Playing Time Projections
Please take a few moments to fill out the 2012 Cubs playing time projections. It's as simple as possible.
Weekend practice game roundup
Geovany Soto homered, doubled, and walked in Saturday's game, so it looks like he's feeling better from his groin injury. Steve Clevenger, Adrian Cardenas, and Joe Mather also homered this weekend. Tony Campana broke his hitless streak with a hit or two but is probably out of a spot on the roster at this point.
On the pitching side, both Jeff Samardzija (more on him later) and Chris Volstad both had yet another solid outing. Maholm got into trouble in his outing thanks to a Josh Vitters error extending the inning, but largely did Maholm things. Casey Coleman pitched three scoreless innings (put him in the rotation!!!1!), and Andy Sonnanstine likely pitched himself into being released. James Russell also had a lousy outing, quieting the ridiculous talk that he could step in for Sean Marshall. He's a good LOOGY, not a shutdown setup man.
Is there a Cubs game today?
The Cubs play the Mariners at 3:05 PM CT. Travis Wood will start for the Cubs. Len and Mick will have the call on mlb.com gameday. Randy Wells is also starting an even less official "B" game against the Indians.
MO's nightmare ends
Mercurial Outfielder was last seen clutching a bottle of quadruple-hopped IPA and muttering "the horror….the horror". Hopefully someone will tell him that
The bunting tournament is over, and leadoff hitter David DeJesus is the last player standing.
Roster taking shape
In case you missed all the consternation yesterday, Dale Sveum says that Samardzija is "close" to locking up a rotation spot. The rest of the non-bullpen roster seems to be taking shape as well. Joe Mather and Blake DeWitt seem to have taken a big lead for the last two position player spots, and Rafael Dolis has a vote of confidence to replace Samardzija in the 7th inning role.
News in Maddicies
Mike Maddux said that if he had come to manage the Cubs, his brother would have come along as the pitching coach.
Or not, as both brothers backtracked on the comments the next day, and Mike Maddux says he never withdrew his name from consideration either. No hard feelings, he thinks that Sveum more than deserved the job.
Cubs did make a credible offer for Cespedes
6/36 – same money, but two more years than what he got from the A's
A look at how the scouting department is shaking up
Phil Rogers wrote a profile of Jason McLeod and the changes he's bringing to the Cubs scouting organization. One thing they're trying to do is make sure that every scout they have has a video camera to send video along with their reports to the Hall of Justice.
An outside perspective on the Cubs
Tom Loxas at Cubs Den interviewed a NL scout on what he saw in Cubs camp. He likes what he sees from the Cubs coaching staff and think that they could make a difference on Castro's defense. He's also very down on Bryan LaHair.
In case you wanted to know everything about the Cubs 40-man roster and rules thereof
TCR has a breakdown of the roster, as well as everyone's options status. To call this exhaustive would be a vast understatement. (h/t @AJWalsh)
Obstructed View Bracket Challenge update
WaLi and Mish are tied for first place in the Bracket challenge, with 440 points each. WaLi also has the most possible points remaining in his bracket with 1280, thanks to an entirely intact elite eight. GBTS is in last place.
Revenue sharing and college football conferences
MB21 wrote a post on DailyBigTen (where former Cubs blogger and TOOTBLAN progenitor wrigleyville23 now writes) about revenue sharing and the Big Ten vs the SEC. It's a good read.
Nerd video of the day
Just because I watched a ton of it yesterday. Season two is less than two weeks away! Even better, Game of Thrones set all sorts of sales records for HBO dvds, so this series isn't going away anytime soon.