Archive for May, 2009

Cubs June Confidence Survey

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

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Last month I ran a quick survey to guage people’s confidence in the various members of the team to see where we stand. It’s that time again. We’ll run this survey over the course of the week and announce the results on Friday.

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Two Down, Four to Go

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I’m looking at my 2009 Cubs Baseball Schedule. There are 6 full months of baseball in the season, and two of them are gone. Two down, four to go. Excluding October, of course.

So how are things going, 1/3 of the way through the calendar season?

The Cubbies are two games above .500 (25 and 23), with a .521 winning percentage.

Overall, the starting pitching is looking good. When Carlos is not taking a baseball bat to the Gatorade cooler, that is. Randy Wells is a welcome addition to the rotation. Rich Harden’s back may get better. I’d love to see Jake Peavy in a Cubs uniform, but I can live without it.

The Cubs sluggers are batting above .200. Milton Bradley’s three hits yesterday raised his batting average to .223 (although it was under .200 as recently as Tuesday). Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano are both hitting .246 at the moment. I feel like all three guys are about to go on a hitting tear in June which will be fun to watch. And if not, there’s always next year.

The relief pitching corps is shaping up. We know who we can count on, and we know who we cannot count on.

The minor league guys are providing some excitement and have been carrying the team at times.

Lou is in a relaxed mode this year. He got his left handed and/or switch hitting influenced lineup, and now he’s cruising along.

Where will this all end? I have good news. The Cubbies will play in October this year! They have one scheduled game with the Pirates and three with Arizona through the 4th of October. So we’ve got that going for us.

Enjoy the rest of the season.

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Hey Chicago waddaya say

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The Cubs are gonna win today! Today’s game was the normal Cubs roller-coaster. Real frustration through the first two-thirds, particularly the sixth. How in the world did we put a guy on third with nobody out and not get him in?

My big frustration with the 2009 Cubs is that we don’t do too well if we don’t: 1. Have a lead in the 9th or 2. Score at least 4 runs.

So there we went into the 7th inning with a big old goose egg on the scoreboard. Things were not looking good at all. Fortunately things took a right turn in the seventh; the Cubs won and we got to sing the song.

That notwithstanding I have a question for some of the more learned readers of this site. In the 8th inning there was an interesting interference call at the plate – the ball struck Pierre in the left knee and it was called a strike. Pierre squared up to bunt and his left leg was clearly out of the box and in the strikezone. I felt it was a bad call – my understanding of the interference call on a pitch in play is similar to what Wikipedia has posted under “catcher interference:”

The most common incidence of interference is when a member of the offensive team physically hinders the defensive team, decreasing their chances to make an out or increasing the chance that a baserunner will advance. Whenever this offensive interference occurs, the ball becomes dead. If the interference was committed by a batter or a baserunner, that player is called out and all other runners must return to the bases they occupied at the time of the interference.

Pierre was given a strike after being hit and he was thrown out at first afterwards on a questionable call (of course there is no such thing as a make-up call.) But is my understanding of this call correct pursuant to the rulebook? I’m hoping somebody such as Dave or MJ can check this out and clarify it for me as well as other readers.

I also want to tip my hat to the Dodgers on their aggressive baseball style and pitching. Billingsley was a bad boy and the Dodgers remind me of the 2003 Cubs. It’s gonna be a real fight against LA and they are the best team in the NL right now.

Hopefully we can take take 3 out of 4 against these guys – tomorrow we face Randy Stutz and his 4-1 record. Three out of four since the losing streak isn’t bad, we just have to keep the streak going.

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GirlieView (05/29/2009)

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Interesting week. I’m not feeling very good yet about how things are going, but I’m not feeling as bad as earlier in the week (long about losses 7 and 8). Let’s clock in at fair to midland and call it a week.




W/L – Score



@ San Diego

L (4-0)

I liked this Zambrano vs. Peavy matchup. Guess who won? Yep, Peavy. No offense yet again, too many strikeouts to count, lots of stranded runners. Ugh.


@ San Diego

L (3-1)

Randy Wells pitched yet another strong game. Needs to take his buddies out to dinner or something, maybe
buy some hits! Pitiful offense.


@ San Diego

L (7-2)

Ted Lilly takes the 7th-in-a-row loss. No offense.



L (10-8)

Finally, some hitting! Sadly Pittsburgh did too. Nice Memorial Day hats though! Loss for Cotts and although he’s a cutie I hope it’s the last I see of him for at least a little while.



