The doctor prescribed me some steroids (not so much for power, but for inflammation) for my wrist, and, for the time being, I have to wear one of those wrist braces that make you look like you’re about to go bowling, and about to take it way too seriously. It also makes it very hard to type (on The Wife’s computer today, too). What else can I whine about …

  • Alfonso Soriano’s homer last night didn’t just win the game for the Cubs, it also made some history. With it, Soriano became only the second Cub – joining Andre Dawson – to hit 20 or more homers in his first six seasons with the Cubs. Soriano also joined Albert Pujols and David Ortiz as the only active players with 11 straight 20-homer seasons.
  • As expected, the Cubs’ coaches are going to work on Brett Jackson’s swing and his strikeout issues. It sounds like they thing the problem is less mechanical than it is mental. “Mechanical things are usually easier to fix there’s no question because you can make that adjustment,” Sveum said. “I think a lot of it is anxiety levels for certain people to get to a certain level when they have two strikes on them. That’s what we need to be conscious of more than anything, as much as tinkering and doing so many mechanical things …. He had probably five different hand positions and three different postures in four at-bats [when he struck out four times on Monday in San Diego]. Those are the things we have to get a grip on and make sure we’re not getting so mechanical that you are thinking about everything else other than hitting a baseball.”
  • Steve Clevenger was ejected in the middle of an at bat last night after arguing a strike call. Dale Sveum was not happy … with Clevenger. “He’s got to have a little more composure than that when he’s a catcher. You can’t be getting thrown out of games like that for situations like that.”
  • Josh Vitters, on the explanation he was given for his call-up, and the reason he’s sitting so much: “They told me what is going to go on. They are just going to give me playing time against lefties for the most part and expect me to work my tail off until I am just exhausted. I will concentrate on defensive work and hitting as well.” Whatever. I don’t agree with taking a 22-year-old, hot-hitting, developing player out of AAA and parking him on the bench in the bigs, but I understand the Cubs’ explanation. They want to evaluate what they have in him on the big league stage (the coaches get to see him every day now), and they also want to put him in a position to succeed (I’d argue they’re doing the opposite, but, again, I understand the explanation).
  • Albert Almora could be the next big prospect promoted out of Arizona, though he’s more likely to head to Boise than Peoria, like Jorge Soler. Almora is hitting well in his last 10 games, and the Cubs might want to see him get a little experience at a higher level before the minor league seasons end.
  • I missed this a few days ago, but Jim Callis recently spoke at length about 23-year-old pitching prospects Matt Loosen and Trey McNutt, concluding that neither is a big-time prospect at this point – the latter because his stuff has fallen off (and his command), and the former because scouts just don’t see it, despite good numbers.
  • You’ve got until 2pm CT today to enter to win a couple bleacher tickets next week by captioning a photo of Dale Sveum. Here’s where you caption to win, and here are the full details on the contest. Get on it.
  • The MLBullets at BCB go over the new playoff schedule for 2012, which are of almost no interest to Cubs fans …
  • Fishin Phil

    ” “They told me what is going to go on. They are just going to give me playing time against lefties for the most part and expect me to work my tail off until I am just exhausted. I will concentrate on defensive work and hitting as well.”

    I try not to say this too often about this Front Office, because I generally have faith in them, but……..

    This the dumbest damn thing I’ve heard all week!

    • Leroy

      agreed. Welcome to the big leagues now sit down… SIGH!!!!

    • 100 Years of Tears

      You beat me to it. This is just a ridiculous idea. Play the kid!

    • willis

      Agree. Makes no sense. As I’ve said before, there are no negatives that come from playing him every day. WORST case, you find out he’s terrible and you move on for the 3B search. But they have to know what they have in him.

    • Doug Dascenzo

      You should let the kid play and fail if you want him to succeed. Treating him or any other prospects with kid gloves is silly.

  • BD

    LOL- I still read that as “the Mullets at BCB”…

  • sclem21

    I guess I am less turned off by the Vitters platoon when I see Texas is doing the same thing with Olt. Granted, we don’t have a Beltre-type splitting time with Josh but it doesnt seem like that irregular of a development path to give him two months seeing MLB pitching without just throwing him in the deep end and saying ‘swim’. Of course everyday playing time is valuable and AAA is apparently the spot Vitters can get that now but I dont think its such a crime to begin immersing him in the MLB lifestyle now and gradually work towards get him on the diamond everday.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      I’m not saying he needs to be in there everyday, but at least give him enough chances that he can actually learn something from it and possibly make some adjustments. He’s not going to learn much by facing only one type of pitcher on a very limited basis.

