Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Astros – 05/31/11

Game Fifty-Three: Cubs (23-29) vs. Astros (20-34)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 4.59/1.31) vs. Jordan Lyles (0-0, -.–/-.–)

Updated 3:37pm CDTAlfonso Soriano Placed on 15-day DL with Left Quad StrainTyler Colvin Recalled from Triple-A Iowa

It is the final day of May and the Cubs are in need of a good outing and a win from Carlos Zambrano.

The Cubs were 12-14 following the final game in April, 3 1/2 games back of the division leading Cardinals. The Cubs begin play tonight 23-29 (11-15 in May), 7 1/2 games behind the Cardinals and closer to the Astros than the second-place Milwaukee Brewers.

Q’s squad will be without Alfonso Soriano for at least a couple of days, if not longer. Following Monday’s loss, Mike Quade said he would continue to use Blake DeWitt in left field, especially against right-handed pitchers. The team is defensively challenged as it is … yet the Cubs keep running infielders into the outfield.

It will be interesting to see how many of the young players are in today’s starting lineup … and how many are on the bench.

Tonight is all starts with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is coming off a solid performance, and a win against the Mets. Z posted his first victory of the year at Wrigley (1-1 in five starts with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP) and his teammates need him to post his second tonight.

Z held the Mets to two runs, one earned, on six hits in six innings of work. The Cubs shortened up Z in his last outing after he threw 122 pitches (most since June of 2008) in 5 2/3 innings against the Red Sox back on May 21.

Zambrano beat the Astros on April 18 in Houston. Z was cruising along and had thrown five innings of shutout ball. After Z went yard in the top of the sixth, he lost his concentration on the mound and was lifted after recording only two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The Astros ended up scoring five runs on seven hits against Zambrano in 5 2/3 innings.

Big Z is 15-8 in 32 career games, 30 starts, versus the Astros with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Astros Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Clint Barmes – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Michael Bourn – 6-for-18 with a double and 6 walks
  • Bill Hall – 9-for-44 with 2 doubles, 2 triples and 6 walks
  • Chris Johnson – 1-for-3
  • Jeff Keppinger – 6-for-29 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Lee – 23-for-61 with 6 doubles, 5 home runs and 7 walks
  • Hunter Pence – 5-for-28 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
  • Angel Sanchez – 1-for-6
  • J.R. Towles – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Brett Wallace – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk

The Astros selected Jordan Lyles in the supplemental round of the 2008 draft out of high school (Hartsville, SC) and the 6’4″ right hander has advanced quickly through their system.

Jordan Lyles was the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2010 and Baseball America ranked Lyles the top prospect in Houston’s organization (42nd in all of baseball) prior to this season. Lyles, a 20-year old right-hander, will become the youngest player at the big league level tonight.

Lyles was 3-3 in 10 starts for Oklahoma City this season (Triple-A) with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP (41 strikeouts and 16 walks in 59 innings).

Lyles throws four average to above average pitches and has a very good mound presence, reportedly beyond his years. Lyles’ fastball sits in the high 80s to low 90s (88-93). Lyles’ changeup was graded as a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale and he’s very tough on left- handed hitters. Lyles also throws a slider (low 80s) and a cutter (mid to high 80s, tops out around 87) and can command both sides of the plate.

The Cubs have struggled in recent years with pitchers similar to Jordan Lyles. They must make the rookie work early on and try to resist walking to the plate swinging. The Cubs have seemingly hacked at every pitch they’ve seen over the past four games.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • ZT

      I don’t understand why Quade is starting a second baseman in left field instead of Colvin who plays outfield. So apparently they brought up Colvin to sit on the bench just like he was doing before instead of having him start in Triple-A.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He said that (hahahahahha) that (hahahha) he wanted De(hhahahahah) DE(hahahahaha) DeWitt in their for his (ahahahahahaha) for his BAT (AHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!)

        • Josh

          so funny and yet so true — I think DeWitt has all of 1 HR and 5 RBI on the season

          • ZT

            That’s more RBI than Fukudome. Now that’s pretty sad when a bench player has more RBI than a starter.

