Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Astros – 06/01/11

Game Fifty-Four: Cubs (23-30) vs. Astros (21-34)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Doug Davis (0-3, 6.75/1.95) vs. Brett Myers (1-4, 5.11/1.53)

When the Cubs current nine-game homestand began on May 24, the Cubs talked about the importance of winning games and getting back to .500 before heading back on the road. Well, eight games later (3-5) the Cubs are a season-low seven games below .500 and have won only one time in their last five games.

The Cubs continue to find ways to lose and unless Q’s squad can accomplish something a Cubs’ team has not done since 2007, they will be swept at home by the soon-to-be fifth place Houston Astros.

Houston, like Pittsburgh, has owned the Cubs at Wrigley over the last two seasons. The Astros won all three series in Chicago last season and have won eight of the last 11 games at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs must figure out a way to make Wrigley Field a home field advantage again … the Cubs are 12-18 at the old ballyard this season.

During the pre-game show on WGN Radio Tuesday, Mike Quade said that Tyler Colvin would be in the starting lineup this afternoon. Quade is expected to fill his lineup with lefties against Brett Myers, who is struggling with southpaws this season.

In other newsMatt Garza is expected to throw a couple of side sessions in the coming days. Garza could be activated and start the opener Monday in Cincinnati Monday, if all goes well. Randy Wells, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano are penciled in right now to start the three games in St. Louis over the weekend.

And on the day Carlos Zambrano turns the big 3-0, it all starts with Doug Davis

Doug Davis could be pitching to keep his spot in the Cubs rotation. Either Davis or Rodrigo Lopez is expected to go to the pen once Matt Garza is activated from the DL. Davis has struggled, like many thought he would, and needs to pitch against the Astros today like he used to against the Cubs.

Davis is coming off a pathetic outing against the Pirates. Davis actually issued more walks (6) than hits (4) and he committed one of the Cubs two errors … that of course led to a run. Davis lasted just 4 2/3 innings and threw near 100 pitches. If Davis performs that way this afternoon, Carlos Lee and company will have their second four-homer game of the series.

For as brutal as Davis has been, the veteran southpaw is 0-2 at Wrigley this season with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Doug Davis is 3-11 in 17 career starts versus Houston with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.

Astros Career Numbers against Doug Davis

  • Clint Barmes – 3-for-11 with a home run and a walk
  • Bill Hall – 2-for-6 with a home run
  • Jeff Keppinger – 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Carlos Lee – 7-for-13 with 2 walks
  • Jason Michaels – 2-for-6 with 2 walks
  • Hunter Pence – 1-for-2 with a walk

Brett Myers owns the Chicago Cubs and to further prove the point, Myers’ only win this season was against the Cubs back on April 12 (one run on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in seven innings) and he’s been awful in just about every start since. The Cubs have not beaten Myers since August 1, 2007 and he owns a dominating 11-3 record versus the Cubs with a 2.15 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in 18 games, 14 starts.

Myers is coming off a no decision to the D’Backs. Arizona plated four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings … and they took Myers deep twice.

Myers is 0-3 in his last five starts with a 6.90 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP … on the road this season, 0-2 in six starts with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Brett Myers

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-16 with a double
  • Tyler Colvin – 5-for-17 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-14 with a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-10 with a double
  • Carlos Pena – 1-for-8
  • Aramis Ramirez – 9-for-40 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-11 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

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

    At this point I have to wonder if they are not starting some of these guys just to showcase them. It is nice to see that ARAM is out of the 4th spot. Why is Dewitt playing other than he needs to be good to make Maddox look like he can see talent?

    • paulcatanese

      Richard,they may be trying to showcase these guys, but I think they could put strobe and neon lights on their butts and they still wouldnt be noticed for a trade.

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

        The Bleacher Report has Dewitt and Fukudome as 2 of the top 50 hitters avaliable for trade. And the more DeWitt shows he can hit the higher the price he will get. I know that Stl. and some others are looking for exactly what DeWitt is a cheap 2nd baseman that is solid with the glove and can hit in stretches.

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

          At this point I hope that Colvin hits and gets hot because I think it would be better to move him than hold him.

          • studio179

            I am for that idea. He has to show he has some upside first. I seriously doubt they would trade him since he is team controlled and bats from the left side. Even then, the Cubs would likely get about the same thing back. A younger guy who might project to be solid, but has had some struggles. The final reason I don’t think they do it is Hendry will exhaust all possibilities with Colvin to make it or not. That’s his style, not proactive. IMO, last offseason was the time to move Colvin and thought so then.

