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GirlieView (09/28/2017)

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GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’ers: Those with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of the 2017 Season = The folks with the most aggregate Lizzie points YTD (1 point for every Lizzie, 3 points for every Lizard.)

As you already know, this is all completely subjective and according to my whims.

Lizzies

  • It is the middle of September and my Cubs are still playing meaningful baseball games. Remember all those years in which there was no meaningful baseball games after Memorial Day.
  • Your track record attending Ws has improved. Go Brad.
  • It’s a little too late to fix the bullpen, there still isn’t a lineup that works consistently getting put out there, and there’s still question about who should be starting the games on the mound anyway.
  • While i agree with Jeff, that the team has the talent, I believe that they will be unable to overcome Joe’s ipad’s poor managing and the despicable lack of coaching and learning.
  • Or we could post our phone numbers on this blog like Brad does and the whole world would be our playground.
  • Another HR allowed by Lackey. One step closer to the Cub record books!
  • Baez races to the ball, grabs it and fires a strike to second base to nail Piscotti and erase his double. After getting tagged out Piscotti looks back at Baez as if to say, “Who the heck makes that play” while Baez kneeling on the grass smiling and laughing just looks down to the ground in an ‘awe shucks’ kinda of moment.
  • Joe should have been a little quicker getting his happy ass out there, instead of just sauntering out while the umpire gets happy with the thumb.
  • Can the Contreras appeal drag out and bite us in the ass?
  • just read the suspension was reduced to 1 game – served today. No ass biting.
  • there is not much in the world better than a meaningful, emotional September series versus the Cardinals.
  • For the record, I don’t think Davis has ever indicated he was “too tired” or couldn’t go – that’s a Maddon thing, but if you are worried about using the guy three games in a row? Why use him in a blowout?
  • Dork is happy because we’re in first place, but this year leaves me with a confidence problem.
  • Winning Ugly
  • On sundays at miller park they let the kids run the bases after the game, but for some reason that did not include me
  • If the post-season started tomorrow and I were managing this team? Kyle Hendricks gets the ball in game one. I can virtually guarantee you that he will not under the managerial styling of Joe “iPad” Maddon.
  • Then I had to go to a bridge lesson. Oh well . . . .
  • Did you cover cantilevers?
  • flying buttresses?
  • my partner, who shall remain nameless (D***a), did not count her losers accurately and we went set. Afterwards, we had wine in front of a fire, so all is well that ends well.
  • They look like they should have looked all season.
  • I’d love to see the Cubs just go on a tear, win through the first game of the series at STL and lock it down…just take destiny into their own hands. Pittsburgh sure isn’t doing anything to help the Cubs out, and the Cardinals don’t seem to realize that their time has run out and they should accept their position in the pecking order.
  • Giants picked up Pierce Johnson. Personally sad to see him go.
  • He was a stud
  • Funny, I always pictured a hoop.
  • Do we now add Tampa to a list of Lester no-fly zones?
  • I don’t trust Lester at all right now. He needs to be the 4th starter in the playoffs.
  • Can your dog throw to first base?
  • This is setting up for Cardinal Elimination day AND a Cubs division clinch in St Louis, how enjoyable will that be!
  • Genius Joe: Jon, can we talk in my office.
    Lester: Sure
    Genius Joe: What happened on the throws to first and then to third?
    Lester: It’s scary, the pitchers rubber doesn’t face that way, I don’t know what to do with my feet.
    Genius Joe: How about stepping towards the base your throwing to.
    Lester: You mean move my feet. I might fall down, the mound isn’t level.
    Genius Joe: You are not moving your feet, you have to step towards the base you are throwing to.
    Lester: I tried that once and threw the ball into right field and fell down. Maybe I should go on Dancing with the Stars so I can practice moving my feet.
    Genius Joe: We don’t have time for that, how about dancing with Mrs Ricketts, I hear her and her friend Donna love to dance.
    Lester: That would be fun, Donna can really bust a move.
    Genius Joe: Maybe Donna can teach you to throw?
    Lester: She throws better than her husband, I can tell you that.
    Genius Joe: Donna’s husband can throw to first base so pipe down and figure it out.
  • Lester seems to be a bi-polar pitcher. It is apparent by the second inning which Lester is throwing on a given day. When he is good, he is very very good, when he is bad he is 50 cent. Pull him if he gives up 2 runs in 3 innings. Good John, Jon, or Jhon is worth searching for.
  • Jhon Jhay is our best pitcher of that name. Maybe he should get a start.
  • The 9th inning of tonight’s game took 5 years off my lifespan.
  • Hopefully Lizzie wasn’t watching as I learned yesterday that she was on the 16th green of life already.
  • When Bryant hit the homer in the tenth, all 238 Brewer fans left, including the pompous cretin behind me who told his friend that Kris Bryant is an “ass-hat.” Hey look, a lot of guys are ass-hats. Some Cubs are ass-hats. Pedro Strop is a crooked ass-hat. Hell, I’m an ass-hat. But I really don’t think KB is. He works hard and practices hard and plays hurt and performs. Doesn’t run his mouth. So, when he jacked that rope out of there, I may or may not have had some parting words.
  • Ryan Braun. Now there’s an ass-hat. Booed loudly in every at bat. At home.
  • A great uppercut to the Brewers’ chin last night. Get ’em on the ropes and finish them off.
  • So, John Lackey was starting tonight. And I think the question on everyone’s mind was, is he more irascible, like Ernest Borgnine as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale from McHale’s Navy, or curmudgeonly, like Vic Tayback as Mel from the T.V. show Alice? Personally, I just kinda think he’s a dick.
  • Just when you think the magic number is 4, in sneak the cardinals like a bad smell.
  • You had me at curmudgeonly.
  • You had me at Adam Peters, General.
  • I didn’t even know he was in the service. Color me embarrassed. {{Salutes General Peters}}
  • The turning point in the game in my mind, was Jhon Jhay’s incredible, never-ending, beautiful everlasting gobstopper of an at bat in the top of the fifth.
  • Lackey is such a tool. Brewer announcers said before the game when they showed him in the dugout “There’s Lackey getting his anger on.” Everybody knows he’s a tool.
  • Well, give it to Wade Davis. When he blows up, he really blows up – he leaves little room for question.
  • Antonio Alfonseca or Carlos Marmol are STILL not the closers on this team. It’s gonna be OK.
  • Maybe someday I can buy a ‘just let me watch the goddamned game’ package
  • I see a declining Lester that struggles to throw strikes or to a base.
  • I topped the Lizzies a few years ago, and all I “won” was that Doc gave CAPS my phone number.
  • I guess we’re all winners this year since Brad posted his number again.
  • I never started holding my breath because the Cubs have not played up to their potential all year so I haven’t needed to stop and remember to breathe.
  • Who’s telling Lackey he doesn’t make the cut?
  • Sherm
  • So Cub fans, while you are watching your team in the post-season, remember one thing…going back to back is very difficult to do. Enjoy the fact that you now have, and rightfully so, elevated expectations. Enjoy the fact that you have a team on the north side that is built to compete year in and year out for the majority of the current decade. Enjoy the fact that the term “next year” holds so much more than it used too. Most of all, enjoy the fact that you are not a Cardinals fan, scraping the bottom of the baseball trough for bird food.
  • even when Lackey pitches.
  • My singing voice is disallowed in all countries signatory to the Geneva Conventions
  • My question for tonight. Can the Cubs come back from the early hole Lackey will put them in?

