Jaxx Jacks in Jacksonville

The Jaxx connected twice yesterday, which is worthy of mention not just because it leads to silly titles such as the above, but also because the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville is one of the most pitcher-friendly in all of baseball, with most of the outfield between left-centre and right-centre well over 375 feet from the plate. Anyway, the Jaxx won't have to put up with too many enormous cans of corn, because after tonight's game they'll head back home to Jackson, West Tennessee, where the series will be decided once tomorrow's off-day is out of the way. Tonight...
Eric Hull, RHP
8-7, 3.37 ERA
122/44 K/BB, 9 HR in 123.0 IP
Renyel Pinto, LHP
11-3, 2.63 ERA
129/59 K/BB, 3 HR in 136.2 IP
2B *Eric Patterson 2B Tony Abreu
RF *Adam Greenberg CF *Jon Weber
3B Casey McGehee C Russ Martin
1B #Matt Craig 3B Andy LaRoche
LF Brandon Sing 1B *James Loney
CF *Buck Coats SS Joel Guzman
C #Jose Reyes LF Justin Ruggiano
SS Carlos Rojas RF Sergio Garcia
P *Renyel Pinto P Eric Hull
Prior to the promotion of Delwyn Young to Triple-A, the Suns had by far and away the best infield in minor league baseball, with Martin behind the plate, James Loney, Young and Andy LaRoche (the Braves' 1B's younger brother) manning the bases and top prospect Joel Guzman at shortstop. Even now, this is a tough lineup to go through, though Donovan, a true speedster that's stolen 65 bases in 132 games this year, sits tonight with a sore knee. Renyel Pinto will need to be on his game. Joel Guzman in many ways is similar to Felix Pie in that he's young, features worrying plate discipline but otherwise has all the tools to make the scouts drool, so much so that Baseball America ranked him the fifth best prospect in the game heading into 2005. However, a lot of Guzman's value is tied up in him playing a premium defensive position, something that his 6 foot 6 size makes improbable in the long-term, with a move to third base or to the outfield a definite possibility. In the Divisional Playoffs last week, Guzman was the designated hitter. Like BJ Upton, Guzman will be an interesting prospect to watch over the next few years.


jaxx lose 1-0. http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/milb/s...

outhit Jacksonville 8-3 but couldn't push one across and jacsonville scored in the 8th.

The old college roommate of a friend of mine is a scout for either the Angels or Padres. The scout told my friend that the conventional wisdom is: Angel Guzman will not have a career as a major league pitcher. In other words, he's done. When I pressed my friend for more info he just shrugged and said that's all his old roommate would tell him. I don't know if the guy was yanking his chain or what but everything I've heard through my friend from the scout/roommate has been right in the past. I hope he's just screwing with him. Not that I have great hopes for Angel Guzman's long term or even short term health.

"Not that I have great hopes for Angel Guzman's long term or even short term health."

Yeah i agree. It is tough to expect anything for a guy who is soooo injury prone this early in his career. I expect NOTHING for him and anything we get will only be a positive. I think if he can stay healthy for an entire year it would be a succesful year no matter his numbers.

He's only our version of Brien Taylor and Ryan Anderson.

There's no such thing as a pitching prospect or TNSTAPP.

But who where did this version of Jerome Williams come from these last 3 starts? It almost gives me hope for 2006 despite McPhail and crew.

Quick random thought/question. With all the rumors swirling in New York that Torre may be gone this offseason if the Spankees don't win it. Wouldn't it be nice to see Torre managing the Cubs? I've never heard a bad word about Torre's managing style and I think those rings would have quite a presence in the clubhouse.

" I've never heard a bad word about Torre's managing style and I think those rings would have quite a presence in the clubhouse."

Yeah thos rings look very nice as they were bought and paid for by Big Stein, nothing to do with the overrated managing of Joe torre. Look at torre's record before he got a payrol that doubled basically the entire MLB.

