Reed and the Kids Grind Out a Win – Cubs 11 Giants 4

Game Thirty-Seven – Cubs 11 Giants 4
WP – Ryan Dempster (2-4) LP – Madison Bumgarner (0-6) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe Cubs began the weekend against the defending World Series Champions with a win … in a game that was much closer than the final score.

Ryan Dempster put together his third straight quality start after giving up a run in the first inning. Dempster struck out a season-high 11 batters, just one off his career high set on May 15, 2008. Dempster threw strikes but ran up his pitch count and had to leave after the sixth. Dempster gave up two runs on six hits with a walk to go along with the 11 strikeouts. Dempster tossed 114 pitches, 73 for strikes, and put himself in position to win his first game at Wrigley since August 4, 2010.

The Cubs scored their first three runs in the second inning on a safety squeeze bunt by Koyie Hill and two, two-out RBI singles by Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney … following a Ryan Dempster walk. Dempster made the three runs hold up and turned the game over to the pen.

The Giants put the tying run on third with two outs in the seventh thanks to a triple by Andres Torres. Kerry Wood preserved the one-run lead by retiring Freddy Sanchez on a ground out to first.

The Cubs offense turned it on in the home half of the seventh and scored five of their 11 runs off Jeremy Affeldt and Guillermo Mota. After the Giants scored a pair on a two-run homer off the bat of Cody Ross, the Cubs put the game well out of reach with a three-run eighth. The Cubs scored eight runs off the Giants pen, the first runs surrendered by San Fran’s pen in 18 innings (eight games).

Reed Johnson, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney led the way Friday afternoon. The trio drove in nine of the Cubs’ 11 runs and Reed Johnson made another highlight reel catch in the second that robbed Mike Fontenot of an extra base hit.

Reed Johnson finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a triple, a run scored and four RBI … and four runs driven in by Johnson were with two out hits. Johnson’s triple in the seventh cleared the bases and gave the Cubs a little breathing room. Johnson singled in Darwin Barney in the eighth to cap off his afternoon.

Double Trouble” not only set the table Friday but they cleared it as well. Starlin Castro (3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI) and Darwin Barney (3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI) finished a combined 6-for-10 with five RBI and four runs scored … nine of the Cubs 11 runs.

Jeff Baker tallied another hit (1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI) and Marlon Byrd (2-for-4 with a run scored) chipped in a nice afternoon. Byrd extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an infield single in the first inning.

The Cubs scored 11 runs on 14 hits (most allowed by the Giants in a single game this season) and finished the afternoon 7-for-14 with RISP, eight left on base. In the Cubs last two wins they’ve scored a combined 22 runs on 31 hits and no home runs.

It took nearly a month but the Cubs finally started a series with a victory. Prior to Friday afternoon’s game against the Giants, the last time Q’s squad won the first game of a series was back on April 18.

With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to 17-20 on the season … three games below the mediocre mark.

Ryan Dempster struggled with his command in the opening inning. Dempster labored through a 33-pitch first inning and gave up a run three batters into the game.

Andres Torres singled to center to start the game. Torres stole second with Freddy Sanchez at the plate. Aubrey Huff, who came in with only three hits in his career off Dempster, singled to center and gave the Giants a 1-0 lead.

Dempster struck out Buster Posey and caught a break when Posey interfered with Koyie Hill. Huff broke for second on the 3-2 offering to Posey. Posey swung and missed as Hill threw to second. Huff was safe but had to return to first. Nate Schierholtz followed with an infield single to the hole at short. Dempster uncorked a wild pitch with Cody Ross at the plate that advanced both runners.

With runners on second and third with two down, Dempster struck out Ross swinging to end the inning.

Dempster retired three of the four batters he faced in the second … thanks to a tremendous catch by Reed Johnson. Mike Fontenot led off the inning with deep fly to right. Johnson went into the well and caught the ball as he hit the ivy. Instead of runner on second (or third) to start the inning, it was just a loud out.

The Cubs patience really paid off in the bottom of the second. Two walks led to three runs … imagine that.

