jeff samardzija sharknadoThe Cubs got pounded 12-1 by the Phillies yesterday. I haven’t missed too many games in the last few years, but I’m not so upset to have missed that one.

  • Jeff Samardzija lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up 11 hits and nine earned runs (no walks and three strikeouts, though, so those are good for the ratios!). Sharknado? More like Shark … hit … hard … by the, um, Phillies-o. Yeah. Kablowy.
  • Dale Sveum said of the start, per, that Samardzija didn’t have his split working, and his fastball was flat and very hittable. Samardzija, on the other hand, didn’t seem to think he was throwing all that poorly, and is waiting to review tape before concluding whether he was doing something wrong, or whether it was just a day where the balls were falling in. Jesse Rogers writes that the big indicator for the game was that Samardzija didn’t a single swing-and-miss. Yeah, that’s pretty indicative of not having your best stuff.
  • The injury bug continued to bite the Cubs in Philadelphia, as something clearly went very wrong with reliever Matt Guerrier – he didn’t throw well, and then the next day, the Cubs put him on the 60-day DL with elbow soreness. That means he won’t pitch again for the Cubs this season, and also means the Cubs immediately knew his elbow issue was relatively serious. He’ll head back to Chicago to be examined, and hopefully the news isn’t of the most serious variety for the 35-year-old. Guerrier pitched fairly well after coming to the Cubs in the Carlos Marmol swap, putting up a 2.13 ERA and 1.263 WHIP over 12.2 innings (6.4 K/9, 3.4 BB/9). He’ll end the season on the 60-day DL, and, even if his elbow issue requires only rest, he’s not likely to land a big league deal heading into next season. Perhaps the Cubs will try to bring him back on a minor league/Spring Training invite deal next year.
  • The Cubs brought back infrequently-used taxi squad reliever Eduardo Sanchez to take Guerrier’s place. I’d think that the Cubs would like to get a serious look at the promising 24-year-old righty the rest of the way before making a decision on whether to keep him on the 40-man roster all offseason.
  • Also coming up from Iowa is veteran minor league catcher J.C. Boscan, who technically takes injured outfielder Thomas Neal’s spot on the 25-man roster, but is really coming up to replace, temporarily, injured catcher Dioner Navarro. Given the lack of a DL move for Navarro just yet, the Cubs must have some confidence that his leg contusion really is just that. Boscan takes Guerrier’s spot on the 40-man, and is a temporary solution at age 33.
  • In case you were counting: that makes three injuries that the Cubs suffered in a one-inning span on Wednesday night.
  • President Obama announced that Ernie Banks will receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor available. The medal, which was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, is presented to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Other players have received the award, including Hank Aaron (2002), Roberto Clemente (2003) Joe DiMaggio (1977), Stan Musial (2011), Buck O’Neil (2006), Frank Robinson (2005), Jackie Robinson (1984) and Ted Williams (1991). Good company for Banks, and a distinctive honor for Mr. Cub.
  • Another great prospect piece from CSN, this one on Dan Vogelbach.
  • The Cubs start a three-game set in St. Louis tonight, so get ready for that uniquely fun experience.
  • Rob

    The white sox FO/ownership is pathetic with these salary dump trades. They need a complete rebuild not a patch job. They also might be tanking this season for this very good looking top heavy draft.

    • nkniacc13

      I was shocked that Texas actually got them to pay 1 million of Rios salary since that is not what JR usually allows

  • Albert

    I hope the cubs lose every game for the rest of the season. I want the best draft pick possible. Lost season and winning games won’t help us any but. I’m a hard cubs fan but I am all in for the future and realize this is still a rebuild year. Yeah if we win it makes me feel good that day but a top 3 draft pick will feel even better next June. I’m sorry I feel bad saying it but I think a loss this season is more valuable then a win this season.

    • Sean S

      Completely agree. I hope the cubs lose every game for the rest of the season. Get the highest draft pick possible

      • Eternal Pessimist

        Would rather they just lose one game more than the team with the next worse record, while soundly outperforming their opposition, losing games only by one run and winning the others by infinity. Then, I would even change my name…

    • Freddy

      Yep couldn’t have said it better myself. I bet Theo & Jed are secretly hoping for a large accumulations if losses for the rest of the season. They hope for losses but also like to see an improve approach from their core guys like Rizzo and Castro

    • Thomas Anderson

      Rest of the season: winning < losing

  • Paulie

    Ballboy go to nfl football blogs. less foolishness with knowledgeable fans bears fans oc course.

