Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 06/04/12

Game Fifty-Four: Cubs (18-35) vs. Giants (30-24)
Game Time – 2:45pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Jeff Samardzija (5-3, 3.09/1.19) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (3-2, 2.36/1.23)

Updated 12:44pm CDT - Cubs signed Hong-Chih Kuo to a minor-league deal. Kuo will report to Mesa

Weather permitting … The Cubs will shoot to salvage the final game of the wrap-around series in San Francisco this afternoon behind Jeff Samardzija. Sveum’s pitching staff has done their job, for the most part, during the series. The Cubs have allowed only eight runs in three games but the offense, as well as the defense, has been the problem. Sveum’s offense has scored only four runs in the last three games with all four coming off two swings of the bat … home runs by Alfonso Soriano (three-run shot Friday night) and David DeJesus (solo homer on Saturday). The Cubs have scored in just nine of the last 81 innings.

Bryan LaHair, David DeJesus and Steve Clevenger should be back in the starting lineup this afternoon. Lefties have hit slightly better (.225/.307/.284) than right handers (.218/.309/.261) this season against Ryan Vogelsong. But with the way Vogelsong has pitched this season, it does not figure to get any easier for the Cubs this afternoon.

The Rule Four First-Year Player Draft begins at 6:00pm CDT … and this afternoon all starts with Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija has been one of the few pleasant surprises for the big league club this season. Samardzija is coming off another solid outing against the Padres in which he allowed three runs on eight hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Samardzija is even contributing at the plate and has driven in runs in two of his last three starts.

Samardzija makes his 11th start of the season this afternoon. He has seven quality starts in his first 10 outings of the season and the Cubs are 7-3 in games he’s started.

After posting a 2-1 record in April (four starts) with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP, Samardzija is 3-2 in his last six starts with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. In his last 40 innings, Samardzija has 40 strikeouts and 11 walks (just short of an impressive 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio).

Jeff Samardzija has faced the Giants five times in his career. In 5 2/3 innings he has allowed one run on five hits with four walks and eight strikeouts (1.59 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP). Today will be his first start against the Giants.

Giants Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Gregor Blanco – 0-for-1
  • Emmanuel Burriss – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Brandon Crawford – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Aubrey Huff – a walk in only plate appearance
  • Angel Pagan – 0-for-1
  • Ryan Theriot – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Ryan Vogelsong – 0-for-1

Ryan Vogelsong has been very good in his second season in the Giants rotation. Vogelsong posted a 13-7 record in 30 games, 28 starts, with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP a year ago for Bruce Bochy and he’s picked up where he left off.

Vogelsong did not win a game in his first three starts (0-1) of the season and was hit around pretty good to the tune of a 4.91 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. But in his last six starts, Vogelsong is 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. The Giants are 6-3 in his nine starts.

The key to beating Ryan Vogelsong is making him work. Vogelsong struggles with adjustments the second time through a lineup, if he’s thrown enough pitches, and excels as he progresses if he maintains a low-pitch count.

Ryan Vogelsong is 3-5 in 14 career games, eight starts, against the Cubs with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP … last year he was 2-1 in three starts against the Cubs with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP and one of his outings was a complete game shutout in rain shortened win at Wrigley.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ryan Vogelsong

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-5
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-9 with a triple
  • David DeJesus – 0-for-3
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-7 with a home run
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-1
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-9 with a home run and a walk
  • Ian Stewart – 0-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    DeJesus – RF
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – 1B
    Stewart – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Clevenger – C
    Samardzija – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs have signed Hong-Chih Kuo to a minor-league deal. Kuo will report to Mesa
     

    • Zonk

      I know him….he was lights-out for the Dodgers in 2010, looks like he had arm trouble though, because he was bad last year (and was available now)

      I have said before:  I think Theo and Co. are taking the right approach with arms right now.  We have the 40-man slots right now to rummage through the bargain bin for pitching talent, like Bowden, Ascencio, and now Kuo. (and Corpas, Robertson, de la Cruz if you count those guys). 

