darwin barney gold gloveI’ll be hitting the links today, which is something I did a fair bit more in my pre-kids, pre-BN days. I was never particularly good, but it’s fun when you have the time to get away for a few hours. So, get away I will …

  • The Cubs lost an up and down one last night in Philadelphia. After taking an early lead on a three-run homer by Donnie Murphy, Edwin Jackson couldn’t hold it – he got hit, and hit, and hit. By the time the 9th rolled around, the Cubs were down 9-5. But a two-run single by Nate Schierholtz, and then a dropped fly ball by Domonic “Brant” Brown gave the Cubs another run. That’s where the teaser rally ended, though, as new Cub Thomas Neal flied out to end the game.
  • Jackson didn’t offer much on his first really bad start in over a month, saying that it was one of those games where, if you made a mistake, they were hitting it. He also noted that he was leaving the ball up a bit too much. (Per Cubs.com.)
  • The loss was the 5th in a row for the Cubs, who are now 0-fer August, and just a game and a half ahead of the Brewers for 4th in the NL Central.
  • To make room on the 25-man roster for Thomas Neal yesterday, the Cubs optioned reliever Eduardo Sanchez back to Iowa. The 24-year-old has pitched just three innings in the bigs this year for the Cubs, giving up one earned run, three hits, and striking out one.
  • Julio Borbon, DFA’d last week in what turned out to be a precursor to the addition of Neal, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Iowa.
  • More interesting thoughts from Cubs players on the PED issue and the Biogenesis suspensions, from Patrick Mooney. Carlos Villanueva, in particular, makes some interesting points in favor of much harsher penalties.
  • Also from Mooney, more from Ryne Sandberg on his time in the Cubs’ organization as a coach/manager, and on his departure a few years ago.
  • Albert Almora hit the DL yesterday, retroactive to August 5th, with a groin strain. The Cubs’ outfield prospect appeared to some to tweak something while taking swings on Monday, so he’ll be out for at least a week (the minor league DL is 7 days (less need to protect against DL abuse than in the Majors)). Hopefully it isn’t anything serious, and he’ll be back soon. The injury will mark the fourth time that Almora has missed action this year (hamate bone break/removal, hamstring, hemorrhoids, and now groin). You wouldn’t be able to tell that he’s dealt with a ton of injuries by his numbers, though, as he’s hitting .329/.376/.466 with a 30:17 K:BB ratio as a 19-year-old in low-A.
  • As Luke mentioned in the Daily, Smokies lefty Eric Jokisch threw a no-hitter last night. The 24-year-old’s numbers once again look good at AA this year, and he’s likely ticketed for a rotation spot at Iowa next year. He’s not likely to be more than a back-end guy in the big leagues, if that, but he’ll probably be somewhere on the 15-deep pitching depth chart next year for the Cubs’ rotation. (Which is not an insult, by the way – Samardzija, Wood, Jackson, Villanueva, [Probable Addition(s)], Arrieta, Grimm, Rusin, Raley, Cabrera, Hendricks … I could keep going. Things are different than they were a couple years ago.)
  • A graphical look at the steroid era from Eno Sarris at FanGraphs. Very interesting.
  • A “snag” in the deal between the Phillies and Cuban Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez?
  • MLB managers were polled on the top tools in baseball, and only one Cub made any of the lists – Darwin Barney, as the second best defensive second baseman in the NL (yes, behind Brandon Phillips). Sounds like Barney won’t win his second straight Gold Glove, given that the managers are the guys who vote on the award.
  • Jp3

    So anyone know why CJ Edwards got pulled after 1 inning tonight? Please say the key player in the garza trade isn’t injured already

    • deej34

      extended rain delay. someone reported it early

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Thanks much

  • Jp3

    HUGE SURPRISE!!!! A rain delay in Daytona! Never…

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Donnie Murphy …where did this guy come from lol..I like his gutsy play and hard nose attitude ..just what the Cubs need!! 3Hrs in two games..crazy

    • Josh

      And two weeks from now you will be on here asking why he hasn’t been sent down or DFA’d. Remember this when the other half of you bi-polar disorder kicks in.

      • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

        You gotta like his energy. I don’t think he’ll keep up this momentum by any means, but I don’t believe Ramy16 is suffering from bipolar disorder. It was an exciting game in a down season. Let him be excited.

  • MichiganGoat

    So the crappiest lineup ever just one a game in dramatic fashion. Gotta love baseball my friends.

    • MichiganGoat

      Make that won not one… well I guess they won one

  • Ben

    Quite true. Even those miserable Kansas city royals never fielded such a team. Vegas may have lost a few bucks. Games are bet heavily here.

