Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Yankees – 06/19/11

Game Seventy-One: Cubs (29-41) vs. Yankees (40-29)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89, 176
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63/1.58) vs. C.C. Sabathia (8-4, 3.28/1.23)

Happy Father’s day from the CCO! The Cubs seven-game homestand comes to a conclusion tonight with the rubber game against the New York Yankees. Q’s squad has played their best ball of the season over the last six games. A win tonight would give the Cubs a very successful 5-2 record against the Brewers and Yankees … while a loss could erase the memory of the improved play over the past week.

With Carsten Charles Sabathia on the hill for Joe Girardi, look for Mike Quade to run out his right-handed lineup. Reed Johnson is expected to start in center (Quade said Saturday that Johnson would receive a breathier during the Sox series), Jeff Baker should be at first base tonight with Luis Montanez in right field. How will Quade handle second base? Will D.J. LeMahieu crack the starting lineup or will Blake DeWitt be the lone lefty in Quade’s lineup?

The Cubs Sunday struggles have been well documented … so will Mike Quade have his team ready to play tonight? The Cubs are a pathetic 1-9 on Sundays this season and have won only two games on Sunday since Mike Quade took over for Lou Piniella last August. The Cubs have another shot at winning a series at home but winning on Sunday has proven to be a huge challenge for this group of players.

Tonight it all starts with Randy Wells

Randy Wells is coming off a decent outing and statistically a quality start (three earned runs or less in six innings). However, Wells struggled with his command, ran up his pitch count and was gone after the six innings. Wells seemed to benefit more from what the Brewers didn’t do than what he did on the mound. Wells allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings.

Wells has posted only one decision in his four starts since returning from the DL … and does not have a decision in his last three outings. Wells has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 14 hits with six walks and five strikeouts (5.79 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP).

Wells needs a good start tonight and must keep from being star struck on National Television facing the New York Yankees. Wells has the stuff to be a successful starter at the big league level (fourth or fifth starter) it is time for him to work on his consistency … keeping the ball down, throw strikes and not fall behind in the count.

Randy Wells is 1-1 in three starts at Wrigley this season with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Tonight will be his first career start against the Bronx Bombers.

Chris Dickerson (1-for-6 with a double), Andruw Jones (1-for-3) and Russell Martin (2-for-8 with a walk) are the only Yankees on the active roster that has faced Randy Wells.

The Cubs will get their first look at C.C. Sabathia in a Yankees uniform. The Cubs had success against Sabathia during his time with the Brewers in 2008 (1-1 in three starts with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP) and must be patient against him tonight like they were nearly three years ago.

Sabathia is coming off a win against the Rangers in which he allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. Sabathia struck out six and did not issue a single free pass. Carsten Charles is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

C.C. Sabathia is 5-2 in seven starts outside of Yankee Stadium this season with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP … in his career at Wrigley, 0-1 in one start with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Tonight will be the veteran southpaw’s fifth career start against the Cubs. Sabathia is 1-2 in the first four with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against C.C. Sabathia

  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-2
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
  • Reed Johnson – 9-for-30 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Luis Montanez – 0-for-11 with a walk
  • Carlos Pena – 4-for-35 with a double, 2 home runs and 4 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 7-for-16 with a double and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 12-for-36 with 2 doubles, 5 home runs and 6 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-5 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Johnson – CF
    Castro – SS
    Baker – 1B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Soriano – LF
    Soto – C
    Montanez – RF
    LeMahieu – 2B
    Wells – P

    • paulcatanese

      Another platoon lineup by Quade. Maybe a little risky,with Montanez and LeMahieu in the order. It’s good for him to get the experience, never know until  he has the chance.

    • John_CC

      Hey hey, look at that – LeMahieu gets the start vs. one of the best lefties in the game, definitely the biggest.  Good luck to him! 

      Any else find it hilarious, disturbing and just plain pathetic that the 3 hole a platoon slot in the batting order?  (That’s rhetorical, btw)

    • Matt

      What the hell is this garbage?

  • John_CC

    What do you (any and all) make of the Sunday thing?  I know it’s a pathetic record, but would it be mentioned every week if for instance the Cubs were 3-15 on Tuesdays (as they very well could be for all I know)? 

    The significance of Sunday – why it get’s so many mentions – is that it’s always the end of a series and usually means they have a chance to a) not get swept, b) win a series, or c) sweep a series (though very rare). 