      Chances are, Kuo won’t work out, but if just one or two of these guys becomes an asset, we came out ahead.  Always worth a low-risk die roll…….

      • Dorasaga

        Hong-Chih Kuo was really good b/w 2008-’10, set some records in relief ERA and two or three advanced stats (average of 56 innings pitched per season). He’s been injury-prone since high school, and almost retired last season with the accumulated pain he’s suffered the past years. The Cubs might not benefit from him in the near future. Kuo might end up like the Rich Hill signing by Theo back in Boston. Redsox needed time to evaluate if he’s ready to pitch again or not. Rich Hill eventually pitched again last year for Boston but limited duties.

  • paulcatanese

    While it’s admirable to play with pain, it’s just not smart. Why Sveum does not just step up and not play Soriono looks highly that it’s not his decision whether to play him or not.
    What will it take? For him to totaly blow his knee out or a bases loaded single where he gets thrown out at first base for the third out?
    That realistacily could happen.
    I have never seen such diregard for a player as is being dis-played now.
    Forget the wins and losse’s, thats by the wayside, someone’s health is the issue here.

    • Zonk

      The weird thing is, though, that he has hit the last couple weeks where he didn’t before.  Lighter bat or whatever, the knee thing certainly hasn’t negatively impacted his hitting.  I can’t beleive it’s helping, but hasn’t had a bad impact.

      • BosephHeyden

         We haven’t really won most of those games, though, so it is hurting more than it is helping.  Soriano doesn’t necessarily have to go on the DL (though I believe Neil said it best when he said he should have his knee scoped), but sitting out a game or two isn’t going to be a bad thing.

        Besides, at this point in time, the Cubs, while not officially out of it, are pretty much out of it, and should be looking to see what it is they have to rebuild on.  Sitting a man down that clearly has health problems isn’t the worst thing in the world with that considered.

    • Denio

       Maybe they are trying to get Soriono to accept that his career is coming to an end and get him to retire so they can buy out the remainder of his contract..
      If they can’t find a home for him by the trade deadline I believe they will tell him they are going to cut him or he can decide to retire… It will be up to Soriono as to what terms he wants to leave the team.

      • John_CC

         He might retire, but I doubt it, and even if he did he will not be giving back the $50 million that the Cubs are contractually obliged to pay him.

        Forget it.

    • John_CC

      For the most part, I agree with you Paul.  After showing great improvement in his OF defense, Soriano’s bum knee has him now playing below even his standards. He’s never gotten great jumps on balls and now that he can barely run he is a liability. 

      But, putting yourself in the manager’s position of filling out the lineup card everyday for a team that has scored 4 runs in the last 3 games — and as Neil pointed out, 3 of those have come off Soriano’s bat — he has been very good offensively for the past 4 weeks, he’s slugging nearly .600 since May 1. 

      It’s a tough call.

      • paulcatanese

        Soriono’s bat has been a pleasant surprise along with his fielding, I agree, it’s just I hate to see him get hurt any further than he is.
        I like him and thought he among the few has been a good teamate. I guess I am just sympathetic to his injury. If the Cubs were in the thick of it I could maybe go along with his bat, but they are not.
        Without him they are a station to station hitting team, and it’s very hard to win.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Not play Soriano?

      What me worry? 

      Blown out knees would mean a trip to the DL, and the insurance company pays the bill for both the surgery and his salary.

      Sounds like a plan to me…….

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Cubs won’t call up Anthony Rizzo for Interleague games in AL parks. Says
    Sveum: “Right now, there’s no thought of it.” Soriano to DH.
     

    • cmschube

       Well.. no reason to go to the Cubs/Twins series now..

      • CubsTalk

         Would you go if Jesus Christ was pitching?

        • Dorasaga

          Nobody get you these days. What does Jesus have to do with not calling up Rizzo?

          • CubsTalk

            yes, I like it that way…..I just want to see if Jesus can hit a curve ball when he is up to bat……….Rizzo will be here someday….Jesus will return someday also…….what do you fear the most?….Jesus?….. or seeing the White Sox winning another World Series?