  • wilbur

    Nice win by the good guys. Guess the experts were just a little bit off on this one, oh well, very nice to get a win anyway. Just hope it doesnt set the teams draft pick status back too much. If Murphy keeps this up maybe the FO can stll trade him in a waiver deal. Otherwise I guess can just keep him for next year and not have to add any free agents to the roster. May need a catcher though still.

  • Rev. Bud Green

    Shit Navarro was my favorite Cub.

  • True(ly) Blue

    Did Rizzo pinch hit in the ninth inning and not stay in to play first base for defense???????

    • BlameHendry

      lol I’m pretty sure he did. But correct me if I’m wrong, can’t you just claim Rizzo is going to pitch in the next half inning and then once that inning comes up, just replace Rizzo with Gregg or whoever? I think managers leave a PH in the game either because they are a defensive upgrade or they want them to get more than one AB, not because they are required to.

  • BlameHendry

    90% of the time I think intentionally beaning somebody on the other team is lame and childish, but God I really want to see someone like Shark or Pedro Stop bean the shit out of Utley tomorrow with a 96+ MPH fastball. No headshots or anything, just a good old fashion beaning right in the back. He deserves it after sending Navarro to the hospital…

    • DocWimsey

      Utley did nothing wrong on that play. He wound up hitting Navarro high because Navarro had the plate blocked off and Utley couldn’t get his legs through him.

      If anybody was to “blame” on that, then it was the 3rd base coach for sending him, or the on-deck batter for not signaling much earlier that there would be a play. (That written, I would have sent the runner in that situation, too, and I’m not sure that an extra second’s warning would have helped Utley any.)

      • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

        It was a really intense play, but I don’t think it was a malicious play.

      • N.J. Riv

        Totally agree Doc, Utley is not to blame. It was a clean slide and play.It’s all part of the game. However, If the Cubs do bean someone tomorrow I wouldn’t bat an eye.Hopefully, if they do, that’s the end of it. I don’t mind when the game so called “polices itself.” Only on the occasions when it’s one-for-one and that’s the end of it without things getting out of hand.

        • waittilthisyear

          im sure you don’t mean bean (hit in the head) but rather just hit in general, preferably in the backside.

          • waittilthisyear

            insert gay joke

    • spearman

      Should have traded fo I. KENNEDY.

    • ssckelley

      So if it is ok to throw at Utley over a clean play what is the other “90%” that is “lame and childish”?

    • baldtaxguy

      Beaning, or considering beaning Utley for a good, hard, clean play is very lame and very childish. I hate like hell that Navarro is out and hope its stays a “contusion” medically, but I love the hard-nosed play by Utley.

  • Jed Jam Band

    Corey Black ‏@CblackCHC 1m
    I love it when people that have never watched me throw say I’m no good based on my numbers. Been a struggle with mechanical changes thats it

    He’s got some fight in him, that one does.

  • Ben

    Corey, Me and Mom still love you.

  • VegasGoat

    Javy update from Jason McLeod: possibly a year away from the majors.

    “Typically it starts to happen when a guy gets into Double-A and now you’re thinking he might be within a year of arriving in the major leagues,” McLeod said.

  • Andrew

    Hey guys I rarely post but I wanted to gt your thoughts on next years starting lineup possibilities. 1b- rizzo 2b- alcantara ss – Castro 3b- olt. Lf – lake cf- dejesus rf- shierholtz. C- Castillo. Does this seem about right? I really don’t see fo going out and signing any position players in off season

    • Rizzofanclub

      If the Cubs make no signings in the offseason I believe Barney will start the year as the 2nd baseman only to be moved by alcantara or Baez mid season. I hope the Cubs make a few moves and will actually try to contend next year

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Next April is a LONG way aways, but Alcantara probably starts in AA. Barney/Valbuena//Watkins will hold down the fort at 2nd until Baez comes up. (then they’ll have to move folks around).

      The rest is very possible, maybe a bit hopeful for Olt. The outfield could be all 3 you have listed, or none of them. Who knows.

      • cub2014

        I think you will see Alcantera and Baez sometime next
        year. If Olt gets going he will get his chance at 3rd end
        of this year and to start next. IMO someone like Hunter
        Pence will be brought in to play left. Sweeney and Lake
        will play center?

        • Voice of Reason

          They won’t sign any big free agents next year. Remember, just because soriano isn’t on the roster doesn’t mean they ain’t paying him anymore. Once he’s officially off the payroll the cubs will enter the free agent pool.

      • Blublud

        Alcantara will probably be in AAA in a few weeks and definitely by next year. He s pent the whole year there and played well, he won’t repeat the level next year.