      Failing is a very valuable learning experience…

  • donnie kessinger

    Does this show a lack of faith in the coaches at Iowa? Perhaps Sveum & co, feel they can work on these guys weaknesses better in the majors, sort of like on-the-job training… but if your sitting, it’s hard to learn. I think Vitters time will increase in a week or two.

    • ptbnl

      I have been wondering if there will be a wholesale change of coaches in the minors this offseason. There really wasn’t time for the FO to do it last year but it may be a priority this year after watching the lack of development for many Cub minor leaguers. You can say the players weren’t that good to begin with but watching Campana struggle to lay good bunts down is just an example of the failings we’ve seen.

    • Wilbur

      You may be correct, but there is an alternate thesis here that could be offered as how the Cubs are handling young players like Vitters and maybe even Jackson and a few pitchers:.

      One, as a 22 year old he is not really projected as being MLB ready and will likely bounce between the AAA and Cubs a couple of times. Could the Cubs be starting the bouncing process early versus letting him stay at AAA – reason the next time he comes up, assuming he starts in AAA next year out of Spring Training is it’s just part of the process versus the first time to the bigs. Also, if the Cubs see him as a viable major leaguer in 2013 or 2014 let him see first hand how the big kids do it and find out at the highest level what his personal strengths and major league flaws are so when he returns to AAA he is focusing on the flaws.

      Two, only limit hitting to exposure in majors to lefties, don’t ask the new kid to do what a lot veterans can’t do, hit against the lefty/righty split. Has to be balanced with the first point.

      Three, whether the coaches in Iowa are good or not there is value in listening to and watching from the dugout as the best in world do what they do, Cub or opponent. The sooner he feels like a major leaguer the sooner he can play to whatever his ceiling will be.

      I just think the whole episode is part of an educational process for Vitters, and he’ll get work on his defense as much or more in Chicago than Iowa because in Chicago he is one of several trainees versus Iowa where everyone is being trained … by fewer coaches.

  • Fastball

    The motives of the FO are confusing and the explanation given for Jackson and Vitters is somewhat damning the coaching in AAA IMO. They brought these two up to coach them up themselves. They talk about Jackson’s different batting stances and hand positions every time he gets up to bat. Great that they identified that. What the hell was the manager and hitting coach in Iowa doing. They want to keep sending Jackson out in the lineup with all of these flaws and have him look terrible when he obviously has many flaws to fix in his mechanics and his mental preparedness. Meanwhile he is not going to be successful at all and his going to be looked at as a bust before long. (by the fans) With Vitters I really hate the approach they are taking with him. Only face LH pitchers and take a million groundballs. Again what were the coaches in Iowa doing? You have to bring up a kid to teach him how to play 3B because the minor league instructors weren’t getting that job done. That’s what is stated and boy if these are true statements then our system is in bad shape from an instruction perspective. It sure is apparent in the pitching that comes up continuously. Can’t throw strikes, Can’t throw pitches to contact down in the zone. We walk more hitters than any other team in baseball. At this point I won’t even give Bosio a pass. He had veteran pitchers as starters in Garza, Dempster and Maholm and they figured themselves out and stayed on track with their outings. But the younger pitching – Shark, Volstadt, Wood, Coleman, and everyone in the pen except Camp and Russell are Walk machines and are disappointments for the most part. You simply can’t have a failure rate this high in this many area’s before things need to be questioned. Is the coaching at certain levels of the organization just flat out terrible. Are the pitching and hitting coaches at almost every level just flat out terrible. Look at McNutt once a prize prospect isn’t even effective in the bullpen. We are bringing up prospects now so that Major League coaching staff can fix them and hopefully make them into big league players. That’s what the Minor Leagues are for. I am very concerned at this point. I don’t know if these coaches we currently have got hired via the good ole boy network or what. But I think our coaching skill sets need a Major overhaul. Last night a high school pitcher could have struck out Brett Jackson. He was swinging at 58 foot curve balls.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      Fastball- you wrote exactly what I’ve been thinking… weird. But thanks for saving me the trouble!

    • hansman1982

      Don’t get into too big of a tizzy. The coaches in Chicago are better than the minor league guys, that is why they are in the bigs and the other guys are in AAA.

