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tennessee smokiesBaseball is a series of ups and downs. Players get hot, and they go into slumps. Teams get hot, and they go into slumps. And, apparently, organizations can get hot as well. And yesterday was just a great day for the Cubs farm system.

There are four stories from the minor leagues that I could open with today, and biggest and awesome-ist of them all is the no-hitter thrown by Chris Rusin against New Orleans, the first in the PCL since 2009. As is often the case, this no-hitter was saved by a great defensive play provided by one Matt Szczur, for the final out no less. That play has now been immortalized 21st century style (I could watch that all day).

In the same game as Rusin’s masterpiece, Javier Baez struck out just once and finished with three hits. That was his first multi-hit game in roughly forever and only his second game with a hit this month. That doesn’t mean that he has turned a corner, but it is still good to see. If it weren’t for the Rusin no hitter, Baez’s Big Day would be a great opening paragraph.

Except that Baez was upstaged yesterday by Kris Bryant. Bryant also finished with three hits yesterday, but one was a double and the other two were home runs (he now has eight this year). He also walked. Bryant now has a Double A slugging percentage of .600, an OPS of 1.028, and has put together multiple hits in four of his last seven games. This guy is one of the hottest hitters in the minors right now.

But he isn’t even the hottest hitter on his own team. The improbable streak of Stephen Bruno continued in a huge fashion yesterday. Not only did he extend his streak of consecutive games with a double to six, he did so by hitting three more doubles. He also walked once and did not strike out. Bruno’s streak is rapidly becoming one of the more unusual and remarkable accomplishments to emerge of the minors this season.

So there we have it. Four notable events, headlined by Rusin’s momentous accomplishment, all packed into one truly great day in the minors. I wonder what the minors will produce as an encore.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa - Three runs were all the Cubs needed; Rusin handled the rest. Iowa won a memorable game 3-0.
Tennessee - Tennessee jumped to an early lead and just kept piling on in this 12-1 blowout win.
Daytona - Daytona struggled in this 5-1 loss.
Kane County - The Cougars fell victim to a late rally and lost 5-3.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] The final line for the no-hitter by Chris Rusin was 9 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K. He needed just 118 pitches to do it.
  • [Iowa] Lost in the story of Rusin’s no-hitter is that he also finished 2 for 4 at the plate and drove in two of the Cubs three runs.
  • [Iowa] Baez lead the team in hits, but Josh Vitters also stayed hot with a 2 for 4 day.
  • [Tennessee] Bryant and Bruno did most of the damage at the plate, but Jae-Hoon Ha joined the act with a 2 for 5 game.
  • [Tennessee] John Andreoli reached base four more times with 2 singles and 2 walks. If it seems like Andreoli has always been on base lately, it is because he has been. His season OBP is up to .434, and that figure climbs to .533 in his last ten games.
  • [Tennessee] Dae-Eun Rhee pitched 7 strong innings for the Smokies, allowing just a run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out a pair. Jeff Lorick pitched a flawless eighth, and Arodys Vizcaino struck out 2 in a perfect ninth.
  • [Daytona] Pin-Chieh Chen was the only Cub to pick up 2 hits in this game. He also walked. A Bijan Rademacher double was the only extra base hit.
  • [Daytona] Albert Almora picked up hit for the third straight game, and walked for the third time in four games.
  • [Kane County] Justin Amlung had a pretty good start for Kane County. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits while striking out 5. Unfortunately, 2 of those hits were home runs.
  • [Kane County] Jacob Hannemann tripled, his third, and both Yasiel Balaguert and David Bote doubled.
  • [Kane County] Will Remillard, the catcher who has been hitting everything lately, did not start in this game. When he made a pinch hit appearance in the 9th inning, though, he got a hit anyway.

