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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  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 5 hours 47 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 47 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 5 hours 57 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 1 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 6 hours 18 min ago view
  • QuietMan 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 7 hours 23 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 7 min ago view