Quantcast

edwin jackson cubsTwelve restful hours later, I woke up refreshed (but with a hangover-like feeling) from the 36 hour Blogathon. More on what the Cubs did, and didn’t do, later. Until then, Bullets …

  • Edwin Jackson must be pitching with a lot of conviction lately. After last night’s dominant start, Jackson’s got a 3.13 ERA over his last 10 starts (and a 1.83 ERA over his five July starts).
  • Dale Sveum was both complimentary and sabermetric in his post-game comments, per Cubs.com. “[Jackson’s] fastball, since the fourth or fifth start of the year, he’s creating a lot of ground balls and getting late action. He’s got a ratio of ground ball to fly ball like a power-type sinker guy now. It’s two-to-one, and it’s off the charts for a guy like Derek Lowe and Kevin Brown and [Jake] Peavy, who make their living on ground balls. At the beginning of the year, every ground ball he gave up found a hole, and now they’re going at people.” Regression, folks. It works in both directions.
  • Anthony Rizzo has been something of a streaky hitter this year, but is currently in a good stretch, including a homer and a double last night. Thoughts on that, and from Rizzo, himself, here.
  • ESPN and SportsCenter get a lot of (deserved) grief these days, but there’s one thing they’ve always done well: those commercials. Tonight at 8pm ET (7pm CT), they’re doing a countdown of the best ‘This is SportsCenter’ commercials.
  • Speaking of deserved grief, Deadspin with a deep, deep look at what SportsCenter is made of these days. Hint: it ain’t baseball, and, when it is, it ain’t the Cubs.
  • Anthony Rizzo summed up the trade season thusly, per Cubs.com: “Everything’s rumors now. One person can send out a tweet and it’s a big headline rumor.” Rizzo is, of course, right. It doesn’t take more than five or six words to send folks into a tizzy in July (and yes, I play my part in the tizzying). For whatever it’s worth, I found the report-backtrack-conflicting-information-new-report absurdity that Twitter can help propagate to be significantly reduced this year over last year’s trading season.
  • Then again, as a fierce defender of the merits of Twitter, I do feel compelled to note that the medium for the message isn’t really what matters. Whether Ken Rosenthal said it on TV (he did) or on Twitter (he did), if he hears that the Cubs are listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija, folks are going to want to know and discuss that. If presidential election results were first announced on Twitter (these days, they are), does that make the subject matter any less headline-worthy? The world is changing, folks. We now live in one giant interconnected conversation, and rejecting the message because of the medium in which it is transmitted is a mistake. (Obviously I’ve gone a bit far afield from what Rizzo was saying, but it’s hard to get down once you’ve stepped up on that soap box.)
  • Feeney

    Marshall McLuhan said, “the medium IS the message”. Sometimes I think Twitter is a victim of being Twitter and therefore gets some undeserved criticism.

    • Lance

      The good news with a rods trouble a brewing MLB will finally have an athlete in the top 12 most talked about athletes now! yay!

  • MichiganGoat

    I’m trying to decide if I want to spend my time reading the deadspin article… I’ve abandoned ESPN completely (crazy thing is 5 years ago it was the only show I regularly watched… it was what I started my morning watching) – the last time I watched it was earlier this year and 50% of the show was LeBron and Tebow. What was once great has become a complete joke and I don’t understand why other sports programs continue to model thier stupidity.

    • Whiteflag

      It must be working, ratings/money talks. I agree though, it’s gone down hill.

    • jh03

      I did the same thing. I can’t watch it at all. The article was a good read though. It backs up why you quit watching, that’s for sure!

    • Internet Random

      SportsCenter is basically Entertainment Tonight with a focus on athletic celebrity.

      • MichiganGoat

        That’s the perfect way to describe SportsCenter

        • http://www.hookersorcake.com Hookers or Cake

          The fake outrage and manufactured opinions. Its like they have a live ratings feed on set and whenever it dips below a certain level they just start yelling “Tiger Woods! Tim Tebow! ARod! Lebron James!” until it spikes again.

