Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/31/11

Game One Hundred Eight: Cubs (42-65) vs. Cardinals (57-50)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89, 186, 183
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Ryan Dempster (7-8, 4.98/1.42) vs. Jake Westbrook (9-4, 4.86/1.50)

How will the Cubs respond to another embarrassing loss? Will the Cubs win a game in St. Louis for the first time this season? Can the Cubs win a game on this road trip? So many questions … and not many answers.

The Cubs have played really bad ball on their current 10-game road trip and the 0-5 record is all the proof needed. The Cubs have been outscored over the last five games 31-18 and will turn to their Opening Day starter to stop the losing.

Ryan Dempster has been extremely inconsistent this season and will try to keep the Cubs from dropping to 24 games below .500 … the last time a Cubs team was 24 games under .500 was September 1, 2006.

Q’s squad has just eight wins this month and with one left to play July will clearly be the team’s worst month of the season (April: 12-14; May: 11-16; June: 11-18).

The Cubs are 3-13 on Sundays this season … and tonight it all starts with Ryan Dempster.

After not losing a game in four starts (Dempster 2-0, Cubs 4-0), Ryan Dempster has dropped his last two outings. Dempster was horrible against the Phillies and picked up where he left off against the Brewers. The Cubs’ offense gave Dempster a lead but he surrendered three runs in the first before settling down … the Cubs lost the game 3-2. Dempster ended up allowing three runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.

Ryan Dempster has struggled mightily on the road this season (3-3 in 10 starts with a 6.45 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP) and is 2-2 in his last four starts with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

The Cardinals beat Dempster badly back on June 3 (six runs on eight hits with two home runs, three walks and five strikeouts in five innings) and Dempster is 7-8 in 45 career games, 19 starts, against the Redbirds with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Lance Berkman – 16-for-58 with a double, 5 home runs and 14 walks
  • David Freese – 1-for-3
  • Matt Holliday – 6-for-18
  • Jon Jay – 2-for-10 with a triple and a walk
  • Yadier Molina – 10-for-31 with 2 doubles and 5 walks
  • Corey Patterson – 5-for-17 with 2 doubles
  • Albert Pujols – 16-for-49 with 2 doubles, 7 home runs and 11 walks
  • Skip Schumaker – 18-for-43 with 3 doubles and a walk
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-3 with a double

Jake Westbrook is one of the reasons the Cardinals traded for Edwin Jackson. Westbrook has been inconsistent at best this season but has won his last two starts. After beating the Mets in New York and allowing just two runs on four hits in eight innings, the Astros managed only one run on seven hits in six innings. Westbrook is 3-0 in his last five starts with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

Westbrook has struggled at home this season to the tune of a 3-2 record in 10 starts with a 6.33 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.

Tonight will be Westbrook’s second start of the season against the Cubs. Q’s offense knocked Westbrook out of the game in the third inning back on May 11 in Chicago. Westbrook allowed five runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.

Westbrook is 2-1 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 6.59 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Westbrook

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-5
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-7
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-7
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-7
  • Carlos Pena – 11-for-33 with 6 doubles, 4 home runs and 4 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-4
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-22 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Johnson – RF
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Soriano – LF
    Barney – 2B
    Hill – C
    Dempster – P

    • Demitri

      The future line up for the Chicago Cubs displayed once again tonight

      • diehardcubfan

        Yeah, makes me quake with fear.

  • diehardcubfan

    Now that the Astros have traded their two best players I don’t think we have much of a shot at catching them.

    We will just have to settle for second worst at 130 million.

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      true

    • BosephHeyden

      Problem is that, in the process, they actually IMPROVED their team for the future.  And, though they managed to match us move for move in the “showcase series” as far as bad moves went, they’re going to be forced into playing their new, younger talent into September.  And, as such, they may actually win some more games.

      So there’s still hope for us to get the first round pick so we can waste it next year.

    • Bredstik

      Not to mention the Astros just sent their starting 1B & 3B to the minors. Didn’t bring up any big prospects to replace them either.  Just organizational depth. Looks like they’re going to have a rough(er) final 2 months.

    • J Daniel

      130 million does not buy what it used to

  • paulcatanese

    The Cardinals results against Dempster do not bode well for him tonight. Mybe he should borrow Byrds helmut on the mound. And look for Aram to back up to the outfield grass at third and avoid any confrontation with any hard hit ground balls.

    • diehardcubfan

      Good one Paul.  Now watch Dempster pitch a one hit shutout.  One can only hope right.

      • paulcatanese

        Ha, you were almost right, every time I do that, the Cubs do the oppisite, and Dempster did well, good for him.

  • John_CC

    Like everyone else I am speechless with the “stand pat” attitude of this loser club.  Speechless.

    Now Johnson starting in RF. I knew this would happen. Between Johnson and Baker, Colvin will be riding pine at least half the remainder of games.

    I hope they get hammered tonight. I hate this team right now. Not all the players, mind you, but this organization. And I hope they lose 6 more in a row and hit 30 under .500.  I really do.

