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dale sveum head scratcherThe Cubs really know how to lose frustrating Friday night games in Milwaukee. Here’s one of the most frustrating games I’ve ever watched, from a Friday last year in Milwaukee. If you watched the game, you remember.

  • After last night’s 0-7 performance, the Cubs are now batting just .144 with runners in scoring position, by far the worst in baseball. Their team OPS with runners in scoring position? .485. For the most part, the RISP stats are a bit of an illusion, as “clutchness” has been tough to nail down statistically. Usually, a team’s – or a player’s – stats normalize whether there are runners in scoring position or not. That said, it hasn’t all been a fluke or bad luck for the Cubs: their 35 strikeouts in 111 RISP at bats makes for the second worst strikeout rate in baseball in such situations (behind only the White Sox). In other words, the Cubs have probably had some bad luck with RISP, but they’ve also sucked.
  • Dale Sveum on the surprising Julio Borbon addition yesterday, per Patrick Mooney: “It’s another way of getting the organization stronger. It probably won’t be the same roster a week from now. But whatever happens from here on out, it’s just getting a young guy in that’s had big-league success already. And then we’ll see where we go.” I’d say that sums it up. See talented player, grab talented player, sort out consequences later. When Ian Stewart comes back in a week or so, an outfielder will go – either Dave Sappelt sent back to Iowa, Borbon waived as an attempted stash, or a trade. Indeed, something could come up even before Stewart comes back. Cody Ransom is currently the only backup infielder on the roster.
  • So, that crazy Jean Segura sequence where he: (1) legitimately stole second; (2) later was picked off second; (3) got in a rundown between second and third; (4) while Ryan Braun ran from first to second; (4) the two players both wound up on second at the same time; (5) Braun was tagged out, and Segura was tagged while still safely on second; (6) Segura thought he was out and started walking toward his dugout; (7) Segura realized he wasn’t out and had to run away from the ball, and the safe location was first base, which he “stole”; and (8) Segura was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second again later in the inning. Here’s the middle portion of that for those who didn’t see, it’s a gif that’s been floating around Twitter and I don’t know to whom to attribute it:

  • Internet Random

    From the Mooney article: “Braun celebrated the three-run homer while walking back to the dugout, pointing to the crowd and copying Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers by doing the “Discount Double Check” motion.”

    You know, because Braun was already so likeable.

    Anybody got a link to video of this? I missed the game and need to feed my Braun hatred.

    • @cubsfantroy

      You need something to fuel your hatred of him? haha

      I just need to hear his name.

      On that same note, I now hate Aoki. If he somehow couldn’t play against the Cubs anymore this year, I would be happy.

      • willis

        He’s enough fuel all on his own, let alone acting like that. I’d like to see an Ejax ear hole fastball tonight.

  • Jp3

    Ha, who on earth thought Brent Lillibrdge wouldn’t clear waivers? Too bad no other teams needed a roster spot filled by a mediocre glove with zero hitting ability.

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      We’re the only team that constantly signs rotten fielders or hitters. I’m sure there will be another one that becomes available next week that theo is already foaming at the mouth to get his hands on.

      • Jp3

        Shhhhhh!!! Nobody tell him Ryan Theriot is available!!! Wait he’s no worse than Cody Ransom….

        • @cubsfantroy

          I’d rather have Theriot. He is still better than Ransom. Only problem with Theriot is he couldn’t play third. At least I don’t think he can.

          • Jp3

            Yeah he’s definitely better than Cody, hence the reason we wouldn’t sign him. Theriot couldn’t be any less experienced than Clevenger was at 3rd.

      • BT

        “We’re the only team that constantly signs rotten fielders or hitters.”

        If there has ever been a more perfect post to epitomize internet message board discussions, I don’t know what it could be.

  • hansman1982

    “Jeff Samardzija on Dale Sveum sticking up for him last night, which ultimately led to Sveum being tossed.”

    Wait, I thought Dale was a listless manager who had no fire who was a bum sitting on his bum on a bump on a log while being lethargic?

    • JBarnes

      I’ve never understood the hate for Sveum. No he’s not the same type of guy as Pinella where he’s gonna be getting tossed once a week but he’s known around the league as a teacher of the game and is very well respected amongst players. I like his attitude and the way he handles himself in the media. I don’t need the guy coming out and throwing shit at the press conferences every loss (although that would be OK every once in a blue moon) and things like that…I’d rather him be relaxed and professional in the media and then if he has to, get in his guys faces or whatever it takes to get their attention behind closed doors where it’s nobody’s business but the teams.

      • hansman1982

        Ya, I don’t get it either. Every manager, ever, made a lot of boneheaded decisions, or didn’t do this or did that. Thankfully, those posting about why he sucks as a manager have no clue what it takes to be a manager and would be likely to have someone like Castro sac bunt a runner to third.

