Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 06/07/11

Game Fifty-Nine: Cubs (23-35) vs. Reds (31-30)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Doug Davis (0-4, 5.95/1.73) vs. Edinson Volquez (3-2, 6.35/1.67)

The free falling Cubs will try to end their seven-game losing streak tonight behind Doug Davis … and in order to do so they must play better fundamental ball and maybe, just maybe, hit a ball out of the park.

The Cubs are 5-17 over the last two seasons against the Redlegs (1-5 this year) and have dropped four in a row at Great American Ball Park. The Cubs are just not struggling with the Reds, they are a pathetic 7-20 versus the Central Division this season. To say the other teams in the division have figured out how to beat the overpaid Chicago Cubs would be an understatement.

After another three-hit performance Monday night, Mike Quade figures to have Blake DeWitt in left field again tonight. Maybe the Cubs’ manager should think about using DeWitt in the infield to give Darwin Barney or Starlin Castro a night off.

With Tyler Colvin 0-for-31 in his last 14 games, look for Tony Campana or Brad Snyder to make a start in centerfield tonight. According to a report from the Tribune, the Cubs could bring up a right-handed hitter but the Cubs’ 40-man roster has only one outfielder that would fill that need … Fernando Perez.

Tonight it all starts with Doug Davis

Doug Davis will make his fifth start in a Cubs’ uniform still in search of his first victory of the season. Davis is coming off a decent outing against the Astros (three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with no walks and five strikeouts) but he will not face Houston’s offense tonight.

Tonight will be the 17th start of Doug Davis’ career against the Reds. Davis is 6-3 in the first 16 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP … at Great American, 4-2 in nine starts with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Davis must avoid the free passes tonight and limit the Reds homers to single shots.

Reds Career Numbers against Doug Davis

  • Miguel Cairo – 2-for-7 with a triple and a walk
  • Jonny Gomes – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-2 with a walk
  • Ramon Hernandez – 7-for-23 with a home run and 4 walks
  • Paul Janish – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Fred Lewis – 4-for-10 with a walk
  • Brandon Phillips – 9-for-21 with 2 doubles and 5 walks
  • Edgar Renteria – 8-for-18 with a double, 2 home runs and 3 walks
  • Scott Rolen – 5-for-21 with a double, a triple, a home run and 4 walks
  • Joey Votto – 2-for-4 with a double

The Reds’ Opening Day starter is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to make the start against the Cubs tonight. Edinson Volquez last pitched for the Reds back on May 22 against the Indians … and he was horrible. Volquez allowed seven runs, six earned, on seven hits with four walk and three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

The Reds could not take his struggles any longer so they sent him to the minors to work out his issues.

Volquez had dominated the Cubs the start before his demotion (three runs on three hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in six innings) and figures to put together a very good outing tonight against Mike Quade’s Cubs.

The Cubs need to make him work tonight if they want the embarrassing losing streak to come to an end.

Edinson Volquez has never lost to the Cubs and is 3-0 in five starts with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Edinson Volquez

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-9 with a double
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-13 with a double and 2 walks
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Carlos Pena – 1-for-2 with a home run and 4 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-13 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-3 with 2 walks

Follow the CCO on Twitter: @TheCCO

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

Quote of the Day

"Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow." - Plato
Share on Fancred
  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

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

      keep runnin them out there

    • diehardcubfan

      Continuing to run this anemic offensive lineup out there should result in us being in sole possession of last place in the NL Central and the worst record in the MLB by the weekend, if not sooner.

      As others have noted, why is not DeWitt playing in place of Barney to give him a rest? 

      It is becoming so hard to understand this philosophy.  Here is to hoping that DeWitt does not get burned again tonight. 

      To his credit though he is trying to do the best he can which is more than can be said by others on this team.  For this I salute his effort.

      • Cheryl

        I agree DeWitt shoud be used to give Barney and or Castro a break, not as he’s being used now. But why on earth bat Campana seventh? Swith him and Fukudome.

        • diehardcubfan

          The issue reference Campana continues to remain the million dollar question and one we will likely never get an answer too despite how obvious it is to many that Campana should be leading off.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree but really how do you take Fukodome out of there? His OPB is great and he gets his share of hits. Tonight he was robbed of a double, and he will take two strikes. If he could handle 4-5-6 I would be all for it.

          • diehardcubfan

            Agree you do not take out Fuku right now.  He is really hitting the ball.   I was thinking bat him 3rd since he is one of the few actually hitting with RISP.