        • cub2014

          I would assume Junior Lake plays centerfield in winterball?
          He should be a much better centerfielder next year than
          DeJesus is this year.

  • MichiganGoat

    Navarro’s X-rays came back negative being reported as a contusion. Shouldn’t need a DL stint hopefully.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      What will they do about backup catcher? Bring someone up and send down Watkins? Or risk it with just Castillo? I have no idea who the emergency catcher is on the current roster.

      • Die hard

        Lake can catch and with that cannon could set new standard for catchers not seen since Johnny Bench

      • MichiganGoat

        He might not need a DL stint since its just a cut and according to X-rays nothing serious (according to MLBTV this morning). Just have to wait and see what the offical announcement. Of course the Cubs could wait a couple days since he doesn’t have to play for a couple of weeks.

        • Die hard

          He needs lessons on blocking the plate first

          • Mr. B. Patient

            Due hard, I would have thought you would have liked his bellyfire on that play.

        • Mr. B. Patient

          Even if it’s only a few days, isn’t risky not have an emergency catcher? I’d hate to have to waste a spot on the 40 man just to bring up a guy to backup for a few days.

          • MichiganGoat

            Well whoever they bring in will be DFA after he returns, so it won’t be a wasted spot if they decide to put Navarro on the 15-day DL. But if they just want to sit him for 5-7 days it becomes more of a problem.

      • N.J. Riv

        Isn’t Darwin Barney their emergency catcher?

        • Spriggs

          Barney can do anything. He can also bat lead-off or fill the #2 spot nicely. He can play any position. He is blowsome. That means he would be awesome if he didn’t blow.

        • On The Farm

          He sure is!

  • Mr. B. Patient

    Die hard. I forgot to ask. Now that Utley has signed, should we Chase Headley?

    • MichiganGoat

      It’s best to just ignore him and never good to actually ask him a direct question.

      • Mr. B. Patient

        The man (?) is hilarious. His rants make my day. They are brilliant. We should immortalize him. He is that good.

        BTW, does anyone know who Die hard really is?

        • MichiganGoat

          They are best enjoyed from a distance and yes he is a legend around here that won’t go away. Visit the Message Board for more.

    • Die hard

      Chevy Chase would be better fit ( of laughter) 😀👻

      • AB

        Die Hard is “The Shaggs” of Bleacher Nation, so bad, bizarre, and illogical, you have to wonder if he is some kind of insane genius (which the lead songwriter and singer of ‘The Shaggs” girls turned out to be coincidentally).

        • MichiganGoat

          The genius that was once amusing satire has become annoying baiting emoji laced trolling, it’s quite sad and pathetic he use to be rather enjoyable in a sideshow kinda way.

  • http://www.windycityjaytrucksales.com Dennis Wallem

    Hellow– So what’s the “Cubby Way” that you and upper management vowed was coming?
    No published handbook, no extended infield drills, no exercises for pitchers executing and fielding Bunts, etc. ,etc., etc.
    Maybe I’ll go over to Hals Hall and pick up a Bears 2013-2014 Playbook and have Mark Trestman sign it!

    • TWC

      Thoughts on your first word: “Gee, does this guy really think Theo reads BN?”

      Thoughts on your second word: “Holy crap – this guy doesn’t know how to spell ‘hello’.”

      I couldn’t make it to the third word.

      • scott

        This is really funny. I read the second word as if it were being said by Miss Garrison.

        • Jimmy James

          I was thinking process bride……mawwiage

    • baldtaxguy

      “Hals Hall”

      That’s Gold!!!!!

    • Mick

      Denny, you are on it. Dick Butkus would do it the right way.

      • TWC

        Ah, Dick Butkus. Da Dick Tidrow of Da Bears.

    • jeff1969

      I don’t think it was called the “Cubby way”. I think it was the Cubs Way and I think you’re confusing it with “Cubby Occurrences” which are real actual things that only could happen to the Cubs, and do, i.e. black cat in NYC, 1st night game at Wrigley getting rained out, Prior & Wood throwing their arms off, no oops, that’s a Dusty Occurrence. Oh, and dude, take your meds ok?

      • MichiganGoat

        I think your confusing troll logic and writing with an authentic attempt to write coherently.

  • Bg Joe

    I was at the game on Sunday, when Almora went down. Didn’t look at that serious. He wasn’t even hobbling on the way out to the bus.

    • TWC

      Almora tweaked his groin on *Monday*, during BP, according to the above article.

      • Bg Joe

        That might be the case. He was, although, removed from the game in Clinton, on Sunday. He was taken out after his second at bat. He ran out a fly ball to right field, grabbed at his lower back, and never returned.

  • jon

    I don’t know if this is premature, but Almora is bit of a China doll.