Other News

  • The wind was blowing out to right at 10 miles per hour in the Smokies game, but that just makes the performance of the Tennessee pitchers all the more impressive.
  • Rob Zastryzny is continuing to struggle in Daytona. He made it through 4.2 innings yesterday, but he allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk in the process. His biggest problem is that he is just giving up too many hits, and that suggests that at least one of his pitches is being sat on by opposing players. Without having eyes on his stuff I don’t want to speculate beyond that, but this is not the results we would expect for someone who made a living on control and pitch placement in college.  I would not be surprised if there is more here than the stat line alone can tell us (changes to mechanics or work on a particular pitch are among possible factors). Until more information appears, I would not be too quick to write him off as a prospect just yet.
  • Jorge Soler has been activated by the Tennessee Smokies, but he did not appear in yesterday’s game. In related moves to create roster spots for Soler and Vizcaino, Zeke DeVoss was sent to Boise and Ryan Searle was released.
  • Edwin

    Cubs pitchers seem to be learning that if they want a W, they’d better throw a no hitter and get a couple hits themselves.

  • ClevelandCubsFan

    You left out the fact that Rusin was 2-4 with 2 RBIs, raising his batting average to a cool .300. Boy did it all, apparently.

    • Edwin

      From the piece:

      “[Iowa] Lost in the story of Rusin’s no-hitter is that he also finished 2 for 4 at the plate and drove in two of the Cubs three runs.”

  • Edwin

    The part about Rob Z sounds similar to what people said about Conception after he struggled.

  • Darth Ivy

    Could this be a break out year for Bruno?

  • PejaO42

    When do you think Will Remillard will be called up to Daytona? None of their catchers are batting above .250

    • ssckelley

      Chain reaction I think, Lopez needs to get promoted to Iowa, Chad Krist needs to be promoted to Tennessee (he is 24 already), and then you promote Remillard to Daytona.

      • PejaO42

        I’d be all for that. Lopez is already 26, an All-Star last year, and batting .294 this year. I would like to see what he can do in AAA

        • Melrosepad

          And Luis Flores can come up to replace Baker. I know he isn’t a lefty, but 15 walks to 2 strikeouts is awesome. That .353 / .551 / .412 batting line isn’t to sneeze at either

          • Aaron

            Agreed…. although I think more importantly for a back-up catcher, how is Flores’ defense? Given that he’ll only play once a week, the Cubs probably care more about what he is doing behind the plate.

  • ssckelley

    Huge blow to DeVoss, he is a victim of being in a slump at the wrong place at the wrong time with no other place to put him. I would have rather seen them let Ha go.

    • J

      DeVoss is in more than a slump, he is at .120/.241/.227 this year, and just .247/.386/.355 over his short minor league career. He looks like a lesser version of Campana. Expect more out of a 3rd round pick.

      • ssckelley

        I do not see a lot of Campana in DeVoss at all other than both steal bases. In 2 1/2 seasons in the minors DeVoss has had more walks than Campana has had in his minor and major league career. You pay more attention to the middle number of those stats you posted for players that are leadoff types, you should not care how they get on first base. DeVoss does strike out a little too much, this is a reoccurring problem across the board in the Cubs organization.

        In most cases a guy like DeVoss would get demoted back to Daytona in situations like this, but there is no room for him there. He has not made the adjustments yet to AA pitching and will not get the chance to unless the log jam of outfielders gets taken care of.

      • Norm

        eh, most 3rd rounders probably don’t ever make it to the majors.

      • Thiscantbegood

        He’s posting Darwin Barney type numbers, he should’ve been promoted to the Cubs instead of being demoted to Boise.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Ha would have value as a defensive replacement type in the majors now, even if the bat didn’t play out. He’s also probably younger than you think. Dumping Ha doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me.

      • ssckelley

        The Cubs seem to be cornering the market on 4th/5th type outfielders, what you described sounds a lot like what they say about Szczur.