    • diehardcubfan

      An article on MLBTrader.com pretty much implied the same thing though Blake DeWitt was not one of the players mentioned.

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/chicago_cubs/index.html

      Of all the individuals mentioned in the article the majority it would take a miracle to trade.  Given the rash of injuries DeWitt is the most likely player that can be moved now. 

      The Cubs need to pretty much start becoming sellers now and not wait.  It is not going to help anything to stay stagnant.

  • Adam88johnson

    Colvin in center?? Yikes.

    Gotta have DeWitt’s bat in there! (rolls eyes)

  • Adam88johnson

    Hate to say it, but I do not want to see Doug Davis succeed. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Hendry give him a 2 year deal then (like Rusch and Neifi)

  • BosephHeyden

    Just so I’m clear…we called up two outfielders (not counting Colvin), and are starting BLAKE DEWITT in left field?  Sounds like a Cubs manager to me.  I feel bad for Snyder and Montanez because any hopes that they had at successful big league careers went down the toilet by virtue of being a Cub.

    Man, when this is the only Chicago team with any potential to play in the next few months, their suckiness really starts to shine brighter.

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

       Atleast be honest about Montanez. He is a career .189 hitter that is best situated coming of the bench. If he could handle more than that he would have started in Baltimore when they had nobody. Now Snyder we do not know what we have and should be playing some.

      • BosephHeyden

        I don’t know or care to know about Montanez because I haven’t heard of him before this, thus I believe you that he’s a bench guy.  But I haven’t even seen him mentioned, so it doesn’t look like they’re even using him for that.

        Snyder is the one that’s definitely being wasted.  He was killing the ball, and he’s sitting so a second baseman can get AB’s.  That’s poor management, no question about it.  Hopefully with no other sports teams left in playoff contention, fans’ll start realizing this is a horribly run franchise and needs major changes so they can force said changes upon the Cubs.

        • Tno13

          I realize you don’t know or care about the players you discuss, but
          DeWiitt is 3 or 4 years younger than either of them and has a significantly better than resume than either. But you go ahead…

    • paulcatanese

      I expected no less from this wanabe manager. I knew Campana was out for today after his last at bat  and Quade giving him some flak in the dugout. While he may be correct he always gets the rookies on the pan, dosent have the guts to do it to a vet who also made the same mistakes last night. And of course I had said that Colvin was JH’s choice to be brought back up becuase he is close to being a vet and would get the start over the others that were brought up.

    • paulcatanese

      Well lets see how DeWitt performs today with Davis on the mound, all RH hitters are a cinch to pull the ball to left, he will be very busy out there. Should be interesting.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Trib:

    Quade sez Lopez will be available in bullpen in St Louis, but no decision on who leaves rotation for Garza. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Comcast SportsNEt:

    Marlon Byrd’s back at Wrigley, says he won’t need any surgery, expects to be out for around six weeks

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

      Are we now going to see someone bat with the Rip Hamilton mask in baseball?

      • paulcatanese

        Better believe it Quade cant wait to have him back out in center,batting third.

      • studio179

        “Are we now going to see someone bat with the Rip Hamilton mask in baseball?”

        That very question was asked to Byrd during a radio interview and he immediately said no, he will not wear a Hamilton type of device.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Tribune:

    Ricketts on what’s wrong w/ his team: “Nothing. Just injuries ” 

    From the Sun-Times:

    Asked what’s wrong, Ricketts told the Sun-Times: “We’ve got a lot of injuries. We’ll be fine.”

    • paulcatanese

      Neil,Ricketts really means “come on out we are going to feature a new
      hot dog this week”.

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

       Yep we were burning up the standings when everyone was healthy. Ackkk. Next he will say that Hendry gets an extention because this team was not his fault.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Better question to ask: “What’s wrong with Ricketts that he can’t see what’s happening on the field?”

    • studio179

      Quade said the same thing after yesterdays blow up. When Quade was asked what needs to improve, he said, ‘health’. Someone might wan to explain to the owner and manager that the team was not doing well with the players when they were healthy. 

      Management acts like they were storming up the division and fizzled due to injuries. They must really believe that stuff.