          • ZT

            That’s more RBI than Fukudome. Now that’s pretty sad when a bench player has more RBI than a starter.

      • studio179

        What don’t you understand? The Cubs called up several outfielders the last week or so and are placing a bench infielder in the outfield. 

        Sounds Cub right to me. 

        • ZT

          You’re right why would I expect the Cubs to make a reasonable decision.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YO4BT5UAVFHQIS4OZ3SJSBNRCU Michael

      My frustration is at a new level with the decision making of this organization…he really is going to give DeWitt a shot with all these young outfielders on the bench!  I was hoping he would realize how stupid that sounded after he said it last night.  No such luck.

      Hey at least Ramirez isn’t in the 4th spot!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Remember to see things from Quade’s viewpoint: DeWitt is a defensive upgrade over Sorry-oh-no. And also Quade prefers players with no power, no speed, no defensive prowess, and with no ability to hit above .250. Also remember that Quade had this guy batting 3rd last year. 

        IN-credible!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Let me tell you FOR SURE why Quade prefers this loser (DeWitt) over Colvin, et al:

        Quade was a similar player to DeWitt.He played 2B, 3B, a rare SS and some OF. He had no speed. He was a minor league .261 hitter with no power (his career high was 4 HR in 404 AB). Quade sees himself in DeWitt. AND THAT–IN MY OPINION–IS WHY DeWITT GETS A SHOT OVER MORE DESERVING PLAYERS.

        Read Quade’s miserable stats here:http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=quade-001gre

        • Stu_studdly

          sadly he never even hit 4… 3 was his high. 

  • xaxinho

    At least Pena batting 4th and Ramirez 5th…

    • studio179

      LOL! I thought something looked different. I did a double take and counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…to make sure what I saw was correct.

  • The Maven

    It must be one of the signs of the apocalypse. Aramis Ramirez is NOT batting clean-up.  

  • paulcatanese

    And Quade continues his incoherant ways with the lineup. It is a first for as long as I can recall with Ramirez out of the four spot. Thats an improvement  as long as Aram HAS to play. Again DeWitt should not be in left as you have said also. Should have him at third in place of Aram. And in no uncertain terms Campana in the leadoff spot. Colvin as long as he is here should have the start in left. No opportunity here for any jokes as this is really getting to be insane with the things that have been happening.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s pitchers in the minors:

    Casey Coleman for Iowa. Nick Struck with his first Double-A start for Tennessee. Dae-Eun Rhee, he of the ten strikeouts in his last appearance, for Daytona. Hayden Simpson for Peoria.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I think I speak for all of us here when I say that I really appreciate all the minor league updates that you provide for us. Not much happening on the  ML level, so these updates provide some encouragement and hope. And with all of the injuries, a head’s up on what may be coming up very soon.

      Keep up the excellent work!

      • Cheryl

        Yes, since we can’t hope for much with this team the minors success helps.

  • cubs1967

    your Fuc**** kidding me; WTF, holy Sh****……….we are really gonna sit colvin on the bench……………..how in god’s name can this be going on???

    i’m so pissed…………..they really think they can win…………

    i’m beside myself……………..

    i’m gonna buy 1 ticket to sit behind the cubs bench and just rip quade all night long………….

    • paulcatanese

      If it costs more than two bucks it aint worth it unless you can go on the same day that Ricketts is offering his new deal on a hot dog and beer.

    • Anonymous47701

      Got Enough for Two?

  • Brentcarmona

    Anybody think with dewitt, fuku, baker etc getting more playing time means we are trying to trade them? I mean, I know the cubs have made some boneheaded moves but dewitt in lf is just strange to me. Trade bait is what im hoping for?

    • jw

      I thought the same thing but that’s just the remnants of Kool-Aid in my system…the real reason is just what Quade said… offense…that’s how desperate he and Hendry are now

      • Brp921

        That is how desperate JH is. He makes the decisions. Quade is just a figure head.

        • jw

          BP Can’t argue with you. In fact I’ve been thinking about Quade as third base coach under Pinella…I know Quade is Hendry’s guy must have done something for Hendry way back when…was he forced on Pinella? If Lou didn’t pick him that says a lot about how the organization is run.

