Young Guns

GAME 48 PREVIEW COLORADO ROCKIES (14-33) at CHICAGO CUBS (23-24) Wrigley Field, 1.20pm CT, TV: CSN
SP Sergio Mitre SP *Jeff Francis
SS Clint Barmes 2B Jerry Hairston
2B Luis Gonzalez SS #Neifi Perez
1B *Todd Helton 1B Derrek Lee
CF Preston Wilson 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF *Brad Hawpe LF Jason Dubois
LF Matt Holliday RF *Jeromy Burnitz
3B #Desi Relaford CF *Corey Patterson
C JD Closser C Michael Barrett
Pitcher's spot Pitcher's spot
Jeff Francis has strange splits this year...
Coors Field24.222210142.92
Everywhere else27.034317196.67
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Can't you just ban people? This is my #1 feed for cubs info, and it's sad that I have to see a couple people raining feces upon an otherwise nice little community.

And now baseball: Is Derrek Lee the new Chicago Jesus, or what? What he's doing with the baseball is just crazy.

My Dad's awesome!

I was one of the trolls on here. I'm sorry for the disturbance and promise to never do it again...seriously. I feel badly about what happened and will leave this site alone. Happy posting.

I am one of the trolls. I feel badly about what happened, and I assure you that I will no longer be a pest to this site. I am truly sorry...seriously.

I didn't know the first one posted...I wasn't going back on my word ; )

If the season ended today, Derrek Lee would win the Triple Crown. Unreal this late in the season, being over 25% complete.

Does anyone know the longest a player has held the lead in the Triple Crown stats since Yaz last did it?

I go away for two weeks and look what happens! Anyway....

Could someone email me and let me know what happened to the site?

Oh yeah, on a Cub related note, anyone who watched the game on Friday got to see me sitting in the front row behind home plate for the whole thing. I'm the Sosa jersey wearing guy next to the hot blonde. Did anyone see? Lemme know.

Lastly, back to .500! Thats a once you get there, its like a magic number. Anything can happen from here. Go Cubs. (See y'all at the Tuesday and Wednesday games in LA. I won't be in that good of seats though)

Aqc, wasn't Manny in contention for it for quite a while last year? If I remember correctly, he was neck and neck with Pudge in the average stakes a few months in and with Ortiz in one of the other categories. Then in the second half Manny slumped and Ichiro simply went crazy.

Who was it that was banned from here?

Yeah, I think we all deserve to know a bit about the people who were banned, and why. We're all curious, and it would also serve as a good warning for everyone in the future. I trust that there will be a story posted about the events once the dust has settled?

Yeah, I think we all deserve to know a bit about the people who were banned, and why. We're all curious, and it would also serve as a good warning for everyone in the future. I trust that there will be a story posted about the events once the dust has settled?

After the Cubs stop worrying about catching the Cardinals (which is unlikely to happen and is only going to make the Cubs frustrated), maybe they will understand that they are only 3 1/2 games out of first place in the National League's 4th Division, AKA the "Wild Card." And that one of the team they are playing on the upcoming road trip (that being the Dodgers) is ahead of them in this 4th division:

N. L. WILD CARD (as of May 30th):

Atlanta 28-21
Arizona 29-22
L. A. 26-23 2 GB
N. Y. Mets 26-25 3 GB
CUBS 24-24 3.5 GB

Stop worrying about the Csrdinals!!!

The Wild Card is the Ticket!!!

Go Cubs!!

John Hill,
Yes, you're right. I guess what I was asking was how late in the season did Manny or Vlad or anyone else actually own the lead in all three? Either way, you bring up a good point--people probably get close all the time before June. I'm just floored by Derrek.

Arizona Phil,
I agree completely. Once the playoffs start, [insert cliche here]. Only thing is we want that marker on the right to be all 0s. It looks much better that way!


I just came here to post one thing:

1/4 through the season and 7.5 back - STRIKING DISTANCE

Also, lets face it at 24 up and 24 down we need to go @70 and 44 the rest of the way to win either one. I would also contend that assuming that all other wild card teams will not win 94+ is a far as a stretch as the Cards coming back to the pack. In other words we need a lot of help no matter what.

Regardless, focus doesn't matter anyway. The Cubs need to win games. And it won't be easy. LA is slumping but then we face SD, Tor and Bos so I think that we will have a much better grasp on this season two weeks from tonight. I contend that if we are over .500 after these next four series, this team can contend. If not, we may have a problem.

There's no way we're catching St Louis over the course of the season, they are a better ballclub. The wild card is the Cubs' only shot, and IMO it's a long shot at that. Having 5 teams in front of you at the (almost) 1/3 point of the season is not a good sign.

Having said that...the Cubs simply need to be at .500 ball come August 1. If so, they have a chance. By then, they should hopefully have Prior and Wood back, and Hendry ought to have made a trade or two. Late August maybe Nomar returns, and the Cubs have a shot at the Wild Card if they play say, 12 games over .500 for the last 1/3 of the season.

Again, a stretch, but possible....

Wierd. The comments button doesn't show up on the main (index) page but shows up when I go to the permalink or the archives. Is that intentional?