      • Noah

        Well, I also think you see a lot of people on Sportscenter who don’t necessarily want to do sports, but do want to do TV. I think there are a good number of current Sportscenter anchors who would much rather be on Today or GMA. And there’s a reason why some of the ones who have been really sports focused (Brian Kelly, Steve Berthiaume) have left for more sports focused pastures.

    • tbone

      I agree completely. I can’t stomach most of what ESPN has to offer. Intelligent sports discussions are mostly obsolete on TV and radio these days. Now you have TV and radio shows with a bunch of dudes shouting, and who shouts the loudest gets the most airtime regardless of their merits. It is a meathead society and, sadly, it is very difficult to find any intellectual stimulation from mainstream sports programming. Thank goodness for the internet!

      • H.A.

        Burp.

      • MichiganGoat

        At least we have BleacherNation where we get actual news and analysis and a community that can have fun while having meaningful discussion. I’m continually impressed how the discussion in the comments has stayed more intelligent than the majority of Internet boards. We have the best blogger and the best community in the Cublogverse and possibly on the Internet.

        • jh03

          This.

          Before BleacherNation it was hard to actually learn something when you read a message board. On other sites there may be one or two intelligent people, but here the board is filled with people who can carry on a good conversation.

        • Ron

          Yep, and that is why i dont comment much. The discussion here is great and is everything ESPN is not.

          • Wilbur

            Agreed …

          • EQ76

            ESPN’s priority is as follows:
            1. NFL
            2. NFL
            3. NFL
            4. NFL
            5. NFL
            6. Lebron James
            7. NFL
            8. Tiger Woods
            9. NFL
            10.. College Football

            • Rebuilding

              You left out Tebow and Yankees/Red Sox

              • EQ76

                They’re #’s 11 & 12.. Actually I figure Tebow is in the overall NFL dominance. They do think the only baseball teams that exist are the Yanks and Red Sox.

                I’ve always thought that when the Cubs finally do win the World Series that it would by far dominate the headlines everywhere… Now, I’m not so sure that ESPN will really do that, especially with the NFL in full swing.. I could see them giving the Cubs the headline, but letting the NFL still control the airtime. sad.

                • Rebuilding

                  Yeah, I’m sure their coverage would focus more on the party in Wrigleyville and then a retrospective on all of the failures. I really hope that when it happens there is someone (WGN?) who has remotes showing and talking to Cubs fans watching the game all over the world. It always amazes me when I travel all of the places you see Cubs hats from China to Prague. I have some hope that Fox Sports 1 can eat into ESPN enough to give a credible alternative. They certainly have the financial muscle

                • Diesel

                  ESPN is garbage. During the segment where they showed the days homeruns in a continuous highlight during baseball tonight they completely omitted the cubs. It wasn’t like the homeruns just happened either. They had been in a rain delay for over 30 minutes at that point. I once, during one of those live chats, called them on their lack of coverage of the cubs during a season where they had one of the best records in baseball. All I got was an bs excuse about only having so much time and how fans always think their team is being neglected during highlights. I pointed out the 45 minutes of a 60 minute baseball tonight dedicated to yankees and redsox. I was kicked out of the chat and then the account I had was restricted due to “Inappropriate behavior” I don’t touch that account anymore. Fuck ESPN. Fuck them up their stupid asses.

                  • EQ76

                    ESPN has an arrogance about them.. based on ratings and being in the east coast. Alienating the rest of the country is not the best way to report on sports. ESPN radio is just as bad, you can turn on the radio at any given time in the day and hear the exact same stuff all day.

            • MichaelD

              I think you are understating the degree to which they talk about the NBA. From the Super Bowl until June, NBA coverage is about 75% of Sportscenter.

