Sunday Funnies: Javier Baez is making noise
Remember before Theo was here?
Hope all pinned on the 3 Cs - Colvin/Castro/Cashner?
The Cubs had Kosuke Fukudome and Carlos Pena, Doug Davis and Ramon Ortiz.
The giant empty promise of a heavily promoted, ridiculous Cubs/Red Sox series where we watched the Cubs give up 15 runs on National TV complete with Kevin Youkilis making a comet out of a Scott Maine pitch.
I tried to make a friendly bet with a bartender and after that homer he said, "Put your money where your liver is."
In August people saying the always hilarious "wait til next year," and my response was "What are you even talking about?"
IT'S SO FUN NOW!
What if Baez comes up next year and Castro's found his bat and glove so Baez goes to third oh wait there's Olt if he clears up his tear duct he could be fantastic but don't forget Bryant cause that's a special bat you might not be able to hold him back but maybe he's in left or right either way probably Baez goes to short so Castro can go to second unless Alcantara becomes something else and maybe Castro or someone gets traded by a Cubs team dealing from strength (what?) with the "nice problem(s) to have" and I forgot about Christian Villanueva at third and that's not even mentioning the outfield or saying anything derogatory about Barney.
There's a new kind of hope that's based on guys like Baez rather than ohhhh... say a line drive bouncing off Lee Smith's back.
deno ended the season well even though ajax heavily cut into a lot of his chances to play. it's either him or ajax. i'm a bit partial to deno, but whatever...at least ajax isn't hitting 2nd.
Agreed. And, with Hendricks on the mound, Cubs will probably need to score some runs to win -- why not start Soler for his bat and bring in Ajax for defense later?
NEVER MIND....just re-read the lineup.
If the Cubs have the lead in the 8th, who pitches? Rodney? Travis? Yikes.
The Cubs had some good runs and nice winning streaks that propelled them to the playoffs. Austin Jackson wasn't part of that. I don't quite understand what it is about Jackson that they are so enamored with.
I think the strike zone was very inconsistent, but it's hard to blame the loss on the ump. They had chances and mistake pitches and just couldn't cash in. Lackey ran the ball inside and outside very effectively.
Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.
Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell
if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.
I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth
Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.
Wtf is up w/that?!
Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...
I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.
Awesome stuff, Phil.
listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.
That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.
it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?
sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.
HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).
Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.