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".


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.

Recent comments

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  • It's pretty cool that Baez, Alcantara, and Hendricks made it to MLB and there's still Bryant and Soler at AAA, Russell, Almora, and Edwards at AA, Schwarber, Vogelbach, and McKinney at A+, etc. They do have "waves" of prospects. They have yet to achieve the "waves" of pitching, but simply having numerous prospects instead of one Felix Pie and then a Jake Fox that I'm trying to convince myself to be excited about is pretty great.

    4 min 2 sec ago
  • Thanks WISCCGRAD. Good memory for bad pitching.

    5 min ago
  • This next season and this offseason are going to be fun.

    46 min 29 sec ago
    Rob Richardson
  • from BP...

    Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 2-3, R, HR, BB, K. At this point in the season, it’s difficult to come up with new superlatives for Bryant, but I’ll try this one: His worst month this season was April, in which he hit .281/.407/.539. Watching Anthony Rizzo split Bryant and Baez in the Cubs lineup next summer should make NL Central pitchers very nervous.

    57 min 34 sec ago

    see maybe they were protecting him. These are things I never think of!

    2 hours 13 min ago
  • Let's hope we see Turner/Doubront/Beeler/Rusin/ANYONE

    2 hours 15 min ago
    Dusty Baylor
  • Well, Volquez, Silva, etc. aren't rookies either. Another example:

    Jamie Navarro: In three years with the White Sox, his age 30-32 seasons, he was 25-43 in 87 starts (542 IP) with a 6.06 ERA.

    But yes, I agree, at some point it's not good for the team and bullpen, etc. to keep sending him out there, and more may be gained by getting Turner/Doubrant, etc. starts in the last month.

    3 hours 46 min ago
  • Anthony Rizzo didn’t seem happy about losing a win and having to resume Tuesday’s game.

    “I think it would be better if I didn’t comment on it,” Rizzo said.

    It was the right outcome, but you do like to see your team's best hitter unhappy about the decision.

    4 hours 31 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Cha ching!

    4 hours 33 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • It is hard to pull a hamstring from the bench :)

    4 hours 37 min ago
    Rob Richardson
  • In the tweetbox, but it bears repeating:

    Kris Bryant through 162 career #MiLB games:

    .334/.430/.680, 130 R, 99 XBH (49 HR), 135 RBI, & 16 SB

    I'd say bring him up, but, since they won't, I won't bother.

    4 hours 38 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Does anybody remember Josh Conway? One of those reclamation type draft picks, would have been first rounder if I remember right, but got hurt. Anyway, threw a few goose egg innings the other night, don't know how his fastball was - good numbers before his injury.

    4 hours 45 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • That wouldn't have happened had he been playing for the parent club.


    4 hours 49 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • good points all, but Jackson....isn't a rookie. A rookie struggling might be tolerable. Jackson's been in the league a decade, and it's not 10 starts...he's been bad since 2013. Maybe not god-awful like right now, but bad. 57 starts and a 5.47 ERA.

    Bullpen. C-ya.

    4 hours 50 min ago
    Dusty Baylor
  • As Joe P noted above, it's very strange in that he shows flashes of being a really good pitcher. I'm surprised Bosio can get so much out of so many others but Jackson is absolutely immovable. I didn't see last night's game so I didn't see how often he fell behind on the count, but I guess Bosio can't make him stay away from hitter's counts.

    4 hours 52 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I don't know how to find that type of data easily, but I am guessing it's far from historical. Just looking at the Cubs in recent years Carlos Marmol was 5.98 over 10 starts in 2006. Sean Marshall was 6.52 over his final 10 starts in 2006. Lots of rookies struggle like that every year for a dozen or so games when they debut, especially for bad teams who have nothing to lose and just want to get a look at them.

    6 hours 18 min ago


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