Saturday funnies: fake Cubs commercial

Getting kinda antsy for some trading to happen as I watch this team of dead men walking (or striking out or whatever).
I know.
Patience, right?
Yeah, we all have a little practice at that.
Oh well, I get a little ranty, I make a cartoon. 
Can't wait to make some happy ones in the future. 


once again, the Cardinals show new ways to prove how intelligent they are (for under $700K)...

I had no idea there was an Alaska Summer Leauge.

Iowa split a double header vs Nashville yesterday, oddly they have another double header today. Must be fun for the pitching staffs. least we don't have to worry about extending our franchise record 1 run loss string today.

5 runs for Shark in 3.1 innings.

go #1 draft choice. Sing with me, Go Pad's Go.

Not at all saying it is his fault in SD or Chicago, but it does seem amazing that we would have to give compensation to sign someone for gm when his current and previous team are tied for the worst record in baseball.

well done Tim....

Untouchable Samardzija having a rough go today vs. the Twins.

jump on the John Gaub DFA train and grab him.

Indians, Cubs, Rays, Rangers and now Cards.

...why am i watching this?

and how many times will i do this to myself?

this game needs more shawn camp.

for what little it's worth

...sources suggest the Cubs will land the 20-year-old outfielder(Soler), who was recently declared a free agent.
“They have spent a lot of time with him,’’ the source said of the Cubs.

also says Blue Jays might be willing to deal some of their young pitching to make a run this year.

another sori-homer...12th...he hit his 1st of the season May 15th...

If only the Twins were in contention...we might be able to convince them to acquire Soriano to make a run.

Props to Soriano for increasing his trade value. I guess knocking an ounce off his bat has made a bit of difference after all.

cubs lose 3-11.

19-40 overall...tied with the padres for best in futility.

Padres are beating the Brewers 4-2 in the 6th...

almost in first place

j.verlander throws his 3rd 120+ pitch game of the year (127)...131 and 123 the others...

he threw 10 last season.

he threw 11 in 2010...including 3 back-to-back...and 5 back-to-back.

The I-Cubs won the first game of their DH, 1-0.

Brooks Raley pitched the game of his life, in 7 innings with 6 hits, 6K's, no Walks.
1st inning HR by Matt Tolbert was the difference.

Peoria Chiefs ahead 4-0, Kyler Burke pitching thru 4 with 5 K's.

1st inning, 4 spot:
Zeke DeVoss walks.
Pin-Chieh Chen singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Scott Alexander. Zeke DeVoss to 2nd.
Anthony Giansanti flies out to center fielder Lane Adams.
Paul Hoilman doubles (19) on a fly ball to left fielder Tim Ferguson. Zeke DeVoss scores. Pin-Chieh Chen to 3rd.
Wes Darvill grounds out, pitcher Scott Alexander to first baseman Dean Espy.
Javier Baez reaches on throwing error by third baseman Michael Antonio. Pin-Chieh Chen scores. Paul Hoilman to 3rd.
With Yasiel Balaguert batting, Javier Baez steals (4) 2nd base.
Yasiel Balaguert walks.
Sergio Burruel singles on a line drive to center fielder Lane Adams. Paul Hoilman scores. Javier Baez scores. Yasiel Balaguert to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Jason Mitchell replaces Scott Alexander.
Oliver Zapata grounds out, shortstop Orlando Calixte to first baseman Dean Espy.

my favorite cartoons since rocky & bullwinkle...

Bullwinkle: Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

Rocky: That trick never works.

Bullwinkle: Nothin' up my sleeve... Presto!

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  • Chrisc 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 hiter and has an outstanding eye at the plate and he is a fast runner with good instincts and he is a good basestealer, too.

    But he needs a lot of work in the outfield. He is fine at 1st base, but his speed and arm are wasted there. 

  • 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.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.