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All Good Things Must End

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Jumping The Shark
If HRH Keith Law ever gets a couple of nights off to watch actual baseball games (instead of scouting T-ball leagues in Cuba), I hope he watched the Cubs the last two nights. On Sunday, Klaw said this:

  • I don’t know if the Nationals discouraged Bruce Bochy and the league from taking Stephen Strasburg — who belongs on merit, and on star power — because they’d rather have him rest for those three days. I’d take any of those four pitchers over Jeff Locke, whose 2.12 ERA is bursting with good fortune, from the league’s third-lowest BABIP to its highest strand rate, and who has never pitched like this before and is unlikely to do so in the second half. The same could be said of Travis Wood, who isn’t even the most deserving starter on his own staff.

At first I thought maybe he started compiling this particular piece on Opening Day and didn’t ever get around to updating his lone sentence on the Cubs. Whatever the reason for his stupefying conclusion, definitive proof of Travis Wood’s All-Star merits were on display Tuesday night. On Wednesday night, Jeff Samardzija’s inconsistent 2013 was equally on display.

Due to the Cubs usually anemic offense, the game was effectively over when each of the first four batters scored before the Cubs recorded a single out. Next up, Edwin Jackson against the Cardinals tonight at Wrigley.

More Cubs News

  • Kris Bryant, the Cubs first selection in the amateur draft, has reached a tentative agreement with the team.
  • Jen-Ho Tseng‘s signing continues the rash of international newcomers. If you know any foreigners who are familiar with baseball, haven’t yet completed high school, and for whom ‘summer in Boise’ isn’t a vomit-inducing proposition – the Cubs are interested in inking them to a deal. Email drunktheo@beenabitbored.com with contact information. (Did they even check to make sure Jen-Ho is a guy?)

Around The League

  • Chad Gaudin found out that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
  • John Rocker is still an idiot.
  • Yu Darvish is one of the first to find a convenient way out of the All-Star Game.
  • Kris Benson has a crazy soon-to-be ex-wife.

Other News

  • Cap’n Obvious

    For the record, Benson’s wife has been garbanzo-beans for about 14 years.

    • Jedi

      You giving her a pass on her first 23 years of life? I bet she’s always been a psychopath.

    • PLCB3

      His ex-wife is UGLY! How the hell was she a model? I lifeguarded with girls far more pretty than her.

      • Jedi

        I’ve stood in line at Disney with girls far more pretty than the ones you’ve lifeguarded with.

      • PLCB3

        Those Latina babes?

      • Jedi

        Um, what?

      • PLCB3

        Never mind

  • Cap’n Obvious

    For the record, Benson’s wife has been garbanzo-beans for about 14 years.

    • Jedi

      You giving her a pass on her first 23 years of life? I bet she’s always been a psychopath.

    • AC0000000

      His ex-wife is UGLY! How the hell was she a model? I lifeguarded with girls far more pretty than her.

      • Jedi

        I’ve stood in line at Disney with girls far more pretty than the ones you’ve lifeguarded with.

      • AC0000000

        Those Latina babes?

      • Jedi

        Um, what?

      • AC0000000

        Never mind

  • PLCB3

    What does HRH stand for?

    • Jedi

      Google.com

      • PLCB3

        This blog is the top hit for HRH Kieth Law. Doesn’t help me out

      • Maybe, since you want to know what HRH stands for, you should google HRH.

      • PLCB3

        I did and the the top hits were about British royalty

      • So did you read them, or just decide it was too much trouble and easier to make us work for you instead?

      • PLCB3

        Yes, but what does British royalty have to do with Keith Law? That’s what threw me off. Why is Keith Law a Royal Highness?

      • This might come as a shock to you, but every once in awhile Jedi engages in a concept known as “sarcasm.” You might be able to learn about sarcasm on google too. Or you can ring up Sheldon Cooper.

      • PLCB3

        Or he could just explain his reasoning for why he calls Keith Law His Royal Highness.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Or you could just read a couple of Keith Laws articles to see what an arogant ass he really is.

      • PLCB3

        I never read Keith Law before I found this blog, and I have no intentions of starting to now.

      • Jedi

        So who do we have to blame for that fateful day?…because I know you didn’t find us on Google.

      • PLCB3

        Maybe I saw it on a SweetSpot article on ESPN

      • Unfounded self-importance?

      • Joe Aiello

        Are you sure you went to a good school like New Trier?

      • PLCB3

        It’s not what you think.

