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Organizational Recap: Another Crazy Night in Cincy

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Cubs 7 @ Reds 2 (Box Score)

HOW ABOUT THAT? – When was the last time you took a look at a box score and saw a pitcher listed twice in the pitching totals? Now think about the last time you saw two pitchers listed twice. It’s as if the Cubs have decided to celebrate baseball Hanukkah and have eight crazy nights. On Monday it was Kris Bryant playing out of his mind and on Tuesday it was a 15 inning affair that saw Joe Maddon put Travis Wood in left field, bring him in to face one batter, then send him back to LF and bring back Spencer Patton, then bring back Wood and put Pedro Strop out in left. Honestly, if you keep score at home or at the game and were able to maintain a clean book after last night, you ought to send it to Cooperstown. That was wild. Like I mentioned a week or so ago, I like Joe because he thinks outside of the box and isn’t afraid to try something different. Last night was definitely different. 

WHO IS YOU GUY? – Last year we had the Jon Lester / Jake Arrieta debate as to who would get the ball in a winner take all one game playoff to get to the NLDS. It doesn’t appear that the Cubs will have that issue, but if it came down to it right now, has Jake’s struggles and Lester’s success caused you to change your tune at all? Lester was masterful again last night and has an ERA at 2.03 (It was under 2.00 most of the night until the end). I’ll be honest, I’m starting to lean Lester. Is that wrong?

HIGHLIGHT REEL – We got treated to some really great highlights last night. If you missed the game, Ben Zobrist hit a lead off home run, but also made a catch (VIDEO) to start a double play that was huge. Then you have Javier Baez who put the game out of reach with a home run to center in the top of the 15th (VIDEO), but it was Anthony Rizzo that gets my vote with a catch that shows why we love him. Take a look.


STARTING PITCHERS

AAA – Clayton Richard: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

A-Adv – Trevor Clifton: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

A-Adv – Zach Hedges: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

A – Carson Sands: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

SS – Pedro Silverio: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

TOP HITTERS

AAA – Kristopher Negron (2B): 2 for 4, 2B, R, SB

A-Adv – Ian Rice (DH): 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB

A – Tyler Alamo (1B): 1 for 2, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB

SS – Wladimir Galindo (3B): 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI

HIGHLIGHTS

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June Swoon Got Ya Down?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

We are now in the second week of a streak where our Cubs are scuffling. We all knew that such a streak would come. Now that it is here, we should relax and watch to see how the team deals with it. If you manage to summon a bit of detachment, it can be fun to analyze what is causing this little swoon. The short answer may be that it is not one thing. Rather, everything has been slightly off the last two weeks. That is how I see it. Even so, I think that only one area requires an adjustment at this stage of the season. I will come back to that later.

First and foremost, our starting pitching has cooled down. That is to be expected. No major league staff could have maintained the pace we were on for an entire season. I do not see anything to worry about here and I would not touch the starting rotation at this point. I was heartened to see Joe Maddon quoted in the Tribune Monday morning predicting an uptick soon for Jake Arrieta based on his season last summer.

Second, our bullpen has had a few hiccups. But relatively few. It is still a decent group. I am happy to see Theo and Jed making some moves, but not dismantling what we have. I do think it is likely that there will be a significant move before the trading deadline, but we need to be patient. After all, our bullpen numbers are strong against the league.

Third, our defense has not been consistent during the recent stretch. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist have all made consequential errors during the swoon. This is uncharacteristic and I do not expect to see it become a lingering problem. I encourage everyone to relax about this. We are a good defensive team and that will help to sustain us later in the season. As an aside, I have to comment on Baez, who is a fascinating case. His defensive numbers are weak, yet he amazes us with his athleticism. He could be the poster boy for the guy who grades completely differently under the “eye test” versus the analytics.  It may be that the two will converge as the sample size grows, but it also may be true that he plays with an abandon that enables both the spectacular play and the mundane error. We will see.

Finally, the top of our lineup is hurting us offensively. After fueling a historically good start, Zobrist has cooled off and Derek Fowler has been side-lined with hamstring discomfort. This has dramatically changed our offensive production in recent weeks. It calls for a response and I think Maddon should make a change immediately. While we wait for Fowler, Maddon should drop Heyward to the eight spot. Jason Heyward has not gotten it going offensively this year despite Joe’s patience. Let Jason work it out at the bottom of the order. That should help Bryant and Rizzo. We need them especially with Fowler out. Bryant has been solidly steady, but not as productive as he could be. Rizzo has been streaky, but he is on a strong uptick again currently. We need Bryzzo to carry us. You look to your studs when the heat is on – and boys and girls, it is on now.

