Brain farts keep raining on my head. Stones 6 Cubs 0

Brain farts keep raining on my head. Stones 6 Cubs 0

The Cubs continue to asphyxiate themselves on the lack of oxygen in the mile high air- not getting hits of awful pitchers, giving up runs to AAA players and perfecting the art of how not to execute a sacrifice fly. The Cubs once again got help from a higher source, as rain would delay the game in the 7th, This time, however, they continued playing, 18 forgettable outs later the Cubs would lose to the Rockies 6-0. There’s so much humor here to be found, but I find it hard to laugh. I don’t get it. The NFL replacement refs were absolutely hysterical- I couldn’t stop laughing at them. But while the Cubs lengthen their lead for this life changing 2nd pick, I find myself having the similar sensation I get when I have a tetanus shot. I just want it to end. Let’s order some sushi and not pay…




Jason Berken took the bump tonight and wanted everyone to know that he is in no way the pitcher who threw six shutout innings in his last start.  The Rockies, or whoever is passing as Rockies these days, hit Berken early and often. 9 hits led to six runs in 4 innings. There will be one more Berken start. It will be his last. Lendy Castillo pitched two innings and didn’t hurt anybody.




Instead of complaining about Joe Mather’s carbon copy of Dave Sappelt’s bone headed play of getting thrown out at 3rd before allowing a run to score from third, lemme tell you a story. My father’s best friend was a Director’s rep named Jack Gunn. His job is pretty much to entertain advertising creatives so they’ll use his director on any upcoming jobs. He decided to treat some friends by getting third row tickets to see Joe Cocker. This was the 70's, Cocker was a boozer, on pills, and often would get sick during his shows. Which is exactly what happened. Joe Cocker got sick and vomited on them during the show. Gunn got so pissed that he got the exact same tickets for the next night’s show and promised anyone that would listen that he was going to badger, frustrate and heckle Cocker till he walked off the stage. Joe Cocker wound up puking on him again. This is what went through my mind watching that asinine play. I mean seriously? How are you going to tell the press that brain farts are inexcusable when veterans like Mather duplicate inexcusable Quade-like mistakes that rookies previously made? PUH- Thetic.




It’s lightweight to write off this season to “lack of talent” “losing all the dead weight” “starting a massive rebuild” and all the other clichés that’s been spouted by the massively ignorant. The Cubs are an unthinkable 32 games under .500 on the road. They haven’t won a single game on the road against the NL West (who house no powerhouse teams), Tonight, they got all of three hits off a struggling rookie pitcher who has an ERA over 5.30, a WHIP over 1.500, and hadn’t won since June. If you’re in it for the long haul, and you’re totally committed to the rebuild, then don’t whitewash this season to “that’s how it goes” be honest about it. And say that Dale Sveum and company have done a poor job at getting this team, even this lousy team prepared to play on the road. And they should be held accountable and expected to do better.

Every game seems to be played in the rain in front of 50 fans. The death march to the finish line continues tomorrow as Chris Volstad makes his penultimate start of the season. Jed Hoyer said beforehand that the Cubs would actively pursue starting pitching in the off-season. It was the only positive performance of the day by a Cub. Here’s to some sunshine tomorrow, in any possible way.




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    But, a loss tomorrow pretty much locks up the #2 pick.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I understand you place high value on getting a #1 or #2 pick, but I think there's more to consider than that. Also, it's starting to sound like a broken record. I think John or Tom made a good point earlier about the fact that Pittsburgh and KC have been perennial top draft pickers, and while they've got some young studs in the drafts, it hasn't turned them into contenders.

    Let's leave out the consideration for a second that scouting & player development probably have an equal or higher importance on developing a powerhouse farm system and focus on what effect this type of season might have on the psyche of our young emerging players and the fan base.

    I watched part of last night's game and Berken's craptastic start. When Berken gave up that single up the middle to Colvin, the camera flashed over to Rizzo. You could see the look of frustration and despair on his face. You've got to think getting creamed day after day after day is taking its toll. Having said that, our young Cubs hitters don't really have any room to talk. I almost feel as if this team, and the fan base, has given up on the season. That isn't something I'd like to reinforce, or continue next year - I don't care if Justin Verlander's younger brother is in the 2014 draft, I don't want the Cubs to finish in the cellar again.

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    In reply to BBullerman:

    For about the millionth time, it's not the pick, it's the money that goes with it. The CBA has completely changed the rules, and you are much, much, much, much better off even with the #2 pick than the #3 pick. (Roughly $2 million more to spend on your first 10 picks.) Plus extra money for IFAs -- the exact numbers haven't been revealed yet, but they are supposed to be significant drop-offs, much like the actual draft.

    If this were the old CBA, I would not be pushing this hard for the #2 pick, because it wouldn't matter that much. But the new CBA has changed everything. To be good, you have to bring new talent in. One of the ways you do that is through the draft -- and baseball has changed it so that every step down represents a significant increase in your ability to do so.