      • Jedi

        Samardzija couldn’t get past the first four batters, CAPS couldn’t get past the first four words, and now most probably won’t make it past the first four comments.

      • PLCB3

        Whatever. All you had to do is explain why you call him HRH and none of this would happen.

      • Jedi

        I need to re-read these comments now that I know this is my fault.

      • Seymour Butts

        Once upon a time, an American education thru high school meant you had some pool of knowledge. The pool is now very shallow.

      • Jedi

        It’s more like a Petri dish.

      • PLCB3

        You should see the ramblings of Jeff Bliss, I think you would like it a lot.

  • AC0000000

    What does HRH stand for?

    • Jedi

      Google.com

      • AC0000000

        This blog is the top hit for HRH Kieth Law. Doesn’t help me out

      • Maybe, since you want to know what HRH stands for, you should google HRH.

      • AC0000000

        I did and the the top hits were about British royalty

      • So did you read them, or just decide it was too much trouble and easier to make us work for you instead?

      • AC0000000

        Yes, but what does British royalty have to do with Keith Law? That’s what threw me off. Why is Keith Law a Royal Highness?

      • This might come as a shock to you, but every once in awhile Jedi engages in a concept known as “sarcasm.” You might be able to learn about sarcasm on google too. Or you can ring up Sheldon Cooper.

      • AC0000000

        Or he could just explain his reasoning for why he calls Keith Law His Royal Highness.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Or you could just read a couple of Keith Laws articles to see what an arogant ass he really is.

      • AC0000000

        I never read Keith Law before I found this blog, and I have no intentions of starting to now.

      • Jedi

        So who do we have to blame for that fateful day?…because I know you didn’t find us on Google.

      • AC0000000

        I think I saw it on a SweetSpot article on ESPN

      • Unfounded self-importance?

      • Joe Aiello

        Are you sure you went to a good school like New Trier?

      • AC0000000

        I only went there for 2 years.

      • Jedi

        Samardzija couldn’t get past the first four batters, CAPS couldn’t get past the first four words, and now most probably won’t make it past the first four comments.

      • AC0000000

        Whatever. All you had to do is explain why you call him HRH and none of this would happen.

      • Jedi

        I need to re-read these comments now that I know this is my fault.

      • Seymour Butts

        Once upon a time, an American education thru high school meant you had some pool of knowledge. The pool is now very shallow.

      • Jedi

        It’s more like a Petri dish.

      • AC0000000

        You should see the postings of Jeff Bliss, I think you would like it a lot.

  • Doug S.

    What a beatdown. At 11-1 got a sarcastic text from an Astros fan. And Astros fans know sarcasm.

    • PLCB3

      At 11-1, I was watching the Red Sox game. Turned it on just in time to see Big Papi set the record for most hits as a DH.

      • Chuck

        At 7-1 I was watching BBT on TBS.

      • Eddie Von White

        At 11-1 I told my wife the Cubs could still come back. It’s happened before I told her. She said I needed to see a shrink. I told her no need for that, I could tell her what was going through my head – it was Joe’s post from yesterday where he was all optimistic about this team. I should have known better…I should have known better.

      • PLCB3

        I would have believed in the 2008 team making a comeback because that team could hit 1-8, and when Bozo or Marquis were pitching, 1-9 could hit

      • PLCB3

        Free Slurpee Day at 7-11 today!

      • PLCB3

        Just googled it. Did you like Big Bang Theory?

      • Chuck

        Yes, I do like BBT. It is one of the few shows on TV (comedy division) that actually celebrates being smart versus being dumb, while still poking fun at “nerds”. This is a stark contrast to most youth targeted television (I’m looking at you Disney and Nickelodeon) that celebrates the clueless and morally bankrupt brat as the “hero”. Usually the smart and honest person is the foil to the hero and they lose in the end due to random luck or deception.

        In the real world smart people get ahead. Stupid people do not. Sure there is luck and other things that happen but if you look at the successful people in life, they are not morons. I am going to stop here because I can go on all day on how I despise most children’s programming.

      • Jedi

        So you can find out what was on TV last night from Google – but you can’t find a 400-year old acronym?

      • Seymour Butts

        Perhaps if there were an ocean liner named the HRH Koothrappali, it might have more topical relevance.

      • PLCB3

        I did. What I was trying to get at is why YOU call him HRH. Trying to find out why YOU call him that can’t be found on a google search.

      • Jedi

        PLCB3 • 12 hours ago

        What does HRH stand for?