Alfonso Soriano led off with a walk and advanced to third on a bloop single to right by Reed Johnson. Following a Carlos Pena strikeout, Koyie Hill dropped a bunt towards third on a 2-0 pitch. Soriano scored as Tejada threw out Hill at first.

Ryan Dempster kept the inning going with a two-out walk.

Starlin Castro then blooped a 1-0 pitch into shallow right. Reed Johnson scored and gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Darwin Barney came through with a single to center that plated Dempster with the Cubs third run of the game.

Walks, two-out hits, hitting with runners in scoring position …

Ryan Dempster kept the Giants off the board again until the fifth.

Andres Torres reached on a one-out bunt single. Torres then advanced to second on a hit and run groundout to short. Aubrey Huff doubled down the left field line and cut the Cubs lead to 3-2. Buster Posey ran the count to 3-2 before striking out swinging to end the inning.

The game remained 3-2 until the bottom of the seventh.

Kosuke Fukudome hit for Kerry Wood and worked a one-out walk. Starlin Castro singled to left. Darwin Barney ripped Jeremy Affeldt’s first pitch into right. Barney drove in Fukudome with his fifth double of the year.

Marlon Byrd was hit to load the bases with one out.

Jeff Baker singled to left on a 3-2 pitch. Castro scored and gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead. With the bases still loaded and one out, Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging for the second out.

Reed Johnson picked up Soriano with a bases clearing triple, his first three-bagger of the season … and gave the Cubs a commanding 8-2 lead. Following a walk by Carlos Pena, Koyie Hill flied out to left to end the inning … Hill made two of the three outs in the five-run seventh.

Cody Ross cut the Cubs lead to 8-4 with his second homer of the year off Sean Marshall in the eighth.

The Cubs went back to work in the bottom of the eighth. Kosuke Fukudome led off with an infield single and scored on a long double to left by Starlin Castro … he just missed a home run. Darwin Barney followed with a single to left … that could have been a double. Castro scored … 10-4 Cubs.

Marlon Byrd singled to right. After a Blake DeWitt flyout and a Tyler Colvin lineout, Reed Johnson singled to left center and plated Barney with Cubs 11th run of the game.

Friday was a good win for the Cubs. They battled back from an early deficit against a very good pitcher, held on to a lead and then hit the ball with runners in scoring position.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

The Cubs will play a Saturday night game at Wrigley for the first time since 2002. Doug Davis in his Cubs debut against Ryan Vogelsong.

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon
  • Ripsnorter1

    Impossible to deny: 

    1. Reed Johnson has played very well for us so far. Congrats to Reed and much continued success!2. Double trouble has been fantastic. Maybe they can do this for years like Kessinger and Beckert. 3. We have a strong RH lineup against LHP, or at least we can hit singles against LHP. 4. Marshall, although this was a bad day for him, has been fantastic, too. He’s a keeper, imo. 5. Pena had a typical day: 3 strike outs, 0 for 4, 1 walk. Typical. 

    • paulcatanese

      Pena was discussed by the Giant announcers and both were upset the way Pena steps out of the box all the time and some were just before the pitch. It was insinuated that he would be chastised for that,one way or another. Not in direct comment but it was said the Giant dugout were watching and taking it in.
      Maybe his days may not be so typical after all.

  • Calicub

    Good outingI’m glad I got to see it…other than the fact that I had to listen to kuiper and miller.

    I love len and bob they havechemistry and are always talking, always with the stats always stories always something. There was literally a twenty five second gap in between talk during a pitch sequence…


  • Ripsnorter1

     When the Brewers come back to town, look out for LuCroy, their catcher. The guy is slugging .466 and OBP is .383. He’s playing well right now.

    After we polish off the SF Giants, we’re looking at the Reds in Cincinnati. Garza throwing against Homer Bailey, whose bat is far more dangerous than his arm, in most cases. But thus far, he’s pitched 13 IP in 2 starts, with 12 K’s and 1 BB and 9 hits and and ERA of only 0.69. Maybe the Cubs can single him to death. No HR again today. We don’t have anyone, outside of Soriano, who can power one out of the ballpark. 

