Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 06/29/11

Game Eighty-One: Cubs (32-48) vs. Giants (46-34)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (5-6, 5.31/1.49) vs. Tim Lincecum (6-6, 3.16/1.19)

Updated 4:24pm CDTDarwin Barney activated from 15-day DL – Cubs Released Doug Davis

How will the Cubs respond to another embarrassing day at the ballpark? The Giants beat up Q’s squad pretty good in the day-night doubleheader and it will not get any easier tonight with Tim Lincecum on the mound.

The Cubs have lost four of their last five games and in order to keep from falling even further below .500 they will have to take advantage of every opportunity that Tim Lincecum gives them.

Darwin Barney rejoined the big league club on Tuesday night after finishing his rehab stint with the I-Cubs earlier in the day. Barney will be activated prior to tonight’s game and is expected to be in the starting lineup. The Cubs will have to make a corresponding roster move and look for that move to be a pitcher … either down to Triple-A or to the DL.

The Cubs optioned D.J. LeMahieu to Triple-A Iowa between game one and game two Tuesday to make room on the active roster for Marcos Mateo.

In other newsKerry Wood is expected to throw a simulated game today. The Cubs have not announced a timetable for his return. Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in his second rehab game on Tuesday. Byrd is on track to return either in the finale against the Sox or on the 4th of July in the opener against the Nationals.

Tonight marks the halfway point of the Cubs season … and it all starts with Ryan Dempster.

Ryan Dempster is coming off another rough outing and received a no decision against the Royals last Friday night. Dempster allowed four runs, two earned, on nine hits in six innings of work with a walk and four strikeouts. The two unearned runs were due to Dempster’s own error.

The Cubs Opening Day starter has not posted a win since June 8 and he has struggled with his command in every outing since beating the Reds in Cincinnati. Mike Quade needs something out of Dempster he’s not done this season … give his team a long eight-inning outing and a win against Tim Lincecum.

Ryan Dempster is 1-2 in his last five starts with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Dempster beat the Giants back on May 13. Dempster struck out a season-high 11 batters and issued just one free pass in six innings … with two runs on six hits in a 11-4 Cubs victory.

Tonight will be Dempster 15th career start versus San Francisco. Dempster is 5-8 (with four saves) in 24 career games, 14 starts, with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Pat Burrell – 8-for-29 with 5 doubles and 8 walks
  • Emmanuel Burriss – 1-for-4
  • Bill Hall – 4-for-19 with a home run
  • Aubrey Huff – 5-for-23 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
  • Cody Ross – 2-for-12 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Aaron Rowand – 1-for-13 with 2 walks
  • Pablo Sandoval – 4-for-9 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-5
  • Miguel Tejada – 8-for-25 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Andres Torres – 2-for-10
  • Eli Whiteside – 0-for-1

The Cubs postponed their date with ‘The Freak‘ back in May but will get the pleasure of facing him tonight. Tim Lincecum had a rough start to the month of June but has righted the ship and is coming off a tremendous outing against the Twins. Lincecum three seven innings of three-hit shut out ball with 12 strikeouts.

Lincecum is 1-2 in his last five starts with a 5.72 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP … but has allowed only two earned runs in his last two outings (13 innings).

Tim Lincecum is 3-3 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP … at Wrigley, 2-0 in three starts with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tim Lincecum

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-3
  • Ryan Dempster – 1-for-4
  • Blake DeWitt – 6-for-15 with a double and a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 3-for-12 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 2-for-9 with a home run and a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-15
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-5
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Pena – 1B
    DeWitt – 3B
    Soriano – LF
    Johnson – CF
    Soto – C
    Dempster – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to multiple reports, Rodrigo Lopez
    will likely take Davis’ spot in the rotation and start Sunday against the White Sox. Bruce Miles reported that Casey Coleman will likely remain in Iowa for a few more starts. The other option to take the vacated spot in the rotation is Ramon Ortiz

    • carmelo

      Let’s put Shark in the rotation—-he’s throwing mid 90’s, slider, and split finger.  Have Carpenter take his place in bullpen—back end of pen would be Carpenter-Wood-Marshall-Marmol. We have NO starting pitching prospects ready to come up ASAP, and keep Lopez away from another start. I hope it’s not Ortiz since we’re down to 39 players on the 40man.  Give Shark the starts the rest of the year.

