Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 05/16/11

Game Thirty-Nine: Cubs (17-21) vs. Reds (23-17)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.35/1.22) vs. Homer Bailey (2-0, 0.69/0.77)

Weather permitting … following an unexpected day off Sunday the Cubs begin a very difficult seven-day, seven-game trip tonight in the Queen City. The Cubs play seven night games in three different cities over the next week. Following two in Cincinnati, the Cubs travel to Miami for two against the Marlins then end the week with the Cubs first trip to Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series.

Q’s squad will face a red-hot Cincinnati team in their first trip of the season to the Queen City. Dusty’s Reds are coming off a three-game sweep of the Cardinals and begin play tonight 1 1/2 games up in the central. The Reds took two of three from the Cubs last week at Wrigley … and that was without Scott Rolen. The Reds are a much different team with Rolen in the lineup because the veteran third baseman demands his teammates give 100% every day and to play the game the right way.

Mike Quade adjusted his pitching rotation in the wake of Sunday’s rainout. Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza will face the Reds for the next two games. Ryan Dempster will open the series in Florida with Casey Coleman going in game two. Doug Davis will start the first game at Fenway Park Friday night.

Tonight it all begins with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is coming off a no decision against the Cardinals … in a game the Cubs gave away. Z pitched a lot better that his final line indicates. Z allowed four runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. The Cubs defense gave the Cardinals at least two of the four runs they scored off Z … and a couple of hits as well. Defense, defense, defense.

Z has thrown the ball extremely well this season and has gone late into the game in his last two starts. Zambrano is 1-0 in his last two starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Big Z is undefeated on the road this season (4-0 in four starts with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP) and will try to keep his road winning streak in tact tonight.

Z did not face the Reds in the series at Wrigley. Zambrano is 16-10 in 35 career games, 30 starts, against the Redlegs with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP … at Great American Ball Park, 9-2 in 14 starts, 13 games, with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Z was 1-0 in two games versus Joey Votto and company last season with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Jay Bruce – 3-for-13 with a home run and 3 walks
  • Jonny Gomes – 1-for-1
  • Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-4 with a double
  • Ramon Hernandez – 2-for-12
  • Fred Lewis – 1-for-3
  • Brandon Phillips – 9-for-43 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 5 walks
  • Edgar Renteria – 13-for-34 with a home run and 7 walks
  • Scott Rolen – 8-for-45 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 3 walks
  • Drew Stubbs – 2-for-5
  • Joey Votto – 8-for-22 with 4 doubles and 2 walks

The Cubs will face a very confident Homer Bailey tonight. The hard-throwing Texan has been outstanding since coming off the DL (3-1 in 10 starts after the break last season with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP) and is finally pitching to the expectations he was drafted with back in 2004. Bailey has made only two starts, both against the Astros, and he dominated Houston.

Bailey is coming off a seven shutout innings in which he held Houston to five hits and o walks. In 13 innings this season, Bailey has struck out 12 and issued only one free pass.

The key to beating Homer Bailey is patience. Bailey will put himself into hitter’s counts if the Cubs can resist walking to the plate swinging.

Bailey is 1-2 in four career starts against the Cubs with a 7.65 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Homer Bailey

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-2
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-5
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-6
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-1
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-7 with a double, a home run and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    DeWitt – LF
    Johnson – CF
    Pena – 1B
    Hill – C
    Zambrano – P

  • ZT

    I can’t believe that Quade is going to put in DeWitt over Colvin in the outfield. This makes absolutely no sense to me, I don’t know what he is thinking. Colvin has barely played this year and when he should be playing they put in someone who has only played 1inning as an outfielder.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Cheryl

    Where’s Castillo?

    • Aaron

      He must’ve done something to get in Quade’s and Hendry’s doghouse. My guess is that he was doing better than Hill in batting practice, and he had a laser throw to 2B.

      That must’ve been too much for them to handle. I imagine you’ll see him one more game before Soto comes back. Great use of a prospect, eh?

      • BosephHeyden

        As crazy as it sounds, I think you’re spot on.  I dunno, but Cubs politics seems about as dumb as WCW politics were back in the good ol’ days of 1997 pro wrestling (that eventually lead to that company going out of business):  do better than the established guy in front of you, and they consider that disrespectful and follow that up by making sure you never see the light of day in a game situation.