    • paulcatanese

      Did anyone miss our “top rbi man” today? I know he was not here for the game
      and left for the day on personal reasons, and hope everything is well. Nontheless Baker did a fine job there,as did the whole team.  

      • GaryLeeT

        I was going to comment on that as well. Yesterday, was a very small preview of life without Aramis, and his $14.6 million contract, but it does look like the team can at least sustain their sub .500 record without him.  Except for the $2 million Hendry decided to give him as a parting gift, I don’t think anybody will even notice when he’s gone next year. It’s a shame, he use to be money when it came to the 2 out RBI.

        • diehardcubfan

          Maybe ARAMs poor productivity is tied to the situation back home. Maybe going back will help to resolve some of those issues and allow ARAM to focusing back on baseball.

          If the Cubs have any hope of winning he needs to start knocking in runs on a consistent basis.

  • studio179

    The Cubs need momentum. It looked like they might start getting it the middle game of the Cubs-Cards series when they busted out the hitting stick. Then, only to be back to too much what we have seen in the rubber game of that series. Now, they get back a good offensive / pitching day with a ‘W’ against San Fran. 

    Keep it up and get a little rythum going.

    • Ripsnorter1

      The only momentum the Cubs will have tonight is from Doug Davis, and it will be losing momentum. He’s awful.

      Sure, that’s a negative comment, but it’s the truth. Expect less than 5 IP and probably 6 ER given up to this weak offensive team. 

      • studio179

        I get a little hope in me and you slap me with reality. Kidding.

        Seriously though, I knew Davis was going today…I mean tonight. When I wrote my above post, I seem to have forgotten he was pitching. You’re right, it is hard to expect positive momentum with Davis on the mound. I’m not trying to sound negative, either. Going into tonight, I am not sure if we will see a whole lot better than what we have seen from the 5th starter in Russell. If Davis can suprise and make me say I was wrong, all the better. But I don’t think he will do better than 4 R / 4 IP.  

      • John_CC

        Seems like every time the Cubs get a good start AND hit all in the same game (what a thought!) it gets followed up with a white flag game. I mean does anyone expect anything out of Davis?  Well, anything good?

        I expect Davis to labor through 1.5 hours to get to the 5th inning. He is brutally slow. I remember how Ronnie would just groan and moan about how slow he worked. 4.1 innings, 3Ks, 4BB, 4ER.  (that might be too positive, I hope I’m wrong.)

        • paulcatanese

          John, the time it gets through to five innings and the time it takes Pena to have an at bat could be mind boggeling,I wonder who takes the longer between pitches? 

  • paulcatanese

    The only two comments I would make are Castro still has a problem covering 2b on the steal. He has got to get closer to the bag or they will continue to slide in safe.
    The other is when Soriono went from first to third on Johnsons bloop to right. Sori
    took off and went directly to third, great, but that ball came close to being caught,lucky it was not and we were in business. Pena had a bad day, but picked it up on defense,made some nice plays over there. At least something was made out of nothing for him. 

  • BillyFinT

    Today’s win is a pleasant surprise. Now, a little fuse, a call-up, might elevate this team to something more respectable. Bruce Miles met with Hendry last morning and reported from his blog:

    “Before we get to quick minor-league report, the still-here Jim Hendry said that Tennessee’s Brett Jackson is ‘fine.’ Hendry said Jackson has a strained ligament in his left pinkie, the result of diving back into the bag the other night. He’s on the 7-day DL at Tennessee, but Hendry said Jackson really doesn’t need that much time. ”

    Miles also wrote that “the Cubs are third in the NL in OBP and fourth in slugging.” Last week I checked, the Cubs was sixth in obp. Is this promising? Should Hendry be kept just to oversee this progress?

    No. This ballclub needs change. Hendry is a block in front of it.

    • Zonk

       Who should we call up, and what 40-man move do we make to clear room? 