      • Brentcarmona

        That could be true and being how silly the cubs have been acting this is easy to believe. But do you think quade is really going to say oh we want to trade dewitt so let’s show him off in left field?

        • Brp921

          He has sure announced a lot of other things he should have kept quiet, and management has certainly not been very smart in handling their personnel these past couple of years.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I am trying to be kind with this remark:

      You are dreaming. Jim Clueless doesn’t think that way. He doesn’t think at all. You are thinking. Therefore, you are wrong.

      Please accept my apologies for being so blunt with this post. 

  • diehardcubfan

    It is becoming harder and harder to remember why I cheer for this team!!  DeWitt in left, unbelievable!!! 

    This move is brought to you by the Quade and JH braintrust.  Excuse me as I gag given the reason that DeWitt is starting is for his bat. 

    Thanks Mr. Ricketts for hiring baseball stupid people to run this team.

  • Cheryl

    It’s hard to find bright spots on this team but there are Campana, Castro and Barney. There would be others if they were given half-a-chance.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    During pre-game show Tuesday, Mike Quade said Tyler Colvin would be in
    Wednesday’s starting lineup.

    Augie Ojeda was activated and is on the I-Cubs roster

    • Aaron

      he says that now….but if DeWitt even gets 1 hit, he’ll change his mind

      • diehardcubfan

        DeWitt got his bloop double so he will be starting tomorrow.

    • paulcatanese

      OK Neil, I’ll bite, Ojeda, why?

  • Aaron

    Several very bad developments for the Cubs today:
    #1-DeWitt getting the start in LF 
    #2-Colvin getting the call, then sitting AGAIN on the bench
    #3-Cubs going against a rookie starter….this means a near 100% certainty that they will LOSE
    #4-Hayden Simpson continues to look like a complete bust…LOL….and to think the Cubs took a projected 3rd rounder at best in the first round that high….WOW!!! He now has a 5.09 ERA with the 5 runs he gave up in the 1st inning in which he recorded only 2 outs before giving way to resident “piggybacker” Jokisch. Anyway, Simpson looks like he should get the call anyday to the show, because he sure pitches like everyone else on the staff. Here’s how it went down:
    walk
    stolen base
    home run, 2-0 Lansing
    walk
    stolen base
    wild pitch, runner to 3rd
    wild pitch, runner scores
    strike out, 1 out
    double
    fly out, 2 outs
    walk, runners 1st and 2nd 2 outs

    ….
    pitching change, Jokisch in the game
    home run
    walk
    single
    fly out….inning over….Final line for Simpson: 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 1 K

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Aaron, does any one get a grace period with you? A bust, really?

      • Brentcarmona

        Bout with mono right? Id say we give him the benefit of the doubt…threw as fast as 97 (not consistently but can get up there) last year but throwing high eighties low nineties now. Id say he is not at full strength yet.

        • Cheryl

          I agree. According to reports his mono was pretty bad. It takes a while to regain your strenth and he basically was out of action until early this year.

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

          He probably should have stayed in EST but I don’t know why they wanted him on a team.

      • GrantJones7

        Im not ready to say a bust, but he is preforming like trash, if he was anyone else he would be back at Extended Spring Training right now

      • Brp921

        Lets wait and see what he does when he’s back to normal. Throwing 97 mph, with other pitches as well, can be big time majoor league pitching.

      • Aaron

        Neil, believe it or not, I am VERY high on a lot of guys in the system. You of all people should know this. And that was NOT a very fair statement by you, but whatever.

        Simpson was an overdraft, and my statement was meant more for the Cubs than anyone else. I wouldn’t even have made the comment if he were a 3rd rounder or later, which is where 99% of MLB had him pegged for in the draft. Because he was a 1st round pick, he is an absolute bust as of now.

        Could he turn it around? Sure, but he hasn’t even been averaging 4 IP per start, and believe it or not, it does NOT appear to be because the Cubs are limiting him due to his bout with mono last year. His numbers are not even close to what would normally be expected out of a 1st rounder. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. Just like tonight, most of his starts, he gets pulled, because he’s not fooling anyone, and Jokisch has to come in and clean up his mess. 

