Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 06/13/11

Game Sixty-Five: Cubs (25-39) vs. Brewers (38-28)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.96/1.47) vs. Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.49/1.27)

Updated 3:52pm CDTKerry Wood placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 9 with blister on right index finger – Jeff Baker activated from 15-day DL

Mike Quade and the fifth place Chicago Cubs open a seven-game homestand tonight with the first of four against the first place Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are one of the hottest teams in baseball and are coming off a three-game sweep of the Cardinals at Miller Park. For as good as Milwaukee as been this year, they are just 13-19 on the road compared to 25-9 at home. The Brewers are 25-9 since May 6.

While the Brewers are clicking on all cylinders right now, the Cubs are not. Q’s squad is 5-14 since May 21 and just 12-19 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are just two games ahead of the Astros for last place in the division … and one game ahead in the win column for the worst record in baseball..

The Cubs are expected to activate Jeff Baker from the 15-day DL today and option D.J. LeMahieu to Triple-A Iowa. As for Reed Johnson, his return will be delayed a couple of days. Johnson was hit in the helmet by a pitch during Saturday’s rehab game with the I-Cubs. Johnson received stitches and spent the night in a local hospital. The Cubs will re-evaluate Johnson today and the Cubs are hoping he will be back early this week.

Kerry Wood is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL prior to tonight’s game. Wood has been dealing with a blister on his right index finger for about a month.

Alfonso Soriano is expected to be activated from the DL Wednesday. Soriano was 0-for-3 in his first game with the Iowa Cubs on Sunday afternoon.

The Cubs difficult stretch of 38 games in 38 days does not let up during this homestand. The Cubs face the Brewers and Yankees over the next seven days before opening a three-game series on the South Side next Monday.

Q’s offense will not catch a break either during the four-game series against the Brewers. After Ryan Dempster, Quade will send Randy Wells, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza to the hill and the Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf, Yovani Gallardo, Chris Narveson and Zack Greinke.

Tonight it all begins with Ryan Dempster

The Cubs resident comedian is coming off an excellent start against the Reds in a game it appeared he was going to be scratched from just before Bronson Arroyo threw his first pitch. Ryan Dempster’s right hip stiffened up on him and he could not push off. Ryan Dempster labored through the first inning then settled in and allowed one run on three hits in six innings of work. Dempster walked only one batter and struck out eight … and in the process he beat the Reds at Great American for the first time.

Dempster has been inconsistent this season and has struggled with his command. Dempster must start throwing more quality strikes early and go deeper into games. The Cubs number one pitcher has not completed eight innings in any of his starts this season, plus he’s not completed seven innings in his last three … Dempster has completed seven innings of work only four times in 14 starts.

Dempster is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP … at Wrigley this season, 3-3 in seven starts with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Ryan Dempster is 15-3 in 44 career games, 22 starts, versus the Brewers with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Dempster missed the Brewers in Milwaukee back in April and was a perfect 4-0 in five starts against the Brew Crew last season with a 2.23 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Ryan Braun – 7-for-38 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 walks
  • Craig Counsell – 7-for-28 with a double, a home run and 5 walks
  • Prince Fielder – 9-for-36 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 walks
  • Carlos Gomez – 2-for-5
  • Corey Hart – 5-for-33 with a double, 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Mark Kotsay – 3-for-10 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-5
  • Casey McGehee – 6-for-20 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
  • Nyjer Morgan – 0-for-9 with 2 walks
  • Rickie Weeks – 9-for-31 with a double and 6 walks
  • Randy Wolf – 5-for-13

Randy Wolf has been very good for the Brewers this season. Wolf is coming off a solid start against the Mets (one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts). Despite receiving two no decisions, Wolf has allowed five earned runs on nine hits in his last two starts (ten strikeouts, four walks in 11 2/3) with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

The Cubs beat Randy Wolf back on April 8 at Miller Park. Q’s offense scored six runs, two earned, on nine hits with a walk in six innings. Wolf struck out five and both Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker hit their first homer of the year.

Randy Wolf has had a lot of success against the Cubs over the years, despite the career record. Wolf is just 5-10 in 20 starts versus the Cubs franchise with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Wolf is 3-4 in nine career starts at Wrigley with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Wolf has thrown two complete game shutouts in his nine starts at Wrigley.