W (6-1)

Marshall pitched well and had a hit with an RBI in a six-inning game (rain). My Cub-loving nephew-in-law-twice-removed (or something like that) suggested maybe all Cubs games should be six innings long, like Little League. At least it would solve the bullpen problem!



W (5-2)

Well, what to say. Zambrano threw a tantrum, Marmol got himself a win (thanks to Reed), Gregg scared me again, but it’s a win and we’ll take it!


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L (2-1)

Joe said it all … “Randy Wells Gets the Shaft …. Again

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(Did you notice that GirlieView is still evolving? Every week I seem to try something new. I’ll find something I’m happy with eventually, and hopefully y’all will like it too. Or, maybe I’ll have a different feature every week!) Anyway, for now, each week I’ll nominate “Best Week” and “Worst Week” (meaning who had the best week and who had the worst week) and you can tell me whether you agree or disagree, and why, and if you disagree who would you pick?

Best Week:

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Hmmmm … let’s see … Reed? Marshall? Hoffpauir? Fukudome? Guzman? By the way I’m not picking these based on stats. Just gut. You can choose and defend yours however you like. I’m just deciding who gives me the warm ‘n’ fuzzies when I see them come up to the plate or makes me happy when they are pitching. My instincts might not stand up to the statistics but sometimes they’re worth something. Or at least I like to think so! I’m going with Reed. He seemed to make the most of his opportunities and I like that.

Worst Week: Hands down the Gatorade cooler had the worst week of anyone. He’s counting the minutes til the team goes on the road again.

I’m happy to entertain other nominees in either category. What are your thoughts?

Speaking of the Gatorade cooler, earlier in the season I wondered about Carlos Zambrano’s temper and tried to decide which comes first, the meltdown or the stink. Does a bad inning cause him to go bonkers, or does the emotional part come first and then his pitching come unglued afterwards. I still have the same question. Does anyone have an opinion? It was a close call at home, but everyone wins some close calls and everyone loses some and most folks don’t swing bats around the dugout when it doesn’t go their way. On first look it would seem the bad call caused the tantrum. Or, was he (first) disgusted with himself for making the pitch which caused the play which resulted in the bad call which (then) caused the tantrum? Or maybe he’s just a spoiled punk. (I’m still a fan when he’s good though! And I’m glad he’s not disputing the suspension … he apologized and is moving on. Best choice IMO.)

That’ll do it for now unless something groundbreaking happens in Thursday night’s game (it’s Thursday afternoon as I write this!)

Well, now it’s Friday, and nothing groundbreaking happened last night. Nothing that I want to talk about, anyway. Here on VFTB it seems a Dodger fan has too much time on his hands. Props to Kris for the Best Week Thought … that it takes a troll to unite the troops here. I try to remember that we all want the same thing, even if we say so differently. That’s what makes it great. Even when we piss each other off. xxoo

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Randy Wells Gets the Shaft….Again

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

I decided to do something a little different tonight and score the fight like a boxing match by inning. In case you don’t know how that works, here is a decent explaination.

1st Inning: 10-8 Dodgers

  • Juan Pierre stole 2nd and scored on a bunt by Furcal. The problem I noticed was that Randy Wells has no slide step at all. He’s going to need to try to develop something or runners are going to steal all over the place on him. He was able to get out of the inning with just the one run allowed by pitching out of a 1st and 3rd jam with just one out.
  • Between the top and bottom of the inning, MLB Network ran two 2k9 commercials. The first had the game tonight played with the video game. Cubs win 3-2 thanks to a winning single by Milton Bradley. It’s a dumb concept in the sense that it shows nothing in terms of prediction accuracy, but it’s kind of fun to see Fontenot at SS, which is what happened in the commercial.
  • Leadoff single by Soriano is wasted thanks to a double play by Theriot with Milton striking out to end the inning.

2nd Inning: 10-10 Push

  • Randy Wolf had a terrible at bat trying to get a sacrifice down. He tried swinging for strike one and then missed the bunt on an outside pitch for strike two. He closed the at bad with a K on a fouled bunt attempt.
  • Matt Kemp gets a steal of 2B even with the pitchout in play. That shouldn’t be happening. It didn’t hurt us, but if you’re allowing guys to move around the bases for free, it’s going to bite you.
  • Another leadoff base runner, this time thanks to a nice at bat by Lee that resulted in a double to the opposite field, goes wasted as Reed Johnson can’t advance the runner and then both Geo and Fontenot go down swinging.