        • cmschube

          Are you saying Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?

          • John_CC

            I’m confused,  I thought he wanted to see him pitching?  How cares if the pitcher can hit a curveball – though Samardz is doing it – I want to see Jesus’ splitter!

          • Reggie

             I’m sure if he can turn water into wine he’d have some new pitches of his own. All the japanese pitchers who come over to the US with “new” pitches would be very jealous.

          • CubsTalk

             If Jesus can, bat him before Soriano!

          • Scott

            I can’t believe that no one picked up on this reference.  Great line in a great movie….

          • Dorasaga

            “J’e’suz, I like him very much. He no help in curveball,” says Pedro from Major League.

    • Smcneil

      any chance the cubs inquire about Justin Uptons availability? Just wondering. Seen he was benched Sunday.

      Scott

  • Redlarczykg

    Remember Theo and Jed thought the Cubs needed to get more lefthanded?   Does any know what the Cubs record is against lefies?

    Lets hope Vitters and Castillo can add some righthanded punch in the future.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Michael Bowden cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Iowa.

    • CubsTalk

      Iowa is not a bad place to go……State Fair happens there this August…..Mike can learn about the insurance industry if his baseball career goes in the toilet……so long Mike, maybe we see you next Spring Training in Arizona.

  • Dorasaga

    Good batting from Lahair to Clevenger; perhaps time to bat Barney behind Soriano? If they don’t win this one, somebody needs to send GM Hoyer a dead goat.

    • CubsTalk

       leave the gun behind and take the cannolli.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Clevenger … And Samardzija with 2-out RBI singles

  • CubsTalk

    Poll question of the day……

    If you were a MLB ballplayer, what position would you play at?

    A – Outfielder
    B – Infielder
    C – Catcher
    D – Pitcher

    • Tom U

      I’ve always either played second base or catcher.

  • Dorasaga

    Looks like a good day for all bats, esp. bottom of both lineups…

    • CubsTalk

      typically in baseball, the manager puts his worst hitters at the bottom of the order.

  • Baron_S

    perhaps obvious, but the splits on Castros hitting 
    After an 0-1 count  — .245 avg (110 AB)
    After a 1-0 count — .378 avg  (74 AB)

    If he could just be a little patient, he could contend for a batting title
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8611/situational;_ylt=AlyhVM2YopOQ_maJTUQI5AWFCLcF 

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Ben Wells (3-2, 3.79)
    Daytona – Frank Del Valle (3-1, 4.82)
    Tennessee – Dallas Beeler (1-5, 4.22)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin – (4-4, 3.53)

  • Dorasaga

    Castro needs a day off. That “mental lapse,” as Brenly kindly described, was unacceptable. He’ll benefit from some bench-peace in the mind…

    • John_CC

       Shark handled it like a teammate.  Just imagine what Zambino would have done.

      • BosephHeyden

         Probably would have given Castro enough “incentive” to keep track of the outs and not make the mistake in the first place.

        • Dorasaga

          If anything works to get the young man back to the game again…

      • Dorasaga

        Maybe Z would take Castro’s helmet and hit it out of the field as he did last night? LOL

    • Dnuge

      he needs to be benched for the entire series  with the Brewers !

  • John_CC

    Estarlin!!  wow, man.  Sveum is just shaking his head.  Len claim he could not have turned that, EVEN IF he knew that there was only one out and he would have TRIED. 

    • cc002600

       I don’t hate Len, but he’s an apologist and excuse-maker, and will NEVER criticize a player.

      He’s no Harry, that’s for sure.

      • CubsTalk

         After Len leaves the Cubs, he will write all the negative stuff in his book about the Cubs…and all of you will buy it to read it then.

  • Reggie

    What a pathetic at bat by Ian Stewart there. Woeful

    • cc002600

       he’s been huge disappointment
      his numbers are pathetic.

  • Dorasaga

    Another good, clean inning by Coleman.