Cubs Career Numbers against Randy Wolf

  • Jeff Baker – 7-for-16 with a double and a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-9
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-4
  • Ryan Dempster – 1-for-9
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-6
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-9
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-6
  • Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-27 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 7-for-22 with a double, 3 home runs and a walk
  • Carlos Zambrano – 4-for-8 with a double

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Miles: 
    Hendry says it’s untrue #Cubs won’t be able to sign free agents because of money 

    • paulcatanese

      I don’t think JH will sign free agents, but not because of money, the intellegence will do him in.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Baker – RF
    Ramirez – 3B
    Soto – C
    Montanez – LF
    LeMahieu – 1B
    Campana – CF
    Dempster – P

    • GrantJones7

      Baker in the 3-hole. Winning.

      LeMahieu at first?? Has he played there before?

    • Tom U

      It sounds bad coming now, but I had a suspicion about this happening with LeMahieu.

      Both Bob Brenly and the Chicago Tribune reported on LeMahieu at first shortly after he arrived. 

      Although he has never played there, I have always felt that with his 6’4″ frame, he would eventually tried there.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    To the best of my knowledge, tonight will be the first time LeMahieu has started/played at first base in pro ball

    • BosephHeyden

      I…will allow it.

      • paulcatanese

        I think he will be fine there. The Brewers don’t  bunt that much. And also I believe he has played second,same side of the infield.

    • GrantJones7

      Well lets see how this goes ha.

  • Cheryl

    At least LeMahieu gets in once before he’s sent down. Now if DeWitt could spell Barney at second it would have been even better.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa: Austin Bibens-Dirx (3-2, 6.59)
    Tennessee: Robert Coello (0-2, 3.27)
    Daytona: Austin Kurcz (3-2, 3.83)

    Peoria has the night off

  • The Maven

    I smell a trade!

    • paulcatanese

      You better have a big nose!!!

    • paulcatanese

      I hope you didn’t take my comment personaly, if you did I’ll send you a profile photo of my nose, if I can get a wide angle camera.

      • The Maven

        No worries mate! : )

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

    OK I am totally confunkled with this lineup. Why why why why I see 4 why’s and one why not.

    Why not Colvin at 1st and give Barney a day off. The kid deserves it. Colvin is good enough to start against Cliff Lee but not Randy Wolf ? Make no sense.

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

      I meant Barney deserve a day off with the kid deserves it comment.

    • paulcatanese

      I think its last chance for more than one player.Or mercy on JH’s.

  • Skeldor

    I saw on MLB Traderumors that the Rangers are looking for bullpen help.  Any chance of trading Wood (pending he’d approve the trade but he’s from Texas so why not) there for someone like Chris Davis.  The Cubs have no first baseman of the future so that might be a fit??  Thoughts?

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

      Would Davis be our Future 1st man over Bour or Rebel Ridings? All he would be is a stop gap between Pena and who ever steps up to be the future 1st guy. Don’t forget we drafted a lot of high prospect 1st guys in the draft.

      • Skeldor

        How close are any of those players honestly.  He would be a stop gap for 3-4 years is my guess which really isn’t a stop gap lol.  And it could be any reliever we have worth anything, marshall/marmol….I just threw Wood out there b/c he’s from Texas, not worth a lot of money and might get the urge to play in the play-offs one last time.  I’m pretty sure his spot in the organization is already saved for him so that’s a non-issue.  He only signed a one year contract so it would only be for a couple months, not years.  IDK just figured this team needed a first baseman b/c fielder/pujols will cost way to much for this team to spend. 

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

          Ridings should be up late next year. With Bour right behind him in 2013.

    • gocubs

      Wood took very little money to come to Chicago where he wants to continue to live, raise his daughter (who sees a specialist at Childrens Memorial Hospital), and be a part of the Cubs organization. 

    • Aaron

      Actually, as Richard said, we have Bour and Ridling. Prior to the season, I would’ve said yes, we need Davis, but with their development, there is little need for Davis.

      Bour spent last offseason at Instructs developing a power stroke. He has a good eye at the plate, healthy OBP, and a good average, and the only question mark was his power stroke. He developed it at Instructs, and its paying huge dividends.

      Here’s his line this year: .318/.381/.598, 17 doubles, 1 triple, 16 hr, 52 RBI,  25 walks, 48 K’s

      Those are some pretty hefty numbers. My guess is Ridling might go up to Iowa and play 1B and OF with LaHair doing the same…then Bour will move up to AA. But it makes zero sense keeping them where they’re at now, especially with Cuneo and Rohan at Peoria (Rohan playing 3B, even though he’s a natural 1B), plus all the 1B draftees this year in Vogelbach, Gretzky, Hoilman (who could slide right in at Peoria given his age), and Shoulders…

      That’s why it’s so vital that they sign at least 3 out of that group…hopefully all of them, especially Vogelbach and Shoulders.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Folks, this LeMahieu move just qualified Quade for Manager of the Year in the Three Stooges League. 