              • EQ76

                true.. of course, not much thought was put into my ranking.. just making an overall point. It does seem like NFL dominates.. after the Superbowl there’s a few aftershocks of NFL discussion.. then around NBA playoff time it’s ALL NBA, then back to Tiger Woods and preping for NFL to start.. Baseball just sits in the back getting ignored like a fat chick in a bar.

                Really, ESPN is all about drama.. they thrive off of controversy.. funny that biogenesis gets a ton of play and outrage but an NFL player tests positive and nobody cares.. It almost feels like ESPN wants the MLB to continue to get pushed down into irrelevancy.

                The NFL has bigger problems than MLB has had.. Dudes are juicing there too, and getting arrested at an alarming rate, even arrested for murder yet the 4 letter continues to praise them and put them up on the alter of superiority and bashing the drug problems in baseball.. it’s ridiculous.

                • MichaelD

                  Maybe I overstate the coverage of the NBA because I have so little interest in it. This time of year their NFL coverage is absurd, but at least during the season I’m interested in the NFL, the NBA not so much.

                  • Diesel

                    Do you remember when there was more coverage of hockey during the lockout then there had been the previous 5 years combine?. It’s retarded.

                    • MichaelD

                      Yep. Actually I have to admit that I much preferred Sportscenter during the NBA lockout. I think the lockout coverage was my favorite NBA coverage in years. But I may be weird in that I actually like following strikes and lockouts, as long as it is not my favorite sports.

        • Coop

          Breaking News – Cubs taking a look at Tim Tebow in the starting rotation.

          – love, Die hard

    • Die hard

      Mike and Mike

      • willis

        Their TV shows are awful. Their radio shows (the national ones) are about as bad. Most of their talent has left and they are throwing together what amounts to patch work reality TV shows that are puke worthy. The network is a piece of crap. Hell have you ever really listened to their baseball games? It’s torture.

        They do one thing well, and that’s the British Open. Other than that, it’s disgusting television made for the mindless. When Fox Sports 1 launches ESPN will be in real trouble.

        I remember looking so forward to SC, primetime, NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight…it’s all unwatchable now.

      • willis

        Thank God around here from 11-6 there are local shows on espn radio. Mike and Mike need to go to hell. Well them blabbering and drooling on each other would be my hell. Here’s their radio:

        5-6 minutes of mindless blabber, spent more laughing at what they think is funny and getting nowhere on the subject, 8 minutes of commercials, 5-6 more minutes of crap with an interview of a has been analyst who knows nothing about the sport which he is talking, 8 more minutes of commercials, 5 minutes of painful breakdowns of what is wrong with the Cowboys, 8 minutes of commercials, 5-6 minutes speaking of Tebow’s pecs and wee-wee, 8 more minutes of commercials.

        The end.

    • Good Captain

      Sounds like you’re not a fan of tabloid-like journalism Goat. Welcome to the club!

    • Funn Dave

      Their magazine has become equally awful. I’m switching to SI once my subscription runs out.

  • King Jeff

    So, I guess we could say that Jackson has found his conviction when he pitches?

    • CubFan Paul

      No. He’s just over his early season command issues with the low & away fastball.

      • King Jeff

        Yeah, it was a joke. Svuem said that Jackson wasn’t pitching with conviction after one of his starts early this year.

    • jt

      First 7 games Jackson was really bad!
      His last 14 starts roll to the good and bad pretty much like the rest of his career which, if continued, would make him useful.

  • ETS

    from the rizzo article
    “Rizzo became the first Cubs player to reach 31 doubles before August since Derrek Lee in 2005. Rizzo has 97 hits, 48 of which have gone for extra bases.”

    Derrek Lee’s 05 year was one of the best individual offensive performance from a cub of the last decade.

    • On The Farm

      Yeah that was a pretty insane season for Lee. Mashed 46 bombs

      • ETS

        Too bad Pujols also had a monster year. It’d have been great for Lee to have gotten an mvp, but it’s really hard to argue he was better than Pujols that year.

