Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 05/01/11

Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (12-14) vs. Diamondbacks (11-15)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Chase Field, Phoenix

Casey Coleman (1-1, 7.43/2.02) vs. Daniel Hudson (1-4, 5.64/1.38)

The Cubs will try to begin the second month of the season with their first win on a Sunday. Q’s squad has put themselves into position in each of the last four Sundays to win the final game and take the series. Each time the Cubs have come up short (0-4) and in three of those losses they had the lead late.

In order for the Cubs to hang around in the Central, they must start closing out series with wins, another shortcoming of the 2011 Cubs (1-7)

Casey Coleman makes his fourth start of the year this afternoon. Coleman was scheduled to start the third game of the Rockies series before it was postponed. Mike Quade pushed Coleman to Sunday to keep his big three on regular rest.

News and Notes
The Cubs announced Saturday that James Russell will make the start Monday night in Los Angeles. The Cubs had discussed bringing up Jay Jackson to make his big league debut or starting Ryan Dempster a day early. But for some reason the Cubs have decided to give Russell the ball to start another ‘Bullpen Day‘.

During Saturday’s pre-game show, Mike Quade said Carlos Pena would be in the starting lineup Sunday. With the injury to Jeff Baker in the eighth inning Saturday night (left shoulder soreness), Pena will be back at first base this afternoon.

After seeing Doug Davis pitch Saturday, Jim Hendry said Davis would make a rehab start in A-ball Thursday. Davis will then pitch for the I-Cubs and if everything goes as planned, Davis could make his Cubs’ debut during the Giants series at Wrigley (May 13-May 15)

Todd Wellemeyer is expected to pitch for the I-Cubs this week as well.

According to a report from the Sun-Times, Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner threw from flat ground again Saturday and will stay will the team for the trip to Los Angeles. The Cubs have not set a date for a possible return for either pitcher.

Angel Guzman threw a simulated game Saturday and remains optimistic he will pitch in the majors this season. Guzman expects to start a minor league rehab by the end of May.

This afternoon is the Cubs final game of the year against the D’Backs. The Cubs have won the season series (4-2) and have a 2-1 advantage in the four-game series with one left to play … today it all begins with Casey Coleman.

Following the worst start of his short big league career, Casey Coleman was scheduled to start the finale of the Rockies series at Wrigley. After the game was called due to weather, Mike Quade decided to push Coleman back to Sunday to keep his big three on normal rest. In the case of Zambrano and Garza that worked out well … not too much for Dempster

Casey Coleman lasted just 2 2/3 innings and threw over 90 pitches to the Dodgers on April 22. Matt Kemp and company scored six runs off Coleman on six hits … the Cubs’ young right-hander walked four and struck out five while pitching from behind for a majority of his second outing in a row. Coleman does not have the stuff to pitch from behind and must throw strike one this afternoon … the best pitch in baseball.

Casey did not face the D’Backs in the series at Wrigley and will make his first career appearance against Arizona this afternoon. With Jay Jackson healthy and Doug Davis beginning to throw in minor league games, it is imperative Coleman starts throwing strikes … and recording outs.

Geoff Blum is the only D’Back that has faced Coleman … and he’s on the DL.

The Cubs will get their first look at the former Southsider Daniel Hudson. The D’Backs acquired Hudson in the deal that Edwin Jackson to the White Sox last summer. Hudson was the fifth round pick of the Sox in the 2008 draft.

Hudson had a ton of success after being dealt to the desert last year. Hudson posted a 7-1 record in 11 starts with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. This season has not been as easy for Hudson and he’s off to a questionable start.

After losing his first four decisions, Hudson is coming off his first win … a solid six-inning performance against the Phillies. Hudson held Ryan Howard and company to three runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Hudson has maintained nearly a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio and Q’s offense must be patient with him this afternoon.

