Dusty Baker—Doing It for the Kids

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Dusty Baker may juggle the Red Legs' pitching rotation heading into next week's visit to Wrigley Field.

The Reds have an off-day Monday, which would normally cause them to skip fifth starter Josh Fogg's turn. But Baker is considering having Fogg take his turn Wednesay, following Aaron Harang on Tuesday, which would have the effect of giving Baker's two young, stud pitchers--Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto--an extra day's rest.

"We might try to reconfigure to do that," Baker said. "It's not going
to hurt Cueto and Volquez to lighten their load early to keep them
strong late. They're going to be making 10, 11 more starts minimum -
more if we get to the playoffs - than they've ever thrown."

(Insert your own ironic interpretation here.)

On a related note, this headline from The Onion sports section:

Dusty Baker On Rookie Ace: 'Mwahahahahaaaaa'


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On a completely unrelated note, is it wrong for me to be amused by this?

"Tampa Police arrested Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Al Reyes early this morning, saying the reliever was drunk and disruptive after falling down, picking a fight and spitting blood at the patrons of a popular Hyde Park night spot...the officer tased Reyes, knocking him to the bar floor. Ignoring police commands to stay down, authorities said Reyes got up and was Tased a second time."


No, not wrong at all.
Relief pitcher tased once = funny.
Relief pitcher tased twice = hilarious.
The "spitting blood at patrons" part is just a comic bonus.

I thought so. Thanks for the clarification.


And that calls for this:


Not a rick-roll.

Sorry if 3/44, but the Twins sent over Doug Deeds as the PTBN in the Monroe trade.

.291 career hitter who hit .243 last season in AAA.

So much for getting Lahey back in return.


The best part of that link is the first comment, from a Twins fan:

"cant we just give them monroe back?"

And another Twinkie fan gives a makeshift scouting report on Mr. Deeds...

"Anyway, I liked Deeds. He had a very good 2005 season at AA and then had to repeat the level. He does a little of everything without doing anything great. Hits for OK average, with decent on-base skills and some power. Plays a couple of positions (RF/1B) adequately. This is fair return for the PTBNL."

Does anybody else think the Cubs lost a lot of value in getting mediocre-to-awful players last year?

Michael Barrett to SD for Rob Bowen
Rob Bowen and Blevins to Oakland for Kendall

Scott Moore and Rocky Cherry to Baltimore for Steve Trachsel

Clay Rapada (PTBNL) to Detroit for Craig Monroe

Getting Lahey back for Monroe would've been nice to offset some of that young talent we lost.

Rapada and Blevins both appear to be better lefty relievers than we have in the system right now, Scott Moore would've been nice depth waiting in AAA or could've been packaged for something valuable, and Rob Bowen turned out to be a lot better than he played while in Chicago.

While Bowen put up a .065/.097/.167 line for the Cubs in 31 ABs, he went on to Oakland to hit .279/.415/.442. While with the Padres he had hit .268/.371/.439. Meanwhile, Kendall hit .270/.362/.356 for the Cubs while playing comparable defense (not bad, actually). However, a combination of Bowen and Soto for in the time that Kendall was playing would've likely proved MUCH more productive than Kendall and wouldn't have required us to pay much salary or to give up Blevins.

What about Monroe? He hit .204/.291/.347 in 49 ABs for the Cubs. I don't care what side of the plate you bat from, that is terrible, and it's nothing that Pie and Fuld couldn't have done while also playing significantly better defense. We gave up Clay Rapada for that?

Moving on to Trachsel. In 4 total games with the Cubs, Trachsel won one game and lost three while posting an ERA of 8.31. He took Marshall's rotation spot, who had half the ERA. In fact, I'd be willing to bet Cherry could've posted an ERA under 8 in 4 starts. Meanwhile, Moore is providing left-handed pop off the bench for the Orioles and has played three infield positions. The guy doesn't have a ton of value, and neither does Cherry, but Trachsel appears to me actually have had negative value.

Oh, and Trachsel and Monroe failed to make the playoff roster while Kendall was pushed into a backup role.

Last season's in-season trades were not very good, and it looks to me like the reveal a GM who really undervalues his own young players.

By the way, Doug Deeds is an outfielder/first baseman who will turn 26 this June. He's a lefty hitter who has never hit more than 16 homeruns and isn't much of a base stealer. Why didn't Hendry at least hold out until he knew whether the Twins will even get Lahey back?

Kendall hit .270/.362/.356 for the Cubs while playing comparable defense (not bad, actually).

