012 MLB regular season ends on October 3rd & isn't extended an extra day or two due to rainouts at the end of the 2012 season involving a team or teams still on the bubble for the post-season, which could add an additional day or two to the end of the MLB regular season that would give an extra day or two of MLB Service Time to any player on an MLB 25-man roster at the end of the season (including players from teams that aren't playing in the game) who did not get credit for a full year of MLB Service in 2012.

If they were to recall him prior to 6/23, they could still gain an extra year of control if they send him back to AAA again at some point for as many days as is needed, but that is kind of artless and obvious and might cause some bitterness with Rizzo and his agent, especially if he hits the ground running.

The best way to do it would be wait to recall him until the homestand that starts on 6/25. That would give the Cubs a couple of extra days beyond 6/23 in case there is a day or two added to the end of the MLB regular season.

BTW, if the Cubs want to delay Rizzo's eligiblity to be a "Super Two" post-2014, they would have to wait until at least mid-August to recall him, and I don't think they would wait that long, unless he gets hurt.

fwiw, Cubs away series vs. AL teams are June 8-10 vs. Twins and June 18-20 vs. White Sox. Imagine they can call him up for that stretch and just say they needed a DH.

Call him back up sometime shortly after the ASB.

"Shouldn't the Cubs be waiting until later this season to bring him up and extend for another year the club's control over him?"

When did the Cubs become the Royals or Pirates?

The day the Ricketts closed the sale.

I was going to say, besides this year..

Deals we have closed since they bought the team

Marlon Byrd 3/15
Carlos Pena 1/5-5 split
KW 2/4.5
David Dejesus 2/10
Maholm 1/4.25
Redoing Dempsters deal to defer an unspecified amount to a later date.

So it looks like we are exclusively in the 5 million or less market when it comes to player transactions.

So you would prefer a $110M shitty team over an $85M shitty team? If they are going to be shitty, might as well save money for the future.

Btw, Berkman has a torn ACL. Too bad they always have a stream of ass bags to be called up to do just as well.

My fear is that we are witnessing a resting of ownership expectations. I don't want us as a fanbase to be happy that Ricketts is spending 85 instead of 150, just because we have a GM who knows how to use a laptop.

I don't feel like slashing payroll and trying to ransom the city for a handout shows that we have awesome ownership.

Well with weakest attendance for Crosstown series at Wrigley in years, I think he has the message that "they show up no matter what" is not true.

Sound that siren if they still have $85 million payroll in five years.

The biggest advantage we have is that we can outspend the rest of the division by 50 million bucks. I just hate the idea of giving up that advantage because ownership is more concerned with profits than production.

Which is worth more a couple of months of Rizzo this season or one or two additional years of team control?

Pinch those pennies Cubs!

It's not about not being able to afford these players, it's about smart baseball management. If you can hold off free agency for a stud player for another year, you can control him (relatively) cheaply for that year. You then might arrive at a situation where you have a budget set for that year and you can afford to bring in a much-needed reliever or backup infielder or something, and if you had to give Rizzo an expensive extension that year you may not have been able to afford those pieces.

Great.
I know how it works. I just am not as worried as I should be about having to potentially pay a guy 5 years from now., especially for a reliever or back-up infielder.

Its time for that fun game of will he or wont he? LaHair is now in an extended slump, hitting .238 for the month of May.

It's that dreaded adjustment time, the league has figured out how to get him out, what will LaHair do? Flail away and be an all or nothing hitter? Or actually adapt?

This is the part of the season i have been waiting on to see if LaHair is another joke or the real deal.

good point. Hopefully, he will adjust. On the bright side, he still has 5 HR's this month.
His .246/.364/.492 for May is definitely bringing him back to earth...but I'd take it from a league minimum player like LaHair.

Theo predicted this, to his credit. The slump, I mean. And he pondered this question to some reporter a few weeks back. How will LaHair respond?

I haven't seen many games during his slump. What are they getting him out on? Any patterns?

I will take a slump of an .856 OPS (LaHair's for May) any day. Only 35 players in all of baseball have a higher OPS for the year, and only 3 first basemen.

minor league depth happens

"Cubs signed C Brian Esposito to a minor league contract."

he played last night in iowa...barring injury there's about a 0.000001% chance he sees the cubs.

"(Reuters) - The key government witness in the perjury trial of former Major League Baseball star pitcher Roger Clemens said on Monday he also provided two other players with human growth hormones and helped a third to obtain the performance-enhancing drug."

a.pettitte and c.knoblaugh, btw...

baseball will not tolerate a cheater...unless they can help the team on the field.

baseball will not tolerate a cheater in a position of power over younger players...unless you're a good hitting coach.

both should expect boos and stuff thrown at them if they do manage to get employed again...or a standing O of forgiveness from the fans of the team that hired you.

