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Four in a row

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Another Cubs feel-good day, Jake Fox led the way with three RBIs and Randy Wells got his well-deserved first win. We saved our pen which is great because the Cubs have a bunch of games in a row now, having forsaken their offday tomorrow for a makeup game against the Braves. BTW did any of y’all get to see the Red Sox vs. Bravos? I was concerned that the umpire might have thrown his shoulder out tossing players, it looked to me like he cashiered Chipper Jones, Bobby Cox and a Braves pitcher.

I really liked the inning that former Cub Todd Hollandsworth spent in the booth, I had a somewhat negative impression of this guy after being a Dusty favorite in his last year with the Cubs. His kids were priceless; the one closest to Brenly seemed totally focused on the game, oblivious to the fact that he was on nationwide TV. Watch for this kid in about eight years, he might be a ballplayer!

Tomorrow the Cubs go to Atlanta and it appears that the Cubs will put up their subs. Soriano and Theriot will get days off and it’s likely we’ll see some other moves as well (Hoff might be in right as the Braves’ pitcher Vasquez is rightnanded.) Johnson’s back is a concern which makes me wonder if he’ll see some DL time as the Cubs (wisely) are now DL’ing players instead of letting them occupy valuable bench space.

Wells’ performances really make me wonder whether or not Harden will be back next year.

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  • cubbiedude

    Andres Blanco has been looking very smooth. And smooth is fast.

  • And apparently Jake Fox can play enough 3B to get by in the short term. Still rankles that he was not playing there at Iowa since April as we have no other backup at the position. Is that Bobby Dickerson’s fault? If so, he should be looking for a new job.

  • MJ

    And apparently Jake Fox can play enough 3B to get by in the short term.

    He hasn’t had many chances. And the ones he has had were not bad hops, etc. That being said, Brenly said he’s been working overtime at 3B since he was called up. Not sure who in the organization should get smacked for not getting him the work in earlier.

    Hollandsworth plays in the CNMSBL on occasion for the 35 Panthers, along with Dave Kaplan, and Tom Waddle (also very occasional). He’s supposed to be a decent guy. I’ll take him over diahrea of the mouth Plesac. That guy loved the sound of his voice.

  • Seymour Butts

    In case you haven’t noticed, my thought process is a little different than most.

    DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY CUBS FOR THE ALLSTAR GAME.

    Why? For one, only Ted Lilly deserves it so far, and voting is supposed to be on what you have done this year, so far. But secondly, I think our players would benefit from a few days off more than another plane trip/hotel stay.
    Let Ted be the lone Cub representative, and the rest of the boys rest and focus on what they are earning a paycheck to do.

  • mastrick (at work)

    I agree with ya Seymour, although Theriot might deserve a reserve role. I definitely didn’t vote for Soriano or Fukudome.

  • sherm

    Theriot doesn’t deserve a reserve role…but not for the reason you might think. While he’s been pretty good, there are three or four shortstops in the NL that have been significantly better. Miguel Tejada, Hanley Ramirez, Yunel Escobar and Cristian Guzman are all having better years and fifth best won’t get you a spot on the all star team…or at least it shouldn’t.

    I’m with Seymour — it should be Lilly as the lone representative this year.

  • Doc Raker

    I am with Mr Butts, no position player has earned a vote. I can’t believe Muscrat is still pimping votes for Soriano on the Cubs web site, you have to be an 8 year old to vote for any Cub at this point.

    Jake Fox looks good at 3b to me, he should have been there all along. The ball jumps off his bat, he has some serious pop in his bat. Keep him in the line up, and Hoffa. Rest Soriano and Meltdown.

  • MJ

    Rest Soriano and Meltdown.

    You must be joking. Bradley’s hitting close to .350 over the past three weeks.

    Sometimes I wonder if some of you actually watch the games, or if you stopped weeks ago, and still go off your perceptions from May.

  • sherm

    Bradley is indeed hitting better, but having watched a few games I really think the guy is a moron. I’m sorry, but losing track of outs, getting thrown out at third on a truly horrible baserunning decision, etc…makes me believe he’s a baseball moron. He might be a bright guy off the field; not so on.

    Plus — one thing I haven’t seen from Bradley so far. Anything clutch. He may be a good hitter. Perhaps not a clutch hitter. I’m sure that there’s gonna be a stat throw my way to refute that (batting average on balls in play with runners in scoring position after the seventh inning of games that are within two runs at the time? BABIPRSPASIGWTT?) Not everyone is at their best with the pressure on. Maybe that’s another reason that Milkit has the world’s largest uniform collection.

    HBTM,

    Sherm

  • cap’n obvious

    for those that do not know, and even for those that do not care, today is Sherm’s Birthday. He’s turning 58. Or was he born in ’58? Hence the HBTM. What a hot dog.