Reed Johnson (0-for-2 with a walk) is the only Cub that has faced Daniel Hudson.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    Soriano – LF
    Byrd – CF
    Pena – 1B
    Soto – C
    Coleman – P

  • paulcatanese

    Am I correct in reading that Quade will play Pena because their is too much invested in him not to play him?
    If that is true and he did say that since when is a field manager supposed to be concerned about how much a player earns?
    That stinks to all heights of JH involvement with the lineup.
    What happened to “playing the best players”?
    Pena will have to produce at a high level from now on to earn what he is being paid for,,,,,,Power.
    One home run does not make a spot in the lineup.
    And I still say, at this point Pena does not deserve a spot higher in the lineup than eight and if i could bat him ninth I would.
    JH should be a man and put Quade back as a coach, and put on a uniform himself and go down and manage,because thats what he’s doing anyway.

    • cubtex

      I do not blame Q for playing Pena….Seriously, what are his options? Colvin is hitting .137! Baker is not an everyday 1st baseman.

      My biggest complaint with Q is why in god’s name is he still throwing Russell out there to start. He has proven that he can’t do it! He is literally throwing a game away every time he starts.

      Bring up Ortiz,bring up Diamond to start a game, try Samardzia, sign Millwood now that he is opting out of his Yankees minor league deal. Do SOMETHING but Do not start Russell anymore!

      • studio179

        I disagree here. You do not blame Quade for running Pena out there because you say he has no other options. Colvin has 57 plate apperances and you are using an exclamation point on his .137 BA as if he is an everyday player. Pena has no future with this team. Pena has 20 more plate apperances than Colvin at 77 and is hitting .159. No need to say Pena’s .175 SLG/.464 OPS is not getting it done. Colvin might not be an everyday player, but we don’t know unless he gets extensive playing time to find out. Right now, they have to ride Fukudome’s hot April hand into May and hope it sticks longer than previous years. Send Colvin down if they do not play him.

        You do blame Quade for running Russell out there. Out of the options you listed, Ortiz, Diamond, Samardzija and Millwood, only Shark is in Quade’s control. The other options are Hendry’s options, not Quade’s. What options does Quade have other than Russell or Shark? No much to none. Both are going to be used in the ‘bull pen’ game anyhow. It just depends on who starts. Quade does not want to start him, either. He stated Russell is not in the right situation by starting. I am not a big Quade supporter, but his hands are tied on the Russell situation.

        • cubtex

          I agree with you on Colvin. He needs to play everyday…….in Iowa.

          • studio179

            That’s fine. I’m for Colvin playing everyday in Iowa. I’m also fine with not watching Pena play everyday (or close to it) in Chicago. He needs to produce or sit.

          • cubtex

            Agreed. I am rooting for Colvin to figure it out. He is overmatched right now.

          • John_CC

            I don’t think anyone is happy with Pena’s or Colvin’s work at the plate so far. Colvin is overmatched, what is Pena? You say that it’s not fair to write Pena off after 70 ABs, why is OK to write Colvin off after 50?

            The answer is because Pena is making 10M$. But let’s not ignore Pena’s 480 ABs last year, in which he hit .196. In Pena’s last 550 he is hitting .190/.320/.380 with 28HR. Yep, the .380 is his SLG%.

            I’d like to know if Colvin can produce at least a .200 BA and Slug better than .380 at the MLB level. The only way to find out is to let him play.

          • cubtex

            John. I am not so much defending Pena but moreso saying that Colvin shouldn’t be. What options are there? Like Fryeguy was saying on this thread….at least Pena is a gold glove caliber 1st baseman and will save some errant throws from ARam and Castro. The Cubs have a bad defense as it is…at least Pena can play D.

            But, if the Cubs had a beter option at 1st than Colvin or Baker…I would be all for benching Pena. I do not think Colvin or Baker is an upgrade over Pena IMO

    • paulcatanese

      Pena batting seventh,erie for me do I have a direct line somewhere?
      That is a start,let him work himself up in the lineup,I could live with that.

      • paulcatanese

        I finally put it together on Barney.
        He reminds me a lot of Billy Martin (on the field only),same type of player but with better physical ability.
        Hope he continues and does well.

        • cubtex

          Barney reminds me more of David Eckstein. Contact hitter who doesn’t walk or strikeout a lot. Very fundamentally sound and gets the most out of his ability.

