TCR Friday Notes

- Dale Sveum's ass must be pretty chapped from the hot seat he's been sitting in over the last week. Although he hasn't been fired yet, rumors earlier in the week had the Cubs targeting Joe Girardi and now another catcher is in the fold. Peter Gammons is saying that Brad Ausmus would be a person of interest if the Cubs do indeed decide to go another direction. Ausmus hasn't been given a major league managing job yet, but he did manage Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualification round and was a candidate for the Boston Red Sox job last offseason before the Red Sox traded for John Farrell. Also, if he would lead the Cubs to the promised land, he could help turn this leaflet into possibly a pamphlet.

- Baseball America has been putting out their top 20 prospects for each minor league. The Cubs didn't land anyone on the top Arizona League prospect list, but 6 made the Northwest League including Kris Bryant at #1. The other 5 are Paul Blackburn(#7), Yasiel Balaguert (#9), Dillon Maples (#10), Shawon Dunston Jr. (#12) and Kevin Encarnacion (#17). You can see how the Cubs have fared in the past over at Wiklifield.

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interesting statistical...thing.

the top 5 teams in ERA in the NL all made the playoffs (in order): Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dodgers, Reds, Cardinals

in the AL, the top one won't make it...the Royals, and Rangers are 3rd. A's (2nd), Tigers (4th), Rays (5th), Red Sox (6th) round out the field.

the team leader in ERA in the AL hasn't made the playoffs 6 years straight: Royals (2013), Rays (2012), Angels (2011), A's (2010), Seattle (2009), Toronto (2008). 5 of those 6 years, the same team that led in ERA led in run allowed with the outlier being the Rays in 2011 (who did make the playoffs).

Red Sox made it in 2007.

Minor League Ball Top 75 update

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/9/27/4775038/minor-league-ball-top-7...

8) Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs: Pre-season 18, July rank 14. I do worry about the strikeouts but the power/speed upside is just enormous. I could see this going down a few slots depending on book analysis.

19) Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs: 2013 first-round pick. Masher.

22) Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs. Pre-season 44, July 18. The Cubs are going to have one hell of a lineup someday.

27) Jorge Soler , OF, Chicago Cubs. Pre-season 25, July 23. Holding steady pending health.

41) C.J. Edwards, RHP, Chicago Cubs. Unranked pre-season, July 73. Spectacular season from pre-season sleeper. You can make a case to slot him in the 30s.

70) Arismendy Alcantara, SS, Chicago Cubs. Unranked pre-season, July 57. Very broad range of skills, has speed, power, patience, don’t expect batting championships.

Pierce Johnson and Dan Vogelbach make honorable mention. Mike Olt tries to cry in his beer, but no tears flow.

Haw haw!

He never saw it coming.

fun times if there's a 3-way tie in AL wild card

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130927&content_id=61931552&vke...

the Indians would host the Rays on Monday, with the winner becoming an A.L. Wild Card. The losing Club in Monday's game would then play against the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday, with the winner of that game becoming the other A.L. Wild Card.

In the event of a two-team tie for one Wild Card berth, the Tiebreaker game would be played on Monday and hosted by the Club that won the season series between the two Clubs

btw, Rays and Indians have won 7 straight and Rangers 4 straight...Rays up 1 game on Indians, Indians 1 game up on Rangers, Rays 2 games up on Rangers...pennant fever baby.

pointless things from a pointless season...

"Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Travis Wood will pitch just one inning tonight to get to 200 for season. Then will be pulled for Brooks Raley most likely"

derp.

T. Wood pitching just one inning tonight to get him to 200 and will be replaced by Brooks Raley.

A. Wainwright moved up a day to start Saturday if anyone possibly cares.

What, did you say Bears? Oh,cares? No, guess not.

Sabean comments in the sidebar looks like they're going to re-configure the Giants...see how far they take it. I imagine everyone but Posey can be had at the right price.

Can't imagine Cubs would unload too many prospects for Cain or Bumgarner, but the possibility is intriguing at least.

given the fan outpouring last night for t.lincecum (lots of signs, lots of ovations) it might be him letting the fans know that with cain/bum around they're probably not going to sink loot into keeping lincecum around. i imagine they're ready to wash their hands of zito...can't imagine they'd want pence around since you could probably get someone like choo for a few million more at worst.

they've still got some key pieces around for another year under contract so i don't see them punting...though it'll probably point towards that if they get rid of panda and/or romo who are only under contract for 1 more season. scutaro + pagan + buster have multiple years left.

vogelsong has a 6.5m option...300K buyout...that might be interesting.

they need bats badly, especially more power...there's not many attractive options for that on the FA market.

I agree. This was definitely a pr bite to start softening the blow when Lincecum leaves etc.

the fan love for lincecum last night was rather impressive...standing O after a sac bunt...numerous ovations when he took the mound from pre-game til he exited...lots of signs in the stands.

He deserves it. Great player, and man he brought the hardware (personal and team) and did it with grace and style.

wood's last harrah inning not so sweet.

after a missed 3rd out sliding catch (ruled a hit) by bog...

hit (the botched catch), hit, hit, walk, hit...cards lead by 3

he K's the pitcher with the bases loaded for the final out.

he gets his 200 innings...but his sub-3.00 era is now 3.11

It was a really stupid idea to pitch 1 inning and man did it backfire. Damn.

Btw if Sveum gets the boot on Monday (and I think he will) it will be for many reasons none of which are really anything close to incompetence. But I think one consideration was his dour persona - really a PR disaster and not what the Cubs want to project. It was like having a bridge troll as a manager.

If this team manages to get swept in St. Louis and put up a -50 run differential, it'll ease the pain of not having Cubs baseball to watch ... until about 6 hours after the World Series, of course.

it's rather sad that i'm sitting here with 2 games left (after tonight) of cubs baseball asking myself why in the hell am i still watching this game...

it's not even been messy play...it's just been a display of mediocre talent doing the best it can do.

castro is 3-3 so far at least...

also, if d.barney is the starting 2nd next season this new "the cubs way" can go fuck itself.

also, i'm pretty sure the gun is hot tonight.

a.cabrera and b.parker were throwing 95 regularly...h.rondon was throwing 98 regularly...

also, rondon has 8 outings in a row without giving up a run after tonight. 8ip 1h 1bb 6k

c.martinez (STL) just threw a 101mph fastball...that gun is hot f'sure.

Ozzie and his sons watch out, you've got competition...

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130927/south-loop...

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  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 2 hours 46 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 37 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 40 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 8 hours 33 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 13 hours 18 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 13 hours 19 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 23 hours 43 sec ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view