6-6 Cubs, off to Colorado…

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What was one of the few bright spots going into the season was their starting rotation. But the loss of Wells and Cashner for a significant amount of time will prove costly. Casey Coleman did alright for five innings on Sunday to keep his team in the game, but the bullpen gave up the go ahead runs in a tough loss. Tuesday’s pitcher by committie was a joke. Russell and Samardjiza should never see a ML pitchers mound ever again. I’ll swear, on one of Samardjiza’s pitches, he was trying to hit former president George Bush in the face.

In another of Hendry’s great off-season moves, Carlos Pena is showing us all how he hit .196 last year. And Matt Garza was pissed after his last start because Soto was calling too many curveballs. He said curves are not part of his game. Excuse the fuck out of me, but Garza fastballs usually wind up over the wall for home runs.

It’s gonna be a long year!!!

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41 Responses to “6-6 Cubs, off to Colorado…”

  1. genrebuster Says:

    SOS. Right on schedule. Business as usual! No surprises yet.

    FIRE JIM HENDRY.

    Sheeple should not be allowed to own baseball teams.

  2. robert Says:

    my question about tuesdays game is russell and smardjia did not do worse than john grabow….How the hell does he not get his release is beyond me

  3. Yeti Says:

    How many homeruns has Gaza given up and how many fastballs have been hit over the wall this year for homeruns?

  4. genrebuster Says:

    …there were many bombs in Gaza, I bet.

    Last year Matt Garza gave up 28 HR (not sure how many fastballs). Still trying to figure out how many beans in the jar…

  5. Yeti Says:

    I said “this year”

  6. Yeti Says:

    Just looked it up. His career HR/FB rate is 7.5%. The MLB average during that span: 7.6%

  7. genrebuster Says:

    I noted last year because “this year” just begun. Hopefully the inflated ERA’s will decline as the season progresses.

  8. genrebuster Says:

    So, he’s “average”.

    Average typically doesn’t get the job done…the last 103 seasons would support that statement.

    It will take a very special group of Cubs players–and revamped management (and possibly ownership) to win a World Series title. I think most would agree with that, given what we know to date.

  9. chucky Says:

    Yes, most would agree. Except maybe Al Yellon, Yeti, and Thrilldo.

  10. genrebuster Says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…

    “Thrilldo”.

  11. genrebuster Says:

    so….my last two comments have not posted…(?)

  12. genrebuster Says:

    …that one did…go figure.

  13. chucky Says:

    Genre….If you used a name that is mentioned in my post leave it off. Then try posting it. Istaed of the name, use those symbols above the numbers (i.e. “shift” + any number you choose). I’ll know who you are talking about.

  14. Fro Dog Says:

    Scott,

    I apologize for your comment going to spam. Since Guest/Thrill/Tankho decided to be a troll, I had to ban him once and for all. Even when his name(s) are mentioned, they automatically go to spam. I’ll try to fix the settings so your comment always get approved with your proper email address/IP addresses.

  15. genrebuster Says:

    Got it and absolutely no worries…but has the name “Thrilldo” appeared before?

    Regardless, major kudos to chucky for that one, I needed a good laugh!

  16. ksmc2000 Says:

    Why is it that whenever I start a Cub thread, Yeti has to nitpick the fuck out of it. You missed my point about Garza. Hendry gave up a lot of young talent to get him, so “average” results are not acceptable. All I’ve heard so far is excuses why his results haven’t been better. If it wasn’t the Arizona weather or the pitchers mound in spring training, now it’s the catchers fault for calling a bad game.

    Why don’t you just go back to the playground for the cocksuckers at Desipio to spew your bullshit.

  17. Yeti Says:

    I’m just pointing out that your bitching about him wanting to throw more fastballs because they “usually wind up over the wall for home runs” was wrong.

    I know you fags hate my faggy bean counting stats, but you know what, they’re becoming more and more accepted even by the biggest of idiots.. Well, the “stat to encompass all” has some things to say about Garza:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2011&month=0&season1=2011&ind=0
    1. Halladay
    2. Haren
    3. Lee
    4. Garza
    5. Jaime Garcia

    The reason his ERA doesn’t look spectacular and he doesn’t have any wins (which suck as a stat) is largely due to his BABIP (batting average of balls in play) is .541. Now, to explain this, BABIP is the average of balls hit into the playing surface that actually fall for hits. Average is .300, and typically pitchers hover around that number. Now your point is going to be “WELL HE SUCKS CAUSE THAT BABIP SUCKS. BAAAA. TICK TOCK”…. but what you guys should understand is that that number is going to go down, and the ERA and wins will be there. But the point is, he has been one of the top 5 pitchers in the league thus far, whether you want to believe it or not.