Lizard

  • No more playoff push. It’s playoff prep.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2017 In-Season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Sherm and (tied) Doc Raker and Doug S., our Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time around! Thank you all for everything you contribute here!

Top 10 of the 2017 Season

(one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. cap’n realist
4. Eddie von White
5. Doug S.
6. Michael Stevens
7. jswanson
8. Adam Peters
9. Seymour
10. Jerry in Wisconsin

Chit Chat

I’m writing this on Wednesday night while I’m watching the game, mildly curious whether I’ll be able to stay awake for the whole game in order to be able to say how it ended, when I realize this game is already in the sixth inning!  I will make it. But the Cubs are currently losing. I’ll update this as we move along:

  • End of the 6th, Cubs down 1-0.
  • Oh! Addison Russell three run home run in the top of the 7th! Cubs lead 3-1.
  • Heyward doubles in Baez for another run. Cubs lead 4-1.
  • LaStella drives in Heyward. Cubs lead 5-1.
  • Strop has an easy 7th!
  • Not quite as easy for Rondon in the 8th. Or Duensing. Or Edwards. But they got through it. Cubs still lead 5-1.
  • And it’s in the books. The Cubs are the NL Central champions! Extra sweet to do it in St. Louis!

Now, tell me your Playoff Game #1 lineup, including your choice of pitchers. I will keep track of all of the guesses and maybe even give a prize. It will either be Brad’s phone number or if you already have that, I’ll let you substitute.