But has Clemens ever tested positive for the use of Steroids or HGH?

The evidence that McNamee turned over can't possibly be used against Clemens because no rules of custody took place. Anything could have been done to tamper with the evidence. Which is what is coming out now in the trial.....

But McNamee, who admitted to multiple lies on Thursday, conceded on Friday that evidence contained in a crumpled beer can that he turned over to government investigators included medical waste from at least one player other than Clemens.

McNamee, who was Clemens' personal strength coach, said Clemens did not use an orange-tipped needle that would have been used to administer HGH (something McNamee had previously testified Clemens did not receive in 2001). Asked if the cotton balls in the beer can were used on Clemens, McNamee replied: "Not for certain." Asked if a blue-tipped needle, the type used to administer steroids, was used on Clemens, McNamee replied: "Might have."

But Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress and the best evidence against him is a crumpled beer can with other peoples DNA mixed in. Clemens gets off big time in a seriously flawed case that should have never went to trial.

yeah, but i still believe andy pettitte...and he's had plenty to say about his activities and his buddy clemens.

about time he decided to be the "good Christian" he claims to be.

to me, this is about all those minor leaguers who were shut out of the game...or worse...joined the "cheaters" gambling with their bodies and using an unfair advantage over their peers.

you make -nothing- in the minors...you are still eligible for food stamps on your standard minor league pay right up until AAA and many players tap it (many in AAA are still eligable, too). yes, you "only" work 6 months out of the year (you don't get paid for SpTraining), but it's crap pay you only see for 5 months.

this self-consuming cycle should have ended 20 years ago and it's my belief that these cheaters did the entire game a disservice.

Pettitte isn't telling the truth because he feels its the right thing to do, he is telling his version of reality to save his own ass. His claim was he used it to recover from an injury not to gain an edge which is just complete bullshit on his part. Pettitte only came forward when the Mitchell Report exposed him, and he did damage control to save his career.

I only used it for 2 days I swear i am telling the truth! Please forgive me......just complete bullshit. And anyone who believes him is a fool.

Brian Roberts who was also mentioned in the Mitchell report swears it was only for 1 time!

"In 2003, when I took one shot of steroids," said Roberts. "I immediately" -- immediately! -- "realized that this was not what I stood for or anything that I wanted to continue doing. I never used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing drugs prior to or since that single incident. I can honestly say before God, myself, my family and all of my fans, that steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs have never had any effect on what I have worked so hard to accomplish in the game of baseball."

The question i ask is who is falsely accused by steroid allegations? We know McNamee came clean to save his ass from prison. It appears that his so called evidence was manufactured to give the Government what they wanted no matter how tainted it was.

Pettitte is still trying take back his comments from years ago and McNamee is trying to stay out of prison. Is Clemens being falsely accused? Maybe, but we will never know.

I just hate accusations based off of hearsay and no evidence.

I feel like Mike! Mike W., that is. Altho I am on the opposite end of the country from Des Moines, Cubs AND Astros fans are treated tonite to 2 AAA ballclubs in Houston. Last time I was here Carlos Marmol gave up a 9th inning grand slam to blow another save/win. THAT CANNOT HAPPEN TONITE...because Dolis can serve it up for Carlos. At least maybe there wii be a few good SP innings tonite.

From deep in the heart of Texas y'all...

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  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 46 min 25 sec ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 8 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 5 hours 7 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 6 hours 6 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 10 hours 1 min ago view
  • I hope the D and bullpen show up. Cubs haven't had much luck against Davies, and he's been going well lately. A little uncomfortable with the Cards only 6.5 back--feels like they're right on our tails compared to the 11 game lead I've grown accustomed to.

    Charlie 10 hours 5 min ago view
  • Cardinals, stop that. Right now.

    billybucks 10 hours 58 min ago view
  • In a year or two, a lot of fans are going to point at trading him as a mistake. He'll probably be slashing something like 280/400/480 for Seattle at the time. Of course, by WAR, he'll still be worth less than 3, since we're talking zero defensive value.

    John Beasley 12 hours 2 min ago view
  • vogelbomb debut for tacoma (AAA SEA)... 3-3, 1bb, 1 HR, 1 double...DH'd.

    while he mostly played 1st considerably more than DH for AAA CHC, DJ Peterson is probably going to see most of the time at 1st for AAA SEA.

    crunch 20 hours 28 min ago view