      • BosephHeyden

        Not for nothing, but Carpenter should not even be in the majors right now.  He can throw fast, sure, but he can’t located a single one of his pitches, and he’s clearly not getting the development necessary to do so here.  Send him to Iowa or back to Tennessee, but he shouldn’t be here at all right now.

      • cubtex

        I’d rather see that than Casey Coleman. That makes much more sense.

    • Tom U

      If there’s anything Ortiz has demonstrated at Iowa, its that he’s the type of innings-eater you want at the back of your rotation.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        If you’re asking me … nope

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Quite a bit of info today:

    From Carrie Muskat:  Cubs top scouts Hughes, Kravec, Littlefield, Maddux in town to meet with GM Hendry

    Gary Hughes was on XM this afternoon he told Bowden that he see’s the club “adding” rather than subtracting

    Jim Hendry said there will not be a fire sale. Hendry said, “We’re not interested in trading people at all who will be valuable to us moving forward. If we make moves, it will be designed to make us better for the future.”

    Kerry Wood could return by the weekend.It is looking like Monday for Marlon Byrd’s return

    • The Maven

      It depends on what your definition of “addition” and “subtraction” really is.

    • Cheryl

      How does Hendry interpret valuable in the future? With the number of scouts in town it would seem trades are in the offing and I would think the beginning of those trades would be within the next few weeks.

    • KevininSandiego

      Neil,

      Did you hear my call about the Front of the rotation? I think Hendry finally need to be fired. I am getting on my last nerves with this team and I am just can’t continue to support a team that can’t evaluate its own talent.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More from Hendry: Jim Hendry said Cubs won’t move Ryan Dempster, Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall and will be careful dealing other pitchers. We’re not only going to have to pitch this year, we’re going to have to
    pitch next year. It’s very hard to replace quality pitchers.”

    • KevininSandiego

      Interesting that Garza wasn’t one of those named in that.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Garza was mentioned in another quote.

        Kevin, I heard the one with Mike the other night but not today. Is that the one you are talking about? I think it was Monday.

        • KevininSandiego

          No I called this afternoon. About the fact that Hughes was happy that the Cubs Front 3 starter were at .500. And they blamed injures for thall of their issues, Casey Stern fired back to me with a quite of last year by The Red Sox Manger “We are here to win no matter who we put on the field. There are no excuses.” Now that is a real organization. He went on to point out all of the other team you .500. It just being run very poorly.

          • KevininSandiego

            Sorry hendry is really pissing me off today. The sentence should read. He went o n to point out other teams like the Mets who have had major injuries are over .500.

            I am going to really blow up tonite on Round trip. Your not going to want to miss it.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Kevin, I will make sure to listen. Have fun …

          • Aaron

            Kevin,

            What’s the show you’re on, and how to I listen?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Aaron, it is the wrap up show on XM Radio. Gotta have a subscription.

          • Aaron

            Thanks Neil

    • GaryLeeT

      Hard to replace quality pitchers?????? Is Hendry really that delusional? Not only do the Cubs not have an ace, but they don’t have a number 2 starter either. What treasure trove of pitching is he trying to protect? Doesn’t he know that he has the worst pitching staff in baseball (by a good margin), beating out every AL team whose starters face 9 real hitters every game (except on the road during IL play)?

      • paulcatanese

        Quality pitchers to JH means just that. A quality pitcher to deliver quality pitches to quality hitters that get quality hits that beat the Cubs with quality wins. It would be very hard for JH next year to develop pitchers to be the quality of his staff right now, therefore no quality pitchers that he has will be delt for lesser quaulity pitchers that would give up fewer quality runs.

        This statement makes as much sense as JH’s., and should be treated with all quality respect.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Here’s Jim Clueless’ answer to you: “We’re 30th in MLB in pitching. If you trade away our best pitchers, we’d drop down to 40th. WE cannot afford to let that happen.”

        Jim Clueless

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Tennessee – Brooks Raley (4-5, 4.54)
    Daytona – Brett Wallach (2-2, 4.63)
    Peoria – Austin Kirk (4-4, 2.69) @ Miller Park
    Boise – Jin-Young Kim (1-1, 3.52)

    Iowa has the night off

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bryan LaHair, catcher Welington Castillo and reliever John Gaub were named to the PCL All-Star team

    • Tom U

      That would make 26 minor league All-Stars.