  • Bryzzo1744

    Game 1 lineup:
    1. Jay CF
    2. Bryant 3B
    3. Rizzo 1B
    4. Contreras C
    5. Schwarber LF
    6. Heyward RF
    7. Russell SS
    8. Baez 2B
    9. Lester P

    • Adam Peters

      I think CAPS is probably right on here. I’d say there’s a possibility Zobrist starts in LF, but that’s the only difference I can see.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Maddon is too predictable.

  • Brad Lyerla

    If recent performances count most, your rotation in the divisional playoff is Hendricks, Quintana and Lackey. Oh my!

    Otherwise, I agree with CAPS.

    Plus, a five year old showed me how to stop my phone number from showing up on reply posts . . . if I can just remember what he said again . . . .

    • CAPS, can you remind Brad how to keep his number off his posts.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        With this group referring to someone as a five year old can lead to much confusion.

      • CAPS is 5, the rest of us are roughly 13.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I have seen some throw a two year old tantrum.

      • Sorry, but I come unglued when people claim Theriot had a better mullet than Fontenot.

      • Doug S.

        I don’t see his phone number. MLB has blacked it out.

  • Adam Peters

    Are we supposed to post what we think is the best lineup, or what we think Maddon will run out there?

    • Well you’re definitely welcome to post both since it would likely be vastly different for all of us, but the one I’ll be keeping track of is the one Maddon DOES use, not what he SHOULD use.

  • Doug S.

    My lineup
    1. Jay LF
    2. Bryant 3B
    3. Rizzo 1B
    4. Contreras C
    5. Russell 2B
    6. Heyward RF
    7. Baez SS
    8. Almora CF
    9. Jake

  • cap’n realist

    Russell-6
    Contreras-2
    Bryant-5
    Rizzo-3
    Zobrist-7
    Baez-4
    Almora-8
    Heyward-9
    Hendricks-1

    Not even close to what will happen, but it’s what SHOULD have been like this most of the year. Also, I’d have liked to have known I was facing a LHP or RHP.

    • Adam Peters

      RHP – Scherzer.

      • Doug S.

        Forgot to consider SP.

      • cap’n realist

        Zobrist-9
        Contreras-2
        Rizzo-3
        Bryant-5
        Schwarber-7
        Baez-4
        Heyward-8
        Russell-6
        Hendricks-1

        lefty/righty his ass and don’t let him get comfortable

  • Bryzzo1744

    Here’s another question for you: 3 man or 4 man rotation for the NLDS? The only pitcher who goes on short rest is the game 1 starter in game 4. The game 2 starter gets normal rest in game 5.

    • Doc Raker

      I don’t think there is any need for someone to go short rest when you have 4 viable starters that can all be game 1 starters. The biggest question mark is Arrieta’s hamstring. My fear is with Lackey’s quality performance last night, will they DL Arrieta and use Lackey as the 4th starter. I would rather let Arrieta rest until his playoff start. That is 10+ days of rest.

      I always thought Lackey would be good in the pen but with his MO of giving up early runs, which he did again last night and was very close to giving up a lot of runs early, he probably is not good for the pen. Maybe he can pitch 3 innings in the bullpen and then come in.

      • Bryzzo1744

        So no Arrietta for the NLDS but have him on the NLCS roster?

      • Michael S.

        …maybe?

        If you leave him off the roster for the NLDS, he’s probably good for the NLCS–if we get there. And if we don’t get there without Jake, the crapstorm that will ensue will be enormous.

        Keep him in, he hurts himself during the NLDS and you move him off the roster, he’s out until the World Series; else, you have to play shorthanded. He hurts himself in the NLCS after playing in the NLDS, we lose him in the World Series. (Again, if we get there). And the crapstorm that will ensue will be enormous.

        So, do you plan for games/series that may not happen, or do you throw everything at the team in front of you and hope for the best? Either way, there’s a crapstorm if things go south.

  • Doc Raker

    Forget Brad’s number, give out Donna’s number.

    1. Jay LF
    2. Bryant 3b
    3. Rizzo 1b
    4. Contreras C
    5. Baez 2b
    6. Heyward RF
    7. Russell SS
    8. Almora CF
    9. Quintana

    • Brad Lyerla

      Doc is a smart man.

    • Doug S.

      Doug, from under a rock here – who is Donna?

      • Michael S.

        If I’ve followed correctly, that’s Brad’s wife.

