I’m on the road today, starting around lunch, heading to Chicago. There will be normal posting this morning, and then the Pre-Gamin’, but I probably won’t be around much in the afternoon. Obviously if news breaks – it is the waiver trade deadline, after all – I’ll be all over it.

  •  Jon Heyman continues to stump for Alfonso Soriano, correctly noting that Soriano has gone from “overpaid” to “underrated.” (Well, I mean, he’s still overpaid, but that’s no longer the “label.”) Barring a last second shocker, Soriano isn’t going anywhere today, despite his great season, which came with a game-winning hit yesterday.
  • In case you forgot what today’s “waiver trade deadline” is all about, here’s your refresher. There isn’t much in the way of rumors, so I’m tentatively expecting a quiet day. Most of the Cubs’ tradable pieces are gone, and the only two guys of note who could plausibly be dealt today are Soriano and Carlos Marmol. I expect both to still be Cubs tomorrow.
  • Dale Sveum told the media yesterday that, because of his struggles, and because of Luis Valbuena’s hot streak, we’re going to be seeing less of Josh Vitters at third base for now. “I’ll still mix and match,” Sveum said. “We might see Valbuena there a little bit more. But we still want to evaluate. Just kind of want to let Vitters kick back and see what happens. You’re trying to evaluate and win at the same time. We’re having trouble scoring runs, period. Valbuena is getting on base, swinging the bat really well, and the defense comes into play …. Obviously we have shifted gears a little bit because we’re just not getting [anything] out of that position. A guy who hasn’t struck out much is striking out quite a bit and not making contact.”
  • Sahadev Sharma looks at those struggles of Vitters’, and notes, in particular, he’s striking out far more often now than he has in the minors.
  • Sveum called yesterday’s win one of the Cubs’ best of the year. It’s a small pool to select from, but, yeah, it’s right up there, easily.
  • Danny Knobler says the “strong speculation” around baseball is that Roger Clemens, after making his next appearance for the Sugar Land Skeeters on September 7, will join the Houston Astros, and possibly pitch on September 12 … against the Cubs. Please, please, please, baseball gods, let this happen. And then please, please, please, baseball gods, let the Cubs absolutely destroy him.
  • Luis Valbuena was happy he was finally assigned that error at third base the other night, which preserved Darwin Barney’s errorless streak. He said he felt from the beginning that it was a ball he should have caught, and a clean throw.
  • The MLBullets at BCB are about, among other things, the Clemens ridiculousness.
  • Idaho Razorback

    Have a good time at the Cubs game, Brett. Wish I was there. Instead I’m here in North Idaho scraping ice off my car window for the first time this “winter”. Geeeez, already.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Gross! It’s August!

    • skidrow

      I hope you don’t get rained out tomorrow.

  • Mysterious4th

    I hope clemens does pitch against the cubs and all the young guys on the team beat him like a red headed step child so they can say “I hit a 3 run homer off of roger clemens!”

    Does anybody think he wants to pitch even 1/3 of an inning so it delays his ballot for the HoF? Maybe it will push his PED issue further back in peoples minds (if possible)

    • Beer Baron

      I think you are spot on with Clemens’ motives for this come back. Public anger toward PEDs seems to be waning some over the past few years, so waiting 5 more years might make a huge difference in getting his fraudulent career into Cooperstown. Actually a pretty intelligent move, in an evil-genius sort of way. If he does indeed come back, I’d love to see Mike Piazza emerge from the crowd and impale Clemens with a broken bat…that would be sweet justice.

      • Frank

        Me too–I absolutely think that’s why he’s doing it.

  • ssckelley

    The Astros signing Clemens to pitch against the Cubs and for the Cubs to destroy him would make this season worth it, the highlight of the year.

    • OCCubFan

      But what if Clemens throws a shutout and strikes out twenty-some Cubs??

      • King Jeff

        Then, we have to realize the Cubs are playing the Astros, and despite that scenario, they could still win the game.

        • hansman1982

          the Bad News Bears could beat the Astros…then again, I think the Berenstein Bears could beat the Astros.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      I do hate me some Roger Clemens.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    the baseball gods are in on this one…rogers brief success is how he gets sent packing. in texas for the big club, gett LIT UP by one of the worst hitting teams the cubs have fielded in years. were waiting for you roger…we wanna sent you off in the same fashion the bears sent home brett favre…utterly defeted and asking yourself why you made the stupid choice to come back. heres to hoping his legend is gonna get a fresh coat of shit on it!

  • coby

    You think McNamee will offer HGH to Clemens before his start with the Astros?

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    After an 11 day vacation in Vegas its nice to be back in Chicago! I dont care how bad the Cubs are. 11 days without watching my Cubbies is 11 days too long!

  • art

    so is Vitters a flop? sure sounds that way to me.

    • AB

      You obviously haven’t been following Vitters in the minors.

      • hansman1982

        if his minor league experience is any indication he should suck until about July 2013 and then return to being above-average with the bat.

    • Frank

      I think it’s still too early to tell.

  • Ben (BG2383)

    Tigers just dumped Jeff Baker. Does anyone know if this affects the return Cubs will receive. I know sometimes PTBNL deals return is based partially on the success of the person traded. If anyone has any insight into this it would be appreciated.
    Thank You

    • AmazGrace

      Jeff who?

      • Evenbetternewsv2.0