  • On The Farm

    Last year Jackson posted a 2.2 WAR, this season he has already posted a 2.0 WAR. over the last three seasons + this one he has increased his K/9 and lowered his BB/9 career averages.

    • jt

      “last three seasons + this one he has increased his K/9 and lowered his BB/9 career averages.”
      –On The Farm
      *
      That just reflects the fact that 2003 – 2008 his BB rate was high and his K rate was low.
      He was really effective in 2009 (ERA 3.62) and 2011 (ERA 3.79). During those years his K and BB rates were around where they have been in his last 14 games in which his ERA sits at 3.86
      *
      Brett’s piece above reflects this. He has always had games in which the K rate is higher and along with the BB rate. When he is wild in the K zone he needs the strike out to get out of trouble. When he is wild in the K zone guys wait for the meat ball and get more walks. But he is most effective when he is hitting the catchers target.

      • Edwin

        Jackson has also done a better job this yera of generating Groundballs.

        • Rebuilding

          Sveum talked about that in the postgame and compared him to guys with a power sinker like Webb and Lowe

        • jt

          “Jackson has also done a better job this yera of generating Groundballs.”
          –Edwin
          *
          Brett mentioned that above and I find that interesting. Luke has often stated that he likes the GB and he has pretty much converted me.
          But I believe some guys are better off pitching to contact as long as they can locate on command.
          T. Wood gets a lot of FB’s but I don’t consider him lucky. I do wonder how long he can keep up that kind of exact placement though?

  • cubzfan23

    So rumor here in Vegas, according to KKLZ radio the commissioner is expected to ban A-rod for life. A-Rod has said that he will appeal. has anyone heard about this yet? Also, what are your opinions on a life time ban.

    • Coop

      Hearing that MLB *wants* to ban A-rod for life, but that the two are now negotiating a plea deal. Speculation was A-rod would be suspended for the remainder of this year and all of next season. Eligible to return in 2015.

  • Jono

    I was as down on Jackson as anyone when his ERA was in the 7s or 6s, wherever it peaked. It just goes to show how valuable those saber stats can be. I remember people around here talking about him getting unlucky, siting stats that I don’t even remember (FABIP, or something?). Jackson’s turnaround is giving me a little more confidence in these stats (it could also be a simply progression to the mean. We all knew he wouldn’t end the season with a 7 ERA).

    And my favorite espn commercial was the one with Manny, where he was eating lunch or something and the anchors watching him were flipping out, “Manny being manny!”

    • On The Farm

      I love the one of SVP working with Jimmy Rollins, where they go over game tape of him doing the broadcast. That or the one with Abby Wambach and the anchor flops when they bump into Abby. I still laugh really hard when I watch them.

      • Edwin

        I like the one with Adrian Peterson and the nicknames, where the one anchor has the nickname of “Bedwetter”.

        • Jono

          Just saw that one. Yea, that might be the best

          • Lance

            The robinson cano spreading germs is pretty funny.

            • pete

              Old time one but Evander Holyfield breaking up the fight between kids at ESPN’s day care is awesome.

              • EQ76

                and when he’s hunting down Charlie Steiner.. that one always made me laugh.

    • Edwin

      DIPS might not work for every pitcher, but it’s usally a better indicator of future results than ERA, at least short run ERA.

      • Mr. B. Patient

        If DIPS doesn’t work for all pitchers, how can it be a better indicator of future results. Either they work, or they don’t.

      • jt

        “DIPS might not work for every pitcher, but it’s usally a better indicator of future results than ERA, at least short run ERA.”
        *
        You can not put the same foot in the same river twice.
        The foot changes and the river changes.
        The reasoning behind DIPS is that the pitcher has no control over the ball in play. The proof is that BAbip against changes from year to year. But that discounts the notion that the pitcher himself may change from year to year or the way in which batters attack him may change.
        Recently computerized defensive alignments have only begun to be refined. Does the pitcher have the ability to “pitch to the defense”?
        DIPS is a great tool for measuring how efficient a guy is pitching. If a guy out performs his defense independent stuff on a regular basis when at 100%, how does that compare when he doesn’t have his great stuff? For that you have to compare with other stats.
        So, yeah, ERA is not a magic bullet stat. But perhaps DIPS doesn’t deserve that title either.

