TCR Friday Vacation Notes

You may have thought I've been on vacation since May, but really just the last week and next. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things when I return.

In the meantime, the Mets visit Wrigley for this weekends exhibition. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and his surprising 2010 season start off the set against Randy "Sophomore Slump" Wells.

Fukudome, Castro, Byrd, Ramirez, Nady, Soto, Soriano, DeWitt, Wells

vs.

Pagan, Duda, Carter, Wright, Davis, Arias, Thole, Tejada, Dickey.

Gorzelanny has a hairline fracture in his pinkie and will miss his next start, hints are that he'll avoid the disabled list and pitch again this season.

Welington Castillo was called up.

The Cubs are currently tied for the 7th spot in the draft with the Nationals, a half game from the 6th spot owned by the Royals, 2 games from the 5th spot owned by the Dbacks and 3 games from the 4th spot owned by the Indians. I think the Pirates, O's and Mariners are pretty safe to take the first three picks. On the other side, it doesn't look the Cubs could do much worse than the 8th spot in the draft as they're 5.5 games behind the Astros and Brewers for the 9th spot.

Happy Weekend everyone.

Comments

David Wright's stats have come around, he's up to 22 hr and 87 rbi. The last time I checked (months ago) he wasn't hitting for any power.

Who the fuck is Rob G.?

Soriano's "I'm afraid of the wall" dance cost Wells 2 runs.

soriano defensive fail...

2-0 mets...

wonder if he'll follow it up by turning a double into a single by walking to 1st on a few balls put into play...

soriano bat win...

3-4 cubs...

the high strike is being called liberally today.

No reason to bean the ump then.

...some seriously weird wind gusts going on, too. wind is constant, but there's a lot of gusts whipping through the trees/flags.

x.nady out of f'n nowhere.

unf...that was kinda awesome.

hope soriano just got a good look at d.wright turning a groundout to 3rd into a single by actually...oh...running to 1st.

if dlee is watching in ATL he might want to take note, too.

So how is DPLee doing, you might ask, since he joined Atlanta?

Well, not so good... .214 .298 .310 .607

Braves are 6-6

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/4616

Iowa has to win 3 of 4 from Memphis(Cards affiliate) this weekend to make playoffs.

AA Manager Bill Dancy also took the MOY award for the Southern League.

fun fact:

Here are two interesting hitting lines:

.255/.313/.503 with 19 homers and 50 RBI

.260/.318/.507 with 21 homers and 69 RBI

Line A in 353 PA's, Line B in 457 PA's

(drumroll)

Colvin vs. Soriano

dcf has an expanded breakdown of sori/colvin in post #28 in the thread below this one.

show-off

hurrah innerwebs.

Not to mention you 3/44'd the I-Cubs series.

*knocks down a margarita*

*strolls back to the pool.*

Clay Rapawada called up by Rangers...

1.82 ERA this year in AAA, .120 BAA vs. lefties

Rapada was the PTBNL sent to Tigers at end of 2007 for Craig Monroe.

heh...dewitt has hit 5 of his 16 career HR's vs. the mets (47ab vs. 727ab)

via ye olde world o' roto...

yee flipping haw...

mark prior signs with TEX (minor league deal)

basically, he wants to play AFL or similar under a pro team's umbrella in order to be properly taken care of. he's not expected to play this month.

http://twitter.com/Evan_P_Grant/status/229212...

(dallas sportswriter)

oh, the plight of privileged fans who yell at people about shit they don't know about...but they spend some money so it's their right.

these are the people that end up getting their ass kicked by others like them at their kid's little league game.

btw, those jetblue jets don't look 1/2 the pain in the ass as some of the Delta and American jets i've been on.

I had a dream last night that Hendry and some other Cub executive picked me up in a car to take me somewhere and during the car ride confirmed to me that they'd sign Kerry Wood to be a set-up man next year.

apparently this was the only question I thought to ask or remembered that I asked.

we'll see how my Carnac powers work...

I had a dream last night that Hendry's replacement picked me up in a car to take me somewhere and during the car ride confirmed to me that they'd sign Kerry Wood to be a set-up man next year.

I had a dream that I was watching a baseball game at Fenway Park with Terence Mann.

For anyone interested, the MLB.TV replay has Len interviewing Quade. If you can look past the obvious part where he's doing a little bit of pitching for the permanent job, for my money, he comes across as a pretty good dude.

Also, he said something interesting that I'd like to know if one of you can tell me more about. Len said Quade was a good listener and Quade said yeah even when I disagree with someone on stuff like sabremetrics. I almost said to myself "uh-oh" but then he said he is a closet numbers guy. Maybe Len's not? I don't quite get that. Does this mean he's a sabremetric guy or not?

I myself am not a sabremetrics guy at all but I feel like I want our next manager to be. The only real reason I'm not is that I'm too lazy to dig through stats and evaluate them, so as a fan I rely on my gut.

But a 21st century manager, in my opinion, should be a stats hound.

BTW, today was also Carlos Zambrano bobble head day.

There was a 7th inning ceremony where everyone placed their bobble heads on their seats to watch them explode.

Iowa Cubs win again, down 2-1 they scored a run in the straight innings to beat Memphis on Friday night.

Len's a big stat guy, just doesn't see them as the be-all/end-all that a lot of people do.

Ryan Theriot had 19 BB's with the Cubs in 412 PA's

already has 13 with the Dodgers in 128 PA's

309/384/382 line as a Dodger before Friday's game

Castro with the 2nd best OPS for a shortstop since the break behind Tulo.

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  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 5 min 3 sec ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 5 min 35 sec ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 29 min 54 sec ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 33 min 15 sec ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 2 hours 46 min 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 2 hours 46 min 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 2 hours 55 min 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 3 hours 15 min 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 3 hours 46 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 3 hours 49 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 3 hours 52 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 4 hours 13 min ago view