Castro and Carlos in Charge – Cubs 6 White Sox 3

Game Seventy-Two – Cubs 6 White Sox 3
WP – Carlos Zambrano (6-4) LP – Gavin Floyd (6-7) Save – Carlos Marmol (15)

wflag.jpgFour batters into the game the Cubs trailed 3-0 and it looked like it was going to be another one of those nights for the Chicago Cubs. But after the first inning Carlos Zambrano settled down and was as good as he’s been all season. Z allowed three runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in eight innings. Zambrano threw 115 pitches, 73 for strikes, and finished his night by tossing seven innings of shutout ball. Zambrano gave his offense a chance to make a comeback … and they did not disappoint the Big Z.

Starlin Castro drove in the Cubs first three runs of the game with a two-out single in the third then tied the game with a leadoff homer in the sixth … his first dinger since April 16. Castro finished the game 2-for-4 with a stolen base, a home run and three RBI.

Carlos Pena broke the 3-3 tie with a big fly three batters after Castro tied the game. Pena’s 12th off the season gave the Cubs a 6-3 lead.

Kosuke Fukudome was 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored Monday night but it was his two-out walk in the third that seemed to change the momentum of the game. Gavin Floyd had allowed only one hit to that point and seemed to be in full control. Fukudome worked the walk to give Castro a chance to put a dent into the White Sox 3-0 lead.

Carlos Pena, Kosuke Fukudome, D.J. LeMahieu and Starlin Castro made excellent plays in the field that kept the White Sox from tacking on early and making a comeback late.

Homeplate umpire, James Hoye, ejected Ozzie Guillen from the game in the bottom of the sixth. Alexei Ramirez hit a tapper in front of the plate that hit on the dirt and rolled back on the dish. Geovany Soto picked the ball up and tagged Ramirez for the second out of the inning. Guillen showed Hoye where the ball hit, was ejected then kicked Geovany Soto’s mask the same way Lou Piniella used to kick his own hat.

Monday night was truly a team win for the Chicago Cubs and probably their best all around game of the season. The Cubs were patient at the plate, played excellent defense and let the other team create the drama on the field.

The Cubs won for the 30th time this season and improved to 30-42 on the year, 12 games below .500 …

After the Cubs went quickly and quietly to start the game (1-2-3 on 10 pitches), the Sox came out swinging against Carlos Zambrano in the bottom of the third … and four batters into the game, the Cubs found themselves in a 3-0 hole.

Juan Pierre led off with a single to right on a 0-2 pitch. Ozzie called for a hit and run on a 0-1 pitch to Omar Vizquel, the veteran infielder put the ball in play and advanced Pierre to second (Vizquel grounded out to second). Carlos Quentin then hit a q-shot off the end of his bat down the right field line. Pierre scored … 1-0 White Sox.

Paul Konerko stepped in and launched a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left … and just like that it was 3-0 White Sox.

Z struck out Adam Dunn swinging on a 3-2 pitch and retired Alexei Ramirez on a fly out to right. Z threw 21 pitches in the first, 16 for strikes.

The Cubs went down in order in the top of the second and Z worked around a leadoff single by A.J. Pierzynski in the bottom of the second.

Geovany Soto led off the top of the third with the Cubs first hit of the game. D.J. LeMahieu struck out swinging. Campana tried to bunt for a hit but it went as a sacrifice and Soto advanced to second. Kosuke Fukudome worked a two out walk … and set the table for Starlin Castro.

Gavin Floyd uncorked a wild pitch on a 1-1 offering to Castro. Both runners advanced and Floyd’s next pitch ended up in center … Soto and Fukudome scored, 3-2 White Sox. With Blake DeWitt at the plate, Castro stole second on a pitch out. Castro improved to 9-for-9 in stolen bases this season. DeWitt flied out to center to end the inning.

Zambrano settled down after the second and threw strikes. Z worked around a two-out walk to Paul Konerko in the third by striking out Adam Dunn looking to end the inning. Zambrano faced the minimum in the fourth after Alex Rios grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. D.J. LeMahieu made a nice turn on the DP and after four Z had thrown 67 pitches, 43 for strikes.

The Sox threatened in the bottom of the fifth … but Zambrano was able to wiggle his way out of a big jam.