        • Edwin

          I’m not sure I understand your point.

          • TWC

            You could read it as this: “Advanced stats aren’t particularly useful because the pitcher might have had a tummy ache that afternoon. And ZOMG so did the batter!”

            • Edwin

              I’ll give Justin Timberlake the benefit of the doubt, and assume that his point is “DIPS aren’t perfect because there are variables that they can’t account for” such as game theory, or health of the pitcher.

              Which, sure. I don’t think DIPS is meant to be a magic bullet for defining pitcher performance, or for predicting future success. It’s just trying to do a better job evaulauting how good a pitcher has been at run prevention than simply looking at a pitcher’s ERA.

        • DarthHater

          “The reasoning behind DIPS is that the pitcher has no control over the ball in play. ”

          — This is the popularized version, but it is inaccurate. Pitchers do have some control over balls in play via their groundball/flyball percentages. The reasoning behind DIPS is that fielding has a much bigger impact on BABIP-against than does any other factor, and if you want to evaluate the pitcher’s personal contribution to the result on the field, then you need to factor out the influence of fielding.

          “The proof is that BAbip against changes from year to year.”

          –Also not quite right. The proof is that the past BABIP-against of individual pitchers does not correlate with the future performance of those same pitchers and changes in BABIP-against correlate more with fielding than with any other factor. In short, the proof is not simply that BABIP-against changes from year to year, but that it changes in a way that shows that it is not reflecting much of the value of a pitcher’s individual performance.

          • jt

            “The proof is that the past BABIP-against of individual pitchers does not correlate with the future performance of those same pitchers and changes in BABIP-against correlate more with fielding than with any other factor”
            –DarthHater
            *
            Fresh in memory is Jackson’s first 7 games of 2013 and his last 14 games of 2013.
            BAbip first 7 games 0.348
            BAbip next 14 games 0.298
            BAbip the last 6 games of the last 14 has been 0.265 (the games Brett defined as his hot streak).
            So you are saying that the trend from 0.348 to 0.265 is the result of luck and improved defense?
            *
            ” Pitchers do have some control over balls in play via their groundball/flyball percentages”
            You are not saying that pitchers have control as to the quality of the “ball in play” by value of location, movement and velocity. The inference is that these are homogeneous from start to start and from year to year.
            I dunno, during a start I often hear a color guy saying that the pitcher is getting tired and leaving the ball up. So, even during a particular start I don’t believe this is true.
            *
            Everybody has good days and bad days. A pitcher has to max his effort to get the most out of each pitch. A guy like Jason Marquis having a 5% dip in efficiency is not the same as a guy like Verlander having the same 5% dip. Simply put, Verlander can get away with missed location more than a guy like Marquis.
            Yeah, this is going to vary year to year, game to game and inning to inning according to the condition of the pitcher.
            Sure, defense and luck play a role. But when Marquis gives up 13 runs in a game and a month later he tosses a shutout, that is not luck. Jackson sucked his first 7 games. You could see the catchers glove going all over the place and you can see it in the BB/K rates as well as the wild pitches and BAbip.
            The Red Sox under Theo were famous for putting pitchers on the DL for a hang nail. Give the guys a few starts off so they be strong for the run.

    • Jono
      • Ivy Walls

        Actually it is probably telling you Sportscenter’s primary demographic; Over 50, male, white, (or African American), and like the logic of a joke there has to be a grain of truth within it to make it funny….this is not funny if

        A) you know baseball
        B) you know America beyond the over 50 perspective (and I am white, male and 56 yrs old)
        C) don’t like inherently social prejudicial humor

        Ironically I know Bob Ley to a small degree, and can’t stand watching Sportscenter anymore, haven’t since Patrick and Obermann left, they brought an irrelevance and sarcastic bite to the program, but they were/are true sports guys, not actors who are broadcasting a show. It is the same difference as Tom Skilling doing the weather and some fake weather guy or gal who is pretty merely reading the NWS report.