    • cubtex

      Nice to see Gaub having a bounce back year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Daily Herald:

    Jim met with us on the field today and looked and sounded very much
    like a guy who isn’t going anyplace. Along with Hendry on the field
    were scouting guru Gary Hughes, scout Ken Kravec and special assistant
    Greg Maddux. I asked Hendry what the plan was going forward the rest of
    this season. We’ll flesh it all out in the paper tomorrow.

    “I read some things that people assume,” Jim said. “They use the
    word ‘fire sale.’ That’s not going to happen. We’re not interested in
    trading people at all that will be valuable to us moving forward.
    People like to float names of your better players, which makes no sense
    to trade. If we make moves, it will be designed to make us better for
    the future, and we still want see how we play the next month or so.
    Everybody thinks there’s this big, automatic, ‘You have to be a buyer
    or a seller or it’s fire-sale time.’ Well, we’ve got a lot of young
    people out there pitching and playing or some people who will be very
    productive for us a year from now that when you get ready to put
    together a team in the off-season, you certainly don’t want to start
    out without them anyhow…We’re certainly going to hold on to the
    people, no matter what, we feel will be major contributors down the
    road.”

    In other words, don’t look for players such as Sean Marshall or Carlos Marmol or Matt Garza or even Ryan Dempster to be traded.

    http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/5937
     

    • Brentcarmona

      neil thanks for digging and posting all the information. its funny jim acts like he is a guy thats not going anywhere. wonderful! if thats the case godspeed to our cubbies.

      ramon ortiz has been quite the innings eater as posted above…but he always seems to allow three to four runs per start. not really dominating down in aaa. i really hope jay jackson gets it together. i havent really read anything on why he is struggling however i thought i heard his velocity has been down. at least hes been striking more guys out his past few starts. just too many hits allowed. and trey mcnutt…i dont know where to start.

      the game last night was alot of fun although we lost. i took noticed to aarons comment on how the cubs act in the dugout and i tried to pay attention although i was by the first base line. hes defintely onto something. pretty disinterested and they dont really congratulate eachother on certain plays. failure is okay to them it does seem. the park loojed in pretty good shape to me, although old it didnt look like a dump. bathrooms looked good thx ricketts haha. cool atmosphere on the outside too.

      im also going to tomorrows game as well. ill try and post some comments then too.

  • Tom U

    I don’t know if this means anything, but the Chicago Cubs just assigned RHP Daniel Berlind to Peoria.

    Berlind is 6’7″, 210 lbs. 23 year old. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 44th round in 2006. The Minnesota Twins selected him in the 7th round in 2007. 

    Berlind has played three years in the Twins organization, never raising above Single-A Beloit. His numbers his last season in Beloit were 5-13. 4.76 ERA, 97 K, 56 BB, 1.45 WHIP in 2009.

    He was pitching in 2010 for Sussex in the Can-Am League, were he was 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA.

    • Aaron

      http://www.baseballamerica.com/draftdb/2007team.php?team=MIN*Scouting report from 2007 draft. Basically, it says he’s got a 90-92 mph fastball. (although, I read in the 2006 draft database that it was more like 88 mph tops….who knows?). It also says he had a decent slider, and a decent (but new) changeup.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=berlin001dan
      *The stats you should pay attention to, given the fact he hasn’t played above low-A ball, is:
      -gives up about 10 hits/9 IP
      -gives up about 4.5 walks/9 IP
      -has K/BB rate of 1.63 (which is not very good, just FYI)

      Berlind is roster filler, either because of possible injuries, or promotions, but most likely for….(drum roll please)………..
      because, as I’ve said multiple times…that likely means the Cubs are anticipating what I’ve said all along….that they will not be signing more than 40% of their draft. And while this isn’t exactly a non-drafted FA signing….the Cubs already had 5 such signings (I’d count this as a 6th), plus they added two Cubans recently in the OF Bonne and LHP De Valle, that it absolutely leads me to believe they don’t anticipate signing any of their highly touted draft picks (ie.-Vogelbach, Zych, Gretzky, Dunston Jr., Lockhart, DeVoss, Maples, Marra, Rosario, Shoulders, Jensen, Jacquez, and Urban).