        Ha is 3 months younger than DeVoss but I see DeVoss as having a better upside as Ha who has been in the Cubs system now for over 5 years. If Ha is so valuable then cut Brett Jackson lose at Iowa and send him back to AAA.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          DeVoss has been riskier because he is no where near the defender of Ha, and although DeVoss walks at a pretty high rate, he has never hit for a high average anywhere. Concerns about his contact ability have been there since he was playing second base for Peoria.

          I would rather see Ha in Iowa than Tennessee.

          • ssckelley

            I get that and in DeVoss’s defense he is learning a new position as I am not sure he ever played outfield in college. But learning a new position is part of what you do in the minors and if DeVoss was hitting a little bit better right now I don’t think you send DeVoss back to Arizona. Like I originally stated DeVoss is in a slump at the wrong place at the wrong time.

            I am sure Ha agrees with you that he should be at Iowa right now.

    • cubzfan

      Wow. Ha is five times the prospect DeVoss is. Ha plays excellent defense, kills lefties, and has always been young for his league.

      • ssckelley

        Someone who has a .734 OPS against lefties versus a .701 OPS against righties is not someone I would describe as “kills lefties”.

        He has excellent defense….end of story. DeVoss is only 3 months older than Ha so don’t give me this 5 times crap.

  • JeffR

    Rob Z left the game after being hit on the left hand by a line drive.

    • jp3

      Maybe that’ll be motivation to not give up so many line drives in his starts…just kidding (sort of) would like to know what’s been wrong with him because he’s been getting shellacked, literally now and not just figuratively anymore.

    • Blackhawks1963

      A lot of scouts thought the pick of Rob Z. by the Cubs was curious. A lot of baseball people aren’t impressed with this kid. Lets see what happens. Clearly Jason McLeod and his staff saw something that intrigues them for the longer-term.

  • jp3

    Luke, I’ve been sleeping on Bruno a bit, what are his long term prospects? He’s 24 I guess maybe 23(1990 can’t remember the month), does he have any pop and how is his glove at 2B? I get the feeling someone has gotten through to Almora telling him you should take a walk from time to time if you’re not getting a pitch you can drive well.

    • Melrosepad

      Bruno was born 11/17/90, so 23 the entire season.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      We don’t have a lot of data on Bruno because he was injured most of last season, but every time he has had an opportunity he has hit. And hit a lot.

      I have no unusually bad reports about the glove – needs work, but so far I know not any more work than other second basemen his age. I suspect he could stay at second long term, depending on how that positional battle plays out in the organization. Second base is very crowded for the Cubs.

      He is making a name for himself, though. If he keeps this up all season he could break into some Top 100 lists.

      • jp3

        Yeah I saw professionally he’s barely played in 100 games but don’t have the slightest what he projects as power or glove wise. Thanks for the info Luke.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Keep in mind as well that because the sample sizes are so small, odds are pretty good he won’t keep this up.

  • Jon

    Someone brought up accountability with the players last night. When do we say enough is enough with auto outs like Barney and Sheriholtz?

    At some point doesn’t either Alcantara bumps to Chicago and Bruno bumps to AAA or if maybe you can bump Bruno straight to Chicago? Same for Andreloi

    • CubsFaninMS

      Schierholtz put up a very solid season last year. It’s sad to see him regress like he has. He was exciting to watch. I agree that a decision on him should be imminent if he continues to not produce. And Barney is slowly losing stock value as they days go by. I’m unsure we will ever see the 2011-2012 Barney again.

      • ssckelley

        You mean for a half season, this regression started after the trade deadline last season. I’ve said this many times but the FO missed the boat by not trading Schierholtz at the TDL last season back when he had a little value. Now they are pretty much stuck with him and all they can do is hope he magically can turn it back on.

      • jason23

        yeah i really wish they could have gotten something for Schierholtz before this season started. Hopefully he can start hitting again, but it doesn’t look all that promising

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I really don’t want to rush Alcantara just because the Cubs are struggling. I’d prefer he get an extra 50 games in Iowa to make sure he is as ready as he can be rather than bring him up 50 games too soon.