          • paulcatanese

            Thats a fair comparison with Eckstein,and you could extend that to say that Barney has the qualities of both players. In any sense Barney is a winner as both of them and are. I have no fear about the article the other day with Castro moving to second and Barney to short,could be even a tighter middle if that were to come about. Actually feel Barney is a better shortstop and Castro would adapt to second with very little effort.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Pena has zero HR. (I understood your post to say he had 1 HR).

      Pena could bat ninth, and probably would if Tony LaRussa was the manager.

      I think Quade used Pena just right yesterday: as a late inning defensive replacement.

      For crying out loud, Quade: PLAY COLVIN AWHILE!

      • paulcatanese

        Rip,I just worded it wrong,what I meant is that if Pena hit a home run today,it does not make a good enough reason for him to be moved up in the lineup the. next day.

  • studio179

    Colvin on the bench again and Pena starting. Colvin must be deep in the doghouse.

    • RynoTiger

      At this point with Colvin, sending him downto Iowa is the best thing for him so he can play each day and get at bats to get his swing and confidence back. Sitting on the bench does absolutely no good for him in the majors. Might as well bring up the Iowa OFer that is either doing well or Bobby Scales.

      • studio179

        That is what I have been saying, too. Play Colvin or send him down. He is not developing by sitting on the bench day after day. I am quite sure Quade could play him more than he does at 1B and get him a start or two in CF and RF. Though, they have to ride Fukudome while he is hot. They might as well get Colvin consistant ABs in the minors now if they do not play him and let him make it or break it out of his funk. When Fukudome cools off, Colvin might or might not be out of his funk, but at least he will have had consistant playing time and at bats.

        • cubtex

          Colvin needs to start figuring out sooner rather than later or he might not be a major league player much longer. Here is a guy who struck out 100 times last year in 358 AB’s. Nobody was talking much about that last year. And by the way..his on base percentage last year was .317. Mr. .196 had an on base percentage last year of .325. Colvin must improve his plate discipline,get more walks(like yesterday ab) start going the other way to remain a big league player. How can any manager justify playing this guy everyday?

          • studio179

            If Pena keeps bunting against the shift, he will be Mr. .250 in no time.

          • cubtex

            I hope he keeps doing that

          • studio179

            Me, too. He needs hits and to get on any way he can.

          • paulcatanese

            Why not? He could set a major league record for bunt singles,gurantee if he keeps it up he will surpass .196 The one thing I would not want to see him do is change his attitude of the bunt because he hit one against the wall today. I don’t think he has it solved yet,Nor has Colvin turned it around with one 11 pitch at bat.

  • paulcatanese

    Feel sorry for Russell,as he is rapidly gaining a reputation as a very poor pitcher.
    At best he is a spot pitcher and a lefty specialist.
    People who know baseball are aware that he is being thrust into a no-win situation.
    The anger for this should be directed at management.
    Management places so much on contractual situations on their minor leauge pitchers and using options that they sacrifice games at the top level.
    All of this tells me that management has already given up on the Cubs this year.
    I am not really clear on the direction the management on only so many times a player can be sent back down but have seen it as reasons not to bring someone up.
    Strange as they keep players down there, for what?,better trade value?

    • Mac

      Long time reader first time posting, kevin millwood opted out so why not try to scoop him up. I cant stand watching Russell start again

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        Milwood is done. He could not even make it out of the 3rd inning in his last start at AAA. So before you say we sign him make sure there is something left in the tank.

      • paulcatanese

        Mac,first,welcome.
        Second, thats kind of what I mean with Russell,I feel he is a pawn and is being used nowhere near where he is supposed to be.
        Anyone would be an improvement on Russell, and I’m sure he also feels the pain of being used the way he is.
        If anything the Shark should be starting in his place. It’s said he will be there in relief anyway,so why not?
        At least there is a slight chance that the score would be held down and Russell could be used as he was meant to be.

        • Mac

          Thanks Paul, pawn as you put it fits best for what I think the cubs are trying to do with Russell can anyone else say Trade Bait, not that there is anyone knocking on the cubs door.
          Anyway given what the Shark has brought to the table so far I do believe he should be starting over Russell but who know what the Cubs management is thinking at this point.