    I guess I am trying to understand if it has other significance or meaning. Does it tell that the by Sunday the team is just looking forward to a day off? That they’ve mailed it in on Saturday and partied too much?  Or is it just another poor marker littering the road that is the 2011 Cubs season?

    Happy Father’s Day all you papas!

    • paulcatanese

      John ,I just think it’s a total mental block with the Cubs, after the first two or three times in a row they go out on Sunday and feel they are going to lose no matter what. And they usualy do.

      • Rbmercer

        Doubt that any of those guys give it a second thought that it is Sunday, just coincidence

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          That could be one of the problems that this group of players probably do not give it a second thought.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      John, the reason I keep mentioning it is because of ‘B’. If I’m not mistaken, this is the eighth Sunday that with a win they would win the series. This group of players is not closing out series. Are they prepared? Are they not prepared? I just find it kinda strange since last August this team (group of players) has won only twice on Sunday. And for the record, they are 4-8 on Friday … that is their second worst day.

  • paulcatanese

    Watching College baseball on ESPN and a blurb came up, Pujols was taken out of the game with a sprained wrist from a collision down at first base. Could you imagine the panic a team wold have if he is on the DL for any amount of time and paying him 30mil. a year?

  • Aaron

    In case anyone still cares about the draft…

    Here’s some updates (with round selected and class):
    1st-Baez/HS- supposedly, he had a deal in place to sign with the Brewers for slot money before the Cubs selected him, so I’m not sure at all what’s taking so long getting him signed.
    2nd-Vogelbach/HS- according to video below, it appears that if the Cubs meet his demands, which are fairly reasonable considering his talent (around $1.6 million reportedly), they’ll get him, and he’s ready and willing to start immediately
    *http://www.baseballrealitytour.com/2011/06/2017-future-star-daniel-vogelbach.html
    *http://www.news-press.com/VideoNetwork/981637269001/Daniel-Vogelbach-Chicago-Cubs
    3rd-DeVoss/eligible SOPH- 50/50 on signing with Cubs, and will apparently make a quick decision
    * http://www.app.com/article/A9/20110608/SPORTS/106080336/Zeke-DeVoss-Beau-Taylor-feel-draft?odyssey=nav|head

    5th-Scott/HS- has said he’ll sign
    * http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/JoseEGarcia/130555

    9th-Schlect/HS- apparently will sign according to this video…also funny that he’s a Cardinals fan
    * http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/262364/3/Waterloos-Schlecht-drafted-by-the-Cubs

    14th-Maples/HS- he will likely be an impossible sign, considering he has both football and baseball options at UNC, PLUS, he’s a two-way stand-out in baseball…PLUS, he can be a draft eligible sophomore instead of waiting until he’s a junior due to age
    *http://fayobserver.com/articles/2011/06/07/1099721?sac=Sports

    18th-Pugilese…SIGNED
    19th-Hoilman…SIGNED
    20th-Klafczynski…SIGNED

    25th-Shoulders/JUCO- not a chance he’ll sign at this point. He’s making it sound as if the Cubs are nowhere near his asking price, and he was expecting to go as high as the 4th round and has a scholarship to USF that he intends to honor at this point…unless the Cubs come up with the money
    *http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bulls/content/usf-losing-juniors-mende-moran-shoulders-enroll
    26th-Jensen/JUCO- like Shoulders, it doesn’t appear there’s a chance of signing him…and like Shoulders, he said basically the same thing, that he’s in a good position, and it’d take an awful lot to get him out of his USC scholarship, as he expected to go much earlier
    *http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_18229102?source=most_viewed&nclick_check=1

    30th-Maltos-Garcia/JUCO- according to school he’s transferring to, UNM, his coach said not a single one of their drafted recruits are going to sign
    *http://m.examiner.com/exAlbuquerque/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=xmd4BL2v&full=true#display

    32nd-Levitt…SIGNED
    33rd-McDonald…SIGNED

    36th-Garcia…SIGNED
    37th-Maxwell/SR-there is no news on him, but I can’t see him holding out much longer as he has ZERO leverage being a senior
    38th-Lucchese…SIGNED
    39th-Jacquez/HS- he has a commitment to Texas, but according to reports, the Cubs told him to pitch this summer, and it’s turned into a sort of “draft and follow” situation in a way, as they want to see him retain velocity. If you read between the lines with his own comments on the situation, it appears that he’s more signable than people thought before
    *http://www.elpasotimes.com/highschoolmania/ci_18261661
    40th-Francescon…SIGNED
    41st-Urban/JUCO- he had expected to go in the top 10 rounds, but with signability issues, he dropped, and doesn’t expect to sign anytime soon, if at all
    *http://m.tribune-democrat.com/TTD/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=try8YHB0&full=true#display
    42nd-Zapenas…SIGNED