      Calm down, Bosio did get one hell of a season out of Dempster and Maholm, Shark has turned into a legitimate starting pitcher, Wood has been good. Please never attach Coleman’s failure to anything but him just being an up-and-down kind of player (thank you Kevin Goldstein for informing me what this is).

      Not having quality pitchers coming up is certainly not a flaw of the current FO but a flaw of the previous regime. If in 3-4 years we still have 0 exciting pitching prospects close to the bigs then you can blame Theo.

      • 100 Years of Tears

        I’ve coached high school football for 15 years and here’s what I’ve learned about coaching a sport that has feeder levels (frosh, soph, etc.). You put your best teachers of the game with the youngest, most untrained kids. Our freshman and sophomore coaches are outstanding at teaching fundamentals to kids. Our varsity coaches are great at game planning, strategy, thinking on their feet, and making tough, quick decisions.

        I imagine baseball would be the same. The minors should be loaded with coaches that can teach fundamentals and relate well to the kids. I don’t care if a minor league coach can play the matchups or make the right double switch when it matters. That’s what a major league coach should be worried about.

        I would never move a kid up to the varsity team in order to be taught fundamentals that his sophomore coach can’t deliver. I would also not expect a kid to be moved to the major league team to get coaching that his AAA coach can’t deliver. If the lower level coaches cannot teach the game, they don’t belong in that position. Either find them a role that they can excel at, or get rid of them.

        • Ian Afterbirth

          Also good points!

        • Ron

          I am not disagreeing with your theory but, sometimes playing everyday is not the same as practicing. I think and this is just a guess (look how Barney wore down last year) but the FO thinks that Vitters needs to focus more on practice and understanding the fundamentals than playing. Would you rather he sat the bench in Iowa to primarily focus on fundamentals or get some exposure to the bigs now so when he starts next year it won’t be so new for him. On Jackson, I think it is more of the instructors in the minors, college and high school (histrically high strike outrate) can’t fix him. Lets be honest his value was not going to increase in Iowa in anyway.

          • Drew7

            “On Jackson, I think it is more of the instructors in the minors, college and high school (histrically high strike outrate) can’t fix him. Lets be honest his value was not going to increase in Iowa in anyway.”

            I don’t know…I’m torn on this issue. K’s were never an alarming issue until this year. Sure, he SO in mearly 30% of his PA’s last year in AAA, but he also played in just 48 games and mashed during that time. So really, the problem has been a big one for 460-something PA’s. I’m not sure it wouldn’t benefit him to have some additional time down there.

            • Drew7

              *nearly 30%

          • 100 Years of Tears

            Good point, Ron. If he was going to get some down-time anyway, I guess it would be best to have him do it while slowly adjusting to the majors.

            I didn’t necessarily mean to imply bringing him up to learn was a bad idea… I was more concerned that it might be that our minor league coaches aren’t able to teach fundamentals as well as those on the major league staff. And that shouldn’t be the focus of major league coaches… they should be more concerned with winning baseball games than teaching fundamentals.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Thanks, Fastball.
      Those are points and questions definitely worth considering.

    • King Jeff

      Didn’t the triple A hitting coach who had worked with Rizzo come up to Chicago when Rudy was canned? I think it explains why they want Jackson and Vitters up working with him if that’s the case.

  • hansman1982

    I see Vitters situation as the FO having complete faith in his bat but no faith in his glove work. Look at Jackson, obvious flaw in his game and he plays every day (possibly to fail so he can adjust this winter Rizzo-style).

  • ColoCubFan

    My guess is that Vitters has some big time issues with his fielding, and they’re trying to figure out whether he can be their 3rd baseman next year, or if they need to find somebody over the Winter.

    • Fishin Phil

      He must be horrible in practice, because I haven’t seen him make a single error from his position on the bench.

      • stillmisskennyhubbs

        Touche Phil !

    • 100 Years of Tears

      He can’t be worse than Valbuena… and how many chances does a 3rd baseman get in a game? Not enough to warrant keeping him on the bench. He’s obviously able to play the position, as he made that wicked play the other day. Maybe it’s the routine plays he needs work with??? How can you figure out if he can play by sitting him on the bench?

      • Edwin

        By considering his performance over 2000 PA in the minors?

        The front office has a good idea of what kind of player they expect Josh Vitters to be. 100=150 AB over the rest of this season probably won’t make or break him as a prospect. He’ll be given plenty of chances to earn more playing time.