      • Cheryl

        Sounds like the usual. 

    • John_CC

       He went 0-fer in his call-up game…missed his chance!

      • Aaron

        LOL…too funny…

        I’m growing more and more apathetic daily towards this Cubs’ team. There’s really nothing to like about it, other than the young guys like Wells, Cashner, Marshall, Marmol, Castro, Barney, Castillo, and Colvin….and 2 are on the DL (Cashner just had a setback in his rehab, just FYI), and 2 can’t get into games, because their manager and his boss (Hendry) are brain dead (Castillo and Colvin). So that leaves 4 reasons to watch the games, and only 2 of them (Castro and Barney) are assured of getting into games on a daily basis, making it just 2 reasons to watch the games.

        I say this joking, but I’m also being realistic…I guess I’d throw Garza in there as well, as I want to see how many guys he K’s when he pitches. I also want to see Zambrano pitching, but not for that reason….I want to see him hit, because I know there’s a good chance that he’ll hit the ball harder than anyone else in the lineup not named Castro or Barney. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Trib:

    Cashner experiences shoulder tightness in rehab. Will get another MRI. 

    • thegreatGman1231

      Seems more and more likely Cashner ends up in the bullpen if the results are good

  • Tom U

    Good evening to everyone at CCO!

    This in part is a response to Richard Hood from the Down on the Farm Report, but I thought it would interest everyone.

    Here are the latest organizational promotions:

    OF Kyung-Min Na and 1B Ryan Cuneo were promoted from EST to Peoria (Na had a short stint at Tennessee after James Adduci was placed on the DL)

    OF Rubi Silva was promoted from Peoria to Daytona 

    OF Jae-Hoon Ha was promoted from Daytona to Tennessee

    • Aaron

      Silva got “promoted”, but unlike Na, who was doing well at EXST, and deserved a call-up to Peoria (Cuneo was on rehab btw), Silva did absolutely NOTHING to justify a promotion, other than the fact Daytona needed an OF after both Ha and Nelson Perez were promoted to AA.

      Here’s Silva’s line:
      .285/.305/.358, 29 games, 123 ABs, 19 runs, 35 hits, 6 doubles, 1 hr, 16 RBI, 2 SB (3 CS), and a pathetic 4 walks vs 23 K’s

      It’s a shame that Szczur was on the inactive list (graduation), because he certainly deserved the promotion far more than Silva. There was simply no other OF at Peoria other than Szczur that deserved that promotion.

      And it wasn’t about bonuses either. Silva got $1 million to sign, and Szczur got about the same (after Hendry botched the bonus situation, forcing the Cubs to protect him on their 40-man this coming offseason…….chuckles).

      Anyway, it seems the Cubs just love collecting light-hitting, defensive-minded international players for big money. Honestly, the last international signing the Cubs had with a power-hitter was Choi in 1999.

      If anyone can think of another international talent the Cubs have signed since then with power, I’d love to hear it. (and yes, I’m including Latin players too)

      • Tom U

        Keep an eye on Dong-Yub Kim 

        Some food for thought, maybe Silva isn’t going to Daytona strictly to play outfield. When he was signed, Silva was considered an infielder-outfielder. With Junior Lake’s defensive troubles at short, Silva may get a look there.

        • Aaron

          Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it. They’ve pulled the wool over my eyes too many times with their prospect descriptions in their press releases. I rarely, if ever, rely on their own reports anymore. I try to get them from other scouting services, which tend to be far more objective. Also, I try looking at international reports with their signings, and I don’t know if you saw the one with the Cubans they signed (Silva and Cabeza), but outside of the Cubs, there wasn’t a single publication I found that liked those deals (Cabeza-$500k and Silva-$1 million).

          Kim was supposed to be a power hitter, and all the reports I’ve read have stated he’s not even close to being that type of prospect, and he’s not fast enough to be considered a Hak-Ju Lee or Ha type of player.

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

           It looks like all the money spent on the Asian baseball school and heavy scouting is beginning to bare fruit. Nice to see thanks for the updates Tom.

      • Tom U

        Aaron, I love your posts, but you seem a little sour today.

        Perhaps Silva was promoted until Szczur returns, just like the organization did with Kyung-Min Na and Jae-Hoon Ha. 