            Lineup:

            Campana
            Castro
            Fukudome
            Pena
            ARAM?
            Soto
            Montanez/Snyder
            Soto
            Barney

            Too bad Barney does not hit for power.

          • Cheryl

            Diehardcubfan, That makes sense. Switch Campana to first; bat Castro second; Fukudome third; Pena fourth; BENCH ARAM; bat Montanez or Snyder fifth; Barney, Sixth; Sota Seventh; and bat LeMahieu eight (He’ll replace Aram).

            However, if I could ever manage the Cubs for a day I’m afraid the first order of business would be to give Barney and Castro the day off. It’d wreck the lineup above but there’s no reason why DeWitt couldn’t sub for Barney and call up Scales to play second or third. Release Grabow.

  • studio179

    I totally agree with Neil’s comment above that Quade should be using DeWitt to give Castro or Barney a night off. Not happening tonight though. 

    • paulcatanese

      Using DeWitt is fine, as he is swinging a decent bat right now and isn’t all that bad in left field. But he is an infielder and should be there, in the infield. Giving Castro or Barney a rest is all well and good but what about third base? The insitance of Quade believing that his top “RBI” man will come around is ludecrous. How long does the manager wait for that? In fact if he does come around, to what degree?And what does it matter with the way the Cubs are going. Aram’s opportunity to help the Cubs has come and gone, besides what he will do with the bat,he takes away with the lack of hustle and minimal defense.So I dont see what the big deal about him not playing and as he said, he will not waive his no trade clause. He shows in every way that he is not a true Cub. He has taken his money along the way and has every intention of grinding out every bit of change without any return on his part.

    • paulcatanese

      Again to make my point, who would you rather had at 3b tonight? Thats where DeWitt should have been, it may have been a different ballgame. Aram gives nothing to the game, a complet loafer.

      • diehardcubfan

        DeWitt and DJ need to play at 3B.  That would send a message but won’t happen.

      • studio179

        Blake at 3rd and David at 2nd or the other way around. That does not matter which one is at 3rd or 2nd. My point is Darwin could use a day off. I agree Aramis needs to sit, too. Blake is an infielder and could be used to spell someone a day on the bench. They need it. Maybe tomorrow. 

        As far as Aramis goes, he already said he wants to remain a Cub and will not waive his no trade clause, just like Carlos said the other day. So we are stuck watching him do nothing. 

  • Gary J

    OK – I’m on the bandwagon about replacing Hendry but not for the reasons that most are – but I’m thinking the time has come.

    The Cubs have positioned themselves ala the Miami Heat that they have a large chunk of payroll coming off the books at once for 2012 when Pujols is hitting the market.  Doesn’t mean we’ll get him, but there is a lot of money available to fill a lot of holes.

    Internally, the success of the minor league system this year shows that the build from within portion of things is working fairly well also.  And that’s a tribute to the front office too.

    I’m in full agreement that for the payroll, we should have a better team.  Part of the payroll dilemma was a direct tie in to the Trib and the sale of the team, but we’ve been through that.  Injuries have ravaged this team and kept it from being mediocre… because that was the expectation for the year.  A few things could have fallen here or there, but really, the ceiling for 2011 was mediocre.  For this payroll, mediocre isn’t acceptable – but it is what it is.  Just like any political bill passed isn’t going to fix the economy overnight, there’s also not a quick fix for a baseball team.  It’s a long term approach.

    And I honestly think the current approach has the Cubs poised for success in the next couple of years.  Debatable I know – but it’s what I think anyway :-)

    The good part of the injury bugaboos is that we’ve been forced into a youth movement a little early – and I’d bet that it’ll continue as the season progresses.  The “top prospects” will get their shot later this month I’d expect as the Super Two soft deadline is well past.  So I expect to see Jackson and a couple rotation guys in Wrigley by July.  Even if they only get a cup of coffee, it’ll help with evaluation for the future.

    (on a side note about another issue that’s been circulating over the last coupel of months – Colvin’s struggles are due to Colvin.  It’s not how he’s handled.  It’s not confidence with an undefined role or not being in a groove by getting sporadic playing time…. 0 for 31 is 0 for 31.  He has to be better or go figure it out in the minors.  Just sayin’ LOL)

    So …with all that said… even though I think the future is bright even while the present is putrid…. why am I on the bandwagon finally?