        I now watch the cable presentation of MLB, NFL, NHL, B

        • King Jeff

          I started out on Patrick an Olberman, but you also had Kenny Mayne, Charlie Steiner and a few others that were fairly entertaining, and now I can’t even tell the anchors apart. ESPN has become virtually meaningless to me since the MLB and NHL networks debuted and the hockey package went to NBC. Any channel that concentrates on NASCAR and Tiger Woods personal life more than the national pastime, should quit calling itself a sports network. And don’t get me started on Chris Berman.

          • Feeney

            I always loved Craig Kilborn.

          • EQ76

            Oberman is back on ESPN now.. found that strange.

            • CubsFaninMS

              Olbermann failed at CurrentTV, that’s why.

            • willis

              Yeah they are taking any scrap they can find at this point. Olberman left and failed/got fired everywhere he tried. He’s a piece of crap too.

        • Jono

          I must not know baseball and like prejudice if I find that funny? That alone is a prejudice statement

    • gocatsgo2003

      Like, I don’t know, possibly Castro’s second-half performance ticking up to be more in line with his historical performance? (Yes, this is a blatant an open attempt at goading.)

      • Jono

        i sure hope so. Hopefully he finishes strong and takes that confidence into 2014 (although I’m not sure how often that actually happens, but people talk about that a lot). The saber stats I’ve been shown suggest that he should have a stronger last 2 months than his production up to this point

        • Chris

          Jackson is a .500 pitcher over all the teams he has pitched with and now is on his way to establishing a .500 season with us. Every team needs one.

          • Cubbie Blues

            That might mean something if the winning percentage of a pitcher actually represented his ability and performance. Unfortunately, it does not.

            • Chris

              Over a period of 7 yrs. and so many teams it might be somewhat representative.

              • Cubbie Blues

                You would think so, but, you would be wrong.

      • Jono

        Jackson seems to be progressing to his mean, hopefully Castro does, too

        • hansman1982

          Regressing to his mean.

          • Edwin

            Progressing sounds more positive though.

            • hansman1982

              It does.

              Poor, poor, regressing, always getting shat upon.

              • Cubbie Blues

                I prefer to digress.

                • SirCub

                  Ya don’t say?

                  • Cubbie Blues

                    Oh, I do, I do.

            • Jono

              exactly. I don’t want to use “regressing” to describe someone getting better. Trying to stay positive, here

              • Cubbie Blues

                Progressing sounds like he is getting better though. In actuality he is pitching the same with different outcomes. This is what regression is going towards the mean. In Jackson’s case it happens to be positive regression to the mean.

                • Jono

                  his stats are getting better within this season. His production on the field is improving. And I know what it means, I just chose to use the word that I prefer

                  • Jono

                    I think we’re nit-picking a little bit

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      On here? Never.

  • North Side Irish

    johnsickels ‏@MinorLeagueBall 1m
    Chicago Cubs Top 20 2013 PRE-SEASON Prospects in Review. Bats bats bats http://sbn.to/142mseA

    Sickels reviews how the pre-season list is doing…

    • Mr. B. Patient

      A very honest, and somewhat sobering, take on the Cubs system.

      • Ivy Walls

        of course, it is neutral and for those dreaming of lollipops this is sobering as a wet blanket. With Alcantara I wonder what Sickels would have said about Sandburg or Yount?

        • North Side Irish

          These were his preseason rankings and Alcantara was coming off an injury, but that was still really low.

          In the comments section, Sickels responded to my question and said that he would now rank the top of this list: Baez, Almora, Soler, Bryant, Alcantara, Edwards, Olt

          • CubFan Paul

            If not for the eye issue, everyone would have Olt #1 or top 3. The eye/tear duct is fixed.