        Dong-Yub Kim is a 20-year old South Korean, a long way from home. At 6’4″, 200 lbs., he’s a pretty big kid (at my age, I can refer to these players as kids). Let’s give the guy a chance.

        • Aaron

          You’re damn right I’m sour today. There’s almost nothing to like about this organization….They’re player development and roster management is dreadful. The MLB team, players, coaches, management, and ownership are among the worst in the entire league….

          And their identification of international talent outside of Korea is terrible. $1.5 million given to 2 Cubans in Silva and Cabeza that were known almost exclusively for their defense…NOT their bats, was a VERY indicting statement of the Cubs’ scouting department. Defensive specialists are a dime a dozen. We discussed this at length a few years ago with Izturis on the roster. Ultimately, the game comes down to offense. I just don’t understand what they were thinking by signing those 2, but it is what it is….it’s their prerogative to waste money like that. 

          Kim is young, yes, and so was Ha….(I was disappointed in him at one time when the Cubs kept flip-flopping him from OF to catcher during EXST and rookie ball, but he finally turned it on this year, so I guess anything is possible)…..but unlike Ha, I haven’t read a single glowing scouting report on him thus far since he’s come over to the United States. I believe he’s hit just one bomb in EXST, but has largely been disappointing thus far in that he doesn’t do much that really stands out. His performance has been just as disappointing as Reggie Golden’s MAJOR step back this year with his weight issues and lackluster performance thus far in EXST. 

          I’ll give him a chance, but unless he develops power, he doesn’t really have a future with this team given the depth ahead of him. Like I’ve said, the Cubs are short on power hitters in their system, but they have singles hitters galore.

          • Dorasaga

            Com’on, Aaron, at least give the Pacific scouts some credit. It’s a shame that the Cubs is not moving out of its dead water, albeit moving forward. But hey, one or two of the Ricketts were once fans, too. Maybe they’ve seen enough, and some top management change can happen. And I can only dream that anything is possible, especially with this long baseball season…

  • Vince

    I have a question?? tonight albert pujols is playin 3b for the cards so it got me thinking lets say if albert and prince feilder are free agents will we have enough cap room to sign both???

    • Dorasaga

       LOL. The Ricketts are too good a businessman, not a Steinbrennian dreamer.

  • Aaron

    From Muskat:
    Cubs mgr Quade says he’ll meet with struggling OF Tyler Colvin. Says Q: “We need to get something resolved very soon”Yes….such as you resigning your position as manager of the Chicago National League Ballclub, Mr. Quade? Because, I see no other resolution. Either you send him down immediately (which they haven’t done), or you allow him to play everyday. This whole pinch hitting thing every couple of days isn’t going to get any player out of a funk….sorry.I presume that we’ll hear a similar thing regarding Castillo if Soto is out longer than expected:”Cubs manager Quade says he’ll meet with struggling catcher Welington Castillo, who has made just 1 start since Soto went down, with 20 pinch hit appearances. Says Q: ‘We need to get something resolved very soon. Castillo has been struggling, no doubt. I believe he has just 4 hits in his 24 AB’s, which just isn’t going to cut it here”When told that’s exactly the same amount of hits Koyie Hill had after 24 AB’s, Quade scoffs: “I don’t put much stock in stats….I go by the eyeball test, and I see that he’s struggling”LOL…I mean, seriously, couldn’t you realistically see that idiot saying something like that? Hell, anyone in the Cubs brass for that matter, including the Ricketts?

    • carmelo

      Why do you have to call someone an idiot?  Because he doesn’t do things you feel he should, he therefore is an idiot?  Think about that for a moment—– 

      • Aaron

        According to Webster’s:
        idiot-an utterly foolish or senseless personYes, I think that’s a pretty accurate description of someone who bemoans Colvin’s slow start, yet refuses to give him even 1 start a week. Sounds pretty senseless doesn’t it?Colvin’s stats are dreadful, don’t get me wrong, but having a young player like that in an almost exclusive pinch hitting role is absolutely beyond comprehension.

        • carmelo

          Still didn’t answer why one adult would resort to that kind of name calling when talking about another person. 

          • Aaron

            It was a perfectly legitimate description. Grow some thicker skin if you can’t take it. Were you picked on as a kid or something…is that why you’re sensitive to that?

