The Return of the Lillyhammer

The Cubs enter the Pacific Time Zone, which coincides perfectly with California native Ted Lilly's return to the Cubs. The Padres might as well just save their energy and give the Cubs this win. To make room on the roster, the Cubs optioned their entire pitching staff to Iowa1, because they won't be needed anymore (I'm auditioning for the TLFC). 

Sadly, not much else going on, the Cubs trail the Cardinals now by 5 games which is my personal benchmark for dismissing a team, at least this late in the season2. With only 3 games left between the two clubs, it's gonna take quite a streak by both clubs for the Cubs to make up that ground. The Wild Card is a little more attainable, trailing the Rockies by 3.5 games, but the Giants and Marlins are in the way and the Braves are tied with the Cubs.

I'll post lineups when they become available. Join the late-night fun in Parachat.

1 - Justin Berg was actually sent down.

2 -  Other worthy reasons to dismiss a team: the presence of Dusty Baker, Neifi Perez or Aaron Miles, batting Corey Patterson lead-off, having Ron Coomer as your first basemen, wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform (list subject to change)... 

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...and no EI for the game. so bunk...

the later-week blackouts for a team that's 4+ hours away with NO local TV coverage is bad enough.

i give these guy 180 bucks a year for what now? oh yeah, cuz the only other alternative is watching it in a bandwidth sucking and delayed feed for only a chunk less money...and still in those blackout zones.

this game isn't even a blackout zone...they just don't have a contract with either of the 2 TV stations showing the game. they used to show Ch.4 games (SD)...dunno why not anymore. it didn't stop them from tacking on an extra $20 for EI, though.

Effing WCIU. Fine, the damn game is on too late anyways.

Miles at SS = puke

Santo, (resignedly) after Miles grounds into a 3-6-3 DP: "That's all he does, hits ground balls."

When Santo rags on you, you know you're doing bad. Just lousy this year.

The Cubs seem to be ahead of the curve on signing foreign-born prospects.

At least, the Wall Street Journal thinks so.

Thank you dodgers not.

-and K Gregg, not.

Gregg you idiot how did i know ,what a waste of my time and a loss of sleep.

Bonus coverage on ESPN2.

Blanks has a Gregg-speed bat.

"Bonus" coverage.

I'm done. Kevin Gregg...just die.

Kevin. Fucking. Gregg.

Well, that was a fucking disaster.

I kinda wanna see this team get blown to hell. Sell everyone. I don't like any of 'em.

First we waterboard Hendry.

So how many of us expected gregg to blow it?

I wonder what lous thoughts right about know are(you gave me this piece of crap for a closer)

Lou is thinking "Jeez I wish I kept my mouth shut about that lefthanded b.s. and picked my belly button all winter".

ha...that wasn't kevin gregg...it was aaron heilman wearing gregg goggles

I expected the HR. Sad, but true.

2009 Chicago Cubs == Epic Fail

Yeah, Gregg sucks ass, but if this bullshit offense could manage more than a single run against such "stellar" pitching, they never would have been in this position. You look at a boxscore for the Cardinals for example, every hitter is above 300 it seems. You look at the punchless Cubs, an no hitter is above 300--and most are below 250.

Been watching the Cubs since 69, other than the awful pre-Dallas Green 80-82 abominations, this has been the most feckless Cubs offense I can ever remember. Lack of hitting is why this is a .500 team and will be staying home in October.

Jim Hendry? Work on that resume, pal.

"this has been the most feckless Cubs offense I can ever remember"

I thought the 2002 team (under mgrs Baylor and the immortal Bruce Kimm) was pretty fucking feckless. Or is that fecking fuckless?

we're now in a deeper hole than Lou's belly button.

Keep TheRiot and Soto, everyone else, pack your bags and spin the wheel.

...again, let's try the Marlins model...they have it figured out.

$140m worth of brain melting fun.

Dear Kevin Gregg...
... you fucking suck. If you were a state you would be Mississippi. If you were a president you would be Hoover. If you were an African nation you would be Sierra Leone. If you were a bottle of wine you would be 20-year old Red Dagger which has been vomited by a hobo after being stored in the groundskeeper's shed at Three Mile Island. If you were a shitty song you would be "The Way You Do The Things You Do." Douche...
... Hawkeye

this almost makes up for the loss.

.....and if you were a college man, you'd be an Iowa Hawkeye....."

/cyclone'd

As a Gopher, I find that absolutely hillarious.

... If you were a major league baseball team, you would be the Chicago Cubs.

Division? Over.

Wild Card? Good Luck.

September call-ups will be the net topic of conversation.

As I have said 20 times here in 2009: FUCK YOU HENDRY!!!

manny?

21st!!!!

On the bright side, we have 5 more years of Soriano, 2 more years of Bradley, and another year of Aaron Miles to look forward to.

I'd really like to see a serious lineup shake-up for the rest of the season. Let's see what Sam Fuld and Jake Fox can do given the opportunity to play everyday. Future potential is really all we have to keep our interest at this point, so let's give the youngsters a chance (I know Fuld isn't that young, but whatever).

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  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 5 min 47 sec ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 13 min 46 sec ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 46 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 49 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 14 hours 52 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 15 hours 35 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 15 hours 52 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 15 hours 56 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 16 hours 7 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 16 hours 12 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 16 hours 28 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 16 hours 29 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 19 hours 20 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 21 hours 53 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 22 hours 25 min ago view