Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Miday Monday News and Notes

You know, I've been meaning to write this post since Friday.  My plan is to basically comment on the many items of interest in a witty and amusing way.  So, let's take a look at what's news:

Kerry Wood returns to the DL for the 12th time in his career.   However, if, March of this year, you were going to tell me that Wood was DL bound at some point in '08, believe me, I'd have felt relieved to learn it was for a blister.  Lou chose to celebrate Kerry's DL-boundness by pitching Carlos Marmol in a blowout as he was preparing Marmol to be the interim closer.  It was a "tune up" because Marmol apparently needed the work.

I know that Rob has retaliated to my criticism of Piniella for his mismanagement of Marmol.   Hey, I remain a huge fan of Piniella.  If you want to talk about pitcher mismanagement, Lou will never come close to escaping the shadow of Dusty Baker.  However, as this season progresses my frustration about the way he handles Marmol will grow, believe me. 

Alfonso Soriano has begun his rehab.   There has been some debate as to whether or not he would return directly to the majors, or recover in the minors for a while.  I for one am happy that the Cubs smartly assigned him to the minors, and I suspect that he'll be there for only a few games.  However, the strength of his hand will remain an issue for the rest of the season.  I believe that Alfonso will again be a contributing factor to the team's offense, but I don't think he's going to hit a whole lot of homeruns for the rest of this year.  I look forward to being wrong.

Also mentioned in the article, Scott Eyre is also recovering from his injury problems, but he will not do a minor league rehab stint, and Rich Hill continues to tank in the minors.  Hill claims that his problems are related to a back spasm, rather than a brain spasm.  Time will tell on that one.

Ray Durham has been dealt to the Brewers for two minor leaguers.  Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Durham does not know how to pitch out of the bullpen, so the Cubs are probably not sweating this acquisition.

Lastly, at some point tonight I'm going to do a direct comparison of the Cubs with the various teams in the American League who are likely playoff bound.  I haven't looked yet, but I have a suspicion that the Cubs will compare favorably.   

Compare away ...

... but I suspect you would better served to do it at the trade deadline. There certainly are more moves to be made.

This is a message of Big Brother.

Pull the plug...

Bob Howry needs to be put down. You can quote all the statistics you want to "make a case" for him, but he shits the bed when the game is on the line. Sure Howry has experience as a closer...he's been successful 67% of the time. Given that "great" MLB hitters fail 70% of the time, how can even a league average pitcher, let alone BOB HOWRY-ACE RELIEVER, fail in over 30% of his chances when the "great hitter" only succeeds in 30% of his at-bats?

You can hope and wish all you want, but mark my words, Bobby will continue his slide towards complete suck and continue to lose games for the Cubs.

***I might have had a few too many tonight, so when one of the GROTA members takes me to task for my comments...and they most likely will...listen to them because they actually take the time to look stuff up.

I'm just not sure who this

I'm just not sure who this "you" is that you are talking to. Howry has been crap pretty much all year long and, as I observed a little while back, he's just not setup man material at this stage in his career.

you, as in

one of the Goatriders...not you specifically.

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