In 14 managerial years prior to managaing the NYY, he was 894-1,003 with 3 different teams and only made the playoffs once.

Let the NYY keep him, I know this Cubs fan surely doesn't want him unless the Cubs are willing to open up their checkbook to have a $150 million payroll. Then he MIGHT be able to win us a WS. And considering the NYY has had head and shoulders teh biggest payroll and most superstars on their payroll the past 4 years and he hasn't won, I don't even know if he could.

There has to be much better candidates for if/when Dusty doesn't manage the Cubs no longer.

Torre's big plus is that he's not paranoid and he's very low-key publically...but when you're that way and the team isn't winning, all the idiots scream for a larry bowa type: "we need some fire! torre doesn't care!"


Those teams that Torre won titles with weren't that much of spenders

2000: 92.9 Mil 1st by 2.6 MIL
1999: 88.1 MIL 1st by 6.8 MIL
1998: 63.2 MIl 2nd by 6.8 MIL 1st team was BAL
1996: 52.2 MIL 1st by 3.7 MIL

The Yankee teams that won WS had a few SS's and a bunch of good role players that he KNEW HOW TO USE. The reason the Yankee teams of 04 and 05 aren't that good has nothing to do him it has to do with Cashman getting him no pitching help. And his Whacko boss wanting guys like Sheffeld over Gurrerro or A-rod over Soriano and the xtra $$$ that could have been spent on good pitchers.

I'm going to the game tonight vs the Cards.

My friend has two tickets. $50 face value. (They're the two remaining from a block of 6 we bought at the beginning of the season.)

Section 108, row 2.

Y'innerested? Make an offer! Meet Brick! First come, etc. We can arrange a meeting time/place in Chicago.

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J. Hairston Jr. cf
T. Walker 2b
D. Lee 1b
N. Garciaparra 3b
J. Burnitz rf
M. Murton lf
N. Perez ss
H. Blanco c

Hey, there's a former Pirate manager (and former Cub!) looking for managerial position. You guys want Lloyd Mac? Already perfected his losing ways here.

Honestly, I think Dusty would be good for Pittsburgh: he'd never have to strain himself trying to live up to any expectations for the team (or trying to engineer a win) and so could spend all his effort making friends with the players, deal with the youngsters and second tier players, since that's all he'd have here anyway. And he'd always have a ready made excuse that management isn't trying to build a winner. It'd kind of be like the Bad News Bears, except with Bill Murray as an avuncular coach, not Billy Bob as the borderline sociopath.


Murton batting 6th, now that's what I call moving up in life...

Wow! Murton 6th, Neifi not second? I guess flipflopping Walker and Murton would be to demanding. I'll take it. And, it's after a night he went 0 for 5.

Prior has a 3,642 ERA against the Cards in the first inning this year.

Ok, that's a slight exaggeration.

this game...has turned the suck up all the up to 11.

I know this sounds bad, but I want them to lose as much as possible. Win 1 this weekend to win the season series with STL and then win enough vs. Houston to keep them out. Other wise get swept aganist PIT and MIL. Here's to a 4-12 finish and may be a top 15 pick so we could get Hocever (or however you sp. his name) in the draft next June.

Why in the world is that your plan? We had a chance to get Hochevar this year and passed on it. What chance in hell do we have taking him after he sits out a season? It's insane.


One of Hendry's draft stratagies has been to draft College pitchers who because of $$ demands have fell through the crack (Brownlie, Johnson). He has probably thinking that when he was on the clock this year that he could readily sign Pawelek and the odds were good that Hochevar would not sign so he could pick him up next year. Plus, what is better for the organization's chance to win a WS to go 82-80 or finish with a losing record so we could protect are 1st round pick? Hochevar is the BEST college pitcher since Prior.

>Hochevar is the BEST college pitcher since Prior.

Uh, I think there's a gentleman named Jered Weaver who might want to disagree with that.

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  • 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.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the mlb.tv internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup equation...plus joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.