          • diehardcubfan

            The Cubs should have sent Russell back to Iowa to start at the end of ST like was discussed.

            The Cubs are treating him almost the same way as the Shark.

            Decide what you want him to do and then stick with it. Stop treating him like a used rag.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Welcome to the CCO!

    • studio179

      I feel a bit for Russell as well. He is placed in a situation and not going to succeed at all. Hendry needs to get a 5th starter. Someone who is a starter, not a LOOGY. DeWitt is doing what on the bench? Colvin is doing what on the bench? It is time for Hendry to step up and manage this roster mess he created.

      • diehardcubfan

        Hasn’t happened the last two plus seasons so why would you think JH would have figured it out by now?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Folks,
    It would be very, very easy for the Cubs to have THREE (3) BULLPEN DAYS in a row: Casey today and Russell tomorrow and Dumpster on Tuesday. Over the long haul, this wrecks bullpens, most often, in the months of July, August and September. It’s called “Tired Arms.” Poor performance follows, and occasionally, injuries.

    • studio179

      This is why I keep saying it is not just about the ‘bull pen’ game. It is about the games in between as well. Hendry needs to do something.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I’ve taken it easy on Coleman, but he has reached the end of my endurance today. He needs to make a good start. I’ve been easy on him because last year he showed he could do it–when he has control. But we can’t wait all year for him to get his act together. I’d say today he does it, or tomorrow he’s in AAA Iowa.

    He’s marginally better than Russell AND Dumpster. LOOK:

    Coleman .339 BAA….7.43 ERA…..1-1 record
    Russell .404 BAA….11.17 ERA….0-3 record
    Dumpster .318 BAA….9.58 ERA….1-3 record

    CONCLUSION: We cannot afford to send him down, he’s better than the other two!

    • cubtex

      Rip..I have been saying this all along about Coleman. He is what I said a fringe #5 at best. He will never be any more than that. Look at his minor league numbers and use the eye test. Losing Wells and Cashner at the same time this year is devastating.

    • studio179

      Thank you for posting these stats. Today I was about to post Coleman and Russell stats to say the same thing.

  • fryegye

    Re: Tyler Colvin

    Let’s be honest. So many CCO comments are about giving him playing time and how he is in a doghouse. He draws an 11 pitch walk and we praise him for “turning it around.” I believe Tyler still has too long a swing (Hoffpauir) and average MLB capabilities (Murton plus). I like him but he is not the answer to the Cubs’ woes.

    And not to be a Pena supporter (ok, yes, but trying to be a realist), but who do you want picking hard wild throws from Ramirez and Castro? Because that’s what’s coming. If you want to multiply 3B and SS errors, then put Colvin or Baker in at 1B. And we lose more games.

    On the other hand, if we have automatic outs in the offense, we lose more games.

    Heaven help me, I’m beginning to think we should sign Fielder next year… (sigh)

    • studio179

      I have been posting about Colvin being in the doghouse and letting him play, so I will jump in here. Yes, right now, he is overmatched. Maybe he is Hoffpauir all over, maybe not. I do not understand how letting him sit on the bench does Colvin any good. Play him or send him down.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I hope Coleman tosses a shutout today. We don’t need 3 bullpen days in a row.

    • cubtex

      there goes the shutout. I just hope he can get thru 5 and keep it close.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He’s throwing well today. He’ll make a quality start out of it. 46 pitches for 3 IP is okay.

        I’m hoping for a Coleman victory today! I like the guy.

        • cubtex

          You spoke too soon. Got away with some hangers in the 4th and now 1st and 3rd with no out.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I would really like to see that … doesn’t look very good right now. Falling behind again. Just looks lost … and now a balk.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bad at bat by Castro … and a horrible at bat by Aramis. All three pitches he swung at was out of the strike zone.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good baserunning by Soriano

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pena’s just late on everything … at least the ball got under Hudson’s glove.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Soto to flip the lineup, three hits for the Cubs all doubles

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent catch by Byrd

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Casey’s gotta throw strikes

    • carmelo

      For a guy with ave. pitches, he needs to throw more strikes—I can see why he was beaten out by Wells and Cashner out of spring training. Needs to trust his pitches and quit falling behind so many hitters.