  • paulcatanese

    This team is really starting to look like the fiftys again, when the years flew by one to the next with no improvement whatsoever. The big deal was if they could finish close to .500 or ahead of the White Sox in the standings. Nothing ever changed, it was always wait till next year. It made no difference what the attendence was, nothing
    changed. It has gone on and on. Even when the were a shoo in to finish first they blew it in the last couple of weeks. And when they made the playoffs in the last few years, true Cub fans just knew they were not going to make the world series. I really do not see any change here and see that history continues to repeat itself. As I had said a little while ago the only solution would be to trade everyone,blow up the stadium and start over, including changeing the name from the Cubs to a winner of a contest for a new name. And of course this would be without Hendry and Quade.

    • cubtex

      Paul, the Cubs should be sellers soon and that is the reason to play Fuko and DeWitt. It appears pretty obvious that this team will be totally different next year. If Cashner is not going to be considered a starter for next year(I haven’t heard that for sure) but as I said before…..Marmol should be moved as well. This team needs look to build a future rotation around Garza. I am not saying Garza is a 1 but he is a solid young starter. Now…..who else do they have? Z,Dempster,Wells? If they can trade Marmol maybe Z or Demp to a contender and get some young arms I would do that. They have a great building block in Castro to build the team around but this team needs to get their pitching solidified first! Imo…Coleman is not a major league starter. Let’s blow up the staff with the exception of Garza and add some arms through trade or free agency!

      • paulcatanese

        You know I agree with you about Garza, he has changed my mind about him and right now he is 1-2 in the rotation, pending no further injury. I read a report somewhere that he had changed to throwing more sliders and changeups with his change to the NL, and that what was thought to be part of his problem with his arm. Hope that is not the case. Marmol, after last night, wow I would have said go. But that was a jerk reaction and he should not have been out there that long.. You and I were close in our thoughts,,blow something up and start over.

  • paulcatanese

    Quade told big Z to hit him over his head and not his leg to break a bat. WELL QUADE IS THE MANAGER, BIG Z,,,,, DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD!!!!!!

  • Ripsnorter1
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      I actually fell for that. Man am I too trusting

    • paulcatanese

      Rip ,now that Aram is out with a face laceration, he and Byrd,wow, two masks dont make a right.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Mets looking to unload J. Reyes and D. Wright. We need Wright. Reyes could catch for us. I know he’s a SS, but I asked Quade and he thought he might carry K. Hill’s jock strap for him. Wright would make a nice bullpen catcher also, he said. 

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

      I know your kidding but I think we do need Wright. He is just going to be extremely expensive. We need a 3rd baseman just coming into his prime that can hit in the middle of a lineup.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Some low-lights for a sunny day . . . . 
    Worst record in MLB:
    #1 Twins 17 wins
    #2 houston 21 wins
    #3 Cubs, 23 wins

    Worst fielding teams in MLB:
    #1 Astros….46 errors
    #2 Cubs……44 errors

    Worst Pitching Teams in MLB
    #1 Twins….5.56 ERA
    #2 Cubs…..5.37 ERA

    Worst Fielding SS in MLB
    #1 Lowrie, BoSox, .944
    #2 Theriot, Cards, .950
    #3 Rameriz, FLA, .952
    #4 Castro, Cubs, .958

    Worst Fielding LF, MLB
    #1 Burrell, SF, .942
    #2 Sorry-oh-no, Cubs, .955

    Worst Fielding C, in MLB, out of 82 C in MLB
    #80 K. Hill, Cubs, .964
    #72 G. Soto, Cubs, .986

    Worst Fielding 2B, MLB out of 22 qualified 
    #20 Barney, Cubs, .976
    #21 Kinsler
    #22 Weeks

  • Ripsnorter1

    It says right here that Doug Davis won’t make it through five innings. . . . .

  • Ripsnorter1

    ESPN’s Accuscore gives Houston a 56% chance of  winning today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kosuke! Good start

  • cc002600

    Wow, Fuky is all the way up to 5 RBI now !!!
    WHAT A STUD !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    dang, what a bargain for 14M !!
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice patience by Colvin

  • Brp921

    Davis did not hustle at all on that bunt.

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

    I do know that Davis come back out and pitched OK in the 6th but why the hell was he even able to bat in the bottom of the 5th? He has not gone 6 innings all year and he was batting with guys at 1st and 2nd with 1 out? We got all these kids on the bench let them bat there and go to Marshall or someone else in the 6th.

    • paulcatanese

      Watch Quade jump on the two kids in today,one hit into a double play and the other struck out in the ninth. He will use that as a reason for vets to play over them. But nothing will be said to Fukudome for grounding out in the ninth on the first pitch to lead the inning off.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Quade is playing with fire …

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

      I got an idea lets put a “crafty lefty” out there so everyone can get there 3rd look at him. Yep that will work.