            I don’t get it. There’s no other way to describe him. He’s almost like the welfare state, where you see them in the store, cashing in their food stamps on alchohol, and tobacco, then claiming their children are still malnourished. Well….duh…those stupid parents are feeding their own desires, while ignoring the needs of their children. If you don’t feed the kids, they’re going to be skinny…..and it works in reverse fashion, where parents take their kids to McDonald’s everyday, then claim they’re too fat.

            With Colvin, he’s like the welfare parent that cashes in the stamps on alcohol and tobacco. He’s depriving Colvin of valuable AB’s that would “nourish” his growth at the MLB level.

            All Quade is doing is deflecting the blame.  I’d love for just once that someone in this incredibly moronic organization would take responsibility for their own actions. From MacPhail to Hendry and Baker to Piniell to Quade….from Sosa to Alou to Merker to Bradley to Silva….the list goes on and on….whether it be complaining about day games to injuries to fans, or whatever, there’s always some excuse.

            Quade is acting EXACTLY like the definition of an idiot, and so that is what I choose to call him. Sorry if you can’t take it.

          • Agustinrexach

            Do you have to call them moronic just because they are morons?

            Just kiddin’

          • Dorasaga

             That’s a good one.

  • Aaron

    Bets on Soriano pulling a GIDP here?

    • Aaron

      Just as bad, I guess….K’s with bases loaded, 1 out….LMAO

  • Aaron

    Looks like their early BP is doing wonders, doesn’t it? Oh my…..LOL

  • Aaron

    Did you just see how foolish Soriano and Byrd looked like up there. It was like child’s play. Soriano doesn’t even belong in a big league lineup right now….and perhaps ever, as an everyday player, and we all know about Byrd’s deficiencies.

    At least Byrd isn’t in the 3 hole tonight, right?

    • cubtex

      Soriano is hitting .263 with 11 HR’s (2nd in the National League) and he doesn’t belong in a big league lineup? Byrd had a 15 game hitting streak and is hitting .312.  And Tyler Colvin deserves to play at the MLB level????  

  • Brentcarmona

    That first inning for our offense looked promising….pathetic showing at the end. Im glad im listening and not watching…its getting to pat hughes I hear his frustrations lol.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reds trying to give the Cubs runs … they won’t take them

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Barney … more bad baserunning by the Cubs.

  • Agustinrexach

    Koyie Hill = power bat!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice shutdown inning for Z

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Carlos Pena with #4

  • Agustinrexach

    Btw, I know those two runs are pathetic and that we should have like6-7 already atleast, but man, I’ll take two with this clowns!!! I mean… Are we bad with RISP or what?!

    Can’t get out of my mind the ridiculous amount of Singles we get every day and the absurd results in runs scored.

    And Peña goes yard! But still this team is the Beyonce Crew….All The Single Ladies

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    If I’m not mistaken, Pena’s home run was the first hit by the Cubs since Carlos Pena tied the game in the ninth against the Reds on May 7

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Two misplayed balls, a walk and Z’s night is over …

  • Aaron

     …..meanwhile, the entire ballpark and viewing audience can see that Z was finished in the 6th, and Quade watches until the game is tied….LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!

    He’s also setting up Mateo to fail by putting him in with just 1 out, runners on 2nd and 3rd

    • Aaron

      LOL…so predictable…had just posted that, and there’s a wild pitch. oh boy….

      Sorry, Quade’s a genius…LOL 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Speechless …

    • Aaron

      I’m not….I just called it above. The Cubs are too predictable, Neil. You and I both know this.

      I keep going back to the selection of Quade as manager. First of all, who in their right mind would select a guy that was part of the previous staff that pretty much gave up on the Cubs.

      Then, he takes over for a manager that was completely uninterested to begin with, and for some inexplicable reason, Cubs management let’s the inmates run the asylum, by putting too much stock into their over-the-top endorsements of him….now look at where the team is….It’s called accountability. How does Quade sit veterans that were the sole reason for him getting the job. They will always hold it over his head, that their endorsements were literally the deciding factor in him getting the job.

      And because this team is so predictable, you’d think it’d drive more fans away from the park than are coming (yes, even though attendance is down, more should hold onto to their cash….and given Tom Rickett’s arrogance about fans spending money, they should absolutely stay away now)

  • Agustinrexach

    Mateo=The Cleaner

    Bring on Heilman to mop this up man. What a difficult team to watch.

