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  • Brilliant

    Author: Rob G.
    1 hour 39 min ago
  • They should play Oakland in the devastation bowl where the winner gets to wear '69 Cubs hats all winter ...

    Author: Carlito
    2 hours 22 min ago
  • Epic choke job by Milwaukee tonight. 4.5 back in the Wild Card with 8 to go.

    Author: John Beasley
    2 hours 33 min ago
  • It's hard not to be excited about the lineup of the future:
    Olt (CF), Olt (2B), Olt (SS), Olt (3B), Olt (1B), Olt (RF), Olt (LF), Olt (C), Olt (P)

    Author: Ryno
    2 hours 47 min ago
  • You should try the new Sony beta machines. I heard they are grabbing all the market share.

    Author: The E-Man
    3 hours 11 min ago
  • ROB G: Does Villenueva have any interest from a contender?

    What do you think?

    :)

    Author: The E-Man
    3 hours 13 min ago
  • That's cringe worthy!

    Author: Carlito
    3 hours 59 min ago
  • Hendricks, Ramirez, Grimm, Olt, Edwards and Christian Villanueva for Dempster and Garza. Sucks to be you, Texas.

    Author: John Beasley
    4 hours 52 min ago
  • "E-Jax: “It may seem farfetched, (but) I still think my best years are to come, and I really don’t care what anyone else thinks."

    This is probably true. With that nice fat contract, he is going to have a lovely retirement.

    Author: Old and Blue
    5 hours 1 min ago
  • I like that post. It's a keeper.

    Author: Old and Blue
    5 hours 2 min ago
  • Great post.

    Author: John Beasley
    5 hours 5 min ago
  • 8/250-300 ... wow. With the kind of numbers these guys are heading towards, you might as well give them a stake in ownership. These kinds of economies just don't scale. Something's gotta give.

    Author: Old and Blue
    6 hours 25 min ago
  • This makes sense, I hope you're right. I would only add that all most of us were asking for was that he had something like a straight 8 weeks of play. And as O&B pointed out you may find that he never had a straight 8 *days* of playing.

    Author: Carlito
    6 hours 50 min ago
  • he was born too soon...shame.

    Author: crunch
    6 hours 53 min ago
  • Lou Piniella's stroll out of the dugout would have been tailor made for the replay delay game.

    Author: Sonicwind75
    6 hours 56 min ago
  • This was Epstein on Baez last month, but I don't know why it wouldn't also apply to Olt.

    "We all know it can be very difficult to make in-season adjustments as a big leaguer," Epstein said, citing struggles by Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo last year. "This timing allows Javy to go play for eight weeks, and then take a deep breath this winter. He can take a fresh look at his performance in the big leagues and take it all in and start to make any adjustments if necessary."

    Olt obviously struggled at the beginning of the season, so pull back, don't let him dig the hole deeper. It's his first season. Get him to the offseason with some confidence left, and plenty to think about.

    People here (and you know who you are) just assume that the way to get better is to keep playing no matter what, even if you're a rookie. Epstein disagrees, which is why he liked the idea of limiting Baez to eight weeks.

    This morning, Baez had 187 PAs to Olt's 250. Alcantara had 265.

    The previous FO tried in-season adjustments to Colvin, and the current one tried it with Brett Jackson, but Epstein has made a point of blaming that mistake on Sveum.

    Rizzo's significant adjustments as a hitter took place in the offseason, mostly in his head.

    If the comparison of Olt to Baez makes sense, then there's nothing to see here, is there? I like Olt, and have no reason to think the Cubs don't. They coveted him for a couple of seasons, we know that. For all I know, they might be skeptical of Bryant at third and want to keep Olt nearby until they can get Bryant's buy-in on a move to the outfield.

    You have to really read the tea leaves to know what this FO is thinking. Renteria's on the outside looking in, just like we are.

    Author: VirginiaPhil
    6 hours 58 min ago
  • I'm taping today's Cubs game on VHS for when I get home, so don't tell me what happened.

    Author: Carlito
    6 hours 59 min ago
  • well, if you want to be really valid you need to give credit to whoever is in the clubhouse watching the replays on the home+away feeds and telling the bench coach to "thumbs up/down" renteria while he's wasting time on the field.

    the replay process too often takes longer to start than the actual replay decision making, itself.

    Author: crunch
    7 hours 5 min ago
  • So, to make a valid judgment on Renteria's use of challenges, one would have to do some actual analysis and count stuff?

    Meh. I'm gonna drink beer and speculate wildly instead. I'm pretty sure that's what baseball is about.

    Author: Charlie
    7 hours 9 min ago
  • i came home early to watch this?

    ...and they can't even get the mic's in the booth turned on for the stretch singing.

    this laughing stock of a team keeps piling on.

    Author: crunch
    7 hours 28 min ago
  • http://www.thestate.com/2014/09/13/3679739_cj-edwards-the-legend-of-the-...

    speaking of great baseball writing, one on CJ Edwards

    Author: Rob G.
    8 hours 4 min ago
  • Opposing pitchers?

    Author: VirginiaPhil
    8 hours 14 min ago
  • dropped between rf 2b and 1b

    Author: jacos
    8 hours 15 min ago
  • subtle

    Author: jacos
    8 hours 16 min ago
  • M. Szczur doubled to left, C. Valaika to third

    Blooper or something?

