Cubs Wilt in Desert Heat

The Cubs drop the finale in Phoenix and the series, finishing the roadtrip at 2-4. Hey, they won 2 games.

Why the Cubs Lost: Ryan Dempster came out of the gate rolling breaking pitches up in the hitters' eyes while generally missing the plate. He did settle down for the most part after the first inning, besides a Chad Tracy home run in the third, but the Cubs offensive funk didn't need the degree of difficulty to start the game. It looked like Dempster was done after six and allowing four earned runs, but a Mike Fontenot double play to end the top of the 7th sent him back out for the bottom of the inning. Dempster walked the leadoff batter on four straight and was promptly removed and had another run tacked on to his total. He ended the day with 97 pitches, 61 for strikes, 5 earned runs in 6 innngs pitched and a 5.10 ERA in April.

That's when the bullpen got its chance to piss all over itself as Carlos Marmol came in showing the signs of a four day layoff...22 pitches just 5 for strikes. After walking in two runs, it was Jeff Samardzija's turn and he did strike out two, but sandwiched them around a bases clearing Justin Upton double to put the game from joke to laugher' territory. Kevin Gregg got his shot in the ninth and after 35 pitches of which only 18 were strikes, he walked in a run (3 walks total) and then had some parting words for the home plate ump, who I don't think actually ejected him. If he indeed did not get ejected, and considering the argument went on a lot longer and Gregg seemed as agitated if not more than Milton Bradley did, there seems to be a bit of a unsurprising double standard going on by the umpires.

On the other side, Doug Davis dazzled with junk ranging from 68-83 mph taking 50 pitches to get through the first 2 innings Naturally, the Cubs start hacking and Davis gets through the third in eight pitches and just 66 over the next five innings.

Armchair Managing: Let's start with Lou deciding to give Geovany Soto the start over Koyie Hill after saying Soto would rest a few days. Soto went 0-3 with a walk, two strike outs, a passed ball and two stolen bases allowed. The other questionable decision was to bring in a in a rusty Carlos Marmol with a runner on, in what was still a close game. I would think you'd want to ease him in a little but more and Marmol was predictably wild, effectively putting the game out of reach.

Death Pool: Cubs still seem undecided about whether to put Aramis on the disabled list or not, but he's probably closest to being replaced on the roster. Neal Cotts remains safe by virture of not pitching since Sunday.

The Cubs are back home for four against the Florida Marlins, aka Cubs kryptonite, and then two versus the San Francisco Giants. 



I am on my 3rd step of a 6 foot plank and its not even May

This team is bringing new life to the word 'inconsistent'. Dempster has to cut down the walks thats all there is to it. I was 'so so' on resigning him to the big money, but I still have faith that he can turn it around and throw strikes. As for the offense, like we saw in 2006, a team just missing their best hitter, in this case Ramirez can really hurt a team. It looks like he's not coming back any time soon which isn't a good sign. That being said lets bear down and win the series vs the fish.

given the talent that 40m+ more payroll brings missing a big bat in 06 was a lot more urgent. ...i guess that balances out with a slumping soto and 2-3 (aram/dlee/milton) all randomly missing time together. yeesh. c'mon health.

Just for fun, guess the player: player A 363/422/425 player B 097/317/194 Just sayin

I look at that and see player A with an ISOOBP of .059 and a Theriot-like ISO slugging of .062. Unless player A is Ichiro, then those numbers are most likely not sustainable. Then I look at Player A's BABIP, .426 and realize that I am right. Then I look at player B, with a Bondsian ISOOBP of .220 and ISOSLG of .097, and suspect he's the better hitter. Then I check his BABIP of .095 and realize I am right.

...and i still fail to see what player A or player B has to do with 06 or 09.

You said 40 million in extra payroll. Unfortunately when that 40 million dollars is spread between Milton Miles Dempster Fukudome Kevin Gregg Therein lies the problem

umm... there's a lot more differences than that. about 15+ more differences.

This franchise is better now than it was in 2006. But it isn't because management has gotten any smarter. Then just are able to outspend everyone else in the division by 40 to 300 %. However when you spend money on shit, then sometimes you have really expensive shit.

we're talking about 2 different things here...nevermind.