    Well – perception is reality.  The national press is all jumping on the “it’s time for Hendry to go” bandwagon too – and the fans (ya’ll included) are getting more vocal about it.  With JH still at the helm in the off season, there’s no chance at Pujols or Fielder because the perception (valid or no) of the Cubs will be of a franchise in disarray.  And even the second tier guys will think twice.

    So there needs to be a change.  Even if it’s just to change perception.

    And to suppliment the change in GM, there also needs to be a change in the company president to install a “baseball guy” at the head of the table.  If you want to shift Kerney to “VP for business activities” or something and let him continue to run the business side – fine.  But in addition to the GM there needs to also be a new figurehead. 

    The move needs to happen sooner rather than later in order to give the “new” GM (and presumably the new staff that would accompany JH out the door – either by being let go or by showing loyalty to JH) time to familiarize themselves with the full picture of the Cubs.  What we have that come back in 2012, what we have in the minors that could fill holes, and what holes remain to be filled through free agency.

    Without 6 months to gain that full perspective, the free agent signing period could be scatter shot with as many misses as hits… and the franchise doesn’t need 50/50 at this point.  I’d be happy with 70/30 because that’s kind of the nature of FA signings, but I’d hate for the Cubs GM to not know the pieces they have in the system and sign a 2b to a long term deal and block viable talent that’s coming up.

    So… while I think the Cubs problems aren’t confined to “JH is a moron”, you can count me on the bandwagon of it’s time for a new direction in the management team.

    I still think the name calling is unnecessary though :-)

    • Gramps

      Great comment Gary. I also agree that it is time for a change in upper management. I am hoping the team sees the need for a baseball management team rather than a business management team. They need to get a solid baseball person to lead this team. They also need to get a manager that can manage, not pat players on the ass whenever they screw up and clap his hands when he takes out a pitcher. I don’t know if Sandberg would have been any better but I know he would be better than Quade. I also agree with you on the name calling on this site that has been going on for too long now. There are ways to show displeasure other than calling someone a moron. There is no need for it. Let’s hope they can get this team on the right path and be successful in the coming years.

      • Mark

        Are you guys kidding me?  This is a blog where where CUB fans have a right to express their feelings, recently they’ve been displeasures about OUR team.  If someone wants to sound off and call someone a “moron”, so be it.  If you don’t like it, don’t read it……or comment about it.  We all have opinions and express them differently. NONE of us are playing for the Cubs or in the front office as far as I know.   Come on, we are adults here.  We are not at work speaking to our colleagues where we need to be professional….we are Cub fans, and are pissed off now and like to be heard.  

        • paulcatanese

          You know Mark that Gramps is right. You are right that this blog is a place to voice opinions, but the language is not necessary. If the opinions must include
          questionable language then it should be researched for an alternative way to post. It is a challenge to not use words that may express how frustrated a
          fan can be. I don’t think it is appropriate ever on a public blog and do pass them by.

    • cubtex

      Good points Gary. I think this organization needs new blood from the GM,manager and down to the players. I still do not want to sign Pujols.
      They need to rebuild the staff and add a lot more than using all their resouces on Pujols. This team does not a band aid…they need to build around Castro and start over. IMO

  • GaryLeeT

    “The free falling Cubs will try to end their seven-game losing streak tonight behind Doug Davis …”

    Hey Neil, happy to see that you can keep your sense of humor through all this.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Got to

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    For those that missed the news:

    Angel Guzman added to Class A Peoria’s roster from extended Spring Training.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Fernando Perez. They call him a “right handed hitter.” He may be right handed, but he ain’t no hitter. 

    • Zonk

      Anyone can be a right-handed BATTER.  I bat right-handed.

       Like Perez, I don’t HIT much though…..

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa: Austin Bibens-Dirx (3-2, 6.84)
    Tennessee: Dallas Beeler (0-0, 0.00)
    Peoria; Austin Kirk (3-2, 2.04)

    Daytona is off tonight

    Twelve members of the 2011 Tennessee Smokies were named by the Southern League to the 2011 Southern League All-Star Game. Position players Steve Clevenger, Ryan Flaherty, Marwin Gonzalez, Brett Jackson, Blake Lalli, DJ LeMahieu, Rebel Ridling and Matt Spencer will join teammates Marco Carrillo, Rafael Dolis, Trey McNutt and Rob Whitenack on the North Division roster at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn. for the June 21 game.