    LeMahieu has ridden the bench for what now–10 days or more? This is his second start in MLB–and he’s never played a game at 1B before, either.

    Congrats to you, Quade-boy!!!

    • BosephHeyden

      There’s no backup first baseman and you never know if someone is good there until you play them there.  So it’s either they start LeMahieu at first so he can play or they sit him on the bench while they continue to rotate players on the DL so he doesn’t.    LeMahieu may wind up fitting in well at first anyways, and our defense at first base isn’t really a position that has cost us any games to begin with, plus we’re already out of it anyways, so why not experiment?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Let’s see, who can play 1B for the Cubs? These all have experience at 1B.
        (I looked them all up at Baseball Reference).
        Pena
        Soto
        Colvin
        Baker
        Aram
        DeWitt
        K. Hill

        My question for you: are you happy with Blake DeWitt’s defense in LF this year? Has he cost us several runs by his failed defensive plays?

        Also–will there be enough pressure on LeMahieu with just getting his 2nd ML start, or do you think there might be just a little extra pressure on him playing a position he has never played before? Since confidence is so important to success in MLB, do you think Quade is building confidence in LeMahieu this way?

        • paulcatanese

          Rip, I think LeMahieu stuck it in Quade’s ear tonight. He did well there and for once the infielders made pretty good throws over there. And he got a hit too.Even Pena may have had trouble with the throw from Castro. He looked a little nervous but settled in. But it was the first time I have seen a first baseman catch a throw from an infielder with both hands. He did good.

      • RickinMSP

        Or, they play Baker at first and LeMahieu at second giving Barney the day off.  LeMahieu is heading back to the minors soon, so why not wait and try him at first then.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I agree. Throw in the fact that he has no power–NONE–so he’s not qualified to play 1B anywhere on the planet. In 600 AB in 2010, he slugged .386 with 2 HR. He has no power. This is just DUMB MANAGEMENT. 

          If brains were dynamite, neither Hendry, Quade, or Kennedy could blow their own noses.

  • Ripsnorter1

    We have MLB’s worst defense already.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Yanks vs Indians on ESPN tonight . . . . Suttcliffe speaks . . . .. 

    Yanks looking to acquire:1. A catcher. Russell Martin’s back means he’s undependables.
    2. Looking for a reserve infielder to give Jeter, ARod, Cano a day off on occasion.
    3. BULLPEN HELP. 
    4. Starting pitching.

    Ah, the sellers, the Cubs, could fill some of those needs. But what do the Yanks have that we would want?  ANSWER: the money to pay off the Tribune!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Can’t disagree with Bob’s criticism of starting D.J. at first base tonight

  • Aaron

    Once again Brenly has an excellent perspective….

    “You know Len….and I’m sure DJ LeMahieu would agree that he’d take the ball and pitch if Quade wanted him to, but I just think it’s highly unfair to put a guy like him at 1B, his first experience there not only at the MLB level, but in pro ball .”

    A perfect summary of “Q Ball”….I can’t stand that guy, and I want that loser off the bench ASAP….Just like I suspected last year, the ONLY reason he got the job is because the veterans quit on Piniella, and he rode them down the stretch to get the job that should’ve gone to Girardi first (but the Cubs apparently had no interest in getting him), and Sandberg second.

    He makes idiotic moves on a daily basis, and the worst thing about it….most managers learn from mistakes, but he just keeps making them over and over again. When will it stop?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Q is a nightmare all of his own, isn’t he? I’m on fire tonight thinking about this q-ball.

      Brenly will be unemployed before too much longer. That’s the stupid Cubs’ management: fire the man who points out just how stupid the management is. You may be right as rain, but baby, you’re gone if you just open your mouth once. 

      • Ripsnorter1

        What will happen is that DJL will make some small mistake, and then Q-ball and Hendry will send him down, rebuking the youngster in th press for being “a failure” and “not working hard enough” and “not producing” on the ML level. 

        DING-FODS.

      • paulcatanese

        As I posted to Aaron, Ricketts will be in the booth sometime this week with Brenly,should be interesting.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Aaron, this one really gets me. They refused to give Colvin a shot at first base last year because of his lack of experience. At least he’d played there before. D.J. has never played first base … ever.

      This management team continues to use players out of position … infielders in the outfield, lefty specialists as starters, etc.

      • Aaron

        That’s why if Ricketts doesn’t make wholesale changes, they’ll continue to be the biggest joke in all of pro sports…and I really mean that sincerely, not just because I’m a jaded fan. 

        Absolutely nothing they do makes sense, and it’s usually counterproductive. Any sane owner would make dramatic changes to stop the insanity…but I think we all know the answer to that one. Tom Ricketts is indeed insane….How else can you describe a guy that nearly flunked out of college by sitting in the bleachers, watching same terrible Cubs teams. I know that, because Tom Ricketts was born in 1963, which would make him between 18-22 when he was in college, which would put him at Wrigley from 1981-1984…the one good season out of that being 1984. 

        I guess you could make a case for going to games for the bleacher babes in the summer…problem is….school is in session during the season only at the end of August, September, April, and May….Bleacher babes usually don’t come out until June, July, and most of August…..so…..that means he was attending a lot of games for no good reason.

        Furthermore, Ricketts said himself he wasn’t a “baseball guy”, meaning he didn’t know the game in depth, which in turn would mean that he was attending games not because he he knew much about it, but thought it was fun, which in turn means that he thinks losing is fun, which would EXPLAIN AN AWFUL LOT TO ALL OF US AT THIS POINT.

        Here’s what I think will happen. Hendry gets an extension, and they retain Kenney as well, along with Quade. Quade will also get an extension, because they’ll claim they don’t want a lame duck manager next year, and they’ll also say he “dealt with a lot this year with injuries, and did an admirable job given the circumstances” blah blah blah

        All this garbage about Ricketts being more involved recently and “changes on the horizon” is just that…..garbage.

        If he really is more involved, then he’s even dumber than we all thought, because it’s pretty impossible not to make wholesale changes if you see management on a more intimate level, and you can see firsthand just how inept they really are.

        .

        • paulcatanese

          Ricketts was born in 1963? I knew there was a reason I left Chicago that year.

        • studio179

          That’s correct. Ricketts was at the park during that 80’s timeframe. He has stated Sandberg was his favorite player. The same Sandberg that went on to a HOF career and Cub icon that earned respect for handling players and even winning in the minors as a manager. The very same Sandberg who Ricketts let walk out the door in a bad way because he let his GM have grand plans of hiring Quade. The current leader who benches young guys for mistakes but allows vets to carry on their failures as business as usual without accountability. A leader that places a young player at a position he has never played at in his young pro career, all at the ML level. Even though other guys on the roster have played the position. No doubt all three leaders will get an extension.  

      • paulcatanese

        And Neil with runners on first and second with one out Quade has Campana swing away instead of bunting,where he could have moved the runners up and a good chance to beat the throw at first.I thought Campana was here for his speed, not his home run power.

        • carmelo

          No one would EVER bunt with runners at 2nd and 3rd and one out—-if that’s the case the hitter shouldn’t be in the majoor leagues—-why move the runners up and now there’s two outs.  Only hitter who would be asked to do that would be the PITCHER.

          • paulcatanese

            As I recall the runners were on first and second and Campana has the best chance of anyone on that field to pull it off. I love Campana but lets face it his best chance to get on is to get it on the ground. If you had noticed what was commented on was “the word was out” and pitch him up in the zone so that he cannot hit it on the ground. Any fair bunt and they would have less than a10%chance to get him. As it was he hit a lazy flyball to center for and easy out and no one could advance.

  • The Maven

    The more I see Prince Fielder, the more I hope the Cubs don;t sign him this off-season. 

    With the way he looks now, can you image how he will look if he get a big 5 year contract from the Cubs? By the time the contract’s over, they’ll have to roll him out of Wrigley like that blueberry girl in Willy Wonka!

    • GaryLeeT

      I too am on the “just say no to Prince” team. That weight he carries around will begin to take it’s toll on his body.

    • studio179

      I am with you. I have been saying since the offseason no to Pujols and no to Fielder. Some keep saying Fielder over Pujols because he will be cheaper. With Boras as Fielder’s agent, he will make sure Prince gets an out clause 3 years in the deal. The Cubs would keep him longer than 3 years, out clause or not. Also, just because Prince Fielder will not land King Albert money, he will still be vastly overpaid for what the Cubs are doing. Age wise, Fielder is fine as a FA. But longevity of his health is questionable. Once he hits 29 & 30, his body will start to take it’s toll.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    WOW … that was ugly … 2-5-1-6-4-2 rundown on the botched squeeze.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That looked like a little league team

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

      yup…super funny but hey I had my money on somebody throwing it to the outfield and to my surprise they got the out.

      BTW I can’t bare to watch much longer…this Manager Quade has to be the dumbest baseball manager that ever lived. Ricketts have to take this guy down like before this week ends.
      Do you know How long is MQuade’s contract?

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

        I just won 10 bucks proving that you can have a double by the pitcher batting with a guy on third and him not score. Yeah Me!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Quade signed a 2-year deal with an option for a third

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

          if he is fired then the cubs have to pay the whole thing? if so, we have Quade for 2012 cool! insert sarc.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Yes, he signed a 2-year contract. They have to pay him.

        • Aaron

          The 3rd year option is guaranteed with 60 wins in the 2nd season…plus, Hendry included a “no-fire clause”

          • studio179

            You are serious? Quade has a ‘no fire’ clause. Has to be a joke or you are just venting because of Hendry’s past extreme NTC contracts, right?

          • Aaron

            it was a joke….I thought everyone would think it was funny, and yes, it’s b/c of all the NTC in the past

    • Tony_Hall

      Neil – don’t talk so poorly about little league teams.

      My 13U team, executed a perfect rundown, on a botched suicide squeeze, with just one throw from the catcher to the 3b, AFTER, the catcher ran the runner back to 3B, to win the game and the tournament.

      The “professional team”, the Cubs, just participated in a “throw down”, with little running involved.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Tony, you are right … my bad.

        • Tony_Hall

          The part I didn’t say was that was the 1st time we executed the rundown perfectly.  Before that it looked like a little league team, well just like the Cubs last night…

      • paulcatanese

        Tony, what did you expect? Quade stressed fundementals in Spring Training.

        • Tony_Hall

          You know Paul, that is what is so frustrating about this year.  Q said all the right things, early on, but what happened…the only fundamentaly strong players are the young guys.  Barney is so much fun to watch, play the game the right way, and play hard.  He even admits that it was bad base running on Pena’s hit, as he was going back, way to early and should have been in better position, once Braun lost it in the ivy.  That’s what I like to see, a player, who knows that it is about constantly improving, not blaming someone else or something else, when something doesn’t go right.

          • paulcatanese

            You are right Tony, and I remarked in ST when Quade said he was going to stress fundementals it was a joke. The younger players already had them from the minors and the vets were too over confident to pay any attention, plus talking about it and doing it are two different things.

            My take on that rundown was Soto got rid of it too soon as he knew he couldn’t catch the runner with his speed and when it got to Aram he got rid of it quickly as he knew for sure he could not catch the runner. Two slows don’t make a right.Plus the “choke” factor was there, the fear of hitting the runner in the back.

            And again as I was watching Barney on the fly to Braun he did as you say return too quickly,he really forgot that is was Braun, who only catches about 10% of those near the wall, but he did come close. But Barney should have hung half way until the catch. I think in Barney’s defense, he had in the back of his mind to tag on the catch and go to second, again he was trying to make the best of the situation. Very smart hustleing player, he knows how to improve and is useing what he already has in his head.

            He may be an off the bench type as many on this site have said, but he could start for me anytime, because he is a winner.

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah and what saved them was Barney got the ball last and made the proper move,one throw.

  • Aaron

    Hendry:”We’re all frustrated’’ he said “We got off to bad start.We’re not here to make excuses about the injuries”
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm….that’s a curious statement, considering both Hendry AND Quade have made comments in recent weeks about that.

    So which is it Jimmy boy?!?!?

    In fact, I recall recent comments about having 2 of the 5 in the rotation out, and a bunch of right-handed hitters out…blah blah blah….In fact, just earlier today in his comments to Miles he said that…

    Now, he acts as if he’s taking the criticism and accepting responsibility, trying to save face…..All people need nowadays is a computer, and can look up or listen to his recent comments…it’s not like the old days when you had to wait days for comments to appear in the papers most of the time. He’s playing everyone for fools.

    • paulcatanese

      It ought to be interesting on the air one day this week the announcer said that
      Ricketts was going to be in the booth, not sure on the game,think I heard the White Sox series. That could be the last broadcast for Brenly if he asks him the same things he has been commenting.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs need to win this game . . . Houston is ahead 7-0 [yes, I DO know that their bullpen could blow any lead at any time] over Atlanta in the 6th. Atlanta’s offense is weak, people. If Houston wins, then they will have the same number of wins as the Cubs–the fewest in MLB!