It should be pointed out (again) that had the Cubs decided to sign Abreu instead of Bradley, that Abreu would have gotten more money. It should also be pointed out that his new team was the best in baseball last year, and this year has a losing record.

Might have something to do with their pitching staff...I think Vlad has been hurt too. The Adenhart tragedy might be another factor.

Ok, let me get this right. There may be more than one factor in a team's bad start? Crazy talk.

no, it's all Milton Bradley's fault...

Okay then, Player A appeared in 19 of 19 games 100% just above his career average of 93% Player B appeared in 12 of 19 games 63% just above his career average of 61%

PICO: "I still have faith that he can turn it around and throw strikes." And WHY is that? That is his MO, dude. Last year was an anomaly, not the real Demp. This is gonna be a suck-ass signing for four years. Fucking Hendry. And - Brenley, whom I have grown to respect, I have to say a big "BULLSHIT" when he talked about the Cubs gaining "real momentum" yesterday by trouncing the D-Backs. IF this team doesn't make it to the Playoffs this year - as far as I'm concerned with the new Management coming in, I would not mind blowing this stuff up and going for "young and hungry" like a small market team. What difference is it, as I and others pay as much for a fucking car every year for Season Tickets. I am so sick of this shit. I know "its early", but EVERY facet of this team is really performing poorly - save a couple starters: Bullpen - SUCK, Hitting with RISP - SUCK; Defense - SUCK

is he the oldest active MLB player?

besides albert pujols, yes...easily. ...and he's on year 1 of a 2 year deal.

not to be a burden, but who is next? (pujols, notwithstanding.)

pure guesses here Sheffield or Tom Gordon? Two guys that come to mind who played in the 80s.


Yes probably Wakefield he was born 8/2/66. Gordon was born on 11/18/67. 1. Moyer (PHI) born 1962-11-18 2. Johnson (SFG) born 1963-09-10 ...then 1967 (various)

Randy Johnson, then Wakefield...

you can find them at under leaderboards...

thought I hit submit earlier and walked away from the computer...didn't want the work to go to waste...

*runs around in circles screaming "3/44" and making rude sarcastic remarks about how i was totally internet first all over that*

Don't worry, '3/44' and 'Scott Eyre is broke' are still the top of hiliarity.

"The only thing, I can do here is change the lineup around and play people who are productive and pitch people who are productive. And that's all. I'll talk to them as individuals, but if I have to give 'rah-rah' speeches in April, it's going to be a long summer, I can tell you that."

Seems to be some real 'read between the lines' tension on the team about effort. We need a good brawl to get this group together, and hopefully not between each other.

"It's August ... I mean, it's April," Piniella said. After a short pause, he laughed and said: "After today, it felt like August." hahah.

Crunch??? The "I've got one of the 'sir' parts" on the other thread was brilliant comedy.

On a day when the Cubs aren't any fun to watch, I like to look to the minor leagues for bright spots. Iowa has the day off, so there aren't any Fox homeruns to check out, but here's some other neat stuff: 1. Darwin Barney, slick fielding shortstop, hit 3rd today for AA Tennessee (he's hit third a few times this year, but he's also hit low in the lineup several times). He went 3-5 with 2 RBI and raised his average to .345. If he can hit—even if its mostly a lot of singles—he's a real prospect. But I believe I remember Mr. AZ Phil saying he's got occasional power. 2. Jay Jackson pitched 7 innings in that game and gave up 1 run, earned. He also went 2-2 at the plate with a single, solo homerun, and sacrifice bunt. 3. Peoria trounced the Burlington Bees, 9-0. Kyler Burke hit a homerun and a double and raised his average to .288. Josh Vitters is hitting .317 and Josh Harrison is hitting .359 (he played 3rd today and I think I've seen him at 2nd and LF at times this season). I hope that sometime during the season (probably closer to July or August), AZ Phil updates us on the development of Josh Vitters, Jay Jackson, Darwin Barney, and Kyler Burke (as well as many of our other intriguing minor leaguers). For right now, those minor league highlights mitigate the pain of today's game just slightly.

YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWN Another boring report about crappy Cubs prospects. I say, inject all of them with some muther fucking juice so we have half a chance, for goddsakes.