    44th-Socorro…SIGNED

    46th-Weismann…SIGNED

    16th-Lopez and 27th-Easterling are teammates at FSU that have yet to sign. Lopez is a senior and Easterling is technically a senior, though he still has eligibility in football…so those are the remaining seniors that need to sign, other than Maxwell

    Anyway, I’ll keep this format, and update as more signings or news takes place. So far, as I posted the other day, the Cubs are in the bottom of the league in terms of signing their picks thus far, and it is quickly making the comments from Wilken, Ricketts, and others rather comical (about them spending more this year than any other on the draft and international free agency).

    We’ll see what happens, but it’s not looking good. Shoulders and Jensen, two guys I said before the Cubs needed to sign, have already come out and said they almost certainly won’t sign. Zych is also reportedly going to be difficult to sign. 

    I’d be absolutely shocked if the Cubs sign even half of the guys from this group (remember teams average 60% signed each year). 

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Aaron, thank you for posting an update.

    • GrantJones7

      I dont feel good about this, i just dont see them signing 60% of teh Draft picks, Ricketts wont give out the $$

      • Aaron

        Grant, you’re absolutely right….This ownership group has absolutely no intention of following through with what they say….

        and I don’t care what political party anyone belongs to, as I’m an independent…..but it’s almost like the media right now trying to spin everything with the economy as good, blah blah blah, and it’s nothing more than propaganda, and it’s really something comical if you ask me….

        That is PRECISELY what the Ricketts are to me….they’re the media, and our current president….They play everybody for stupid, and hope that if they say it enough, you’ll just believe them.

        Fact is, when the Ricketts took over, they said they were committing to player development, etc., then watched as Piniella, then Quade, refused to play the younger guys. Then, to make matters worse, they hand the managerial gig to Quade, who had already proven that he wasn’t willing to play the young guys. And as if that weren’t enough, they signed off on the trade that sent Hak-Ju Lee, Guyer, Archer, Chirinos, and Fuld to the Rays for Garza.

        Meanwhile, the Cubs have not only lost Garza to injury (elbow…since returned though), and suffered injuries to their OF with Soriano, Byrd, and Johnson where Guyer could’ve helped out, but they also had Barney go down recently. And you have to think that with as well as Lee played last year, and how good he’s doing now .356/.431/.489 with 20 SB, you have to think that Lee might’ve advanced all the way instead of LeMahieu.

        So, like I said, propaganda is what they’re all about….from winning it all to player development to spending to win, and spending resources necessary to do so (meaning not just players, but also facilities), they’ve done NOTHING to inspire confidence whatsoever….absolutely NONE!!!!!!!! First of all, they begged MLB and the state of Arizona to pay for their new Spring Training facilities….then, in order to get what they wanted, they promised to build a commercial development, which would in turn, give the city of Mesa and state of Arizona sales tax revenues….but then shortly after securing the deal, they announced that commercial development would be put on hold until the economy improved….

        Then, they immediately turned around and tried to get the city of Chicago to pay for about $200-300 million in stadium renovations.

        Honestly, it’s like with the media….they really think the rest of us are stupid.

        It’s like what I’ve said before on here….the number of cities that have been burned by professional sports ownership groups its too long to list. They come in with the same message:
        1) We add $___________millions (usually in hundreds of millions) of tax revenue to the local economy through team related sales, and tourism related activities

        2) We can’t attract corporate sponsors, which help us remain competitive without significant upgrades to the stadium, etc.

        3) If we can’t get a new stadium, then we will have to relocate to another city….(remember the White Sox even threatened to move to St. Petersburg, FL before New Comiskey was built)

        But a lot of those teams that try that have something in common…..they refuse to spend enough money to field competitive teams. Look at the Expos, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Sonics, Atlanta Thrashers, etc. Their ownership groups were frugal, pocketed millions, and played city governments for dummies, and outside of the Kings (who will remain temporarily in Sacramento), they all got what they wanted…new stadiums in different cities…and all but the Sonics (turned OKC Thunder) were awful franchises with awful ownership and terrible management. 

