"Unbelievably Stupid"

...about sums it up.

Till game time.

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believe you can listen here.

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play

...frustrated

but believes there's lots of progress behind the scenes (infrastructure, scouting, etc) that will pay off down the road, but knows most fans don't care about that.

...get out of the mindset of spending a little extra on veterans and hope everything breaks right. Focus on building a solid nucleus.

plays up how much fans enjoy watching young players come up

everyone's game change planned in draft, after a certain point couldn't look for HS upside guys with 1st round talent in later rounds

says he likes Castro even more now that he's been around him, cites defensive improvement and hard work, still hiccups along the way. "Moving his feet much better"..."this kid cares"...

at the plate, Castro is a work in progress...5 years away from his prime.

can't blame Rudy, recites the importance of on-base percentage and working the count and just wanted a unified voice....said it already started in the minors. Rudy very good at the mechanics but wanted to shift the nature of the conversation.

Rizzo - "almost ready"...wants full season of at-bats at AAA level (162 games, not AAA season). Has to stay consistent with his hands, but has the right mental approach.

**wants full season of at-bats at AAA levels (162 games, not AAA season).**

So he'll get called up in 10 days or so? He currently has 153 games at AAA.

Also mentioned that there wasn't a clear place for him yet...

Though LaHair is certainly making it easier.

Because we love small sample sizes around here:

LaHair in June: .280/.333/.560 OPS: .893

I think it's smart to keep Rizzo down a bit and see how LaHair does with a couple more months around the league. He had 3 strikeouts yesterday but the line you're showing is pretty good and shows that maybe he's adjusting to the adjustments. If he starts to get hot again, it just gives theocorp a little more to work with, and God knows, this team needs all the help it can get.

Sample Size Issues abound, but...
vs. LHP: 111/250/222
vs. RHP: 348/419/660

IMHO he's got a tremendous amount value given his production/salary ratio but platooning him is probably the right answer. Though please don't read this as an endorsement of Baker as the short side of that platoon :)

BR has him at:

vs. LHP: .107/.242/.214

But regardless... its only 33 plate appearances. The Cubs are terrible. There is little/no reason to put him out there every day against LHP and see what he can do.

Agreed. There's nothing more to lose at this point. May as well answer the question conclusively not being able to hit LHP. Allows them to build around that next year and finding a lefty masher, and there should a large number of them available relatively cheaply.

there's always a reason, even if it's one many of us disagree with...

by not playing him against lefties, it leaves other teams wondering if he's good against lefties (much like most of us on this board) and the hope/desire/curiosity if he is good could be more valuable than watching him flail away at sliders.

I'm not saying I agree with that, but there could be some of the thought process. My guess is Sveum is just trying to win some games and thinks Baker vs. lefties is a better option.

let's hope!!!

Theo doing his best to buy himself a few extra days with Rizzo.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i...

full quotes from Theo on Rizzo

a.gallaraga disagrees with the list...that's a personal/history call rather than a team call, though.

I got a chance to watch the Peoria Chiefs play the Snappers last night in Beloit. Javier Baez sure has a lot of motion at the plate. Stride, cocking the bat, leg kick--like Victorian clockwork. But this seems to enable him to wait back and then generate a quick swing. He hit two balls hard, one for a ground single to left and one foul past third, and the ball makes That Sound when he squares it up. Defensively, he showed range and a strong arm, but last night he made Castro look like Mark Belanger glove-wise. Three errors. One was on a tough do-or-die slow chopper, but the others looked like he was preparing to throw before getting the ball in his glove.

Dustin Geiger added two more errors, one on a hustling but ill-advised throw to the plate on a hopeless swinging bunt. The other was on a slow hopper that he played off to his side; I figure he's been playing baseball since he was six and all of his coaches said to get in front of balls like that. He and Yasiel Balaguert looked a little overmatched against some strong Beloit pitching.

Zeke DeVoss looked solid. He was steady in the field, though he also played a grounder off to the side but got away with it. He's very fast and looks smaller than the 5'10" he's listed at. Obviously a candidate to be the Tony Campana/Sam Fuld/Augie Ojeda/Doug Dascenzo du jour in 2015. He does work the count, so that helps.