  • Wickitkevin

    This is laughable! This team always seem to let the other team back in the game. I am really tired of watching or listen to this team. Its just bad baseball

  • Agustinrexach

    I think we can come back to win this one.

    • Agustinrexach

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Too funny

  • Ripsnorter1

     Castillo, like Jake Fox and Mark DeRosa, and Casey McGahee, complained about not enough playing time. He’s done in Chicago. 

  • Ripsnorter1

     NEWSFLASH: HOMER BAILEY IS NOT AS GOOD AS CY YOUNG. 

    Most teams could get some more runs off of him. 

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

      actually 2-0 with a .69 ERA is pretty good. The kid is hot right now.

  • Aaron

     But I thought Koyie Hill’s mere presence behind the plate cuts the team ERA in half, right?

    LOL…How worthless is that guy anyway? He’s but a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with this franchise…..good ‘ole boys network….players, coaches, management, and scouting….it’s all a “who’s who” of dudes that were owed a favor by Hendry.

  • Aaron

     Poor Soriano….can’t even score from 2nd on a soft liner to CF. He just needs to hang ‘em up if he can’t run anymore. That’s ridiculous

    • Aaron

      Actually, I fault DeJesus more on that one. As a 3B coach, you have to know the situation, the runner, and the arm in the OF. There were no outs, Soriano didn’t even get a jump to begin with on the ball…just stood at 2B, then took off after it was over his head, and Stubbs has an above average arm for a CF

      • diehardcubfan

        I liked Ivan DeJesus as a Cub player but sorry he is not a good 3rd base coach.  Over the past few days he is getting way to many baserunners thrown out at home.

        Quade won’t bench him though.  It is truly going to be a long year.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree Aaron,as I posted,I really couldn’t see if the coach waived him or tri. ed to hold him . At any rate Soriono should know the same thing and used his head. They would have had a run on the next flyball

        Aaron on a similar note, I assume you watched the game. Did it look as though big Z packed it in after the non-errors behind him? You would know better than I,But it looked that way to me

        I always have given Soriono the benefit, but I cannot imagine being on the mound and seeing play after play like that in left. It’s got to effect a pitcher.I cannot say for sure that he dosent hustle but is inadequate to play out there any longer,just seems to get worse and worse. 

        • Aaron

          Yes, after ARAM’s gaffe, he came unraveled. He was in complete command the whole game before that, but after that play, it snowballed, and it looked like the old Z, where defensive gaffes really got to him (which, I don’t blame him at all, btw)  

          • paulcatanese

            Thanks Aaron, thats what I thought,just wanted to confirm with a ex-pitcher. I didn’t blame Z either but hope it dosen’t continue to bug him as he is having a decent start this year. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I don’t know who’s was worse on that play Soriano or DeJesus

    • paulcatanese

      I agree Neil, as I didn’t or couldn’t see if DeJesus waived him or not, either way a very stupid, un-fundemental play. Inning killer. 

  • cubs1967

    wood-prior-cashner??

    is this yet another prospect…………done??

    anyone else on here who wants to tell us how good prospects are……. 

    • Ripsnorter1

      I doubt Cashner is done. But he’ll have surgery (imo).  

    • Aaron

      Arm injuries are common in pitchers. Pitching overhand is an unnatural motion (the natural motion is actually a softball delivery, underhand). Shoulders almost always give out on pitchers eventually. It’s how you lose velocity eventually. Often times, it hits pitchers in their 30’s, but sometimes the flamethrowers in their 20’s get hit early. Like I said, it’s almost a given. It’s not a question of “if”, but a matter of “when” it happens to pitchers. 

      In fact, almost all the top pitchers you can think of in the game have had significant arm injuries. Halladay, Carpenter, Wainwright, Hudson, Oswalt, Peavy, etc. have all had arm injuries. 

      To say that just because a young guy like Cashner has an injury means you should stay away from prospects is like saying that since one person overdosed on Advil, you should stay away from Advil the rest of your life. 

      It’s an absolutely ludicrous suggestion. I’ll take young pitchers and groom them anyday over a rotation filled with veterans. Keep in mind that Cashner was a 5th starter this year….it’s NOT like he was a 1-3

  • Baron_S

     In the big picture… what is happening may not be a bad thing. 