  • Cloycub13

    We are officially jinxed… looked like Rami took it off of the face while making a diving stab….

    And… WHY IN GOD”s NAME IS DAVIS STILL IN THERE???????????

    This reaks of implosion

    • Cloycub13

      Looks like an implosion, smells like an implosion, acts like an implosion…it is an implosion….

      Downward spiral continues, swept by the stros (yes they have not been swept yet, but it is coming)… bring me some crow if it doesn’t happen but I do not see how we can possibly come back with our “biggest RBI guy” on the shelf…

      Keep going Quade… Maybe if you are in last place with a 130 mil payroll people who make decisions might actually figure it out!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis comes out after getting hit in face with hot grounder off Johnson’s bat. 

    • JimBo_C

      Uhhhhh …. Three down (Byrd, Soriano, Ramirez), two to go (Fukudome, Pena)

  • cubtex

    Jake Fox DFA’d by the Orioles. Wow the spring training stud can’t stick with the O’s. I guess the Cubs ruined his development. Here is a thought…..maybe guys like Fox, Gallagher, Pie, Patterson,Colvin are not everyday major league ballplayers.

    • John_CC

      Here’s a thought, maybe half of the Cubs current roster are not everyday ballplayers.  Are you watching this crap?

      • cubtex

        No. I am actually not watching this crap. Just making a statement about prospects. Most don’t make it. If a young player is good enough it is not the team that determines it…….It is the player!

    • cc002600

      Maybe so, but you have to play them to find out, right ?

      Cubs never gave Fuld a chance, and yet he’s doing pretty good with Rays….and what about Barney ?   He has been given opportunity, and look what’s he’s done ?

      I must have missed it, but has Colvin been given a full opportunity to show what he can do ?

      Yes, some guys will bust, but until you play them, how do you know ?

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

        Fuld has fallen on hard times. .226/.276/.349 His slash line is horrible and he stole one base in May. He is exactly what the Cubs said he was a fringe player that is a speed guy on a bad team.
        You have got to remember that the management of a club see these guys play a whole lot more than 3 hours a couple days a week. They see them work out and do drills. They see how they handle themselves when given a chance. There are some rare time that a player “gets it” in the game and doesn’t get ready like he has a clue.
        Sometimes AAAA players catch fire for months at a time but TALENT always wins out in the end.
        This is not one of those cases where everyone knew he was going to be a stud and the Cubs just F’d Up. We have had plenty of those cases but Fuld was never one of them.

        • cc002600

          Ah, I knew this was coming.
          I didn’t say he was a stud, and he never will be.

          But he has 3 HR, 21 RBI’s, 13 SB’s and plays incredible defense…..which one of outfielders has better numbers than that ???  hmmm

          ….and yes, I know his average is down, but….

          In fact, he has better “power numbers” than our star 3rd baseman while batting leadoff.  Pathetic.

          Think about that for a second.

          at the end of the year, if he ends up batting say .250 with 30 SB, 7 HR, 50 RBI, would you consider that “bad’ ? and again, he plays plus, plus, plus defense.

           

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

            If Fuld hits .250 this year you will have a point. He won’t get 400 PA or bat .250. It’s that simple. If I am wrong then a lot of scouts have been wrong as well. Fuld plays great defense but so does Campana and is 5 years younger. Hmm seems like the Cubs actually kept the right one.

          • cc002600

            Why don’t you think he will get 400  PA’s ?  The season is 1/3 over and he already has 200 since he’s been playing everyday, and they seem VERY happy with the guy.

            Is there a current cubs outfielder who is doing better than him ?’
            If there is, I must have missed it.
            :-)

            Point is, you don’t REALLY know until you give a guy a full chance.

            Did you (or the stupid cubs mgt) think Barney would be this good ?
             

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

            Actually until Barney goes through his struggles that every player goes through we do not know how good he is. But did I think he deserved the role he got after tearing up spring training? Yes. Do I think in the next 3 years he will be the everyday 2nd baseman for the Cubs? That jury is still out.