  • SuzyS

    Just a quick thought to throw out…isn’t mlb shooting itself in the foot with the new cba???…In regards to someone like Samardzija…how do you offer enough incentive to an athlete like that to forgo the quick riches of the NFL ??? While I understand what mlb is trying to do…In the long run…it might be the wrong stategy….Thoughts???

    • Ripsnorter1

      Give all the money you would have available to the #1 pick, and then not sign the rest of your draft.

    • cc002600

      Suz.. Yes.  I have seen articles saying the same thing.
      You can thank Reinsdorf for the new rule in CBA.

      He’s not in favor of spending huge dough on draft, so he didn’t want other teams getting an advantage by doing so.  So he pushed for rules to cap what a team could spend in draft. Remember, he and Bud are tight.

      Another reason to hate the Sox !!!
      :-)

    • Dorasaga

      I agree, and I want to look from another side of this moneyballing… You know the first thought came through my mind? If this CBA with penalties was enforced right after Lee and White found that loophole, then JD Drew would cry:
      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1063306-reaction-to-jd-drew-retirement-confirms-he-was-underappreciated

      MLB was probably overreacting, removing those loopholes and giving long-term bad teams such as the Pirates a chance. Well, you know what? The Pirates will still suck. They didn’t suck for not spending money on talents, whether through FA or draft. They sucked and still sucks because they would rather spend NONE while still collect revenue-sharing from big markets such as the Yanks, Redsox, Phillies, Rangers, and Cubs.

      Fans overreact to hypes and good players forgo greatness that was SUPPOSED to live up those media (and scout) hype. It’ll always be disappointments from high-slot picks. That’s why I look not beyond one’s contribution to his team but his pro career, not the bonus from his defined draft slot. Many things to think about… I don’t dislike this CBA, and perhaps talents still come because big market teams will concentrate those funds on the first three-round picks. More on that later…

      • SuzyS

         Dorasaga, Thanks for the Drew link….Interesting article….I never cared for him either…but perception is sometimes tilted …”by the system at hand”.
        Regarding the cba and the new system…There is a happy medium somewhere in the sytem…but IMHO it will take mlb several years and tries…to get the cba “right”…Selig and Reinsdorf notwithstanding….Thanks to all that responded to my question…Hope we have a good draft…we need it.

        • Dorasaga

          Part of this article says is that the draft defines a player, whether he likes it or not.

          Rich teams can always spend wisely (Yankees), while poor teams spend like they just got struck in the head (Pirates the last 19 years).

          I haven’t yet read anything about this draft as of now, but my guess is there will be both praises and thumbs-down on the same Cubs pick. That’ll probably be a good thing, because if everyone thinks the same about that pick (Drew, Hochevar), then maybe there’s something wrong.

  • CubsTalk

    I have no doubt that Theo will trade Castro due he is a “Hendry” player…..Theo wants “Theo” players.

    • Christian2334

      Bro, I’m sorry….but your an idiot. Do you realize that really no one responds to your comments or criticisms?

  • Dorasaga

    I’m no “eye person,” not believe in some of those random, scientifically false statements. But when Marmol saw Dale walking out from the dugout, he had that flame in his eyes. I dun know if it’s adrenaline pumping or just upset with the go-ahead run lost, but I hope that was a good experience. Marmol better think he still can do it, in jam, but took command again and created a double-play.

    • Reggie

      I thought he got a few bad calls facing Posey and Pelt, I think he was angered that he was in that position of bases loaded and giving up a run.

      • Dorasaga

        Yea, little things ticked him off. Most of these situations in the past became meltdown and he lost it.

  • CubsTalk

    Famous Reds closer Pedro Borbon passed away today from cancer.

  • Dorasaga

    Good to see someone fresh. Asencio had a nice debut for the Cubs. Picked up from the waiver wire… Did the ballclub lose anyone to the Indiands?

  • Tom U

    Four Peoria Chiefs named to the Midwest League All-Star Game. First Baseman Paul Hoilman and Catcher Rafael Lopez are starters. Second Baseman Zeke DeVoss and LHP Kyler Burke are also named.

    • Dorasaga

      Will this Game be broadcasted on mlb.com? I hope to see DeVoss play.