    Author: Rob G.
    8 hours 26 min ago
  • As tough as it can be to watch sometimes, this is exactly what Javy needs. He’s going to end up going into the offseason reflecting back on this. Over time, it will sink in that despite what pitchers do to him, he controls the at-bat. He can’t get away from his strengths. He can do as much damage as anyone in the game when he’s patient and gets a pitch that he can drive.

    Those are things you can’t just tell somebody. Hitting coach would be the easiest job in baseball–not the hardest job in baseball–if you could just tell someone that and it would sink in through osmosis somehow. It just doesn’t work that way. Players need to figure it out naturally.

    Author: Rob G.
    8 hours 30 min ago
  • Ride of the Valkyries 2/2 off Kershaw

    #cantpredictbaseball

    on the other hand, Olt has struck out twice

    Author: Rob G.
    8 hours 32 min ago
  • I don't appreciate your use of logic there.

    That's mostly true, although you only get 1 challenge a game and lose it if wrong. So (in theory), being so compulsive about it, could cost him later. Haven't paid close enough attention to see if that's a problem. And I think even if out of challenges, you can ask, but can be denied a review.

    Author: Rob G.
    8 hours 32 min ago
  • From a managerial perspective, isn't it only the number of challenges you win that matters and not the number that you lose or the ratio?

    Author: Charlie
    8 hours 44 min ago
  • Author: Rob Richardson
    8 hours 45 min ago
  • Renteria's certainly the most compulsive challenger, but hardly the most proficient.

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/has-expanded-replay-worked-well-in-b...

    Author: Rob G.
    9 hours 2 min ago
  • I sound like Kramer with Ms Rhode Island on "Seinfeld"

    /POISE COUNTS!

    Author: jacos
    9 hours 6 min ago
  • The Cubs are good at this challenge thing.

    Author: Charlie
    9 hours 7 min ago
  • Slap him with officer's glove.

    Author: Carlito
    9 hours 10 min ago
  • Maybe I should have said Olt?!!??!

    You and Cpt Happy have had it out for him since he came up!!

    /puts tin foil cap back on

    Author: jacos
    9 hours 15 min ago
  • You walk Baez and Lake in same game, you're no MVP, sir!

    Author: jacos
    9 hours 16 min ago
  • the thing is, you know he'd be picked up in a heartbeat once he cleared waivers. His velocity is down a bit (averaging 92 on FB this year versus 94 in 2009 and 2010), but I don't think anyone believes he's washed up. His BABIP is off the charts the last 2 seasons (.322 and .352). It seems something mechanical or tipping pitches and for whatever reason Bosio isn't getting through to him or they just can't pinpoint what it is.

    He'd be the exact guy the Cubs would sign for $5M and try to flip at the All-Star break.

    Author: Rob G.
    9 hours 17 min ago
  • $13 million for a long reliever, the luxury of having a major market payroll. (snark font)

    Author: Sonicwind75
    9 hours 23 min ago
  • Jacos "Not Trade List"

    Kevin Maas, Bret Barberie, Ron Kittle, Angel Berroa

    Traded away - Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson

    I keed.

    Author: Rob G.
    9 hours 24 min ago
  • EJax is the best at what he does. The absolute best I've ever seen. It's not easy - I mean think of home run derby at allstar games, or batting practice, there are more outs made in those settings. To give up this many hits consistently is remarkable. Standing ovation.

    Author: Carlito
    9 hours 29 min ago
  • Jorge Soler seems reasonably competent at the baseball.

    Author: Jackstraw
    9 hours 35 min ago
  • Naturally Cubs are getting to Kershaw in first after game was already Jaxified.

    Author: Rob G.
    9 hours 39 min ago
  • I don't want to trade Solar (just tripled).
    Baez go ahead

    Author: jacos
    9 hours 40 min ago
  • we talked about this already, right?

    Cubs nixed BJ Upton for Edwin trade?

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24676589/report-cubs-reject...

    Edwin starts the year in the bullpen as a swingman next year, replacing Villanueva is my guess. A bad contract for bad contract swap is also possible or Cubs kicking in $14-$16M of the $24M still owed him.

    Author: Rob G.
    9 hours 41 min ago
  • at 2/3 IP per outing rate, EJax could start ALL the remaining games.

    I'm saving a spot on the 60 day DL for him in 2015.

    Author: Cubster
    9 hours 47 min ago
  • So, E-Jax, we had this idea over on the bench. Maybe try to sprinkle some outs in between all these really gorgeous hits--I mean, they're really great, but some variety, you know? Just a thought. You do your thing.

    Author: Charlie
    9 hours 55 min ago
  • ah, glad to have ejax back...

    walk (Puig), single (AGon), HR (Kemp), Double (HRam)... Kershaw with a 3-0 head start. Only Mike Olt can save us (bites tongue).

    edit...
    Uribe single drives in 4th run. And Capt Happy comes out with the EJax hook after a 35 pitch, 2/3 IP outing.

    Author: Cubster
    9 hours 55 min ago
  • Thanks for the wiklifield link. Definitely would have lost a bar bet if someone asked me if Mickey Morandini ever received an MVP vote.

    Author: Sonicwind75
    9 hours 55 min ago
  • Dont tell that to Wittenmeyer and the other hobbit over at the times.

    Author: jacos
    9 hours 57 min ago
  • because Valbuena is not starting

    Author: jacos
    9 hours 58 min ago
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