  18. Jimmy D. Says:

    Yeti,

    First and foremost, I want to thank Fro for not banning you from this blog site. There’s no need for that as you are a great contributor; yes I said GREAT. The only time I take issue with you is when you attack everyone on this site and start with the “one size fits all” name calling. Personally, I don’t make some of the inane comments that others do, yet when you make those blanket statements I feel like I’m being attacked. (No, I don’t have a sensitive side that you’re damaging when you do that, but rather I think you’re being a juvenile douchebag). That said, I believe that the people here are just fans being fans with their opinions and they’re obviously passionate about a team that just hasn’t lived up to the desired standards (winning it all) for everyone’s entire lifetime.

    I hope that you will read the rest of this post the way that it is intended; honestly, there is absolutely no sarcasm intended.

    My memory tells me that you’re relatively young; I think you’re still in your mid 20’s. I believe you’re in the accounting field. I don’t recall if you’re married or not. You’re obviously a sports afficianado. So, my question is this…Why don’t you make an attempt to become a professional scout/talent guide/consultant? Most likely in baseball? Now, hear me out. You articulate well, you know all of the statistical categories, you spend a fair amount of time on player analysis and comparison, etc. If you’re married, with children, that may be the hindering factor. But, if you’re not, man, what an opportunity to do something fun and different with your life while you’re young enough to “go out on a limb” and see where it might take you. Again, no sarcasm intended; I’m just curious if you’ve given it any real thought. I mean, the money wouldn’t be bad, the travel might suck, but all and all it could be an “in” to a phenominal career. Your thoughts?

    Later,
    Jimmy D.

  19. genrebuster Says:

    Yeti, it’s comments like this that disappoint me: “I know you fags hate my faggy bean counting stats…”

    …if you’re a homophobe, I respectfully suggest you keep it to yourself.

    Jimmy D’s comment is well-stated.

    As for me, the “baaaaas” and “tick tocks” will continue spewing forth as long as this PATHETIC so-called professional (BAAAAAAA) sports franchise Chicago Cubs teams continues to lose, which they have been doing for 103 fucking years. In case you haven’t heard, this notable feat is unprecedented in pro sports.

    By the way, my ERA comment was not solely directed at Garza….unlike some fans/observers I’m not a complete believer in Carlos Zambrano. Yes, he is on a nice winning streak but he’s not pitching “lights out”…his ERA will have to improve a great deal or this will be a rocky seaso for him…mark my words.

    I invite you to look up the stats — including ERA — of Koufax, Drysdale, Bob Gibson…and the like. I think they all would have fared very well in this current watered-down pool of MLB players. More teams, more players…some of the guys playing today wouldn’t have had a chance in hell to play on a Major League level 40 or 50 years ago.

    Yeti: Like Jimmy D., I hope you continue to contribute here regularly as you certainly add to the experience and make some good points. But sometimes you remind me of the guy at the concert/party/event who has his head glued to a video camera, documenting every minute…and missing out on a lot of what’s happening as a result. At those times, I feel sorry for you.

    Maybe when you’re a little older, you’ll have as much disdain and contempt for ignorant sheeple.. and assholes who do a shitty job yet are payed handsomely for it…and maybe you won’t. It’s just amazing to me how so many people can embrace and reward mediocrity.

    As I see it, Tom Ricketts continuing to pay Jim Hendry is a perfect example of this…just as the previous owners allowing Dusty to stay as long as he did were.

    My take on this doesn’t make me a miserable person…on the contrary I love life…no worries, the Cubs are way down the list on what I pay attention to. If it weren’t for this blog and the connections with fellow posters that I’ve mostly enjoyed for several years (how many?), I wouldn’t have a clue how the Cubs were faring at this time.

    I fully expect the Cubs to continue losing because the culture of losing — and no accountability — hasn’t changed….ENOUGH. I’ll greatly enjoy a WS title if it happens in my lifetime but I don’t and won’t lose any sleep over it if they NEVER win again.