      To me, there are no obvious call-ups that are going to add wins,  aside from some bullpen help from Iowa.  Even that I think is just moving deck chairs around, as we have some middling guys in the majors, and replacement-level guys at Iowa.

      We do not have any budding stars in our minor leagues.  Brett Jackson will almost certainly get a late-season call-up and starting slot next year, and we have a few more guys that are projectable as starters or bench players (leMaheiu, Flaherty for example), but nobody that is really projectable at this point as a 100-rbi-type run producer. 

      The Cubs have good depth in their system, in the sense that we do have alot of players that have ML potential, but no real stars at this point.  That’s the problem.  We have replacements for average players like Byrd or DeWitt or whatever, but not for A-Ram (by that I mean not this year’s version, but the 2003-2009 RBI producing version of A-Ram.  We need someone like that)

      • Zonk

         In Summary:  Calling up the AA-AAA talent we have in the minor leagues isn’t an answer.  It’s a panic move, and the resulting 40-man moves might cost us a useful player who needs to be DFA’ed to make room.

        Getting good young players takes time; we are not there yet.  We are in a better place than we were in the pre-Hendry era (you have to admit there is farm system improvement), but not enough.  The 90’s were a wasteland for Cubs farm system development; between Mark Grace (89) and Kerry Wood (98), I don’t think we produced an all-star caliber player

        • The Maven

          The 90’s were somewhat devoid of talent, but the system did produce outfielder Doug Glanville and pitchers Steve Trachsel, Scott Downs, Kyle Lohse, and Jon Garland.

          Oh, and some guy named Kerry Wood. 

      • Tom U

        Zonk, there are a few players that would warrant a call-up and would help produce wins, IF they are played regularly.

        With Jackson sidelined, the first player I would call-up is Rebel Ridling. Unlike the Cubs’ current first baseman, he’s absolutely crushing the ball and is considered to be a good defender. 

        To counteract the loss of a left handed bat, I would also call up Ryan Flaherty. He’s cooled off a little, but he still has some serious pop and can play all over the diamond.

        They should also give serious consideration to RHP Marco Carrillo. Carrillo would provide exactly what they wanted from LHP James Russell: a rubber-armed pitcher that is effective starting, in middle relief, or, in a pinch, closing. He has Triple-A experience.

        As far as the 40 man roster, RHP Thomas Diamond has already been outrighted to Triple-A. That will be to add LHP Doug Davis. The Cubs could lose OF Fernando Perez, RHP Robert Coello, RHP Esmailin Caridad, and LHP John Gaub without fearing too much about any of those decisions coming back to bite them.

        As for the 25 man roster, well, players get “hurt” all the time.

        • Richard Hood

           I would rather see Rebel Riding sitting at AAA just in case at this time. Just because of his slow growth through the minors. 25 years old at AA is not good.Let him see AAA pitching for a couple of months before we bring him to the Cubs.

          I do agree that some of the guys on our 40 man need to be trimmed.  I would start with Caridad, Corello, Diamond, Perez, and  Stevens. That way we have the ability to bring up guys to the big club if they are able.

          • Tom U

            Just to follow up, Riding was slowed by injuries last season, and would have probably progressed further both last season and this season if he was injury-free (I hate using the term “healthy”, it make me think someone has some communicable disease). 

          • BillyFinT

            Again, that’s good to know. Rebel Ridling has played out his true talent, not just because his name sounds like a Rock-n-Roll star.

            I’ve been trying to say this: NOT the whole AA or AAA. Call up two or three hot prospects. That’s all you need. If the organization is serious about winning and evaluating their talent on a Major League level, then there is always roster spot for three kids to play.

          • Richard Hood

             Not without making some cuts to the 40 man right now. The only “kids” that are on it and not playing in the majors are pitchers. So if you want Ridings and Jackson to be called up you have to make some room on the 40 man first.

          • BillyFinT

            Well, well, well, alright, I guess I’ll need to point out the obvious: Baker, Grabow, Hill, Perez.
            Not so obvious: Byrd, Davis, Fukudome, Reed.