Mark Teahen led off the fifth with a single to left. Ozzie called for a hit and run on a 1-0 pitch to Pierre. Pierre grounded out to short but Teahen advanced to second on the play. Omar Vizquel singled to center on a 0-1 pitch. Campana charged the ball and made a strong throw to the plate. Teahen held and the Sox had runners on first and third with one out … and the big bats due up.

Carlos Quentin hit a 0-1 pitch into right. Kosuke put himself into position to make a strong throw to the plate. Fukudome threw a strike, Teahen held and Konerko strolled to the plate with two on and two out.

Carlos Zambrano struck out Konerko swinging on a 2-2 pitch to end the fifth.

Starlin Castro led off the sixth and launched a 1-2 pitch into the stands in left. Castro’s second longball of the year tied the game at three … it was Castro’s first dinger since April 16 in Denver.

Blake DeWitt followed with a single to center … and Aramis Ramirez worked a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs.

Carlos Pena fell behind Floyd 1-2 before working the count to 3-2. Pena launched Floyd’s next pitch into the stands in right center. Pena’s three-run shot, 12th of the year, gave the Cubs a 6-3 lead. Pena ended Floyd’s night in a big way.

Ozzie went to the pen and brought in Brian Bruney to get out of the sixth.

Bruney retired Soriano, Soto and LeMahieu on five pitches to end the sixth.

Carlos Zambrano struck out Adam Dunn to start the bottom of the sixth. Alexei Ramirez then hit a 1-2 pitch in front of the plate. The ball hit and rolled back on homeplate, but never left the dish. Soto picked up the ball and tagged out Ramirez for the second out.

Ozzie Guillen ran out, showed the homeplate umpire, James Hoye, where the ball hit. Guillen was ejected, then kicked Geo’s mask. Guillen got his money worth.

A.J. Pierzynski popped out to short … and Z retired the Sox in order for the first time. After six, Big Z had thrown 91 pitches, 60 for strikes.

Carlos Zambrano worked around a one-out walk to Mark Teahen in the seventh with a little help from Carlos Pena and Starlin Castro. Pena took away extra bases from Pierre with an excellent stop on a ball ticketed for the right field corner. Pena saved a run and likely a triple. Starlin Castro then took away a hit from Omar Vizquel on a ball that appeared well on its way to centerfield.

The Cubs did nothing against Will Ohman in the top of the eighth.

Zambrano finished his night by retiring Carlos Quentin (ground out to short), Paul Konerko (struck out swinging) and Adam Dunn (fly out to track in right) in order in the eighth.

Z left after allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in eight strong innings. Zambrano threw 115 pitches, 72 for strikes on Monday night.

The Cubs had a chance to tack on in the ninth against Lucas Harrell. Soriano led off with a single to center but Soto and LeMahieu both struck out looking. Tony Campana singled to left. Joey Cora went to the pen and brought in Chris Sale to face Fukudome. Kosuke struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch … and the Cubs took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

As Pat Hughes always says, “Time to fasten those seatbelts …”

Carlos Marmol fell behind Alexei Ramirez 3-0 before eventually retiring him on a grounder to the hole at short on a 3-2 pitch. Castro made a nice pick and showed off his strong arm for the first out of the inning.

A.J. Pierzynski singled to left on a 1-2 pitch and Alex Rios followed with a bloop single to left on a 1-2 pitch. Mark Teahen made a loud out on a fly out to left. With two on and two out, Juan Pierre grounded out to second to end the game.

Q’s squad played a very good game Monday night …

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Matt Garza will face Mark Buehrle in game two on Tuesday night.

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  • gocubs

    When Byrd comes back, this should be our lineup…


    Im sure Quade will go back to hitting Byrd 3rd or something like that, but he really should be a bottom of order hitter – even on this team.  He is not an OBP guy, he has little power, and he barely hits for average…that is a bottom of the order hitter.

    I actually like that lineup.  If our pitching can get a on a role – like they really should be capable of doing, then this is a decent team who still might have a chance in this division especially with Pulols down.

    Please Quade, start doing some things that make sense.  Please do no hit Byrd 3rd.  I guess he’s a better #3 hitter than DeWitt, but not by much.

    Guys better suited than Byrd (and DeWitt for that matter to hit 3rd)…



    • Richard Hood

      Castro’s splits are absolutely horrible at the 3rd spot. He bats .245 with a .272 OBA and slugging at .388. That is not a 3 hole hitter. His best spot in the lineup is leadoff numbers wise but his future is a 2 spot hitter where he has been pretty good this year. .353/.380/.485.

