Game 63 Threa...Dear God, 100 More Games of This Sh**?!?!?!

The Cubs go for the series win behind Travis Wood. The Tigers counter with Justin Verlander. Over/under on Verlander K's at 11. Over/under on hits for the Cubs is 2. Take the over on the K's and under on the hits. Hell, perfect game #23 doesn't sound too unreasonable.

Tigers Cubs
Jackson, CF
*Campana, CF
*Boesch, RF
Castro, SS
Cabrera, 3B
*DeJesus, RF
*Fielder, 1B
Soriano, LF
Young, LF
*LaHair, 1B
Peralta, SS
*Clevenger, C
Raburn, 2B
Barney, 2B
Laird, C
*Valbuena, 3B
Verlander, P
Wood, P

In roster manuevering, Koyie Hill was DFA'd to make room for Luis Valbuena on the 40-man, who was called up to take the place of Ian Stewart who went on the disabled list to rest up his ailing wrist. And Welington Castillo was activated as well and should certainly see his share of starts before Geovany Soto is ready, which should also be rather soon.


Steve Clevenger, #6 hitter. Murderers' Row, baby.

Best headline of the year (other than AZ PHILS gems)!!!!!!!

take insurmountable 1-0 lead on 2-out double by Fielder on a 1-2 count.

flies to center. They should make him do push-ups.

He should only be bunting

there goes the Verlander no-no (and shutout)

Actually Brenly mentioned yesterday that Campana should be bunting every time up with Cabrera at third. Makes sense to me, why doesn't Sveum tell him to do it?

depends where Cabrera is setting up, but at the very least, he should be making a very concerted effort to hit it to the that side of the infield as much as possible.

Bunting Verlander is no easy task though.

5-4-3 Double play on Miguel Cabrera, even after Valbuena drops the ball to start with...

has had the best AB's of anyone today...and some of the worst baserunning. Although with 2 outs and top of order due up, that would be the time to try and stretch it, but not even close.

Good to see some double plays turned.

lol @7th.

"let me tell tigers fans SUCK!"

followed by gasps (there's a ton of DET fans in audience) and laughs.

welcome to wrigley.

who was the 7in stretch person?


Peoria is 10-2 in June and has climbed back up to .500 at 33-33.

Tennessee is 10-3 this month and is within a game of .500.

Daytona is 5 under, while (underachieving?) Iowa is 9 under.


5.2 IP, 25 Batters Faced

13 K, 4 BB, 3 H, 0 ER for Pawtucket

Were any towels involved?

discussed trade possibilities yesterday...

up to 10 teams with interest

#Cubs‬ sign 4th-rder Josh Conway for $280k (pick value=$343,200). ‪#CoastalCarolina‬ RHP had 94-96 FB, nasty SL before TJ surgery. ‪#mlbdraft

5th rounder Prieto signed for $200K, about $57K less than slot

someone on twitter tells me that 3rd round pick Ryan McNeil tweeted that he has signed.

appears 4th(Conway), 7th (Steve Bruno), 8th(Michael Heesch), 9th(Chadd Krist) round picks have signed and rumors say P. Johnson (1S pick), McNeil (3rd round) and Prieto (5th round) have also signed. Padilla says 6 lower round selections are set to sign as well (that may include the anyone below Round 5 as he was talking about Conway signing).

looks like he's got Prieto's number off, but here's some numbers
(paid vs. slot)
Conway $280K vs $343K
Prieto $200K vs $257K
Bruno $150K vs. $148.6K
Heesch $10K vs. $138.8K
Krist $10K vs. $119.6K

about $350K in bonus pool money saved ($7,933,900 is the magic number).

P. Johnson (allegedly around slot)
says 10th round pick Chad Martin has also signed, value unknown

j.torre to manage Team USA at the 2013 WBC...which i wish was every year...or every other year.

"#Cubs vs #Tigers drew 124,782, largest mid-week three-game series in Wrigley Field history. "

where the hell did all these DET fans come from anyway? i'd hear cheers, look up, and it's because DET is doing something good.

it's like they decided to do some weird flashmob on wrigley.

Approx. 10% of Wrigleyville is native to MI. No jobs in MI. Or relevant major cities.

Tigers fans stretch across the state, and southwest Michigan is only 75 minutes from Chicago. Quite a few Tigers fans I know made the trip for the first time.

Went to Cubs vs Tigers 6/98 in Detoit.
Wood pitched, Sammy broke month record for hrs.
They ran out of hot dogs in 4th, beer in the 6 th.

dusty vs. d.lowe = awesome

there's much more than this, but it's a good start...

Heesch $10K vs. $138.8K
Krist $10K vs. $119.6K
--- a factor of 10 yet!

That is why we drafted them in the 8th and 9th round. The salary cap discrepancy between the first 10 rounds and after 10 makes this important. Any player from 11-40 can be signed for up to $100k without affecting the cap, but anything less doesn't save money. For players in the first 10 rounds, this savings for Heesch and Krist can be used to sign other players (including players 11-40 by giving them over $100k).

Where is the extra money going Almora or Whistman ( the guy headed for Vanderbilt). I say Whistman.

Sorry a name correction on above post. The name is Wiseman, the 25th round selection.

fangraphs article on Rhett Wiseman

Obstructed View blog article on the limited trade value of Soriano using his estimated WAR over the this season (2.0) and the two remaining on his contract (2013 at 1.5, 2014 at 1.0).

We'll go with .7 WAR the final two months and the next two years remain the same. His overall trade value at the end of July is now $17.75 million and he'll be paid $42 million. His surplus trade value is -$24.25 million.
That's the amoung the Cubs will have to send in any trade just to get absolutely nothing in return.

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  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.