        • David

          Dale is good at one of the few things a manager can be good at that actually makes a positive impact on winning – defensive shifts. He also knows the value of on base percentage and won’t often make inexplicable lineup decisions like most managers will. He also doesn’t hurt the team by trying to overmanage. There are few I’d rather have.

          Managers can’t make much of a difference, but in the areas that they can, Sveum is strong.

      • Jp3

        He’s fine, especially since he’s just the patsy in charge during this time of suck. He’ll be canned by 2015. Love that we hired a former brewer coach to take the fall for a couple years of rebuilding.

      • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

        He wasn’t known around the league for anything. Where do you get that from? He worked in Boston with Theodore. That’s how he got the job with the cubs. Theo knew he was a laid back guy who wouldn’t blow up if the team lost 100 games for 5-6 years in a row.

        • Jp3

          I didn’t say he was known for anything… He was the brewers hitting coach before being hired by the cubs

          • willis

            He’ll be known as the first back to back 100+ loss manager in cubs history. But he’s blameless, don’t forget that.

            • Jp3

              Now that’s impressive, Jim Riggleman would be proud😃

          • Whiteflag

            Which also included a stint as interim manager. During that time, the team posted a 7-5 record, Good enough for a playoff birth. They lost to the philies in the NLDS.

            • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

              How could I have forgotten his historic 12 game interim manager stint?

              Surprised he didn’t lead the brewers to a ws title after that impressive 12 game stint.

              Next

              • Whiteflag

                I was simply stating his previous experience. He was also named top managerial prospect in 2003. So to say he wasn’t on the radar for teams looking for a manager is a bit of a stretch.

                • Jp3

                  In the minors… Lets not make him out to be Nobel Prize winner

                  • Whiteflag

                    Not at all what I was trying to do. Just saying he was an up and coming manager. Just pointing out he wasn’t a no name, that only got the job because he had previously worked with Theo.

      • Kyle

        Yeah, I really like Sveum. I keep hoping this front office is above the universal “chuck the manager after a few bad seasons with a bad team” maneuver in the next year or two.

        • Whiteflag

          I agree. There are times I question his bullpen management, but in general I think he keeps his bonehead plays to minimum.

  • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

    What’s with dales head? It looks like it grew vertically.

  • Jp3

    Brett, I have to laugh at the Northeast athletic club sponsor on the site, they say get a free session with a trainer while we watch the kids for you. The flash pics show the trainer demonstrating pole dancing class😃. Awesome

    • MichiganGoat

      Those ads are based on your internet viewing habits all I see is a 50% off sale on brewing supplies at my local brewery supply store.

      • Jp3

        My wife must be using my CPU to look at pole dancing classes then. Or my other half of my split personalities likes pole dancing

  • hansman1982

    With Stewart coming back next week, I’d put good odds on Borbon getting sent back to Iowa. Nabbing him was as simple as getting someone who showed a lot of promise once for free.

    We’re short an infielder for 2 weeks, big deal.

  • Die hard

    Start shakeup by firing the manager

    • MichiganGoat

      Yeah the we can fire the next manager after he doesn’t produce a winning record. Better idea is to name Soriano as Player/Manager or… wait for it… Zambrano since he’s still looking for a job and has the fire in the belly we need in a manager.

      • Die hard

        Lou Boudreau did ok as player mgr– but he could play and chew gum at the same time … or was it tobacco?… nobody on this team qualifies

      • cubmig

        Arrrrrgggggg!!!!!! (hating and groaning by the pain of even thinking it — much less speaking/posting it) …..ARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGG!

        I think we need LaRussa. He said “no más” managing, but maybe Theo can dangle a sweet deal…..

  • Kenster

    Was at the game last night got to sit in a section with a lot of Brewers fans so i took advantage of that to rag on Ryan Braun the fans accepted it which made it fun. Threw the line of ‘oh wait doc, I thought I was using insuline?’ They said the cubs should use some in order to win some games and I agreed jokingly admitting sadly that we do indeed suck. I also said Sveum got ejected cuz he was arguing the fact that Braun should be suspended and not allowed to play.

    Regards of the Segura play every in the stadium was in shock realizing the once Segura who already stole 2nd ran back to first. Should’ve been able to get them both out. No one knew how to score that one in their books lol.

    We got in early caught end of batting practice as Hairston was walking around behind the cage I yelled Scotty and he turned saw me and waved. I noticed Cody Ransom cuz he was a white rhb which we don’t have anyone else of lol and he was ignoring me, don’t like him already. When they came off I yelled for Scotty again he saw me and I showed him my marker . He gave me the finger (index finger) to wait a second. He went in the dugout and came back out right to me and started signing which was nice of him. Asked him if he was starting (i already saw bn post the lineup i was just making small talk) he said no unfortunately and laughed. Didn’t really like him but he earned props for being nice and positive. Rob Deer also signed on mty oldie but goodie Theriot jersey

  • Kyle

    Can we not refer to the 27 year old as young?