      • Tom U

        Dorasaga, MiLB does not list the Midwest League All-Star game in their coverage. The game will be at Kane County in Geneva, IL, and I know that stadium isn’t set up for a TV feed.

  • BosephHeyden

    So, unless we take on teams as bad as us, it doesn’t look like we can actually win games.  You kinda have to wonder how bad that losing streak could have been had we swapped the Padres out with any team that wasn’t the Twins.

    • BosephHeyden

       Right on cue, Bob Brenly with the gem:  you can’t play the Padres every day at home with the wind blowing out.

  • Dorasaga

    Theriot had some nice plays today. Busy 2B, while he said he always wanted to stay a SS. I guess he finally found the “right side of the rivalry” @West Coast.

    • BosephHeyden

       Heh, he already “won” the rivalry.  Joined the Cardinals at the right time, got his World Series ring before anyone else on the Cubs…at this point he’s just pouring it on.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 to Giants Monday afternoon – Jeff Samardzija: 2R,7H,5BB,6K,5IP,1-for-2,RBI; Darwin Barney: 2-for-4,R; Steve Clevenger: 1-for-4,RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Houston just selected Carlos Correa with the number one pick

    • cubtex

      I was hoping he was going to slip to Cubs. Every team who worked him out raved about him!

      • Agustinrexach

        Me too! Obvious hahaha

  • paulcatanese

    When are people going to realize that Castro is a “Vet”? That because he is “on;y” 22 does not excuse him for the mistakes he makes for lack of focus. His at bats are for one person.himself, he could care less about situational hitting as long as he can swing the bat,,,,for himself.

    How can one not be able to count to three at age 22? On top of that he is the one who is supposed to turn around and remind the outfielders how many outs their are in the first place.   Unforgivable,,,,, the no-slide the other day,,,,,,Unforgivable.

    • CubsTalk

      Theo might give him another year before he would pull a trade for him if Castro does not progress to the next level.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Twins take Georgia high school OF Byron Buxton with the No. 2 pick.

    • cubtex

      Cubs could grab one of top college pitchers now with the first 3 picks being position players. Maybe Appel could slide to them

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Issues with signability

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    With the 3rd overall pick in the draft the Mariners selected C Mike Zunino from University of Florida

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    With the 4th Pick in the draft, the Orioles selected RHP Kevin Gausman out of LSU

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Royals selected Kyle Zimmer … Cubs on the clock

  • daverj

    Cubs need to grab Appel.

  • cubtex

    Alright! Got to take Mark Appel here!.

  • BosephHeyden

    There’s rumblings that Appel is falling because Scott Boras is “pushing” him to Washington.

    • CubsTalk

      Boras is the Devil.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs are taking Almora according to Keith Law

    • Aaron

      best available there…not sold on him…but best available

      • SuzyS

         Hey Aaron, not sure if you saw it…but thanks for your pre-draft work

        • Aaron

          no problem…thank you

      • cubtex

        Yea. I was hoping Astros would have taken Appel and Correa would have been there at 6

  • CubsTalk

    Please Theo, take the best player that fits our future…….

    Oh Lord, please guide Theo and his staff on taking the right player…..may this player never have arm issues, emotional problems or get involved with wild women from bars…….

    Let us all pray.

    • Agustinrexach

      super!!! hahaha

  • Ripsnorter1

    Actually a good pick! ALMORA

    • cubtex

      Obviously Boras scared teams off Appel. Got to get pitching next couple of picks.

      • Ripsnorter1

        No we don’t!

        We have Manny Corpas in the Minors, just awaiting his call up. We’re deep in pitching. Volstad. Frankie De la Cruz. Chi Chi Lopez, et al.  We’re deep there.

        LOL

        I like this pick. Five tool guy.

    • Aaron

      would’ve preferred Correa, but against just about every projection out there, he goes #1 overall, so you HAVE to pick best available there, and Almora was clearly the best available. I did not know that he had a backyard workout center, etc. until they mentioned that live, so that makes me feel a little better.