      • PLCB3

        I’m an idiot, okay. You win. I should have googled HRH, and then asked why do you call Keith Law His Royal Highness.
        Happy?

        Now that we have established that I am the idiot for doing that, can we end this stupid nit-picking and just explain why you call him HRH?

      • Jedi

        The point is that you frequently want us to do your legwork. You’d rather be told that figure it out. It’s lazy.

        Jeremiah and I have used the stylized HRH for Keith Law for probably more than a year…in that time not a single person has asked – and yet a host of people today have made it obvious they understand.

        It’s fine if you want to ask; it’s the laziness that I think many of us are prone to mock.

        (And I’m not the “NSA” poster below…but nice try)

      • PLCB3

        Well I never read his articles because I am not an espn insider. And I never thought you were the NSA poster.

      • Chuck

        At 7-1 I was watching BBT on TBS.

      • Eddie Von White

        At 11-1 I told my wife the Cubs could still come back. It’s happened before I told her. She said I needed to see a shrink. I told her no need for that, I could tell her what was going through my head – it was Joe’s post from yesterday where he was all optimistic about this team. I should have known better…I should have known better.

      • AC0000000

        I would have believed in the 2008 team making a comeback because that team could hit 1-8, and when Bozo or Marquis were pitching, 1-9 could hit

      • AC0000000

        Free Slurpee Day at 7-11 today!

      • AC0000000

        Just googled it. Did you like Big Bang Theory?

      • Chuck

        Yes, I do like BBT. It is one of the few shows on TV (comedy division) that actually celebrates being smart versus being dumb, while still poking fun at “nerds”. This is a stark contrast to most youth targeted television (I’m looking at you Disney and Nickelodeon) that celebrates the clueless and morally bankrupt brat as the “hero”. Usually the smart and honest person is the foil to the hero and they lose in the end due to random luck or deception.

        In the real world smart people get ahead. Stupid people do not. Sure there is luck and other things that happen but if you look at the successful people in life, they are not morons. I am going to stop here because I can go on all day on how I despise most children’s programming.

      • Jedi

        So you can find out what was on TV last night from Google – but you can’t find a 400-year old acronym?

      • Seymour Butts

        Perhaps if there were an ocean liner named the HRH Koothrappali, it might have more topical relevance.

      • AC0000000

        I did. What I was trying to get at is why YOU call him HRH. Trying to find out why YOU call him that can’t be found on a google search.

      • Jedi

        PLCB3 • 12 hours ago

        What does HRH stand for?

      • AC0000000

        I’m an idiot, okay. You win. I should have googled HRH, and then asked why do you call Keith Law His Royal Highness.
        Happy?

        Now that we have established that I am the idiot for doing that, can we end this stupid nit-picking and just explain why you call him HRH?

      • Jedi

        The point is that you frequently want us to do your legwork. You’d rather be told that figure it out. It’s lazy.

        Jeremiah and I have used the stylized HRH for Keith Law for probably more than a year…in that time not a single person has asked – and yet a host of people today have made it obvious they understand.

        It’s fine if you want to ask; it’s the laziness that I think many of us are prone to mock.

        (And I’m not the “NSA” poster below…but nice try)

      • AC0000000

        Well I never read his articles because I am not an espn insider. And I never thought you were the NSA poster.

  • Doug S.

    What a beatdown. At 11-1 got a sarcastic text from an Astros fan. And Astros fans know sarcasm.

  • Chuck

    I believe a lot of the Shark is better than Wood arguments are based on stats like FIP and xFIP and a scouting evaluation of the raw “stuff” of each pitcher. While that is useful for evaluating a player’s ceiling, it does not really say much about their performance RIGHT NOW. Shark may have the higher ceiling, but Wood is, clearly, the better pitcher RIGHT NOW. He may not be an ace, and he may never be one, but he is a solid #2 guy and that is fine with me. Shark, currently, is a #3 in that he is very erratic and you can’t count on him to win you a game. He is just as likely to throw a shutout or get shelled. Wood is consistently good every game. That is worth something and he is a deserving All-Star in my book.

    I hope the Cubs keep Shark, Garza, and Wood around for the next few years. That is a good foundation of a really solid rotation. All they need now is a couple of thumpers in the lineup (and an overhaul of 2/3 of the bullpen) and they would be on to something. I think there is only one more season of pain ahead of us and then the winning can start.