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Organizational Recap: The Bryant Game

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Cubs 11 @ Reds 8 (Box Score)

THE BRYANT GAME – Last night was a game that will be talked about for year. While it was just a game on a Monday night against a team not in the race, it was a game that Kris Bryant showed part of his plan to take over the world with his evil partner, Anthony Rizzo. This is Bryzzo’s world and we are just small cogs in the wheel hoping to not be eliminated by their greatness. Bryant’s night was a first in Major League Baseball history. Let’s look at the statline for a second.

5 for 5, 3 HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 16 Total Bases all while playing Third Base, Left Field, and Right Field. I’d say that deserves a curtain call.

Let’s pause for a moment of silence as we rewatch the home runs off the bat of Bryant.

THE ARRIETA START – Admit it, you’re starting to get a little concerned about what we’ve seen from Jake Arrieta lately. Last night’s start was not Arrietalike and it reminds us that while he can be hittable, we can still win. For the month of June, Jake made five starts, posting a 3-2 record with an ERA of 3.54. It’s not fun to read that, but I think we all knew he could not sustain the type of performances we’ve seen. Now the question becomes: What is the baseline for Jake? I think it’s very important that the Cubs did not sign him to a long term deal this off-season. I think they are wise to take advantage of the window of arbitration that they have and let it play out. If Jake continues to do Jake things, you consider offering him. If he regresses, you consider waiving goodbye and let someone else take on the long term deal. Right now, I’m waiting to see what happens.

THE ROSTER MOVE – Before the game, the Cubs optioned Gerardo Concepcion to AAA and selected the contract of Joel Peralta, who was signed off the scrap heap not too long ago. Personally, I don’t like the move, but they like that he’s had success getting lefties out. I’d rather see Concepcion stay up and get the experience given the fact that the Cubs may or may not have a long term piece in him that they need to find out about. Peralta is a 40+ year old guy that is not a long term part. Concepcion is a guy that the Cubs signed to a multi-year deal out of Cuba and that deal runs out soon. See what you have in him. I don’t like the move.


STARTING PITCHERS

AAA – Pierce Johnson: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 0 K

AAA – Jake Buchanan: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K

AA – Brad Markey: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

A – Adbert Alzolay: 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 5 K

SS – Jesus Castillo: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K

TOP HITTERS

AAA – Dan Vogelbach (1B): 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

AA – Ian Happ (2B): 3 for 3, HR, 3 RBI (Hitting .733 since being called up)

A – Tyler Alamo (1B): 2 for 4

SS – Matt Rose (3B): 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI, R

HIGHLIGHTS


CHIT CHAT

Yesterday may go down as “The Bryant Game” and I know we all remember and cherish “The Sandberg Game”, which got me to thinking. When you look at other players in Cubs history, it doesn’t even have to be great players, what would you label as their game? For example, when I say “The Kerry Wood Game”, I think we would all agree on the 20 strikeout game. What are some others? Let’s have some fun this morning.

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Organizational Recap: A Disappointing Week

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Cubs 1 @ Marlins 6 (Box Score)

I didn’t get to see this game. I was sleepy and decided to take a nap. When I woke up and checked the score, I was glad I made that decision. So, a few quick takes from the box score.

  • Jason Hammel pitched sufficient, considering he’s been less than great the last couple outings. I’ll take the line he put up yesterday considering he’s a back end of the rotation guy.
  • Things continue to go poorly for by guys Spencer Patton and Gerardo Concepcion. Both pitched and both gave up a run. This is not the way to earn trust from your manager or stay in the Majors.
  • Contreras played LF again, so that’s good. Baez sat on the bench, so that’s bad.

STARTING PITCHERS

AAA – Rob Zastryzny: 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K

AA – Paul Blackburn: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

A-Adv – Jake Stinnett: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

A – Kyle Miller: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

SS – Manuel Rondon: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

TOP HITTERS

AAA – Dan Vogelbach (1B): 2 for 3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB

AA – Ian Happ (2B): 3 for 4, 2B, RBI (Hitting .667 since promotion to AA)

A-Adv – Ian Rice (C): 2 for 4, HR, RBI, R (Hitting .455 since promotion to A-Adv)

A – P.J. Higgins (C): 3 for 4, 3 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

SS – Kevonte Mitchell (RF): 1 for 4, HR, R, 2 RBI

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Organizational Recap: Why I Like Joe Maddon

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Cubs 6 @ Marlins 9 (Box Score)