    As a present to him, I will agree with his stance that although Bradley has been hitting, it hasn’t really been making a huge difference in the Cubs offensive output. Anemic again last night, and 3 come from behinders v. the woeful Indians. That is a bad team. Apparently, the Indians games were well attended by commenters from this blog, as Derosa seemed to get a standing O every time he scratched his balls. I am OK with acknowleging him in his first at bat, but to go nuts when he comes up late in a game with the game on the line seemed a little stupid to me. I mean, he does play for the other team. Did everyone want him to homer off Heilman just so we could be proved right? Not me. I hope he hits .750 for the rest of the season, but I am glad Heilman struck him out. BTW, if Heilman can strike him out with the game on the line, maybe he isn’t THAT good…just sayin’…

  • sherm

    My birthday is of no bearing to this date. On this day in Cub history we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the “Sandberg Game.”

    58? No. I’ve been 50 for less than 11 hours. So far, so good, but I am achy in spots. And…forgot what I was going to say. Oh, yeah, no wait, forgot again. Damn. Something about memory, I think.

  • Sometimes I wonder if some of you actually watch the games, or if you stopped weeks ago, and still go off your perceptions from May.

    I have not seen as many games recently as I would have liked, I have been busy mananaging a little league team into the district championship. It’s not from my perceptions from May, it has been my perception for many years now that I don’t like him as a baseball player and as a person also. I never wanted him signed, because of all his past negative behavior my perception was formed. I think he is a detriment to the team even if he hits .300 because he does so many other stupid things. Any playing time he gets is playing time a young worthy prospect like Fox or Hoffa doesn’t get and I would rather see what they have then what Meltdown has since I already have seen his act.

    Meltdown may hit .400 but he will still be poor baseball player and a head case.

    Here is my question for the near future, did our bats break out or did we run into a pretty poor Cleveland bullpen?

  • sherm

    I think our fantasy camp team could light up the Cleveland bullpen. Just sayin’

  • MJ

    Allow me to pretend to be Dave 😆

    I’m sorry, but losing track of outs, getting thrown out at third on a truly horrible baserunning decision, etc…makes me believe he’s a baseball moron.

    No excuse for those mistakes. However that was one game. We all have games where our heads are somewhere else. At least, I know I have.

    As a present to him, I will agree with his stance that although Bradley has been hitting, it hasn’t really been making a huge difference in the Cubs offensive output.

    He had timely hitting in the Cleveland series, which started or were a part of a couple of the rallies. Not saying that doing it against Cleveland is all that impressive, but you ahve to start somewhere, right?

    I have not seen as many games recently as I would have liked, I have been busy mananaging a little league team into the district championship. It’s not from my perceptions from May, it has been my perception for many years now that I don’t like him as a baseball player and as a person also.

    First congrats! As an ump for our local Little League, I applaud anyone that puts time into such endeavors. It’s quite a chore! Second, Bradley has always shown he can hit. It was why Hendry brought him here. He’s hitting now, and still no one is happy…..I guess it’s the mantra for this season. 2 1/2 games out, and no one is happy.

    I think our fantasy camp team could light up the Cleveland bullpen. Just sayin’

    I know some Men’s Senior League teams that could do the same. Heck, there’s probably a softball team or two, as well.

    And Happy Birthday!

  • Seymour Butts

    58? No. I’ve been 50 for less than 11 hours.

    You have bumps on your prostate older than 50.

  • Where is Dave? Doing birthday shots with Sherm?

  • WTF?

    Anything clutch. He may be a good hitter. Perhaps not a clutch hitter.

    This is absurd.

    Here are Milton Bradley’s “clutch” stats (i.e. with RISP):

    .242/.405/.515 OPS: .920

    He has been one of the Cubs most productive players with runners in scoring position.

    In “high leverage” situations, he has put up a line of:.324/.395/.471 OPS: .865, which has also been very productive.

  • In “high leverage” situations, he has put up a line of:.324/.395/.471 OPS: .865, which has also been very productive.

    Sample Size Alert!!!

  • Sample Size Alert!!!

    Sure… but I never said that because he HAS been good in the clutch, that he IS good in these situations, and will continue to be good in these situations.

    Sherm said that he hasn’t. And I pointed out that this simply isn’t true.

    “Sample size alerts” are relevant if someone is trying to take a player’s performance in a small sample size and infer that the player will always perform that way.

    For example, many on here wanted to cut/bench/trade Derrek Lee based off of a bad month, saying that he was done because he had a bad 100 at-bats.

    What would be better would be to say that Derrek Lee was really bad for the first month, but that probably isn’t indicative of future success.

  • cubbiedude

    Am I the only one who thinks Randy Wells deserves a trip to the All-Star game?