      • CubsFaninMS

        I agree. Alcantara is certainly not “flying under the radar” but he’s perhaps been the most consistent of our top hitting prospects other than perhaps Bryant. Over the past two seasons he’s had his brief ups and downs (as all professional athletes do) but he’s been a consistent double and OBP machine. I’m hoping Alcantara can be that stabilizing player long-term for the Cubs that we hoped Barney would be a few years ago… of course with the expectation that his bat will be better.

        • jp3

          Alcatara’s obp is under .300 this year and only broke .350 one season in the minors so far, I think he’s got a lot of potential but to this point I don’t know if he’s ready to be moved up or if he’s an OBP machine.

          • CubsFaninMS

            Good points. He’s more of a doubles machine than anything. If he progresses as they expect him to, I believe Alcantara is a candidate for a September call-up and perhaps our starting second baseman in 2014 if all goes as planned. Maybe he can learn the defensive side of second base from Barney?

      • Jon

        Could Bruno make the jump to Chicago now?

        If so, I think it makes sense, you don’t have to worry about control with EVERY player. Yes you want to factor that with your future studs, but a strong farm should also provide the benefit of guys that can come in and produce in a pinch for injuries and under performance.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Bruno hasn’t played all that many games as a professional yet. I suspect he would not be ready for Chicago quite yet.

          And control isn’t the only reason to hold a player down. I know we don’t talk about it around here as much as we do the control factor, but players at Double A and Triple A really are still learning and improving their game. There is value in that that is entirely separate from any control considerations.

          • JB88

            I was just looking back at Bruno’s slash line as a pro. He really seems to be the complete package as a hitter. I hope he stays healthy this year, because he is an awfully curious option.

        • another JP

          I’m with you Luke in believing Bruno will make some top 100 lists this coming off-season. And his OPS levels are 100 points higher than Alcantara’s best, so it will be very interesting to see how the Cubs handle promoting Bruno.

          Now that he’s hitting over .300, I believe the guy will now make a push to win the Southern League batting title. Bruno did it in the NW League and competitive players certainly enjoy the motivation of those type of accolades.

          • Kyle

            Yeah, that’s not happening. Unless you mean “top 100 Cubs prospects.”

            • Kyle

              To elaborate:

              He just doesn’t profile well for a prospect beyond a superficial glance at the slash line.

              Major League pitchers aren’t going to hit him 30 times a year to prop his OBP up, and he has no real power (his SLG is driven by minor league fast-guy power, all running out doubles against inferior outfielders).

              It’s just not a skill set that plays up in the majors.

              • Mike

                So all of the line drives down the line and off the wall don’t count as slugging? You might try watching him hit at least a couple times before making such sweeping generalizations about his skills. I’m certainly not clamoring for him to be a top 100 prospect, but don’t tell me his doubles are based on speed only.

                • Kyle

                  *shrug* It’s a rule that’s served me well over the years of following the minors. Guys who put up a ton of extra-base hits but few homers in the minors tend to see those extra-base hits slow down a lot in the majors.

              • roz

                “…his SLG is driven by minor league fast-guy power, all running out doubles against inferior outfielders”

                I wonder if this is actually quantified as a stat anywhere. That could actually be very helpful in evaluating a player.

                • Kyle

                  It’s not something that you can nail down to an exact metric, but it’s generally a good idea to be skeptical of guys who put up a huge 2b+3b:1b ratio in the minors without hitting a lot of home runs.

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    I have observed this, too.

    • Thiscantbegood

      Id much rather see Kalish play RF, Bonifacio play CF, Lake play LF, Olt at 3rd and Valbeanuea at 2nd. Sheriholtz and Barney grab some bench. Id much rather see a young team struggle and play then see an older team struggle and suck like they have been. Ruggiano, Sweeney, Sheriholtz, and Barney are terrible to watch.

    • Kyle

      When you want to remove automatic outs from the lineup, don’t call up the guy with a .290 OBP in AAA.

