Game Preview: Angels(39-32) @ Cubs(30-38)

The Cubs try to avoid the sweep and hopefully save my little Katie and I from years of humiliation. Colvin sits against another lefty (don't ever go 0/4 again kid), but Baker still gets to play after yesterday's Brook Robinson impression. I should be in chat for most of the game if anyone is around and still cares.

cf byrd, 3b baker, 1b lee, rf nady, c soto, lf sori, ss castro, 2b riot, p zambrano

Have you felt like there's been a lack of timely hitting by the Cubs and wasting good starts by their pitchers? Well reader WISCGRAD was wondering the same thing and calculated the numbers of wins as a percentage of quality starts. Unsurprisingly the Cubs are worst in the NL and third worst in the majors behind the poor Mariners that can't buy a run and the Land of Misfit Cubs Toys known as the Orioles.

Chart after the jump...

Please note, if it's not obvious, that is the percentage of all team wins, not just wins in games where the team had a quality start

Happy Father's Day, hopefully the Cubs make it a little happier

Comments

Well, yes, hope springs eternal....

(Happy Father's Day to all!)

Another player whose future in the organization is grim is right-fielder Kosuke Fukudome, who went 0-for-4 Saturday and will sit more with Tyler Colvin getting more playing time in right. The Cubs are unlikely to eat the bulk of the remaining $21 million on Fukudome's contract, and he has veto rights to 15 teams because of his no-trade clause.

good luck with that...

If the Cubs are unlikely to eat the bulk of the contract, then his place in the organization is pretty much set.

That's kinda what I was thinking. The Cubs find themselves in the very Cub-like position of just now figuring out or deciding that this team ain't gettin 'er done, in a buyers' market, where nobody has any money and the overpaid pieces they're trying to trade not having done much to make themselves marketable. But they're "unlikely to eat the bulk".... sure.

The funniest part? If Soriano has a decent week or three, he may be more trade-able than some of the other players...

And the second funniest part? My gut tells me the ex-Cub factor means most of these guys would play great elsewhere if/when they get traded.... but other teams aren't going to pay that much for those lottery tickets (and rightfully so)

Len just called Dempster the de facto ace. Thoughts?

**Update** Shortly after that he says "I guess a case could be made for Silva"

Fuck, really?

Converted reliever to starter and back up catcher are looking good today.
F U Lou.

Hunter's diving catch on Castro's ball?

"Marlon Byrd-like"

How TF does Len Kasper live with himself?? (Or have a job?)

**This post is dedicated to Steve Stone**

I don't mind Len and Bob. I also give any Cubs announcers the benefit of the doubt for having to watch this shit on a daily basis and still talk about for 3 hours everyday like they care and like there is still hope. I couldn't do it.

len and bob are my favorite 7th inning singers...no interview following. good stuff.

I like Len & Bob. I also enjoyed Chip & Stoney, though...

*ducks

My favorite announcers were Harry and that kid he had as his straight man for the White Sox.

Ducks.

Sorry, my dad was a White Sox fan.

I think the kid's name was Bob Waller or some such, but don't quote me on that.

That was when Harry said, "That wouldn't be a home run in a phone booth" and "Rahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhd Carew".

Harry was a great Cubs broadcaster but he was a better Sox announcer.

I also remember Walt Williams spitting into his helmet every at bat, and rubbing it on his not so shabby afro.

There really is some good Sox lore out there. I'm glad my dad was a fan so I could enjoy some of it.

If you wanna know why I turned on the old man, it was the 69 Cubs and Brickhouse. God I loved that team.

Submitted by Old and Blue on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 8:42am.
My favorite announcers were Harry and that kid he had as his straight man for the White Sox.

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O & B: That would be Bob Waller, the guy who looked like Anthony Perkins.

And there was Jimmy Piersall who Anthony Perkins played in Fear Strikes Out.

Submitted by QuietMan on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 9:30am.
And there was Jimmy Piersall who Anthony Perkins played in Fear Strikes Out

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QUIET MAN: I sat with Jimmy Piersall at a Spring Training game a couple of years ago, and he still is angry about Anthony Perkins getting cast as Piersall in Fear Strikes Out.

Did he say who he wanted?

Submitted by QuietMan on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 10:45am.
Did he say who he wanted?

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QUIET MAN: No, but based on the reason he didn't like Anthony Perkins, I got the impression he would have preferred John Wayne or Robert Mitchum.

Rob, not sure if this is 'sanctioned' (if not, just delete the post), but here's one blogger's well-articulated argument as to why Lou is done after the utter crap he was spouting yesterday.

http://worldseriesdreaming.mlblogs.com/archiv...

can't speak for rob, but info is info and ads are ads...this seems to definitely fall under "info."

even a "competitor" blog with good info has been welcome in the past without being given crap for it.

I thought he was going to demand firing Lou for using Howry in a one run game. The quote he's harping on isn't that big to me, since everyone knows Lou was thinking that anyway.

Saving Cashner and Marshall for small leads in the 7th inning is stupid, how many times does that happen during the season, especially for this team? Good job using Howry in the winnable game and Cashner in the laugher, Lou. Here's your paycheck, enjoy Florida.

all fire sales start with Hendry otherwise it's just a deck shuffling...