3rd Inning: 10-8 Dodgers

  • Bob Costas mentions that the Dodgers are doing things the right way tonight. With a bunch of singles, walks and steals, they’re doing the little things and have put a couple of runs on the board as a result. Heads up base running to take 2nd by Loney after his single.
  • Cubs down 1-2-3 and Randy Wolf is in the zone through the order the first time.

4th Inning: 10-10 Push

  • Wells gives up a leadoff single to Martin but makes a great pitch with an inside fastball to induce a 6-4-3 double play and inevitably, Costas brings up Tinker to Evers to Chance. You knew he was going to do it. It was just a matter of when.
  • Milton gets a walk, but we can’t do anything with it. Good at bat, despite the groundout by Theriot. He started off 0-2, but worked the count to 3-2 before hitting the ball 2nd.

5th Inning: 10-9 Dodgers

  • Great diving stab by Blanco to try to keep Pierre from an IF single, but JP is just too fast and beats the throw for a leadoff single.
  • With Pierre running on the play, Furcal lines to Reed Johnson and we get a non-traditional double play to push the Dodgers back after a good start to the inning. Running on the pitch, there really wasn’t anything JP could do on that play and the best move was to keep running and hope it drops.
  • Leadoff single goes to waste as Randy Wolf overpowers with three straight K’s to get out of the inning.

6th Inning: 10-9 Dodgers

  • Randy Wells has been pretty solid through six innings of work and really deserves some run support.
  • Another double play, this one off the bat of Milton Bradley and I’m getting frustrated. Thankfully I just saw the Tim Lincecum commercial where he’s mentoring his video game clone. That always amuses me, even the 9th time around this game.

7th Inning: 10-9 Cubs

  • Another quick inning for Wells and he’s probably done for the night. At this point, we’ve not won a single inning of this game. Just like in boxing, its time to go for the knockout late and try to pull this out.
  • Three Doors Down has a song that serves as the backdrop for the Geico caveman commercial. Is that a wise move? For me, that ruins a song for me because I think of the product when I hear it.
  • Another long drive to the opposite field for Lee turns into another long loud out. Another freaking double play ends the chance in the 7th.

8th Inning: Behind the Wall hd 10-8 Cubs

  • Prior to the start of the inning, Hampton Inn had a commercial in which a patron of a hotel went to the front desk to voice his concern that there were no towels in the room. The guy at the desk stops him, reaches down and pulls up a violin and then asks the patron to continue, while he plays for him. It has to be one of the funnier commercials I’ve seen in awhile.
  • Good stab at 3B by Fontenot keeps Orlando Hudson off the base paths.
  • Great inning for Aaron Heilman has Sherm smiling with pride.
  • B-Skillz pinch hits and works back from a 0-2 count to hit a 3-2 pitch into the left centerfield bleachers. Welcome Back Bobby!!! That HR knocks Wolf out of the ballgame, thank God.
  • Jake Fox and Kosuke Fukudome both come in as pinch hitters (three in a row) and get on base to give Soriano a shot to drive home some runs. He blows his chance and Theriot grounds into yet another freaking double play

9th Inning: 10-9 Cubs

  • Jose Ascanio on to try to hold the Dodgers at bay and give the 3-4-5 part of our lineup a chance.
  • Ascanio gets pulled after 0.1 IP and leaves 2 men on for Angel Guzman who was great. Awesome job by Angel and props to Fox for making a nice snag at 3rd to get the force at 2nd.
  • Wow, what a bunt by Bradley to get on base to start the 9th. If he didn’t fool the Dodgers, he sure caught me by surprise.
  • Clutch single by Lee and the Cubs are in business. Now we just need to stay out of the double play.
  • Johnson gets the runners advanced with 1 out and I wonder aloud if it wouldn’t be a better move to pinch hit with Koyie Hill for Soto. Then again, it looks like they’re walking Soto, so that would have been a bad call. Had they not walked him, would it have been better to give Hill a shot, considering Fox would be able to fill in behind the plate on an emergency basis if needed? It’s probably not the best move, considering the bench is thin, but I can wonder.
  • B-Skillz and Jake Fox strike out with bases loaded and the Dodgers hold on. GRRRRRR

Final Decision: Dodgers 86 / Cubs 84

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