40 players are on 40-MAN ROSTER (roster is full)
Four players are on 60-DAY DL (do not count against 40-man roster)
Three players are on 15-DAY DL
12 players have been optioned to the minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
# Dioner Navarro
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Julio Borbon
* David DeJesus
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL (3):
* David DeJesus, OF
Rafael Dolis, P
Zach Putnam, P
60-DAY DL (4):
Scott Baker, P
* Steve Clevenger, C-IF
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
Arodys Vizcaino, P
Alberto Cabrera, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
Junior Lake, IF-OF
Trey McNutt, P
* Brooks Raley, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Dave Sappelt, OF
Jorge Soler, OF
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, 3B
Josh Vitters, 3B-1B
* Logan Watkins, INF
2013 Draft Signings
Cubs have $10,556,500 in draft pool money (and if they don't mind paying a a 75% tax on $527,825, they can go up to $11,084,325).
Players in bold have allegedly signed. Anyone after the 10th round signed for over $100K counts against their draft money.
If the player has yet to sign or there's no media report on the bonus, the third column is the recommened slot money.
I'm going to go watch football.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY-THREE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
CHICAGO CUBS (56-85, (Draft) 2nd, 2.5 GB) AT ATLANTA BRAVES (68-73, (WC) 7th, 5 GB)
Turner Field, 12:05 pm CDTWeather: Partly Cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind from R to L @ 9 mphTV: WGN, DirecTV 734 Radio: WGN, XM 184
Lance Cormier, RHP
2-4, 5.26 ERA, 53 IP
27 K, 31 BB, 3 HR
Juan Mateo, RHP
1-2, 5.10 ERA, 30 IP
21 K, 11 BB, 4 HR
The much anticipated, season saving return of Wade Miller is tonight. Thanks for joining the club in such a timely fashion. Be sure to pitch really well so you can show off for your future employeer.
Guzman once again pitched poorly last night, falling behind in the count and then laying a meatball right down the middle of the plate to avoid the walk. Sort of the anti-Marmol, but same cruddy result. Since the Cubs are playing for nothing and Guzman probably has the most talent in the Cubs farm system, you stick with him through the rest of the year and hope he can turn a corner sooner rather than later.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY-TWO IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
CHICAGO CUBS (56-85, (Draft) 2nd, 3.5 GB) AT ATLANTA BRAVES (67-73, (WC) 6th, 7 GB)
Turner Field, 6:05 pm CDTWeather: Partly Cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind from L to R @ 7 mphTV: CSN, DirecTV 737 Radio: WGN, XM 184
Chuck James, LHP
8-3, 3.65 ERA, 88.2 IP
60 K, 34 BB, 14 HR
Wade Miller, RHP
(Guess the Year) 15-4, 3.28 ERA, 164.2 IP
144 K, 62 BB, 14 HR
There are some around here who jokingly believe that if (and let's hope it's more like when) Dusty gets fired we won't have much to talk about around here. I'm starting to believe it myself because I just can't imagine another manager out there who could say so many non-sensical things for us to debate.
Dusty's latest foray is this gem courtesy of The Daily Herald when asked about the Braves 14 year playoff run likely coming to a halt this season:
"It's more weird for me not preparing for the playoffs than the Braves. The Braves, 15 years in a row, that's a heck of a run"
As Miles points out in his article, since the Braves started racking up division titles in the early 90's, it's Braves 14 and Baker 4 in the race to the postseason.
I'll miss you Dusty, kind of like missing the crazy, drunk aunt at Thanksgiving dinner.
The almighty Braves have fallen, their miraculous run of division titles will likely come to an official end this weekend. They still have the faintest of hopes for a wild card birth, but obviously chances are slimmer than slim when your seven games back and trailing seven other teams. Makes you think Leo Mazzone really was the genius over there, but then you look at the Orioles who have given up the 2nd most runs in baseball.
Enough about Hotlanta, the Cubs are a story in themselves, a story of pain, suffering, heartbreak, and an ending about as upbeat as one would find in a James Ellroy novel. Only 22 more games to endure.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY-ONE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
CHICAGO CUBS (56-84, 2nd, 4.5 GB) AT ATLANTA BRAVES (66-73, (WC) 7th, 7 GB)
Turner Field, 6:05 pm CDTWeather: Partly Cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind in from RF @ 7 mphTV: CLTV, DirecTV 739 Radio: WGN, XM 184
Tim Hudson, RHP
11-10, 4.95 ERA, 189 IP
116 K, 66 BB, 21 HR
Angel Guzman, RHP
0-4, 7.05 ERA, 44.2 IP
50 K, 30 BB, 5 HR
Braves vs. Guzman:
No Braves with more than 10 Ab's
Nice to see Soto get a start and it does seem like Dusty is at least trying to get Murton and Theriot more AB's than Bynum and Pagan, although the discrepancy is far closer than I'd like. I'm more curious to see how Guzman does with Soto than anything Soto does with the bat.