I'm going to counter you guys (and myself) with this link:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/13545706/p...

There are some good points here, and I think the main take away is that Lou really did get dealt a shitty hand, and the main culprit is a guy I really liked a couple years ago.

Man, I'm glad my job is not this hard. I'd drink even more than I already do. Okay, that's not much anymore cuz I'm, like, 90 years old, but you get the point.

These are blogs, I know, written by Joe Sixpack and all, but that writer could have said in 30 words what he took 1,000 words to say. Three minutes of my life I'll never get back...

A percentage implies a part of a whole. I'm not sure this percentage is very meaningful. But no sense splitting hairs, because the point remains... the Cubs are getting decent starts and not winning. Lack of offense. Same ol' story.

If it makes you happier, change it to ratio, or write it as team wins relative to team quality starts, or something like that. I think it is meaningful in that it is a quick way to show how well a team is performing relative to how well it's starting pitching is performing.

Well, we kicked the hell out of a good team, picked up a game on the division leaders and can't lose tomorrow - Happy Father's Day Cubs fans.

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/st...

I feel if you put the quotes by Ramirez here next to those ESPN ads of fans talking out of their ass, you'd have something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAs6TDLuKgQ

Excellent, excellent!

All you have to do is look to the right of this page and you can see Ricketts is stuck with Zambrano, Soriano, and Fukudome until their contracts expire (almost $50M/year through 2011) unless he and the family want to eat some serious cash (probably not likely). For that matter, add Ramirez at another $15M through 2011 also.

What makes no sense is Lou playing Koyie and his OF stiffs over Colvin. Lou isn't going to win anything with this current roster (one of the most unwatchable Cubs teams since 2004). If Hendry and anyone else in the leadership hierarchy expects him to, then they should replace Lou now.

I cut bait with Kosuke, make Zambrano the 5th starter for the forseeable future, and play Soriano everyday provide he maintains his average above .290 and produces runs.

I give Castro, Soto, Ramirez (when he returns), Theriot (until I find a trade partner), Colvin, and Byrd everyday playing status. I trade Lee as soon as I can find a taker because I wouldn't re-sign him or Nady; and leave the the last one standing to play 1B until October.

By late summer I would have Jay Jackson, Diamond, Schlitter, and Russell up here to see if they're ready to get MLB hitters out. I would try to trade Grabow and Lilly to contenders.

In the off season, this team needs a first-baseman (maybe ARam) or third baseman, an OF (maybe Brett Jackson), at least 2-3 relief pitchers, and 1-2 starting pitchers (depending on Cashner moving to the rotation or staying in a setup role).

I would suggest Samardzija try football.

I would suggest Hendry just stick with Samninja instead of signing Howry. They are equally smelly pieces of shit, so why shell out an extra 800k or whatever Howry costs?

Soriano... fourrr moreee yearrrss...

Santo scaling back...not going on this road trip to his home town of Seattle. On the radio broadcast yesterday in relation to conversation about players getting uniform numbers in 1932, and the numbers given were based on where one batted in the lineup (Ruth #3, Gehrig #4, etc), Pat Hughes teased Santo in that his #10 was because he only dated "tens". He asked Santo if any of his old flames would visit the booth when they were in Seattle (so I think not making this trip was a decision made yesterday).

Ron Santo has agreed to cut back on travel because of his health....said he may miss more trips this season and that next year he and WGN agree that limiting his trips to the Midwest only would help his health.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

Santo scaling back...not going on this road trip to his home town of Seattle.

Does this mean that the radio broadcasts will finally be listenable again?

To each their own, but I really enjoy Pat and Ron on XM. And like him or not, you can't say he doesn't care......

and no, it's not cuz I write twice a year for his Bears blog.

I really have to say that I keep trying other Cubs blogs and this is where I always end up.

I'm not a stats hound, but I'm learning how to become one, and AZ Phil is ridiculous, and most of you posters are insanely knowledgeable about baseball.

I just want to say thanks to you guys. This is a sucky season, and you all knew it coming in, and still here you are.

And no, I did not have a near death experience. I'm just sort of nostalgic today (see my earlier post about the White Sox).

But, I don't love you guys. I only like you.

That's really cool, man. Couldn't agree more.

Keep waiting for Rob G to post "You like me... you really like me!", but I've now given up hope.

I just assume you all tolerate me and you're all too lazy to check out other blogs.

And we have AZ Phil.

Cubs 29th round pick LHP Casey Harman is starting for Clemson at the College World Series this morning versus #1 ranked Arizona State.

Harman was Clemson's "Friday Night starter" (#1 starter) this season and was projected to get selected somewhere in rounds 6-10, but inexplicably fell all the way to Round 29.

He had an outstanding outing (albeit taking the loss) in Clemson's opening Super Regional game versus Alabama a week ago Saturday (one earned run, nine strikeouts, and no walks), and should command "5th round money" despite his draft position, although the Cubs can't sign him until Clemson finishes playing in the CWS.

Harman throws an 86-89 MPH sinker with "average" curve and change, but he has outstanding control (he has not walked more than two batters in any game throughout his college career).

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  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 19 min 28 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 19 min 56 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 28 min 45 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 48 min 55 sec ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 20 min ago view