  • CubsFaninMS

    Dear Lord, Andreoli already has 16 stolen bases this season. He’s looking to have a monster year on the bases. And Bryant… I stick to my prediction that he will be the best out of the Big 4, although it’s very easy to hop on that bandwagon right now. I believe Baez will have more swing and miss to his game. That being said, I believe Baez has shown the ability to make good adjustments. Hopefully this is the start of seeing the old Baez again. That Daytona offense looks ANEMIC if you look at the numbers, but the upside is very much there. It will be interesting to see how Daytona plays out the rest of the season.

  • Adam4

    I believe Andreoli reached 5 times. He was also HBP.

  • Blackhawks1963

    The Cubs are nearing decision time on Darwin Barney and Mike Olt in my view.

    Barney has no trade value at this point. Either trade him for box of balls or put him on waivers. If another team picks him up (likely), then so be it. He’s become too much of a lightning rod to stick around much longer. It no longer matters that he provides strong defense at 2nd base. The PR hit from continuing to trot this guy out is too much for a club with multiple other PR problems in the midst of building and losing is too much.

    Olt has to be sent back down to Triple A. His inability to make contact isn’t getting fixed at this level. Luis Valbuena is a superior option, which is really saying something.

  • V23

    Blackhawks- You are wrong on Olt. He gets an Incomplete. The guy needs everyday MLB AB’s to see right now.
    This wasting ab’s on Barney in annoying. You are right there.

    • another JP

      I’m with you V23, Olt has a ridiculously low BABIP of .171. Lake is hitting only .229 and his BABIP is .364. Olt should see his average increase to the .220-.230 area with normal PT.

    • ssckelley

      The guy you are replying too will probably not even respond to you, will say the same thing again tonight in some variation, and then be back on here tomorrow repeating it. He will also point out how Lake sucks and pretty soon he will make his daily post about Shark being traded.

      He operates similar to a bot.

  • CubChymyst

    I’m looking at Bruno and Alcantara stats right now.

    Outside of walking Alcantara is doing everything he did last year at AA. I don’t think he’ll repeat the 10% walk rate but if he can get it up to 6 or 7% his OBP would be over 0.300.

    Bruno is a year younger than Alcantara and is putting up better stats at AA currently than Alcantara did last year. As Luke said above if he keeps it up he could make a few top 100 lists.

    • Kyle

      This is why you can’t scout prospects by glancing at slash lines.

      First, Bruno isn’t a year younger than Alcantara. He’s a year older (Bruno’s birthday is 11-17-90 and Alcantara’s is 10-29-91). So Bruno is actually two years older than Alcantara was at the same level.

      Alcantara hit 15 HR last year. Bruno is on pace for 5.

      Alcantara drew walks. Bruno’s OBP is propped up entirely by BABIP and getting hit by pitches.

      Alcantara is faster, a switch hitter, and has a better defensive profile.

      Alcantara is a much, much better prospect than Bruno because Bruno is succeeding against AA pitching in ways that probably won’t work against MLB pitching.

      Bruno won’t sniff top 100. He wouldn’t sniff top 200. He’s a real prospect, but he doesn’t belong in the Cubs’ top 10. At any given time, every organization has three or four of these middle infield types like Bruno, and occasionally one of them turns into Darwin Barney or Mike Fontenot or Ryan Theriot. Maybe that can be Bruno. But that’s his role as a prospect, not as a “ZOMG Top 100!!” guy.

      • CubChymyst

        Yep, I read the ages backwards when I was flipping back and forth. So your right Bruno is 2 years older. That does put a damper on his stats. Though I think a 2nd basemen that has enough power to hit as many doubles as he has does profile as an MLB player. Your probably right he won’t find a top 100 spot. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up walking more and hitting for a better average than Alcantara.

      • another JP

        Once again you’re wrong. Exactly how is Bruno “succeeding against AA pitching in ways that probably won’t work against MLB pitching??” What a crock.