  • Ripsnorter1

    I’ve been watching the Yank vs. Indians. Indians SP Carrasco has a very fine arm. He doesn’t have much of a clue where his pitches are going–his balls move like a knuckle ball–totally unpredictable. Very fine arm. 

    SO he beats the Yanks 1-0. Jeter hurt his calf muscle He may be out for the Cubs–Yanks showdown this weekend. 

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

    Should we be happy that Dempster kept these guys scoreless ?

    • paulcatanese

      I don’t know Richard,the Brewers will be out for blood tommorow.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Those lowly Pirates won again tonight, 3-1, over the Mets. Those crummy Mets–and they are a crummy team–are 32-34. But of course, that’s much better than the crummy Cubs who have just a 25-39 record. IF the Cubs can manage to lose tonight, we will the 2nd team to lose 40 games this year. The other team is . . .. HOUSTON>

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to the Daytona Cubs!

    With their 45th win tonight, they clinched the Florida State League North title and a spot in the playoffs!

    • Aaron

      nice to see Watkins start hitting. He’s at .236 now, after spending almost all season below .190, so it’s good to see him turn it on.

      I don’t expect much of him to begin with, as he really offers little of value. No power, or extra base ability, average to slightly above average speed…and a lot more higher ceiling guys ahead of him.

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

        Filler guys are important as well Aaron. You can not have a team full of hot shot prospects with out having someone to carry there bags.

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

    That is 2 games in 3 days that we need a base runner late in a game and Castro swings at the stupid first pitch.

    • Ripsnorter1

      8 BB in over 260 AB–what do you expect?  

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

        You can be selective and still be aggressive. Julio Franco was great at it.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Pena hitting for baker . .. does that mean Carlos plays in RF now, or will Pena move to catcher and move Soto to IB, or what?

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

      He got a double lets wait to see if he has to play 3rd.

      • paulcatanese

        No wind and that one was gone.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with an excellent slide

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

      lol for a sec there I was wondering weather anyone was actually watching the game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Congratulations to the Daytona Cubs … first-half North Division Champs

  • Aaron

    Sadly, I see McGehee going yard here

    • Aaron

      phew….love some crow

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

        Just because your Jaded does not mean your wrong. McGehee has killed us since we let him go.

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

    CUBS WIN CUBS WIN CUBS WIN

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Brewers DEVASTATED by the Cubs’ Buzz Saw!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shut out the Brewers 1-0 Monday night. Ryan Dempster tossed 7
    innings of shutout ball – 4H,BB,7Ks; Aramis Ramirez fielder’s choice RBI in 8th

  • paulcatanese

    Best effort all year by Dempster.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBTQEWUE4ZR657K5AUFOREFBYE Devin

    This is one game that the cubs would normally used. helps their morale somewhat after beating a hot team. lets see whats in store tomm

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

    I just read some of the comments from Paul Sullivan’s column and nearly puked. I wanted to share some of the most disturbing with some of you that haven’t seen it yet.

    “I expected us to win at a higher level than three division championships,” Hendry said.  “I don’t mind that. This is professional baseball in a big market and a great fan base. We should’ve done better the last year and a half. So that comes with the territory, and that is my responsibility.”

    “Not much has gone right for us, and I do feel bad for a lot of guys
    that are busting their tail,” he said. “The fans here are great, I think
    they have a very good perspective on what we’re going to try and do
    down the road. Tom is going to own the team a long time.”

    What a bunch of horse crap. He has treated the fans for the last 3 years like children and now when there are beginning to be whispers about him leaving he says it is his fault. I have never been a fan of his but it has been a personal reason and so I never got into the he is an (put in your adjective) argument. But this is just revisonist history. The same guy that said holds up his 3 division titles as a proof that he knows what he is doing. Now he says it isn’t good enough and we need to win a WS. Where the fans have been trying to get him to go in that direction to begin with.

    • paulcatanese

      They say confession is good for the soul, but it should contain the truth and JH didn’t include that. He actually sounds like he is begging for mercy Too late JH.

    • Aaron

      ……actually, he’s contradicted himself in a matters of hours (unless the quotes were from yesterday), as he blamed it on injuries, then all of a sudden did an about-face, and took ownership of the failures.

      what a crock! and what a joke this team has become under current leadership.

      I never thought I’d EVER say this….but I long for the days of the Tribune ownership….at least when they took over they ACTUALLY HIRED SUCCESSFUL BASEBALL GUYS FROM THE PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ricketts hasn’t fired a single person from this damn debacle, it’s ridiculous