Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 15

I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter – for 24 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The plan is to do a little recap like this periodically through the day/night. We’ll see if the “plan” still holds by hour 20 when I’m starting to suspect my keyboard might be chocolate (it’s taking on a distinctly sweet aroma).

The rising sun has invigorated me, and I *almost* feel normal once again. And, just as when the Cubs are on a two-game “winning streak,” I can tell it isn’t going to last.

Total Posts So Far: 

21.

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Still radio silence. If you’d have told me yesterday that I’d have nothing to put in this space this many times in a row, I would have slapped you. And then I would have run.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Reader John passed along the very sobering updated MLB team pitching stats. Until yesterday’s double blowouts at the hands of the Yankees, the Orioles probably wouldn’t have been in last. As it stands, they are last. But the Cubs – with their 4.69 ERA, and ML-worst 406 BB allowed (almost 10% higher(!) than the second-to-last team) – are second worst.

For bonus bumming out, check out the individual ERAs for the first inning. Guess which team doesn’t have any pitchers on the first page? Matt Garza is the team’s best at 3.99. He ranks 67th in baseball.

Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:

Panic is setting in. Although I may have said it previously, I didn’t actually believe it was plausible that the Cubs would do nothing today.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Back to Coke Zero. It may not pack the best punch, but, to me, it tastes the best.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

Riddle me this, hombres: given that the marshmallows and cereal pieces in Lucky Charms are of differing sizes and weights, why don’t all of the marshmallows, eventually, either sink to the bottom or rise to the top of the bag? Them General Mills folks must be geniuses.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

6 responses to “Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 15”

  1. cubs

    I DONT CARE WHAT WAS SAID IN PAST BY HENDRY–IF CUBS MAKE NO MOVES TODAY (RAM, LITTLE-Z,BAKER,DEWITTGRABOW ETC) IM DONE DONE DONE W/CUBS, NO MORE– TIRED OF THE B.S.– RICKETTS SELL THE TEAM, YOUR A JOKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Fishin Phil

    I think the phrase “Magically delicious” should have been your first clue …. It’s voodoo magic I tell you.

  3. Dick

    Alternate theory, Brett. Maybe the Cubs have played so badly because they are concerned that they will be traded. When the deadline passes, they will play like the team that Hendry and Quade talk about. Remember 24-13!!!!!