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A Series Win is a Series Win

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With Rammy coming back on Monday, and an important stretch of games leading into the all star break, it’s a good start to get the series win, even if it comes against the Pirates. You’ve got to start somewhere, and losing the series to them certainly is not what you need to be doing. Four games against the Brewers coming up and I want 3 of them. Is that too much to ask?

    The Eye hd
  • We saw Sam Fuld leading off and Ryan Theriot hitting second. Compare that with the Soriano, Fukudome mess we saw the night before and I have to say I was much more pleased to see this lineup. I’m tired of Lou putting Sori in that top of the order spot with him struggling the way he is. If I’m in charge I sit down with Soriano, calmly, and explain to him that if he wants to hit at the top of the order he needs to earn it back. He needs to hit in the 6th or even 7th spot until he can show he’s done slumping and ready to be a productive member of the lineup again. I’d even be willing to make a statement and sit Soriano again tonight in favor of Fuld who played well. He made a nice catch in the OF, a great throw to nail a runner at the plate, and was just what the doctor ordered at the top of the plate with hitting and patience. I don’t think Reach for the Sky trailer he’s the saviour at the leadoff spot, but if he produces, give him another game to do it again. He does seem a little twitchy in the box, which made me laugh.
  • Milton Bradley was in the lineup tonight, though I thought he was supposed to be sitting for both of the remaining games in the series to work with Von. He looked OK at the plate. I did notice something when he’s hitting lefty, and this could be the result of him slumping from the side, but he looks to be relieved when he can draw a walk. He flips the bat so quickly and darts down to first as if he’s afraid they’re going to take the walk away and he’ll be forced back into hitting from that side. What I don’t understand about him is why he’s a switch hitter. His numbers are drastically different when he hits from the left side, so why not scrap that project all together?
  • Everyone has been calling for fire from Lou and tonight he got ejected. What makes me laugh is that I think he was looking for a spot to do it and I would almost venture to say that he was asking the umpire to do it to take a little pressure off from the media. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went out and yelled and asked them to do it and they quickly obliged.
  • Another nice start by Wells and you have to ask yourself if perhaps he deserves to be our all star rep. He would be who I vote for. You?
  • Jose Ascanio pitched 4 innings for Iowa as a starter, allowing 2 hits and no runs while striking out 7

The Ant Bully film

  • sherm

    Did you see the coverage on cubs.com?

    The sub-headline says that Wells threw seven innings of one hit ball. I don’t think that’s accurate — considering he gave up two hits and a run in the first.

    How hard can baseball reporting be? You just write about what happened. If you don’t change anything or make stuff up…it should be fairly accurate.

    Re: a series win being a series win? Sure, but if you didn’t expect to win two of three from the Pirates then something was wrong. I try not to set the bar too high (of expectations) when it comes to this team, but when you are playing the Pirates you really don’t come away with two of three feeling like a woo-hoo moment.

    Couple of sherm-notes:

    > Nice season Jason Marquis is having in Colorado. Ten wins already. Did you see his last game? Complete game, two hitter, 86 pitches, no walks. Who’s the pitching coach in Colorado? What did we get for Marquis again?

    > Some low scoring games yesterday. What was it? Three 1 – 0 games and a 2 – 1 game? Is the pitching getting better in the MLB or are we suddenly seeing a “surge of warning track power?”

    > Sorry, DeRosa. Can’t root for you anymore. Didn’t care if you hit .400 as an Indian, but must put the hex on you as a Cardinal.

    > I have an odd feeling that the Cubs and Mets will both break our of their doldrums around the same time.

    > No way Lou keeps Soriano out of the lineup…but he should drop him in the order. As noted by others, he’s not hitting in the one spot, so who cares if he’s “comfortable” or not somewhere else. That said, Fuld should start somewhere in the OF everyday until he comes back to earth. Ride the baby panda, Lou.

    > Fukudome really isn’t a very good hitter. Plus, I think he’s 47 years old. Remember when they said that “he’s like Ichiro, but with more power?” I think it should have been “he’s like Ichiro, but far inferior in every single category relating to baseball.” In other words, he’s also Japanese.

    Whatever. I had no intention of writing all that when I started this…

    Sherm

  • MJ

    I’ll just reiterate, good thing the Cubs don’t listen to bloggers. D-Lee is hitting .285 (I’m sure Dave will correct this if I’m off a thousandth of a point).

    Could Fuld be the new “scrappy” player people pine for?

  • sherm

    good thing the Cubs don’t listen to bloggers

    I’d say that bloggers are right some of the time. And no, I won’t define “some.”