      • gocubs

        small sample size

  • Agustinrexach

    Carlos Peña has been doing What he does lately. He has Nice atbats every time he is up And pitchers look uncomfortable against him.
    Ramirez has a better self confidence look and he is playing better… Will he ever use the right side of the field again? He used to be great at that after 2 strikes…

    What the$&@! Is Dewitt doing in the line up??? He is a bench player even in this team! Quade is simply furniture.

    At any rate, it was a fun game to watch and it has been bearable last couple of days. Castro is outstanding!!!

    • Agustinrexach

      A sox fan just called and said how sick they are of DUNN… They suggested Soriano for Dunn! I think I’d do that.

      • Agustinrexach

        That was on 670 the score.

        • Aaron


          Every comment you just made was spot on. And I still don’t know how Quade actually keeps his job while putting DeWitt in the 3 hole. I just don’t get it.

          You know who DeWitt reminds me of? Mike Fontenot. Fontenot was such a great pinch hitter and sub that the Cubs all of a sudden decided he’d be an everyday player, even though evidence (meaning playing him multiple days in a row) said otherwise. DeWitt might’ve been a good sub at the beginning of the year, but evidence is OVERWHELMING that he’s nothing more than a pinch hitter and sub in the mold of Fontenot.

          This is like a broken record for the Cubs….they just never learn from past mistakes. LeMahieu should be playing every single day at 2B until Barney gets back, and DeWitt and Baker should sit their ass on the bench where they belong.

          As for Dunn, I caught a lot of flack for saying the reason for his struggles were the fact he came back too soon from the appendectomy. It’s clearly affected his swing badly. He only exacerbated the situation and made his recovery longer by coming back too soon, as his swing has likely been altered from the surgery. He’ll have to watch a lot of tape to get his swing back, and work hard at it, and I’m not sure he’ll ever get it back. There are plenty of examples both good and bad for players coming back post-appendectomy. Everyone’s body is different, and it’s clear Dunn is on the bad side of that group.

          I hope he gets his swing back, because he’s one of my favorite players….good teammate, huge power, and a difference-maker in the lineup.

          Even with Dunn at 50%, I’d still take him over Soriano, as Soriano plays at 50% routinely even when healthy by not hustling, etc.

          • Richard Hood

            Dunn at 50% has 80 RBI’s. Soriano at 50% plays in 80 games.

          • cubtex

            Jim Bowden was talking about how bad Adam Dunn has been and said since his appendix has been taken out he has noticed that he leans to one side. When he runs to first base he goes inside the line due to the inbalance and he is swinging over the baseball since he is out of whack. Bowden suggested he put a 3lb dumbell in his left pocket and only his left pocket and his production will return.

    • Anonymous47701

      Adam Dunn for Alfonso Soriano = The Cubs will regret that move.

  • Tony

    At least for today, the Cubs are better than Sox!

    Here is a good article on NL versus AL

    Here is 2nd reason why the AL is dominating the NL.  I do have a way to fix part of this one…

    2. Bad front offices in the “rich” NL teams. Who has spent the most in the NL in the past six years? The Mets, Cubs and Dodgers (and now the Phillies). Those first three have been three of the worst-run franchises of the decade. Omar Minaya kept his job with Mets way too long. Jim Hendry has kept his job way too long. Frank McCourt would rather spend money on houses and personal hairdressers than ballplayers. Throw in the Astros, another of the NL’s big spenders, and four of the five big-market franchises have essentially been disasters or become one. Meanwhile, the “rich” AL teams — New York, Boston, the Angels, the White Sox — have been consistently smart and successful. Throw in that some of the smaller payroll AL teams such as Tampa Bay and Minnesota have been smarter and more creative than their NL counterparts such as Pittsburgh and the front-office disparity increases.

    • Tony

      One other line, we are now lumped in with the worst of the NL.

      3. Competition breeds talent. If you play against better players, you tend to get better, correct? This is one issue that I’m not sure the NL can correct except with time and better player development. Playing the Astros and Cubs and Padres 30 games a year isn’t going to prepare you for the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays.