    • cubtex

      Coleman is looking like a minor leaguer today. Baserunners are taking advantage of him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bad play by Pena … Coleman is not throwing strikes. 1-0 just about all afternoon

    • cubtex

      This is painful to watch. And we have Russell to look forward to for tomorrow. You cannot compete having Coleman and Russell in a rotation,

    • paulcatanese

      You are right,I could not place what you were talking about, re-wound the dvr and found what you were talking about. That was a bad move on his part,no chance and as you say should have gone to first on the play.

  • Aaron

    It just makes your day watching this team, doesn’t it?!? They play such good, sound, fundamental baseball, there’s nothing better than wasting your Sunday afternoon watching this team.

    • carmelo

      Interesting that we only hear from you after a loss or during a game like today. You do brighten all our days with your continuing positive outlook on life.

      • Aaron

        …or, you could have a life, and do something on the weekend, or even during the week as I’ve been doing

  • Baron_S

    For a guy with such mediocore stuff, Coleman cannot be balking and throwing wild pitches like this.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    An ugly fourth for Casey … 39 pitches, 3 walks, a balk, a wild pitch and three runs allowed

    • cubtex

      Neil, I have a feeling that we just saw Coleman’s last start for quite a while. What do you think?

      • diehardcubfan

        We keeping seeing Russell start so why would that change with Coleman?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        If Jackson continues to stay heathly, Coleman’s days could be numbered. They are saying Doug Davis will replace Russell around the Giants series in the middle of the month.

        For now, Coleman will start when his spot comes up again.

  • studio179

    That is at least three ABs by the D-Backs that they just missed sending it out of the park. They got under it a bit, but hitting Coleman.

  • studio179

    Even with the Cub offensive woes, I can’t believe they will only score one run against these guys. Let’s go Cubs!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Hudson is a better pitcher than his numbers this season. Mostly bad first innings … couple that with the Cubs horrible offense and it is very possible.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I have said I like a lot of salt with my crow, right?

      • studio179

        We all miss on predictions now and again. No worries. The Cubs still need to hold them with Grabow and add a couple more.

  • Kvchrisman

    Today’s game no run support for a rookie pitcher, granted to many walks.

  • diehardcubfan

    As usual the Cubs approach against Hudson is poor. There has been no attempt to try and hit the ball to right field.

    The Cubs continue to not understand the situation. Instead of taking what they are given or being patient they are pulling everything and not being patient enough.

    Only Soriano saved the team yesterday and we know that Soriano will eventually go in prolonged slump so then what do they do?

    • cubtex

      On cue….Geo with a big double to right to drive in 2!

  • diehardcubfan

    I am now convinced also that if the Cubs aren’t going to play Colvin then he needs to go to Iowa and play.

    The Cubs like many other prospects will eventually ruin him if they do not.

    • diehardcubfan

      As I was saying. Colvin just looks over matched and has lost all confidence.

      • cubtex

        Yes. He needs to go down to AAA and play everyday. Bring up Luis Montanez as an extra outfielder. He is hitting .417 with like 27 RBI’s. He would be a better option for a pitch hitter late in games than the way Colvin has been swinging.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Don’t forget the 40-man roster. Lots of talk about bringing up this guy and that guy but it’s not that easy.

          • diehardcubfan

            Neil, you definitely bring up a good point. Colvin like Russell should have probably gone to Iowa from the get go since the Cubs did not trade Fukudome.

            Track records for young players coming off the bench as pinch hitters or spot players is not usually very good.

            He needs to work on getting better not sitting idle.

          • diehardcubfan

            The problem in my opinion continues to be that JH continues to pretend we can contend so we keep from developing the talent instead of letting that talent mature.

            Even with Garza having some good outings recently I still do not like that trade.

            The Cubs needed to keep them for at least another year.

            The Cubs need to develop talent to keep them competitive for years not trade them away for short term gains.

            Where is the vision?

          • studio179

            I will repost your thought what you responded to me up the thread. Maybe this will help both of us.

            “Hasn’t happened the last two plus seasons so why would you think JH would have figured it out by now?”

