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Am I Missing Something?

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Lou has Jake Fox and Sam Fuld ready to go, but he starts the non-performing Alfonso Soriano instead?

Later in the game, he has Jake Fox and Sam Fuld ready to go, but he choses to pinch-hit with the “switch non-hitting” Aaron Miles instead?

What’s wrong with this picture?

I imagine Lou has his reasons.

My guess is that the decision has been made to go with the “superstars” for the rest of the season and let the chips fall where they may.

Daily lineups will be determined in reverse order of salary paid. The Cubs will get their money’s worth.

The sad thing is that as the Cubs just go through the motions for the rest of the 2009 season, and if I bother to watch, I won’t get to see the best players play. Oh, I might get to see the employees with the better lifetime statistics, but not the better players. And that’s a shame.

Have I asked before if the “imminent” sale of the Cubs will include a bankruptcy declaration? And, if it does, will all current contracts be open to renegotiation? That may be the only hope. That or another option which I won’t bother to mention.

  • Mark Strickler

    Stick a fork in ’em, they’re done. Why Piniella continues to go with Soriano over Jake Fox is a mystery to me too; what this team needs is plenty of boos when they return!

  • cubbiedude

    Yep. It’s too bad.

  • Lou is ready to go home and stay home. I am surprised he hasn’t gone already — I predicted it. I don’t hate him, I don’t want to fire him, but just look. He has not a clue, does not seem into the game. And as I have noted before, this is three straight men, three successful, popular, experienced managers, that came here and went downhill faster than an Olympic skier. Pay attention, Alan Trammell — you might well be next.
    If all we had on the bench to pinch hit is Aaron Miles, then Gorzy should have batted. He had more incentive than Sleepy, who cannot hit a ball farther than the second baseman.

  • Why hasn’t Aaron Miles been DFA’d yet?

  • rob

    I heard that even if there is a declaration of bankruptcy the contracts are not up for renegotiation.

  • MJ

    I finally lost patience with Soriano last night. That had to be the worst looking, and dumbest at bat I’ve seen in a long time. Three pitches, a fastball outside (fouled off), a slider outside (swing and miss), and then another slider even farther out (swing and a miss). Seriously, quit guessing, and just see the ball.

    And AAron Miles…..I looked at my wife and said, mark this down 4-3, inning over. I turned the TV off after that.

  • Seymour Butts

    I too was incredulous when Miles was called on. Gorzelany is hitting .222 as a Cub, making aron’s .181 curious at best. All I can figure is that gorz was gassed, and Lou wanted to get Miles out of the way in case a better opportunity came up later.
    Rotten logic I would say as aside from real hitters such as Fuld, Fontenot, and Soto, there were other better hitters available. Sean Marshall .231, Harden .216, Wells .200. And why is miles still on the roster anyway? his contract is not so huge to swallow. Just DFA him and throw a dart in the minor league dugout to find a better hitter. Hell, Blanco was hitting .237 in the Majors, and where did Hoffpauir (.233) go?
    Weren’t the Cubs supposed to have a strong bench at seasons onset? WTF?
    So many questions.

  • rob

    That was a miserable at bat by Soriano. I paused my Tivo and played the 0-2 pitch in slo mo. I said to my wife they will throw the same pitch and he will swing and miss. I watched in slo motion as the slider drifted way outside and Adolfo swung and missed again. i couldn’t believe it. I said “How could he not know that was coming?”

    Here’s the thing. If you think you still have a chance this year you have to play Soriano and Bradley. If not you could play Fuld and Fox but they will still not be playing for you next year because you have the contracts of Soriano and Bradley that you cannot get rid of. So you caught between it. It is a horrible situation. This team might be bad for years.

  • I was at the game, I concur with all and I to was beside myself when we threw up single A ron to pinch hit. 1) He is worse than a pitcher hitting. 2) We needed more out of Gorzy, we immediatley gave up the lead the following inning with the bullpen. 3) Gorzy hit the ball harder in his AB than single A ron did. Anyone else notice the Cubs good run happened while single A ron was on the DL?