WHY I LOVE JOE – Yesterday saw Willson Contreras playing LF. Earlier in the week we saw him playing first base. This is the “catcher of the future”, just like Kris Bryant is the “third baseman of the future”, yet we have seen Joe Maddon move these guys around to get them versatility. It’s a big reason why this team is so deep and able to withstand injuries. Guys get thrown in there and it keeps them on their toes. I like that it’s crept up to the Majors, because it’s been percolating in the Minors since this new regime took over. I’m not one of those guys that things all is wrong with the game and that we need to throw out scouts, etc. What I am is a guy that is OK with questioning what we’ve done in the past and wondering if it could be done better. It may be able to be improved in some areas and not in others. You never know until you try it, and Joe has been open to trying new things and challenge the traditional way of thinking. For that, I love him. Embrace change.

BAD LACKEY – We haven’t seen bad John Lackey much, if at all this season. In fact, we haven’t seen bad starting pitcher performances much at all this year. It comes as a surprise when it happens and yesterday is an example. He failed to get out of the 5th inning and had to come out with runners on base. In his last start, he threw to Contreras and seemed to have some frustration on the mound. I actually wonder if that is why Montero was back there for this start instead of Contreras, but it didn’t matter. It happened. It’s over, and it’s time to move forward to Sunday.

I APOLOGIZE – I praised Gerardo Concepcion and Spencer Patton and both came in yesterday and did not shut down the opponents. The very first hitter that Concepcion faced, Justin Bour, went the other way for a double. Patton gave up another two runs and it amounted to a bad day for guys I believe in. Like Lackey, it happened, it’s over, and we move forward.


STARTING PITCHERS

AAA – Adam Warren: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

AA – Duane Underwood: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

A-Adv – Jeremy Null: 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

A – Casey Bloomquist: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

SS – Jose Paulino: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

TOP HITTERS

AAA – John Andreoli (CF): 2 for 4, 3B, 2 R, BB

AA – Ian Happ (2B): 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI (Just recently promoted to AA)

A-Adv – Ian Rice (DH): 3 for 4, 2B, R

A – Carlos Sepulveda (2B): 2 for 4, R

SS – Andruw Monasterio (SS): 3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI

HIGHLIGHTS

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Have Fun Playing Games Online

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Technological advancements over the last two decades have made life much more comfortable and interesting. The development of high performance mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones that come with sophisticated operating systems that can accommodate a wide range of applications has opened doors for online gaming. Game developers have also done their best to come up with sports-themed video games that can be enjoyed by the vast majority of the populace. The approach they’ve taken is making games based on popular sports, such as soccer, car racing and super bike races among others. The most popular of these, however, is soccer and car racing. The graphics and creativity that has gone into making these games is immense, and has pushed the boundaries in the gaming industry.

Soccer

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It is watched by billions and played by millions either professionally or for fun. The online version of the game involves two opposing teams with carefully-selected players. To play this game, you would first have to pick your team. Your opponent would also have to pick their team. If playing alone, you can choose a team, from the available options, to play against. It is important to note that each player has traits derived from their real life persona, including signature moves. That said, playing the game is exhilarating and engages the player not just mentally, but also physically. When playing online, players can play against other enthusiasts around the world.

When it comes to sports-betting games, soccer is one of the most popular sports. Platforms, such as online casino Canada, give participants a fair chance to speculate on the outcome of different types of sports online and win. The company has the widest range of events to participate in.

Racing

There is always need for more speed when racing cars. This is also a popular online sport. Players create a profile, pick a preferred car and choose a racing track based on popular circuits around the world. To win the race, a player has to finish the race in first place. Playing alone is enough fun, but playing against real life players around the world is much more fun.

 

If you prefer two wheels to four, you can race on super bikes. The procedure is the same as car racing. All you need to do is choose a track, pick a bike and create your profile. If you finish first, you win the circuit. It is important to note that sharp bends, tunnels and other competitors, among other obstructions, make the course a little bit challenging, which makes things a little bit more interesting for players.

Board Games

If you like board games, you can play scrabble or chess online. Chess is particularly interesting, and played by millions of people around the world. However, it is possible to play alone against the computer.

Playing Sports-Themed Games Online

To play any game online, you will need three things; a fast internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone, and the online casino app or gaming platform.

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Organizational Recap: Willson Contreras…Future Star?

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

I learned this week that no one “reads the top part” anymore, so hopefully that isn’t the case and you’ll see this. VFTB is going to San Diego in August. Several of the regular commenting readers organized a meet up for the Tuesday / Wednesday games in San Diego in August. It’s a great idea and I just learned yesterday that I am able to be a part of it. If you are interested in joining us and meeting up, please contact me via e-mail and I can get the details to you.

