40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
36 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
Dallas Beeler, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 9/20/14 - 7 games left for Cubs.
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
Glendon Rusch has taken his fair share of criticism over the year for his apparent lack of off-season conditioning as well as being one of the worst pitchers in baseball. But today we learn of some very somber news, that Rusch will miss the rest of the season with a blood clot in his right lung. As Dusty points out in the Trib article, it's the second time this has happened to a Cubs player this year, the first being Freddie Bynum who missed two months of the season dealing with it. I don't know enough about blood clots to tell anyone whether one in the arm or one in the lungs is more serious than the other, but it's definitely serious business, trainer Mark O'Neal even stating that it could be life-threatening. Here's to a full and speedy recovery to Glendon and best wishes to his family.
As for the Cubs, they got eliminated from the NL central crown some time over the last couple of days and a Padre win, coupled with a Cubs loss should eliminate them from the wild card.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY-SIX IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (76-68 (Div) 1st - 0 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (58-87 (Draft) 3rd - 3 GB)
Wrigley Field, 7:05 pm CDTWeather: Cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind from L to R @ 13 mphTV: WGN Radio: WGN, XM 188
Angel Guzman, RHP
0-5, 7.53 ERA, 49 IP
57 K, 30 BB, 8 HR
Brad Penny, RHP
15-8, 4.21 ERA, 171 IP
126 K, 48 BB, 17 HR
The Dodgers have done a fine job through Paul Depodesta and Ned Colletti of acquiring a bunch of players the Cubs should have had over the last two years including:
Rafael FurcalNomar GarciaparraJ.D. DrewDerek Lowe
Okay, I'm stretching a bit especially on Derek Lowe since the Cubs weren't really looking to acquire a starting pitcher last year but the point remains that I like the Dodgers pickups of the past few seasons a lot more than I like the Cubs pickups.
I also like the Dodgers record this year a lot more than the Cubs record.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY-FIVE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (76-67 (Div) 1st - 0 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (57-87 (Draft) 2nd - 3 GB)
Wrigley Field, 7:05 pm CDTWeather: Overcast, 66 degrees, Wind From L to R @ 13 mphTV: CSN, DirecTV 742 Radio: WGN, XM 188
Sean Marshall, LHP
5-9, 5.27 ERA, 112.2 IP
69 K, 50 BB, 17 HR
Derek Lowe, RHP
14-8, 3.64 ERA, 193 IP
105 K, 49 BB, 13 HR
#Rafael Furcal, SS
Julio Lugo, 3B
Nomar Garciaparra, SS
#J.D. Drew, RF
Jeff Kent, 2B
*Andre Ethier, LF
Matt Kemp, CF
Russ Martin, C
Derek Lowe, P
Yeah my bad on yesterday's headline, didn't realize this was a Friday to Monday four game series. Of course the premise still applies for today.
Good news is three weeks from today, you'll wake up without having to worry about how the Cubs will embarrass themselves on the field that day. Instead it will be how they'll embarrass themselves in the front office. At least we're giving Atlanta fans some hope.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY-FOUR IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
CHICAGO CUBS (56-87, (Draft) 2nd, 2.5 GB) AT ATLANTA BRAVES (69-73, (WC) 7th, 5 GB)
Turner Field, 6:05 pm CDTWeather: Partly Cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind from R to L @ 12 mph TV: WGN, DirecTV 737 Radio: WGN, XM 184
John Smoltz, RHP
12-8, 3.63 ERA, 201 IP
183 K, 45 BB, 20 HR
Rich Hill, LHP
4-6, 4.83 ERA, 30 IP
21 K, 11 BB, 4 HR
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!
Is that the level of intricacy you have drawn out of this thread? Do you think if it was that simple anyone here would give a shit? Would rob have a post about it? Would people as respectable as jacos and O&B and some of the others be debating it? The argument started in early April when he sat 6 of the first 11 games. Go back and start reading then if that's your "understanding."
I did some math a while back, from the beginning of the season each month Olt was in the lowest 10% of AB/game of all rookies. There were 33 rookies at the time I did it and all but 4 were averaging over 3AB per game and the studs obviously more like 4 per game. Olt was averaging 2.5 per game WHEN he even played. Which meant he was sitting/PH'ing way more than 90% of all rookies. He also would be benched after torrid stretches and games where he homered.
I have already responded to all of this. Now tell me how many games baez and Alcantara have started (when healthy) how many they were pulled from and how the manager has handled it when they slumped. Thank you.
Since this thread is still active....the last two days have been prime examples of what I haven't liked about the way Olt is handled in the lineup. He's had one opportunity, a pinch hit, over the last two days. That one hit was a solid liner to left. The previous day to his latest unplugging he was one for four. That situation encapsulates my argument perfectly. This late in the season, against some of the best pitching in baseball is a good opportunity to have him get some at bats. I think everyone would agree that overall Valbuena is a better ballplayer right now.
The umpires are burying him even deeper. But I'd honestly rather he looks that one in than get burned swinging on it. It was a good pitch and the pitcher got his call. I thought I saw Baez shorten his swing to just pop the previous one foul, too, although I do have a pretty active imagination.