        It’s VERY rare that solid franchises will beg for money from their current city/state or have a wandering eye toward another city….and usually if the city plays chicken with the franchise, they’ll win, because bad management/ownership will usually collapse under its own weight.

        I think we’re starting to see that already with the Ricketts. They’re in over their head with the payroll, facilities, and their debt structure that they can’t possibly be successful in my opinion. I’ll eat a heavy helping of crow if they ever do….but the evidence says otherwise, and the ticking time bomb is them being on MLB’s naughty list with their debt. That’s the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

        In fact, it’d be shocked if MLB allowed them to spend whatever is necessary to make their 2011 draft successful.

        And not that I have to say this to any of you, as everyone on here is intelligent….but just trust your senses. You all can pretty much tell when you’re being lied to by the PR machine….all you have to do is look with your own eyes, and see if what they’re telling you adds up. Everything I’ve heard come out of their mouths (Ricketts) is a bunch of bullsh$t, because they still think Cubs fans are idiots. Understand this….when their dad says Tom pushed him to purchase the team because “fans come win or lose, rain or shine”, then you have to question their motives for everything….and then when Tom himself comes out, and says that he doesn’t believe it when fans say they can’t afford games, blah blah blah….you know they’re so out of touch with reality it’s not even funny.

        Again, as always, I hope I’m wrong about this team, but I seldom have been wrong, and it sucks, because I love the Cubs

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      Great job Aaron !!!

    • Dorasaga

      Thanks, Aaron. I was wondering the other night; you are a good man.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson just hit a home run to go with a RBI double earlier in the game. Ryan Flaherty followed with a solo shot … back-to-back jacks. Jackson is hitting third today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Tennessee Smokies will end the first half leading
    the league in the following: wins, road wins, batting avg, runs, HR, RBI, SLG, OBP and ERA

  • paulcatanese

    I think one of the big reasons that the Cubs cannot close out a series or a Sunday game is entirely on Quade, he manipulates,twists and turns the lineups differently every day,their is 0 cohesion among the players, playing next to someone else daily does not make Jack a happy guy. Timing is off on defense,offense is the same way. Quade will insert someone in a particular spot and then subtitute with a bench player in the same spot and not too often a double switch and the sub will come back to haunt him. He uses the wrong players in the wrong spots. On top of it he has no clue on how to manage a pitching staff and really destroys the bullpen.I don’t think I have to go too much further to prove why they cannot win more than two in a row or a Sunday game.

    By the way, the Marlins manager resigned today with the poor record under him, any inspiration for you Mr. Quade?

    • BosephHeyden

      Plain and simple:  Ricketts isn’t putting pressure on Quade.  Why would he?  He’s making money.  I mean, yeah, two better teams both had manager changes:  in Oakland’s case, they’ve made so little progress after getting so many decent prospects, while, in Florida’s case, their owner is a known crackpot , cheapskate, and overall d-bag (he’s gone through three managers now in the past few years, two of which went on to coach much better teams, one of which actually won a World Series).

      Ricketts won’t fire Quade or put pressure on Quade because there’s no reason:  he had low expectations of this team, and, though they’ve met and exceeded the low expectations, they’re also selling tickets (albiet, to other teams’ fans in a lot of cases, but still).

      If any changes are to be made, they’ll be made in September.  They’ll involve Quade being replaced by whoever the bench coach is temporarily, Hendry scamming his way into one more year, and the Cubs abandoning the Pujols/Fielder sweepstakes in favor of another overpaid year of Pena (I don’t care how good he’s doing now, and he really isn’t doing that great as is, but he’s getting paid way too much).

      • paulcatanese

        Good reply, makes good sense, and I think I had said pretty much the same thing on an earlier post,in any event,not a bright future. I also same for next year.but if and for good reason,season tickets take a large downward spiral before the season, Ricketts will make a change. But I don’t see it unless the drop in tickets are there.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wells serves up a homer on a 0-2 pitch, really?

    • Aaron

      Funny that you should say that, Neil….I’ve actually been recording a few games this year, burning dvd’s, in addition to old tapes I have, then dissecting film with the kids I give private lessons to.

      One of my kids asked me why I saved Cubs tape, instead of any other teams, and I just told him it was because I know the team the best, and I’ve seen them play plenty of games to know individual issues they might have.