      It’s now almost July, and the Cubs have signed exactly 14 draft picks. They need to sign 20 to get to 40%. All of the 13 I just listed are difficult signings, and given the fact Florida just placed runner-up in the CWS Finals to South Carolina, leads me to believe Vogelbach just became an even more difficult signing. I sure hope the Cubs sign their first rounder Baez, but I don’t think that’s even a sure thing at this point.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Comcast SportsNet:  Bochy picked
    Quade for All-Star staff because he wanted someone who’d never been
    there before and would appreciate the experience.

    • BosephHeyden

      That’s pretty classy.  Also in classy news:  I’ve been hearing that they held onto Doug Davis for this long solely so he could hit the 10 year mark so he gets pension when he hits 65.  It’s a shame they used him as he did (probably better served as a long man), but I can’t fault them for waiting this long if that was the case.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Heard/read the same about Davis.

        • Cheryl

          You’ve got to give them some credit for that.

      • Darrenmcculloch

        Well if being classy is ok, why don’t the Cubs give me a 10-year contract for the league minimum and I will be the No. 5 starter.  Plus, I will get the pension after 10 years so I will be set.  I’m sure I can hit up to 50 mph on the radar gun.  It’s not like I would be any worse than Davis.

        • Cheryl

          They should have used Davis in long relief after the first couple of tries. But since they didn’t give him a long contract I still think it was a classy thing to do.

    • Ripsnorter1

      YOU’RE KIDDING!! 

      QUADE?? AN ALL-STAR????

      THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Nope, not joking. The announcement was made yesterday. Bochy’s was asked why today.

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

          Bochy needs some quick Nicknames ?
           
          I bet there is an arrangement; Bochy told Q…..keep doing what your doing with the Cubs, and I mean do NOT change anything until we leave town…and you will be an all-star.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Andrew Cashner is in the dugout.Came to Chicago to be examined. Lots of hugs from teammates

    • JW

      Not to belabor the point but Castro (by the most crucial offensive player on the Cubs) has half the strikeout rate and almost double the walk rate from the 2 hole. Only Quade knows why this lineup actually makes sense. Castro was hitting .387 with Barney out (hitting mostly in the 2 hole). Maybe it’s time we revisit the college of coaches. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    It was dumb to sign Doug Davis. 10 year veteran or not–forget it. The Cubs paid him $900,000 for this privilege.

    Now the Cubs should sign Ryan Franklin. Cards cut him, and I bet he turns it around (somewhat) if the Cubs picked him up. He ain’t any worse than Grabow, is he?

  • GaryLeeT

    Dumpster with 5 consecutive innings without a walk? I am officially in shock.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Saw that coming … Lincecum strikes out Soriano and Johnson with DeWitt on third with less than two outs.

  • Aaron

    I have a couple comments…

    1) Cubs just signed Easterling 27th round (WR for FSU that will likely play just a few weeks of ball this summer before returning for two-a-days). They also signed Maltos-Garcia 30th round, who had TJ surgery recently, and will likely not even make his pro debut until 2012 sometime, or possibly later.

    2) The Sun-Times just made fun of the Cubs with a picture featuring the “L” (loss) flag, saying, “It’s a Way of ‘L’IFE” I thought it was hilarious, and I hope the Ricketts take note of how they’ve become a complete joke in town

    3) Hendry’s comments were horrible, made my stomach churn, and I’m sure I’ll comment more on this later, as I get a chance to watch video (if there is any). But at first glance, it’s absolutely ludicrous that anyone other than Castro isn’t on the table at this point. NOBODY should be untouchable

    4) As if Hendry’s comments weren’t bad enough, Hughes goes out and says “if anything we’re looking to add”……and then I had this sneaking suspicion that the rumored trade of top prospects like Brett Jackson was actually on the table, and the Cubs’ brass is delusional enough to actually think they’re still in the race.

    5) While keeping Davis until he accumulated 10 years is admirable for a losing team that has a great relationship with the player (Cubs had NO prior relationship though)…..the Cubs were trying to have a winning team this year, and signing Davis and keeping him that long as an unproductive player just shows how much of a joke this franchise has become….Pro sports franchises are not charities

    How Tom Ricketts can sit back and listen to these jokers (Quade, Hendry, Hughes, etc.) talk is beyond me.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Davis….
      They paid him $900,000 for a 1-7 record and 6.51 era in 8 starts. He got $112,500 per start!

      At age 65, if he knows how to handle money, he won’t need a retirement check.STUPID!