            Pick two, any two. You look at their age, their foreseeable quick decline, their function (platoon? replaceable by one of the aforementioned prospects?) their no-future with the Cubs, and think about the possibility of a trade or their salary obligation, and so…

            It’s not hard, just like it wasn’t hard for Boras to find a suitor of a Teixeira and a Pena. Teams have need, so do those 29 teams not named Cubs. By July, some teams will gladly take freebies for a cost of almost nothing, whether the Cubs drop Perez or trade away Grabow and Byrd for a low-end prospect. Just that I hope the Cubs realize that there IS a future, so they should start develop truer talent sooner than later.

            By the way, it’s RidLings with a “L.” And I’m placing guys like Reed and Byrd as not-obvious since many fans still like them and believe in “veteran presence.”

      • BillyFinT

        “Brett Jackson will almost certainly get a late-season call-up and starting slot next year.” Who said his starting job is a “certainty”? He needs to earn it. And how can he earn it? Play him first!

        I’m not believing any roster management of *ahem* TALENT DEVELOPMENT until I see one. Patience with talent development is not a “panic move.” Look around the league. All kinds of organizations, successful or cheap, are calling up and placing young guys on their 25-man roster NOW.

        The Indians played LaPorta (550 PA since 2010, when he was 221-306-362); the Rays played Brignac (513 PA since 2010, 243-287-355 so far in his young career), the Red Sox with Lowrie, the White Sox with Beckham… The list goes on and on…

        These young players looked SO BAD last year, and you know what the organization did? Play them. You let their talent develop through the bad times, and maximize their production with their current strength. In short: You don’t know what you got unless you give the talent more playing time.

        If the Cubs found an excuse and not play these young guys, though I hope they do, then this will shake Hendry’s position ever faster starting the later half of this season. I’m sure a good portion of fans on CCO will be glad to see such result.

  • Ripsnorter1

     Jeff Gray is now a SEA Mariner. 

  • Ripsnorter1

     Somebody tell Aaron:

    Jose Ascaino is pitching for Pittsburgh. He threw 1 IP, 2 K’s vs. Brewers last night. No hits or walks. 

    FACT: we are only one game behind the Pirates!

    • jw

      I am confident we can compete with the Pirates LOL 

    • Zonk

       That now makes 1 good inning in the last 2 1/2 years.  That was still a good trade. 

      It’s not like we lack for fringy relief pitchers; we have plenty of those

  • diehardcubfan

    I am going to go against the majority in regards to Albert Pujols.  Bringing aboard Pujols in my opinion is not the answer.  I would much rather have Fielder since he is 4 years younger.

    Fielder would be a much better compliment to the future such as Flaherty, Jackson, Castro, etc.  The Cubs could build the young team around Fielder. 

    Adding Fielder would then almost make sense in why the Cubs acquired Garza and then I could almost live with the trade.

    Pujols will be 32 next season and with a long term deal we will likely end up with a similar situation as with Soriano.  A lot of money tied up but reduced production.

    Not to mention that Fielder would likely not reach the $200 million projected for Pujols.  This would then allow the Cubs to add another player or two of quality instead of leaving holes on the roster.

    The Cubs need to build for the future and not the present. 

    • Richard Hood

      I totally agree with your assessment of Fielder but only if they still add pieces. If it is going to be shoot your wad on one FA then I would rather see a push for CC Sabathia and let Dempster walk. We can continue to get fill in’s at first and be productive not contending but productive.

    • Aaron

      I agree with your thinking. I feel exactly the same way. It’s also likely, given Boras is his agent, that Fielder would be looking at a 5-8 year deal in the neighborhood of $22-25 million/year, which would be $5-8 million/year less than Pujols is looking for.

      But the thing about Boras is, he almost always includes “out” clauses in his long-term contracts, giving his younger free agents the opportunity to get more money on the open market. This could actually end up helping the Cubs, whereas with Pujols, you’ll almost certainly be locked into a 10 year deal around $300 million, with him being 42 years old at the end of the contract. With Fielder, he’d be between 32-35 years old at the end of his deals, and perhaps younger with the “out” clauses.

