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.

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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.

http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2013_1...

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.

chuckle...

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.

http://thebiglead.com/2013/10/10/will-rick-reilly-be-fired-by-espn-for-m...

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

then

@ 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?

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24063392/after-interviewi...

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!!!!

"Cover 2" is WITHOUT COVERAGE WHEN ITS MINUS A FUCKING PASS RUSH!!

"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."

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/203...

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 corps...no 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?

meh...

...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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  • 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. 2 hours 20 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. 2 hours 25 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. 2 hours 30 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. 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 2 hours 53 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. 3 hours 18 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 3 hours 58 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 5 hours 10 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 5 hours 28 min 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 5 hours 32 min 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 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 11 hours 7 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 21 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 24 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 43 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 20 hours 55 min ago view