    • Dorasaga

      I’m starting to miss Lou’s postgame comments. At least he’s fun to listen to. Quade and Hendry are boring.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pena with a double, DeWitt with a single … a run on the board.

  • Dorasaga

    Is Ozzie Guillen watching that baserunning by Dewitt? Maybe he can give Quade a call and ask him to stop spoiling the “veteran.”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent diving catch by Kosuke

  • JimBo_C

    Hoping our skipper leaves our starting pitcher in the game to shut out last year’s champions.

  • Dorasaga

    Barney, good baserunning. Did you guys see that? He was halfway then running to second as soon as the ball passed the catcher. And that was aggressive but smart returning to second with that Castro grounder. Smart baseball is growing on me.

    • JimBo_C

      He had a venerable mentor …. Ryno

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        JimBo you are right, Barney gives a lot of credit to Sandberg for teaching him the game … Barney still talks to him.

  • Aaron

    Bets on Marmol blowing this thing? I’d say it’s a near certainty

    • Dorasaga

      aaron, i hate ur proverbial whistle…

      • Aaron

        I’ve told everyone on this site, from ownership to upper management to field management, and finally the players on the field….this team is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo easy to predict.

        Quade showed tonight that he doesn’t have the chops to be an MLB manager, and I couldn’t disagree more with Brenly and Kasper as they said bringing in Marmol was the right move. It wasn’t even close. It’d be one thing if Dempster was at 120 pitches, showing erratic control, and generally looking tired. But he had only thrown 83 pitches, and was in COMPLETE command. Burrell’s hit was a blooper that Campana happened to misplay. It didn’t mean Dempster was losing control of the game. In fact, when Quade came out to the mound and had already signaled, Dempster looked completely surprised. He had 83 pitches, 59 strikes, 0 walks, and 6 K’s, along with 3 hits allowed….ummmmmmmmmmmmm…..yeah, that sure looks like a guy on the brink of collapsing, doesn’t it?

    • JW

      I honest can’t imagine why Marmol didn’t start the inning?!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent outing for Ryan Dempster

  • Aaron

    I believe my name is Nostradamus…….

    • Aaron

      I also agree with Hendry…..it’s really tough to find quality pitchers like that to blow games for you…..really tough

      • carmelo

        Where’s your love for Campana now—you always want the other guy in—-he play’s a lead-off single into a double—makes one of the worst throws ever trying to get the runner at the plate—misses the catch on the dive—and can’t hit!!!! 

        • Aaron

          are you even talking?

          Sometimes, you make the most illogical, and least thought-out posts I’ve ever seen on here.

          First of all, did I ever say, “get Campana in the game.” I believe that’d be a resounding NO

          Secondly, he sure did play that single into a double, but at least he made an effort. The other attempt, a lot of players miss. The outfield assist is pretty rare at the MLB level, because the baserunning is better, and teams know when and how to take chances on different guys in the OF. The advanced scouting is MUCH better. In the minors, just look at any box score, and you’ll see almost on a daily basis, any given OF having an assist.

          Lastly, your whoopin’ boy, just won the game for the Cubs with his speed, so I suggest you keep quiet. Okey dokey?!?!?

          • carmelo

            Mr LOL—you always want the other guy instead of the regulars—why would you ever leave your feet in a one run game unless you have a chance at the ball—he had no chance. “but at least he made an effort”—what a stupid comment.  Outfield assist are part of the game—make a play—that was the easiest throw of the year. He won the game because he hit the ball 50 feet—you need to stick giving those pitching lessons to those 12 year olds.  Or are you a 12 year old, you always sign off with a LOL. 

          • Aaron

            You’re laughable….You say “what a stupid comment”, and yet you’re EXACTLY the type of guy that’d be crucifying him if he got close to the ball and didn’t try for it.

            You’d likely say, “Campana with all his speed, couldn’t even make it to that ball, and didn’t even have the effort to dive for it.”….and then you’d proceed to blast me in the same fashion for “wanting the other guy instead of the regulars”

            So…..as I said before….go back to your circle

          • carmelo

            Mr. LOL–now your saying things that” I would likely say”—-stick with those 12 year olds, I’m sure they’re becoming better pitchers with your baseball knowledge.