Who do you think we are, the Cardinals?

Simple formula for the Marlins series... my prediction: Wind blowing in, Cubs lose. Wind blowing out, Cubs win. We will see.

Lincecum is ridiculous. All you can do is guess a pitch. Unreal.

I'm a little burned out on Hendry. Wasn't Prior supposed to be Lincecum? Hendry got us far enough. Time for the new owners to swoop in and do the Tampa Bay thing --- they have no choice, cuz this fucking team is leveraged like a bad house in Detroit.

prior was bigger than Jesus on stilts until the injuries. the guy went to the minors after getting drafted for 1/2 season (AA/AAA), but that was pretty much a formality...he sure didn't find refinement there. he was out-of-the-box ready. the guy never saw something he couldn't dominate until he got injured.

Don't look now, but the Cubs are in 5th place in the division. Yeah it is early, but only 20 games in and even the most positive thinking Cub fan has got to be a little worried about some of the things that have happened thus far. First priority is to get healthy and it looks like Lou and Hendry are doing everything they can to keep that from happening (Soto, Bradley, etc.)

Fortunately they have a 142 games to turn things around. *rolls eyes*

Yep, that is why I said it is early. *rolls eyes* But there are some serious issues with this team, beyond just slumps or injuries, that have come to light that very well might be issues for the whole season. We need to get healthy first, but hopefully some of those other issues can be worked out then.


Today's game wasn't a lot of fun. So naturally my mind wandered...

The Cubs are nearing the deadline for either trading Luis Vizcaino or releasing him outright and eating $4M in salary (including the $500K buy-out for 2010). And Jake Fox is hotter than a firecracker at Iowa, and will almost certainly be named the PCL Player of the Month.

But Fox is a DH playing for a National League organization, and he will be out of minor league options next season (that is, next Spring Training). So as much as I hate to say this, the Cubs really need to trade Fox right now, before he cools off.

Because everybody knows his future will be as a DH, the Cubs aren't likely to get a top prospect back for Fox. But unlike an unsigned veteran DH like Frank Thomas (for instance), Fox is a cheap auto-renewal guy who won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2011 season, and won't be a FA until after the 2014 season. So if he hits a lot of HR, he would have some value. And the Cubs really need somebody with Mark DeRosa's skill-set, somebody who can play multiple positions (especially 3B) and serve as a RH bat off the bench.

In looking over the American League teams who might have an interest in acquiring Jake Fox, one club stands out... and as always, it's the Baltimore Orioles.

Jake Fox & Luis Vizcaino for Ty Wigginton might be a possibilty. Wiggy almost exactly duplicates Mark DeRosa's skill-set, that being the ability to play 3B-2B-1B-LF-RF and serve as a RHPH when he's not starting. Exactly what the 2009 Cubs are missing. I'm not saying Wigginton is DeRosa Redux, but he serves the purpose of a DeRosa. Wigginton is making $6M 2009-10 ($2.5M in 2009 and $3.5M in 2010), almost the exact same annual salary as recently DFA'd RHP Luis Vizcaino makes, except the Orioles could cut Vizcaino loose for $500K after the 2009 season and save $2M (overall) in the process. Acquiring Wigginton would not add anything to the Cubs 2009 payroll since they are getting close to the deadline for releasing Vizcaino anyway, and the deal could also be used to satisfy the PTBNL still owed to the Cubs for Rich Hill. Fox could platoon at DH with Luke Scott, or could DH full-time, with Scott playing LF.

I dont think Wigginton can play 2b anymore, and the Cubs could have signed Wigginton instead of Miles if they wanted it presents the problem of cutting a bench spot unless they go with one less pitcher (not that I would mind Gathright getting cut).

And Wigginton is Scott's DH platoon partner now that Mora is back, along with being Pie's platoon partner in LF.

Cubs did start off the season 8-4 in case people forgot.

So I say, fuck it. Put Fox at first and let's all quibble over the use cases. Aramis will have to stop sticking his throws into the dirt, but so what? We found out how shitty this team really is?