    Soriano- He looked like he doesn’t have any confidence. He was starting his swing way to early, cheating as they say, so he wouldn’t get beat with a fastball. He looked like he is swinging a telephone pole. Why Fox isn’t in the line up either for Soriano or Milton is beyond me.

    Bradley- Poor baserunning. Third inning on 1st base, 1 out, running on the pitch Dlee got a hit to left field. Bradley was at 2b before Manny had the ball in left field. Bradley should have been thinking 3rd base, he could have made it. Instead he pulled up, not even really hustling, not even thinking to get to third base.

    Dlee- The anti Bradley. From first base, not running on the pitch he goes 1st to 3rd on a base hit to left center, always hustling, thinking 3rd from the crack of the bat. I may not have had confidence in Dlee’s slugging for this year but I have to admit he is one of the bright spots of this dismal roster. Dlee is continues to prove his worth even as his teammates take a gregg.

    Fukudome- Looked great at the plate, good to see he isn’t following last years pattern of decline. He belongs in the 2 hole, not Bradley.

    How about the triple F’s in the outfield, Fukudome, Fox and Fuld?

    Did anyone else hear the fans heckling Bradley in the Wednesday game in SD? I could hear it through the TV. After he hit the HR, “Is that your first home run?” “How’s your ACL?” If he didn’t react like a school boy on the playground he wouldn’t get so much gregg from people.

  • MJ

    Bradley- Poor baserunning. Third inning on 1st base, 1 out, running on the pitch Dlee got a hit to left field.

    I thought that was pretty good baserunning. Manny had the ball as he was reaching base, that’s usually the sign when you hold up and stay put.

  • MJ… don’t even try. Bradley can do no right around here.

  • MJ

    I know Dave, I’m trying to teach baserunning 101.

    When running from 1st to 2nd on a ball hit to left, the runner can see what’s going on ahead of him. I think any runner (including Bradley) can figure out whether or not to go.

    Lee’s base running was risky. He was a nanosecond from getting called out.

  • cubbiedude

    “The Three Effs”. I like it!

  • Bradley was running on the pitch. Dlee ran on contact. Big difference. It was obvious to all of the folks sitting around me, I was thinking it but the Dodger fans around me were talking about it.

    When at 1b and running on the pitch you are looking to get to 3rd on anything hit into the outfield. You shouldn’t be pulling up to 2b with the brakes on, you should be coming around 2b hard and make the outfielder stop you, Bradley did not. It was obvious, and when Dlee did exactly the right thing when he had a similar opp made Bradley’s lack of hustle and fundamentals even more obvious. Bradley should have been 4 steps past 2b when the ball reached Manny.

    These are the things that don’t show up in the numbers but make a big difference over the course of 162.

  • PS- Had Bradley made it to 3rd and the throw went to 3rd it would have given Dlee an opp to get to 2b had the throw not been perfect, roll away from the third baseman etc. We would have then gotten 2 runs on the following hit instead of just the one.

    PSS- With a runner running on a pitch from 1st to third many outfielders will elect to throw to 2b and split the runners keeping the double play intact, but you have to have a hustling runner for that to happen.

    PSS- Sherm could have reached 3rd if was running on the pitch and he is a cartoon.

  • sherm

    “The Three Effs”.

    As opposed to Theriot, Fontenot, and Miles — the Three Elves

    PSS- Sherm could have reached 3rd if was running on the pitch and he is a cartoon.

    Yes, but a very, very fast cartoon.

    Little grey boxes for you and me!

    Sherm

  • This whole idea that Bradley a) lacks fundamentals and b) doesn’t hustle is really strange to me, and seems to be coming from people who are watching completely different games than I watch.

    FWIW, I think the Bradley play could have gone either way, but I don’t think that it was bad base running at all. There is little need to take such a risk in that situation. Further, your comparison between the Lee base running and the Bradley base running doesn’t take into consideration that on Lee’s play the ball was hit to center and Bradley’s play the ball was hit to left. Nor does it take into consideration that one ball may have been hit harder than the other.

