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All Our Outfielders Keep Getting Hurt

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It appears that, for now, we are back in business for posting new content. I”m sure you guys never realized how much you take VFTB for granted until it was taken away from you. It”s funny, I”ve been doing this 13 years and each time something major happens to the blog, I begin to question whether I want to carry on. Then I remember how much I”d miss it and decide it”s a journey worth making.

Chicago Cubs – Won 6-4 over the Phillies

All Our Outfielders Keep Dying – First it was Kyle Schwarber, then it was Matt Szczur, then Jason Heyward, and now Jorge Soler. If you missed the game, Soler went down after straining a hamstring running to first base early in the game and was immediately removed and replaced by Szczur. He”s had a history of leg issues, so I”m a little concerned about this one. The Cubs will know more today after the MRI, so let”s hope it”s nothing serious and that some good rest will heal it right up. The scary things about the hamstring injuries is their healing time is so slow and unpredictable. One tweak and you”re back to step one. For a guy like Soler, that doesn”t bode well, so cross your fingers. There was a quote in Jesse Rogers article on ESPN:

“It”s not too serious compared to what I”ve felt before, but we”ll have to wait until tomorrow when we get the MRI,” Soler said through Cubs coach and translator Henry Blanco. “It”s frustrating. I”ve been feeling better and coming around at the plate. Hopefully it”s nothing serious.””

Two things there. One, was anyone else clueless to the fact that that Hank White was still a part of this organization? I had no idea and I don”t know why I didn”t know that. Second, he really has played better since taking on a more pronounced role, so it really is discouraging.

Shining Like a Star – We”ve talked about the fact that, at times, Jake Arrieta makes it very difficult to be Jon Lester and be the guy that not only has to follow Jake in the rotation, but has to live up to the hype of his contract. After Arrieta”s start on Sunday in which he lost, Lester turned in a gem of an outing. What are your thoughts on Lester? If you had to put your trust level from a 1 being the worst to a 10 being the best, where do you rate Lester? For me, my rating is continually climbing and I”m up around a 7 or an 8, with Jake being a 10.

No More Screw the Closer – All year long, the Cubs have extended leads as Hector Rondon was warming up or potentially getting into the game in a save situation. I hate the save, but it”s part of the game and Rondon was getting screwed out of opportunities. Last night Justin Grimm made sure that didn”t happen. With the Cubs up 6-0 in the game and a bet that I made with my Phillies fan co-worker that said the Cubs would outscore the Phillies by 10+ runs this season looking great, Grimm decided to reward Rondon by giving up three runs and allowing Rondon to grab a save. Stupid Justin Grimm.


Iowa Cubs (AAA) – Lost 6-2 vs Memphis

Tennessee Smokies (AA) – Lost 3-1 at Mississippi

  • CBPtOSU

    RE Blanco: That was the exact same thing that came into my mind when I saw that.

  • CBPtOSU

    When you said Stupid Justin Grimm at the end I pictured that being said the same way Homer says Stupid Flanders.

  • Joe Aiello

    Since when did you start watching the Simpsons?

    • CBPtOSU

      Since I was 5

      • Doc Raker

        2 years ago?

      • Seymour Butts

        Two and a half.

      • CBPtOSU

        Your 3 must be broken. Because I was 5 in 1993

      • Doug S.

        Did you celebrate Homer’s birthday last month?

      • CBPtOSU

        D’oh! I did however, celebrate Dan Castanella’s birthday in October. I am so smart. I am so smart. I am so smart. I am so smart. S-M-R-T. I mean, S-M-A-R-T.

  • Joe Aiello

    Since when did you start watching the Simpsons?

    • AC0000000

      Since I was 5

      • Doc Raker

        2 years ago?

      • Seymour Butts

        Two and a half.

      • AC0000000

        Your 3 must be broken. Because I was 5 in 1993

      • Doug S.

        Did you celebrate Homer’s birthday last month?

  • SoonerBadger

    Contreras left with an injury last night, correct? What is the deal with that? Any info yet?

