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: 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 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!


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.

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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  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.