        Not to be confused with Brad’s wife that was fired from Cracker Barrel.

      • Doc Raker

        Vera’s friend

  • Sherm

    How about today’s lineup. Probably:

    1. Martin CF
    2. LaStella 3B
    3. Rivera C
    4. Happ 2B
    5. Avila 1B
    6. Freeman SS
    7. Caratini RF
    8. Davis (Taylor) LF
    9. Maples P

    • Doug S.

      Too predictable, Sherm. A little more radical please.

      • Sherm

        What they SHOULD do?

        Go full strength tonight and kick the shit out of the Cardinals AGAIN to make sure those guys don’t get into the playoffs…and then SIT everyone who matters against the Reds.

      • Doug S.

        Too radical, Sherm for manager!

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        What is radical about kicking the redbirds. Eliminate them as soon as possible, every time!

      • Bryzzo1744

        I feel the same way. This is like after years and years of being bullied, you finally beat up the bully, and you don’t want to stop.

      • cap’n realist

        I’m hoping they win out…I have a bet with a Mariner fan that the Cubs will win 25 more games than Seattle this season….they have 12 more right now. Need to get that number to 14 before Sunday, so when they win the series (11 more W’s)I win a huge Salmon Fedexed from Pike’s Market. Joe needs to know about this and manage accordingly. Rest is over-rated at this time of year. Timing and routine are everything. These guys got plenty of rest all summer, POUR IT ON AND GO INTO THE PLAYOFFS HOT! I love salmon.

      • Bryzzo1744

        What do you have to give him if you lose?

      • cap’n realist

        Lou Malnatis pizzas

    • Michael S.

      The only way you could make that outfield worse is to put Schwarber in there.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Have Schwarber catch and Rivera play LF. Then half your lineup is catchers

      • Michael S.

        And just like that, it’s even worse than Schwarber in LF.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Are there any more catchers on the DFA list? Maddon could just go crazy if we found a few more!

      • Michael S.

        Can they resign Henry Blanco to a player’s contract for 4 days?

      • Doc Raker

        Hank White is in the bullpen waiting

      • Sherm

        He’s coaching third

    • I call Caratini “Big Carrot”

    • Michael S.

      …Not too bad, 7 of 8 position players right. Positions are all over the place though, but still 4* catchers out there.

      *If Schwarber still counts as a catcher these days. Aside from catching crap from the VFTB comments.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        And once again Hendricks gets the scrub lineup playing behind him!

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Do you think Maadon drank enough to forget to pull Hendricks out in the 6th tonight? Maybe Kyle can pitch a complete game.

    • Kyle

      Wouldn’t it be better to have a shorter outing to get as much rest as possible now that the division is locked up? Maybe 4 innings or so?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        If Hendricks is allowed to throw a complete game, then maybe Maddon would leave him in the game longer than 6 innings on occasion.

  • Adam Peters

    Can anyone explain to me why Rivera was catching yesterday?

    He is one of very few Major Leaguers (can anyone name another?) who couldn’t score from first on LaStella’s double last night. It ended up not mattering, but honestly, why was he in there. Surely he’s not going to be on the playoff roster, so it’s not like the team needed to keep him fresh.

    • Eddie Von White

      The i-pad probably said willson needed a rest.

      • Dork

        Seriously why not rest Russell, Willy, Baez, Bryant, Zobrist, Arrieta, Rondon, and anyone else who has recently been banged up until you need them. I don’t know if you have heard me say it before but I just don’t get the Maddon hate.

      • Adam Peters

        Because they hadn’t yet clinched the division for one.

      • I have no problem with resting NOW, but until today they had not clinched so the concept of “scheduled days off” that Len and JD continually referred to (including Contreras yesterday) seemed ridiculous to me. True the magic number was only 1 but stranger things have happened.

      • Dork

        It depends on you confidence level, or level of panic. I don’t think there was too much panic in the clubhouse with a magic number of 1. Stranger things have happened when the cubs were not very good, that is not the case anymore. Plus it all worked out just fine, enjoy the moment, and just breathe.

      • Doc Raker

        I don’t think there is any hate. I think some question the wisdom of the iPad line ups at times, that isn’t hate.

    • cap’n realist

      to be fair, he didn’t score because Heyward made a bad read on the ball off the bat…but he’s a D-cell for sure.