        • 100 Years of Tears

          I’ve never seen a healthy player get better at a sport by sitting on the bench. Maybe to clear his head for a couple games, but not like this. And those plate appearances were against minor league pitchers in minor league stadiums in front of minor league crowds.
          I’m not saying he’s going to be broken by this, just that it’s probably not going to make him any better.

  • terencem

    I’m elated to hear that Sveum thinks he sees mechanical problems with Jackson. At least there’s something clear to work on.

  • Fastball

    I hope the coaches in Chicago are better than the ones in the minors. But… did we get our coaches in the minors from the left over gang at Waffle House in Mesa? I’m being a smart ass with that comment I know. But there is no excuse why a product gets to the big leagues that isn’t at least 95% finished product. Sure they all are going to need a little tweaking and helped with adjustments when everyone figures them out. But we are sending reclamation projects on critical skill sets to the big leagues. Can’t hit and can’t field. It’s a good thing they both don’t have bad arms or built with Adam Dunn wheels. It’s bad when the Reds announcers who weren’t busting on us like they normally do were some what compassionate about our plight. I had to watch the game on the Reds network last night. They commented on all the flaws but they weren’t twisting the daggar in the wound like they normally do.

  • nick cafardo

    There is talk of a soriano for lackey deal. Obviously the cubs would pay both of their salaries as well. The cubs may have to include vitters, but it looks close.

  • Fishin Phil

    This really is Nick Cafardo, isn’t it??

    • Internet Random

      Of course. You can tell by his typical professional writer’s insistence on proper capitalization.

  • Fastball

    I agree with the comments on Vitters. Can he be that damned bad? Hell there are only 2 or 3 ground balls a game hit to the third baseman and if it gets out of hand and 5 come his way can he knock down 3 out of 5. He doesnt have to be a gold glover he just needs to stand out there and field the ones hit right at him. Ramirez did that for years. If he hits the ball then put his butt in and play him. We pretty much suck right now so who gives a crap if he boots a couple balls here and there. It’s no worse than watching Jackson go up and be an automatic K in the opposing pitchers stat chart.

  • nick cafardo

    Yes. Please follow me on twitter, as I’m a genius with great sources..

    • Fishin Phil

      Nick Cafardo – Suuuuuper Genius.

      I am currently picturing Wiley Coyote.

  • Lifepainter

    On the Steve Clevenger ejection: I was listening to the radio side driving home from work and could here Clevenger yelling at the home plate ump that the pitch called ball one was in the “same G-D spot as the last pitch, the same G-D spot”. Of course he was talking of the strike two pitch that was even further outside than the one called a ball. In the day game in San Deigo, Barney should have walked but had a pitch called a strike that the computer showed to be very low and inside. Of course the next pitch Barney hits a shot into a double play. I think the umps make ball calls on bad teams to try and speed the game up,

    • dabynsky

      The Cubs strikezone was very much a get away day strike zone. The ump was trying to get the game in before the rain came back. Clevenger was wrong about the 3rd pitch being in the same spot as the 2nd pitch, but both should have been called balls.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      You could hear it on TV as well…

      • Internet Random

        Crystal clear.

  • Fishin Phil

    The next to last paragraph in Levine’s article indicates there may be some truth to an earlier comment by someone that Sveum does not get along to great with Vitters:

    • rhino70

      As long as Sveum is man enough to get over it if and when Vitters demonstrates that he’s matured, that’s fine. If Sveum holds a long-term grudge based on something that happened in Spring Training of 2012, then he doesn’t belong in a major league dugout.

    • fortyonenorth

      I doubt this is Sveum’s call. The FO is driving the situation.

  • Edwin

    Maybe the front office doesn’t see Vitters as a long term answer at 3B. Maybe they see him as more of a Jeff Baker type player, in which case they probably don’t care if he gets bats against RHP or not.

    Either way, I don’t think it’s a big deal that Vitters doesn’t play. It won’t really impact his development that much. He’ll still get an opportunity to play everyday against RHP next spring.

  • Norm

    Two months of not facing righties isn’t going to kill him.
    They are trying to put him in a position to succeed. I’ll give Theo and Jed the benefit of the doubt.

