Marshall is the Man; Koskie Victimized by TCR Curse

Paul Sullivan reports in the Tribune that Sean Marshall has been officially anointed the Cubs' 5th starter.

Says Manager Lou:

"Marshall is going to be the fifth starter, and [Aaron] Heilman is going to pitch in that seventh-eighth inning role."

Less positive news on Corey Koskie, subject of our earlier post. Koskie came out of today's win over the Mariners in the third inning.

"I think when he dove for [a grounder] it caused him some problems,"
Piniella said. "He mentioned he wasn't feeling well, so we just took
him out."

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Cubnut, I expect you to personally be sending Koskie a check while he's unable to get a contract. Jackass...

Already sent. I couldn't be more ashamed of myself.

Can you do a story about Miles?

solid...

Screw that, what about Joey Gathright?

he's gonna miss time when he finally decides to get his root canal.

piece on Koyie Hill by Muskat. The decision to keep Bako (or not) is coming soon, possibly tomorrow as AZ Phil has previously said March 20th was the date where Bako will cost the team $$ if he's not released.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

(no mention that KHill adds 5 mph to each pitcher's fastball)

in case anyone wants to see a closeup's on Koyie's gnarly hand...

here's a picture:

http://www.realclearsports.com/blog/95871.jpg

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this was from 2/24 by AZ Phil:

It also appears that Paul Bako and Koyie Hill will be engaged in a fight to the death for the back-up catcher gig. Or at least there should be a spirited competition for the job, until the Cubs are faced with Bako's contract becoming guaranteed if he doesn't get released (probably around March 20th). Both Bako and Hill are in good physical shape, and either of the two could win the job.

http://thecubreporter.com/2009/02/24/cubs-head-north

Gordon Edes on K.Hill...adding to the love-fest...both good articles, imo.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AoOmI6teU5BH...

Not a good article for those of us with a weak stomach for gross stuff.

Only a couple weeks until Cubs baseball...and before then we get a teaser with the Cubs playing the Yanks pre-season at the new Yankee Stadium.

I am so f'n ready.

Since TCR apparently has "curse power" now, could we curse our division rivals?

Scott Eyre is broke.

Yeah, and I think Chad might be gay...

Anyone else notice that Fukudome didn't even play last night for Japan? His OBP is still great - .435 - but that's due to 6 walks, he's only had 4 singles in 17 at-bats so far.

A .435 OBP in the 2009 WBC is nothing great.

http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/stats/index.js...

Thanks for the link to the stats page, where do you think I found the .435?

Most of those guys on the list don't have shit for ABs. On Japan, Iwamura at .444 is the only one on the team with more at-bats and a higher OBP. Only Dunn has a higher OBP on team USA. For the most part, the only guys ahead of Fukudome with a comparable number of at-bats are guys like Delgado, Pudge, Beltran, Dunn, etc. So he is still doing very well OBP-wise, but my main point was that despite that he hasn't hit worth shit and it appears he as benched.

possibly benched due to a left-handed starter for korea?

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  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 31 min 25 sec ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 38 min 2 sec ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 39 min 17 sec ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 41 min 27 sec ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 43 min 41 sec ago view
  • La Stella at 2B...Baez at 3B, or vice versa. Zobrist in RF, Bryant in LF No one gets bumped.

    Dusty Baylor 51 min 58 sec ago view
  • If Coghlan is leading off, I assume Fowler is getting the day off. Who is supposed to lead off, then? Someone has to get on base for Bryant and Rizzo. Coghlan's OBP is .346 with the Cubs. Jackson's was .304. LaStella can lead off, but then he has to play second or third, and bump Zobrist or Baez.

    Unless he gets hot, Coghlan will likely change places with Soler soon.

    VirginiaPhil 53 min 33 sec ago view
  • I suspect the Cubs asked Chris Coghlan if he would accept an Optional Assignment to the minors and he refused (Coghlan has one minor league option left), so either you keep LaStella on the 25 and release Coghlan, or option LaStella to AAA for about a month and have both LaStella and Coghlan available in September-October. (As an Article XIX-A player, Coghlan must give his permission before he can be optioned to the minors, while LaStella has not accrued enough MLB Service Time to refuse an optional assignment).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Given today's lineup -- maybe they just wanted an extra OF to give Dexter a few days off (i.e. day game after a night game).

    billybucks 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • Tommy LaStella has three minor leaue options left so it's no big deal to send him to Iowa, but as of right now he projects to be at 2+124 MLB Service Time by the end of the of the 2016 MLB regular season, which will place him "on the bubble" as far as being eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2016.

    But if he spends at least twenty days on optional assignment this season (anything less than twenty days and he will accrue a full season of MLB Service Time), he will not have enough MLB Service Time to have a chance to be a "Super Two."

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season...WITH A .500 OB%! HAIL MADDON! THE PLAN (c)2016! HE HAS RISEN! #YOLO #SWAG! KONY 2012!

    crunch 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 3 hours 19 sec ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 3 hours 1 min ago view