Cubs 5 @ Marlins 4 (Box Score)

    • CONTRERAS GOES YARD AGAINWillson Contreras is making his case for why the Cubs should give serious thought to making him the starting catcher the majority of the time. He hit another home run (VIDEO) yesterday in the 1st inning and later added a game winning RBI later in the game (VIDEO). He has a rocket arm and a lot of the folks that I’ve talked to believe he is going to be a star behind the plate. It’s really looking like another prospect coming to the Majors and having good success. The hit rate we’ve seen on these guys is amazing. No one is busting. Just remember when you’re at the bar and want to praise Theo for this one, Contreras was a Jim Hendry find, not Theo.
    • BAEZ KEEPS ON BEING BAEZ – This guy can flat out field. Javier Baez, I salute you.
  •  ZOBRIST HURT? – Ben Zobrist left the game early after being hit by a pitch, but all signs point to him being ok, given that he jogged down to 1st base and no one has written anything alarming about it.

STARTING PITCHERS

AAA – Drew Rucinski – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

AA – Jen-Ho Tseng – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

A-Adv – Erick Leal – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

A – Preston Morrison – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

SS – Bryan Hudson – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

TOP HITTERS

AAA – Juan Perez (CF): 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI

AA – Jacob Hannemann (CF): 2 for 4, 3B, R

A-Adv – Jason Vosler (3B): 2 for 3, 2B, RBI, BB

A-Adv – Bryant Flete (SS): 1 for 3, 3B, R, RBI, BB

SS – Andruw Monasterio (SS): 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI

HIGHLIGHTS

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Organizational Recaps: Losing Streaks…Make It Stop

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Cubs 2 @ Marlins 4 (Box Score)

    • WHAT TO DO WITH BAEZ? – I’ve continued to mention this, and I’ll do it again. I want Javier Baez as my everyday third baseman for the future. I love Kris Bryant, but what Baez does over there far surpasses what Bryant has done, and since Bryant is competent in LF, I like that move. What would you guys like to see the Cubs do with the third base situation? Just in case you’re on the fence and missed the game last night, here is a little video evidence to support my case. The play was eventually ruled safe, but the concept is the same.
  • LESTER CONFIDENCE – I’ve found my confidence in Jon Lester to be increasing a little more with every start. Last year I felt shaky when he was on the mound and needed to watch Jake Arrieta start to talk me off the ledge in my thinking that the Cubs may have overpaid. This year, watching him is different. He feels more confident and the “cant’ throw to 1st” stuff seems to be talked about less. I’m pretty bought in to Lester at this point. How do you guys feel about Lester compared to last year?
  • BULLPEN FIX – The pen lost the game (Pedro Strop) after the Cubs tied it on a home run by Grandpa Rossy. It’s disappointing to see crap like that, especially after coming off a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals. We are quickly nearing the 30 day mark till the trade deadline, so what do you want the Cubs to do with this pen? Who do you trust and who do you not? Let’s talk bullpen.

STARTING PITCHERS

AAA – Aaron Brooks: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

AAA – Starlin Peralta: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

AA – Tyler Skulina: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

A-Adv – Jonathan Martinez: 7.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

A – Ryan Kellogg – 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

SS – Dylan Cease: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

TOP HITTERS

AAA – Matt Murton (LF): 3 for 4, BB, 2 R

AA – Jacob Hannemann (CF): 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB

A-Adv – Gleyber Torres (SS): 2 for 4

A – Eloy Jimenez (LF): 2 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

SS – Andruw Monasterio (SS): 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI

HIGHLIGHTS

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GirlieView (06/23/2016)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’er: The person with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of the 2016 Season = The folks with the most aggregate Lizzie points YTD (1 point for every Lizzie, 3 points for every Lizard.)

As you already know, this is all completely subjective and according to my whims.