    He’s not young for a baseball player, and he’s not particularly talented on the scale of MLB players (which is, of course, insanely talented in the scale of everyone else at baseball).

    He’s a 5th outfielder with a generic CF skill set.

  • Crazyhorse

    Sveum is really not to Blame for the Cubs bad play. Although he is not a manager to be in charge of a playoff team either. Sveum does his job exceptional well .all he is allow to do is say Yes sir to the front office and he does that exceptionally well .The Cubs do not overachive in any category.

    • David

      Explain why he isn’t a “manager to be in charge of a playoff team.” What exactly qualifies one? List a bunch of managers who you think are managers “to be in charge of a playoff team.” I bet at least half of them will be inferior.

      • JulioZuleta

        You’ll drive yourself crazy responding to his posts…

  • Schlarby

    Wonder if Ryan Braun still gets his discount double check when he picks up his Steroids.

  • JulioZuleta

    I didn’t read the comments, so this probably was discussed above but I loved the way Dale went out there yesterday. You could tell he wasn’t arguing the call at all, just going off on the ump for showing up his pitcher/injecting himself into the game more than needed. Sure, Samardzija may have started it, and the call wasn’t tthhaatt bad, but umps need to be above that. He could have kept his mask on and yelled whatever the hell he wanted at Shark and I wouldn’t have car. Umps have a hard job and Shark kinda acted childish on that one, but when he pulled that mask off….nothing frustrates me more than that stuff.

  • cubmig

    Can’t help but react to criticizing Sveum as I have posted several. I should mention that I am not defending myself as much as I am provoking everyone to ask their own questions and wonder how (to use someone’s words) Sveum is doing with his “laid back” approach. Too, one must see all against last year’s record. The experience is linear and the results today are echoing a familiar trend of” yesterday”.

    Personally, I’ve not been satisfied by the over abundance of patience shown in game situations where the signals are warning the game is teetering. THAT is my big beef. If this team showed they have the power and resiliency to bounce back into a game they let get out of hand, then the tension in my veins would be eased by the “laid back” stance Sveum takes. One could feel Sveum knows he knows things will be alright. But that has not shown itself to be the case. The lapses in fielding, lack of hitting when it’s needed (risp), and pitching— that for whatever reason—caves; those seem to be more constant than not. Games won’t be won or leads safe if corrections are not made by the man-in-charge. And —like it or not—“the speed of the Boss is the speed of the gang”.

    Sveum is the Boss.

    • Jp3

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    • MichiganGoat

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  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Is borbon in the lineup today??

  • BT

    Again, this board should be commended for their patience. After giving the new plan one full year, and 3 weeks, the only things the hard core “fans” think need to be changed are the owners, the President, the GM and now the manager. I’m assuming the bat boy better watch his ass as well.

    • MichiganGoat

      don’t forget relocating to Rosemont, signing ALL the players, and using our farm system to trade for Price, Headley, and Stanton.

      • Jp3

        Haha awesome MG😃. That pretty much sums up everyone’s point of view on this site. Don’t forget that if we’d average 6runs and a win a game we wouldn’t lose😄

    • Kyle

      I continue to be befuddle and amazed by the idea that 18 months encompassing two offseasons is not enough time for significant results to be produced by the people in charge of a baseball team.

      • Kenster

        That’s because A yo don’t know baseball B you’re not patient and C there’s A reason you’re just A fan and not running A baseball team.

        • Kyle

          D) Cubs fans are under a massive Stockholm Syndrome delusion where they’ve decided to love the people who have ruined their baseball team.

          • http://Noclue Marc N.

            Hendry did that by spending money so take THAT.

            • Kyle

              I’ll take that, flip it and reverse it.

              Hendry broke the team through bad drafting and development. He temporarily re-saved it with spending money. Spending money in no way caused any of the problems that Hendry inflicted upon the team.

            • Bric

              And I don’t live in Stockholm but I know his miserable record of drafting and developing any meaningful young talent severely limited the team’s ability to cope with aging veterans, skyrocketing contracts, and loss of players due to attrition or injury. BOOYAH!

              • Bric

                Woops, you agreed with me while I was posting my response.

              • Kyle

                Yeah. We’ve been having this argument as a fanbase for two years now, and we’ll have it for a few years more, I suspect.

                Hendry broke the team. A lot of people misunderstand how, but even a lot on the opposite side of this argument from me do understand how. It was never the money spent on free agents. It was bad drafting decisions and poor development. And I’m definitely glad that Epstein may be able to fix that.

