Monthly Archives July 2008

Is Guyer the guy?

Doing anything on Tuesday, July 29th? Go to Wrigley and watch the Peoria Chiefs under Ryne Sandberg as they host the Kane County Cougars in a Midwest League game. The Chiefs are winning lately and are loaded with what seem to be real prospects. I would love to get a peek at the following players, […]

How to solve Marmol’s problem (and Wuertz’s)

I wrote recently that Larry Rothschild had a one-dimensional view of pitching. Here are some recent comments of his (from Cub Bits by Paul Sullivan over the weekend) that can be placed in evidence: Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Michael Wuertz needs to work on his slider after being demoted to Triple-A Iowa. “He needs […]

Who is Blake Lalli?

Lalli may be the most interesting recent undrafted free-agent signee in the Cub organization. Undrafted free agent: that probably means that a scout liked him but couldn’t convince Tim Wilken to use one of his several dozen draft picks on him. You have to love it when one of these walk-ons gives evidence that he […]

Relax, Jim, you’re trying too hard

Not a good trade. I wouldn’t trade Gallagher, period, and certainly not for a pitcher who, Broglio-like, comes with duct tape included. The argument that “this is the year” and we have to pull out all the stops, etc., is a child’s argument–or a sportswriter’s. Its logic dictates that the Cubs should have traded Soto […]

Fontenot versus DeRosa

As a longtime Fontenot fan, I thought today might be a good day to post this. A lot of Cub fans (on the blogs, at least) seem to consider Fontenot a left-handed version of Ryan Theriot, and they wonder why Lou plays him, sometimes at the expense of DeRosa. Actually, Fontenot is a left-handed version […]

What’s the quickest way to St. Louis from DesMoines?

On June 24th, I mentioned three pitchers performing well in the low- to mid-minors: Jordan Latham, Blake Parker and Casey Lambert. Parker got a call to Iowa last weekend to help out with back-to-back doubleheaders. It’s a pretty good callup when you jump over two teams. He’s obviously on the organization’s radar. Yesterday, Parker was […]