          • cubtex

            Barney has played better than anyone expected. He has made several mistakes that I have noticed at 2nd. Failing to turn double plays that most 2nd baseman would(he is getting better though) not covrrind 2nd on Castro’s dive the other day. He is learning a new position so I will give him some slack….but the thing that concerns me the most about Barney is his lack of walks. Lack of power and not much of a base stealing threat….he needs to be more patient! When pitchers start to pitch him a different way in the 2nd half he needs to adjust and take more walks or we will see hus average drop. IMO

          • paulcatanese

            You know I like Barney,but it seems that he is slumping a little.
            A couple of weird errors and at the plate he is really uppercuting
            on the ball and hitting pop ups instead of line drives. The same
            holds true with Castro. I think these two guys are taking too much
            on themselves. (and this is not a knock) and may be reading their
            press releases and trying to live up to them. Hope they get over it.

          • cc002600

            and by the way, you say lots of scouts will be wrong too if Fuld turns out good. What about Tampa’s scouts ? 

            They specifically asked for him ….just sayin

            and if scouts were never wrong, there would never be any bad trades that are made.  Don’t give these guys so much credit, they make PLENTY of mistakes. Projecting players in baseball is a very inexact science. Look no further than your Chicago Cubs.  Their scouts have been making mistakes for 103 years.

        • cc002600

          by the way, I meant to say which one of “our” (cubs) outfielders has better numbers than that ?

      • cubtex

        Here is the issue with playing too many young kids together…it is very difficult to win over a full season. Look at the Braves….Freddie Freeman has been struggling at a key position and the Braves are struggling to score runs and are currently in 3rd place. Once it is determined that a season is lost…that is the time to play the kids. But to play kids like Campana,Snyder, Montanez…How does that help your future? Do you want any of these guys starting next year? When the Cubs bring up Brett Jackson then he will be playing everyday to groom as a starter for next year.

        • cc002600

          Yes, I understand.
          But why not see what you have with those guys (Campana, Montanez), because maybe they become your 4th or 5th OF……

          why pay $2M to some 35 year old retread to be that guy (like we always do) when you could use a campana or Snyder or Montanez in that role ??

          And let me turn the tables on you. This team is on the path to losing 95-100 games. Why bother playing a guy like Fuku, who is completely worthless and who you know will not be here next year ?  And please don’t say so you can showcase him to trade him. What in the world do you think you could possibly get for this guy besides a bag of balls ???  He has ZERO trade value. So what does it matter ?  ZERO trade value.

          • cubtex

            You won’t like my answer, but yes you definately play Fuko to increase the market for him in a trade. Injuries happen. He plays solid defense and has a good obp. A team in contention could use him if an injury happens.

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

    Well this one is over

  • cc002600

    If ARAM goes on DL, we might see that all-rookie team we’ve been wanting to see, after all.  

    Maybe God wants to see changes too :-)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Quade leaves in Davis three batters too long …

    • ZT

      No surprise there.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis Ramirez left with a lip laceration. Listed as day to day

    • diehardcubfan

      If ARAM didn’t play for an extended period of time I do not think anyone would even notice the lack of production.

  • John_CC

    Swept at home vs. the mighty Astros. 

    One stinking run against this team? This bullpen is awful.  I guess the Cubs are worse. 

    I can hear Ronnie now, “man O man, un-BEE-lieVABLE!”  I am actually glad he is around to witness this season.

  • diehardcubfan

    As I stated before the 3 series with the METS, Pirates and Astros that this would determine the course of the rest of the year.  Well, it is official that this ship is sinking and that it is time to abandon ship.

    Sell, Sell, Sell!!  Oh, I forgot everyone has either a no trade clause or is overpaid.  We are screwed.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wonder if Quade will have the same conversation with Kosuke he had with Campana Tuesday night when he swung at the first pitch to lead off the ninth with his team needing baserunners

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

      Nope he will pat him on the back and say see ya tomorrow. I think it is the old dog new tricks thing.

    • paulcatanese

      Neil,I doubt it,what they will have there is “a failure to communicate”. I was really rubbed the wrong way yesterday when I saw that between Quade and Campana, reminded me of last year with Castro. But why is it that rookies learn when being chewed and vets learn by not being chewed out? Must be a Quade reasoning.

    • Aaron

      Not a chance…he didn’t do it with Soriano or ARAM last year when they dogged it, or made bone-headed plays, but he benched Castro.

      This team will be so much better off without Quade and Hendry. It’s a complete joke that Hendry was allowed to hire his 3rd manager (Baker and Piniella before him), while most GM’s don’t last beyond their second choice. 

      Hendry always seems to find a way to blame injuries, anomalies, etc. on the team’s poor performances rather than taking ownership of his poor decision-making.

      As for Quade, they’d be better off without him, as he refuses to play the young talent.