          • Aaron

            Thanks for the compliment :)  So far this year, I’ve had one of my guys earn a scholarship to Nebraska, and another get selected for the Junior National Team….you made a slight error, but it’s understandable….I don’t just coach 12 year olds

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Aaron, gotta defend Marmol and Dempster on this one. Tony Campana showed his inexperience. The dive, the bad throw and the drop really hurt. Campana has to play the Burrell double better and not allow the tying run to get into scoring position.

      • paulcatanese

        Thats “quality” Hendry. From now on I will refer to him as QJ.

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      Then when will the cubs win a world series?

      • erniesarmy

        Never, as long as Ricketts owns the team.

      • Aaron

        Magic 8 Ball…..errr….Nostradamus says, “Try again later”….sorry, I don’t have any control over what he does.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A bad inning for Tony Campana … should have never dove for the ball hit by Burrell, a horrible throw and drops a ball.

    • JW

      shocking but well worth the wait!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Giants 2-1. Aramis Ramirez GW RBI; Ryan Dempster: 1R, 3H, 0BB, 6K
    in 8+IP; Carlos Pena: 1-for-3,2B,R,BB; Blake DeWitt: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

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

    they should be fined “undisclosed amounts for celebrating :s

  • cubtex

    Marmol had NOTHING tonight. He was lucky to only give up 1 run. I trade this guy now. As I said…he will not have a long shelf life. He has value now and we can get some starting pitching prospects for him now. The Cubs will regret not trading this guy now if they don’t.

    • Brentcarmona

      i agree totally. alot of us do it seems. im really dumbfounded how he lost so much velocity in just one season. low 90s on his fastball always instead of md 90s all yr. slider even slower although he was on average mid 80s tonight.

      • cubtex

        That slider was screaming HIT ME tonight!

        • paulcatanese

          Absolutly correct, he was very hittable tonight. As a team not going anywhere it would have been a good idea to leave Dempster out there, he still had a lot left. He brought them to the ninth let him finish,win or lose or at least until they tied it. The Cubs were not going to get into first place tonight.

    • Aaron

      Remember though, the all-knowing Hendry said today that they won’t be trading any pitching because they’re vital for the future (not sure who he was talking about…..as Hendry sees pretty much everyone on this team as “vital” to their future success).

      But get this little tidbit from his interview today….I literally vomited in my mouth after seeing this:

      **************************************************************************************
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0630-cubs-giants-chicago–20110629,0,7314531.story

      “We’re not only going to have to pitch this year, we’re going to have to pitch next year,” Hendry said. “It’s very hard to replace quality pitchers. Everybody understands that.”

      “We have some guys you wouldn’t want to be without when you start putting a team together for next year,” Hendry said. “There’s less and less pitching available. We’re going to be very careful letting go of what we have.”

      “Obviously it’s terribly disappointing,” Hendry said. “I don’t think anybody would have thought that we’d be (this far) under .500. There’s no point making excuses. We haven’t played good baseball.”
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      Again, is Hendry completely illogical? Does he even have an ounce of common sense in him? While I realize he’s in complete “CYA” mode right now…..it’s absolutely hilarious when you review some of the things he’s said recently.

      It’s “hard to replace quality pitchers”….I absolutely agree with this….I’m just having trouble understanding which “quality pitchers” he’s referring to. Last I checked, the Cubs ranked at the bottom of the league in pitching. Among the culprits are:
      Zambrano-6-4, 4.38 ERA, 1.342 WHIP
      Dempster-5-6, 4.99 ERA, 1.495 WHIP
      Garza-4-6, 4.07 ERA, 1.333 WHIP
      Wells-1-2, 6.25 ERA, 1.639 WHIP

      (Wood-2.25 ERA, Marshall-2.23 ERA, Marmol-2.55 ERA are the ONLY relievers with ERA’s under 4.05, which is Carpenter’s ERA)

      …..trying……hard…….to figure out what he means by “quality pitchers”…oh, and tonight was Marmol’s 5th blown save……

      And his last statement “….don’t think anybody would have thought that we’d be this far under .500″ and “….no point making excuses”

      Wow!!! Actually, just about everyone in the baseball world said they’d be close to this bad, as they only swapped Pena for Lee in the lineup. And his comment about excuses is so disingenuous there are no words to describe how pissed off I am that he was allowed to get away with that.

      Any reporter with half a brain would point out the fact that just about a week ago, he was making excuses regarding injuries. So……