    I like the use of the word “pine” because, scrappy or not, that’s where Fuld will spend most of his time on this team! Not that it’s right…

  • Could Fuld be the new “scrappy” player people pine for?

    I sure hope not.

  • I like the use of the word “pine” because, scrappy or not, that’s where Fuld will spend most of his time on this team! Not that it’s right…

    Do you really think that Fuld would outperform Soriano, Fukudome, or Bradley over the course of a season? Or even Fox or Hoffpauir, even when factoring in defense?

  • sherm

    No…of course I don’t — but I like his “scrappiness” and think he should be given a couple of games to…I don’t know…energize? the team. He did good yesterday. Reward that with another start or two.

    It is possible that he could compete with Fukudome in productivity (all things considered) over the course of a season, but I assume we will never know.

  • MJ

    Stats to prove point in T-minus……

  • matt… are you joining the sherm “bash dave and his use of stats every chance you get” team?

  • MJ

    No. You just seem to be going a bit over the top this week. 😉

  • cap’n obvious

    OK, so Fuld had a good game. He really doesn’t bring anything to the table other than scrappiness. Not even I believe he is a better or more productive option than Bradley of Fukodome over time. Agree with Joe that Soriano should be hitting 5th or 6th when Aramis returns. Of course, I think Aramis should hit 3rd and Lee 4th when he is back at 100%. It might sound nuts, but I’d like to see Fukodome get a shot at leading off. I think if he approached at-bats like a leadoff hitter, and took a lot of pitches, he could get on-base at a pretty good clip. He has a good eye. He’ll get punched out a few times, as well, but it would be better than watching Soriano look like a human windmill.

  • No. You just seem to be going a bit over the top this week.

    How so? Because I disagreed with you? 🙂

  • Joe

    I think if he approached at-bats like a leadoff hitter, and took a lot of pitches, he could get on-base at a pretty good clip. He has a good eye. He’ll get punched out a few times, as well, but it would be better than watching Soriano look like a human windmill.

    Not to go all “Dave” on ya, but Fukudome ranks 23rd in the NL with 4+ pitches seen per plate appearance. That means he’s already taking that approach, but not really producing the way we’d need for a leadoff hitter. He did have some good AB’s yesterday, making some solid contact.

  • My ideal lineup would probably look something like this:

    Fukudome
    Bradley
    Lee
    ARam
    Soriano
    Soto
    Fontenot
    Theriot

    Having Fukudome, Bradley, and Lee in front of ARam would give three good/very good OBP in front of ARam, and ARam woudl be protected by Soriano and Soto.

  • That means he’s already taking that approach, but not really producing the way we’d need for a leadoff hitter.

    He has definitely always taken this approach, and has had a lot of patience. He just had a really bad June. Now the question was the bad June just a slump, or another start to a really bad second half?

    FWIW, Fukudome still was patient in June (97 point difference between BA and OBP, still drew 11 walks, etc), but only had a .222 BABIP, which could account for some (but not all) of his bad numbers.

  • MJ

    Dave, why Fontenot? At this point, I’d rather see Blanco. I think he’s much better defensively, and at this point it’s a wash offensively between the two. And I know Fontenot probably has more upside.

    Just curious.

  • sherm

    are you joining the sherm “bash dave and his use of stats every chance you get” team?

    We’ve only bashed you 62.7% of the opportunities to do so; ergo, not every chance we get. Our BABIP (Bashes on Blogs in Play) for June was only .458

  • MJ

    See, now that’s funny! 😆

  • And I know Fontenot probably has more upside.

    This is probably why. But at this point I don’t see much difference in value (offense+defense) in Blanco vs. Fontenot.

    I still think that Fontenot will start hitting again at some point, but I am less convinced about him than anyone else struggling.

  • Seymour Butts

    We’ve only bashed you 62.7% of the opportunities to do so; ergo, not every chance we get. Our BABIP (Bashes on Blogs in Play) for June was only .458

    I’m actively trying not to bash Dave as it is no longer necessary. We should all try to “always look on the bright side of life”. We all have personality quirks, and I actually kind of miss it when a day goes by and nobody pointed out a minuscule exaggeration with statistics. And if the Cubs win on a given day, it’s all good.
    Now I have to fetch up master Sherm’s kiwi coctail

  • MJ

    You mean your “fearless leader sherm”

  • MJ

    And if the Cubs win on a given day, it’s all good.

    This is the most important part of all of this.

    Well, I’m outta here for some R&R this weekend. Happy 4th everyone!