The Cardinals are using my last Cub brain cell as a punching bag.

It's just that time of year, I guess.
When I'm forced to watch guys in red hats run around on a baseball diamond laughing and hugging each other.
Celebrating another victory.
I'm tired of looking at their organization and thinking man, those guys sure know how to run things.
But... helpless, you know?
At least for now.
Or another year.
Or so.
Whatever man.
I don't know aobut you but I'm all about the Oakland Athletics now and hoping Billy Beane can get that ring.

Go A's!

And Bears.


I hope you saw my post of a couple days ago regarding these same red scourge baseball players.

Nicely done, and a very sad, last cell at that.

Yep. Part of the inspiration. That and last night. And then the Blackhawks... what a nightmare.

So what, exactly, is in a Cub brain cell?

Not really sure, I only know there won't be any Old Style in there next year.

Don't be too shocked if the Bears lose, CBlue. It isn't going to take much longer for teams to figure out that all they have to do to beat them is protect the ball. Well, N.O. figured it last week. The Giants may tonight. Teams are moving the ball up and down the field pretty easily so far.

Please let me be wrong. It does help to see Jeffery emerge as a playmaker. If Martellus Bennet (sp?) could get healthy and Marshall is on all cylinders, and they Faulk Forte and Cutler doesn't have a turnoverpalooza, they could keep up. Damn, that's a lot of IFs.

As we discussed and agreed - without a pass rush, we need to temper our overall enthusiasm (unless they outscore their opponents with defenses similar to theirs).

It would be nice for Shame on you Shane to make one tackle - other than piling on a pile after a runner is down already.

To date, this draft pick is equaling Angelo's 1st round turds.

Yeah, but Long has been so magnificent it sort of makes up for it, and Jeffry from last year's draft has been nice and still has lots of upside. I assume you're referring to Shea Mcwhatever, which really was a head scratcher at the time, and yup, he's done nothing.

Basically, last night sort of proved us right - NYG couldn't protect the ball, and they lost. Moved the ball up and down at will, like everyone else is doing. I wasn't able to watch every down last night and couldn't really watch closely but I DVRed and will watch tonight, but I'm assuming Peppers is still not looking great. I really hope he's just hurt a bit and not just feeling the effects of age. They miss Melton, too, dammit. I am not as high on Melton as some are, but he's still a force in there and they haven't plugged the hole.

Yes - Shea Mc Whatever. He finally got his 1st or 2nd tackle this year - in 6 games.

So - I suppose that trading the Boise Flash is too late this year. Maybe they can put something together during the bye. To get deep into the post-season, they are really doing to need a DT. I hope Peppers has something going on that we don't know about.

But I fear it is your latter concern - he too old/worn now. He does get held on every play, but don't most of them?

Yeah, he gets held but he's always been held and worked through it. Now they've lost Williams, a not dominant linebacker but still yet another starter on defense going down. Bostic is going to have to prove his draftworthiness very quickly. No matter, though, Green Bay is going to score on every drive in the next game.

Almora in lineup batting leadoff and playing RF for tonight's AZL game vs Salt River Rafters. No Soler or Bryant.

Almora went 2-5 including a 3 rbi riple

Solar Sox top 9th:
Matt Skole walks.
Max Muncy singles on a soft line drive to center fielder James Ramsey. Matt Skole to 2nd.
David Freitas singles on a line drive to center fielder James Ramsey. Matt Skole to 3rd. Max Muncy to 2nd.
Albert Almora triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder James Ramsey. Matt Skole scores. Max Muncy scores. David Freitas scores.


They are a church casserole made out of cream of mushroom soup and Minute Rice.

THAT was funny. And somehow good natured ...

I guess with the departure of Jay Mariotti someone had to take over as crown prince of douchebag sports writers...Rick Reilly wants that crown.

pretty much feels like must-win games for the Bears the next 2 weeks with the rest of the schedule

Giants, @ Redskins then bye week


@ Packers, vs. Lions, vs. Ravens, @ Rams, @ Vikings, vs. Cowboys, @ Browns, @ Eagles, vs. Packers

hopefully go 5-4 in that stretch and 10-6 on the season.

mark derosa's been doing a bit of work on he MLB Network the past few days...very well.

he's really fluid, fast, speaks well, etc...he's cut out for doing mic work.