    • Jedi

      Someone like Keith Law should be able to understand why the All-Star selections aren’t about who is slated to have a better career. I just think saberdorks fool themselves into believing their metrics give them secret insight, and they need to come up with a different answer to justify these metrics. If advanced metrics give us the same conclusion as the old-timey stats then the rest of us aren’t really flat-earthers and dolts. I see it as a desperate attempt at validation.

      • PLCB3

        Who gives a damn about advanced metrics like WAR, FIP, xFIP, (whatever the hell those are). The All-Star game is about the current season.

      • Chuck

        Advanced stats are useful in determining what players may be in for a rude awakening or what players have been unlucky. However, they have to be taken in context. You can’t simply state that a pitcher with a 2.50 ERA and a FIP of 3.75 is going to suddenly turn into a pumpkin. Some pitchers consistently beat their FIP because of the way that FIP is calculated from more traditional stats. FIP really likes high K/9 pitchers. I believe that extreme ground ball pitchers get the shaft from FIP because they, generally, don’t strike as many guys out so their FIP is inflated.

        WAR is even more tricky because there are fWAR and brWAR. Baseball Reference and Fangraphs use different formulas to calculate their own WAR.

        No single stat, advanced or not, determines the value of a player. You have to look at the preponderance of evidence.

    • PLCB3

      Just like Theo said, eh? Start winning in 2015.

  • Chuck

    I believe a lot of the Shark is better than Wood arguments are based on stats like FIP and xFIP and a scouting evaluation of the raw “stuff” of each pitcher. While that is useful for evaluating a player’s ceiling, it does not really say much about their performance RIGHT NOW. Shark may have the higher ceiling, but Wood is, clearly, the better pitcher RIGHT NOW. He may not be an ace, and he may never be one, but he is a solid #2 guy and that is fine with me. Shark, currently, is a #3 in that he is very erratic and you can’t count on him to win you a game. He is just as likely to throw a shutout or get shelled. Wood is consistently good every game. That is worth something and he is a deserving All-Star in my book.

    I hope the Cubs keep Shark, Garza, and Wood around for the next few years. That is a good foundation of a really solid rotation. All they need now is a couple of thumpers in the lineup (and an overhaul of 2/3 of the bullpen) and they would be on to something. I think there is only one more season of pain ahead of us and then the winning can start.

    • Jedi

      Someone like Keith Law should be able to understand why the All-Star selections aren’t about who is slated to have a better career. I just think saberdorks fool themselves into believing their metrics give them secret insight, and they need to come up with a different answer to justify these metrics. If advanced metrics give us the same conclusion as the old-timey stats then the rest of us aren’t really flat-earthers and dolts. I see it as a desperate attempt at validation.

      • AC0000000

        Who gives a damn about advanced metrics like WAR, FIP, xFIP, (whatever the hell those are). The All-Star game is about the current season.

      • Chuck

        Advanced stats are useful in determining what players may be in for a rude awakening or what players have been unlucky. However, they have to be taken in context. You can’t simply state that a pitcher with a 2.50 ERA and a FIP of 3.75 is going to suddenly turn into a pumpkin. Some pitchers consistently beat their FIP because of the way that FIP is calculated from more traditional stats. FIP really likes high K/9 pitchers. I believe that extreme ground ball pitchers get the shaft from FIP because they, generally, don’t strike as many guys out so their FIP is inflated.

        WAR is even more tricky because there are fWAR and brWAR. Baseball Reference and Fangraphs use different formulas to calculate their own WAR.

        No single stat, advanced or not, determines the value of a player. You have to look at the preponderance of evidence.

    • AC0000000

      Just like Theo said, eh? Start winning in 2015.

  • Doc Raker

    John Rocker is an idiot for saying the steroid era was entertaining? I was entertained in 1998, how about you?

    • PLCB3

      That helped make me a baseball fan (In addition to Woody’s 20K game, that’s what made me a Cubs fan.)

    • Jedi

      Ryan Braun might entertain a bunch of Brewer fans…for me I just think he sullies the sport. I don’t think there’s anything entertaining about the guys who cheat being rewarded the most.

      • PLCB3

        Here’s an idea: If you get suspended for doping, your current contract is void and you lose the balance of it. What do you think of that?

    • Seymour Butts

      I agree -strike that- Exactly what I think.
      Rocker has been an idiot at times, but he was right on target regarding the entertainment value of the time. Those of us who are old enough to remember it were indeed very entertained.

      • PLCB3

        Yeah he even managed to interest my mom to watch a baseball game after she saw his comments in the papers. I was 11 at the time she was like who is this guy John Rocker?