With the end of the season fast approaching and the Dusty Era (hopefully) coming to a close, Cub fans far and wide have been looking toward next season. One big question on everyone's mind is, "who will the Cubs' manager be in 2007"? Fredi Gonzalez' name has bandied about quite a bit recently (and, actually, since the last time the Cubs were looking for a skipper), and he's Arizona Phil's odds-on choice.
But strange things are afoot in south Florida. Last month saw a strangeseries of events take place between Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and manager (and Peoria native, Northwestern grad, ex-Cub) Joe Girardi, leading lots of Cubs fans to get excited about the possibility of Girardi coming to Chicago next year. In order to give us some idea what kind of manager he is for the Marlins and might be for the Cubs, we asked one of the best professional baseball writers out there, Miami Herald/ESPN columnist Dan LeBatard, to answer a few questions about Joe:
So this Rich Hill character has looked pretty good since his most recent call-up and if they do keep him around and he does perform like this for the next 5-6 years, the Cubs get a guy through all his prime years on the uber-cheap. I'll take that.
As for today's game, I updated the previews to reflect our race for worst record in baseball. It seems more fun to watch us go for something we're only 5 games back of in September.
Go Cubs or go draft pick...either way!
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (56-84, 2nd, 4.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (56-83, 4th, 5 GB)
Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm CDTWeather: Sunny, 81 degrees, Wind Out to RF @ 9 mphTV: WGN Radio: WGN, XM 189
Sean Marshalll, LHP
5-9, 5.05 ERA, 108.2 IP
68 K, 48 BB, 16 HR
Shawn Chacon, RHP
(NL Only) 1-2, 4.97 ERA, 21 IP
12 K, 21 BB, 5 HR
I never really thought we'd catch the Pirates or the Royals for worst record in the league, but honestly a top pick in the first three slots of the draft is usually a good thing especially since the Cubs don't seem to shy away from giving out bonus money. This isn't a team that's so young that any type of moral victory such as fifth over sixth place would mean anything, so might as well go for the high draft pick. The Royals are playing well so they're definitely catchable for the overall worst record. You want to see some of the kids on the team do well, I'm particularly interested in Murton, Theriot, Hill, Guzman, Marshall and Ryu and on a lesser scale Soto, Marmol and Mateo, but anytime a vet needs a break or what not, no reason to put them out there I say. Well maybe we should put Rusch out there, he'd definitely help with the losing.
Go Cubs or go draft pick...either way!
GAME ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-NINE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (56-83 (Div) 5th - 18.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th -16.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (55-83 (Div) 6th - 19.0 GB; (Wild Card) 13th - 17.0 GB)
Wrigley Field, 7:05 pm CDTWeather: Clear, 77 degrees, Wind in from RF @ 8 mphTV: CSN, DirectTV 745 Radio: WGN, XM 189
Rich Hill, LHP
4-6, 5.24 ERA, 65.1 IP
46 K, 30 BB, 12 HR
Zach Duke, LHP
8-13, 4.97 ERA, 179.1 IP
94 K, 59 BB, 14 HR
A break in the action here at work gives me some time to pop this up. Tonight's loser gets to be queen for a day, possibly longer.
Go Cubs or go draft pick...either way!
GAME ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-EIGHT IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (55-83 (Div) 6th - 19.0 GB; (Wild Card) 13th -16.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (55-82 (Div) 5th - 18.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th - 16.0 GB)
Wrigley Field, 7:05 pm CDTWeather: Clear, 72 degrees, Wind in from RF @ 4 mph TV: WCIU, DirectTV 744 Radio: WGN, XM 189
Juan Mateo, RHP
1-2, 4.15 ERA, 26 IP
14 K, 11BB, 2 HR
Victor Santos, RHP
5-9, 5.54 ERA, 112 IP
79 K, 41 BB, 16 HR
The Cubs acquired AA pitcher Adam Harben from the Minnesota Twins to complete the Phil Nevin deal from last week. They also called up pitcher Jae-kuk Ryu and catcher Jose Reyes. To make room on the 40-man roster for Harben, the Cubs also put Jerome Williams on waivers and he was claimed by the Oakland Athletics. Sayonara Sir Williams!
Harben was a 15th round pick of the Twins back in 2002 out of community college in Arkansas. Scout.com had him at #11 in their pre-season Twins prospect ranking but dropped him down to #38 when they revisited the list mid-season. Harben recently turned 23 and finished his AA season going 4-9 with a 3.96 ERA with 74K/67 BB/5 HR in 122.2 IP. I believe he's been shuttled between the pen and the rotation. Judging from his splits this year, he's pretty decent at getting righties out (.197 BA against) and keeps the ball on the ground (2.03 GO/FO ratio).
Harben once threw in the high 90's, but his velocity starting taking a dip in 2005 and he throws in the low to mid 90's. He also features a slider and a change, both of which he seems to have trouble commanding.
