"Unbelievably Stupid"

...about sums it up.

Till game time.

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believe you can listen here.

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play

...frustrated

but believes there's lots of progress behind the scenes (infrastructure, scouting, etc) that will pay off down the road, but knows most fans don't care about that.

...get out of the mindset of spending a little extra on veterans and hope everything breaks right. Focus on building a solid nucleus.

plays up how much fans enjoy watching young players come up

everyone's game change planned in draft, after a certain point couldn't look for HS upside guys with 1st round talent in later rounds

says he likes Castro even more now that he's been around him, cites defensive improvement and hard work, still hiccups along the way. "Moving his feet much better"..."this kid cares"...

at the plate, Castro is a work in progress...5 years away from his prime.

can't blame Rudy, recites the importance of on-base percentage and working the count and just wanted a unified voice....said it already started in the minors. Rudy very good at the mechanics but wanted to shift the nature of the conversation.

Rizzo - "almost ready"...wants full season of at-bats at AAA level (162 games, not AAA season). Has to stay consistent with his hands, but has the right mental approach.

**wants full season of at-bats at AAA levels (162 games, not AAA season).**

So he'll get called up in 10 days or so? He currently has 153 games at AAA.

Also mentioned that there wasn't a clear place for him yet...

Though LaHair is certainly making it easier.

Because we love small sample sizes around here:

LaHair in June: .280/.333/.560 OPS: .893

I think it's smart to keep Rizzo down a bit and see how LaHair does with a couple more months around the league. He had 3 strikeouts yesterday but the line you're showing is pretty good and shows that maybe he's adjusting to the adjustments. If he starts to get hot again, it just gives theocorp a little more to work with, and God knows, this team needs all the help it can get.

Sample Size Issues abound, but...
vs. LHP: 111/250/222
vs. RHP: 348/419/660

IMHO he's got a tremendous amount value given his production/salary ratio but platooning him is probably the right answer. Though please don't read this as an endorsement of Baker as the short side of that platoon :)

BR has him at:

vs. LHP: .107/.242/.214

But regardless... its only 33 plate appearances. The Cubs are terrible. There is little/no reason to put him out there every day against LHP and see what he can do.

Agreed. There's nothing more to lose at this point. May as well answer the question conclusively not being able to hit LHP. Allows them to build around that next year and finding a lefty masher, and there should a large number of them available relatively cheaply.

there's always a reason, even if it's one many of us disagree with...

by not playing him against lefties, it leaves other teams wondering if he's good against lefties (much like most of us on this board) and the hope/desire/curiosity if he is good could be more valuable than watching him flail away at sliders.

I'm not saying I agree with that, but there could be some of the thought process. My guess is Sveum is just trying to win some games and thinks Baker vs. lefties is a better option.

let's hope!!!

Theo doing his best to buy himself a few extra days with Rizzo.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i...

full quotes from Theo on Rizzo

a.gallaraga disagrees with the list...that's a personal/history call rather than a team call, though.

I got a chance to watch the Peoria Chiefs play the Snappers last night in Beloit. Javier Baez sure has a lot of motion at the plate. Stride, cocking the bat, leg kick--like Victorian clockwork. But this seems to enable him to wait back and then generate a quick swing. He hit two balls hard, one for a ground single to left and one foul past third, and the ball makes That Sound when he squares it up. Defensively, he showed range and a strong arm, but last night he made Castro look like Mark Belanger glove-wise. Three errors. One was on a tough do-or-die slow chopper, but the others looked like he was preparing to throw before getting the ball in his glove.

Dustin Geiger added two more errors, one on a hustling but ill-advised throw to the plate on a hopeless swinging bunt. The other was on a slow hopper that he played off to his side; I figure he's been playing baseball since he was six and all of his coaches said to get in front of balls like that. He and Yasiel Balaguert looked a little overmatched against some strong Beloit pitching.