      • I hope you told her to google it.

      • Jedi

        *slow claps*

  • Doc Raker

    John Rocker is an idiot for saying the steroid era was entertaining? I was entertained in 1998, how about you?

    • AC0000000

      That helped make me a baseball fan (In addition to Woody’s 20K game, that’s what made me a Cubs fan.)

    • Jedi

      Ryan Braun might entertain a bunch of Brewer fans…for me I just think he sullies the sport. I don’t think there’s anything entertaining about the guys who cheat being rewarded the most.

      • AC0000000

        Here’s an idea: If you get suspended for doping, your current contract is void and you lose the balance of it. What do you think of that?

    • Seymour Butts

      I agree -strike that- Exactly what I think.
      Rocker has been an idiot at times, but he was right on target regarding the entertainment value of the time. Those of us who are old enough to remember it were indeed very entertained.

      • AC0000000

        Yeah he even managed to interest my mom to watch a baseball game after she saw his comments in the papers. I was 11 at the time she was like who is this guy John Rocker?

      • I hope you told her to google it.

      • Jedi

        *slow claps*

  • PLCB3

    Note to self: If my flight to Chicago next week crashes and I survive, listen to the captain so I don’t go to jail. And because I haven’t flown for 10 years.

    • NSA

      Note to al-Qaida, CAPS is flying next week.

      • PLCB3

        Note to self: Don’t ask Jedi any questions. Just Camping Google it.

    • NSA

      Note to al-Qaida, CAPS is flying next week.

      • AC0000000

        Note to self: Don’t ask Jedi any questions. Just Camping Google it.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      You realize that by following instructions a few people stayed in the second tower until it collapsed, but if you have a death wish then please proceed as scheduled.

      • PLCB3

        You’re right. Never listen to someone who says to stay in a burning/collapsing building or vehicle. I’m just nervous about flying because I haven’t done it for 10 years. I’m worrying over what I will be allowed to pack. If I will be allowed to take my shaving razors in my carry-in bag. I don’t want to have to check my bag and pay 25 bucks.

      • I know this sounds crazy but guess what? There’s gobs and gobs of information on how to pack whatever you need to pack …… wait for it ……. online!!! Can you believe that? Everything you’d ever need to know right on the TSA website!!! Imagine that?

      • PLCB3

        I did look at the TSA website. I never knew what the TSA was until a few years ago because I had no need to look because I hadn’t flown. Their website is confusing. For example, what do they consider a safety razor and a disposable razor?

      • Jedi
      • Funny that Jedi and I both found the answer so quickly (Jedi twice even) that I couldn’t post fast enough to beat him. We must be geniuses to be able to figure this out for ourselves. Yay us!

      • Jedi

        And seriously CAPS, how long are you going to be gone? Just leave the freakin’ razors behind; or buy a new one after you get to your destination.

      • PLCB3

        I’m going to Chicago for a week. I kind of need to shave because I’m going for a job interview.

      • Jedi
      • PLCB3

        Forget it. I’m just going to call the TSA. Stupid checked bags fees, and stupid Southwest Airlines for being too expensive.

      • So let me understand. You’d rather stay on hold with the TSA than google “can I carry on my disposable razors” (where by the way, you will find the answer in the very first result) so you can go to a job interview? You’re right. That’s way too much money. Skip it. Brush up on your life skills instead.

      • So let me understand. You’d rather stay on hold with the TSA than google “can I carry on my disposable razors” (where by the way, you will find the answer in the very first result) so you can go to a job interview? You’re right. That’s way too much money. Skip it. Brush up on your life skills instead.

      • Ann Landers

        A number of hotels will have free toiletries available at the front desk for travelers who forget to pack a razor or tooth brush. If one is staying with relatives, you could call ahead to make sure the local Kwikie mart is fully stocked.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      You realize that by following instructions a few people stayed in the second tower until it collapsed, but if you have a death wish then please proceed as scheduled.

      • AC0000000

        You’re right. Never listen to someone who says to stay in a burning/collapsing building or vehicle. I’m just nervous about flying because I haven’t done it for 10 years. I’m worrying over what I will be allowed to pack. If I will be allowed to take my shaving razors in my carry-in bag. I don’t want to have to check my bag and pay 25 bucks.

  • Guest

    Kris Benson’s ex-wife is UGLY! How the hell was she a model?

  • Guest

    Kris Benson’s ex-wife is UGLY! How the hell was she a model?