    • Aaron

      can you expound upon that? 

      • Baron_S

        as you said earlier this season… hovering around .500 the whole season will merely perpetuate hope among Hendrys delusional supporters…. It will ensure an equally woeful 2012 onwards, which no one wants…

        Another 2-3 game losing streak and things might just start to rumble under the surface 

        • Aaron

          Yeah, but everyone thought the same last year too, including myself….that the Cubs’ brass simply could not stick with the same team, given their embarrassing performance the entire year, especially on offense.

          And yet, the ONLY change to the lineup was swapping Lee for Pena, essentially…and Pena was coming off a .196 season. 

          Yes, Pena, Fukudome, Grabow, etc. come off the books, but why do I get this feeling that they’ll look to extend at least one of them if Hendry is still on board….which, c’mon, is an absolute given, no matter how bad the Cubs finish. The Ricketts don’t have a CLUE about running an MLB team, and I hope they find out in a HUGE way the wrath of Cubs fans with empty seats, lost $$ on concessions and merchandise. It’s absolutely the only way they’ll learn, because they need the ticket/concession money, as they don’t have a huge $$ television deal as most other major market teams have.

          Honestly, the only way I believe things will change is if the Cubs finish last or second to last in all of MLB this year, and even then, the Ricketts will claim that the minor league system is doing well, so they like what Hendry has done. 

          Pretty outrageous, isn’t it? Yet, that’s PRECISELY what’s going to happen next year. And the other problem is, if they finish middle of the pack, they’ll definitely NOT make wholesale changes, because they’ll claim they’re “just 2-3 solid moves away from competing”….LOL….remember those comments by Hendry last year? Seems he’s always saying that after every losing season.

        • paulcatanese

          You watched the dugout too,didn’t you? 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-4 to Reds Monday night. Carlos Zambrano’s line: 6R, 6H,
    3BB, 3Ks in 5.1; Pena: 2R HR; Cubs 2-for-11 RISP (1 RBI), 7 LOB, 2 thrown out at home
     

  • erniesarmy

    15 games below .500 by the All Star break here we come!

  • Ripsnorter1

     Yanks CF Granderson has 14 HRs right now. WOW!

    CUBS are experiencing a complete power outage here in MAY!Funko is NOT hitting in the #1 hole very effectively this month: May=8 for 30=.267 BA …3 2B….  0 HR…1 RBI…6 BB…9 K…Sorry-oh-no: (traditionally his best month)40 AB…11 H…1 2B…1 HR….3 RBI….275 BAFunko has more extra base hits in May than Soriano.Byrd:
    46 AB…17 H…1 2B…1 HR…3 RBI….370 BAAram:38 AB …11 H…1 2B…0 HR…4 RBI….289 BAPena–big month for him42 AB…13 H…4 HR…

  • Anonymous47701

    Who could replace Aramis Ramirez at 3rd Base?

    1. Scott Moore
    2.Josh Vitters
    3.Marquez Smith
    4.Someone Else 

    • Bdrlan3

      Trade for Ian Stewart

      • Anonymous47701

        Who the H#&L is Ian Stewart?

        • Bdelan3

          He is a 26 year old left handed power hitter that was recently demoted by the Rockies. We could probably get him cheaply with his recent struggles and he is under control for replies years. He can also play second base.

          • John_CC

             He is terrible.  He’s been down and up all last season and this one. Not the answer.

    • paulcatanese

      Anyone! 

    • Tom U

      Ryan Flaherty will get a shot before ant of those other players 

      • Anonymous47701

        Unless Flaherty is a Left-Handed power hitter, which the Cubs are short on as it is, I don’t know if I’d want to pick him right now. 

    • Dorasaga

       LeMahieu!

  • paulcatanese

    Watched tonights game, utterly,totaly,un-. inpresevly,puking.rotten,ridiculus portrayal of a major league team .

    • diehardcubfan

       Paul, I know it didn’t take you that long to realize it.

