November 2008

Everthing Arizona Phil writes in the comment section is worthy of a Best of TCR article. But this Best of TCR writeup is to show that I can find a post when news is particularly thin (beyond those gimme's from our TCR guru in the desert). Thanksgiving weekend is usually a desert of baseball news unto itself. Thus to brighten our tumbleweed desolate weekend, my long time friend, The E-Man steps up with a summary of Bruce Levine's ESPN AM-1000 saturday morning "Talking Baseball" weekly radio show. Enjoy (except for the part where he says that my season tickets will be more expensive). Take it away E-Man:

Just heard Hendry on WMVP this AM with Bruce Levine.

Jimbo came on the show...

- no slam dunk with Marmol as closer. He is not "set to close", but it is Lou's decision. They (Marmol/Gregg) may share duties. One may close more in the beginning of the year than the other.

MLB clubs have until Monday (December 1st) to decide whether to offer salary arbitration to their Type "A" and Type"B" free-agents. 

In a special, Thanksgiving edition of his Stat of the Week, John Dewan chronicles the Cubs' aversion to taking walks from 2003 through '07.

Here is how the Cubs hitters ranked among NL clubs in BB:

2003 14th of 16 teams
2004 14th of 16 teams
2005 16th of 16 teams
2006 16th of 16 teams
2007 15th of 16 teams

Last year  was a different story.

I read the Sun-Times writeup on an interview with Lou Piniella in yesterday's paper and thought it was worthy of TCR discussion.

''The two things that I take from the postseason are that I didn't get a chance to pitch [Ted] Lilly, and he was such an integral part of us getting there.."

Here's my translation of Lou's comment #1:

1) The Ted Lilly Fan Club Super Computer predicted this.

2) Lou prefers Jason Marquis to Jake Peavy or Rich Harden because the latter two makes it tougher to pitch Ted Lilly in the playoffs.

3) You should have seen Z's reaction when (Lou) told him Dempster was pitching game one and Ted Lilly was pitching game two vs LA.

 

And Lou's comment #2: "And, two, we've just got to figure out a way to score more runs in the postseason."

...then Lou says: Raul Ibanez is the type of professional hitter "that we are alluding to".

Translation:

1) I'm batting Raul 4th.

2) Defense? We don't need no stinkin' defense.

3) Is there a Raul Ibanez Fan Club Computer I can check with?

Back in April, I put up some polls for our readers to rank the position players and number one pitchers in the division. I originally intended to get them up before the season started so any hot starts wouldn't influence the results. I failed miserably at that and the poll results showed that (Derrek Lee second?). Nonetheless, let's revisit the fun.

Kansas City is focused on Sean Marshall and Mike Fontenot in talks with the Cubs about Mark Teahen. …

That is according to a Phil Rogers article.

That's great, I'm focused on solving world peace after I cure cancer, which will all happen after I retire at age 35 because the charming widow across the street is really the heir to the Buffett family fortune and appreciates when I roll her garbage can up her driveway on Tuesdays.

Let's just say I don't see either one happening.

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Recent comments

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  • Early in the season. Maybe he's just trying to see who he can depend on. The list grows shorter.

    3 hours 28 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I can see the box score now.
    J.Baez 4 hits, 4 HR 12 RBI 0SB
    J.Baez 4 hits 1HR 1RBI 4SB

    Yup, not a problem

    3 hours 31 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Time flies, even when you're following a shitty team like the Cubs

    3 hours 34 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • w.wright finally pitched again today...only his 7th appearance of the month (and 3 have been 1-batter appearances).

    ...and veras pitched (badly) again today...only his 2nd time since the 11th and 6th appearance overall.

    both wright and veras have gone 9 day stretches between outings in separate time frames.

    grimm has 12 appearances, rondon 11, strop 10 (even though he went 8 days without pitching for a stretch), russell 10...

    4 hours 44 min ago
    crunch
  • team has enough OF'rs anyway...sureholds/lake/kalish/sweeney/boni can more than handle getting it done out there.

    RF gets a little weaker for backup options with quality arms, though.

    6 hours 51 min ago
    crunch
  • Cubs sent Parker down and brought up Neil Ramirez in his place. Parker didn't show Renteria much in the spring (1.78 WHIP).

    They also brought up Rosscup instead of another outfielder to replace Ruggiano. They needed a lefty arm. I thought Russell was a mess yesterday, giving up the tying run on a fastball--not what he was called to the mound to throw. But his breaking stuff had no break. Whatever that dead arm business was in the spring, it's still a problem.

    Vitters could do a decent Ruggiano imitation but after a decent start he's been slumping. Maybe later.

    7 hours 2 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • Justin Ruggiano was diagnosed Thursday morning with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. That carries a best-case recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks.

    Personally I'm expecting it to be 8 weeks so I'll be pleased when it only ends up being 6.

    9 hours 45 min ago
    QuietMan
  • Ruggiano DL with hammy injury?

    10 hours 59 min ago
    Ryno
  • From what I have heard, McLeod runs the draft with supervision from Hoyer, but Epstein does not sit in on most of the draft, and never over rules either Hoyer or McLeod.

    While at Boston, Epstein was strongly against drafting Bucholtz, and was angry when Hoyer insisted on picking him, calling him a crazy SOB. Even then, he did not over rule Hoyer, and later, when Bucholtz led them to a World Series win, told him that he was glad he was a crazy SOB.

    11 hours 10 min ago
    DavidP
  • keithlaw‏@keithlaw
    ECU right hander Jeff Hoffman will miss at least his next two starts after experiencing arm soreness during a side session yesterday.

    Kiley McDaniel‏@kileymcd
    As it's explained to me this is proactive measure to deal w/soreness & not obscuring serious injury. Expectation is JH is fine in a few wks.

    12 hours 1 min ago
    QuietMan
  • CJ Shoulder Injury -

    Worried much?:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27022540-419/cubs-t...

    13 hours 16 min ago
    The E-Man
  • A week? He's been out three weeks, injured (pulled hamstring) opening night, 4/3.

    14 hours 51 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • Hey...his defense has been pretty damn good so far this season.
    Ok...that sucked yesterday....but still

    15 hours 49 min ago
    Dusty Baylor
  • Last I heard he had a hurt hammy or some such and was supposed to be out a week, but I'm pretty sure that was at least a week ago.

    18 hours 31 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Any word on Soler? Is he in Mesa doing anything?

    1 day 26 min ago
    carmelo
  • minors..

    C. Black goes 6 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 0 H for Smokies in the win

    Zastryzny goes 4.2 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 7 H, 4 ER for Daytona in loss, Amaya with a 3/5 day and a SB

    Skulina goes 4.1 IP, 4 BB, 2 K, 3 ER, 6 H in the Kane County win, Dunston Jr. with a HR

    1 day 2 hours ago
    Rob G.
 

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