      Montanez was called up, got a start, went 2-4 with 2 RBI, then hasn’t seen the light of day since, other than a few pinch hitting appearances over 9 total AB’s. LeMahieu gets called up, then is used strictly as a pinch hitter while Barney and Castro have basically been playing everyday, and you can see they’re a bit worn out, with both of them grounding out at an alarming rate. Then you have Snyder…and don’t even get me started with Castillo, who saw action in just 4 games and 13 AB’s with Soto on the DL.

      I don’t think there’s an organization in history that mismanages their rookies more than the Cubs do, and yet they lament the fact that they have to spend significant money on free agents, because their rookies couldn’t cut it. Well, I guess they consider giving rookies a true chance with pinch hitting roles. So if you fail at that, you’re done in the Cubs’ eyes. 

      In fact, one of the only reasons Jake Fox saw the light of day in the field with the Cubs was because he excelled pinch hitting for them. 

      Then, when they put you in the field, heaven forbid you have an 0-fer day….if you’re a rookie, your ass is on the bench pinch hitting again, and if you fail there, you’re back to Iowa. 

      Don’t believe me? Look what they did with Colvin.

      I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Colvin is benched tomorrow. And since Snyder got his 1 pinch hitting appearance, I wouldn’t be shocked if we never heard from him again either.

      • Brian

        Aaron,

        Instead of having a back and forth here, I would prefer it to be more productive. 

        I have a lot of respect for you and your knowledge, but you contradict yourself left and right.  

        I would like to learn more about your insight and thoughts.

        Feel free to email me at:

        ndbrian@a24c377c0b1818e425787e430e6505c3:disqus 
        gmail.com

        • Aaron

          I’m not sure how I contradict myself left and right.

          If you have something to say, then say it…

          The only thing I’ve really wavered on, and have admitted as much, was my feelings about Piniella, and how looking back at it, I think he might’ve quit on the team, because Hendry had his hands in everything, and was forcing Piniella’s hand.

          As for everything else…Here’s probably what everyone knows on here about me:

          1) I can’t stand Hendry. I think he has received a lot of promotions throughout his career that he didn’t really earn, but it was more of “right place at the right time” sort of thing. Consequently, he hires (meaning coaches and free agents, and trades) guys just like him that haven’t really earned it.

          2) I think the Ricketts family is VERY smart business-wise, or they wouldn’t have started a very successful company like TD Ameritrade. However, they have NO business running the Cubs, as they have absolutely NO idea how to run a successful professional baseball team, or they would’ve made an impact by now, instead of letting Hendry run the team into the ground.

          3) I favor playing rookies everyday, giving them a chance to learn the ropes, and not benching them when they go through swoons, just as veterans do…Speaking of which…

          4) Hitting-wise, I favor getting rid of all veterans (HITTERS) over the age of 32. A lot of research has been conducted that shows everyday players over the age of 32 will be in their decline phase thereafter. Therefore, unless a player is at the end of his deal at 33, then it’s probably a very good idea to get rid of him. For instance, if the Cubs sign Fielder, it should only be for 5 years, which would take him to his age 32 season. They shouldn’t even waste their time with Pujols, as he is likely looking for a 10 year deal, which would be absolutely disastrous later on. All anyone needs to do is look at Lee, ARAM, Fukudome, and Soriano as prime examples of this.

          5) I do NOT think that every rookie is better than the veterans the Cubs currently have, and I try to disclaim this as much as possible, but I get tired of writing it every time I mention bringing up rookies. But here are my thoughts on this: 
          -If the Cubs are scuffling at about .500 ball or below with veterans, and there’s a prospect, or even an older non-prospect like a Snyder, LaHair, or someone like that who is younger than 30….why wouldn’t you bring one of them up to shake things up (provided there is no true prospect hitting just as well)
          -Additionally, if there is a veteran that is scuffling badly, and he doesn’t have an outlandish contract, and maybe only 1 year left or so, and you’re sitting at June, and the team is at or below .500 and 5+games out of 1st place, then just cut him, and bring up a rookie

          The point of this is, what the hell is the difference between a team that ultimately finishes in 4th or 5th place with a bunch of veterans playing key roles, and a team that finishes in 4th or 5th place with a bunch of rookies playing key roles? The difference is HUGE. Usually the latter teams go onto better things, as they have a good idea of where they stand with prospects, and thus can sign, trade, and draft for guys to fill certain voids a lot better, whereas the predominantly veteran team has no idea what their prospects are really capable of, and often times signs or trades for guys that will end up blocking them at the MLB level.