  • Ivy

    Thank you for all of us who are tired of cartoonville by these couple houseboys who are on here all day and night. Baseball pleeeeezzzze.

    • DarthHater

      You might also note that some of what you refer to as “cartoonville” was an effort to inject some humor when discussion was getting heated over alleged slurs. But thank you, anyway, because nothing raises the maturity level of discourse like a nice “houseboy” comment.

      Continuing the earlier baseball conversation: Because, the marginal dollar value of each win above replacement varies so much from team to team and year to year, I think it is inherently inaccurate–even as a rough approximation–to assign a flat dollar value to each win above replacement. See Baseball Between the numbers, Chapter 5-2. If anybody has a reference to an explanation of why $5.5M is a good approximation of the value of a win above replacement, I’d love to read it, if you could share the citation.

      Happy now?

  • Cubbie Blues


  • waittilthisyear

    i have chosen to abstain from the comments board as much as possible this week because, well, its just…been…awful. but with the week (and brett’s vacation) coming to an end, i offer this:

    this site’s growing popularity is obviously terrific. to those of us who have been here a while, it is important that we don’t assume new commenters will understand the rules (both written and unwritten) of this message board.

    to the newer people who visit this site: welcome. but please, understand that one of the terrific things about this blog is that the people who comment are informed but more importantly respectful.

    finally, my words to live by, on this board and in life; its friday man, relax and have fucking beer

    • Eternal Pessimist

      That’s…beautiful man…sniff

    • RY

      As long as I have that beer, can I still say how much this team sucks with the bats and that we are the worst collective group of hitters in major league baseball?

      • waittilthisyear

        no one will ever lambast you for speaking the (unfortunate) truth. sidenote: re-read my comment and noticed the only typo was i meant to say “a fucking beer” but instead said “fucking beer.” the only change in meaning between the 2 is that one encourages a single beer, while the other allows infinite beers. this is a change i can accept.

        i like rusin. i doubt he will ever be a major contributor on a decent team, but he has had some nice starts and looks like he never gets too high or low

  • cubmig

    Rizzo was banking too too much that the 3-2 pitch by Lynn would be a ball. He took it and paid for thinking too much. The ump made a mistake calling the first pitch to Rizzo a Ball, but that 3-2 pitch was clean as a whistle down-the-middle. Shit.

  • Mason Asher

    Guys let’s be glad that our D is not as bad as the Tigers affiliate AAA Toledo MudHens. 2.2 innings in and they have 4 errors. And then 4 mental mistakes that should be outs. IE not backing up over throw on bunt (RF stood in position and didnt move), botched two run downs by leaving bases open. I’m in Indy for the game and it is comical.

  • cubmig

    Great Balls of Fire! Rusin fed the deadbirds strikes and they stood by frozen and starttled. Great start.

  • Eternal Pessimist

    Former major-league slugger Jack Clark, on his radio show Monday, accused Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Surprised???

    • Eternal Pessimist

      Report: Clark canned after Pujols rant.

      • MichiganGoat

        I kind of hope MLB fully investigates the claim, I just can’t trust what any player says anymore. Looking forward to Clark’s respone to all this.

        • DarthHater

          “I know for a fact he was,” Clark said. “The trainer that worked with him, threw him batting practice from Kansas City, that worked him out every day, basically told me that’s what he did.”

          So, Clark knows this “for a fact,” even though he admits that his only source of knowledge is something somebody said to him ten years ago. By that standard, I guess I know for a fact everything that Die hard has posted here. Gee, I’m a lot more knowledgeable than I thought. 😛

    • mjhurdle

      Jack Clark is a bitter old man.
      I have listened to him on the radio for awhile here in STL, and you can hear in his tone and opinions that he views his era of baseball as the only “true” era.
      I hope he get sued to the point he isn’t allowed within 10 ft of a microphone the rest of his life.
      I find it hard to respect someone that intentionally spreads stories that cannot be proven.
      Even Clark believes what he is saying, he should be working on finding proof or more evidence to back his claim. Instead, he chooses the lazy way of just spouting off on a radio show and letting other people do the work of proving/disproving.

      • 70’scub

        The young King with a little help from his friends? Let MLB investigative team follow up on this.