        Here’s his line thus far:
        1-2 (after tonight), 5.09 ERA, 11 starts, 40 2/3 IP, 46 hits, 30 runs, 23 earned, 7 home runs, 18 walks, 37 K’s

        Like I said, that’s less than 4 IP per start, and his peripheral numbers are even worse.

      • Aaron

        oh, also, forgot to mention that scouts were saying at the time of the draft that his 97 mph readings according to the Cubs were news to them, and he sat mostly low 90’s if that. 

        Sure enough, this year Fleita ordered the removal of radar guns in the park because of him, because he was throwing mid-to-upper 80’s only. His numbers reflect that…sorry to break the news to you, and sorry you think I don’t give anyone a chance, because I do…I call it like I see it, and it rubs some fans the wrong way, including you it seems

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Aaron, I know/knew they turned the radar guns off for Simpson. You are not breaking any news to me. I also know that the mono really kept him from preparing in the off-season and slowed him down at the beginning of the year.

          Calling a guy a bust this early is premature. If he’s still performing this way next spring, I will be right behind you. I am not saying I agree with the pick, I am saying it’s too early to call him a bust.

          • Brentcarmona

            Hmm I guess that is not far fetched, the cubs overhyping the mph on simpson. But what about the mono? I haven’t read reports on how bad it was however its obvious he lost a good amount of weight and he was not able to pick up a baseball for quite some time. I am worried that about him being consistent since his last start went well and this start poor.

      • cubtex

        Thank you Neil!!!! Give the kid a little time before calling someone a bust.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The offense is making it easy for the rookie, only 24 pitches in two innings

    • diehardcubfan

      Make that only 47 pitches after 4 innings.

      What a joke!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was a nine-pitch inning. Horrible, horrible coaching.

  • Anonymous47701

    The Coaching Staff that should have been

    Manager-Ryne Sandberg

    Bench-Pat Listach
    Hitting-Rudy Jaramillo
    Pitching-Dennis Lewallyn
    1st Base-Bob Dernier
    3rd Base-Jody Davis
    Bullpen-Lester Strode
    Bullpen Catcher-Edgar Tovar/ Koyie Hill

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castro and Pena

  • Matt

    The old Z is back

    • diehardcubfan

      Yes, Big Z looks good.  Too bad our hitters don’t.

  • diehardcubfan

    Campana for leadoff hitter!!  He actually cares, not like many of the others just going through the motions.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lyles has thrown 69 pitches in 6 innings, that is Maholm-esque.

    Gotta love the patience …

  • Baron_S

    69 pitches in 6 innings for a rookies first start…

    What professional hitters we have!! a pure joy to watch!

  • Matt

    Another nice play by Pena!

  • Bryan

    Why is it that every time the Cubs face a pitcher making their major league debut they make the kid look like Cy Young?  

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

      Because of bad pitch selection and hyper aggressive hitting. When you swing at the first pitch every time every pitcher looks like Cy Young.

  • Tom U

    Sorry for not posting earlier, just got back from my daughter’s softball game.

    In his first Double-A outing, Nick Struck went 6 innings, allowed one earned run, and struck out 4. 

    Aaron’s already told you about Hayden Simpson, but the usually reliable Eric Jokisch was also dusted up for two earned runs. Larry Suarez came in and pitched three innings, striking out five. Peoria is now mounting a come back.

    • paulcatanese

      Well Tom how did she do? Enjoyed watching my daughter and grandaugter
      play also. The girls are great if their hustle could only be transfered.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soto is just lost at the plate right now.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Okay, if I’ve never mentioned it before, I like a lot of salt with my crow

  • Stu_studdly

    Good at bat Soto but I guess he was due

  • Skeldor

    This team is pathetic…All coaches need to go, all upper management needs to go……This is so sad to watch and it’s terrible the season is over before June.  I wish Quade had the cajones to do the right thing and play the right people.