      Also, given his body type, you could include weight incentives, and things of that nature to protect yourself.

      You know what’s scary about Pujols, besides his age? It’s the fact that he’s a career .319/.427/.627 hitter with 65 doubles, 78 home runs, 231 RBI in the month of April, and this year, he hit .245/.305/.453 with 7 hr, 18 RBI. Thus far in May, he’s hit FAR better at .341/.434/.386 with 0 hr, 6 RBI, and we’re already about half-way through the month.

      To me, that’s pretty scary, especially in the post-steroids age. If it were prior to testing, I’d say give him the largest contract in MLB history, but nowadays, you have to assume even the best player we’ve ever seen (unless there’s someone on this site that was alive in Babe Ruth’s time), is declining. He also happens to be the most consistent hitter in MLB history, but the fact is, you CANNOT fight Father Time. It’s bound to catch up with everyone at some point. First, your body stops recovering as fast (your body naturally stops producing an important enzyme around 28 years old, and your body stores it up thereafter, and releases when needed), then your hand-eye coordination starts declining, due first to fast twitch muscles losing strength, then, ultimately, your eye sight, which declines in EVERYONE over time.

      Therefore, I’d much rather take a HUGE salary risk on Fielder than I would on Pujols, even though I love his game, and respect what he’s done in his career more than anyone else in the game right now…it’s just one of those things.

      Here’s another reason to go with Fielder….

      The following guys will all be in their prime within the first year or two of having Fielder:



      B. Jackson

      To me, that looks like a pretty stocked team. The only thing that is missing is some power in the outfield, and a power hitting 1B. The Cubs could use their surplus in pitching and infield talent to land them a young, power-hitting outfielder, or they must hope that Burgess figures things out, and Golden makes more contact and develops faster…otherwise, they’ll be in trouble. They could always try to move Bour or Ridling to a corner OF spot (though, that probably wouldn’t be wise as they’re both kind of lumbering guys)


    • John_CC

       I guess I’m in the minority, too.  We’ve had this discussion before, and will again, I have made the same argument. 

      Prince just turned 27 last week. He is a beast (not a fat joke). I would feel much better with 6 years for Prince than 8 with Pujols ending his career at 40.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

     Byrd still shows he is not a number 3 hitter he doesn’t hit when guys are on base he should be hitting 7th. Castro and Barney are the only guys getting rbi’s Ramirez has been a singles hitter to this point  in the season. Pena ughhhh, he hasn’t been very inspiring to this point but I think we will see more power out of him. Our pitching has looked better as of late but our 4th and 5th spots are still a weakness. if our middle of the lineup figures things out. We could be a force, Barney has little if any power but he has shown some clutch hitting ability and the Cubs do not have a number 3 hitter Byrd is obviously not the answer. Fukodome is hitting pretty good so far out of the lead-off spot, Barney hits well behind Castro, the POINT is I think the Cubs need to think outside the box and the top three in the lineup Fukodome , Castro , and Barney.

    • paulcatanese

      Patrick,your’e evaluation is correct about Byrd,have been saying that for a
      long time.The bigger problem is that we have not had any real production
      from the 3-4-5 spot for almost a full season and a third.If you compund that
      with the decline of Aram on defense and the lack of defense in the outfield
      (not to leave out no speed) or arm strentgh,case in point,wind blowing in yest.
      single straight up the middle,a shallow playing Byrd,could not even get it close
      at the plate. The only outfielder close to throwing anyone out is Fuko. Comments were made by Giant broadcasters that the weak outfield the Cubs have will allow them to be run on,and that is true. I agree the Cubs have to start looking outside the box as I cringe when watching and now have to think about
      getting to Pena or Soriono to provide long ball power. In all fairness the Cubs would have had two balls hit out,Johnson and Castro(held up by the wind) but then thats how they were being pitched because of the wind. The quick fix here is temporary, lead off with Castro,Barney second and Fuko third,as I believe someone had pointed out he hits pretty well in the three spot. Or Baker as he has shown some signs. The rest is a complete toss-up. 