    • Tom U

      For those of you not counting, that makes 23 prospects being named All-Stars over three separate squads, or an average of about 8 per team. Anyone who says that the Cubs don’t have any talent in their minor leagues simply doesn’t know what they are talking about. What these prospects need most is OPPORTUNITY.

      • cubtex

        Good news Tom! If these prospects continue to produce in the minors they will get their opportunity but it is better to be conservative than rushed.IMO. Who do you think out of these 23 players are ready to play everyday in the majors now?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Tom will chime in but Brett Jackson is the only one that should be in the majors right now … and that goes for LeMahieu.

          • Tom U

            I don’t think I’ve ever chimed before, but I’ll give it a go. :-)

            I agree with Neil. Jackson and LeMahieu are ready and should be given every opportunity. 

          • cubtex

            But the issue is where will Lemahieu play? I don’t think he has enough pop to play 3rd and Barney has earned the 2nd base job at least for this year. LeMahieu has a 2nd basemans bat imo.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            LeMahieu does not turn 23 until July. He’s made strides in a short time. That’s the reason his promotion is very confusing. He should be playing everyday not watching.

          • Aaron

            This is why all of these guys need to go: Kenney, Hendry, and Quade.

            First of all, the president’s role is to create and follow a plan by setting goals, then holding the GM and others accountable by setting certain metrics and milestones that must be followed and met. This clearly has not happened, and it should come as no surprise to anyone. Kenney is NOT a baseball guy, has no idea how to create successful MLB franchise. Hendry has essentially been operating by himself, which is even MORE indicting of him as a baseball person.

            Next in line is Quade, who you could almost make a case for this year in terms of not starting off with much talent to choose from with Hendry giving him basically the same group of veterans to work with, merely swapping Lee for Pena. 

            HOWEVER…the most indicting thing for Quade this year has been his complete refusal to play the young guys that have been called up to replace injured veterans. Combining that with his refusal to play rookies down the stretch in a lost season last year in which ANYBODY in management would likely side with him in favor of playing the young guys with an expanded roster……it just makes him look REALLY bad.

            There is NO fixing this organization until all 3 of those guys are gone, and it needs to start this year

          • Aaron

            what makes the LeMahieu situation more asinine is the fact that he’s basically, just like Snyder, been used in pinch hitting situations. You simply CANNOT do that to a young player. You either give him AB’s, or you bring up a veteran minor leaguer like Scales in the event of an injury. It destroys a rookie’s confidence if he goes from playing everyday to 3 pinch hitting appearances per week (if he’s lucky)

            Here’s a statement that is sure to draw some criticism…

            at this point…..I HATE THE CUBS….I love the young talent in the system….but I hate the lazy veterans on this team, management, and the owners.

            TOM RICKETTS…..ARE YOU THERE?!? GROW SOME BALLS YOU PANSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! START MAKING CHANGES. YOU SAID IN THE BLEACHERS YOU’D LOVE TO SEE LEMAHIEU GET SOME AB’S…DO YOU REALIZE THAT BOTH HENDRY AND QUADE SHOW YOU ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT AND ARE BASICALLY SAYING F$CK  YOU BY GOING AGAINST YOUR WISHES TO GO YOUNG?!?!? DO YOU REALIZE THAT HENDRY STARTED THE “F$CK YOU” STATEMENT LAST OFFSEASON WHEN HE TRADED GOOD YOUNG TALENT FOR GARZA?!?!? DO YOU REALIZE THAT QUADE JUST CONTINUED IT BY SITTING LEMAHIEU?!?

            GROW A DAMN PAIR MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S GETTING REALLY TOUGH TO REMAIN A FAN OF THIS GARBAGE

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

            I say we have a national firing day on friday. If Ricketts doesn’t move something after the draft he can kiss his getting the money he needs to pay off the loans good bye. He has to make a statement that this is not acceptable, And what is really bad is I am the one that is suppose to be looking for the silver linings. Today I just can’t do it. The lack of effort has gotten to me.

          • diehardcubfan

            Glad you could join us.

          • Tom U

            LeMahieu is an interesting situation. I’ve compared his career at this point to both George Brett and Wade Boggs. At this point LeMahieu is actually hitting better than Brett (who developed his power as he got older).

            If LeMahieu does end up at third, the team will have to look for power from other positions.

          • studio179

            But the manager has to play him first…more than some pinch hit spots.

      • paulcatanese

        Tom,speaking of talent, how far away is Dolis?

        • Tom U

          Quite a bit away. He seems to have taken to his new role as a closer, but is still inconsistent with his control. I expect a full year at Tennessee and some work in the winter leagues before even considering moving up to Triple-A.

  • paulcatanese

    What does it say about the Cubs if the Reds recall a triple A pitcher who was demoted to face them? They dont get no respect, and rightfully so.They havent proven themselves at all.

    The only thing that is interesting about tonight is the top three in the order and the six seven eight at the lower end. The only ones capable of actually getting a hit and showing some excitement on the bases.

    Davis is not the best going for us but at least he tries against all odds. I would like to see him succeed but do not put too much hope in it. I do know we will have to score runs tonight and more than we have. Nine innings is a long time for the Cubs to hold almost any kind of lead,so they must score at least 7-8 runs and then hold on.

    • paulcatanese

      Thats what I had said the Cubs would have ha to score 7-8 runs to win tonight.
      Davis did not do a bad job, just an unlucky one. That grand slam should not have happened,should have been out of the inning.

  • BosephHeyden

    The Cubs drafted a guy named Rock Shoulders and he’s a home run guy apparently.  If this guy isn’t in the majors in a year, the Cubs did something wrong.

    • paulcatanese

      I thought you were pulling my leg, but they actually did draft him,wow.

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

    aram will not waive trade clause thinks cubs will pick up his 16 mil option for next year
    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/story?id=6636534

    • Skeldor

      That is so annoying, another selfish player that doesn’t care about winning.  Says so much about his play and approach to the game the last few years.  He’s another guy just comfortable being with the Cubs b/c he knows he can get away with being lazy.  If he doesn’t accept a trade, if approached, then I sit him on the bench the second half of the year then dump him after the year.  The whole reason they play is to win so why not go to a team, again if approached, that has a chance to go to the play-offs. 

    • The Maven

      Shows you how ineffective your GM is. Any GM worth his salt would say to Ramirez, “well, there’s the bench, get used to sitting on it until …”

      • paulcatanese

        Boy does that need to happen. Really don’t know how he stays in the lineup,cannot understand Quade on that,,,,,,,,Unless it is not really his decision.

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

      Never saw where he thought he was staying around ?

      You know a lot of  guys say those type things until they happen. Last year DLee cost the Cubs a lot higher return on the trade because he had to be coddled. If a trade happens with ARAM he needs to remeber one thing if you don’t go you play first because your lazy butt is done at 3rd base. That is where my conversation starts with him now. I bet if you put those kind of conditions on it he will leave rather than switch positions because he is going to make a lot less as a washed up 3rd/1st guy than he will as a maybe one more year 3rd guy.

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

        the part where he  said he plans for them to pick up his option was on the score this morning 

      • paulcatanese

        I have advocated him going to first base since last year, and has been discussed by many. He says he won’t go over there, and I totaly agree with you, sit him down, and as expressed before, I dont know why it hasn’t been done.

        • studio179

          Why has it not happened? Because the manager wants to be buddy-buddy with everyone. He is over his head and will not manage the vets or make tough decisions. What he will do is gladly sit young guys who need the experience though. A complete joke.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    One walk against Volquez in four innings speaks volumes.

  • diehardcubfan

    Good fundamentals by the Reds on hit and run.  Anybody remember the last time the Cubs successfully hit and run?  How come the opposition can execute but we cannot?

    Makes you wonder.

  • diehardcubfan

    There is no excuse why ARAM did not field that ball and throw the runner out.  What on earth is he waiting for?

    That is just pathetic!!!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Agreed

    • paulcatanese

      He really faked Castro out on that one. Although Castro should not have
      assumed that Aram was going to make that play, and should have continued to the path of the ball as if Aram was not even there,which he wasn’t. Probably
      in Arams contract that he only has to go so many feet for a ball.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rodrigo Lopez is warming in the pen … from bad to worse.

    • diehardcubfan

      I do not think we can blame Doug Davis for this mess in the 5th inning.  I attribute that to ARAM and his lack of hustle.  Glad he feels confident we will pickup his option. 

      It is time someone send these veterans a message that if you want to stay a Cub then start acting like you care versus just going through the motions.

      JH should say something but he won’t and neither will Quade.

      • paulcatanese

        I have said this before, if a player dogs it, pull him out,right off the field
        embarrass his butt then and now and don’t wait. That should get the message out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Gomes has hammered Lopez in his career … let’s see what happens.

    • diehardcubfan

      I will have to give Lopez credit.  He did a good job of limiting the damage.