  • mark

    It’s true that Vitters got on Sveum’s bad side on day one at Mesa, by showing up late for the first team meeting. It’s possible his call-up is, in part, an attitude check. A few weeks back he made some comments to the effect that “the walks will come when a batter is feared.” I don’t think that’s what the coaches wanted to hear, even though he went on a tear (including a walk-tear) after making those comments. His numbers at Iowa reflect significant improvement in most areas of his game, but the FO may want to learn first hand what’s going on in his head. That said, I tend to agree with the commenters who wonder what these moves say about the state of the Cubs organization.

  • mark

    “The feel for the game is totally different here,” Vitters said. “Here it is 100 percent geared toward winning on a whole different level of trying to win.”

    Think back to that Almora interview. You didn’t hear Almora say anything remotely like that. Whether true or not, Almora wants everyone to know that he’s giving 100% 24-7. There’s a certain naivete about some of the things that Vitters says and does. I’m quite sure that there are questions in the FO’s mind about Vitters level of commitment to being the best he can be in all facets of the game.

  • ichabod

    i dont like vitters sitting too much, but i also like valbuena. H.U.S.T.L.E.R. hustler

    • Drew7

      Let me guess, big fan of Theriot and Campana as well?

  • MightyBear

    Personally I think the FO and coaches told Vitters that but I think the real reason they brought him up and are playing him only against lefties is to showcase him and his bat to other teams and other FO’s so the Cubs can deal him in the winter. He’s going to hit and hit well against lefties.

  • ichabod

    campana not so much, maybe he if learned to drag bunt or something. the riot, absolutely. you need guys like him, like barney ie, they come to the park to play some effing ball. youknow the cliche about doing the little things. they do and you need them to do it so your real good players can do what they do. cubs have too many scrappers not enough stars. not enough anything really

    • TWC

      Wow. It either takes watermelon-sized balls or a pea-sized amount of baseball comprehension to say you “need guys like” Theriot. That’s like beyond BetterNews ridiculous.

      Blah blah blah “play the game right”. Blah blah blah “hustle”. Zzzzzzz….

      • hansman1982

        yes, give me a team of 25 Aramis Ramirezei and they will mop the floor 999 times out of 100 with a team of 25 Darwin Barney’s/Ryan Theriot’s/Tony Campana’s (hell, give the 2nd team 50 of those players with 4 outs an inning and it wouldn’t even be close)

    • Drew7

      “you need guys like him, like barney ie, they come to the park to play some effing ball. youknow the cliche about doing the little things”


      • TWC

        Hahaha. Just checked B-R’s similarity scores. You know who comes in as the #2 comp to Theriot?

        Aaron fracking Miles.

        (cue Russian spammers)

        • Fishin Phil


          tee, hee, hee

        • MichiganGoat

          Ha well to be fair Theriot and Miles did show up to play effin ball, the problem is that the effin ball they played was effin horrible.

          • TWC

            Anyone have that Theriot/Benny Hill video link handy? That’s always good for a few larfs.

          • King Jeff

            How come nobody ever talks about how hard Mike Trout plays, and how much of a hustler he is? Oh yeah, it’s because he’s a good baseball player with an actual talent other than “scrappy”.

            • Richard Nose

              Boom. Winner.

        • Sircub

          • SirCub

            I guess you can’t post just a link? Makes sense.


            • TWC

              Sweet cypress, that video brings tears to my eyes. Love it.

  • Willy

    TWc, you are scum

    • TWC

      Oh, please elaborate. I’m quite curious.

      • Brett

        We call that “true colors.”

        (Not yours. His.)

        • TWC

          I know that. It is what it is.

  • mark

    I agree, ichabod. I recall an interview with Campana in which he stated what a revelation it was for him, talking to Juan Pierre and learning how much Pierre practiced bunting. Then, Campana came to ST and fell on his face in the bunt competition. The amount of of work Pierre puts into bunting shouldn’t be a revelation to Campana. A guy who can barely get the ball out of the infield needs to develop some advantage if he wants to last as long as Pierre–as opposed to bouncing between AAA and MLB the rest of his career.

  • mark

    Barney: .269 .308 .360 .668
    Theriot: .280 .341 .350 .691

    And yet there were plenty of teams who were interested in Barney, and Theriot has an 8 year career in MLB. As opposed to people who talk about all their “lives.”

    • MichiganGoat

      Teams are interested in Barney because he is a top defender as compared to Theriot who has never been an average fielder.

      • Bric

        Yep. He’s also younger and continues to show some growth. Theriot is who is right now and will only continue as is or start to decline.

