Since I don’t have much to talk about, and in honor of the Ricketts’ hiring of Ari Kaplan as the team’s new Statistical Analyst Manager, I thought I’d use this week’s column to get us caught up on some of our VFTB statistics. Look out, sabermetricians, this is gonna blow you outta your seats. Heh.

BTS after 06/16′s game:

  • Terrelle Pryor = 4
  • April = 1
  • dat_cubfan_daver = 1
  • Doug Bagley = 1
  • Joe Aiello = 1
  • ketan = 1
  • Lizzie = 1
  • Rusty Goodwin = 1
  • youngkaren = 1
  • Everyone else = 0.

BTS after 06/17′s game:

  • Terrelle Pryor = 4
  • dat_cubfan_daver = 2
  • youngkaren = 2
  • April = 1
  • Doug Bagley = 1
  • Joe Aiello = 1
  • ketan = 1
  • Lizzie = 1
  • Rich Beckman = 1
  • Rusty Goodwin = 1
  • Tommy = 1
  • Everyone else = 0.

BTS after 06/18′s game (today):

  • Terrelle Pryor = 4
  • youngkaren = 3
  • dat_cubfan_daver = 2
  • Doug Bagley = 2
  • Lizzie = 2
  • Rich Beckman = 2
  • mrbaseball2usa = 1
  • Everyone else = 0.

Wanna play along? Make your daily pick here –> VFTB BTS

Lizzies

  • Ted Lilly, You Look Marvelous
  • My last thought was Lilly giving a post game conference had he completed the no-no and saying “This is what I have to do to get a win around here”.
  • Stand closer; it’s shorter than you think.
  • But, hey, maybe Soriano will absent-mindedly jog across Dallas Braden’s mound and we’ll see another cosmic freakout from the perfect-game-hurling southpaw.
  • We need to take the “kick to the groin” and give Soriano away to an AL team who doesn’t need defense.
  • For example:
    -How does the result of this home stand effect the organization’s stance as either buyers or sellers?
    -What internal solutions are on the horizon to upgrade the team?
    -What managerial adjustments have been made to promote better performance, and how has your coaching strategy changed over the season?
    -What is the overall plan to improve in the short term and long term scope of the season?
  • When you lose as many games as they have to the Pirates, Astros and White Sox you can’t use the excuses that you’re under-performing anymore, they’re simply not good.
  • The flowing locks, bad facial hair, and rock star appeal brought some personality to the game.
  • The Cubs like Kefir. Perhaps this digestive aid can help the Cubs loosen up their constipated run production.
  • the Cubs announced the hiring of Ari Kaplan as Statistical Analyst Manager.
  • Perhaps Mr. Hendry should look at the new hire as another tool for doing his job at a higher degree. The methods they’re using now certainly aren’t netting very good results.
  • Mr. Hendry, by not being part of the solution, is defining himself as part of the problem.

Lizard

  • It could only be improved if he and Lil’ Babe Ruth were posing arm-in-arm…

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Elizabeth Pearson stumbled upon VFTB around 2006, and enjoys encouraging conversation among the wide variety of readers brought together by their love of the Cubs. She’s married, has a Cub-loving pug named Phinneaus, and enjoys biking, hiking, cooking and gardening. She calls Chesterton, Indiana home and hopes to one day retire on Mackinac Island. Connect with Lizzie via email or Instagram.