Lizzies

  • I think I’m in love with Albert Almora.
  • Joe’s in love. The Phillies’ broadcasters are in awe. That was another fun game to watch. Lackey looks like Mr. Ed.
  • I don’t think we are peaking. I think we are slumping. I don’t have Dork or the new nerds spreadsheets to prove it, but I watch the games. The offense can be much better than it has been the last few weeks, though granted the wins keep coming.
  • When you have three kids (10, 6, & 4), your visit includes Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, and hanging with grandma and grandpa. Wrigleyville bars don’t make the list.
  • But Wrigley Field with the Cubs in it should be included. What are you teaching your kids?
  • Seymour can provide a suitable family escape excuse.
  • My first thought was Ross as he is the eldest. Then I looked at the roster and noted I was in college when he was born, so probably not much to talk about in common.
  • Then I thought Schwarber as he went to Indiana and can’t run away.
  • But I decided to go outside the box and pick Madden. At only 4 years older than me, we likely have a lot of shared memories. He is a fun guy interested in having a good time, as am I. He is not a fashion slave and likes cheap eats. He is me with a baseball life.
  • I choked on my toasted sub when I read, ‘fun guy …as am I”.
  • I assume toasted sub is a euphemism.
  • I’d take Theo as long as no Red Sox talk.
  • Montero. No real reason behind it, but he comes off as a guy that could carry a conversation over a meal.
  • Zobrist. I like the veteran’s best. Plus, he’s a downstate guy and I like that too.
  • I think I’d pick Jake the Snake.
  • Pat Hughes.
  • Theo so we could talk about our lives as transplants.
  • Pedro Strop so I could ask him about the hat thing.
  • Definitely Jon Lester. For one thing, he spells his first name the same as I do, so there’s that…but I’d love to hear from him about the whole not throwing to first base thing.
  • The first solution would be to make the game mean nothing again. Honestly, there is no reason this game should mean anything anyway. Managers try to rotate position players in and out of the game, and pitchers throw 2 or 3 innings max. The All-Star game is an exhibition. No one would complain if it went back to being a meaningless exhibition.
  • The All Star game is not interesting to me any longer.
  • Home field advantage should be awarded to the team with the best record.
  • The All-Star game should be after the season, like football does it. Shorten the season by the week they lose, and play the All-Star game someplace warm or indoors.
  • Oh, and the starting 9 should be the 9 players who finish the season with the best overall stats for their position. Let the great unwashed vote on the reserves.
  • They are elite athletes getting paid a SHIT-TON of money to play baseball. If they “need the break” they should take a different job. They get a long paid vacation every winter.
  • Baez – someone needs to work with him on breaking ball recognition…man he can look bad up there. When he whiffed the third time, Santangelo said, “he’s mad at himself for striking out. He shouldn’t be. If you are going to swing like that with two strikes? You are going to strike out a LOT. Get used to it or change your approach with two strikes.” He’s spot on.
  • For the record, Justin Hayward was the lead guitarist for the Moody Blues. I’m sure Len knew that. For you young’uns, the Moody Blues were a popular rock band in the 60’s and 70’s. They kept playing music, they just weren’t popular any more. They still tour. Tweet Len for details.
  • I get so tired of watching our starting pitchers get ahead of hitters all night long and then as soon as the bullpen comes in it is 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 3-1, always pitching from behind. Not just this season, every season all the time. Yes the Cubs are good but that will kill you in October.
  • No one has any thoughts on what my dream may mean?
  • Oh we stopped reading the top part years ago.
  • I feel like I’m reading a riddle.
  • the next one is sort of like a limerick
  • Bullpen needs a better lefty than Clay Dick
  • I would not give up Schwarbs but I would trade Chris Coghlan, Montero, David Ross, Clayton Richards, Trevor Cahill, Wiffowitz or Adam Dunn.
  • What are you expecting back for that ‘can’t resist’ package of talent?
  • Fernando Rodney
  • I’m sort of over Miggy Mont. Give Contreras some consistent starts over the next few weeks and let him show what he can do and then go from there. If he’s up here, play him.
  • Heyward still looks REALLY BAD to me at the plate. He’s uncomfortable. His swing is still loopy and awkward. I cannot understand why they are leaving him batting 2. Everything and everyone else on this team has changed positions in the batting order (and most of them in the field, too) except this one.
  • So now we are expecting our players to not only play hard, but throw hard as well. You do realize some of these games last longer than 4 hours.
  • Whew! I hate Molina.
  • [I’d] rather see David Ross bat second.
  • his pee-er part

Lizard

  • In the playoffs, there will be zero crappy pitching – and this team has to learn to consistently, not occasionally, beat the other guy’s top 2 or 3. Period.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2016 Regular Season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Sherm, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er for the third time in a row! Way to go Sherm!

Top 10 of the 2016 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. Eddie von White
4. Seymour Butts
5. jswanson
6. Doug S
7. Joe Aiello
8. Brad Lyerla
8. cap’n realist
10. Sean Powell

Chit Chat

  • What changes do you feel the Cubs need to make between now and the end of the season in order to be playoff-ready? Your ideas can be specific (trade for such-and-such, etc.) or more conceptual (improve moving runners into scoring position) but let’s hear your thoughts!
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