          The Cubs proved over the last few days that they are a last place team. 
          C-Soto/Hill
          1B-Pena
          3B-ARAM
          LF-DeWitt (though he’s a bit young to be considered a full-fledged veteran, but he’s been in the league long enough)
          RF-Fukudome

          Those are the veterans that have played consistently the last few days, getting swept by the last place Astros. It doesn’t even make sense to keep ANY veterans on this roster at this point, other than maybe pitching.

          Brian, 

          I’m still trying to figure out where I haven’t been consistent. It’s pretty much the same theme all the time, but in different ways, such as when I suggest different lineups, call-ups, etc.

  • GaryLeeT

    The Astros have a horrendous bullpen, right? Just checking.

    • diehardcubfan

      No, we just have horrendous hitters!!

  • diehardcubfan

    Originally I was a Rudy Jaramillo supporter but given our abysmal attempts at actually having productive at bats that it is time for Rudy to join JH and Quade and be run out of town.

    • studio179

      It is not anyone’s fault. No one needs to be run out of town. This is all due to players being hurt…at least that what the owner and manager said. 

      Right!

  • studio179

    The Cubs got swept against the Stros and should have been swept by the Buccos and Bo Sox recently.

    Bad.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost to Astros 3-1, Cubs swept at home. Davis’ line: 3R, 8H, 0BB, 5Ks, 6.1 IP. #Cubs 3 hits, Fukudome 1st inning homer

  • GaryLeeT

    I know it’s been mentioned before, but I have to think that Rothschild’s absence has as much to do with the staff’s decline as the injuries.

  • PleaseStopLosing

    Swept by the Astros!!! God I love Cubs baseball!

    I hate this team and this management group. Definitely will do everything in my power to avoid Ricketts ever makes a penny from my wallet.

  • Brp921

    Maybe the strategy here is to go for a high draft choice. In that case Quade is making some great decisions. Leaving pitchers in to long, not pinch hitting, keeping his speed guys on the bench or down in the batting order allowing guys to swing at everything….

  • Ripsnorter1

    I really thought the Pirates would sweep us, too. We lost 5 of 6 to the Pirates and the Astros. I tell ya’ll–and it ain’t a pipe dream–the Cubs will be in last place if changes are not made. 

    • Ripsnorter1

      We are one–count’em, one!–game in front of the Astros. Last place, HERE WE COME!

      Next up for us: the Cards.
      Houston goes to SD to play the offenseless Padres.Pirates face the Phillies at home. 

      Pirates could get swept by Philly.
      Astros could get swept by the Awful Padres.
      Cubs could get swept by the Cards. Again. 

      The excitement is really building!

  • paulcatanese

    Intersesting comparison on the Cubs before the game today, records in April and May were almost identical with wins and losses. And it was said by either Len or Bob that there were almost completely different lineups over the two months. Their point was that it didn’t matter who was playing they still lost. My question would be, if the lineups are completely different and still have almost the same record, I would think it would be lack of managerial ability to make the right decisions.How would different lineups have the same records if it were not based on Quade? To me he is making the same mistakes no matter who is out there,and they lose.

    • John_CC

      Good observation, Paul.

      It also means that team of rookies/scrubs/3rd stringers that have been playing just as well as the high priced group of veterans.  Something that many of us have been arguing for quite some time…that is…let the kids play and assess their talents — they can’t do any worse!!!

    • cc002600

       I’m sure that pollyanna Len made up a bunch of excuses, instead of calling it like it is……which is a TOTAL TRAINWRECK.

      I know most people like him, but really I don’t know why. 

      To me, he’s plain vanilla, boring as hell, and always toes the company line.  Never controversional. Ever hear him interviewed ?  What a waste of time. Before he answers the question, you can guess exactly what he’s going to say.  zzzzzzzzzzzzz. excuse after excuse.

      I like Bob b/c he tells it like it is.

      Boy, do I miss the days of Harry.

      • Baron_S

        Agree on Len — and Brenly is not much better — I think he is Ned Flanders reincarnate…

        Oh what Stoney would have done with these guys — The Late Night Comics would have been put to shame

  • Ripsnorter1

    With Aram down, maybe DJL will get to play one game.

    It’s doubtful though. Put DeWitt at 3B–that’s his “natural” position.

    • Bryan

      I think that Quade plans to insert Dewitt at both 3B and LF….why play any rookies…let’s just go with 8 out there.

