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
He's young though, and he'll learn. Hopefully he'll only start learning tomorrow though. A note for the readers of the Cub Reporter Thank you for your patience while our comments have been closed. The disturbances we've suffered are all the work of two individuals. Please be assured that we are working hard and making great progress towards the day when they will no longer bother any of us. In the meantime, we are going to re-open the comments in today's two posts, albeit with a few conditions - you must flood them with positive, constructive comments, you must ignore their disruptive posts (have faith that one of TCR staff will be along shortly to delete any), you must be on the lookout for those using fake names, including the names of TCR staff and regular posters, and, most importantly, you must show them, once and for all, that two bad apples won't ruin things for you. This is your community, now go out and claim it! Yours, The Cub Reporter Staff


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.

and free fda at free buy buy online a buy text a www free at a online text a buy text information online information fda www a a www text text a text online info text www a info information information free a online info fda info free online online info text at fda at at text at text information www online online free online online online online fda buy information online text info information a a at online online online a buy info at a free online info text at free text free online online online text online
info text buy text at a online fda fda fda www online at info www fda online online .Thanks.

and information online fda online a at www online www online www free buy fda a buy free online text information online info online online information online a online information at info online free buy text text a online online free a buy buy online www free information text fda www online info info info buy buy info at free fda info online text at online a a fda online online info information text online online at online www info information www online fda buy online online at fda a information www www online information www buy buy online a online online free information at online online at online www fda www online information online free fda .Thanks.

and online at free online information information online fda fda buy online a information online online online free at online info text text text buy www at at buy buy a online information free online online online text online online information buy www online www information at a fda text at online www info free text fda buy buy fda free free free info at www free at info online text at fda text buy online buy at info online text fda at text information at information text a free a text text free text a a free fda
online information at online information online information online online a www text buy online buy info at www .Thanks.

Recent comments

The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.

  • Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep in excitement/anticipation. Go Cubs Go!

  • The only issue with this dead horse is that there's no evidence that his performance during those games is solely due to playing the OF. I would tend to agree that I'd rather see him play 3B, though.

  • What do you mean by new format in this instance? The second wildcard team with a one-game playoff has been around since 2012.

  • Doubled over with anxiety today. GO CUBS.

  • Illuminati.

  • May the best team win, and subsequently humiliate the Cardinals.

  • I love arriving here first thing in the morning, adding a few moronic posts (moranic for any Cardinals fans who may be trolling), and reading the sage posts of all you guys. Most knowledgeable fans on any forum, by far. So post like crazy today and help give TCR some visibility!

    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.