    I may not have had confidence in Dlee’s slugging for this year but I have to admit he is one of the bright spots of this dismal roster.

    Heh… understatement of the year? Didn’t you want to bench/release/trade Lee?

    And an outfield of Fukudome, Fox, and Fuld would probably be the worst offensive outfield in baseball.

  • sherm

    I don’t know. It might not even been the worst offensive outfield in the division. Cincy’s outfield of Dickerson, Stubbs and Nix isn’t too overwhelming.

    Did you see Fuld’s catch tonight? No way that Fukudome gets that ball. No Gregging way.

  • MJ

    Did you see Fuld’s catch tonight? No way that Fukudome gets that ball. No Gregging way.

    Agree.

    On Wolf’s hit, Sam took a really bad route though.

  • Doc Raker

    Heh… understatement of the year? Didn’t you want to bench/release/trade Lee?

    I did, it would have been a mistake. Not as big a mistake as signing Milton Bradley or single A ron Kilometers or not having a servicable back up for Aram or signing Soriano for 8 years at $160M, but a mistake none the less.

    Further, your comparison between the Lee base running and the Bradley base running doesn’t take into consideration that on Lee’s play the ball was hit to center and Bradley’s play the ball was hit to left. Nor does it take into consideration that one ball may have been hit harder than the other.

    I do take all that into consideration, I noted the Dlee play was hit to left center, the center fielder was moving toward 3b. Plus, I was there, saw the whole field as the plays developed, saw Bradley give up BEFORE he even got to second which a base runner should not do. Like I said before, the runner needs to bust fanny around 2b and make the outfielder turn him back around to 2b. Bradley didn’t do that and should have. Dlee did and made it to 3rd on a more difficult play- again not running on the pitch- big difference. Maybe you can look up the stat as to how many more steps a base runner gets when he runs on the pitch vs runs on contact? I am curious to know.

    If you disagree so be it but I was just reporting some observations from the game since you get a different perspective from being there vs TV. I wasn’t the only one that saw this and I wasn’t even the first to comment on it and it was the Dodger fans that commented first on it.

    This whole idea that Bradley a) lacks fundamentals and b) doesn’t hustle is really strange to me, and seems to be coming from people who are watching completely different games than I watch.

    I think it is coming from people who understand fundamentals and not just stats. (insert smiley face here)

    And an outfield of Fukudome, Fox, and Fuld would probably be the worst offensive outfield in baseball

    Worse than Soriano, Fukuudome and Bradley- don’t think so. Fuld trumps Fuku in CF, Fuku trumps Bradley in RF and it is a wash in LF with Fox and Soriano. Plus, they are all an upgrade at the dish as far as 2009 is concerned.

  • Not as big a mistake as signing Milton Bradley or single A ron Kilometers or not having a servicable back up for Aram or signing Soriano for 8 years at $160M, but a mistake none the less.

    Yea… benching/trading/cutting your best player would have been a small mistake than signing a backup infielder. Seriously? Of course, you also wanted to get rid of Lee so that Hoffpauir could play. Which makes this whole thing even funnier.

    Maybe you can look up the stat as to how many more steps a base runner gets when he runs on the pitch vs runs on contact? I am curious to know.

    Pretty sure it would vary significantly, and depend on the player’s speed and size.

    I think it is coming from people who understand fundamentals and not just stats.

    Yup… you are right. I know nothing about fundamentals, and only know stats. Thanks for enlightening me. And thanks for the personal attack. You do it so well.

    Fuld trumps Fuku in CF, Fuku trumps Bradley in RF and it is a wash in LF with Fox and Soriano.

    I said offensive, not defensive.

    Plus, they are all an upgrade at the dish as far as 2009 is concerned.

    Sure… if you actually think that Fuld’s small sample size is at all indicative of his actual ability, rather than his much larger, and much more mediocre, minor league numbers. Or Fox’s, for that matter. Teams seem to be starting to adjust to Fox (and yes, I know that I am writing this as he has had a good day so far today).