TCR Friday Notes

...just a few notes promoted from the comments and other site fun.

- Rich Hill will get his next start skipped with the day off Monday. 10 or so days off should really help him with his control problems.

- Another gem from ex-Cub, now blossoming writer Doug Glanville; that includes this gem:
And I recall seeing an electric young pitcher, Kerry Wood,
when he was the ripe old age of 19. He had yet to set foot in a major
league stadium when we watched him pitch in an instructional league
game in Arizona. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me and everyone else
from realizing that he was a man among boys. Years later, he would set
the record for most strikeouts in a game. He just had something that
made his blank sheet of experience rise to the top of a pile of
bullet-point-riddled résumés.
- So what do you think Joba Chamberlain said to Erin Andrews before the interview to solicit the look of disgust at the end of this video? (Hat tip to Deadspin for the link)

- Another Deadspin find, Joe Smith heckling with the fans at Wrigley earlier this week. Note to all cameraman though, let the pictures and sound tell the story. You do not need to do the play-by-play that Smith is heckling with the fans, while he's, you know, heckling the fans.The part where him and the fans are going back and forth, is enough of a tell that heckling is indeed going on, and you jabbering that this is Joe Smith heckling with the fans at Wrigley, doesn't let us hear what is actually being heckled.

- Rotoauthority has a nice piece using Pitch F/x that examines Kosuke Fukudome's at-bats. .

- We broke out a mobile version of the site last week for you hardcore readers. Unfortunately the automatic redirect was messing things up for some people, so just bookmark the mobile site at: http://thecubreporter.mofuse.mobi. I hope to be adding an RSS feed of the comments soon.

- Let's all welcome the Just One Bad Century girl to the website (on the right sidebar). That should class up the joint a little. They do have a neat site over there and some fun apparel and other goodies at their store. Buy some stuff and she stays!

- And finally, an update on our TCR Donation Drive. Drumroll please! (Numbers flip on the big board...band starts playing) We're up to 35 donations and $820. Woo! Thanks for all your support and we'll make one last push on Wednesday before announcing the final total. Remember, there's gifts for the top 3 pledges.

Enjoy the weekend!

Comments

It's pretty clear you don't read the comments from us plebes.

you're not that special, dude.

no offense, but you're pretty competitive.

fwiw...we got a phrase around here called "3/44" that's a bit more tactful than your centrist post above.

hell, it don't matter how you say it, but i doubt even you read every word of every post. i know i don't.

crunch:
you're not that special, dude.

lol... comedy gold.

it's also pretty clear that I wrote

 "just a few notes promoted from the comments"

wtf did you think that meant?

a lot, (I would say most) of our readers don't even read the comments and definitely not all of them, so if I think it's noteworthy I'll mention it. 

hey folks, we have navigator over here in a heckling battle with RobG... i said navigator is heckling RobG...ok we got navigator heckling with RobG

well-played sir...well-played

Watch out Rob or he might call you racist...

A lot, maybe even most, readers don't read the comments? You mean some people look here to read the articles?

and then there's some that don't read the articles and just read the comments.  :)

nice signature btw

They got articles here?

A mobile site? Sweet! iPhone rendering it beautifully.

I like Glanville's writing a lot, but his memory is a little faulty in this case:

I recall seeing an electric young pitcher, Kerry Wood, when he was the ripe old age of 19.... Years later, he would set the record for most strikeouts in a game.

Years later? Wood was 20 when he faced the Astros that day, and he didn't set the record he tied it.

Maybe he meant that other guy Kerry Woods.

for a start and call up Tiggy to give us a second loogy and then when Hill's turn comes up whatever member of the pen is pitching worse have a "shoulder injury" that needs some DL time. I agree with Rob the time off isnt a good thing for him.

I would've loved to have had some vid of the times when Lenny Dykstra was playing for the Mets and regularly got into it during warm - ups at Wrigley. I witnessed a few back then, and it was mostly just funning around, no nasty stuff.

I remember being in the left field bleachers one day long ago and during pre-game warmups we were on the Reds outfielders pretty good. One of them (can't remember that well, was busy killing teen brain cells that day) turned around eventually and just said "yell anything you want, I make a hundred bucks for every dollar you get."

I think the shirt on the Just One Bad Century girl is a photoshop job...disappointing.

Good, cause I hate the shirt. For real. It's a losers shirt and I wouldn't be caught dead wearing it. There for I say we post a picture of that girl NOT wearing a shirt instead. Who's with me?

I second Chad's shirtless version motion. Besides, the Cubs have really only had a bad half-century plus. Up until the 40's they were pretty damn good. Even though he grew up on the north side, my dad became a Sox fan (that's HIS problem) just because he was sick of all the obnoxious Cubs bandwagoners back then who knew nothing about the game. Kind of like how every other person you see suddenly owns a Red Sox hat.

lol... The Joe Smith video is pretty sweet.

Never thought I'd say this, but Red Sox Nation really sucks - almost as bad as Patriot Nation. Not that they're any worse than some Cubs fans, though.

"...just said "yell anything you want, I make a hundred bucks for every dollar you get."

Roger Maris was always getting into it with the fans, and his typical retort was "oh yeah? How much money do you make?" After awhile his teammates starting yelling at Maris to "hit 'em with your wallet, Rog!"

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  • ESPN game tonight, btw.

  • Cardinal way #48
    "negligent transmission of STDs"

    http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/carlos-martine...

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

    Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist

  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.