As Long as You Don't Look at the Standings, The Cubs are Doing Great!

The Cubs just took 2 of 3 from the Nationals including winning games started by Strasburg and Gio.  Their starting pitching has put up the third best ERA in the senior circuit without their best pitcher. 'Mo Gregg is locking down games in the 9th, and Anthony Rizzo is the left-handed power hitting droid you've been looking for...what's not to love?

(clicks on Yahoo MLB Standings...quickly clicks off Yahoo MLB standings)

Back to the positive....let's talk the Anthony Rizzo deal...7/$41M with option years.

Once a novelty in the league, these pre-arbitration deals are fast becoming the norm. I'm sure someone's studied it more thoroughly than me, but it seems rare that they don't work out for the organization. Safe to say, he'll be a Cub for a long time though...unless he's not and they trade him away with Castro for all the good players in the league.

The other interesting tidbit I read over the weekend, was this report/presumption that Scott "2.53 ERA" Feldman could be the odd man out of the rotation once Matt Garza returns to showcase himself to a contender every 5 days. According to the Patrick Mooney tweet, Dale Sveum says Samardzija, Jackson and Travis Wood will stay in the rotation and they're not willing to try EXTREME 6-man style. That leaves Carlos Villanueva and Scott Feldman as the logical goats, although both have pitched better (by ERA at least) than Samardzija and Jackson. First, I don't get why they wouldn't try a 6-man until a deal can be made, the Cubs aren't contending for anything and showcasing these pitchers in the starter role isn't the worst thing they can do. But if I had to choose between demotion options, I think Edwin and Villanueva would be the more logical choices. Villanueva seems to be pitching over his head a little more than Feldman right now and I think we all expected he was set for the swing-man role when he was signed and that's probably the role that would interest other teams. Now Edwin signed the big deal, and that usually takes precedence over the quality of the pitching, but since the Cubs are all about flipping short-term assets for long-term assets, then it would make sense to showcase Feldman until a trade could be made, while Edwin dives into his pool of gold for a few weeks (or months) waiting to be put back into the rotation.


Tony Four Sack$

26th in win % but 20th in Pythag. Based upon the sight and smell test, I feel like this team is closer to 20th than 26th in terms of on-field talent. That said, these standings suck.

"Matt Garza (lat) could rejoin the Cubs' rotation after Thursday's rehab start with Triple-A Iowa."

The Jesus (CF), The Error (SS), $41M aka Tony Four $acks (1B), Sorryano (LF), Trade Bait (RF), Hostage (3B), Beefy (C), Theriot-Plus (2B), Not-Kerry Wood (P)


EY Junior, Rutledge, Cargo, Tulo, Rosario, Helton-o, Arenado, Blackmon-o, Nicasio


light showing for a night game...even the bleachers are looking thin.

Cold tonight dropping to 35 but at about 3 pm tomorrow it will be 82.


sori homer (2r)!

smashed so hard the LF'r didn't even move...out of the ballpark.

...since we've been talking about SBs lately.

sureholds just attempted a SB on a guy that throws 75% fastballs 93-95mph.

now that's the wrong guy vs the wrong pitcher...even if the catcher doesn't have an accurate arm. 93mph fastball + average-at-best runner...caught stealing.

thinking about taking my old Ted Lilly Fan Club jacket to tailor and changing to Travis Wood Fan Club.

The Cubbles

Len read my tweet!

swank. i'm stuck with the stupid rockies feed. thanks mlb EI.

Probably not as much fun as having the White Sox feed during a 9-1 beat down like tonight. There's something fun about hearing ol' Hawk bitch and moan -- plus the long stretches of pissed off silence.

b.harper couldn't believe the cubs won until he took a closer look at the scoreboard.

Ouch, whats that dirt before the wall?

The perfect place to take your Garden Weasel for a spin.

"while Edwin dives into his pool of gold for a few weeks (or months) waiting to be put back into the rotation."

Haha, nice.

That's the thing about getting free agent pitchers. They're really so capable of being a bad investment. And through a combination of good coaching and scouting, you can stock your staff up with good pitchers, as we have seen the Cubs, surprisingly, do. I keep expecting the bottom to drop out with this starting staff, and maybe it will, but maybe Bosio is actually a good pitching coach and is getting the most out of these guys. Wouldn't it be awesome to have our own Dave Duncan?

I sat near "Edwin's Entourage" at the game last night. Must've been a group of his friends and family, fucking asshole children they've got in that family. I hate shitty parents.

A little harsh there...

No. Other people in the section who wanted to buy the kids got dogs with the hope that they choke to death, that's harsh. The little fucks screamed nonstop from inning 1 to 5 until one of them, maybe 8 years old said "fuck this, I want to go to the gift shop." Same kid asked people near him if they wanted to buy Edwin Jackson autographed balls for $200. Never once did I hear parental figures assert any sort of control over these little monsters. Thankfully they took the kids to the "fucking gift shop" and didn't come back after the 5th. Only after then could I have a conversation with my sister. Shitty parents suck.

Well described. I'll give you this one. :)

per mlbtr...

Cubs have $4.2M to spend on Internationals

The highest bonus is likely to go to Dominican outfielder Eloy Jimenez, potentially $2.6-2.8MM with the Cubs as the "heavy favorite." The Cubs are also the frontrunners to sign one of the top Venezuelan players, shortstop Gleyber Torres.

"Rockies signed RHP Sean Gallagher to a minor league contract."

"Cubs manager Dale Sveum said a six-man rotation "could happen" when Matt Garza returns from the disabled list."


"It's a tough decision because everyone has pitched pretty well and it's going to be one of those things, it's going to be unfortunate for somebody," Sveum said. "Maybe you go to a six-man rotation for a week just because of matchups. You never know. A lot of things come into play."

i.stewart goes 1/3 (double) and a bb.

t.campananananana (Reno) goes 3/5 (all singles) with 1bb and only steals 1 base...what a loser.

soriano breaks up the cubs PR mouthpiece in the booth busy talking about the restoration while the rockies are piling up hits...3 hits in a row, 1 run at the plate breaks up the in-game commercial.

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  • 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. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.