            • Chris

              Thanks Dr. Paul for successful surgery.

              • CubFan Paul

                I’m not a doctor, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

      • Feeney

        I didn’t really see much “sobering” about the list. Unless maybe some fans are getting over excited about our system. It’s a very good system than continues to get better and better. Some guys have stepped forward. Others have taken a step back. Our top guys right now (Almora, Baez, Soler) have all had solid to good seasons. Pitching wise we need some more improvement. But overall things are moving in the right direction.

    • hansman1982

      “Baez has enormous power (27 homers in 98 games) but his contact/plate discipline issues can’t be ignored”

      God, this sounds familiar.

      • Kyle

        I would have put it: Baez’s contact issues can’t be ignored (though his plate discipline is improving), but he has enormous power.

    • Kyle

      It remains a universal fact that nothing interesting has ever been said using the “But … but …” sarcastic trope.

  • Ivy Walls

    Moving Samardzija over the winter is a smart move, he will have 2 Arb years, 2014-2015, at 28 years old next, 29 the following he will be starting to peak physically. He probably will pitch into his mid 30’s but will probably be a qualified FA over the winter and unless he becomes a true TOR pitcher his value could be that of a middle rotation pitcher.

    BTW you can probably see what AZ was offering (Kennedy and probably a few other uninteresting prospects), so Hoyer said thanks we will pass….good luck fleecing others.

    • CubFan Paul

      Moving Samardzija over the winter is only a smart if he doesn’t agree to a team friendly/arbitration extension ($11M-$13M AAV).

      • Noah

        So what would your annual be? Something like 5 years at $7.5 million, $10 million, $15 million, $15 million, $15 million? That puts you at $12.5 million AAV. Honestly, I’m not positive I take that if I’m Shark. It’s not THAT far off, but I think you’d be looking at an AAV more in the $14 million range on a 5 year deal.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/653cc0c5f0eded621ab13b4f631de7da.png Cizzle

    IMO the best sportscenter commercial was the Y2K prep one. Follow me…Follow me to freedom!

  • Rebuilding

    If we would have won 3 very winnable games against the Brewers we would be 3 games under .500 and only 7 games out of the wildcard with quite a few left against Cincinnati. Oh well, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts

    • hansman1982

      This team is/was a lot better than the record. You replay this season 10,000 times, and they’d be at .500 far more often than you’d get their current record.

      • Rebuilding

        Just an average bullpen shaves another 20 runs off of our Runs Allowed (we are 27th). That’s something that can be bought relatively cheaply

      • jt

        The 2013 Cubs are made up of many replacement players. I’m not talking about WAR replacement players. I’m saying that this team changed parts as it traveled through the season.
        The 2013 Cubs didn’t/doesn’t have a good BP. It doesn’t have a good OBP component of SLG.
        The team they fielded 2 weeks ago was ok. The team that started the season…. c’mon!

        • DarthHater

          The 2013 Cubs’ statistical out-performance of the their W-L record did not start only after a lot of roster changes had been made. It was already a pattern early in the season.

          • jt

            “The 2013 Cubs’ statistical out-performance of the their W-L record did not start only after a lot of roster changes had been made. It was already a pattern early in the season.”
            –DarthHater
            *
            April 18 The Cubs were 5W and 13L with 61 RS and 79 RA. That is not good. Since then they have been flirting with a 0.500 record.
            At that date Camp had an ERA over 15. Fuji’s ERA was over 12. Marmol sported that stat at over 6. These were the primary relievers.
            Gregg earned his first save on April 23.
            Ranson played his first game as a Cub on April 23.
            Barney returned April 16 to end the Lillybridge experiment.
            Sappelt took his 0.451 OPS to Iowa after the May 5th game. Borbon was an improvement. That is hard to say.

  • Curt

    What espn has forgotten over the years is tht they are there to report the news not be bigger thn the news just like MTV forgot to play music.