  • Richard Hood

    I for the first time in what seems like forever I am actually praising an umpire this morning. The home plate umpire in the Milwakee Brewers game against Tampa Bay actual took a stand against players leaning into pitches when they are leaning over the plate anyway. He said that Nyger Morgan did not make an effort to get out of the path of the ball and made him to continue to hit eventually striking out.

     For years I have had a problem with players that wear a suit of armor out to bat and then crowd the plate. But if a pitcher tries to pitch him tight he gets warned. That does not seem sporting or fair. So this one Umpire did what should have been done years ago. Leveled the playing field for the pitchers. Hopefully now all Umpires and there union follows his example and actually follows the rules that are written. Now lets get rolling on calling the high strike again.

    Thanks for giving me a place to actually talk baseball with knowledgeable and  thought provoking fans Neil and everyone that writes for COO.

    • BillyFinT

      Well, the umpire didn’t level anything. This creation of a  pitcher-friendly environment was a group, joint-effort by the Commissioner and the owners to move away from the Steroid Era, to regain trust from fans: Hey, things are different now.

      And I don’t agree. The players need protection. A pitcher can easily hurt and kill any batter with a 95 miles fastball, and he got a 100 or 120 pitches to do that (even accidentally).

      • RickinMSP

        Not to speak for Richard, but I think his point was less about guys wearing protection and more about putting on the body armor then intentionally getting hit.  That is a problem the umpires can control, such as the Nyger Morgan situation last night.  I personally don’t think batters should be allowed to wear all the body armor to the plate, diving into the ball with the intent of getting hit should come with an element of risk.  The armor removes that risk.  And yes I know that batting against a pitcher throwing 95 mph is dangerous.  I was hit in the eye in high school by a guy throwing much less than 95 mph and broke my cheek and orbial bones, bring my baseball career, such as it was, to an end.  I just believe that fear is an important part of the game and the armor removes it.

      • Richard Hood

        I am not talking about a shin guard or an elbow pad. I am talking about the guys that go up to the plate looking like a gladiator with a half shield on. It is insane to think that there main job is not to get on base anyway possible.

        For years we have seen punching judy hitters that just sat there and took pitches in the pad or side or leg and not even make an attempt to get out of the way. Davidson had the right call and it hopefully will now be enforced more.

         The number of guys that I see that almost have their toes on the plate and lean over as far as they can for plate coverage is just bad for baseball. The pitcher has to be able to claim what is his.

         I saw the other day a ball that hit a player in the hand that on the tracking system would have been strike three. That is unacceptable and there are rules against it. They should be enforced.

        • Richard Hood

          What is really bad is we have one like that on our team as well. Reed Johnson doesn’t have the armor but you ever seen him try and get out of the way when he has a ball coming at him? Craig Biggio would be proud.

        • paulcatanese

          Richard, one guy,the master from the White Sox,  Minnie Minoso, no equipment,not even a helmut, he had it to an art form.

      • paulcatanese

        The Commissioner and the owners have changed the rules to entice fans into the park. Over the years they have twisted and turned the rules to benefit only themselves, not the game. Remember when they lowered the height of the mound so as to make the pitchers less effective? Or the juiced balls? Steriods, that they knew were prevalent, all designed for more home runs. Now the mounds were increased in elevation,no juiced balls and little or no steriod use. And all of this has proved one thing, now there are less homeruns than before.
        As far as the players needing protection, thats fine, helmuts have decreased head injuries multiple times since their introduction. But the elbow pads knee pads or just pads in general, with the exception of shin and ankle guards to prevent an injury that would be self-inflicted are not neccesary. One thing that would improve the safety of the hitter would be the clear face mask or bar across the front of the helmut. Beyond that I think it gives the hitter an unfair advantage.
        Hitters are taught at a very young age through high school to turn the shoulder facing the pitcher to catch the inside pitch and get a base, I have seen this taught many times, and that is what I do not agree with. Turning away and down for prevention of injury I agree with, but not the intention of getting hit on purpose to gain 1st base, there is where the chances of real injury lies with a 95mph fastball lies, the thin line of trying to get hit and being hit by accident.
        So in this case I respectivley have to disagree with you and side with Richard
        and would hope the umpires make that call more often, that would discourage intentional efforts to get hit.