                But that doesn’t mean that the perfect executive is some sort of Bizarro Jim Hendry, doing the opposite of everything Hendry did on every level and in every way. He doesn’t need to change his name to Mij Yrdneh or anything.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Bizarro … Now I’ve got to go watch Sealab

          • BT

            2 seasons isn’t enough time to turn around a franchise. 1.5 seasons isn’t enough time to turn around a franchise. Bad contracts, barren minor leagues and poor infrastructures cannot be changed in 1.5 seasons. This would seem to be self evident to people who watch baseball. Reasonable people understand this. It doesn’t take someone suffering from Stockholm syndrome to see this. It doesn’t even take a freaking Cub fan to see this. Virtually every GM/Scout/Executive you see quoted, even anonymously about what the Cubs are doing, and how they are doing it, are quoted as saying the Cubs are doing it the right way. In fact (and perhaps you can prove me wrong on this), I don’t know that I’ve seen a single one quoted as saying the Cubs are screwing the pooch.

            Watching you continuously insist the sun is blue, then look down your nose mockingly at people who suggest it is yellow is rather astonishing.

            • Kyle

              “Turn around a franchise” is both a rather arbitrary (and even poor) standard by which to judge the front office, and an almost meaningless phrase.

              This is a baseball team. Their job is to try to employ people to try to win baseball games, with an eye toward the ultimate championship of each season’s competition. They’ve been losing a *lot* of baseball games.

              If that’s all OK because of some vague goal like “turning the franchise around,” then they need a better, more specific goal.

              “Virtually every GM/Scout/Executive you see quoted, even anonymously about what the Cubs are doing, and how they are doing it, are quoted as saying the Cubs are doing it the right way. In fact (and perhaps you can prove me wrong on this), I don’t know that I’ve seen a single one quoted as saying the Cubs are screwing the pooch.”

              You’ve got *maybe* half-a-dozen such quotes that have popped up here and there. That’s hardly a universal referendum on the subject. And you don’t get World Series rings for public opinion.

              • BT

                Gotcha Kyle. So a half dozen experts backing up my position, and zero backing up yours means…the jury is out. But you DO have internet sports fan message board sentiment on your side, so I guess those are about equal.

                And by the way, turning the franchise around is a vague goal only in your head. “Win baseball games” actually IS a vague goal when the option is win 61 games or win 71 games, and the second goal really only serves to shut guys like you up, and has myriad negative consequences, depending how a team goes about it.

                • Kyle

                  “But you DO have internet sports fan message board sentiment on your side, so I guess those are about equal.”

                  I don’t even have that. Have you noticed I’m in the minority here?

                  If you are an executive of a baseball team, and you think another team is doing something stupid, you have no incentive to go to the media and discourage them or increase the pressure on them to change. Heck, you have every incentive to tell them how awesome they are doing.

                  “And by the way, turning the franchise around is a vague goal only in your head. “Win baseball games” actually IS a vague goal when the option is win 61 games or win 71 games, and the second goal really only serves to shut guys like you up, and has myriad negative consequences, depending how a team goes about it.”

                  The choices are only between 61 and 71 if they are really bad at their jobs. If they are good at their jobs, 81, 91 and 101 should probably be on the table as well.

                  • Bill

                    Kyle,

                    You may be in the minority but you are not alone. Your criticisms of Theo and Co are fair and well reasoned. At some time Theo has to start winning games at the major league. This should have been priority from day one, but fans are now giving him his second free pass and it doesn’t sound like people expect much from next season. That’s insane. Stop selling off all your serviceable pieces and start trying to build a winner.

                    Hey, if that makes me impatient, fine, I’m impatient. I’d like to see the Cubs at least compete for a playoff spot, not tank seasons before they even begin.

            • Pat

              Two offseasons should be more than enough time to complete the fire sale portion of this and start, you know, building. Jackson was a fine step, but you can’t upgrade one position a year on a team this bad and expect to make any significant progress. Otherwise all he moves have been one or two year deals hoping they can be ‘flipped’ for someone who won’t contribute for another couple of years.

              • D.G.Lang

                Unfortunately, two seasons wasn’t enough to get rid of ALL the bad conreacts. The players one desires aren’t always available within a very short period of time and it IS better to wait another year or two to get the very best players available and not tie oneself to some more bad contracts or eat more bad ones.

  • Kevin

    I would like to see the performance metrics Theo has for Sveum.
    .500 no bonus
    .400 $100K bonus
    Worst record in baseball. $250K bonus

    • willis

      LOL…

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    I think correct me if I am wrong… But with Borbon he’s going to steal some bases for us.. I am kind of excited to see what he can do?

    • Die hard

      Has bum leg– Check reports

      • Rcleven

        Only if he doesn’t go into his slide 20 feet from the bag and end the slide 5 foot short.
        Willy May Hayes style.

  • curt

    Braun can stick his discount double check straight up u know where and when mlb gets around to busting him for that place in Florida he can serve his well deserved suspension doing thd double check .

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