In Broom. Dodgers 1 Cubs 0.

The Cubs were trying not to get swept , while the sizzling hot Dodgers were gunning for their 14th road win in a road. Let's see if the Cubs could end their home stand on a positive note.



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  • doesn't take a medium to know this stinks.ha ha have to laugh to keep from crying.

  • It's no disgrace to lose to these Dodgers. Everyone else is too. We played them close.

    Hanley Ramirez is a whiny wimp. A good hitter, but a whiny wimp. Did I hear right that Navarro broke Hanley's bat after Ramirez put it under him after the walk? I hope I did. Gotta love that!

  • Love the Loxas/Arguello Muppets....

  • Yeah. Wish I could get them to space out better. I space them in the type box and the damn thing just meshes them together..... I'll get it right eventually.

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    Laughed more than I should have at this recap. The muppets were hilarious. The street traffic pic for dodgers got me good. These recaps really help stomach losses.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Thank God I'm not the only one, Marcel !!!

    If you've ever been on the 405 or any of the other impassible 'highways' of SoCal, you'd know the torture that is the drive.

  • We'll appreciate these losses next draft day. But for now they're hard to take. I posted yesterday, asking why Sveum seems to prefer that our guys hit into double plays or strike out when there's a chance to advance runners into scoring position. Yesterday it was four double plays; today it was Ransom's strike out.

  • In reply to JayPea:

    if the guys hit into double plays or strike out then its on them so Sveum has an easy out. Doesn't he say after every game its his teams failure with risp and doesn't address his failures in managing games. I believe his excuse today was a slow runner on 2nd which makes no sense because then he's expecting 2 mores hits to score the runner from 2nd. sorry about the rant just not buying Dale.

  • In reply to kansascub:

    For a long time I have given up on Sveum...

    1. He has either no idea or no inclination how to play small ball to manufacture runs. Too many times we have 2 on with none out and the batter is allowed to impersonate Zorro.
    2. His lack of aptitude in using pinch-hitters is scary - why on earth let Shark bat for himself immediately before being replaced on Saturday...? Yes he does not have the greatest bench, but he could even have used Travis Wood instead of Samardzija.
    3. His mancrush on James Russell is in danger of destroying his Russell's career - just as it did for Shawn Camp... and previously Piniella rode Marmol until his arm nearly fell off... The Cubs have a recent high-incidence of destroying "reliable" go-to arms.
    4. In each after-game interview he has appeared lifeless and lacking in inspiration... If he isn't inspiring the fans he likely isn't inspiring the youngsters.

    As an aside have we heard anybody say "Dale has made me a better player..."? There was a lot of love from Soriano for Dave McKay but I have yet to see much similar from other Cubs players about Sveum...

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    In reply to JayPea:

    We'd appreciate it more if we signed the right Cuban :(

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Don't give up on Concepcion. He's healthy now and still very young.

    Also Soler (other than being injured) and Rivero have looked good so far.

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Speaking of Concepcion. What the heck is he doing these days?

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    He threw 2 innings of shout-out ball the other night.

  • In reply to Jason Pellettiere:

    Heard he was 87-90 on his FB with an average curve -- which would be an improvement over what he showed last year. Hopefully he'll keep building on that.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    The last I heard was 5-6 weeks ago when someone quoted McCleod as saying he had some back issues after recovering from mono. But was healthy, and focused on rebuilding his strength & stamina and would begin pitching again in fall Instructs... Then he quietly appears on Muskat's blog as giving up one hit in 2 innings pitched in rookie ball last week.

    When he was signed, he was billed a polished LHP with the upside a tick or so above Chris Rusin. But because of his polish would move quickly. Then he went all Hayden Simpson on us.... Assuming he's healthy, he should be active from here on out and start showing up regularly in Johns minor league reports.

  • Isn't 2/11 the 'inverted W' motion that killed Mark Prior's career?

  • I know it isn't the proper thread for this, but I was at the Kane County game in Clinton today. Almora pulled up after his second at bat with an apparent leg injury. Didn't seem super serious, although he was immediately yanked. Also, Skulina and Rosario were all over the place. Both seemed to have ok "stuff", but couldn't locate. At all.

  • Too bad Darwin Barney was held out of the game. They could have had a Barney-Fife match up...

  • In reply to Stevo1:

    Thought the same thing Stevo1 !!!

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    Before y'all jump off the Sears Tower, there is silver lining. We're getting closer to securing a top ten draft pick, which means the team can sign free agents with qualifying offers.

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    Top ten? If the series ended today, we'd be top 5.

    But I still hope we don't sign any quallified FA's. We lose our next pick and really can't afford to.

    The Sandwich round used to be 20-30 picks long, and there were a lot of very good players picked there.

    But the CBA changed that. Now that there is very few picks in the Compensation round, the 2nd round picks are that much stronger. We can't afford to lose out on a great draft pick.

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    In reply to Giffmo:

    So, using last draft as a guide, if we end up picking 5th, our second round pick would be #44 overall.

    Some guys picked at #44 or higher are Taijuan Walker, N. Castellanos, N. Syndergaard, Aaon Sanchez, Henry Owens, Renaudo, and J. Bradley.

    The last three were drafted by Theo, so they guy knows how to find high-end talent in the range our 2nd round pick should be.

    I REALLY hope we don't pick up any of the overrated guys from this FA class.

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