Can he manage?

Hinch, Acta, Rick Renteria and maybe Dave Martinez seem to be on the short list for the Cubs.

GOD DAMN Does This Bears D-Line SUCK ASS!!!!


"FOX Sports reports that the Mariners recently contacted Lou Pinella regarding their managerial opening, but the 70-year-old told them he wasn't interested."

he's doing it wrong...first you take the job, then you decide you're not interested part of the way through it. lou's losing his edge.

Lou's mom said no.

LAD (216m) vs STL (116m)

BOS (159m) vs DET (149m)

dat loot...

CHC 104m, btw...of which 10m-ish was shed via trade. glad/amazed they shifted s.harriston...and "giving" away dejesus saved a little loot + 1.5m owed on a buyout next year.

"J.C. Boscan has elected free agency."

catcher need gets a little greater...though nothing of value was lost.

Informal fan poll:

1. Which prospect in the Cubs system are you most excited about?

2. From most exciting prospect to least exciting, rank Almora, Baez, Bryant, and Soler.

1. Bryant. Almora is close, but Bryant's skill set is pretty unique, and he sure feels like an MLB regular in his absolute floor. I know he hasn't done it in the upper levels yet, but the progression just since June has been amazing.

2. Bryant, Almora, Baez, Soler

Baez, Bryant, Almora, and Soler.

1. Baez is the obvious choice. Bat speed, position scarcity, and track record in the minors. That said, Bryant is pretty exciting, and I like the idea of what Soler brings to the table.
2. Baez, Bryant, Soler, Almora. I'm probably low on Almora, and things might be different if I watched him play. Right now I see an extremely aggressive hitter who lives on contact and doesn't bring elite speed or power with him. That would make him a young Reed Johnson or something along those lines. Of course, I'm probably wrong--all the scouts and bloggers seem to love him.

1- bryant

2- bryant, baez, almora, soler...though i believe there's a bit of a drop between bryant and baez. i view bryant as a potential all-star...a strong one. baez has exciting power, but i'm not sold on his D or his avg/ob% outlook. i like almora and think he'll march through the system, but once he lands in the bigs i don't see him as a very exciting player even though he'll probably be a solid and consistent contributor. i don't know what to think of soler at this point, though i do believe he could be a more important contributor than almora if he keeps his pace and his power improves.

btw...i think when lists come out this year baez will rank above bryant...both for the fact he's doing it at AA along with the fact he's showing power at SS.

i just don't know if baez will be able to stick at SS...too early to tell, but he took a step backwards this past season.

i think bryant will be knocking on the door of taking over 3rd for the big club in 2015...and i liken him to e.longoria...which may be a bit generous, but i don't believe it to be too far off.

Carlos Marmol added to the Dodger NLCS roster.

Ex-Cub factor comes into play
St.L: Zero ex-cubs
LA: 2 (if you count Nolasco as an ex-cub)

Cardinals playing it smart. Yeech.

Sorry if this is old news:

"The Chicago Cubs re-signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million contract, according to a source familiar with the deal."

It's a bit old, but we all love hearing about these creative moves more than once.

so they didn't sign Meat Lasagne?

he's the key to the yanks 7th inning relief way the yanks would let meaty walk.

"Kyle McClellan has elected free agency."

...countdown til he's a cub begins.../rumor /speculation

either the crowd mics are turned down or this is one hell of a mostly-quiet STL crowd tonight.

R/L matchups are neat and all...but using n.punto as your PH choice with men on 1st/2nd and 2 outs is kinda...wut.

besides, s.van slyke hits righties and lefties rather equally, if not spectacularly...and is at least capable of a scoring a man from 2nd.

hell, why wasn't punto used as a pinch runner on 3rd after m.ellis tripled with 1 out?


...and STL wins it in the 13th...

I'd say Beltran earned his paycheck: drove in all 3 St. Louis runs and threw out a baserunning at home in extra innings.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.