    Campana CF
    Barney 2B
    Castro SS
    Pena 1B
    Ramirez 3B
    Soto C
    Snyder LF
    Colvin RF

    Look what happened when he took the chance and played Barney, so far so good.  There is no answer at 1B or 3B so they have to play but why not run out that line-up.  When Jackson is ready call him up and let him play.  Now is the time to see what you have in the young guys since everybody is on the DL.

    They are making this rookie look like Roy Halladay.  7.5 games back might as well 15 games back as they have to leap 4 different teams.  Blow it up already and start from scratch.  I’d much rather see a bunch of young guys struggle and play hard than most of this team

    • ZT

      I am with you, I would also like to see the young guys play and play hard rather than the old guys just go out their and not hustle and make dumb plays. Even if the young guys struggled it would still be more entertaining than watching this team now.

  • PeteM

    Listening to Moreland is terrible, he keeps talking about how great Lyle is.  Not how poor Cubs batting is.

    • roguesqr09

      If he did he’d be Stoned…uh….I mean Fired…..uh…..I mean……would become a brodcaster for the Sox

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A break … that was a good bunt by Colvin

  • Baron_S

    Barney!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney delivers again …

  • PeteM

    I do like the kids

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Speechless …

    • Aaron

      I believe the word you are looking for is…..”CUBBED”

      • Aaron

        Quade leaves a pitcher in far too long when he wasn’t even effective from the get-go….Imagine that…LOL

        • paulcatanese

          Even worse Aaron he brings Marshall in with no thought of tommorow, why would he waste him tonight? I can answer my own question/////QUADE.

  • PeteM

    It never ends

  • Brp921

    If it weren’t for bad luck…..
    I beleive this is the baseball gods saying blow this team up and play the kids!!!

    • paulcatanese

      Totaly agree with the signs that are there.

  • SteveGu

    I have no idea what possessed me to purchase tickets to come watch the Cubs play the Yankees of all teams. It’s a recipe for disaster. This team finds new ways to embarrass me every single day.

  • diehardcubfan

    There are no words to describe this debacle.  As noted before the Cubs lack killer instinct.  They continue to look for ways to lose instead of finding ways to win. 

    Everything is now psychological with this team.  I do not think they can ever recover this year, especially after tonight.

    • SteveGu

      I absolutely agree. Every night I watch this team play it seems to me they never want to win. They just go through the motions and whatever happens happens. If they win, great, if they lose, oh well, maybe next time.

    • Bryan

      But no need to worry since we have that “players manager” in the dugout.  Geez!

      • paulcatanese

        I know what you are saying, and I have said that about Quade last fall and my opinion has not changed with this guy. Especially like it when Hill looked into the dugout for a sign and Quade just laughed and shook his hands. How can a legitimate manager take a loss like this so lightly, but then he is not one to begin with. And how,just how can he not relay to his players to take more pitches and work the pitcher? I did notice that he called Campana over after an out on the first pitch,but then he is a rookie and will feel Quades rath. Quade makes me sick.

  • Bryan

    Every day….another new adventure, and new ways to get embarrassed.  I mean, what should we expect for a $130m payroll?  At this rate I guess Quade won’t get manager of the year consideration. 

  • studio179

    What is Quade doing. Quade does not slow the game down and have Hill go out there and kill time for Marshall, nothing. In fact, Quade got Marshall up too late. He leaves his closer in there when CLEARLY he had nothing. 

    Terrible pitching by Marmol and terrible managing by Quade. Take control man!

    • Bryan

      I think Quade was waiting for JH’s smoke signals on what to do next.  Just pathetic!

    • ZT

      I 100% agree with you, I don’t know wha Quade was waiting for to take out Marmol.

  • ZT

    Again Quade keeps a pitcher in too long. I don’t know why I believe that Quade will make the logical decision and take a pitcher out when they clearly don’t have their stuff working.

    • paulcatanese

      I agree, but then I have not seen Quade do anything logical since he took over.

      • ZT

        Good point.

  • diehardcubfan

    It is getting to the point that fans should start boycotting Wrigley.  It is time to demand better and stop settling for this crap.