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    tick FUCKING tock.

  20. chucky Says:

    Genre…Glad you like my little play on names. It’s simply a variation of what I call Bill O’Reilly…….Billdo.

    I think it fits both guys, don’t you?

  21. Robert Says:

    Yeti you ok with the weather going on in our area

  22. genrebuster Says:

    Chucky…YES.

  23. erniesarmy Says:

    Cubs get swept by Colorado!

    Thought I’d post it now so everyone can get ready for the next series.

    Well get em next time.

  24. Jimmy D. Says:

    Guess what??/ Grabow (or Gayblow as others like to refer to him) is STILL a horrible exuse for a pitcher.

  25. chucky Says:

    But still “serviceable” Jimmy.

  26. chucky Says:

    And how nice is it to see the return of the “serviceable” Ryan Dumpster? I was afraid that after his good year a couple of years ago it would be all downhill after that.

  27. chucky Says:

    You were almost right Ernie. Last night was an aberration.

    Is Marcos Mateo a “serviceable” pitcher now?

  28. Jimmy D. Says:

    Chucky,

    Why do you always have to focus on the negatives??? You’re such a twit. If you look at the statistics, it will clearly show that Mateo had 28 of his 31 strikes go in without being hit into fair territory. So, he’s got a 90.32% non-fair strikes vs. total strikes. That’s a pretty good ratio. You, on the other hand only care to focus on the 3 pitches that WERE hit into fair territory and accounted for 4 runs; which cost the Cubs the game. Again, you are just focusing on the negatives. Shame on you. I conclude my argument by saying that 90.32% qualifies as “serviceable”.

    Thanks,
    Jimmy D.

  29. Jimmy D. Says:

    AND, the 2 outs that Mateo got were both strike outs. Therefore, he was 100% on strike outs vs. outs. Furthermore cementing the fact that he is, indeed, “serviceable”.

  30. Jimmy D. Says:

    Raffi Torres is a “head hunting” piece of shit that needs to be suspended for the rest of the 2011 playoffs. Exciting game to watch so far. Let’s see what the 3rd period has to offer.

  31. genrebuster Says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…

    “serviceable”.

  32. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    2-2 pitch with runners on base and what does Mateo do? Throws a sinking pitch right at the knees for a hit. A good pitcher especially with first base open would have thrown one in the dirt but that’s just me talking. Call me a guy who knows nothing about baseball. That’s why this blog has people like Yeti to inform me. I don’t know where I would be without his stats.

  33. genrebuster Says:

    Matt, it’s easier to read stats than to actually watch the game. You can just pull up a box score and there it is…more time for CliffsNotes…the Internet is SO KEWL!

  34. chucky Says:

    Sorry Jimmy. I’m wrong….again.

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. genrebuster Says:

    SO KEWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    Genre, my apologies to you. I cannot believe how wrong I was until you made your point. From now on, I will just look at box scores and not watch anything. That way, I will become a more knowledgeable fan of the game…

  37. genrebuster Says:

    I read the boxscore…so it must be true. Kudos to Lil’ Z…..

  38. ksmc2000 Says:

    Glad to see you came out of the nasty weather in Raleigh OK genre. I’ve studied the weather for years, tornado’s in particular. Nothing to be taken lightly. I’m waiting for Yeti to give me a statistical analysis of the eastern storm from last weekend.

  39. genrebuster Says:

    Thanks ksmc, pretty scary….don’t experience the big ones very often in NC… a friend of mine’s home/recording studio was demolished, about 10 miles away…we took cover in a ground floor stairwell for a few minutes at the height of it, fortunately just missed us….

  40. erniesarmy Says:

    “on’t experience the big ones very often in NC… a friend of mine’s home/recording studio was demolished, about 10 miles away…we took cover in a ground floor stairwell for a few minutes at the height of it, fortunately just missed us…”

    Wow. Glad to hear you, and your family are alright, Genre.

    I live in earthquake country, but I would take an earthquake over a tornado. Those things look like huge monsters barreling down on you with no place to run.

  41. ksmc2000 Says:

    ernie,

    They do a great job of giving people a heads up much more than in years past. It saves countless lives. Last weekend we had the sirens go off and my girlfriend was freaking. I told her not to worry because the storm was moving to the northeast of our area.

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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