        Yes, Bruno will make many top 100 lists. And name three or four middle infielders that the White Sox currently have that match the profile of Bruno. You said every organization has them so tell us who they are.

        And I’ll tell you right now that Bruno will put up a better total career WAR value in the majors than Alcantara.

        • Kyle

          .378 BABIP

          43% of in-play hits are for extra bases but only 1 HR

          8.7% HBP rate

          None of those will happen against major league pitching.

          When Bruno doesn’t make a single top-100 list this offseason, I look forward to your apology.

          • another JP

            Don’t hold your breath- it’s not happening.

          • ssckelley

            If he keeps up the .302 .412 .469 line someone is bound to put him on their top 100 list. I have seen players much worse than Bruno crack Top 100 lists so anything can happen. I doubt he makes a top 100 list either but if he does that means you are apologizing, correct?

            • Jon

              Someone on a random Cubs blog maybe.

            • Kyle

              I don’t have anything to apologize for. I’m not getting all personal-attacky as JP always does.

              But I will gladly admit how I wrong I was.

              But prospect analysts do more than just look at slash lines. You can’t scout prospects that way. You need a good slash line *and* a good profile to be a top-100 guy.

              • ssckelley

                Toughen up big boy, you have gotten “personal-attacky” on this site as well and the post you responded to is not “attacky” at all. His post below you can make a case for it but honestly your self-promoted fist of logic is kinda stupid.

    • JB88

      Well there are four huge differences between Alcantara and Bruno: (1) Alcantara is a switch hitter (Bruno is a R); (2) Alcantara can steal you 30+ bases in a season (Bruno’s best season saw him steal 2 bases); (3) Bruno is a 2B only, whereas Alcantara could still play SS if you needed him to do so; and (4) Alcantara has legitimate HR power, whereas Bruno has showed only doubles power at this point.

      That accounts for a very large difference in the way in which people value the two players.

      • CubChymyst

        I really won’t play Alcantara at SS, way to many errors. Now that I realized I flipped their ages my opinion does change some.

        • JB88

          I wouldn’t base his positional value on his errors. Not all errors are created equally.

    • another JP

      Actually I think it’s Bruno’s older than AA by a year. But he’s also the better hitter by a good margin. Alcantara has a bit more power and speed though.

    • JCubs79

      So I guess Stephen Bruno is the Cubs prospect flavor of the week. Look he’s a decent prospect but he’s nothing special. AA is a far superior prospect.

      • CubsFaninMS

        …and this thread concludes the minor-euphoric Stephen Bruno morning freakout session. Everybody want to meet at the water cooler to talk about our next one? ha

        • another JP

          This is nothing more than the daily attempt to bash something positive about the Cubs from the usual group lead by the know-it-all that has this ridiculous fist with “logic” written on it. As if that’s supposed to convince everyone that he’s some sort of expert analyst– what an absolute joke.

          • Jon

            In that “bashing” session, Kyle also heaped ton of praise on Alcantara. Toughen up JP.

            • another JP

              He only “praised” Alcantara to try to diminish Bruno’s ability. Mr. Know It All also has been going around Cub web sites telling everyone that AA only has a .290 OBP, so I don’t think he has any real love for him.

              And mind your own business Jon. I can’t stand you.

              • Kyle

                [img]http://cmeconfessions.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/old-man-cloud.jpg[/img]

              • Jon

                “All also has been going around Cub web sites..”

                JP, it sounds like you have a bit of an obbession there….

              • Kyle

                “love” is a relative term.

                Alcantara is a legit top-100 prospect. But that doesn’t mean he’s just going to waltz into an MLB lineup. The majority of back-end top-100 prospects fail. He’s probably going to fail. He *might* not, and he has a small but decent chance to be really good. That’s what makes him a good prospect.

                Bruno’s a fringey prospect who has a chance to be a fringey major leaguer if everything goes right for him. There’s good reasons not one serious prospect analyst would take Bruno over Alcantara.