    • Sircub

      You missed the part about Barney being an awesome fielder, and Theriot being… not so much.

  • mark

    talk about IT all their “lives.”

  • Picklenose

    I was reading through the comments on the minor league coaching. We have at least 2 counter examples in Marmol and Volstad. Marmol looked horrible, couldn’t throw a strike early on. He was sent to the minors and came back significantly better. Volstad looked as bad or worse, went to the minors and has come back much better (although, 2 games is a pretty small sample size). My point is that the minor league coaching may not be as bad as you think.

    • bails17

      It’s not that simple. Those guys down there are told specifically what these guys need to work on when they get sent down. The FO and the ML coaching staff will formulate a plan and then the player(s) and the minor league coaches need to work the plan. In most cases, it’s a mental thing versus a physical issue or mechanics. Bottom line is that it’s a team effort.

      • anotherjp

        And sometimes being sent to Iowa to work out issues is just the wake up call that’s needed in and of itself. So far I’m very impressed with the ability of Cub coaching to correct problems with players. For Marmol is seems to be nothing more than not shaking off the catcher and trusting his fastball; oddly enough Volstad also just needed to throw more sinking fastballs to turn his season around. I wouldn’t doubt if Bowden comes back soon and is also effective.

  • mark

    I’m quite aware of the relative merits of Barney/Theriot, and so are MLB teams. Theriot is making $1.25 million this year. He made as much as $2.6 million/yr. with the Cubs. Barney may be a defensive whiz, but he’s making the MLB minimum $.5 million and will probably be lucky to reach Theriot’s salary numbers–without a major upgrade to his offensive contribution. Other teams are interested in Barney as a part timer, until they can find a full timer. Barney would probably trade some of his defensive wizardry for something that would get his salary up to Theriot’s. Point is, there are plenty of teams who see value in “fringish” players and will pay pretty good money to have them on their teams. And I have no special brief for Theriot. I appreciate them both for their efforts and congratulate them both on the success they’ve had in a demanding sport.

  • John

    Um, dude the money Barney and Theriot now make are not comparable– Barney is still an indentured servant (he is still an arbitration player) . In baseball, seniority matters.

    • mark

      Um, dude, I think I knew that. But do you seriously think the FO–any FO–will be throwing money at Barney any time soon? Given his substandard offense, and the fact that he wilts after the All Star break, any team he plays for will always be looking for an upgrade and will never, ever, want to overpay a player like him, no matter how they value his defense. And I love his defense, too. That’s why I said he’ll be lucky to ever reach Theriot’s salary level. And of course, any team that Theriot plays for will also be looking to upgrade, as a player at his skill level and his years in the league becomes too expensive for the return he provides.

      Reed Johnson is an example of a “fringish” player who has probably maxed his somewhat greater abilities–compared to Theriot or Barney. The reason is apparent: he has a bit more pop, but he follows the same “hustle” path to success. I don’t expect to see Theriot playing at the MLB level at 35.

      • Drew7

        I’m really not sure what kind of money Barney would get in the open market. Offense from the SS position isnt what it what it used to be

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    For Crying Out Loud Play Vitters I didn’t realize that all pitchers in Triple A were Left Handed Pitchers I have to do some research and look at all teams.

    If this was what they were going to do for Vitters why call him up ?

    • Flashfire

      Look at Anthony Rizzo’s numbers against lefties in Iowa. Look at his numbers in the big leagues against lefties.

      Now look at Josh Vitters numbers against righties in Iowa. Think about how that plays in the big leagues using the Rizzo comparison. That’s why he isn’t starting against righties.

      • Turn Two

        Your argument seemingly is based on the assumption that every player is the same. You’re gonna need more than that.

        • Flashfire

          Fair enough. Theo knows what he’s doing, and is choosing not to start him. They are not playing a game of: “Let’s piss off the Cubs base.”

      • Jonski

        The same Rizzo that took a tuff bb lastnight against 1 of the better left handed pitchers or maybe the Rizzo that Luke pointed out in AAA struggled at first against AAA left handed pitching and then started lightning up.

        • Flashfire

          It was a great at bat. After 2 months he might be getting it. He will. But they’re working things differently with Vitters because he was a much worse hitter than Rizzo and he struggled against righties. (So did Jackson, but took pitches and had better walk numbers.) We either trust this FO or we don’t. They have much, much more information than we do. Until they give me a reason not to, I trust them, even though I would like to see Vitters every day, too.