    • Gary J

      That has always sort of irked me as well.  The one that sticks out in my mind the most (probably because I couldnt’ stand the guy) was Barry Bonds.  He’d walk up and crowd the plate with that giant elbow guard on, and if anyone came inside and above the waist he’s just sort of shift a bit and nonchalantly manage to get plunked right on his armor.  I don’t know if the ump being behind him hid things a bit, but all too often he’d stick the elbow out to “catch” the ball and then trot down to first.  Of course during the period where he was wearing that armor, that was sometimes preferable to letting him swing the bat… call it a walk while saving the pitcher’s arm a bit.

      But it happens more and more – some of these guys are so padded that the only thing they even try to dodge is something at their head… and even then they sometimes just turn their face away and down so it hits the top of the helmet instead of hitting the dirt.And in case anyone was wondering, the “couldn’t stand the guy” didn’t have anything to do with him using the juice.  It came from a night when he was still in Pittsburgh and he lollygagged a fly ball that was very catchable that hit the warning track and went over for a GR double.  When asked about it after the game, he said he thought was going to be a homer.  When pressed as to why he didn’t at least get over to the spot in case there was a possible play he said (and this is what always stuck in my craw) “you guys can’t expect me to give full effort on every single play”… and from that day forward I hated the guy.

      • Richard Hood

        The guy I remember that used the armor was Mo Vaughn. He use to look like he was changing uniforms when he was on first base after hitting. I thought they should have had 70’s porn music standing by for his routine.

      • Aaron

        Actually, the “armor” Bonds wore to the plate was anything but that…

        I remember seeing a video from scientists at MIT breaking down his mechanical device on his right elbow. IT was hinged, allowing his swing to be the same each and every time he stepped to the plate. That’s why it was so remarkably consistent, and you saw the flight of the ball be the same just about every time. Look back at his home runs during his record breaking season. After video review, (and obviously I haven’t watched each and every one of his home runs), I didn’t see a single home run that was a lofty flyball that left the yard….they were almost exclusively line drives that went VERY far.

        But the rigidness of his “armor” was one of the biggest problems and tainted his records even more than his steroid use, as pretty much everyone was using PEDs during that time, but nobody had the mechanical device that Bonds had.

        • Richard Hood

          Interesting I have never heard anyone say the bionic Bonds wear was anything but a brace. Good incite Aaron.

        • JimBo_C

          The armor helped him immensely …

          you get your best bat accelleration when you fluidly combine front elbow extension and wrist “hammer” extension. The armor kept that front elbow bent … facilitating extension. Without the armor Bobby Bonds’ son might have just been another Roider.

    • Gramps

      It is also one of my pet peeves. I wish it occurred more often when guys take a pitch in the arm while having layers of protection on them. These players get away with it because the system really punishes pitchers who pitch inside. This armorwear has been going on too long and some pitchers are afraid to pitch inside. I would almost guarantee that in the past pitchers like Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins would have knocked down any batter that would have worn armorwear. Back then the players policed themselves…..if your guy went down it was for sure that the other team would have a player flat on the ground in the batter’s box. I think the major league administration has too much to say in the nuances of the game. Let the players play….they will police themselves.

    • paulcatanese

      Richard, I have already responded to Dorasaga on youre point but would like to add another, actually two things. In the last three games a home plate umpire has made a correct call when the ball first hits in foul territory and then rolls fair and both times the Cubs were the beneficiary of the correct call. These were argued by the Yankees and the White Sox. This call has been one of the most misunderstood calls that an umpire makes, leading them to make an instant “foul ball” to avoid conflict. I was very happy to see that call made for a change.
      The other point,and you stated it as well is the strike zone. Umpires abuse that more than anything. As you and many others have seen,an outside pitch can be as much as 4-5inches off the corner and the call goes to the pitcher,famous examples, Atlanta pitching staff, Maddox,and Glavine got the call forever. And the high strike,upires refuse to call it and when they do hitters are at a disadvantage because they are used to waist and below.
      this is really unfair to the game as hitters and pitchers alike cannot judge what is a strike and what is not.
      The great hitters a rarely affected, but the mid class players are, especially the rookies, as they are at the mercy of the umpire. How can these players learn the strike zone when it’s at the whim of the umpire?

      • Richard Hood

        I have noticed over the last couple years there has been a real effort to be consistent on the strike zone. KZONE has helped a lot. Now that an ump has a track record to show where he is having problems calling. The only thing is that the tall strike is still not called as much as it should be.