  • 7 Jhay
    2 Contreras
    5 Bryant
    3 Riz
    8 Almora
    6 Russell
    4 Baez
    9 Heyward
    1 Hendricks

  • Bryzzo1744

    The Cardinals are still whiny punks. Pham said his HBP was intentional:
    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/256411564/tommy-pham-says-cubs-hit-him-on-purpose/?game_pk=492461

    How stupid is he? We’re in a playoff chase. We’re not going to give them a free runner. Even *atheny disagreed with him.

    • Brad Lyerla

      Pham’s been watching Maddon. Knows he is unconventional. Therefore, the fact that it is entirely absurd makes it more likely that it was intentional.

      That’s VFTB logic!

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        It sounds more like the logic CAPS used to become a packer fan.

      • Brad Lyerla

        Yeah. What’s that all about?

    • Doc Raker

      Funny because when Rizzo got plunked in inning 1 with 2 outs and no one on both broadcasters in the Cardinals booth thought it was intentional. “That looked intentional” “Yep, I agree”- right out of the Cardinal booth

  • Dork

    I guess I used to be funnier, in fact I often find myself having a different view from the bleachers than most others here.

    For the lineup: The infield seems easy Willy, Bryant, Russell, Baez, Rizzo. The outfield… Heyward, and beyond that I am not sure. I think Zobrist finds a spot somewhere. I think against the right handed pitcher that you will see Schwarbs. Order doesn’t matter, I’d go with Joe’s Ipad, it’s worked well up until this point..

    The more interesting discussion is around starting pitching. I think you see a rotation of 4. I think I would go with Hendricks and then Quintana in game 1 and 2 in either order. I don’t trust Lester but I think he will get a start being the second lefty (game 3 or 4 depending on where Quintana pitches). I think the final spot I give to Lackey, I think he has earned it with his 2nd half ERA of 3.68, though his FIP and xFIP don’t support the ERA. I think you use Arrieta in either of the Lester/Lackey starts that don’t go well. You could switch Arrieta and Lackey and hold Lackey to halt a poor performance.

    • Doc Raker

      Not one funny thing in there. C’mon Dork, we expect more out of you.

    • cap’n realist

      here’s the thing…Joe’s ipad HASN’T worked, you dork. This team should have won, at a minimum, 20 more games than it did. They should be looking at home field through the pennant. It’s great that they’re in and all, and if they in the series, Joe looks like a genius in the eyes of people that don’t know, but the truth is that the ipad has not put together quality lineups day in and day out.

  • Doc Raker

    For all the bitching we have done about Genius Joe’s iPad and the Cubs Lackeysidaysical play the first half you do have to say this: The Cubs are playing there best ball right now and have a lot of energy. No one looks tired. They look ready. Are they better than the Nats and/or whoever else they may or may not play I don’t know. But they look ready so for that Genius Joe’s iPad paid off. The Cubs are having fun again.

    • Sherm

      I’ve always liked this Maddon fellow

    • Eddie Von White

      You have been making up for everyone’s lack of humor lately. You pull some good ones out of your hat.

  • Eddie Von White

    Well, that was a nice ending.

    • Missed it getting the kids down.. just watched the tape.. shame on anyone still on team dipshits.. go Cubs

  • Doc Raker

    The wicked witch of the NL Central is dead

    The Cubs hung over B team beat the Cardinals

    MIke Shannon- radio broadcaster for St Lou- kept taking shots of Jack to get him through the Cardinal demise.

    At one point Shannon muttered, “These aren’t your Pujols, Edmonds, Rolen Cardinals, hell these aren’t even the Louisville Cardinals”

    Len Kasper “Taylor Davis with the RBI go ahead hit. Doesn’t he play in the musical ensemble Murph and the Magic Tones? I thought I saw him on saxophone last night.”

    Seymour- “This game is boring, no Trey McNutt, no Pierce Johnson. I am going to go play with my alfafa.”

    Dexter Fowler- “I knew I could book that October trip to Acapulco. Got a great deal on it back when I booked it in June.”

    Genius Joe’s iPad: “Sherm? Never heard of him”

    • cap’n realist

      Len just retweeted me pointing out that he’d rather talk John Legend concert than baseball. If only he’d seen caps’ sign in San Diego.

      • Doc Raker

        What was the tweet? What a tool, like hey everybody- this guy doesn’t like me but I am still going to talk about John Legend

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    My order based on MADdon’s tendencies.

    Jay – 8
    Bryant – 5
    Rizzo – 3
    Contreras – 2
    Russell – 6
    Schwarber – 7
    Heyward – 9
    Baez – 4
    Lester – 9

    I am looking forward to getting that phone number.