      However, as I mentioned, this draft is lacking in impact players, and I know it’s a much over-used analogy, but it’s kind of the tallest midget argument at little bit when you have a weak draft like this.

      I hope that Almora can add some muscle to that frame, but the video of him really wasn’t all that impressive, unless someone can find me unreleased footage of him…seems like a good kid though, and a good leader

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs selected Albert Almora with the 6th pick

  • CubsTalk

    So he is a high school kid….won’t see him until 2016 at Wrigley.

    Same time when we will see Rizzo called up from Iowa?

    • BrutalTruth

      hey CubsTalk, sometimes your sassy pants make you look fat…try something new

      • CubsTalk

        Any guy who uses the word “sassy’, has to walk & talk like a little girl…….the Brutal Truth is that you need to man up……stop ordering those Shirley Temple’s at the bar and get yourself a Jack Daniels.

        • Calicub

          Ouch looks like someone cant take the BrutalTruth and has to overcompensate by putting down others. hmm seems real MANLY doesn’t it?

          dont sass me bro

          • CubsTalk

            I  have a strange feeling that you and BrutalTruth are sharing the same straw ……..have fun girls.

          • BrutalTruth

            Actually CubsTalk..I am gay..but not girly….and I don’t drink alcohol so I don’t order Shirley Temple’s.  I’m all man. I love baseball and wish I could have been a better player so as to make it.

            So I know how to use the word sassy and you are sassy.

          • Calicub

            Booom! sometimes living on the best coast i forget how backwards some of my fellow citizens are.

          • Christian2334

            Wow. Your classy. Tell you what, find a different cubs site to bash gay people. DON’T DO IT HERE.

          • Brian

             I always ask, “Stay Classy Cubs Fans.”  Repeatedly, you have not shown the ability to do that.  In fact, you have gone so far in the other direction.  It’s sad.

          • Calicub

            This further shows your ignorance and your sheer lack of compasion and human decency. grow up and get out side of your bubble body.

            this is a great big world and there is more out there than hate and ignorance.

  • Aaron

    okay….after my letdown being over with Correa being #1 overall and not falling to the Cubs, I am seriously impressed by this video of Almora:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=22019587&topic_id=29113154 

    I hadn’t seen that before. Now, I think they really made a good pick….He clearly needs to add muscle, and I’d heard he was a great leader, but wow…

    • Ripsnorter1

      This is actually a good pick, I think. We’ll find out for sure in five years. But he’s a five tool player. FIVE TOOL PLAYER.

      • CubsTalk

        isn’t that what we heard about Corey Patterson one time?

        • Ripsnorter1

          Party pooper!

          • CubsTalk

            Earl Cunningham……another 1st rounder with five tools and now selling insurance in Alabama.

          • Ripsnorter1

            He must make a ton of dough, being a five tool insurance salesman.

          • CubsTalk

            But he is not as pretty as Jessica at All State that Jerry Neuman had for an agent.

          • Brian

             To be accurate, those are State Farm commercials.  Just sayin’

        • John_CC

           that’s original.  Go away man.

    • Hoosierboy3423

      I LOVE what Almora brings in leadership skills and his work ethic, but my question is what does this mean as far as signing Soler. If a Soler signing was about to happen you might think they would go for starting pitching, Appel, as opposed to OF. Especially since our pitching prospects are lacking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      Thank you for the link Aaron.  

    • Brian

       Thanks for posting, Aaron.

      This kid may not succeed, but it will not be due to lack of heart or hustle.  What an impressive kid.  Wow.  I am moved.

    • RMercer69

      Wow…good stuff, I’m impressed.

  • CubsTalk

    Don’t be sad if the Cubs didn’t get their main man…..the way we are playing, next year we will have the #1 pick in the draft.

  • CubsTalk

    Poll question of the night….

    How do you feel about the Cubs draft selection in the first round?

    A – Excellent
    B – Terrible
    C – I only care about who the Bears draft
    D – At least the draft is honest, not like that crooked NBA draft

    • Vivid_Reality

       E – Make better polls.

