Happy Monday! Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. We’re here to recap last week’s chit chat on VFTB, really good stuff and some movement in the season-long contest standings. First, let’s have a look at this week’s Lizzies.


  • So here McNutt is pitching in the big leagues for the first time and proud to have but what else, a three ball and no strike count on the hitter.
  • Trey McNutt is the best baseball name this side of Dick Pole.
  • ASININE… As in, what my wife thinks of my fantasy sports teams.
  • I have the full team set of dentist, tax attorney, b-list comedian, billy goat sound-alike rock star, chemical engineer and cardio thoracic surgeon bobbleheads that Doc Raker played against at 2007 Cub Fantasy Camp where he named himself Doc Raker after hitting .450 off a machine with real live bobbleheads playing defense. Only the Eddie Vedder replica has any value.
  • Sometimes one good hit is all it takes to get of the schnide.
  • Little Bip was a fixture at the top of my Earl Weaver Baseball lineups for many years.
  • If James Russell fans 10 tomorrow I’ll eat my keyboard.
  • I’ll cover mine with tabasco and eat it if he strikes out 7.
  • I never understood why a manager would trot out a middle-of-the-bullpen guy in a late and tied game and be surprised when he promptly gave up a run.
  • I’m no genius but can’t Buddy pick up the pace some and change the schedule to say work the next 146 games or so?
  • Not a whole lot of difference aside from the 160 points of slugging.
  • Pena still has his appendix.
  • Reminded me of Milt…maybe he’ll snap a bat over his knee next time
  • If I lose the .500 slugging wager, you can bet that I’ll be sending Doc Raker a Carlos Pena jersey. I may even get it signed.
  • if you lose that bet, send Raker a Pena jersey signed by Jeff Baker.
  • I’d like a Samardzija jersey…one with his name on the back. All of that tackle-twill alone would make it worth a lot.
  • I see your genius at work, once Pena signs it it becomes worthless and you can pick it up for $5 of the discount rack at Wrigleyville Sports, you are a genius.
  • Damn! My plan is foiled! I’ll have to move on to jswanson’s idea.
  • Rumor is he put all of them on at once and forgot he was wearing them…..walked right out the front door Lohan style.
  • Not to talk in the 3rd person but the Dragon mentioned the drafting of Lincecum in the comments section last week.
  • I’m curious how time in the Randy Hudley League factors into this equation. Some of those guys can really rake.
  • And this is just cruel–my security word is “zambrano.” True story.
  • The best thing about the Shark throwing two innings in game one is that we likely won’t see him in game 2.
  • The only good thing about James Russell starting the game is that he’s not available in the bullpen that day.
  • two things to remember..1) We are .500 and only have 3/5 of our starting pitching. 2) Soriano and Ramirez look like they came to play this season. Not sure I have witnessed this quick of a start from either guy in their entire Cubs career to date.
  • re: the 5th starter, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that it’ll be Doug Davis soon. It’s kind of like that feeling you get 4 hours after you eat taco bell — the feeling that something awful is about to happen.
  • I can’t believe I’m saying (typing) this, but I’d rather see Doug Davis starting than James Russell. I think I’d rather see Jeff Russell, Kurt Russell, and Nipsy Russell too.
  • how many SBs did we give up yesterday, like 18?
  • I’ll bite. So far our slugger has slugged out one double and eight singles, for ten total bases. Z has a single, double, and a long ball for seven. Awesome.
  • Finally, for now on, anytime I’m frustrated, disappointed, or just plain angry, I will be describing myself as Grabow. Like, Jeff Sa-garbage-bija makes me Grabow. Wing sauce that makes wings too hot to eat makes me Grabow. And John Grabow makes me want to Grabow someone square in their Grabows.
  • Anyone willing to defend Pena at this point is obviously someone I would enjoy playing sandlot ball against and be playground captians , you can even pick first. Your pick: I will pick Billy, he hits 1 HR every 100 AB’s, really far HR, really cool. Ok, my pick: tha guy who get’s hits almost everytime up. Your pick: Tommy, stikes out a lot but hit that double last June. My pick: Jimmy- .385 avg. Your pick: That kid who hit 40 bombs back in 4th grade. My pick: the kid that’s going to hit 40 bombs today.
  • The Mudcats give me media credentials, though it’s rare that I use them to conduct any interviews, primarily because I’m too lazy to wade through naked men in the clubhouse to get cliche answers to my questions.
  • I think one question would suffice. Or a glance.
  • Normally anything mentioning Grabow goes in the next section according to the memo I sent out to everyone about writing recaps, but today that wasn’t the case.
  • What went wrong: The game didn’t get rained out.
  • Letting Russell start a game is basically giving up.
  • As for Russell’s next start, I’m with Buddy. Hell, let COLVIN pitch.
  • Maybe Byrd or Pena could take Russell’s next start?? I’m normally a Hendry defender, but having Russell start ‘two actual MLB games that count in the standings, you know the standings that determine who plays baseball in October and who doesn’t’ is inexcusable.
  • One start I can live with, everyone gets caught off guard from time to time especially with two starters going down on the same day. But immediately following pitch one of Russell’s first start (and allowing time to down two Old Styles and three Advils), Hendry should have been moving Heaven and Earth to prevent pitch one of a potential second start.
  • I want to see [Russell] finish the season with about 70 games and 33 innings pitched.


  • Darwin doesn’t have to work hard to be a good hitter. He naturally selects good pitches.

Lizzie Standings

Each week I’ll post the cumulative standings for the Lizzie contest. Remember you get one point for each Lizzie and three points for a Lizard. We currently have 25 commenters with points. I’ve decided I’ll go ahead and give everyone some love instead of just the top 10, at least until the list becomes unmanageable. Great job everyone!

1. Buddy
2. jswanson
3. Doc Raker
4. Chet
5. Chuck
6. cap’n
6. Seymour
8. Aaron
8. JoeA
8. Rich Beckman
11. chris in Illinois
12. DavidMBeyer
12. Dragon
12. MJ
15. Deezer
15. Kris
17. Benjamin
17. Doug S
19. DannyB
19. Eric
19. greg
19. Mark
19. Randy
19. Ryno
19. Tim

The Weekly Aura

Our weekly aura took a nosedive this week, dropping from B to C. Each week I’ll tell you the previous week’s aura, and ask you to rate how you are feeling this week. When we’ve got a few weeks under our belts I’ll post a graph so we can watch how we’re feeling as the year progresses.

How are you feeling about the Cubs right now?
a.) Good. We’re on the right track.
b.) Ok. I’m still confident.
c.) Fair. I’m concerned.
d.) Poor. We’re in trouble.

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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.