Zeke DeVoss looked solid. He was steady in the field, though he also played a grounder off to the side but got away with it. He's very fast and looks smaller than the 5'10" he's listed at. Obviously a candidate to be the Tony Campana/Sam Fuld/Augie Ojeda/Doug Dascenzo du jour in 2015. He does work the count, so that helps.

Michael Jensen, who has been pitching very well, was the victim of the five errors, though he also let a few Snappers pound the ball. He has good stuff, as do the two relievers, big Larry Suarez (reminded me of a cross between Ferguson Jenkins and Lee Smith) and wiry Felix Pena.

I should add that it's a great time at the Snappers ballpark. It's pretty basic compared to Peoria, Kane County, or Davenport, but for $9 ($7.50 in advance), you get a "box seat" of molded plastic with arms and back--sort of a giant booster seat--very close to the action. Tuesdays have the best discounts: Hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza slices are $1, and 12-oz Leinie's are a buck and a half. "Roll Out The Barrell" and "The Gang's All Here" at the stretch, a hog-calling contest, "cheap" gas in Rockton, and you can't beat fun at the old ballpark.

thanks for the info...

rooting for DeVoss, because fast guys that actually get on-base are neat, but seems a little overmatched right now in just the low minors and the defense thing.

I was there as well.

Did you think ZeVo's double before his double down the RF line was fair? Also, did you think Baez was off on the wild pitch in the seventh? Either he was going, or he is crazy-quick on pitches in the dirt. It was called a wild pitch, which would indicate they thought he waited until it got away before running. Also, Baez nearly took the pitcher with him on his single in the seventh.

tim815-

I think that first one was foul by about six inches. Couldn't tell on the Baez play, because I was watching the ball. I did think he was going to get picked off at second (later that inning? don't remember) and got lucky when the throw to third was in the dirt.

Rob-

I know what you mean, but at least he looked comfortable last night. Rooting for him too.

Almost got picked at first. Shoulda been.

Did this COCO clip get Rudy fired?? Beware Bosio!

Team CoCo could have paid more attention to some of these...more mascots than you can shake a stick at.

Ike the Spike made the final 4

http://www.milb.com/milb/fans/mascot_mania/y2...

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/ch...

Re: Trying to sign 25th round pick Rhett Wiseman and was it a back-up plan to not signing Almora
Not really, because if Almora doesn't sign, his $3.25 million disappears from their draft pool. That said, I don't see how Almora will turn down a bonus in the neighborhood of $3 million. I think Wiseman is a totally separate consideration, albeit one who fell because he's going to be a very tough sign. We don't know how much the Cubs will have to play with because they haven't officially signed any of their first 10 picks, but they might be able to scrape up $1 million and make a run at Wiseman if they want.

Re: Ranking Correa
I'd put him behind Profar and Machado and on the same level as Lindor. This comes from someone who sees Hamilton and Baez moving off shortstop eventually.

Re: Mid-Season Top 50 list
That list usually comes out right after the Futures Game. In the past, we haven't included current year draftees. Not sure if that will change because the signing deadline has been moved up to the same time. Anyway, if we do include them, I'd say the first eight picks (Correa, Buxton, Zunino, Gausman, Zimmer, Almora, Fried, Appel) would be possibilities. I doubt we'll include all eight, though. My over/under would be four, with Buxton and Correa locks.

Re: 2013 draft
I think it's comparable to the 2012 crop, which was below average. The college bats aren't anything special (again), and I don't see pitchers to rival the Appel/Gausman/Zimmer trio. There are some interesting high schoolers, but no one lights me up like Buxton, Correa or a healthy Giolito do.

Sully sez Dodgers or Detroit have best chance to land Dempster. Who should be in Theocorp's sites to get in return?

Matt Kemp or Prince Fielder.

Psha.

Kershaw or........ Kershaw will work.

doug fister here we come.

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

    chitownmvp01 5 min 37 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 36 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 34 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 15 hours 45 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 55 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 52 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