  • Aaron

    Also, forgot to tell everyone that I almost started a party yesterday when the rumor was posted about Hendry being fired….LOL…

    Don’t tease me like that….it’s not nice…LOL

    Anyway, also wanted to respond about my suggestion about handling that situation. (can’t remember who commented on it yesterday…I think it might’ve been calicub).I recall mentioning that Hendry should be fired after the draft, but I don’t remember predicting that would happen. I sure hope it happens, but it’s anything but a given.

    The point of my original comment months ago was that teams would be stupid to fire their GM prior to the draft, unless they thought he was (and the scouting team as a whole) were so incompetent they just couldn’t wait to do so. I believe Hendry is VERY incompetent, but not to that extent. Many people don’t realize this, but often times teams are scouting players two years, and even more out, prior to being draft eligible. If they fire the GM, most likely his scouting team is gone as well, which means you just lost 2+years of a scouting pipeline, which literally destroys your draft.

    The only way to avoid a situation like that, is if they thought Wilken or Fleita were capable of being a GM, in which case, everything remains intact.

  • studio179

    You are actually correct about Hendry. We all get so frustrated and say fire Hendry. There is so much more than just firing the GM. The disruption of the fanchise is huge from his office on player contracts to player scouting and developement, ec. Plus, he has many people in place due to him. A large portion of the organization would have to be replaced. Ricketts and Kenney are not baseball people and do not know the connections. It would be / will be a large undertaking when / if Ricketts ownership decides to replace Hendry. Sometimes tough changes have to be made though. 

  • paulcatanese

    Patrick,your’e evaluation is correct about Byrd,have been saying that for a
    long time.The bigger problem is that we have not had any real production
    from the 3-4-5 spot for almost a full season and a third.If you compund that
    with the decline of Aram on defense and the lack of defense in the outfield
    (not to leave out no speed) or arm strentgh,case in point,wind blowing in yest.
    single straight up the middle,a shallow playing Byrd,could not even get it close
    at the plate. The only outfielder close to throwing anyone out is Fuko. Comments were made by Giant broadcasters that the weak outfield the Cubs have will allow them to be run on,and that is true. I agree the Cubs have to start looking outside the box as I cringe when watching and now have to think about
    getting to Pena or Soriono to provide long ball power. In all fairness the Cubs would have had two balls hit out,Johnson and Castro(held up by the wind) but then thats how they were being pitched because of the wind. The quick fix here is temporary, lead off with Castro,Barney second and Fuko third,as I believe someone had pointed out he hits pretty well in the three spot. Or Baker as he has shown some signs. The rest is a complete toss-up. 

    • paulcatanese

      Patrick,I did not mean to post twice,just a clicker error. Sorry all. 

  • Cheryl

    It would seem that some moves would have to be made after the draft. A new general manager wouldn’t know the club that well to move in before that time. I’m curious about any trades prior to the draft. That would be a prime time to see if there are any takers for Byrd or any other longtime cubs. If not, the first person I’d release would be Aram. 

  • Neil

    According to transactions wire on, Thomas Diamond was removed from the 40-man roster on 5/13
    and outrighted to AAA Iowa

  • paulcatanese

    If Quade was alarmed at he poor play of the Cub defense,he should start at the end of that defense,catching. Hill,while showing slight,slim increase’s of contact with the bat,his defense has gone south. What was scored as a wild pitch yesterday was indeed a passed ball in my estimation. That could have been caught. And the one directly between his legs,not a curve but a fastball. Also the total out at home, dropped. Soto is slightly better with the glove, and of course wih the bat, no contest.Soto is better. But where does that leave the Cubs?Castillo with a poor introduction has Quade going back to Hill, probably until Soto comes back. The utter lack of patience with young players is hurt here. Catillo could actually be the disired backup, but is going to be on such a short leash it will be difficult for him to show why he should be the backup when Soto comes back. I see it that the only chance Castillo has is if they trade Soto and then he would be on pace to duel with Hill on a one to one basis for the starting role. Quade is loyal to Hill,being a                    “players manager”and this the “safe” choice for him.