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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  • I love arriving here first thing in the morning, adding a few moronic posts (moranic for any Cardinals fans who may be trolling), and reading the sage posts of all you guys. Most knowledgeable fans on any forum, by far. So post like crazy today and help give TCR some visibility!

    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason.