Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 06/05/11

Game Fifty-Seven: Cubs (23-33) vs. Cardinals (35-25)
Game Time – 1:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, TBS Sunday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 4.23/1.27) vs. Chris Carpenter (1-5, 4.52/1.45)

The Cubs have lost five in a row, seven of eight and are in need a big outing from Carlos Zambrano to avoid being swept out of St. Louis.

The Cubs have gone from a team that couldn’t hit with runners in scoring position to a team that just can’t hit. The Cubs have scored four runs or less in the last four games and have not scored in more than one inning in each of those games.

Carlos Zambrano must make sure he hydrates well prior to the game. With the extreme heat in St. Louis, the Cubs cannot afford to get a short outing from Zambrano.

After throwing two scoreless innings and 32 pitches on Saturday, Kerry Wood will likely be unavailable. Carlos Marmol tossed 1 2/3 innings but kept his pitch count relatively low (27 pitches, 16 for strikes) and could be available if there is a save situation.

Mike Quade is hoping to have Aramis Ramirez back in the starting lineup this afternoon. Ramirez was on deck to pinch hit in the 12th inning Saturday when Starlin Castro struck out to end the inning. Ramirez has missed the last two games dealing with a cut lip that received seven stitches and reportedly quite a bit of swelling on the left side of his face.

Geovany Soto could also receive a day off after catching 12 innings in the extreme heat Saturday afternoon (100-plus heat index).

The Cubs are 1-7 on Sunday this season and this afternoon it all starts with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is coming off an excellent outing against the Astros. Z held the Astros to one run on seven hits in eight innings without a walk and seven strikeouts. Z was in line for the win after the Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth but Carlos Marmol imploded and the Cubs lost.

Big Z has been solid this season … not great, not the old Z but solid. The Cubs need another good outing this afternoon from Carlos Zambrano.

Z was 2-1 in six starts last month with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Zambrano faced the Redbirds back on May 10 at Wrigley and received a no decision. Z allowed four runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings (the Cubs defense did not help Z at all that night). Zambrano left with the game tied at four and the Redbirds scored two off Kerry Wood the next inning and won by a final of 6-4.

This afternoon will be Zambrano’s 28th career start versus the Cardinals … 12-6 in 30 games, 27 starts, with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Z owns a perfect 6-0 career mark at the new Busch Stadium. In seven starts Z has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 36 hits in 45 innings (1.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP).

Cardinals Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Lance Berkman – 11-for-71 with 4 home runs and 17 walks
  • Chris Carpenter – 0-for-17
  • Jon Jay – 2-for-3
  • Yadier Molina – 8-for-38 with a double, a home run and 3 walks
  • Albert Pujols – 20-for-69 with 6 doubles, 5 home runs and 10 walks
  • Colby Rasmus – 4-for-16 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Skip Schumaker – 11-for-33 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run and 4 walks
  • Ryan Theriot – 0-for-3

Chris Carpenter has posted only one win this season … and it was against the Big Z and the Cubs back on May 10. Carpenter labored through a seven-inning outing and allowed four runs on 13 hits that night but he stayed around long enough to get a win.

Carpenter has not pitched as well as most expected but he’s at least kept his team in the games … the Redbirds are 3-9 in Carpenter’s 12 starts.

The Giants knocked Carpenter out of the game after five innings in his last start. Carpenter allowed two runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.

The Cardinals’ ace was 1-3 in six starts last month with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

Chris Carpenter is 11-6 in 23 career starts versus the Cubs with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Carpenter

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-7
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-14 with a double and 2 walks
  • Tyler Colvin – 3-for-11 with 2 home run
  • Blake DeWitt – 3-for-13 with 3 doubles
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-20 with 5 walks
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-3
  • Aramis Ramirez – 23-for-64 with 5 doubles, 2 home run and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-12 with a walk
  • Carlos Zambrano – 8-for-16 with a double

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    Not 100% that Ramirez will start … will post lineup changes if Ramirez cannot play

    • Gramps

      I just don’t understand what Quade is doing. He has a great speedster in Campana and refuses to put him in a spot where he can use his speed. My lineup would be:

      Campana – CF
      Barney – 2B
      Castro – SS
      Pena – IB
      Ramirez – 3B
      Fukudome – RF
      Soto – LF
      Colvin – LF
      Zambrano – P

      I don’t understand his insistence in using DeWitt in LF. The more games I see brings me to understand why Quade was never called to the majors as a manager earlier. I know this team is not that good, but in my opinion Quade makes it a terrible team by the way he uses his roster. I have been a Cubs fan for a very long time and always will be but I realize that this year is going to be one of the roughest in a long time. GO CUBS!

      • BosephHeyden

        Well said as always

        • Cheryl

          Gramps, as usual I agree with you. But no one can seem to figure out this manager. It is not right to jerk a player in and out of a lineup like they’re doing with Campana. There’s no way he can maintain a steady rhythm. As for DeWitt, most of us wonder why he’s a cub in the first place.

      • GaryLeeT

        Keeping players like Fukudome in the lineup is done for player shopping purposes. The Cubs are in salary dump mode, and look for it to go on way past the trade deadline, because every high salaried player on this team would easily clear waivers. Serious talent evaluation will begin next year, after the dust has settled on the great salary dump of 2011. Ricketts is excited to see the kids play alright, but not for the reasons you or I would be.

        • Brp921

          I can understand playing players like DeWitt to showcase them for a trade. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t put him at third base though. Ramirez is untradeable because of his contract structure, so why play him at third, instead of DeWitt, at the expense of Campana being in the starting lineup. The Cubs need to know if Campana can be an everyday centerfielder over the long term, so he needs to play. Fukudome has done well in the leadoff position but is not in the future plan of the Cubs so why bat him leadoff. Bat Campana leadoff and take advantage of his speed and also get an idea if he can be a player on this team.

      • paulcatanese

        Totaly agree with you, we as Senior Cub fans have seen it all and
        I feel this has been the worst manager ever to take the field. I knew
        Campana would not play today, after all he had two hits yesterday.
        I really like the lineup you posted and would like to see it at least
        for one game, it could not do any worse, as the Cubs have only one
        direction to go, to improve.

      • Td

        I agree. Speed guys in the eigth spot make no sense

        • Kevinwickit

          Speed in the 8th spot makes sense because if he gets on with less the 2 outs, he can steal 2nd and be bunted to 3rd. Then the top of the order comes up with a man on 3rd with 1 or 2 out to drive him in. But the ideal thing would be to have speed at the top and at the 8 hole.

          • paulcatanese

            What is being posted about Campana makes perfect sense. What you are saying would require a rare situation to occur and is just not going to happen on a regular basis. He needs to bat in a position where there is no one in front of him to take advantage of his speed, period.

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

            But the only time that is guaranteed is the first inning.

          • paulcatanese

            But Richard in the leadoff spot he would have more at bats and usually with the pitcher batting ninth, the odds of him being on base in front of Campana are not too great, or hopefully the pitcher would have sacrificed a runner to second if there was a runner on in front of the pitcher and again a clear base for Campana.

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

            I actually think that with the Cubs current line up they should think about batting Campana ninth when he is in there until he shows that he is selective enough to be a good lead off man. For a couple reasons 1 being that Koske is batting .350 with guys in scoring position but does not get any chances. 2 being that with Koy Hill / Colvin in there it is like we are batting 2 pitchers anyway.

          • paulcatanese

            Very good idea Richard and could very well work, and you are right again with Koske not getting many on in front of him to drive in. Now there is you and I that think it could work but I wouldnt count on Quade figuring it out. He still thinks Pujols can be pitched to. Another 17 years for him and he may.

    • BosephHeyden

      At this point in time, clearly Blake DeWitt’s bat is not winning us any games.  It makes no sense to have him in left while you have to guys wasting away on the bench doing nothing that are ACTUAL outfielders in Snyder and Montanez.  The Cubs keep preaching “Oh, we like to build from within” and then they do stupid stuff like this.

      • Tno13

        What don’t you understand?  DeWitt is 3 or 4 years younger than either of them and a better MLB track record than either of them. Guys don’t spend 10 years in the minors because they’re gifted.

  • Kevinwickit

    I know it has been said a number of times on here but Its time to rebuild. It will take at least 3 years to fix all of the issues they have. So Any player that is not signed after 2013 or under 30 as of right now should not be untouchable. This includes Garza and Marmol. I know I going to get but then why did we trade for Garza? Well in my option the only player that was a real lose in that trade for us was Hak Ju Lee.

    I did come up with a trade idea wth the Rangers:

    The Cubs send Pena, Garza, and Dolis (They had inerest in him earlier this year).

    The Cubs get Holland, Moreland, Robbie Ross, Mike Olt, Luis Sardinas and a PTBNL.

    The Rangers get a a replacement for Moreland and can platoon Pena with Napoli. Then just slide Garza into their rotation.

    The Cubs would get a 3B in Mike Olt that is a slick fielder, shows good power and plate discipline. They also get a LHP with a power sinker and looks like could develop into a front end starter. Luis Sardinas is a very young switching hitting SS with a lot of potental. And we all know about Moreland and Holland.

    • cubtex

      I agree with some of your points but why the 3 year statement? They have a ton of money coming off the books next year and if they can add some key pieces…..2 years is not unrealistic. If you trade Garza,Z and Demp…who is your proven top of rotation guy? Unless you sign a free agent….I would not get rid of everyone.
      Have you seen Archer’s numbers lateley? They are brutal. 70 Hits in like 52IP with a  plus 5 ERA.
      Hold on to your young core pieces like Castro,Cashner,Marshall,and Garza and add to those pieces.

  • Tom U

    Remember one thing about Aramis Ramirez’s contract. His final incentive in order for his option year to automatically kick in is to make the All-Star team this season. If he doesn’t, then there is only the no-trade clause.

    Look for management to possibly start shopping him once All-Star voting is over, or it becomes apparent that he is not going to make the squad. Waiving his no-trade clause with the possibility of going to a contender and increasing his free agent value may interest him.

    • cubs1967

      wrong………his option kicks in if he is traded………so unless a team is willing to spend $16M…….next year……ARam is here for all of 2011.

      • Kevinwickit

        Or the cubs kick in some money.

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

        There is about 10 ways for that option to become automatic. I just hope that there isn’t a third of the guys voting for NL MVP that have serious sense of Irony then it would be totally out of our hands. Could you imagine ARAM staying at the numbers he is now and still getting enough votes to be 3rd. OMG we would be so screwed.

  • GaryLeeT

    Yeah, having the Cubs be the team to get the first inning runs, was too much to hope for.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs are in a full “win now” mode. They are calling up Augie Ojeda immmediately. 

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah, Quade will bat him #3 and have him play center.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a solid single … Barney needs a break, too many weak fly balls right now. Good thing LeMahieu is with the team.

    • Aaron

      LOL….Quade’s a moron, along with the guy that hired him. Everything is plain as day to the average fan, and media, and Quade has this dopiness about him when asked why he does things. It’s kind of like an “aww shucks” type of response.

      And the more he talks (particularly about the rookies), the more idiotic he sounds. 

      After watching him all year, and hearing him talk, I CANNOT fathom a way he makes it through the offseason as the Cubs skipper. 

      A lot of us on here questioned the decision-making at the time, as it seemed like the inmates were running the asylum. It was the very same group of veterans that quit on Piniella that Quade had down the stretch, and they all of a sudden decided to play baseball when it didn’t count. The thing that was the most questionable about that decision was the fact that Ricketts had already stated they wanted a youth movement, and Quade goes and sits the rookies down the stretch when NOTHING mattered. 

      And the fact that the Ricketts went along with Hendry’s decision should tell you all you need to know about them….they have NO backbone.

    • PeteM

      Unfortunately the back up second baseman is in left field.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Neil,
    Garza is coming back Monday (so says ESPN); who do you think is leaving the team?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Scott Maine

      • Ripsnorter1

        I am looking for a double roster move: DML being sent down and Ojeda called up as well.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          That would require another move to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Right now all 40 are taken.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Please translate “DML”, I think you’re talking about D.J. LeMahieu.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yup. My bad.

  • GaryLeeT

    I can’t remember the last time I saw that few Cub fans at Busch. Or how about all the empty seats on a Sunday game with the Cubs in town?

    • paulcatanese

      That would be that the Cardinal fans have taken all of the seats because the Circus is in town and nobody likes to miss the Clowns in Cubby blue.

  • paulcatanese

    The statement by Brenly a few minutes ago about Ramirez is a classic,I have never heard that one before.”we’re not quite sure what full speed is for Aramis Ramirez.I’m not sure any of us have ever seen it”.

  • GaryLeeT

    Ramirez with an extra base hit when it was needed, and counted. I am in shock.

    • paulcatanese

      liked it too Gary,and rare when 2Thru5 hit well today,but cant say too much from there on down.

  • Rbmercer

    Koyie Hill career hitting .214 avg w/ 7 career HRs
    Zambrano .240 w/ 22 career HRs

    Ouch!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Braves vs Mets on ESPN tonight Internet for free.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice running catch by Kosuke

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Z needed that quick inning … 1-2-3 on just 8 pitches, 7 strikes, in the fifth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a play by Barney and Castro

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good outing for Big Z

    • Dorasaga

      A competent one for Marshall, too.

  • GaryLeeT

    Would love to see an insurance run here in the 9th. I hope I am wrong, but I am not convinced Marmol has righted the ship yet.

  • studio179

    Let’s nail this one down.

  • studio179

    Figures…

  • studio179

    This defeating mentality has to be in the back of their heads.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marmol’s second blown save of the week, Theriot extends hitting streak to 19 games.

    • cubtex

       Both at Z’s expense

      • paulcatanese

        Agree, I’m sure you looked at the comments where Z was unhappy with the pitch selection by Marmol. Not too good a sign when they start expressing those opinions to the press. As well the next one that Z threw Marmol under the bus and backed it up. Internal stress can not always be avoided but should not be made available to the public.

    • Dorasaga

      He’s been at the WRONG SIDE of the rivalry the last five years, after all. You know, the media created this rivalry thing, but the fact is, there was never much competition. The Cards had a lot more World Series championships (2nd to only the Yanks, FYI), a lot better win% the last decade, and so on, all with a lot less money-spent. The Cubs is nothing in front of “THe Man” ‘s town, “America’s Baseball City,: just like Dempster is no compare to Carpenter for their career.

      Now, as a proud fantasy owner of Marmol, I’m disappointed, but not by much. Free ballgames, hey, can’t complain.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Theriot–junked by Jim Clueless for the 25th man on the roster, Blake DeWitt. 

    Now he’s killing us. Lilly was a throw in. Figures. 

    Another nice trade by the Clueless one. 

    • cubtex

      Theriot is junk!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Theriot won the game for the Cards. This junk you speak of has a 19 game hitting streak–longest streak in MLB this year. 

        My point: he aint’ junk altogether. He’s good enough to be starting on a winning team that is going to the playoffs. 

  • GaryLeeT

    I don’t know why Marmol even bothered delaying the inevitable.

    • paulcatanese

      He almost didn”t.

  • GaryLeeT

    What a shock! Who would have predicted this ending?

    • paulcatanese

      Unfortunatly, everyone, was just a matter of how. Another brilliant move by Quade, bring in a home run pitcher to face a home run hitter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1512275173 Matt Collins

    im a die hard cubs fan but i hope they lose and get swept every series.they are a pathetic team i usually try to watch every cub game  every year but this year this is my 4th game watching them because im so not interested in them if it takes them to get swept every series then be it. exactly my point with pujos hr this is just sad im done

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost to Cardinals 3-2 in 10 on Sunday afternoon. Puljols
    with another walk-off. Carlos Zambrano’s line: 1R, 5H, 2BB, 3K in 7IP; Ramirez
    2-run 2B

  • Dorasaga

    Are you watching, Prince Ricketts? Here’s your Prince Albert. Sign him 10 years with 2% stake, and fire Hendry, Change.

  • Mark

    WHAT THE F—K!!!!!    WHY THE HELL DO YOU YOU THROW ANYTHING THAT PUJOLS CAN HIT?  WHAT TEAM DO YOU PAY FOR SON?  I AM DONE WITH THE CUBS THIS YEAR, IT SHOULD BE SOMEONE”S ASS RICKETTS YOU PUSSY!!

    • Dorasaga

      Again, low breaking ball. I won’t blame Lopez. The Cubs simply don’t have the talent to hang on long enough.

      The Rule-4 “First Round” Draft is tomorrow, Monday. Let’s hope Hendry and Wilken make the right choice for the next few days.

      The rest is up to the Ricketts, you know what I mean. Change.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I hope everyone reads this, people are upset and are welcomed to vent but if there are any personal attacks or abusive language, I will close the comments on the site.

    • Dorasaga

      Where’s Brian when we nee dhim to say: Stay Classy, Cubs fans!

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

        Hmmm I thought that was a problem on other sites. We can all be mad but it was just Albert being Albert he has made a career out of breaking cubs fans hearts and it will continue this winter.

  • Trevor_P

    Dumb.  Dumb.  Dumb.  Dumb.  Dumb.  

  • studio179

    A few things…

    * As soon as Len and Bob stressed how Pujols was 0-12 against Lopez, didn’t we all know something bad was going to happen.

    * Z deserved better. If Z keeps this up, he might be moved. Maybe Hendry can talk Cashman into taking him. At what cost do the Cubs eat, who knows. The people coming back would not be much and is not important as the money taken on the Cubs side.

    * I hope this series did not fuel Cub management to say they are all in on Pujols.

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

      Z is pitching great. I don’t really think if he is moved to the Yankees that we will have to pick up the tab. I am more interested in see what Texas would offer for a frontline starting pitcher right now though.

      • paulcatanese

        Happen to agree with you here Richard, the way Z has been pitching I dont think we would have to pick aything up either.

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

    I actually thought they were pitching around him until strike 1!

    Mike Quade is soooooooooo dumb jokes;(only that theese are for real)….

    1-Mike Quade is sooo dumb he got hit by a parked car.
    2-Mike Quade is sooo dumb he stole a free sample.
    3-Mike Quade is sooo dumb he waited all day at a stop sign.
    4-Mike Quade is sooo dumb he thought the computer screen saver was TV
    5-Mike Quade is sooo dumb he got smacked by a statue!

    Mike Quade has to be the single dumbest breathing animal in the face of the Earth!  Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude what the F???????? At any rate,  I want the Cubs to lose and that my friends is a given with theese bunch of clowns lead by MQ an JH!

    FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Jim Hendry and Mike Quade!!!!!

  • MikeT_2008

    Someone needs to go, not from the players on the field because most of them are just dead weight, but someone from the front office or managment I mean Ricketts needs to make the point that this kind of baseball is not acceptable

    • paulcatanese

      I’m really not sure that Ricketts knows what the point is to make, and that is part of the problem.

      • MikeT_2008

        Well what I really want is either go into total rebuilding or become the Yankees and spend like drunk sailors, it seems this team has no idea which direction it’s going in, is it win now or develop for the future because it can’t be both, at least not for this organization.

        • paulcatanese

          I agree with you Mike, I just dont know if management could pick a direction to go in also. They seem to be doing everything with a blindfold on, or trying to plant a magic bean with the hope of a miracle when it blossoms.

  • Cheryl

    Marmol’s got to go. The starters at this point probably have no confidence in him. Trade him and see what you can get. Make Marshall the closer. He’s more consistent.

    • cubtex

      Cheryl, I agree to trade Marmol but not because of his last couple of outings. He is a great closer and he is going through a rough spot, but he should not be taken out of the closer role because of 2 blown saves recently.

      • Cheryl

        Actually, now it’s four blown saves – two for Garza and two for Z.

    • paulcatanese

      Like it Cheryl, at least put some feelers out there to see what he could bring in a trade, afterall they(Cubs) don’t have to accept it.

      • cubtex

        Z being Z just went on a rant and questioned the pitch selection of Marmol to Theriot. He basically said that Theriot can’t hit a fastball and why did they throw him anything but a fastball. He went on to say they are playing like a AAA team and it is embarrasing for the fans and the city. Personally…..I don’t blame him!

        • cubtex

          I actually think it is a good thing for the Cubs to be embarrased like this on national tv. Maybe now….something will be done! Quade makes the same mistake 2 days in a row pitching to Pujols. They were talking about this on the MLB channel on XM. It is not like you had Holliday and Berkman hitting behind Pujols. It was John Jay and Craig. They are saying that the Cubs have hit rock bottom and wondering who has value to be moved.
          They brought up Z, ARam and Pena. That would be a start. As you said Paul….LET’S BLOW IT UP

        • EqDoc

          I don’t blame him either.  He is just telling it like it is…  Maybe this will get him traded and start the fire sale!!!  However I really don’t want Hendry directing the sale, he will give him away for nothing…

  • paulcatanese

    I missed what had happened in the ninth, I know theriot doubled, but missed who was in left field for the Cubs. All I know is that he missed Castro on his throw and would have been a easy out with a throw from Castro. All I know is it was a lefthanded outfielder. Got to hit the cutoff man, fundemental baseball whoever it was. 

    • cubtex

      Colvin

      • paulcatanese

        Thank you, Ilooked it up in the box score on Neils next post.

  • MikeT_2008

    Colvin

    • paulcatanese

      Thank you also, Mike.

  • MikeT_2008

    Finally a Big Z rant that is warranted, everything he said is true and he’s just saying what we all feel

  • cubtex

    I know everyone is upset, but I really think this was a really good thing and I will tell you why. We all know the Cubs were not going anywhere this year. Now, action will be taken. Quade and Hendry will almost certainly not be back next year. They will have a ton of money off the books next year and Ricketts will need to do something to satisfy the fan base. I suggested they could hire Sandberg as one move. This will be a brand new team for next year and I for one will be happy to see someone other than ARam at 3rd, Fuko in right,Dempster as the #1etc.

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

      I hope your right. This next week will be very telling with the draft and getting close to the time you can trade one free agents.

    • Ripsnorter1

      “Quade and Hendry will almost certainly . . . .” Note your own words: “ALMOST.” 

      It ain’t a sure thing that they won’t be back. It just ain’t. 
      IN FACT . . . Quade is under contract for next year. Do you think Ricketts is going to throw away $1 million dollars so Quade can sit at home doing nothing? I don’t.

      The Cubs are in financial trouble already. Ricketts is–imo–going to stick with the current setup and not throw any money away.