    • Oswego chris

      Being in my 40s, I have seen networks like ESPN and MTV go from really cool and hip, to basically caricatures…look at the talent ESPN has lost and who remains…

      Berman and Stuart Scott remain…

      And speaking of the NFL, does anyone else notice how silly it is that all NFL pre game shows have 5 or 6 guys…it’s like the baseball scene from the Naked Gun

      • tbone

        In a way I blame ESPN for what sports coverage has become. You are right that they were once hip and innovative, and that they are now a caricature of their former selves. But ESPN used an “entertainment” model to cover sports. Their focus on mass appeal has dramatized sports (which are inherently dramatic) to such an extent that everything seems fabricated. When I was a kid I used to love listening to the “Sports Reporters” on the radio because it was intellectually stimulating and simultaneously entertaining due to the personalities involved. You can’t find that level of “realness” in sports reporting much these days.

        • pete

          Sports Reporters is still good if you mute Lupica.

      • jt

        haven’t been able to watch NFL pregames for a few years.
        Admittedly it leaves me with less understanding but the presentation is just soooo bad.

  • TampaCubsFan

    Do you think this years relative lack of action at the trade deadline will be a continuing trend with teams less likely to give up big packages for rental players? I had to laugh last night when I read the Rangers are already willing ti listen to offers for Garza.

    • Pat

      It will continue. Prior to last year, any good pickup was likely to be a type A or B free agent at the end of their contract, allowing for one or two good draft picks to be recouped by the acquiring team. Now that those are gone, the price teams will pay is necessarily going to be smaller.

  • Rebuilding

    From Rotoworld: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates made a “significant offer” for Giancarlo Stanton that “caught the attention of the Marlins’ front office.”

  • Michael Hammermeister

    Brett,
    “We now live in one giant interconnected conversation, and rejecting the message because of the medium in which it is transmitted is a mistake.”
    Brilliantly put! Obviously why BN is #1. Now back to baseball.

  • daveyrosello

    ESPN is basically an NFL/NBA sports gossip network. That’s the demographic they’ve chosen, and they’re stuck with it now, because a huge chunk of their former viewership–like most of the people here–have permanently abandoned ESPN. I’m like other posters above, I haven’t watched any of that drivel for ages.

    Instead, I watch the NHL Network for my hockey news and highlights, the MLB Network for my baseball. And of course, internet blogs to fill in the gaps and get my team-specific news and commentary. ESPN is irrelevant to me.

  • #1lahairfan

    I was just a matter of time before Jackson got back on track.

  • fromthemitten

    Remember when sports center showed hockey highlights?

    • Edwin

      Remember when people cared about hockey?

      (Just kidding, I love hockey, and if any team in Chicago is worth following right now, it would seem to be the Blackhawks.)

      • On The Farm

        Don’t sleep Da Bears. Theys got dem’selves a Canadian coach der.

  • Noah

    I’m just going to say this about Edwin Jackson: since the beginning of the year there was a group of fans who said the real problem Jackson was having was bad luck: a high BABIP and a low LOB rate, neither of which were good predictors of future results. Nothing really meaningful has changed about Jackson aside from a BABIP and LOB rebound over the past 6 weeks or so. His fastball velocity is still down a bit from the 93-95 he used to throw.

    With that said, he suffered from a lot of bad luck early in the season, and is likely pitching a bit over his head right now. All in all, he’s a mid to high 3’s pitcher, same as he always was. Especially due to his ability to throw a lot of innings, he’s a solid 3 and a great 4 in any rotation.

    • On The Farm

      Maybe my brain is fried from work today, but I have no clue what you are saying here. Are you agreeing he was unlucky and is regressing (progressing?) to his mean or are you saying how he is pitching isn’t likely to continue?

Bleacher Nation Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball or the Chicago Cubs. Neither MLB nor the Chicago Cubs have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover the Chicago Cubs.

Bleacher Nation is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Google+