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.
Mike Quade.
Koyie.
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.
Kinda nice.




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m.olt 1-4, single

k.bryant 2-4, double
vogel 1-3, 2bb

smokies in the 2nd...baez 1-1, single, so far.

CB, two words: F ing brilliant.

just got back from 2.5 hour anniversary dinner...game still on...it's a night of winning at life.

Happy anniversary!

We told the cubs to stay on for ya

It's torture to watch this thing.

well, the torture is over now.

h.rondon still sucks. bleh.

Agreed. J Lake batting with bases loaded and 1 out is torture. I mean you KNOW he wants to bunt, I mean hit a home run, I mean bunt, I mean hit a home run I mean . . .

He's a brand new breed of all or nothing hitter.

When Theo starts deciding his roster cuts after the 5 FA filings, he can start with Rondon.......color me not impressed.

And one of those FA filings blew the game because he couldn't catch a 30 foot throw at home plate.

Agreed and agreed. I mean Gregg looked lost . . . where did he expect the throw to be?

take a deep breath and say, "it was worth it because the Cubs gained a game on the WSux in the 2014 draft standings"

if this upcoming draft had anyone worth a damn it might matter more.

the 2014 draft, highschool and college, is shaping up to be an extremely weak draft.

c.rondon will probably go 1st overall. if the 2013 draft class was added to the 2014 class rondon probably wouldn't go top 5. it gets weaker after that...

tyler beede (college SP), trea turner (college SS), justin bellinger (HS 1st, best HS bat)...

it's going to be a SS + SP heavy lower 1st round. there's not a lot of quality power and even the SP aren't all that awesome.

the summer wood bat invitationals/leagues this year have been boring. no standout pitching or "woah" batting breakouts...especially from the highschool crop.

hell, this is shaping up to be a draft class where a guy like vogelbomb would be a mid-round 1st round pick...power is extremely lacking...about as much as SP with great stuff who demonstrate good control.

Cubs 2013 tombstone

"Beaten by Ronny Cedeno"

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  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 24 min 49 sec ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 1 hour 30 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 50 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 22 hours 1 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 22 hours 6 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 22 hours 11 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 22 hours 22 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 22 hours 34 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 22 hours 59 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 23 hours 39 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 51 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago view