Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 05/11/11

Game Thirty-Five: Cubs (15-19) vs. Cardinals (21-15)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (1-4, 4.43/1.37) vs. Jake Westbrook (2-2, 6.14/1.75)

Updated: 3:30pm CDT – Geovany Soto Placed on 15-day DL – Welington Castillo Recalled from Triple-A Iowa

Updated 4:37pm CDTThe Cubs announced Doug Davis will make his Cubs debut Saturday against the Giants. Davis will be added to the Cubs 40-man and make his 2011 debut.

Weather permitting … the Cubs offense will try to record an extra basehit and put a win on the board behind Matt Garza. Jim Hendry’s off-season addition will get his first taste of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry after spending Tuesday night rooting on his team from the dugout.

The Cubs will be without Geovany Soto and an offense that cannot hit when it matters just got a little weaker. Mike Quade will use Koyie Hill on a daily basis and sprinkle in Welington Castillo from time to time … when it should be the other way. The Cubs know what they have in Koyie Hill, too bad they will not step out of the box and give Welington Castillo a shot on a daily basis.

The Cubs could be without Soto for quite sometime after he left Tuesday night’s game with a left groin strain.

In other news Doug Davis pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Iowa Cubs Tuesday night. Davis put together an average outing (two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks on 59 pitches, 41 for strikes. Mike Quade is supposed to announce his starter for Saturday’s game at some point Wednesday. With Davis’ short outing, the former Diamondback and Brewer could make his Cubs’ debut Saturday.

Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off a rough outing against the Reds. Garza allowed five runs on six hits in six innings of work with two walks and seven strikeouts. Garza made two huge mistakes … a three-run homer by Jay Bruce and a two-out walk to Edgar Renteria. If the Cubs offense could have hit the ball late in the game, Garza could have picked up a win.

Garza has yet to post a win at Wrigley. He is 0-2 in four starts with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Mike Quade needs a quality start from Garza … and the seven players behind him to do their job.

Tonight will be Garza’s second career outing against the Redbirds. Garza received a no decision after allowing seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits with two walks and a strikeout on May 17, 2008 in St. Louis. The Rays ended up losing the game 9-8.

Lance Berkman (2-for-13 with 2 walks), Matt Holliday (2-for-9 with a walk), Gerald Laird (2-for-10 with a double and 2 walks), Yadier Molina (1-for-3) and Albert Pujols (1-for-3) are the only active Cardinals that have faced Matt Garza.

Jake Westbrook is off to a rough start but it is two bad outings that have skewed his numbers. Westbrook is coming off a quality start against the Marlins in which he allowed three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in 6 1/3 innings.

In his last three starts, the Cardinals are 3-0 and Westbrook is 1-0 with two no decisions … five runs, all earned, on 15 hits with six walks and 13 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings (2.45 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP).

Westbrook is 2-0 in two career starts versus the Cubs with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Pitchers like Jake Westbrook have great games against the Chicago Cubs … expect more of the same tonight.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Westbrook

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-6
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-2
  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-7
  • Carlos Pena – 10-for-32 with 5 doubles, 4 home runs and 3 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-21 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Neil,lots of bloop hits in the lineup for tonight,I look forward to a ton of singles again. Only two long ball prospects for the night,Pena and Soriono,maybe Fuko too. I would bat Garza in front of Hill though, Garza is starting to hit some of them in fair territory, even has a hit now.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Comcast SportsNet:
    Soto’s confident he will be ready in 15 days. Cubs catcher will rehab in AZ next week.

  • PleaseStopLosing

    What is the Cubs logic in using Hill as the regular catcher with Soto out??!!??

    Hill….
    >>He is not a part of our future.
    >>We know he is lousy.
    >>The guy might as well wear a blindfold to the plate.
    >>Last night he proved he can’t even play defense.

    I thought we sent Castillo down in the first place because we thought he wouldn’t get enough regular at bats in the Big Show. Now, Soto goes down so we are bringing him up to back up the guy who have no desire to get any at bats??

    Brenley’s comments last night in the bottom of nine proved how weak Hill really is… he seemed to think we should pinch hit for him if he came up in the ninth and just throw someone at catcher in the 10th should we tie.

    And our organization thinks this guy is worth using to block young talent.

    I hate Hendry, Ricketts and Quade. He is nothing more than a pee-on in this deal…

    • paulcatanese

      There is no logic in using Hill,none at all. There is merit to the argument that JH really is running the show.
      Obviously Quade is not going to take the chance with Castillo as Hill is the safe bet for him to negate critcism from JH for putting Castillo out there.
      This proves once and for all what Quade is made of, a yes man all the way.
      What Quade has to realize is that people are on to him and it won’t be long before he faces boo’s when he steps onto the field to change a pitcher.
      How does he explain Aram and the continued lack of power from him?
      He says “Aram is the best RBI man”. Even if Aram comes alive and hits a ton
      from now on out,as I had said before,the damage was already done.
      I do not blame Hill,I blame the Cub front office for his performance, as well as Ojeda would be here in place of Barney if not for the injury to him in ST.
      Management is quietly going thru the motions of a season and their BS hopes to keep fans in the stands. One more thing Johnson is also blocking any young replacement from coming up.

    • Tom U

      I’m okay with Castillo not starting tonight. Let him take a day to get oriented, then start him. If he isn’t starting in a couple of games, then it will be time to be critical.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He was pulled out of last night’s game. That’s enough time to get oriented. Plus he got a few AB last Sept when Quade was playing Hill most of the time.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Tribune:
    Quade says Doug Davis to be called up for Sat start vs SF

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Tribune: Quade says Doug Davis to be called up for Sat start vs SF

  • Tony_Hall

    I would have started Castillo tonight. Don’t give the young guy any time to think about it, just play ball.

    • studio179

      Yes, I would have started Castillo tonight, period. For no other reason than keeping you know who as the back up.

    • diehardcubfan

      Now why would we not want a young player to think about things. We got Colvin to sit on the bench to think about how bad he has been struggling.

      Nothing the leadership on this team does anymore surprises me.

  • Wickitkevin

    Neil,

    Brett Jackson got pulled after 1 AB have u heard how badly he was injuried?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Nothing yet …

      • paulcatanese

        Neil,I believe Brian on the other post on Soto had said that his friend called him and said it was a hand or wrist ,but thats just a rumor at this point,hope so.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thanks Paul …

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Kevin, Jackson has left the Smokies and is going to Chicago to be examined by the team doctors. Jackson hurt his hand, no official word on the extent of the injury

      • diehardcubfan

        That is not good news. I hope it is not bad.

      • Dorasaga

        Thanks for the update, Neil and the kind friend of our CCO friend… While I thought that’s all we got between 1908 and another Century of this… If tests proved negative (hmm), it’s positive to let the kid stay in the town, in another uniform. LOL

  • Skeldor

    The future is looking bright for this team. We got Doug Davis starting Sunday and Koyie Hill starting the next 15 days. Things are looking up!

    • Skeldor

      My bad Saturday….even better because it’s a day sooner then I thought.

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah,what do they have, a combined 50years of experience?

      • Ripsnorter1

        LOSING experience, yes. LOSING experience.

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 Pitching Staff Idea

    Zambrano
    D.Davis
    Garza
    Wells
    Coleman

    Bullpen

    Marshall-setup
    Cashner-setup
    Guzman
    Maine
    Stevens
    Russell
    Marmol-closer

    • Calicub

      Two letters: N O

      Why would you take cashner out of the rotation?

      and who says doug davis us going to be a success?

      • Anonymous47701

        If you can think of somebody else to play Right-Handed Set-up Man, like Cashner did in 2010, i’m open to suggestions. Second, we do not have Ted Lilly or Tom Gorzellany to be the Left-Handed Starting Pitcher. Would you rather live with the Cubs starting James Russell again? I’m sure Jim and Q would regret that.

        • Tony_Hall

          Kerry Wood, Chris Carpenter, will both be in the pen next year, as RH set-up guys. Cashner is in the rotation.

          Davis will not be, unless he gets to face the Cubs lineup everytime he pitches. He so dominated the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis paused around third …

  • diehardcubfan

    What was the third base coach thinking? He never should have sent ARAM. Bad play!!

  • diehardcubfan

    Way to go Soriano. Bad situational hitting again.

  • diehardcubfan

    Another fine example of why this team does not win. Please fire JH NOW!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The bottom of the second sums up the Cubs season … single, walk, single, baserunning/coaching gaffe/pop out on a 3-1 pitch and a groundout. No runs scored.

  • diehardcubfan

    Interesting how the ESPN commentators can even recognize the Cubs have no philosophy.

    No one in management will ever have a clue.

  • studio179

    It was a natural reaction. But too bad Garza did not let the ball go through. I think Castro turns two and no run scores there.

    • Ryan

      Runners were on second and third no way he turns a double play..

      • studio179

        Oh, that’s right. Descalso was bunted over to second.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rain delay ….

  • Dorasaga

    Hmm. Cubs behind, third inning, and I guess that saves Garza to slate for that Russell start. LOL

  • Ripsnorter1

    Who gets dropped off of the 40 man to get that terrible pitcher, Doug Davis, on our team? And they are going to pay him $900k the moment he makes the team.

    JIM CLUELESS IS CLUELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No one, they have an empty spot on the 40-man. Who gets sent down to make room on the active roster? My guess is Justin Berg.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I predict:

    Doug Davis doesn’t complete 5 IP for the Cubs in his start on Saturday.
    I predict:the Cubs lose the game on Saturday vs. the Giants. The Giants have a poor offense, but Davis won’t be able to hold them back from scoring more runs than innings pitched.

  • Ripsnorter1

    About Matt Garza, ace of the staff, sure-fire 15-20 game winner, stud pitcher:

    The right-hander’s only previous start against the Cardinals came in 2008, when he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 10-inning loss for Tampa Bay.

    • GaryLeeT

      Hey! Knock off all that negative talk. Garza is a lock down playoff pitcher, and that will really come in handy for your 2011 Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs planning on resuming the game @ 8:50pm

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, I will keep on Aram,it seems to stoke him and he’s starting to hit. And you just saw it Pena,double left center. If this keeps up I won’t have anything to complain about. And Garza,so far not too bad.

      • paulcatanese

        Great 3rd inning for the Cubs,And then Hill,well can’t have it all. Lot of firsts for Garza two K’s in one inning. Notice close up of Berkman in RF,I don’t think he’s watching home plate but looking for more lightning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs with 17 hits in last 11 1/3 innings … all singles

  • diehardcubfan

    Now that was a nice piece of hitting by Pena. Finally some clutch hitting.

    • Aaron

      About damn time ARAM and Pena start hitting the ball…good to see it. Too bad it won’t make the least bit of difference in the outcome of the season. If they’d won yesterday, you might’ve been able to say they could be turning a corner, but they’re too far gone now…

      and yes, I realize it’s “just May”, but there really isn’t anything about this team to like….until September, when the youth hopefully arrives.

      • diehardcubfan

        That would of course would depend on whether JH trades them away in his delusional state as he continues to convince himself the team is in contention.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    AN EXTRA BASE HIT!

  • studio179

    A 53 min. rain delay and both starters coming back.

    I don’t know…

  • studio179

    Glad he got the hit to drive in runs, but that was bad base running by Castro.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I must have missed that … please explain

      • studio179

        They showed the replay. Castro came out of the box a la Soriano style. Then, once the ball got pass Rasmus, he turned it on. Once he was about 6-8 feet away from third, he turn to glance over his shoulder to see where the ball was. The play, being CF against the wall, was obviously behind him. Castro should have 1) came hard out of the box. 2) Pick up the third base coach and not turn his head to glance behind him before sliding into third.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thank you … I missed that. Not good.

      • Ryan

        I agree what did u not like about his base running?

        • studio179

          See above.

          • studio179

            As to my first point, Bob even commented Castro did not come out of the box hard until the ball got pass Rasmus.

      • paulcatanese

        I’m thinking Studio was refering to after Castro hit the ball he did not run full out to first,replay showed that. Didnt make any diff though, he still made it to third,relay man let the ball slip out and Castro was there.The fact that it looked like a straight up single explains it all.

        • studio179

          Paul, I thought Castro should have run hard. He has to expect a possible misplay / bad throw after a long rain delay where the grass is soaked. We get on Soriano and Ramirez for doing the same, right?

          • paulcatanese

            You are right,absolutly he should have,and he would have had third standing up.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Pena, Castro and Soriano

    • carmelo

      Notice both of Castro’s hits tonight are up the middle—-he’s making a good adjustment of staying back on the ball, letting it get deep, and not jumping out at the ball. Most of his recent outs have been 5-3. Good to see.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed and if I remember correctly, his hits last night were to right and right center.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        And Castro triples to right center

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    refreshing to see Ramirez take strike one…and nice rally!

    Feels like we will need 10 more to win this one hahaha.

    • John_CC

      You got it!

  • diehardcubfan

    I still remain very concerned given we only had one extra base hit in that inning.

    As Neil pointed out, the Cubs hitters are not really attacking the baseball.

    There has to be a good explanation as to why they are not driving the ball.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I really do not know about Garza coming back out. The last pitch he threw was at 7:55, an hour and 20 mins between.

    • diehardcubfan

      Luckily seem to have only affected him a little bit. Still hit 95 on the fastball.

      I am concerned about the pitch count (66) at the end of only 4 innings
      .

    • paulcatanese

      Nasty,nasty curve to Pujols.

      • paulcatanese

        Didn’t matter in the inning, but what Byrd did on his base hit is what I have been talking about, he should have been standing on second base when Holliday’s throw went straight home. No excuse for that, the play was clearly in front of him.And Neil was right, Aram hesitated before trying to score and was aced at the plate.

  • diehardcubfan

    Another bad base running play. It seems every time this team does something positive they screw it the good vibes by playing boneheaded baseball.

    There is no understanding this team.

  • Matt

    Hey Tom is there any word on Angel Guzman is he still hurt, if not where is he and how is he doing?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Matt, Guzman is still working in Mesa in extended spring training. Last update I saw he was hoping to report to a minor league team by the end of May. That was about 2 weeks ago.

    • Tom U

      Sorry, having connection problems tonight. I will check on Guzman, but I believe he is still recovering and not ready to assume baseball activities.

  • Aaron

    …and Koyie Hill’s worthlessness continues with an incredibly easy pitch to handle goes through his legs for a passed ball….oh, and he STILL can’t hit

    • studio179

      I would not put it pass Quade to have Hill in a day game tomorrow after tonights night game.

      • paulcatanese

        Are you kidding? After a double and a triple Quade will have him starting for the next two weeks, of course Quade will start him tommorow. Quade thinks we can win the series with the Cards. I have always disliked Hill because of his bat, but his defense does not impress either. But he had a good night,with the bat.
        Don’t know how, don’t know why, Stormy weather!!! !

  • cubtex

    Blue Jays released Scott Podz. How about having him take Colvin’s place? At least he could run.

    • diehardcubfan

      Assuming the Blue Jays assume the majority of Podz salary to me makes some sense. We could use some bench speed.

      • cubtex

        He only signed for 1 mil if he makes the team. He never made the team and was in the minors. He could be had for the minimum.

  • studio179

    Hill! A triple! Wow.

    All these runs…all these extra base hits. It’s mind blowing!

  • Aaron

    I like some crow…give credit where due. Hill finally made decent contact.

    But I had a HUGE problem with the hit. Did anyone see Hill almost caught up with Soriano. Soriano was jogging, and Hill hit third when Soriano crossed the plate, and Hill is NOT a speedster

  • John_CC

    Koyie Hill three bagger! (terrible play by Berkman)

    Do I see a crooked number on Cubs’ side of the board? Ho-ly Cow!

  • Wickitkevin

    Let’s thank mother nature for this one.

  • John_CC

    I saw that, too. When Soriano got to third he had to kick it in…either he’s so lazy or his legs are hurting.

    • John_CC

      this was a reply to Aaron just above.

  • Aaron

    Neil,

    Not sure if you responded about this already, but here’s what I found on Simpson:
    http://www.pjstar.com/sports/chiefs/x401376594/After-tight-start-Chiefs-are-relaxed

    As for Jackson leaving the game, I’d like to know what that was all about. Something with his hand? And was it a HBP?

  • Aaron

    This tells you ALL you need to know about the Ricketts:

    Sorry this might be a bit of a downer for most, as they thought their ownership would spell change, but it’s quite clear they have absolutely no intention of spending the money to have a winner. It’s ALL about ROI (return on investment) to them, and Tom’s dad proves it in this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac6h2wczxGA&feature=player_embedded

    • Dorasaga

      Well, his son Tom, chairman of the Cubs, claimed “We got the management and we got the players, and if we hit the playoffs every year, we’ll win a World Series,” is only self-contradictory if he ALREADY recognized Hendry et troupe a good laugh on ESPN.

      Is he? Aaron, you think he was?

      It wasn’t even funny when ESPN broadcast showed what happened in 1908 when the Cubs last won that thing.

      However, I must say that Joe Ricketts is not interested at pro. sports in general, and he found those paperworks as nuisances (well, the earlier Tribune bankruptcy probably played into that complication).

      Anyway, just an old man not happy with his son’s choice, but as the dad, he’s behind the kid, something like that.

      As long as they win…

    • Brian

      Aaron,

      Ala Ricketts … let’s not forget that the reason people/corporations buy teams is to make money. That is why they do it. Period. End of story.

      The Ricketts family has a proven history of success in business. And success in business comes in understanding the industry, learning about it, then evaluating it and making decisions. This timeline cannot be accomplished in 8 months. It will take a few years. I agree with a lot of the comments on here tonight, but I do not agree with the hatred of the Ricketts family. After five years, it is fair. But not now. Give Tom time to analyze and figure it out. I have faith that he will do it. I hope I am right about it and you are wrong.

      Rash judgements, decisions and actions never play out well in business. And baseball is a business.

      Give the man a fair amount of time to do so. He spent hundreds of millions. And he is hearing it from the fans due to attendance.

      I have never seen Wrigley as empty as it has been the past month. Ricketts sees that. He knows that. He was in the upper-deck on Sunday talking to fans. I saw it in person. Very, very few owners do that. He cares. Give him a chance.

      And this is not to just Aaron, it is to all people destroying him right now. Give the man 4-5 years. Then it is fair to judge. You don’t just spend $800 million and clean house without knowing your house. That is not a sound practice.

      The ire towards JH is justified. The hatred of Ricketts is not.

      • Dorasaga

        Actually, there are investments less-risky and faster on turnover such as buying lots of government bonds in the low and rising smaller firms.

        Rich people buy baseball teams to make a long-term investment AND to look good and stand out in the spotlight amongst the richest people; i.e. Be one of the club. It’s like a celeb. status if you own a franchise of national sports.

        • Brian

          Let’s not break down Tom’s inner-thoughts or his desires.

          You are dead-on about there being better and more reliable investments.
          I completely agree.

          However, none of us know Tom Ricketts. Passing judgement on him as a person is a bit misguided and not fair.

          Maybe, just maybe, he wants to be the owner to bring the Cubs a world championship … and then again, maybe not. Maybe it is all about the money.

          However, we can’t know that know, and won’t know that for a few years.

          • Dorasaga

            I did not. I’m stating a generalization concluded from what I observed and what I’ve learned from Forbes, Bloomberg, sabernomic talks and all other news that deal with baseball economy.

            It’s not like Tom needed to be the head. He could have just bought a share, or created a firm to own the franchise (Tribune-Cubs, or look at Formula One, well, those had different purposes).

            WHATEVER the thoughts was for the man (and his father Joe), the Ricketts is the leader, as an ogligarchy.

            They are responsible for the glory and doginess of the great Chicago Nationall Ball Club that had lasted a hundred and fourty five years since Spalding and his Chicagoan friends invited Yankee and Cincy industrialist to form the National League.

            Chicago is a big contributor to the shaping of professional baseball. Let the Ricketts know that. They ought to have pride like we fans, right?

      • Aaron

        Brian,

        I get where you’re coming from, but none of this really adds up.

        If they’re serious about winning, and committed to building from within with their own prospects that have earned the right to start at the MLB level, then it all makes sense.

        But actions speak louder than words. Supposedly, the Cubs were investing a significant amount of money in the draft and overseas signings under the Ricketts new model, and yet in every category on that front (both draft and international) they were near the bottom of the league in spending. I certainly agree that spending just to spend (ie.-such as the Cubs prior to the 2007 season), and not to find the perfect fit, is not a very good strategy, but there were a lot of quality guys available internationally and in the draft that the Cubs did not pony up the cash to sign. Then, as if to prove to the baseball community that they’d actually spend some money, they go and throw a few million bucks to 2 Cuban players: Yaniel Cabeza-catcher, and Rubi Silva-CF…..2 guys that weren’t even considered above average prospects in their own country, just defies all logic.

        Yes, you can blame that on Hendry and his international scouting team, but what exactly does that say about the Ricketts family if they have kept Hendry around, even though he’s proven time after time that he just doesn’t get it, and is quite obviously not up to speed with current scouting tools, etc. that have aided most MLB teams now in evaluating talent.

        You said it yourself that the ire towards Hendry is justified. If that’s the case, then the Ricketts should’ve known what he was/wasn’t capable of, and he should’ve been fired immediately after they took over.

        I love the phrase, “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck”. I apply that to the Ricketts as well, as I have seen absolutely NOTHING out of this ownership that would suggest they are actually interested in winning.

        Their #1 priority is revenue, and nothing more, and I am NOT faulting them for that, just as I do not fault ANY owner of ANY business wanting to turn a profit, even if they have to re-organize, etc.

        But the problem is, the Cubs have a VERY loyal fanbase that desperately wants a championship. There is no grace period, and the Ricketts should’ve known that going into their purchase of the team.

        What that means to the Ricketts is they should put their money where their mouth is. Tom boldly came out and said winning a championship was their number 1 priority. Fine….then prove it, is what I say.

        Brian, can you tell me what the Ricketts have done that proves to you they’re actually committed to winning?

        If you can’t answer with specifics, then I’d say it’s perfectly okay to rake them over the coals, because after all, the Ricketts were the ones bragging about how they met with successful teams like the Red Sox, and have a vision for the future, blah blah blah.

        I don’t even think they did their own research on the Red Sox, as the new ownership virtually cleaned house after they took over, and created a very competitive team that ended up winning 2 championships in the span of a few years.

  • cubtex

    Look how hard the Cards run the bases! Hate that team but they play the game the right way!

  • Aaron

    Are you freaking kidding me?!?!? Soriano yet another error…WOW

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    After 53-min rain delay, Cubs beat Cardinals 11-4; Matt Garza’s
    line: 1R,3H,3BB,7Ks,5IP; Starlin Castro 4-for-4,3R,3RBI; Carlos Pena GW 2B,2-for-3,2RBI,2R

  • paulcatanese

    After the night Hill had I seriously doubt that Castillo will get much playing time.Hope I’m very wrong, but ??

  • paulcatanese

    And I would sure like to know what went on that Pujols became so upset about. Never took his eyes off of the Cub dugout after that exchange with Hill.

  • Aaron

    Info regarding Jackson….bit of good news, if it is nothing major:

    http://m.knoxnews.com/news/2011/may/11/parker-collapses-in-relief-for-smokies/