Sounds like he's about what you'd expect for an aging, one-month rental. A kid with some upside and tools, but all kinds of trouble putting them together. He was expected to go to the AFL for the Twins, so we'll see if the Cubs do some switching around.
This will probably have to suffice for today's preview. Stupid job getting in the way. It's Juan Mateo versus Victor Santos. A loss and the Cubs take over last place in the division. Yeah 2006!
Before the servers crash again, some notes and preview....
- Barrett likely out for season, details too gruesome for 50% of the population to repeat out loud
- Carlos Marmol activated, Scott Moore called up
- Jacque Jones left early yesterday with an infection to his tear duct. Insert crying jokes here.
- Z goes for his 15th win today, would tie him for NL league with Brad Penny
Go Cubs or go draft pick...either way!
GAME ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-SEVEN IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (54-83 (Div) 6th - 20.0 GB; (Wild Card) 13th -16.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (55-81 (Div) 5th - 18.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th - 15.0 GB)
Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm CDTWeather: Overcast, 67 degrees, Wind in from LF @ 1 mph TV: WGN Radio: WGN, XM 189
Carlos Zambrano, RHP
14-5, 3.33 ERA, 191.2 IP
187 K, 100 BB, 19 HR
Paul Maholm, LHP
6-10, 4.84 ERA, 158 IP
70 K, 48 BB, 16 HR
Promising lefty Sean Marshall returns to the mound today from his oblique injury. And your welcome back gift? Barry Bonds. Marshall faced the Giants earlier this season in what I believe was our first massive losing streak (So many, too hard to count anymore) and got shelled for nine runs over three and two-thirds innings pitched. Let's hope this one goes better.
A fun little note on Marshall for those worrying that the Cubs burn through young arms like their tires at an Indy Car race. Marshall hasn't gone over 105 pitches all season and has topped 90 pitches in 10 of his 19 starts. Another mild interesting note is that the #1 and #2 hitters are hitting .320 and .417 respectively off Marshall, but no one else is hitting above .270. He seems to have more trouble with the table-setters than the power guys for whatever reason.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-FIVE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (66-69 (Div) 3rd - 6.5 GB; (Wild Card) 5th - 2.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (55-79 (Div) 5th - 17.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th - 13.0 GB)
Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm CDTWeather: Sunny, 71 degrees, Wind In From CF @ 12mphTV: CSN, DirecTV 734 Radio: WGN, XM 189
Sean Marshall, LHP
5-8, 4.98 ERA, 103 IP
67 K, 46 BB, 13 HR
Matt Cain, RHP
10-9, 4.32 ERA, 150 IP
70 K, 48 BB, 16 HR
It's hard to believe that only two months ago I reacted to a Dempsterian meltdown by taking the time to figure out what to look forward to for the rest of the year. And that was after actually watching the game! I experienced this week's back-to-back 11th-inning disasters only via the coments here and ESPNews at the gym, and it was still enough for me to write a sentence that I really never thought I'd write:
I'm done with this team for this season.
Seriously, what is to be gained by watching this team over the next month? Jerry Seinfeld has a well-known riff about how rooting for a specific team is just rooting for laundry, and I gotta tell ya, this laundry sucks. I'm gonna torture this metaphor for a little while: the ownership needs to sort through the laundry, throw out a bunch of it, and get some new clothes, preferably a nice pair of flat-front slacks that can hit 30 home runs and plays a passable outfield defense. Maybe a snappy blazer that can play second base, too. Oh, and a new manager.
Until that happens, I can't follow this team. All of my favorite players are either hurt or traded, with the exception of Derrek Lee, and Lee isn't enough to keep me paying attention. There's just too much negativity, too much suckitude, too much "clog-the-bases" anger-making bullshit for me to deal with on a daily basis. It isn't healthy.
I'm working on tabulating the results of the "Wisdom Of Us" contest (remember that?), and I'll be unveiling the results throughout October. Hopefully that month will also bring us a few decent free agent signings and a new manager.
For those of you who aren't as completely burned out on this team as I am, there's a little bit of actual content after the jump:
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almost 9% of MLB players have ADHD/mental-health exemptions for amphetamine use (well more than the population average at large)...and the amount who use stimulants not on the banned list bumps that up quite considerably...from the ones who pound redbull to the ones taking the newest GMC stimulant(s) that hasn't appeared on the ban list (yet).
stimulants and baseball is the way it's done...from those who like to get pumped up before a game to those that are trying to deal with 200+ days of travel.
"But whatever players put into their bodies today to fight fatigue, it no longer includes amphetamines — or at least it doesn't unless those players want to risk getting slapped with a stiff suspension."
hahahahahhaha...oh my...my sides...phew, good one.
...according to a news/blog blurb about his last start he's not even hitting 90mph (at least that night), but he might be up in the bigs soon...especially with pettibone sucking hard in the rotation for PHI