      • paulcatanese

        Whats worse,I couldn’t get the Cub announcers and had to listen to the Reds gloat. One comment they made that they will regret is on Castro, regarding the strike zone,something to the effect that he dosent have one as he swings at everything. I couldnt think of any more de-meaning words on the game,I just exploded afterwards. I would have liked to pick on someone but there were so many choices I got lost. Again I say without Castro and Barney———000 

  • BosephHeyden

    So I guess here’s a question:  what are the chances we actually get a win streak of more than 2 games this season?

    • diehardcubfan

       Odds in my opinion are about 1 to 1000

    • paulcatanese

      Zero to none at all. But Quade says this XXXX has to stop,so I may be wrong. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Comcast SportsNet:

    Quade rips #Cubs in
    closed-door meeting after loss to #Reds:
    “That was embarrassing and that (expletive) got to stop.” 

    • diehardcubfan

       Neil, I just can’t see how that will help this team.  They just are not baseball smart.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Can’t disagree. Just wonder how many of the players cared about what he said.

    • Aaron

      This is the first thing I agree with that has come out of Quade’s mouth. Problem is, we’re talking about 2 different things. 

      He’s talking about the play of the team….I’m talking about him continuing to manage this team. 

    • The Maven

      Centerfielders flying all over the place in the system, a first baseman getting promoted, now Quade ripping his precious veterans.

      Do you feel the earth rumbling beneath your feet? 

  • studio179

     Bad.

  • Baron_S

    Henry Blanco now has more home runs than Aramis Ramirez…

    A-Ram on pace for under 10 HR on the season

    Oh boy!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Colvin sent to Triple-A Iowa following Monday’s game.

    • Aaron

      I guess that’s what Quade meant by “this XXX has to stop”….He was talking about Colvin as the main problem on this team….LMAO….what a joke this team is?

      You know what’s worse….Funk-dome is sliding right now, as he normally does, so you’re looking at a RF covered by a slumping Fukudome (who they’re now married to through the end of May at the least) and Reed Johnson. If Campana is called up (which I suspect, as he wasn’t in the lineup for Iowa today), then you have the sole power coming from the streakiest hitter in MLB in Soriano….That’s ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      This team will single you to death with guys like Castro, Barney, Byrd, Fukudome, and now ARAM this year at least…

      As a pitcher, I’m not scared of that type of team at all.

    • Wickitkevin

      Who are they bring up?

      • Aaron

        It has to be Campana. Not only was he mentioned before, but he also wasn’t in Iowa’s lineup tonight, and he’s been playing everyday basically prior to that. 

        • Wickitkevin

          My guess is that when Brett Jackson comes back he will be in AAA.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I hope not, would rather see him stay in Double-A and called up from there.

        • paulcatanese

          That would be a good thing with his speed except no.1 he has to be allowed to play. and 2. he has to get on when he does play,and everone knows how thats going to work out. 

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

         Nothing official yet. Speculation is that it will be Montanez or Campana. If it is one of those two they will have to be added to the 40-man which would take the only open spot.

  • Anonymous47701

    2011 Cubs to do List:

    1.Fire Jim Hendry, replace him with Greg Maddux.
    2.Trade Fukudome and Ramirez.
    3.Trade or Release Soriano.
    4.Release Hill, Mateo, and Coleman  .
    5.Let Dempster, Grabow, DeWitt, Johnson, Samardzija and Wood walk.
    6.Add Jackson,Camp, Snyder,Campana, Perez, Dolis, and Mathes.

  • Baron_S

    Somethin ain’t right here..

    1) It seems to me that Hendry is ghost-managing through his puppet Quade — and insisting all his over-paid grossly underperforming vets get maximum playing time. 
    2) Why else would Quade, with his years managing minor league clubs, so grossly misuse 90% of his young players (barring Barney!) 
    3) Quade seems grateful just for the chance, but not ballsy enough to insist on his own lineups and strategy.

    Trotting A-Ram out at 4 everyday — Trotting Funko to leadoff everyday…. Playing Koyie Hill all the time lately …. Playing Byrd at 3 FOREVER!! Starting Russell TIME and AGAIN

    This REEKS to me of an overhanded Hendry in-action..

    This buffoon needs to be thrown into the Lake.

    • paulcatanese

      I totaly agree with you, have said it for months,a yes man under JH. About Barney and even Castro, they both have recieved praises on national broadcasts and it would really be a downer to chastise those two as they would not deserve it and negativity would be questioned.