    • diehardcubfan

      Remember, Reed Johnson is untouchable and the key to next years success and I suspect will be next years starting RF. 

      Colvin I do not think has a prayer.

      Like you I am speechless.

    • Tedtop16

      Is it possible that Ricketts has no confidence in Hendry and told him to stand pat under the theory that JH would just make more bad deals? And maybe after the season is over, he cleans house and brings in somebody to run the organization who knows what he is doing?

      • diehardcubfan

        One can only hope that Ricketts is planning to fire JH but I doubt it. 

        Ricketts is under JH spell and I do not think there is a potion that can break it. 

        Remember JH is delusional and I think it is permeating throughout the organization and now the Ricketts have embraced it also and believe in that we can actually contend though 9 out of 10 baseball people would probably argue otherwise.

        It will be interesting to see what the ESPN commentators have to say especially Buster Olney.

        • JW

          I think with the budget already bleeding from the seams, Ricketts would rather not have to pay contracts for players, coaches, or GMs that don’t work for him. So essentially its gonna be another painful year in 2012 before we have any prayer for improvement in the Cubs.

      • John_CC

        I guess anything possible.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I think the Astros are completely nuts. They dealt Michael Bourne away for basically 2nd tier prospects. I don’t get it. Bourne is not eligible for free agency until after 2013. 

    Atlanta had four top pitching prospects. They kept them all. They gave Houston a handful of 2nd place prizes. Michael Bourne was leading MLB in steals. He was hitting .303. He plays CF with some ability.

    1. CF bust Jordan Schafer: .240 hitter with no power. 1 HR 7 RBI in 200 ABAtlanta dumped his hide for a reason: he can’t hit. I think he’s Fernando Perez. 

    2. 3 minor league pitchers, but none of them top prospects:

    A. Juan Abreu, 26 yrs, reliever (ie, not good enough to start), Has big strikeout potential, along with the ability to walk the entire world. Think Samardzija

    .B. Brett Oberholtzer–21 yrs, starter with potential.

    C. Paul Clemens, 23 yrs, 4.09 ERA in 20 starts. He’s a middling prospect.

    • carmelo

      I agree—-let me ask this question—who would you rather have, Bourne or Byrd?  I would rather have Bourne—so if that’s all they got for him, what could we have possibly gotten for Byrd?  Yet so many people can’t believe we didn’t trade Byrd to Atl.  Maybe the Braves didn’t want him—can’t believe all we read on the net.  Again, good report.

      • Ripsnorter1

        If I were the Astros, I would have wanted more or let Atlanta eat dirt. They would have paid up.  

        To compare these two, look:
        Byrd ……………………………..vs………………….Bourne
        33 yrs old………………………………………………28 yrs old
        .284 career BA………………………………………..271 career
        .310 BA in 2011…………………………………303 (having career year)
        Too fat to run…………………………led NL is steals in 2009,2010,2011
        Good for 10-12 HR/yr……………………………good for 1-2 taters/yr
        expect 50-60 RBIs………………………………38 RBI is career high in 2010
        1.4 WAR…………………………………………..4.3 WAR

        Fielding
        Rtot= -4.3 (he’s a liability)…………………..Rtot=11 He’s a fielding savior.
        fielding %=.981…………………………………..992 every year for past 5

        Bourne is the better player.

        Again, Astros weaken themselvs offensively, in CF, and none of the 3 pitchers are top prospect and none were put on the ML staff.

        • J Daniel

          Bourne is better so why would we want him?

    • paulcatanese

      I think this calls for an independent investigation, The Cub players dont want to go, the brass dont want them to go, and Ricketts is silent. Smells like a rat in Paris. Too much comradery up there in that park for me.

      • paulcatanese

        Interview espn with Pena “he dosent pay attention to trade talk” he has to focus play his game, they should have asked him, what game is that?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Atlanta’s minor league pitching is deeper than ours, I think.

  • Brentcarmona

    hendrys definition of youth movement : cashner, carpenter, castro, colvin, barney, campana…and if soriano gets moved this month possibly jackson or flaherty. but next years lineup still does not inspire confidence at all. our offense has been horrid this season and last!

    i dont even want to start with the pitching staff

    • Ripsnorter1

      Soriano moved?  

      Pardon me, please.AHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAA!

      He would not even be in the ML if not for his contract. He is owed too much to release, but doesn’t perform well enough for anybody to want him. And all the Cubs can do is hope that “next year will be better.”But it won’t be.

      • Brentcarmona

        call me crazy but i do have a feeling we get rid of.him somehow…if ricketts ate silvas contract (sorianos is alot bigger i realize that) and developing from within being one of his promisies id think bringing up the cubs number one prospect for the fans would make some people happy/interested in the team. its just a hunch and excuse me if im drinking cubbie kool aid i just have to believe something will go right for this team hah.

      • J Daniel

        I hope he meant that as a joke?  Nobody wants Soriano. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funko Watch: 1 RBI last night on a SF. 

    Everything was going along fine. Looked like the Indians would lose again. And then in the 9th, they explode and Funko gets a Sac Fly. GAG!