    • Bartz

      He hurt his foot. They said it shouldn’t be anything serious. Hopefully just a cramp.

    • Sherm

      I heard it was a cramp in the arch/instep – hopefully just that. Something he’s had before that went away as quickly.

      • CBPtOSU

        Ouch. That’s not fun. Makes it hard to walk.

      • Sherm

        Better than yanking a hammy. (No, Seymour, that’s not a pet name for “it”)

      • CBPtOSU

        Agreed, but it’s still not fun.

  • SoonerBadger

    Contreras left with an injury last night, correct? What is the deal with that? Any info yet?

    • Bartz

      He hurt his foot. They said it shouldn’t be anything serious. Hopefully just a cramp.

    • Sherm

      I heard it was a cramp in the arch/instep – hopefully just that. Something he’s had before that went away as quickly.

      • AC0000000

        Ouch. That’s not fun. Makes it hard to walk.

      • Sherm

        Better than yanking a hammy. (No, Seymour, that’s not a pet name for “it”)

      • AC0000000

        Agreed, but it’s still not fun.

  • Chuck

    This is the exact reason why depth is so important. The Cubs roster has a lot of inherent positional flexibility and depth and it is being fully utilized this season. I wish Soler a speedy recovery and quick return to the field. I still think the kid has a chance to be a star.

    A player on my son’s varsity team pulled up lame at first after running out a ground ball. Hopefully he just pulled a hammy. Personally, after seeing his reaction and the fact that he had to be carried off the field to a car makes me think he tore it. He could not put any weight on it.

  • Ben

    So joe what did you have to do to fix the website?

    • Doc Raker

      Just had to readjust the thinganoid, it is right next to the figabopper.

      • Eddie Von White

        I think it had something to do with “readjusting” Billy Ocean.

    • Doc Raker

      Just had to readjust the thinganoid, it is right next to the figabopper.

      • Eddie Von White

        I think it had something to do with “readjusting” Billy Ocean.

    • Ben

      I dont think what you guys are saying is very website tech oriented but thats ok I like it lol

      • Doc Raker

        I am not very tech savy but I do know a thing or two about thinganoid’s and figabopper’s. Sphygimoids also, and of course dynotstaters which are always connected to sphygimoides as I am sure everyone already knows.

    • Ben

      I dont think what you guys are saying is very website tech oriented but thats ok I like it lol

      • Doc Raker

        I am not very tech savy but I do know a thing or two about thinganoid’s and figabopper’s. Sphygimoids also, and of course dynotstaters which are always connected to sphygimoides as I am sure everyone already knows.

    • Joe Aiello

      I did nothing. I have a friend who has been working on it, but we are still having issues where ‘ is being converted to “

      • Ben

        cool

      • Ben

        cool

  • Doc Raker

    Hank White is translating, nice.

    I do worry about our bullpen, the one question that really hasn’t been answered is how effective our bullpen is in high leverage situations because we haven’t had many of them. When you have such a large run differential you don’t have a lot of high leverage bullpen situations and you know we will have high leverage bullpen situations in October.

    This team is deep and will do just fine with Soler on the shelf but these leg injuries can be chronic and reoccurring. Let’s hope Soler and the Cubs figure out how to manage it well so Soler doesn’t miss too much time. I don’t think Soler will ever be a 150 game per season player due to his leg injuries.

    Maybe Soler should play 1b when Rizzo takes a day off?

    Seymour- Are you coming down to CA to vote for Bernie today? Millions of college kids will be venturing out of their safe zones to vote for Bernie today. Will you be joining them? In CA Democrats can vote as many times as they want and they don’t even have to be from CA so come on down.

    • Seymour Butts

      Nope, actually a Hillary “supporter”. Least objectionable choice in a sea of… well kind of like the Olympic venues in Brazil.

      • Dork

        That is one of the best descriptions on our political choices I have heard to date!

      • Chuck

        That statement alone sums up the sad state of affairs in this country. For a long time “This is the best we can come up with?!” pretty much sums up our choices for President.

