Archive for the ‘Chicago Cubs’ category

We have diagnosed a disorder for the Chicago Cubs

October 6, 2008

Victory Disease.

Ever since the Cubs won the series in 1908, they have gone on to do a lot of losing, especially in the postseason, even though they had 97 wins this year. We have diagnosed their losing with this disease, even though there are questions whether Ugueth Urbina is a licensed psychologist or not. And although not every patient always have all of the specific symptoms of the diseases, we sure know the Cubs have the problem of overconfidence. They just might need to take a chill pill.

Because they are out of the playoffs, all of the fine contributors of UUIB are listening to “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request” by Steve Goodman once again.

Do they still play the blues in Chicago
When baseball season rolls around
When the snow melts away,
Do the Cubbies still play
In their ivy covered burial ground
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
But now they only bring fatigue
To the home of the brave
The land of the free
And the doormat of the National League

Sorry North Side, maybe next year guys (Apparently, we post more about the Cubs than any other team in the Majors, weird).

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Go Dragons!

July 25, 2008

Nice that the town we live in gets some rep.. go Dragons! Their games are always fun. I’ve seen quite a few players come up through the Dragons, like Adam Dunn, Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, William Bergolla, among others. I didn’t go last night, but apparently, during the brawl, there were fans trying to get onto the field, and the interim manager for Peoria was being a douche the whole time. Their normal manager, who was taking the night off? Ryne Sandberg. Julio Castillo, the pitcher who threw the pitch into the stands appeared to be jussssst a bit outside as he was aiming for the dugout. A dumb thing to do though.

Oh, and this. That sucks.

My mac’s broke

July 22, 2008

And so is Kerry Wood. This article says he visited a hand specialist. Could it possibly be the world’s greatest hand model, J.P. Prewitt? They are a different breed, you know.

(lol, David Duchovny)

The All-Realistic NL Team of 2008

July 15, 2008

So we decided to make the best starters, and put the best backup players behind them. So basically, the best realistic team of 2008. For the backup and utility players, they have to be actual backups or platooners, like Augie Ojeda, or Ruben Gotay for example. No video game rosters here.

My lineup will consist of:

2 Catchers
1 First Baseman
1 First Baseman/Third Baseman
1 Second Baseman
1 Second Baseman/Shortstop
1 Third Baseman
1 Shortstops
4 Outfielders
1 Utility Player
12 pitchers, 7 RP, 5 SP

Catcher: Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves

I made a mistake when I chose Russell Martin based on him dating Alyssa Milano on one of my older articles. Brian McCann is having the better season indeed.

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Oh ####, the Cubs just got better

July 8, 2008

Oakland A’s get:

P Sean Gallagher
OF Matt Murton
OF/IF Eric Patterson
C Josh Donaldson

Chi. Cubs get:
SP Rich Harden
RP Chad Gaudin

The trade definitely lessens the number of misused players in the Cubs organization, like Matt Murton, who surely will get more opportunities in Oakland, as well as Eric Patterson, especially with Oakland’s troubles with the lack of production in the outfield. To highlight the A’s outfield troubles, you have Travis Buck, hitting .160 and slumping majorly in AAA, Chris Denorfia who hasn’t really done much, also in AAA, career AAAA player in Emil Brown, a DH in Jack Cust, and three players that aren’t really power hitters in Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney, and Carlos Gonzalez. Murton and Patterson won’t help the lack of power by the A’s outfield, but it will have better defense, and slightly better hitting at least… although I think Frank Thomas has been injured and Jack Cust has been at DH anyways. Patterson, although there is a chance he stays to help the outfield, would be moving to the infield, most likely second base, after not being good at all in the outfield. Patterson also can hit decently. He’d somehow replace Mark Ellis, who is great with the glove, but not so good with the bat. The bat versus the defense tradeoff is here with Patterson and Ellis. Matt Murton would be exactly the type of player Billy Beane wants, with a good combination of the bat (although he hasn’t shown it with the Cubs who keep messing and misusing him big time), and defense.

For pitching, the A’s rotation is now Blanton, Eveland, Smith, Duchscherer, and Gallagher. Gallagher will not have as many problems with fly balls in Oakland, a pitchers park, which is exacly why Joe Blanton is good with the A’s. I like the A’s getting Gallagher out of this. Gaudin has been a reliever most of the year for the A’s after starting at the beginning of the year, and Harden, 5-1 this year, has been starting after coming back from injury I think, with good results, a 2.34 ERA.

Josh Donaldson, the catcher the A’s got in the deal, was a compensentory 1st Round pick in 2007, and although he will take a while to develop, his ceiling is as a starter. He’s an interesting prospect, as he can hit, although he hasn’t been able to in A-ball yet. Note that Oakland has too many catchers though.

On the Cubs side, they get two proven players in Gaudin and Harden, and although Harden is a definite injury risk, Harden’s stuff improves the Cubs starting rotation, and it also gives the Cubs another viable backup plan for the rotation in Gaudin:

Starting Rotation when healthy

Ted Lilly (although not great this year, but pitching slightly better lately)
The suprising Ryan Dempster
Carlos Zambrano
Harden
Jason Marquis

Backup plans:
Gaudin
Rich Hill (wow, how far he has fallen)
Jon Lieber
Sean Marshall

Backup backup backup plan:

Kerry Wood

WIth the starting pitching, the Cubs get even more depth. The Cubs bullpen looks even better now with Gaudin added, especially with Carlos Marmol not as dominant as he was last year, and Bobby Howry aging quickly.

A’s Deal Harden, Gaudin for Four Cubs (Scout.com)

Answer this poll about balls

July 2, 2008

You might win $1000 from KFC if you do this poll..

My NL all-cheap team

June 26, 2008

In my expertise, the cheaper you are, the uglier you are and the worse it’s going to be. Of course, that’s in my second job, prostution (I am pretty high priced myself). In baseball however, there is not really a correlation. There are some great players making peanuts for cash, and these players are mostly pre-arbitration players.

Jorge Cantu

Jorge Cantu

C Russell Martin – LA Dodgers

This was a tossup between two very good catchers in Brian McCann of the Braves and Russell Martin, in everything. There’s also Geovany Soto, who is very good. But I would go with Martin just because he’s dating Alyssa Milano now, I think, in a trade with Brad Penny. Both are great catchers.

1B Conor Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks

There are some great, cheap first basemen, like the unhappy Prince Fielder, Joey Votto and James Loney but I’m going with Conor Jackson, as he’s getting on base at a .401 clip, and has always provided consistent play, even though his fielding is somewhat suspect, but the other guys I considered, their fielding is suspect too, and in the case of Loney, his fielding has not developed yet, although I have to admit, I’m not good at analyzing defense. I think CoJack would be my choice though.

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