  • PeteM

    95 days til college football

  • studio179

    Carlos has got to be upset with the other Carlos.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-3 to the Astros Tuesday night. Marmol allowed 6 runs
    on 5 hits in 9th; Zambrano’s line: 1R, 7H, 0BB, 7Ks, 8IP; Barney and
    Ramirez w/ RBI 2Bs

    Cubs lost 30th game of the year and are a season-low 7 games under .500

  • PeteM

    this team is like looking at a car wreck, you don’t wnt to look but you can’t help yourself.

    This season is over before June 1st.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Before anyone says that the Old Z is back, just remember that the Astros have a horrible offense. 

    • studio179

      No, I will not go so far as to say anything like that. However, Z did pitch well…bad offensive team in the Stros and all. The Cubs find ways to lose.

  • paulcatanese

    “turn out the lights, the partys over” Nice of the Cubs to nurse Lyles along like they did,swinging very early in the count. They could face him later in the season and still not know what he has. Plain stupid, I cant believe Quade cannot get to his players on taking pitches and at least trying to work a count.

    The only real positive was Aram after being moved down in the order responded.He should stay there.

    Cannot deny the Cubs did everything right to take the lead.
    They put their best out for the ninth and he blew it,not with walks but hits, that was a rare sight. Oh well,tommorow is another day.

  • Brentcarmona

    How many different ways can this team lose? seems there is a new way every loss. I think during the 2007 season we were many games out of the division then we stormed back and made the playoffs. Not this team. No way. Question is will hendry try and play this card? How many games will we have to be out until he goes for the future?

  • SteveGu

    I’m disgusted. Disgusted with this team, with management, with everything. When the Cubs took the lead my girlfriend looked at me and said, “Why aren’t you happy?” I turned back to her and said “Because Marmol is going to blow it in the 9th. This team has been looking for ways to lose all day” She told me I was being overtly negative and that I would feel stupid when the Cubs won. When Marmol blew the save, she couldn’t stop saying “Oh my god, is this what it means to be a Cubs fan?” She doesn’t know how spot on that was.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Sure glad to hear that Augie Ojeda was activated today. Won’t be long–just a couple of rehab starts–and he’ll be right up here at the ML level and we’ll send down DML or Barney or somebody to make room for that All-Star.

    Gag!
    Double Gag!

    • PeteM

      Quade probably wants him in center field

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’m afraid you are right. I would not be surprised if Ojeda is back before long.

  • Ripsnorter1

    PIRATES WIN AGAIN!

    Our nemesis, the Pittsburg Pirates, continue their winning ways by defeating the Mets 5-1. Josh Harrison hit a run scoring single to win the game in the 8th inning. He went 2 for 4. The Pirates have a two game lead on us in the race for 4th place. 

    The Pirates also are very close to having a positive run differential. If Harrison hits at the ML level, as I believe he will, he could be the catalyst to move the Pirates up another notch or two in the standings. I would delight to see the Pittsburgh Pirates displace the Reds out of 3rd place.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The worst team in baseball is the Minnesota Twins with a mere 17 wins.
    The Astros are next to the worst, with a mere 21 wins.The third worst team in baseball? IT’S YOUR CHICAGO CUBS!
    We have 23 wins. It’s a way of life!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Just for your information . . . .

    THe Astros have scored just one less runs than us this year.The Astros have given up only 8 more runs than us this year.What am I saying? I am saying that the Astros are closing the run differential gap, which means that they will be moving up in the standings PAST THE CUBS in a few weeks. FOLKS–UNLESS WE HAVE SOME BIG CHANGES, YOU ARE LOOKING AT A LAST PLACE TEAM.

    • studio179

      And starting the year I had the Cubs in 4th place with 78 wins…doh!

  • Ryan Sandberg

    So why did the Cubs give the job to Mike Quade again?

    • Aaron

      Just like every decision Hendry makes…it’s to go against the grain, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle so he can prove to everyone that he’s smarter than them…hasn’t worked ever for him…but hey, he has the full confidence of the Ricketts clan, doesn’t he?