      • Seymour Butts

        Wonderful South Park episode of election choices. The moral (as voiced by a 4th grader) is “It’s always a choice between a shit sandwich and a giant douche. But, we still have to vote.”

      • Chuck

        I prefer the Futurama episode where the main candidates are Jack Johnson and John Jackson, who are clones. That is when Nixon gets elected. Best episode of the entire series.

      • CBPtOSU

        I like the Simpsons Halloween episode in 1996 when Kang and Kudos kidnap Clinton and Dole. A vote for a 3rd party is throwing it away. I threw my vote away in the primaries voting for Christie (after he had withdrawn), because he’s so fat, he thinks GOP stands for gravy on pancakes.

      • That’s a hard decision.

      • Seymour Butts

        Thank you.

      • CBPtOSU

        In 2012, I wrote in Barry and Moron. This year it’ll be Hitler and Criminal.

      • Sherm

        Wait, what?

      • Doc Raker

        The rules don’t apply to liberals, especially the Clinton’s.

    • CBPtOSU

      I thought that was Chicago

      • Doc Raker

        It’s anywhere Democrats vote.

  • Doc Raker

    Hank White is translating, nice.

    I do worry about our bullpen, the one question that really hasn’t been answered is how effective our bullpen is in high leverage situations because we haven’t had many of them. When you have such a large run differential you don’t have a lot of high leverage bullpen situations and you know we will have high leverage bullpen situations in October.

    This team is deep and will do just fine with Soler on the shelf but these leg injuries can be chronic and reoccurring. Let’s hope Soler and the Cubs figure out how to manage it well so Soler doesn’t miss too much time. I don’t think Soler will ever be a 150 game per season player due to his leg injuries.

    Maybe Soler should play 1b when Rizzo takes a day off?

    Seymour- Are you coming down to CA to vote for Bernie today? Millions of college kids will be venturing out of their safe zones to vote for Bernie today. Will you be joining them? In CA Democrats can vote as many times as they want and they don’t even have to be from CA so come on down.

    • Seymour Butts

      Nope, actually a Hillary “supporter”. Least objectionable choice in a sea of… well kind of like the Olympic venues in Brazil.

      • Dork

        That is one of the best descriptions on our political choices I have heard to date!

      • Chuck

        That statement alone sums up the sad state of affairs in this country. For a long time “This is the best we can come up with?!” pretty much sums up our choices for President.

      • Seymour Butts

        Wonderful South Park episode of election choices. The moral (as voiced by a 4th grader) is “It’s always a choice between a shit sandwich and a giant douche. But, we still have to vote.”

      • Chuck

        I prefer the Futurama episode where the main candidates are Jack Johnson and John Jackson, who are clones. That is when Nixon gets elected. Best episode of the entire series.

      • AC0000000

        I like the Simpsons Halloween episode in 1996 when Kang and Kudos kidnap Clinton and Dole. A vote for a 3rd party is throwing it away. I threw my vote away in the primaries voting for Christie (after he had withdrawn), because he’s so fat, he thinks GOP stands for gravy on pancakes.

      • That’s a hard decision.

      • Seymour Butts

        Thank you.

      • Sherm

        Wait, what?

    • AC0000000

      I thought that was Chicago

  • Dork

    Word On the street is that Almora might be headed to Chicago.

    • Dork

      I mean Philly.

      • I mean hogie. I mean grinder.

        This should be interesting

    • Seymour Butts

      Street or (spread) sheet?

  • Kyle Clark

    Data nerd here: I find it interesting that the Cubs have one of the best offenses in the league, but have only scored over 10 runs 3 times, which means they are scoring 4-9 runs with high regularity. Instead of being like a team like the Red Sox who have much more fluctuation in their run scoring. And they are 36-2 in games where they’ve scored 4 or more runs. Obviously, great pitching improves that statistic, but the fact that they score 4 or more runs 68% of the time, tells me this is a sustainable pace. Plus, as has been mentioned plenty of times, a couple hitters (Rizzo, Heyward) are under-performing. nerd out.