Michael Jensen, who has been pitching very well, was the victim of the five errors, though he also let a few Snappers pound the ball. He has good stuff, as do the two relievers, big Larry Suarez (reminded me of a cross between Ferguson Jenkins and Lee Smith) and wiry Felix Pena.

I should add that it's a great time at the Snappers ballpark. It's pretty basic compared to Peoria, Kane County, or Davenport, but for $9 ($7.50 in advance), you get a "box seat" of molded plastic with arms and back--sort of a giant booster seat--very close to the action. Tuesdays have the best discounts: Hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza slices are $1, and 12-oz Leinie's are a buck and a half. "Roll Out The Barrell" and "The Gang's All Here" at the stretch, a hog-calling contest, "cheap" gas in Rockton, and you can't beat fun at the old ballpark.

thanks for the info...

rooting for DeVoss, because fast guys that actually get on-base are neat, but seems a little overmatched right now in just the low minors and the defense thing.

I was there as well.

Did you think ZeVo's double before his double down the RF line was fair? Also, did you think Baez was off on the wild pitch in the seventh? Either he was going, or he is crazy-quick on pitches in the dirt. It was called a wild pitch, which would indicate they thought he waited until it got away before running. Also, Baez nearly took the pitcher with him on his single in the seventh.

tim815-

I think that first one was foul by about six inches. Couldn't tell on the Baez play, because I was watching the ball. I did think he was going to get picked off at second (later that inning? don't remember) and got lucky when the throw to third was in the dirt.

Rob-

I know what you mean, but at least he looked comfortable last night. Rooting for him too.

Almost got picked at first. Shoulda been.

Did this COCO clip get Rudy fired?? Beware Bosio!

Team CoCo could have paid more attention to some of these...more mascots than you can shake a stick at.

Ike the Spike made the final 4

http://www.milb.com/milb/fans/mascot_mania/y2...

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/ch...

Re: Trying to sign 25th round pick Rhett Wiseman and was it a back-up plan to not signing Almora
Not really, because if Almora doesn't sign, his $3.25 million disappears from their draft pool. That said, I don't see how Almora will turn down a bonus in the neighborhood of $3 million. I think Wiseman is a totally separate consideration, albeit one who fell because he's going to be a very tough sign. We don't know how much the Cubs will have to play with because they haven't officially signed any of their first 10 picks, but they might be able to scrape up $1 million and make a run at Wiseman if they want.

Re: Ranking Correa
I'd put him behind Profar and Machado and on the same level as Lindor. This comes from someone who sees Hamilton and Baez moving off shortstop eventually.

Re: Mid-Season Top 50 list
That list usually comes out right after the Futures Game. In the past, we haven't included current year draftees. Not sure if that will change because the signing deadline has been moved up to the same time. Anyway, if we do include them, I'd say the first eight picks (Correa, Buxton, Zunino, Gausman, Zimmer, Almora, Fried, Appel) would be possibilities. I doubt we'll include all eight, though. My over/under would be four, with Buxton and Correa locks.

Re: 2013 draft
I think it's comparable to the 2012 crop, which was below average. The college bats aren't anything special (again), and I don't see pitchers to rival the Appel/Gausman/Zimmer trio. There are some interesting high schoolers, but no one lights me up like Buxton, Correa or a healthy Giolito do.

Sully sez Dodgers or Detroit have best chance to land Dempster. Who should be in Theocorp's sites to get in return?

Matt Kemp or Prince Fielder.

Psha.

Kershaw or........ Kershaw will work.

doug fister here we come.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 12 hours 30 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 12 hours 35 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 12 hours 40 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 12 hours 52 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 13 hours 3 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 13 hours 28 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 14 hours 8 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 15 hours 20 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 15 hours 37 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 15 hours 42 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 16 hours 26 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 21 hours 17 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 22 hours 31 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 22 hours 34 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 23 hours 53 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 7 hours ago view