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July 2009



GirlieView (07/31/2009)

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Quick Weekly Wrapup

  • Friday, 07/24: vs. Cincinnati, W (8-5)
  • Saturday 07/25: vs. Cincinnati, W (5-3)
  • Sunday 07/26: vs. Cincinnati, W (5-2)
  • Monday 07/27: vs Houston, W (5-1)
  • Tuesday 07/28: vs Houston, L (11-6)
  • Wednesday 07/29: vs Houston, W (12-0)
  • Thursday 07/30: vs Houston, W (12-3)

Fun week to watch Cubs baseball! I’m trying not to get over confident yet, but I’m definitely more optimistic than in weeks past.

Count-the-Mullets Results

Only 6. Disappointing turnout this year.

Question of the Week

This week I actually have four questions for your consideration:

  1. This has been talked about a little bit already but let’s hear your thoughts. Who do you want in the rotation now that Hart’s gone? Marshall? Samardzija? Someone else entirely? Let’s look at it two ways. Who do you want in the rotation? vs. Who will Lou use in the rotation? They are not necessarily the same. Rarely if you’re me.
  2. It seems when Soriano hits the whole team hits. When Soriano sucks the whole team sucks. Why is that? Is it even true, or is it just a perception? I remember thinking it last year too.
  3. What was so bad about Hart? It’s a serious question, not sarcastic. I’m really trying to learn. He looked fine, not great but fine, yet even when he was doing ok you didn’t hear a good word about him. Even from Len and Bob. Everyone seemed almost cynical about it … kind of like “well, he’s holding his own but heaven knows how he’s pulling it off” rather than “wow the kid’s holding his own!” Just a little Lizzie education with this question.
  4. Did you hear about the naked bat girl at the Marlins game last week? Me neither, just seeing if anyone’s paying any attention on a Friday afternoon. 🙂

Weekly VFTB Highlights

  • I cant quit you man!!! (here)
  • We’re in first place!!!!!! (here)
  • Thank God for offense. (here)
  • Soriano should never hit leadoff again. (here)
  • I think you should have said.. “I’ll try not to Wee in the pool” (here)
  • Admit it. If I would have said that Kevin Gregg would have better numbers than Carlos Marmol at this point in the year, would you have believed me? (here)
  • [Bradley] seems to love to draw the walks and since he seems to have an allergy to driving in runs, why not hit him 2nd? (here)
  • you go with a professional hitter in that situation, not a pitcher who swings like Paul Bunyan (here)
  • A guy like Fontenot must be able to bunt. He is a medicore utility infielder. You have to know how to bunt. (here)
  • Lou didn’t pinch hit for Demp in the 4th because we just played a 14 inning game the day prior, taxing our bullpen, the top 1% of wage earners and your employer-paid health benefits. (here)
  • Maybe Jim Edmonds is available? (here)
  • I could have been a wideout for chrissakes. (here)
  • Bob, rather than replying sympathetically like a former catcher may, simply said that under normal circumstances calling balls and strikes is a tall order for Bucknor. (here)
  • Milwaukee – Still drunk, stupid and trying to keep from free falling. (here)
  • I think the next six games will tell the tale of if the ship has been righted. (here)

You’re right, Matt, this week will show us. Should be some exciting baseball! Enjoy it!

  • Seymour Butts

    I think Marshal is proven and deserves it, but the wide-out needs to get a shot as he’s being paid like a starter. Let him do it somewhere. Marmol was tried for a while before finding a niche.
    When Alf was sucking and batting where nobody thought he should, and doing so poorly, there was more pressure on everyone else to pick it up. Pressure they handled mostly poorly. Now it appears they are just having fun. Of course, winning big IS fun.
    I also did not have a problem with Hart. It’s not like you felt awful about our chances when he pitched, and much like a David Carradine slip knot, he sufficed most of the time.

  • Marshall, he looks better and better. When I see him strike someone out with a face high fastball after a couple of big hooks I know he is learning from Lilly. Lilly is so good at changing the eye level on hitters and mixing his pitches up and Marshall has become and excellent student in that regard.

    Hitting is contagious and having a leadoff hitter slumping makes it more difficult on the rest of the line up. Even when Soriano hits a bomb to lead off a game the pitcher is still in his wind up for the next hitters, the old saying a home run is a rally killer. When baserunners get on that have some speed the pitcher is in the stretch worrying about the baserunner and more likely to make a mistake to the 2-3 or 4 guy. Big difference over the course of a season in run production when the 1-2 guys get on base and make the pitcher work, one could argue it is better than a leadoff HR. And Dave probably will.

    I liked Hart, but without a 97mph 4 seamer old school baseball people don’t get excited. It’s all those guys that understand WHIP and that fancy stat stuff that understand a pitchers worth with just a 91mph heater.

    Is the naked ball girl hot? Don’t tell me it’s Dutchy.

  • People are cynical about Kevin Hart because…he isn’t very good.

    They (including me) are probably still wary of the Kevin Hart of 2008, who was called up and got pounded to a tune of 6.51 ERA, 2.05 WHIP and high walk rate in 27.2 innings.

    That said, he hasn’t been that great this year. Yes, his ERA is a sparkling 2.60, but his other statistics show he’s been lucky: a 1.48 WHIP, higher than all of the starters and lower than only the Heilman and Pattons of the world.

    Worse, he has 18 walks (versus 13 strikeouts) in 27 innings. You just cannot be easy with a guy that walks 15% of batters. Especially a guy who doesn’t throw that hard- pitchers that don’t throw as hard need to have pinpoint control.

    And, he has a BABIP (batting average on balls put in play) of .256, which means the defense is bailing him out.

    This year is obviously a tiny sample size, but it looks as if he’s been lucky. Given his skill set- unless some major development occurs- he’s a back end guy at BEST.

    Also, he’s right handed and we all know that Lou/Hendry hates those guys.

  • MJ

    News Flash to Jake Fox. When the guy in front of you gets walked. And walked on four pitches no where near the zone…DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT swing at the first pitch.

    Baseball 101, you ass clown.

  • Mastrick

    Cubs like Marshall out of the pen – Gorzelanny will get Hart’s start. We did okay tonight except for the fact that the offense was stagnant and Marmol blew it. Marshall didn’t do much when he relieved either. Tomorrow it’s time to get serious.

  • Doc Raker

    1st ball swinging after a 4 pitch walk, that is the rookie in Fox. Keep him in the line up, he can hit.

  • lizzie

    Ahhhhh. Gorzelanny will start. Never thought of that option! Thanks to all who replied. I understand the Hart lack-of-enthusiasm now as well as Soriano’s effect on the whole offense. (P.S. Doc — that’s the beauty of an imaginary naked gal, she’s as hot as you want her to be.)