      One thing that never dawned on me (and it actually makes me feel stupid) is the fact that I should have told the kids it’s a video of “HOW NOT TO PITCH”….maybe that’s how I’ll pitch it to them and their parents from now on.

      You could literally make have a “teachable moment” every game they’ve played this year with regards to the pitching staff. For someone that knows more about hitting than I do, perhaps you could also have that for the hitters as well….but I’ll stick to the pitchers.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wells recovered nicely

  • GaryLeeT

    You know how in the cartoon version of the Grinch that stole Christmas, the Grinch puts his hands over his ears, and says ” all the Noise! Noise Noise!” Picture me being inspired by that and putting my hands over my my face saying “all the Walks! Walks! Walks!”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed with a leadoff double and Castro with a productive out

  • Skeldor

    What just happened there?  Was that fundamental baseball played by the Cubs???

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes they did … do not adjust the picture on your TV

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Baker … game tied at one

  • Skeldor

    It’s kind of sad, the Cubs have 53 HR as a TEAM.  The Yankee’s 2-4 hitters have more than that comibed 56 between the 3 of them.  LOL how crazy is that.  Oh well, at least they aren’t Oakland who has only 38..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wells with a 1-2-3 second inning, first time the Cubs have retired the Yankees in order since the 7th inning on Friday

    • GaryLeeT

      As far as Cub’s starters go, I think Wells has looked the best in this series. Sans Gardner, almost every ball put in play, has been pounded into the ground.

  • GaryLeeT

    I miss Barney. He would have had a blast during this series.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice double play from D.J. and Starlin

    • paulcatanese

      Yes,very good feed from D.J.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    SO-RI-A-NO! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)

    • cubtex

      He owns Sabathia!

  • GaryLeeT

    Wow, Ramirez with a great play, and a most bone-headed one, in the same inning.

  • John_CC

    D.J. is now 5 for 10 in his spot starts. 

    • Dorasaga

      And it’s not even funny anymore that J. Baker is not hitting in June: 167/231/417, yet Quade found him starting spots in first base and left field. Meanwhile, Colvin couldn’t try first.

      I don’t buy that “showcase for trade” mentality, either. Fire Hendry, change.

  • cubtex

    The Cub pitchers drive me nuts. When on rare occasions they get a hitter down 0-2 they lay one down the middle and get ripped. Then they they walk a guy and get down 3-1 on the next. Can any of our pitchers throw consistent strikes?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs draw 126,283 for 3-game series vs Yankees, a record for regular season
    3-game series at Wrigley

    • Aaron

      I don’t know if you could hear, but it sure sounds as if 1/2 the fans there are Yankees fans….once the intriguing teams like the Yankees, Cardinals, White Sox, etc. stop coming to town, you’ll see the poor “real attendance” figures drop again.

      • diehardcubfan

        What is worse is that the Yankee fans are cheering harder for the Yankees than the Cub fans are cheering for the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Why waste Campana here?

    • cubtex

      Exactly!

      • paulcatanese

        You guys know how I feel about it, just why does Quade do it?

    • Aaron

      good call Neil…..nothing Quade does makes sense…..his hiring didn’t make sense either, so I guess because of that it all makes sense….LOL

    • Rbmercer

      Oh my, you just took the words right out of my mouth! Bonehead move…tie game in the sixth with 2 outs, nobody on. You waste your best runner in a tie game!!!!!! With 2 outs and no one on, you need a guy that might be able to run into one and jack one out. Even Big Z would have been an ok choice. QUADE HAS NO ACE IN HIS SLEEVE NOW LATE TO POSSIBLY LEADOFF AN INNING OR A GUY TO RUN FOR SOMEONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brp921

    Poor defense and game management is probably going to cause another loss.

    • Brp921

      Game, set, match.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Nick Swisher hits a three-run bomb …

    • cubtex

      Why put Carpenter in that situation? Swisher had some good swings against him yesterday and I knew he was going to hit one hard.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’m probably going to get slammed for this … but Carpenter should have never been used in that spot. Quade was out of pitchers because he sent Samardzija out for a second inning yesterday.

        • Rbmercer

          I agree on that and DEWITT gets the nod over FUKUDOME there? Ugh…

        • Jim_Tinley_Park

          Quade is over matched as a manager. I can think of 5 games that he single handily has lost.