      • John_CC

        F – we don’t care about these polls.

        • CubsTalk

           so why answer to this one?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    As tough as it is, just try and ignore CubsTalk.  I wish there was a way to simply not show all posts by a particular poster.  

    • Calicub

      some people are just so lacking in certain categories that they have to overcompesate and be recognized somehow…

  • CubsTalk

    Uncle Neil, will you stick around for the first six Cubs picks?……

    There are fans here who say stuff, which I ignore……due to the fact they talk like a “sausage”, and don’t know Jack S*** about the game…………I really thought that Cubs fans were suppose to be knowledgeable…..must be a new generation of Cubs fans who think they know about this game, but never did learn about it….they must be the ones who just come to the game to drink beer and leave after the 7th inning……real Phonies…….

    For people like Trevor, who wants to be a Card Carrying Communist by blocking people’s postings, has to realize what country he lives in…..a country that was started on freedom of speech and thought…..Trevor, you have opinions, I have opinions, and the rest of the people have opinions…..you don’t like what I write…..too bad…..that is America baby!…..you can catch a flight to Cuba where Communism is alive and well ….they still play baseball there…….Jorge Soler left Cuba to stay away from people like Trevor who want to control others…….

    So for all you Phony Cubs fans who never played this game on a field, only on a XBox, …… go “Fukudome” yourself !

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      This is the last time I ask, please stop attacking posters on this site. I do not understand your comment to me. I have not done anything to disrespect you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      I don’t want the government to block or control postings.  I want the ability for ME to choose to block junk I do not want to read.  Do not misrepresent my comments as some type of political ideology. 

      This is Neil’s site, he can choose to handle posters however he desires, and he has done an amazing job at allowing unrestricted comments within some very reasonable guidelines, namely be respectful of others .  I hate to even engage in this conversation, but since you repeatedly linked my name with communism, I felt the need to respond.  

  • Aaron

    If the Cubs can score Roache, Gallo, McCullers, Smoral, Weickel, or Beck in the supplemental, I will be absolutely ecstatic

    • Texcubnut

      Brewers grabbed Roache.

  • Aaron

    dammit….son of a b$##…Roache just got picked by the Brewers…oh well

  • Christian2334

    Thank you John!!

  • Christian2334

    Than you Neil. Apparently this guy just doesn’t get it at all by people returning attacks on him or by people not responding to his posts or polls!

  • Aaron

    A couple other names to watch for are:
    PITCHERS…

    Jake Barrett
    Pat Light
    Alex Wood
    Ty Buttrey
    Nolan Sanburn
    J.O. Berrios
    RJ Alvarez
    Alec Rash

    HITTERS…

    Daniel Robertson
    Mitch Haniger
    Carson Kelly
    Adam Brett Walker
    Jameis Winston
    Trey Williams
    Preston Tucker

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       

      The Cubs selected Pierce Johnson, RHP  with the 43rd pick of the 2012 MLB
      Draft

      • Aaron

        I don’t like the pick, but they could’ve done worse. The next pick, I’d hope they’d go best available with Barrett and Williams probably highest on my list at this point

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

           

          The #Cubs selected Paul Blackburn, RHP  with the 56th pick in the 2012 MLB
          Draft

  • Wavin’_Wendell

    Poll question of the last few weeks…

    What is your view on CT?

    A- Provides nothing of value to this site
    B- Has zero class
    C- Attacks other commenters to make him feel better about himself
    D- Would not even be accepted on White Sox forums
    E- All of the above

  • Ripsnorter1

    Wow! Just discovered that Correa is the highest pick for a player from Rico ever. Formerly the highest pick was Ramon Castro at #17 also taken by your Houston Astros. 

    Here’s a link to his career numbers….he managed a whopping 209 AB once….most of the time he was a reserve catcher that netted 144 AB per year….

    And take a look at that expression on his face! You can see his consternation that the Astros picked Correa at #1. He is utterly stupefied!

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/stats/_/id/4164/ramon-cas 

    Of course, Houston got smart and dealt him away and he never played even 1 inning for them.