I'd be thrilled to get Scott Moore back from Baltimore. He should be able to play 2nd/3rd/1b and bat from the left side. Like him a hell of a lot better than Neifi Miles.

not that I wouldn't be thrilled to get rid of Aaron Miles, but Scott Moore is crap. He's in Triple A with a .708 OPS to go with his .728 OPS from last season.

There you go again, AZ PHIL: "Acquiring Wigginton would not add anything to the Cubs 2009 payroll since they are getting close to the deadline for releasing Vizcaino anyway, and the deal could also be used to satisfy the PTBNL still owed to the Cubs for Rich Hill. " This makes a lot of sense. Frankly, I was wondering why they did not make a play for him (Wigs) during the off-season anyway. BUT, you know "he's batting .205 with two extra-base hits and eight RBIs." How is that helping us now?

That trade would be liked getting something for nothing. I really don't see any teams getting in line to get Fox and esp not giving major league talent back. How many of Iowa's power hitters the last 5 years have actually proven they can hit for power in the majors? Soto and maybe Hoffpauir? Meanwhile there is Pie, McClain, Mike Restovich, Jason Dubois and Scott Moore who have all put up big numbers there and very little major league production to show for it.

Discounting Soto and Hoffpauir to suit your argument seems a little lame. Of course a lot of prospects miss, but hitting 12 homers in like 20 games means at least the raw skills are there. I'm not saying Jake Fox going to net us a top prospect, but he looks like he could be a useful piece on an AL team that needs a CHEAP, right-handed power option off the bench or in the DH role. For fans of a team with a $140 million payroll it's easy to say he's worthless, but I bet there are plenty of teams these days that are pinching pennies and would love a guy at $440K who has Fox's power.

When was Pie a power hitter? All those other guys can hit ML pitching. What they can't do is field. They're no different from Fox.

Murton is up with the Rockies. Struck out tonight as a pinch hitter.

Murton is gay. Fox Network says so.

Do you mean he is "happy" to be with the Rockies?

Toronto has completely remade Brian Dopirak's swing and it's paying off in power and batting average. "He's no longer "whaling at the ball, on his front foot all the time," as Fisher Cats hitting coach Paul Elliott describes the old swing. "It's night and day. He spent five years in the Cubs organization, and I think because of his strength and size "" and the numbers he put up at the lower levels "" they really just left him alone," Elliott said. "He's got some good leverage in that body, and we showed him a way to get that. He' completely changed his whole approach and swing. It's taken some time to do it, but he's certainly benefitting from it now." But what they don't tell you is BD has had all his success at their A level just like when he was with the Cubs. It's a bit early to know if he's really transitioned successfully to AA.

.385 BABIP and a 24 HR pace, esssentially the same he did with the Cubs.


WTF are you talking about?

i've seen dopirak swing this season. he's not changed shit...or didn't show it in the 2 games i saw him. he's hacktastic as ever. Aram having an MRI today. He thinks he may have aggravated his injury on Tuesday when he tested it. Scales is already in Chicago, ready for the official word. He is 31, and has never played in the majors.

I understand the criticism of Scales, and he's not going to even come close to replacing Ramirez's bat, but he won't be a slouch and I think it will be fun to see him.

I am hoping that at least he will inject some positive energy into the dugout. He will, of course, want to do well, too...

If a player is 31 and never had played in the bigs yet, he isn't any good. Let's hope he doesn't get many AB's and ARam gets healthy ASAP.

Well... he'll be a hell of a lot better than Pie was.

Gee, really?? I was thinking that he would go on to be the savior of the Cubs' season, and would go on and be the MVP of the league! I am thinking of today, and how special the day will be for him. I hope some of that rubs off on the other players, and motivates them a little...

No problem, we'll just slide DeRosa over to play third, like we did the last 2 years when A-Ram had his annual leg problem. just expressing his desire to manage in the bigs...

I oppose this because I'd hate to have to bitch about Ryne Sandberg on a daily basis.

Has there been any Cubs minor leaguer that the Cubs dumped in the last 5 years that has really done more than what they were doing with the Cubs? Nolasco - who is struggling so far in 2009 - had a great year last year, but he was good in the minors. But more guys like Moore, Harvey, Montanez, etc that people seem to want to blame the Cubs farm system instruction on and were sort of just dumped by the team for what seemed like nothing. anyway, I can't think of anyone off wondering if I'm missing anybody.