    • Eddie Von White

      Welcome. We now have a nerd and a dork.

    • Dork

      Nice – Did you use a spreadsheet to calculate that?

      • please don’t scare off our newcomers

      • Kyle Clark

        Of course. I live in spreadsheets.

      • oh get a room you two

      • Kyle Clark

        Could you send me a spreadsheet with hotels sorted by rating and price filtered down to ones within walking distance to Wrigley to help me make an informed decision of where to get a room?

      • Kyle

        Could you send me a spreadsheet with hotels sorted by rating and price filtered down to ones within walking distance to Wrigley to help me make an informed decision of where to get a room?

      • Chuck

        I, too, love spreadsheets. I create and use them all the time.

  • Kyle

    Data nerd here: I find it interesting that the Cubs have one of the best offenses in the league, but have only scored over 10 runs 3 times, which means they are scoring 4-9 runs with high regularity. Instead of being like a team like the Red Sox who have much more fluctuation in their run scoring. And they are 36-2 in games where they’ve scored 4 or more runs. Obviously, great pitching improves that statistic, but the fact that they score 4 or more runs 68% of the time, tells me this is a sustainable pace. Plus, as has been mentioned plenty of times, a couple hitters (Rizzo, Heyward) are under-performing. nerd out.

    • Eddie Von White

      Welcome. We now have a nerd and a dork.

  • Was hoping J-Hay would be seeing breaking balls in the dirt for the K.. sad the chart shiws you pitch to contact to get two and kill bases loaded, no outs. Cool.

    • Sherm

      Okay – Joe wants me to save my comments for the morning or mid-afternoon briefing, but I have to say this.

      Bryant had a bad day at the plate…but…

      Heyward and Montero are WOEFUL.

      Heyward in the 2 hole has killed more rallies than Tank Man.

      Montero just can’t hit, people. Sorry. I know there are some stats that say how good he is…but I have eyes that say otherwise. Bring up the Contreras kid. He can’t be worse, offensively.

      2 MAJOR weaknesses that need to be addressed before the playoffs, because you cannot have that in the playoffs. Weaknesses get exposed and exploited. With Heyward, the guy needs to work it out in a different position in the batting order. I heard you all groan when Fowler hit the sac fly – we ALL KNEW what was coming next.

      Don’t really care that they lost – care how they lost. Have you seen a team in recent memory hit so many towering fly balls? Offense is a little bit disjointed and needs to get back to basics.

      • Eddie Von White

        So what you’re saying is maybe they need batting practice.

      • Sherm

        Maybe a little coaching- do they watch film? Hayward’s problem is fixable. Montero? Forget about it.

      • Seymour Butts

        Been thinking for about 3 weeks that the team is in a slump. It has been hard to notice because they are mostly winning and putting distance between the pirates, but they are not hitting.

  • Was hoping J-Hay would be seeing breaking balls in the dirt for the K.. sad the chart shiws you pitch to contact to get two and kill bases loaded, no outs. Cool.

    • Sherm

      Okay – Joe wants me to save my comments for the morning or mid-afternoon briefing, but I have to say this.

      Bryant had a bad day at the plate…but…

      Heyward and Montero are WOEFUL.

      Heyward in the 2 hole has killed more rallies than Tank Man.

      Montero just can’t hit, people. Sorry. I know there are some stats that say how good he is…but I have eyes that say otherwise. Bring up the Contreras kid. He can’t be worse, offensively.

      2 MAJOR weaknesses that need to be addressed before the playoffs, because you cannot have that in the playoffs. Weaknesses get exposed and exploited. With Heyward, the guy needs to work it out in a different position in the batting order. I heard you all groan when Fowler hit the sac fly – we ALL KNEW what was coming next.

      Don’t really care that they lost – care how they lost. Have you seen a team in recent memory hit so many towering fly balls? Offense is a little bit disjointed and needs to get back to basics.

      • Eddie Von White

        So what you’re saying is maybe they need batting practice.