      • Jason

        What Jack Clark did is his downfall but it may be the same for Pujols. Down through many years I had seen Pujols play many times up close. When he signed his huge contract with the Angels he reported to camp early in Tempe. I was there from day one as Angels my second favorite organization. Until the S.T. games very few press or fans there for the early a.m. workouts. I was absoulutely shocked at how his appearance had changed–a loss of 35 lbs. by his own admission–but my goodness, it seemed to be all muscle. He could barely his the baseball out of the infield day after day in batting practice. I called my sons and told them something was wrong. Then S>T> started and he was weak and terrible and the first half season this continued. He has been a shell of himself with L.A. so it does make a person wonder. I know Plantar Fascia has plagued him this year and that is a crippling ailment for an athlete.

      • Internet Random

        “I hope he get sued . . . .”

        I predict that won’t happen. The truth of the statement would be at issue, and then Clark’s lawyers would get to examine lots of potential witnesses under oath. If Pujols has things he’d like to keep private, his lawyers will tell him to suck it up.

        See also Lance Armstrong.

        • mjhurdle

          not sure what lance armstrong has to do with this, unless you think that Pujols is also running a massive, organization wide PED program that will come crashing down once the people he bullies start coming forward?

          But i agree that Pujols wont actually take Clark to court. He wont take him for precisely the same reason slimeballs like Jack Clark feel they can spout garbage all day without repercussion.
          If Pujols took Clark to court, it would cost a lot of time and money to attempt to prove that he wasn’t cheating, for no reason other than some washed up player wanting attention said something on the radio.
          I am not suffering under the idealistic view that Pujols (or any other player) is incapable of being a cheater and lying to the public about it. Pujols may very well be dirty.
          But Jack Clark should either have provided more evidence to support the ‘fact’ that Pujols cheated, or he should have kept his mouth shut.

          • Scotti

            If a guy that used to be both player X’s personal trainer (and currently works for another MLB team so he isn’t destitute) and his college coach, told me that he personally shot player X up with roids, well, I’d have to say that’s good enough evidence for me to come forward. Especially when player X fits the pattern (drastic improvement in the minors with a pro team that had known users followed by a drastic decline over the years since testing was implemented). That’s WAY enough for me to come forward. And the cost to clear his “good name” would repay itself in endorsement monies. Of course that coach would testify under oath. And so would the other known dopers from the team. He’ll let sleeping dogs lie.

            • mjhurdle

              only problem with this is that personal trainer X says that he has no clue what Jack Clark is talking about.
              You must have a low standard of what is good enough to bring charges.
              Think as if you are Jack Clark.
              You think a trainer told you 10 years ago something that he now says he didn’t. You have a player that does not fit the steroid pattern at all. (1 year in the minors, really good numbers, consistent with the same really good number put up for a decade at the MLB level, only dropping off when a combination of injuries and mid-thirties set in).
              yet you think that constitutes stating on your radio show that “you know for a fact” that Pujols used PEDs?
              that is flat out irresponsible.
              And Jack Clark didn’t “come forward”. he wasn’t trying address a wrong. he was trying to garner attention for his new show. Nothing he did was out of any honest desire to see justice done, he was just making up stuff that he thought would drive listeners to his show.

              • Scotti

                “You must have a low standard of what is good enough to bring charges.”

                Bring charges? When did I say anything about the gov’t (or MLB) bringing charges? An American using his Constitutional right of free speech. Huh, go figure. Yes, I support the notion. Novel idea. I also support your right to suggest that Clark “…was just making up stuff that he thought would drive listeners to his show.” That’s rather inflammatory and you certainly don’t have an ounce of proof. Freedom of speech. I support your right and Clark’s right. Stunning concept.

                “You have a player that does not fit the steroid pattern at all. (1 year in the minors, really good numbers, consistent with the same really good number put up for a decade at the MLB level…)”

                One really good year in P E O R I A! (!!!). A-Ball P E O R I A. 17 HR in Peoria (and 2 more in a late call up to their A+ team) followed the very next year by 37 HR in MLB… Makes sense. Happens all the time. Uh, wait. No, it doesn’t. I shouldn’t expect to see Vogelbach and his 17 HR HR in P E O R I A this season turn into 37 next year in Chicago. Or the following year. Or the following year. Or his rookie season. No, 19 HR in the low minors doesn’t equate hitting nearly double that in the majors the very next season.

                No, a .314/.378/.543/.920 slashline in the low minors doesn’t suggest a .329/.403/.610/1.013 slashline four levels up the very next year.

                “…only dropping off when a combination of injuries and mid-thirties set in).”