No I've tried to make this point before that the Cubs haven't traded away any all stars lately. There was some pining for Pinto last year, but he was having a great 1st half hasn't done much since then. Nolasco is the 'wildcard' that might turn out to be really good.

but Nolasco was already good, and Pinto was pretty good with control problems, but he put up good numbers in Double A for the Cubs. I don't think he's doing anything unexpected.

my question is, which players have really flourished under different instruction since the Cubs farm system is supposedly so bad at it?

I honestly can't think of any...

Doesn't Montanez fit that bill? Wellemeyer? I guess it depends on your criteria.

Montanez put up a .927 OPS for Double A at age 24 for the AB's, but I don't see anything of him really improving all that much. He put up a .986 OPS last year in Double A at age 26. That just seems like natural progression for a player repeating leagues.

Wellemeyer did have a fine season with the Cards last year...glad Dave Duncan taught him how to scuff a baseball. I kid.

But yeah, Wellemeyer would qualify I guess...three organizations later thanks to probably the most well-renowned pitching coach.

So 1 in 15/20 times the Cubs are wrong about a prospect.

I don't have a major problem with the players traded away worrying about them getting good somewhere else or the Cubs being "wrong". The Cubs just have a blah farm system just can't produce many good players. All their top talent has fallen flat over the past few years (Choi, Patterson, Prior, Guzman, Pie). Even if that player was traded away and sucked it shows the Cubs overall judge of talent just hasn't been very good and that is why their farm system rankings have gone down and been bad for years.

if farm system rankings meant anything, the Cubs would be on their 3rd or 4th world championship this decade.

speaking of "ALL" their top talent failing, remind me again who the ROY was last year and how many Cy Young votes Z's has had in his career...or the starting middle infield?

Neither Theriot nor Fontenot have received any Cy Young votes. I don't know what you're talking about.

I stand corrected.

speaking of prospects, E-pat 0 for 2 today, called out on 3 straight strikes and then popped to short.

I don't recall Soto ever being considered their top talent in their farm system, nor was Z or the mighty midgets for that matter. Hell, in 2007, after Barrett was traded, Hendry traded for the $13MM man Jason Kendall, brought up Koyie ".161 BA" Hill, brought off the DL a gimpy Hank White before finally giving Soto a chance to play C in September. Obviously they weren't sold too much on him up till that point. But of course the Cubs do have a few players that have come through the system who are good or at least helping the team in some fashion (Z, Marmol, Soto, mighty midgets), but overall their farm system has sucked in producing good players recently. Luckily, a couple of them Hendry was able to trade away before people knew they were not good (Choi, Hill). But others were just basically dumped (Patterson, Hill, Pie Cedeno, etc.)

So a player has to be considered good in the minor leagues for his goodness in the majors to count? The farm system sucked because Z and Soto weren't considered top propects? Not an attack, I'm legitimately confused.

The Joe: "So a player has to be considered good in the minor leagues for his goodness in the majors to count? The farm system sucked because Z and Soto weren't considered top propects?" My argument was that ALL the Cubs top talent recently has flopped. I should have said MOST as it looks like Soto was a top prospect in 2008 after not even being considered an average prospect in 2007. But to answer your questions, No and No. The farm system sucks because we have not turned out many good players over the past many years.

it appears you have to be THE top prospect in the system for it to count actually...

Well thank goodness that Z, Soto, Theriot, and Fontenot have found a way to help the team in some fashion..what with their limited skills and contribution.

Not sure where I said Z & Soto have limited skills, but if it makes you feel good, go for it.

Not really Manny..I'm just amused by your phrase " in some fashion" to describe getting help from a starting pitcher, our starting catcher, starting shortstop, and starting second baseman.

I was using that phrase more as a catch all as clearly the mighty midgets are only role players while Z and Soto are main components to this team. Hope that clarifies...

How exactly are a team's starting shortstop and starting second baseman role players?

Being a role player is not a bad thing. I might just have a different definition of what a role player is. Just because you are a starter doesn't mean you can't be a role player. David Eckstein was a role player for the Cards, John Paxson was a role player for the Bulls, etc. The mighty midgets just are not, IMO, key players on this team. They fill in the roles left over from what the key players (ARam, Soriano, Lee, Bradley, Z, etc.) don't fill.