        The only problem I see is in “framing” pitches. If a guy calls for a pitch that is inside and it hits the catchers glove with out the catcher moving it( Pudge is extraordinary at making an Ump think the pitcher hit his target when he was really off)  the pitcher seems like he is going to get that call.

        I started off playing as a catcher in peewee’s and little league (I grew to 6’4 in Pony League so 3rd was my home because I was just too big behind the plate then). We were always taught that even if wanted the ball a foot outside make it look like the pitcher is right on the money and you will get the call. I can still see that in every level today.

        • paulcatanese

          You are correct when the catcher sets up outside and the pitcher hits his glove they get the call, as in reallity it is a perfect pitch, directly where the catcher calls for it. I guess the umpire figures the same way, as long as it is not too far out there.

    • Brp921

      I have always said that if I was a pitcher, and hit a batter leaning into the plate, while wearing the protection, that my response would be to hit him with a fastball somewhere where he wasn’t wearing the protection in his next at bat. That would make those batters think twice if they new they would be feeling it in their next at bat. I don’t know why pitchers havn’t ever done that.

      • Richard Hood

        Because it is now automatic to warn both benches. 2 accurances and your hitting the showers along with the managers.

    • BillyFinT

      I am the minority here, apparently. I need to give that one to Minoso, by the way, but rule changes favor pitching more and more every year (look back from 2010-2011 compared to 1996-2004 and 2005-2009).

      And Paul, I don’t see how beating up on batters in MLB will hamper how fundamentals are taught in kids’ leagues. Our six to twelve years-old are not playing because they are aspiring for Major League Baseball. Putting shoulders out there to get on base is not directly related to coaches hoping kids learn from MLB. There are probably newer sports and physical sciences that proved those body parts are stronger than once thought, methinks, hence the fad…

      Anyway, I see we don’t want an armor. But padding, if visible, may be reviewed by the umpire and the rules may be enforced. The rule change was done. The question is, just because it’s fair to pitchers doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fair to baseball. The direction it’s going now, eventually, they’ll ask batters to reduce elbow pads, and this will become controversial.

  • Aaron

    There was one thing I forgot to post last night when I was talking about blowing up the team….

    There are so many contending teams out there with big-time injuries, and yet they still have better records than the Cubs, who claim they basically suck (at least Hendry, Quade, and Ricketts have all come out and said that) because of all their injuries.

    My question is, why is nobody in the media like Rogers, Miles, Levine, etc. absolutely tearing them apart for those comments?

    All they have to do is say….”oh yeah….that’s a good point…but tell me why the Cardinals, Yankees, Red Sox, and especially the Giants are still in first place, or a game out of first place, and they have far more injuries than you have….and more key injuries for that matter?”

    If they asked that question, they’d probably see Hendry, Quade, or Ricketts head for the exit. 

    And the fact that Quade even dared to suggest a few weeks ago how damaging the losses of Johnson and Baker would be to the team just shows you how poorly the Cubs are constructed to begin with. It also shows how poorly he used their replacements from the minors. 

    Snyder never saw the light of day, other than the occasional pinch hitting appearance. LeMahieu has something like 3 or 4 starts, otherwise he’s been relegated to pinch hit duty. Campana was used almost exclusively as a pinch runner his first week in the big leagues. The list goes on…..

    Why doesn’t anyone in the media or season ticket holders for that matter call them out? 

    Further compounding the issue is what Agustin was talking about with DeWitt…..and I responded that he’s nothing more than Mike Fontenot part 2…..It’s the fact the Cubs were relying on DeWitt, Hill, and Johnson as regulars in the first place when guys went down, when they’re nothing more than bench players. If you put them in as regulars, you should expect nothing less than the results the Cubs got, which led to their demise, being over 10 games out and 10+games under .500

    Then, they call up everyday players from the minors, only to sit them on the bench for extended periods of time. It’s both counterproductive to the players and counter-intuitive for a ownership group to do that when their stated goal is better player development.

    Everyone can see Neil’s ticker on the side of the screen with the standings. The Cubs are 12 games under .500 and 9 1/2 games out of the division. The Cardinals, leading the division right now, are 7 games over .500 with the 2nd place Brewers 6 games over. 500. Therefore the Cubs would be hoping for a 18-19 game swing in the standings (12 games under .500 plus the games over .500 for the Cards and Brewers) in order just to break even with those teams.

