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Cubs Bullpen Picks a Horrible Time to Choke

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Gotta start off with a quick PSA. In case you were considering choking and think you have picked out a good time to do it, don’t let my headline fool you. There is never a good time to choke, boys and girls. It’s not advised, but for the Cubs bullpen, particularly Kevin Gregg and James Russell, yesterday was about the worst possible day for it to happen and it happened to both of them.

For the last few weeks, both have been on the trade market and have had suitors. With today’s 4pm EDT deadline for non-waiver deals quickly approaching, the blow ups by both of them in the double header against the Brewers was not helpful. On the small picture side, the blowups probably cost the Cubs both games and assured the series loss. Looking big picture, the blowups are the last thing scouts will see before the deadline since the game tonight isn’t until after the deadline. Now we have to hope that the teams interested in both of them are swayed more by the body of work and less on the last thing they saw. I’d like to report a deal for both of them tomorrow morning. I’m a firm believer that you cultivate your pen from within the organization and with scrap heap filler / flyers like Gregg. If you can build a solid pen from that on the cheap, you can spend the money on guys who play on a regular basis and in turn flip those pen guys as assets.

I expect at least one deal today, despite the rather cold stove for the Cubs since the Alfonso Soriano trade, but I don’t know who to tell you it will be.


by Rob Willer

Kane County Stars Shine

Cougars 4 Timber Rattlers 2 

Game Recap: The Cougars started their four game series with the Timber Rattlers with a bang as they pulled out a 4-2 win on Tuesday night. Starting Pitcher Jason Amlung went three innings giving up no runs and four hits while striking out three lowering his earned run average to 4.42. Nathan Dorris was next to hit the mound as he is one of the better middle relief options for the Cougars. Dorris pitched four innings giving up two runs and six hits. His earned run average is 2.81 and he picked up the win improving to 6-3. Dorris regularly hit between 88-90 with his fastball and showed off his curve which sat anywhere from 74-76. Steve Perakslis threw the final two innings without allowing a run for his fourth save.  Right fielder Reggie Golden hit home run number six and it was a towering drive to left-field that still hasn’t landed. Some other notes from the game were Catcher Carlos Escobar who was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. Cougars left fielder Oliver Zapata chipped in with a 2 for 4 performance with an RBI triple in the eighth inning.

Possible Promotion for Almora -The atmosphere was electric at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark where we might be in the final days of Albert Almora at Kane County. Almora went 1 for 3 on the night with a walk and is batting .328 on the year for the Cougars. It seems its only a matter of time before he gets promoted to Daytona. For now the Cubs feel he is doing just find in Kane County. Should be an interesting month of August with Cubs Prospects as many promotions could be in order.

Interview Alert– I will be attending Wednesday’s game as well and have a interview in place with Cubs prospect and third baseman Jeimer Candelario. If I’m able to do the interview I will record it and post it for Thursday’s Down with the Farm piece.

  • John R

    I would not say Gregg choked. He gave up a ground ball up the middle, a high chopper that bounced off the plate, and a jammed line drive that Castro absolutely mishandled and should have been ruled an error. That’s just the bad luck of baseball. Gregg only gave up one hard hit ball – the final out to DeJesus in CF.

  • John R

    I would not say Gregg choked. He gave up a ground ball up the middle, a high chopper that bounced off the plate, and a jammed line drive that Castro absolutely mishandled and should have been ruled an error. Plus the walk he issued had a lot of borderline calls that the umpire could’ve ended the game on. That’s just the bad luck of baseball. Gregg only gave up one hard hit ball – the final out to DeJesus in CF.

  • Eddie Von White

    I decided to pull a Mark_from_Toronto and go to bed at the end of the 8th inning full of optimism. I slept well and my day wasn’t ruined until I got up.


    I look for Schierhotz to move today, even though it will make me sad.

    I have to say, I’m not hating the Brewer announcers. I watched all three games on FSN and they seemed to be well-informed and interesting. One of them couldn’t say enough about what a great city Chicago was and he even talked about the Kane County Cubs and Rock Shoulders. I think he secretly wants to be a Cubs announcer.

    • Doug S.

      I’m not as smart as you guys and stayed awake for the stomach sickness last night.

      Really would hate to see Schierholtz go as well. Are we really going to get something better for him?

      About 2 years ago the final straw for me with the Brewers announcers was the shameless way they kissed Braun’s butt in every conceivable way. Guess those days are over.

      • It is riddled with track marks now.

      • Eddie Von White

        There is no BBK (Braun Butt Kissing) going on right now. From what I can tell everyone in the state is pretty well p.o’d – including the announcers. Probably won’t last though.

    • Mark_from_Toronto

      Good call, did the same last night again and with the Cubs up 2-1 after 7. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to to do the same for the afternoon game as it’s not really appropriate to go to sleep while driving home from work.

  • PLCB3

    I went to the gym again to blow off steam from both losses. If the Cubs keep losing, I might be able to keep losing weight and get under 200 lbs for the first time in 5 years.

    • Lose the ranch on the meatball sub and you might find yourself Hasselhoffian.

      • PLCB3

        Actually I ditched the meatball sub all together. I haven’t had any Subway the entire month of July.

        From this day forward, I pledge there will be no pork chop too succulent! No donut too tasty! No pizza too laden with delicious toppings to prevent me from reaching my scientifically-determined ideal weight!

      • Doug S.

        Does Hasselhoffian guarantee Andersonian?

    • Lose the ranch on the meatball sub and you might find yourself Hasselhoffian.

      • AC0000000

        Actually I ditched the meatball sub all together. I haven’t had any Subway the entire month of July.

        From this day forward, I pledge there will be no pork chop too succulent! No donut too tasty! No pizza too laden with delicious toppings to prevent me from reaching my scientifically-determined ideal weight!

      • Doug S.

        Does Hasselhoffian guarantee Andersonian?