                If you consider 33-y/o to be mid-thirties then Pujols just arrived in his mid-thirties this year. Mid-thirties isn’t why his OPS+ has gone down since it peaked when he turned 28-y/o in 2008 (192, 189, 173, 148, 138, 116). Regardless, prior to his wrist injury in 2011, Pujols was having a sub-Pujols year (.279/.355/.500/.855) at the time of the injury. Injury had nothing to do with that. Mid-thirties had nothing to do with that.

                “only problem with this is that personal trainer X says that he has no clue what Jack Clark is talking about.”

                Go figure. A guy who works with MLB players denies ever suggesting that Clark do steroids. Huh, I’m stunned. What current coaches admit to pushing steroids on players? How many actually had those conversations? A lot more than the number who admit to it, that’s for sure.

          • Internet Random

            “not sure what lance armstrong has to do with this . . . .”

            It’s not complicated: Armstrong filed defamation suits against people who—it turns out, rightly—said he was using PEDs.

  • William

    That’s a good example as to why you should not bat a guy second who is battimg .200.

  • William

    Can they try not to make tanking so obvious?

    • Kevin

      Maybe they should be called the Subs.

      • RYAN

        Now that is a great idea w guys like Gillespie and Ransom everyday players for us

      • William


    • CubsWSchamps2016

      Gillespie and Ransom are still better offensive players then Barney. Barney is pathetic. Great guy, great glove in the field but we have pitchers who have more talent with the bat then him

      • CubsWSchamps2016

        I sort of wish we’d start Watkins daily just to see how he looks rather then start Barney

  • William

    Do not forget Subway advertisement!

  • CubsWSchamps2016

    Anyone think Baez will play in the AZ Fall league? Or is he too advanced? Would love to see Javy, Soler, Almora, and alcantara get some playing time down there.

  • Rebuilding

    If I was Sceum I would have gotten thrown out there. No tag, not out of the baseline and an overrule call? Terrible

  • Kevin

    Let’s hope 2013 is the final “Tank” year. These players need to have winning in their blood in order to pull things together. Rizzo hitting in the 230’s scares me. I hate to think he’s having the sophomore + slump similar to Soto.

    • Kyle

      I don’t even think 2013 was a tank year. They just didn’t have the organizational pitchign depth to make things work.

      I think people are really underestimating 2014’s possibilities. Franchises rise and fall on internal improvements, and we’ve got a lot of breakout potential.

    • Rebuilding

      Rizzo is having a good year given his walk rate and extra base hits. A great year? No, but he’s been fine. 2013 should be the last tank year – next year the kids will start to come up

      • Kevin

        Rizzo just had a clutch hit driving in 2 runs. He’s solid at first base with the glove and exciting to watch when he drives the ball, His walk rate may be improving but, at times, appears way too aggressive chasing balls out of the strike zone.

      • gocatsgo2003

        Plus a divergent BABIP (.310 last year vs. .262 this year) indicates he’s been at least somewhat unlucky. Even if you assume his “real” BABIP is somewhere around the midpoint of those numbers, he could be in line for a great season next year. A 111 OPS+ while batting .238 is pretty strong.

  • Jason

    Only the very most advanced play in the azl fall league. I saw him play here last yr until he gave another player an aggressive high five and sat out with hand injury. Certain to play again but remember Cubs can only send 5 players, pitchers included–Solar Sox team.

  • Corey

    Does anyone know if a teams babip w/RISP is cataloged?

  • Chris

    Baez with the game winning hit!

  • jon

    Fucking crybaby Cardinals, it was a strike btw dbags

  • Vulcan


  • MichiganGoat

    Tonight is what being a Cubs fan is all about. Shutting out the #Shitbirds on WGN.

    • ssckelley

      I could not agree more. If the Cubs went 10-152 I would want the 10 wins to be against the friggin Cardinals.

    • Frank

      I prefer to call them turdbirds.

  • Joepoe321

    Rizzo and lake supply the cubs with their only runs…..again!

  • TheMagicman

    Man,it woud of been real nice to get Rougned Odor. Only 19 and already in double a. Over two leagues he has over .300 avg 7 hr 27 sb and a OPS. Over 830

    • Kramden

      Would’ve rather had gotten Sardinas

      • Rebuilding

        I like Edwards better than either. But I would have gladly skipped Olt, Grimm and PTBNL (Ramirez) for either of those two

  • bryan

    Hopefully Bryant Soler Baez Alcantara go to AZL