Haha... since when did Kendall play "not bad" defense?

I meant "not bad" in reference to the offensive numbers. Nice catch though (no pun intended?). His defense was actually equally as bad as Bowen's and probably as bad as Barrett's.

Don't forget Paul Bako is tearing up the league also.

Maybe Rapada and/or Blevins turn out to be decent LOOGY's, but overall, the guys we gave up were spare parts, at best, with the exception of Barrett, who had deteriorated here to the point he had to be dumped for anything.

Moore and Cherry aren't likely to be anything special.

As for adding Trachsel and Monroe, I wasn't thrilled with the moves but I understand what Hendry was trying to do, add experienced vets for the stretch drive. Sure, in hindsight Pie or Fuld could have put up Monroe's miserable numbers, but Monroe hit 28 hr and 92 rbi the year before, something Pie or Fuld will never do.

I don't think we lost anthing at all. And hindsight is 20/20. Monroe could have went on a roll like Randall Simon did a few years ago, you just never know. But you can't get a spark to put you over the top if you don't try.

We did win the division last year, right? Just checking...

Kendall had one great month for us and when he struggled again in Sept he got benched. Monroe for Rapada? Rapada can't even crack the Tigers awful bullpen right now.  Moore, Renshaw and Cherry for Trax? Yeah, that was dumb, but once again, no one we'll ever miss.

None of the talent we gave up was crucial or will ever be... 

I would think that Lahey was never part of the Monroe discussion or something is happening in the waiver process that we don't know about yet. I believe the deal had to be completed by Opening Day or close to it. Vaguely recall reading that...

Not that this validates my point of view at all, but, coincidentally, the Tigers just recalled Rapada from AAA.

So, it's just me.

When you trade away crap, you're going to get crap back.

Barrett was damaged goods, and Bowen was a short term band-aid. Kendall at least was a plausable starting catcher, and if he played in Chicago last year like he is playing in Milwaukee so far this year this would be a very different conversation.

And don't forget, the Cubs also got a First Round draft pick out of that deal.

Monroe was a gamble to have a little extra pop off the bench during a playoff chase and have a righty who could play CF - much like the role that Reed Johnson is playing. The cost was a marginal pitching prospect. Getting anyone back in a second trade was just an extra.

The Trachsel move was just kind of stupid, but more because it moved Marshall out of the rotation than because a couple of very marginal players were lost.

They're going to be making 10, 11 more starts minimum - more if we get to the playoffs - than they've ever thrown

er, Dusty,
Cueto made 28 starts last year, Volquez made 29

Their arms are gonna fall off!!

Dusty doesn't believe in looking at numbers, especially not before speaking to the press. I'm not sure if that's not old-school enough for him or if it is too small ball...

Did Dusty have Darren sitting in his lap for protection, as he did for press conferences after particularly ugly Cubs games?

Doesn't particularly affect us, but this story is funny...


I'm not particularly versed in voodoo ritualism, but wouldn't it be more effective to enshrine the shirt in the foundation of the Yankee's clubhouse?

still 50-60% chance of showers and T-storms tonight...

With an off-day Monday wouldn't hurt out starting staff much if we had to play a double-header this weekend.


with all the innings our pen has had to put in due to the extra innings games, a double header is exactly what the Cubs DON'T need.

they didn't go through too many yesterday and they'd get Friday and Monday off...doesn't seem too worrisome to me.

I would love to contribute to the web site, but I'm old school and do not put my credit card on the internet. Is there any other way to make a donation.

I would love to contribute to the web site, but I'm old school and do
not put my credit card on the internet. Is there any other way to make
a donation.

Drop me an email and we can figure out something.





Oops, gotta go my mom is calling me upstairs.

Shoot, me too. Johann's mom is calling me upstairs.

That's one of the funniest things I've ever read. Thanks for posting the link!

Those guys are in actuality writers for TV shows out in LA - wonder which ones, since they put out some funny stuff.

one of them writes for "The Office" i know...

That makes sense - same sensibility. I was wondering about "30 Rock" as well - maybe "Family Guy?"

So when are we planning on realizing that Marquis stinks and Leiber is a far better option as a starter...I know we have won so far this year...but our starting pitching looks like its going to be our weak link.

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  • La Stella (3B) batting fifth. Could be the La Stella game.

  • [Drafts plans for CTSteve idol.]

  • Pitcher batting 9th. Bryant in left, Schwarber in right.

  • i'm not ready for it to end.

    i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."

    i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.

  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • 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