    To realize how impossible this is, I broke down Quade’s math the other night, where he said he’d take winning 2 out of 3 the rest of the year without winning 3 in a row anyday. The problem is, that moron doesn’t even realize the Cubs would basically have to run the table in any given month just to have a chance at the playoffs, as 2 of 3 the rest of the year would end up tying them with the Cardinals and Brewers (given their winning percentages now) at the end of the year.

    Could the Cubs run the table in any given month and surprise the hell out of everyone? Sure….but let’s look at the math there too…Let’s say the next full month of games (meaning August, because of the All-Star break in July), the Cubs run the table, but all things are equal with the other teams at the top of the division and all remains equal with their record up until that point (I’m taking June out of the equation though, because they’ve had guys like Johnson, Baker, Garza, etc. return recently when they didn’t have them earlier in the month….I’m trying to prove my earlier point, so I’m making it fair based on their own words). There are 29 games for the Cubs in August, meaning they’d go 29-0. Since they are currently 12 games under .500, but have a winning percentage of  about 42%, which means that of their games in July (26 games), they’d go 11-15, putting them 4 more games under .500, making it 16 games under .500.

    By going 29-0 in August, the Cubs would be 13 games over .500. But the Cardinals would go 30-24 during July and August given their current winning %….just 6 games over .500 mind you…..and would thus be 13 games over .500 overall from their current record (excluding the rest of the month of June as I did for the Cubs)….making it a tie between the Cubs and them at the end of August….IF THE CUBS GO UNDEFEATED IN A MONTH, WHICH I DO NOT BELIEVE HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THEIR HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That, my friends, is why I stated they need to blow up this team a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. The numbers are stacked up against them, rendering it impossible for them to make the playoffs. Why not capitalize on the current market needs of other contenders while guys like Pena, Johnson, Marshall, Marmol, Dempster, and even Fukudome and Soriano are playing very well right now? Why wait until more teams will be in selling mode, thus creating more surplus in the market, driving the price down?

    I believe the Ricketts and even Hendry are waiting for the end of June to see where they’re at, but there’s no need for that, especially when contenders have glaring holes to fill right now. And I just proved to everyone why the Cubs need to do this NOW!!!!!!!!!!!  29-0 in August….and the Cubs would be tied for 1st. Sure, they could go 15-11 in July and 25-4 in August and still be in the same spot, but either scenario is highly unlikely at this point. In fact, if they just won 2 of 3 as Quade suggested, they’d go 17-9 in July 19-10 in August for an overall record of 36-19, which would still not be enough to put them in the division lead, as it’d only put them at 2 games over .500 if all things remain equal for them until the end of June.

    And to give everyone an idea of how unlikely it is for the Cubs to get even 17 or 19 wins in a month, Exhibit A should be their fantastic 2008 season where they led the NL in wins.

    Here was their records by month:
    March 0-1
    April 17-9
    May 18-11
    June 15-12
    July 15-11
    August 20-8
    September 12-12

    BLOW UP THIS TEAM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cubtex

      I am on board to blow up this team. I stated on many occasions that the starting rotation needs a complete overhaul….but where we differ is to play rookies just to play rookies who obviously would struggle. Snyder has no future with this team. Campana would struggle against mlb pitching daily. Colvin should have been sent down from the beginning. Chris Carpenter is not ready. Why bring up young players who are not ready yet….just to fail? The Mike Moustakis, Eric Hosmer, Brett Lawrie,etc …they are held in the minors until there 100% sure they are ready…….and the most important point… open position for them to play everyday. If and when the Cubs are able to trade Fuko or Byrd….that is the time Brett Jackson should be brought up.

  • paulcatanese

    I think I saw a little gamesmanship and revenge on the part of the White Sox after Ozzie was tossed. The next inning the Sox pitcher threw high and lo and behold the Sox catcher just happened to “miss” the ball and it hit the umpire on his mask. Of course that would be denied, but I have seen that done before, and have been on the field when it happened.

    • Ricky20m

      Yeah i also saw that, and believe it was done on purpose.

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks Ricky, I thought I was the only one to see it. When the umpires review after the game and the home plate in particular he should see it and look for a little payback to the Sox.