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.

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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)


vs.

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

theriot-plusminus

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.

/chicago'd

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!
#geek

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.

http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2619775/harperhi...

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 in...play at the plate breaks up the in-game commercial.

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  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 49 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • QuietMan 4 hours 27 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 5 hours 24 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 8 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 19 min ago view