Ok...that's a way to look at role players. I would consider a role player more like this, using last year's team as an example. Daryle Ward-pinch hitter Henry Blanco back-up catcher Ronny Cedeno back-up infielder Mike Fontenot:back-up infielder I just guess I wouldn't consider a starting player a role player.

That's a very fair way to look at it. I just look at it differently. It really isn't a knock on the might midgets, just what I consider their role. I mean they are what they are, they are not spectacular players, but hopefully can fill their roles well.

You're confusing 'bench player' with 'role player' - Manny is right.

Montanez's .927 OPS for the Cubs was over 141 AB's and courtesty of a .442 BABIP. Then he went to Iowa and hit put up a .661 courtesty of a .661 BABIP. Last two years with the Orioles he's had an OPS of .782 and .986 with middling BABIP's.

Juan Cruz certainly did well for a few years (far better than Andy Pratt ever did). I would like to have Augie Ojeda now as a 2B, 3B, SS back-up, but he is no star. Brendan Harris has been a solid player for the Twins the last couple of years. Andy Sisco of course had the one good year with the Royals and has sucked since. The verdict, of course, is still out on guys like Donaldson and Ceda. But given the the Cubs track record, I don't worry too much.

I was going to mention Harris, but he did pretty much what he was epected to. Same with Cruz. They're more exceptions to Manny's rule, than Rob's.

Josh Hamilton

never technically a cubs minor leaguer...also, only hitting about .240 right now. According to Phil Rogers, that means he's a failure.

i give that post reply an angry angry F. there any way i can make that 'F' bold, 30 point font, and have it give me an interview about why milton bradley hates america?

We Hamiltons are excellent failures. Welcome to the club, Josh.

Thats why you should trade him to me...

I keed.

Cubs have spring training in AZ, why do they always suck so bad there in the regular season? Bizzaro. I do not trust: Dempster, our bullpen, Neifi Miles. sigh... Please prove me wrong. Scrappy players show yer stuff.

I still wanted Ibanez. I'll say that a lot.

I still wanted O-Dawg... I'll say that a lot... I imagine he's missing a few, but explains how a lot of new Cubs struggled in their first month to eventually rebound. Astros, Braves, Blue Jays, Tigers and Nationals have seen the biggest drop... Marlins, Rays, A's, Phillies, Reds have seen the biggest jump...Phillies and Rays are pretty obvious as I believe most studies show a big increase in attendance the season after a successful playoff run.

The ChiSox game the other day was pretty bare; I think it was the first game of the double-header. It wasn't a great day, but it wasn't terrible, either. ...And the ChiSox are a contender. Nuts.

after Teagarden struck out... "Rangers seem to be suffering from connect-ile dysfunction today"... wow. Yankee radio guy after a Teixeria HR last week... "And he sends a Tex-message out to right field..." (paraphrasing a bit)

bob brenley would be proud Tarp just removed from the field. Bradley and Soto in batting cage, which Sullivan takes to mean that they are both in the lineup... I personally hope that they rest Soto again. I'm sick of seeing teams running at will...

although he does give up a HR to Andruw Jones...Ziegler was sick apparently.

Fantasy Manager Alert! Andruw Jones seems to be hitting again.

Who's old locker did he get? Palmeiro?? Gonzalez? Arod? Canseco?

haha... From Wittenmyer, No roster moves. Aram seems better, no DL, YET. Scales is in dugout, just in case... Lineup:Sori, Riot, K-Fuk, Lee, Bradley, Fonty, Hill, Miles, Marsh

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 7 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 8 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 29 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 


  • Craig A. 10 hours 37 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 


  • bradsbeard 14 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 


  • crunch 15 hours 22 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).


  • crunch 15 hours 58 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.


  • crunch 16 hours 4 min ago (view)



  • crunch 16 hours 8 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.


  • Charlie 16 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).


  • crunch 16 hours 18 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.


  • crunch 16 hours 19 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.


  • crunch 16 hours 22 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.


  • Charlie 16 hours 24 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.


  • crunch 16 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...