        • Joey U

          I agree Carpenter should have never been put in that situtation.In my opinion the boy way over his head. He’s got a 98 mile per hr fast ball that he lacks command with and no real off speed pitch.He should still be AA.
          just another example how inept this organization is.

      • paulcatanese

        Again putting a rookie in a position to fail,Quade just dosen’t stop.

        • Aaron

          I know this is going to sound a bit conspiratorial, but I almost think he’s doing it on purpose, and the reason I feel that is simple….

          He rode the veterans hard down the stretch last year when the season was lost….COMPLETELY lost…plus, the most egregious act was when Soto went down last year, he wouldn’t even play Castillo, knowing Castillo was a far superior offensive and defensive player than Hill. Then, he does it again this year when Soto went down.

          He consistently puts recently called up hitters and pitchers in situations to fail. It’s those classic head-scratcher moments that you think of seemingly on a daily basis with Quade that have become far too frequent to possibly be just an anomaly…it’s the moves tonight with Campana, Carpenter, then pinch hitting for LeMahieu. It was yesterday with Campana again and with Samardzija…there’s too many just to be coincidences.

          It’s almost as if he’s trying to put them in positions to fail so he can say, “see, I can’t win with the young guys”

          • paulcatanese

            Just read your’e post now Aaron, and you are absolutly right, and can be seen time after time. I really don’t know how he can sleep at night.

  • Baron_S

    this is a complete mismatch.. embarrasing. 

  • paulcatanese

    Quade, what can I tell you, why not Fuko in right for the ninth?
    Johnson and Soriono,both watch it drop,more runs still no outs,
    now Quade will let Lopez in for all of it. This is discusting.

  • diehardcubfan

    The Yankees continue to demonstrate why they have won 27 World Championships and the Cubs continue to demonstrate why they suffer from 103 years and counting of futility.

  • diehardcubfan

    Back to 13 games under .500.  Now it is a race between us and the Astros for the worst record in the MLB. 

    This is definitely a toss up here.  Astros have one of the worst bullpens and the Cubs one of the worst starting rotations.  Not sure which poison I would want to swallow here.

  • Aaron

    so….after Carpenter entered the game, I left, because I knew Quade set him up to fail…turns out I was right. 

    I kept the game on the radio though when I was doing stuff in the other room, and I heard the announcer say “DeWitt coming up to pinch hit for LeMahieu”, and I was just beside myself….

    It’s classic Cubbery at it’s best. I hope Quade falls on his face, keeps ruining this team, and gets fired before the All-Star break along with Hendry. I just don’t see how he can possibly make it through the season. In all honesty, there’s not much they can do PR-wise about this. There’s only so much avoiding you can do with the reporters, before you finally have to answer questions….just as Tom Ricketts found out recently.

    Ownership can no longer deny that Quade is running a program that is counterproductive to their philosophy of developing from within….anyway, the LeMahieu thing stuck out to me, because he’s done well recently, especially in a starting role, and you could see him getting an earful from Quade earlier in the game for some reason when he pulled Marshall. I don’t know how LeMahieu made a bad pitch there….but whatever….then he pinch hits for him in a critical part in the game. How the hell does that develop your own talent, if you’re just going to pull them like that after they’ve started the whole game….Notice, I am NOT advocating for rookies to pinch hit themselves in those positions, just that since he was already starting, why the hell would you do that to the kid?

    • paulcatanese

      LeMahieu happened to be the only infielder tonight that played a smart good game, and I think quade resented that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 10-4 to Yankees; Soriano 3R HR; Wells: 4R, 5H,
    4BB, 3K in 6IP; Cubs pen: 6R, 8H, 0BB, 2K in 3IP

  • John_CC

    Just caught Quade’s apologist routine.  The gem: excusing Baker’s misplay in right in 7th because “Bake’s not really a right fielder” … seriously! That is what he just said!

    • Aaron

      Please tell me you’re joking…I hope so….but it would certainly be consistent with what he’s said all year:
      “Russell is a situational lefty”
      -playing DeWitt in LF even though he’s a not-so-good infielder either
      -playing LeMahieu at 1B for the first time EVER in his pro or amateur career up to that point….

      I know there’s other comments he’s made, but I’m too tired to think of them right now…Quade’s an idiot though, and if he said that about Baker, he should be fired tomorrow…..without hesitation, because it just proves he puts guys in position to fail.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Aaron, I heard it too.