I'm someone who will comment occasionally, but doesn't want to post a real email addy and is too lazy to keep inventing new ones. Have people register and deal with that. Without comments, the site is way too static.

I'd love to believe the Cubs could go on a run, but I'm skeptical. Despite my plans to go to San Diego and see the 4-game series. Prior going down did really bum me out. That's one game in five that you could pretty much count on a win. I don't see the Cubs matching that right now.

One thing I will say: no more injured players, please. Nomar was great (not with the Cubs, but ya know) ... but let's try Cedeno next year. Let's just not load up on injured players anymore.

I tried posting a comment but ended up voting for Neifi! instead.

John and I have no idea what happened to the pop-up message board, why it's only available in the permalink. We're working on it, but the man with the answers, Ruz, is away for the weekend.

Can't give out much info right now regarding what we know about the two guys behind the rash of annoyances, or what we're working on as means of stopping and punishing them, other than to promise that we're pretty far along, on both counts.

Keep at it Brent and John. It's refreshing to actually have people policing decency and common sense for once.

To make room on the 40-man roster for the two pitchers acquired in the 2-for-1 deal for LaTroy Hawkins, the Cubs have transferred Nomar Garciaparra to the 60-day DL.

Though he has supposedly "retired," David Crouthers remains on the Cubs 40-man roster.

AZ Phil-
So I guess that means that Koronka (or someone else) is on teh 40-man, like I thought??

"Can't give out much info right now regarding what we know about the two guys behind the rash of annoyances, or what we're working on as means of stopping and punishing them, other than to promise that we're pretty far along, on both counts."

Let's see.....My name is Brian D. Mick. I was born in Chicago, IL in 1974. Shortly before i was a year old, my father finished graduate school and our family moved to Colorado where we lived for 5 years.

At age 6, we moved to Iowa. I spent the remainder of my childhood and early adult years in Iowa City, IA. Growing up, I played many sports, but excelled the most in baseball. I began playing when I was about 3 or 4 years old. I became a Cubs fan the very first day we lived in Iowa. The Cubs were on WGN and my father, a Pittsburgh native and long-time Pittsburgh Pirates fan, tuned into the Cubs game. That's all it took for me. It began an addiction I will never be able to break.

Upon graduation from highschool I had enrolled at the University of Iowa right there in Iowa City. I had planned to become an electrical engineer. I had always excelled in math as a child, but found out at the beginning of my sophomore year that the mathematics I needed to master was simply beyond my grasp and then I had to begin my search for what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

Spending 3 weeks in that previous summer in Russia I found myself intrigued with the great and terrible history of that nation. Entering my junior year I declared myself a history major. My life was about to change though.

Waking up one morning early in the fall semester, junior year I had this eery feeling something was not right. Soon enough that feeling intensified and I immediately turned my attention to my roommate and dear friend who had clearly not been out of bed even though he had an early class. I knew then my roommate had died. He died in his sleep from multiple seizures, a disability I also suffer from.

Things began to spiral out of control for me following his death. Drugs and alocohol followed by a little bit of school and more drugs and alcohol consumed my life for the next few years.

During that period I felt the need to get away. I transferred to the University of Arizona thinking a fresh start would help set me on the right track. It didn't. 2 years later, and only about one year of college completed, I packed my bags once again and headed back to the University of Colorado. After one more year of school and coming to realize I had to straighten my life out or I would never have the chance to do it, I sobered up. Finally, after 6 long years of undergraduate school, I got my degree in History from the University of Colorado.

Luckily, with a small contribution from my father, I was able to attend graduate school at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. After completing my Master's Degree I went back to Iowa City and earned my PhD. at the University of Iowa. My major area of interest was in Russian history, specifically the years of 1790-1830. My minor areas of interest were in Mexican history and US history.

I just recently married for the first time and have my first child due in September of this year. I have spent the last 2 years teaching US History and World History.


I understand my actions the other day were inappropriate. My behavior was uncalled for. And the racial overtures I so often used were both disgusting and irresponsible. They were also in no way indicative of who I really am. I cannot apologize enough for my childish and irrational actions, but I will try anyway. I am truly sorry for my offensive, dispicable, and irresponsible actions.

Just know that I will not do this again.

If you feel the need to contact me, I assume you know where to find me. Also, regardless of any "payback" I may be due, please pass along my sincere apologies to everyone at TCR. Thanks.

Who wouldn't want this guy still in the lineup?

I miss the offense:

I miss the offense, but not the man, the defense, or the running. On balance, Alou can stay in SF.

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    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.

  • The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:

    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

    The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

  •'re flip-flopping again?!

    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

    I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.

  • Happ signs w Jays

    Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay

  • needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch

  • As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing

  • + Bankruptcy Court

  • +Price

  • Rondon 2.0!!

  • 2 spots left on the 40-man...wonder if they're going to play around in the rule-5 market...

  • A special after day after Thanksgiving thanks to AZ for his insanely detailed posts on all things roster. I don't know how you keep track of all that stuff - I suspect a chip implant, but whatever it is, it's cool.

  • ...the wrong half.

  • there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.

    they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.

  • Really ?

    They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
    I think they know what they are doing.

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