    I hate the system. I wish Bud would change it by fiat right now. But I'll also root for the Cubs to take advantage of the system as it exists.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Mike, I understand your point and agree with the money piece. I think where would not mind wins (and thus a worse draft pick and slotting), however, is if we were seeing our young guys really develop and cause the wins, so to speak.

    If we're missing out on draft slotting because of old guys who won't be around in a few years and don't have trade value, then we're worse off in the long-term for it. However if it's because our young guys are developing nicely, then I think our ramp-up has quickened and perhaps there's less of an immediate need to have, say, the second pick instead of the third or fourth.

    The point almost seems moot by now, but I think there are two ways of looking at the drafting issue and whether or not to be happy that we're winning (or losing).

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    It's hard to watch them play so badly against such a bad team, but they've pretty much sewn up a top 3 pick and the 2nd pick is looming. That's the consolation, I guess.

    It'll be much more fun to cover the draft when the season is over for me.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    It doesn't really surprise me, unfortunately. With DDJ apparently getting the rest of the season off, there are only 3 quality major league players on this team (Rizzo, Castro, Soriano) and two more that, at the moment, are okay (Castillo, Barney). Rizzo is slumping -- he appears to be streaky, and he's in a down period. You can't win a baseball game with 3 (half each to Castillo and Barney) good players.

    Maybe you can include Jaye Chapman and Michael Bowden in that but, really, with the back half of our starting rotation is the bullpen anything but glorified mop up guys?

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    I agree 100% about Sveum and his staff not having the team prepared on the road. His failure to show consequences for inexcusable play is not sending the accountability message out there.
    How can Sveum just shake his head and act dumbfounded when questioned about these repeated mental errors?
    Makes you wonder what Theo & Jed think. After all, Theo recently explained that W-L record isn't important but seeing players develop and improve is what Sveum is being rated on.
    So who has show improvement since the deadline deals? Jackson sure hasn't and now isn't even playing. Vitters hasn't. Castro has been treading water with the bat but has slipped a little defensively. Rizzo has also struggled but isn't as big a concern because he already seems to be able to adjust.
    Castillo is the only guy who you can say has obviously shown improvement over the last 2 months.
    The frustration is in not seeing these young guys start to get it. We all knew Jackson & Vitters were not ready but I never saw a combined .144 avg. with 13 RBI in 201 AB's coming.
    I see a lot of young rookie pitchers out there now, but not many look as pathetic as the group the Cubs are running out there everyday.
    I thought I'd already seen it, but "rock-bottom" seems to still be lurking out there somewhere.

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    Well, he's tellin' us this and he's tellin' us that
    Changes it ev'ry day, says, it doesn't matter
    Bases are loaded and Casey's at bat
    Playin' it play by play, time to change the batter

    And we don't need the ladies cryin'
    'Cause the story's sad, aha
    Rocky Mountain way
    Is better than the way we had

  • Just seeing Mather in the starting line-up made me feel like Sveum (Joe Cocker) puked on me again.... Then I realized that he knows exactly what Mather is and is not, he wants that #2 pick soooo bad, thats why Mather was in there.

    Well played Sveum!..... well played

  • We can't blame Sveum for Mather's mistake, though I guess we can blame him for playing in the first place. That's just a dumb play that you shouldn't have to teach to a guy who is 30 years old. It's basic baseball.

    On the bright side, the media learned from their mistake and didn't blame Vitters, who clearly slowed down before reaching home.

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    Dale -" Castro should have ran that out. I am sick of the mental mistakes by him. I'm seriously considering benching him now."

    Theo - "Dale, Castro wasn't even in the play."

    Dale - "Well then I guess it was just a brain fart. Oh well, let's just forget about it, mistakes happen."

  • In reply to Demarrer:

    I think Dale has been pretty fair with Castro. It's been certain members of the media who have fixated on his every mistake while ignoring it when it happens to other players.

  • I feel like some people are forgetting that Dale and the team pretty much actively told us that they would be experimenting and tinkering with lineups and situations to see how people would respond in the last month or so.

    There's been a lot of head-scratching over the lineups, etc. that Dale has used, but the Cubs have been out of the playoff hunt for a long time now. I have no issue with putting guys in "uncomfortable" spots to see how they respond. Unfortunately, most have not responded well. But with the strategies that we've literally heard are in place, why would you bench a guy the next day for making a mistake? From a team standpoint, you miss out on seeing how the guy responds to adversity, etc.

    I think the big question to how the team handles this crappy play will be in the offseason. If we're pretty much fielding the same knuckleheads in April next year as we are this year, then maybe there is an accountability issue. However I don't see that happening.

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    We should also keep in mind that we don't know what goes on behind closed doors. Just because he's not ripping his player publicly doesn't mean that's not happening in the clubhouse.

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