  • Aaron

    Rip, 

    This one’s for you….

    ********************************************************************************************
    BREAKING NEWS:

    “Aramis Ramirez to the 15-day DL, with vaginitis. It’s a rare, but treatable disease that plagues many veteran players. It makes men play like girls. It used to be solved by veterans taking steroids to prolong their careers, but unfortunately, that treatment is unavailable to Ramirez at this time, and while his  career appears over, his long-term prognosis is good.

    The Cubs announced today that they have purchased the contract of Augie Ojeda from AAA to replace him on the active roster.

    In a corresponding statement, Mike Quade said that Ojeda will receive a lion’s share of the playing time at 3B instead of the youngster LeMahieu that was just called up, because ‘LeMahieu needs to get his AB’s, and we just couldn’t find enough for him everyday, so he has been getting a large amount of them in batting practice, where we’ve tried to simulate the game for him. Could we have inserted him with Ramirez out? Yes, we could have, but with the extra AB’s he’s been getting in the cage, we felt that he’d be too worn out for gameday AB’s. Ojeda provides that veteran presence we felt was more valuable, and we felt that LeMahieu would be better served watching games from the bench and pinch hitting when necessary, as he, along with the other bench guys will have watched the pitchers the whole game, and have a better idea of what they’re trying to do. It’s like when college teams bench QB’s and let them watch from the sidelines to understand the opponent better…that’s what we’re trying to do here. See, I’m smarter than you….Oh, and to humor everyone———heyyyyyyyyyyyyyy youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu guyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyssssssssssss.’

    ********************************************************************************************

    LOL….seriously, couldn’t you see that happening? I also think he will eventually do the Goonies thing too for comic relief.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Aram’s disease makes him a prime candidate to join the Dodgers’ organization. 

  • Baron_S

    To just show how over his head Quade is — Here is a piece from the Daily Herald on Z’s bat breaking episode

    “And the most humiliating moment came Tuesday night when Quade allowed a bit of honesty to creep out in saying he didn’t like Carlos Zambrano busting a bat over his leg.
    He then caught himself and though he hadn’t spoken to Zambrano, Quade quickly said that Zambrano also “doesn’t like that.”
    Really? Obviously Zambrano does like it, and when asked if he intended to talk to Zambrano about it, Quade said he didn’t have to, avoiding the conversation and a possible confrontation.
    When Zambrano was told the manager didn’t like it, Zambrano said, “What manager?”
    When told again that Quade thought it was a bad idea, Zambrano said, “That’s OK. If he doesn’t like it, he doesn’t like it. What can I do?”
    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110601/sports/706019764/

    From ESPN – “I told him next time you’re frustrated, come up and whack me upside the head with the bat,” Quade said Wednesday. “We can survive if I’m injured, but we don’t need him hurting himself.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/story?id=6615768&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

    Z clearly thinks Quade is his doormat, as do most of the veterans… and Quade seems to think he is the teams bi$#% too

    • Dorasaga

      LOL

      Now, some one needs to clean house. Not GM Hendry, I’m afraid.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Pathetic. REALLY PATHETIC.

  • Anonymous47701

    Somebody had better Fire Jim Hendry before it is too late!

  • skavoovee

    Although I will continue to watch and cheer for the Cubs this season, I have all but given up and come up with my “Possible 2012 Cubs” — feel free to make corrections

    I kept it simple in so far as the Cubs do not resign any free agents (except Wood), including Fuk, ARAM, Grab-Ass, Hill, Davis, Lopez. I presumed they would be able to trade Byrd, but not Soriano, Dempster, or Zambrano due to burdensome contracts. They would use their off-season dollars to sign Prince FielderC – Soto1B – Fielder2B – BarneySS – Castro3B – ?LF – SorianoCF – JacksonRF – ColvinBenchCastillo/Clevenger – CBaker – 1B/2B/3B/RFDeWitt – 2B/3B/LFCampana – OFSnyder/Montanez/Johnson-OFSP – DempsterSP – ZambranoSP – GarzaSP – WellsSP – McNuttCL – MarmolSU – WoodSU – MarshallMR – CashnerMR – SamardzijaMR – RussellMR – Maine/Coleman – LR3B OptionsMarquez Smith, Josh Vitters, DJ LeMahieu, Ryan FlahertyLineup Jackson – LHBarney – RHCastro – RHFielder – LH3B – RHColvin – LHSoriano – RHSoto – RHP