  • diehardcubfan

    That was some nice hitting by Soto. Finally, someone who got it!!!

  • diehardcubfan

    WOW!! What a terrible strike call against Fukudome.

    • paulcatanese

      You are correct, and earlier on Byrd right down the middle for a ball. the man in blue has not been cosistant at all,terrible.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Roberts’ two-out walk in the seventh was the 8th free pass issued by Cubs pitching today

    • cubtex

      That’s not a good recipe for a win :)

  • Wickitkevin

    Anyone else concerned about how much is Bullpen is being taxed so earily in th season?

    • studio179

      Yes.

    • diehardcubfan

      Yes also

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes

  • diehardcubfan

    Starlin is not having good at bats today. I attribute that to his youth but he needed twice to move runners to third and couldn’t do it.

    • paulcatanese

      Or it could be he has put additional pressure on himself batting third. There is a lot of pressure in that spot and the media and everyone else has made the three spot for the Cubs a real hot potato whoever is there. Why do you think Aram has avoided it? Aram wouldnt touch the 3 spot with a ten foot pole,he could not produce there at all. Once Castro settles in I think he will be fine,he has the guts for it.

  • JimBo_C

    Mateo throws alot like Alfonseca did.

  • diehardcubfan

    This is the perfect spot for Pena to get his first homerun.

    • diehardcubfan

      That was close, but not close enough.

      • paulcatanese

        He did put a great swing on it.I don’t know about the wind and if it had anything to do with it staying in as he hit it pretty high.

    • JimBo_C

      One more biscuit for breakfast and that would have been a long ball.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pena just missed number 1 …

  • diehardcubfan

    Putz was definitely pitching around Soto.

    • paulcatanese

      He sure was,just as they were aware what the Cubs had for pinch hitters.I would rather have seen Baker bunt at least to stay out of the double play to end the game. That was a tough call on who to send up there Baker,DeWitt or Johnson,kind of makes me think about big Z in that spot. We would be looking at a hit or a strikeout but don’t think DP with him,would have brought up Fuko.

  • paulcatanese

    Again Barney with his bat,two so far,Castro struggling so far,two pop outs and one into a DP, followed by some horrible swings by Aram. So weak and half hearted.

  • diehardcubfan

    Way to go Jeff. Way to swing at the first pitch.

  • Baron_S

    Why didn’t Colvin bat against the righty Putz?

    Why didnt they pinch-run for Soto?

    Duh!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Colvin was used in the seventh

      • Baron_S

        ah, i stand corrected!!

  • Aaron

    GIDP….PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  • studio179

    Nice job, Baker. Comes off the bench and swings at the first thing he sees for the game ending DP.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost to DBacks 4-3 Sunday. Coleman’s line: 4R,4H,5BB,WP,Balk,3K in 5 IP; Soto:2-for-3, 2 2B, 2RBI, BB; Offense 1-for-14 RISP,6 LOB

    Three leadoff doubles … and not one of them scored

    • carmelo

      Soriano scored in the 2nd after lead-off 2b——but I feel your pain.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thank you for correcting me

        • paulcatanese

          Neil, Soriono is so fast on the bases it was easy to miss that.And how about going to third? That took guts,not a great start but he pulled it off. What blazing speed.

  • paulcatanese

    Brilliant move to bring Baker in to pinch hit, more often than not he hits groundballs against rightys. What a way to lose this one. Although many opportunities thruout the game and not taken advantage of.Will say Pena is getting closer.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cubs were 1 for 14 with RISP. NICE!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Starlin Castro in the #3 hole:

    25 AB ..5H,,,.200 BA….259 OBP…..240 slugging
    I really like those stats.

    He was really hurting us batting leadoff: Look at these leadoff stats:
    51 AB….24 H….471 BA…..491 OBP…..667 slugging

    And the #2 hole was bad, too:
    39 AB….11h…..282 BA

    You can see he needs to stay in that #3 hole. He’s mature and ready for it.
    Quade will no doubt keep him there. Good move by Mike Quade. There is no way we’d beat out the Pirates for last place with Castro batting #1.