              • jp3

                His OBP currently does sit under .300 so he’s accurate. I think he’s a stud but he could use the whole season at AAA IMHO

          • TWC

            JP, you’re becoming a bit unhinged over Kyle of late. Your meltdown is enjoyable to me, but it does little for the community as a whole.

            Perhaps you might, say, stop reading Kyle comments if they affect you so?

            • another JP

              Look, I’ll respond to anyone the way I choose- just as I’ve seen you do on this forum. I don’t even remember having a direct conversation with you in the past, so perhaps you might do the same in the future in regards to my posts, OK?

              • TWC

                Rad, man. That’s rad.

                ::makes popcorn, kicks feet up::

          • Kyle

            Oh look, it’s the personal attacks as always from JP. I’m stunned.

            • jp3

              Not all JPs hate you Kyle.

              • Kyle

                hugs, bro

                • Fishin Phil

                  How sweet.

                  • ssckelley

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                    • jp3

                      Hey man FU, in my book that’s The JoKer teaming up with the Prince of Persia😀 wait???..

        • ssckelley

          We discussed Ha today as well.

  • Edwin

    I think in general, the longer you pay attention to the minor leagues, the more pessamistic you get about prospects.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I’d say realistic rather than pessimistic.

      Very few minor league players will ever make it to the majors. That truth is sort of the foundational assumption of minor league coverage for me.

      • Edwin

        That’s probably a better term, yes.

  • CubsFaninMS

    We have more cat fights in here than at a senior prom. Some easy rules to go by to prevent this:

    1) Respect other’s opinions, including newbies that comment but are less informed than many of us. The more interested, engaged, knowledgeable Cubs fans the better.
    2) Don’t use extreme words such as “definitely”, “never”, “always”, etc. Those comments are rarely true. Also, don’t use those extreme words to mischaracterize someone else’s comment as an exaggerative way of winning an argument.
    3) Don’t feel as if someone gave you a wedgie when someone disagrees with you, simply break down your logical analysis and agree to disagree. You’re both Cub fans.

    I’ve obvioulsy not a moderator but hey… if everyone exercised these rules it’d feel more like a relaxed, enjoyable “cyber coffee house” than a “cyber prom night”.

    • ssckelley

      “We have more cat fights in here than at a senior prom.”

      You should have just ended your comment with that, it was funny.

      But as for your rules, they definitely suck and I will always enjoy a good cat fight so I hope they never stop.

      • Funn Dave

        I like his rules. Especially the latter part of #2.

    • willis

      Definitely, we should never use terms like always. :)

      Good post. I think the on the field results and the fact that there doesn’t seem to be much hope soon is really starting to weight on everyone. It’s causing more lashing out than normal.

      • CubsFaninMS

        Thank you. I agree that it is frustrating. If it wasn’t for Kris Bryant’s crazy numbers alone, I may’ve broken a few of those rules more recently!

        • willis

          Bryant has been outstanding. Some pitching has been solid and there are some wild performances going on in KC. I really think if Baez can pick it up some things will calm down a little. You add his struggles to the doom and gloom that is the major league team, edgy for sure around here.

    • Jed Jam Band

      If there were no villains, there would be no heroes, correct?

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Correct: but we still could have protagonists and antagonists. They tend to be more interesting.

        I’m confused about why people bet on animals at proms.

  • Diego Javier

    So.. The FO wants to see players dominate their leagues before being called up?

    What do you call what Kris Bryant is doing to those poor AA pitchers?

    • itzscott

      Blocked from Iowa by Christian Villanueva?

      • Diego Javier

        No way Villanueva can block Bryant from moving up. Floor KB >> CV.

        Ceiling KB (>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> x10^billion) CV

    • DocPeterWimsey

      They want to see more than a month of this. However, if he keeps this up through May, then they will be hard pressed to not call it domination.

  • TommyK

    Really good to see Baez have a good day. More like this, please.

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