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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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 13 min 2 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 3 hours 10 min 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 3 hours 23 min 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 3 hours 32 min 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 3 hours 37 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 4 hours 31 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 7 hours 44 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 8 hours 23 min ago view