  • Cheryl

    Will Quade ever bench a veteran?

    • diehardcubfan

      NO!!!!

    • Aaron

      I agree with diehard…NO

    • paulcatanese

      Cheryl, see Diehardvubfan below.

  • GaryLeeT

    The Cub’s front office can’t even feign outrage over this disgrace of team by firing somebody? Even if it’s symbolic, like the equipment manager, do something! Anything, that says there is a pulse somewhere in this organization.

    • paulcatanese

      Or order beer from another vendor.

  • Bryan

    You have to wonder if there is any team out there that this team can beat.  So sad to watch. 

  • BosephHeyden

    Plus side:  Cubs tickets are gonna be really cheap in the near future.  I may dislike the fact that they’re simply a side show in a nice environment, but I will say it is a nice place to attend a side show on a Saturday afternoon.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another walk by the Cubs’ pitching staff. Just don’t understand why they will not throw strikes.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Grabow serves up a Grand Slam to Miguel Cairo.

  • EqDoc

    The Cubs are a really good baseball team…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pat just said he wonders if that was one of the longest homers of Cairo’s career

    • diehardcubfan

      He is still working on getting revenge off of his former team.

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Miguel Cairo with a bomb off of Grabow.

  • diehardcubfan

    I am predicting at least 20 games below .500 by the All Star break.  This teams spirit is completely broken.

  • SteveGu

    Insult to injury yet again. Another loss, eight in a row another series loss, three in a row. When will the losing end? When will the changes occur? Any other organization would already have the wheels of change turning, but not this one. No, we sit complacent waiting for the team to right the ship. The team has obviously stopped playing for Quade, he no longer holds any sway in the locker room. Someone or something has to give.

    • Aaron

      They won’t change. It’d take an act of God for anything to happen, and for some reason…I don’t think he’s smiling on this franchise

  • Tom U

    Dallas Beeler’s night is over as he pitches 6 innings, strikes out 4, and allows no runs, Smokies lead Jackson in the 8th 6-0.

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

      Have you had time to form opinions on any of the new Cubs yet Tom?

      • Tom U

        Sorry Richard. With graduations, softball games, and getting my house ready for relatives, I’ve only had time to keep up with the minors. Next week, I’ll probably be able to take a closer look.

  • Reggie

    I’m lost for words. Bring back Jeromy Burnitz.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs pounded again, lost to Reds 8-2 Tues nite. Davis’ line: 4R, 7H, 3BB, 4K in 4.1 IP. Grabow: 4R, 3H, BB,K in 1IP. DeWitt, Montanez RBIs

  • EqDoc

    Congratulations to Jim Hendry… for putting together what is quite possible one of the worst Cubs teams of all time.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It was a great start by Davis. I am thinking that he may possibly lose 15 games this year for us. What do you think? 2-15? Do you think he might lose 20? That’s kind of hard to do I know. But he could do it if Quade and the Clueless one will give he the opportunity!

    • diehardcubfan

      Davis pitched better than his line.  It could have been a successfully start if a certain 3B would have actually hustled and caught the ball like he should have.  He will remain anonymous at this time.  I no longer consider him a Cub.

    • John_CC

      2 wins? You’ve had more to drink tonight than I have.

    • paulcatanese

      Rip,what really was sad as I watched the game. The camera panned around the stadium and focused on the Cub fans. I swear I have never seen so many people look so dejected and down as they did, I mean all of them.

  • paulcatanese

    One thing for sure, the Reds are keeping the Cubs in the red for June.
    The most discusting thing for me to watch today was Aram( a dropped double) and Pena, getting SOOO tired of watching him step in and out,in and out, irratates me
    a lot, and then steps in and does nothing. Arams glove does not exist.

    • Ripsnorter1

      We have 38  games in 38 days, and I think we have lost the first 9.

      • paulcatanese

        Thats a lot of stepping in and out for Pena.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs now have the worst pitching staff in all of MLB. The proof: we have given up more runs than any other team in MLB. 

    Offensively, we are 23rd in runs scored…….

    • Ripsnorter1

      If the Twins could win 2 games, and Houston could win 1 game, we’d have the fewest wins of any team in MLB. 

      $134 million dollars! That’s this year’s payroll!  

  • Tom U

    In other news, the Iowa Cubs had a Mike Quade bobble-head night tonight.

    Insert your comment here

    • paulcatanese

      Tom,I’m laughing so hard at that one Ihad to slap myself across the face to respond. Great one.