    Still, he has only 14 RBI. If only he can hold it down the rest of the way, he can still set that new ML record for fewest RBIs by any player ever for 502+ AB.

    • Cheryl

      Don’t count on it Rip. Maybe he’ll have a complete turnaround now that he’s free of the cubs.

  • John_CC

    I was unplugged this weekend and just went over the list of trades.  What stands out to me is Texas paying heavily for two relievers. 

    Chris Davis (upside bust so far) and Tommy Hunter (13-4 last season, pitched in WS) for Koji Uehara.  Then two polished, top pitching prospects – Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland for Mike Adams. 

    That’s two top pitching prospects, one young pitcher with a solid year under his belt in tough pitching environment, and a high upside, still young, 1B masher.  Granted Uehara and Adams are really good, but it makes me wonder what Marshall and Marmol could have brought it. 

    I guess we’ll never know.

    • Ripsnorter1

      They wanted Marmol, but somebody would not deal him. 

      Marshall was one of the “untouchables.” 

      • John_CC

        I understand…er…I understand the reason why nothing happened. I do not understand the reasoning, or lack of.  I am disgusted.

  • Cheryl

    Too bad Wood isn’t starting. That would have given St. Louis pause.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funko has 1st hit as Indian. Indians lose despite his big offensive day:

    1 2B
    1 BB
    1 SO
    And…..AND….AND GET THIS:

    1 ERROR–errant throw–which allowed a run to score.

  • gocubs

    Hendry said “We traded Fukudome so we could get Colvin in the lineup every day.”  OK, then why on earth is Johnson starting in RF?  This organization is a total joke from top to bottom.  An absolute joke.  Johnson and Baker are untouchable? Hugh?  This is mind numbing.  Why am I still paying any attention to this club? An organization with this type of payroll should absolutely be the Yankees of the NL.  How can it be so hard for Rickets to see we need a complete overhaul of management?  Its unreal.    

  • Brett

    What is going on with this organization for real. You think Hendry has atleast one friend in this world who would step in at tip him off that everyone thinks he has lost his mind. I mean really… this is guy who made multiple moves with rosters that made back to back playoff appearances but labels almost every player on this roster as “the big U word I refuse say now” while on their way to 100 games in the ole L column.

    PLEASE GIVE US SOMETHING HERE… PLEASE!

  • John_CC

    I just caught up on the wrap up of yesterday’s train wreck.  Wow! What a debacle.

    Has there been a worse single inning played this year?  Seriously. That was really ugly. Even for this year.

  • PeteM

    One nice thing about this team is they cut into watching football

    • diehardcubfan

      Bears have definitely some good moves so they should be tough.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hendry explains lack of activity

    http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/6072

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More from Bruce Miles:

    The Cubs were quick to shoot down reports that there was a deal in the works for
    Carlos Marmol to Texas. There was little to no interest in John Grabow. Others
    around baseball said no contenders came calling for Carlos Zambrano, so the
    whole idea of him waiving his no-trade became moot quickly

    http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/6072

    • KevininSandiego

      Neil,

      Wasn’t what was the Rangers called and he Cubs said NO. So yes no deal was in the works with Texas.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        From the way I understand it, yes. The Rangers called about Marmol. So technically a deal was not discussed, you are right.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Not kidding about this … Quade said he wanted to get Johnson in the lineup tonight because they are facing a lefty tomorrow.

    • RickinMSP

      So, does that mean Colvin starts tomorrow since they are facing a righty on Tuesday?

    • MikeT_2008

      Wait what?? I honestly can’t follow what Quade says anymore. I feel so stupid for thinking he was the correct choice to be manager.

    • Brp921

      Hmm… a veteran who has had success as a part time player and pinch hitter needs the playing time over a young guy who has struggled with the lack of consistent playing time. I wouldn’t have thought so. Oh well I guess thats why Quades the manager and I have to work for a living.

    • Aaron

      Yeah, I heard that….my ears bleed every damn time Quade or Hendry open their mouths

    • diehardcubfan

      Please excuse me for laughing!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nine up, nine down for the Cubs against Westbrook … not a single ball out of the infield.

  • BosephHeyden

    You get the feeling that, if Neifi Perez was on this team still, Starlin Castro would be on the bench more than Ronny Cedeno was.

  • diehardcubfan

    A four pitch inning and the Cubs wonder why they stink.  It is driving me crazy the lack of discipline.

  • Brp921

    I gotta agree with the ESPN crew about the Holiday slide. I didn’t see it until tonight. I can’t believe the Cubs are letting it go. I’m not promoting a beaning but  good welt on his ribs would let opponents know the Cubs will fight back.

  • Aaron

    proving that even the players are as delusional as the GM and manager:

    ********************************************************************************************
    “I’d rather have someone really working towards out common goal, instead of (trading players) just for show,” he said. “Our GM is not like that. He’s not trying to ‘look’ like he’s working. He’s working. It’s totally different than (thinking) ‘I can fool the world by switching a couple pieces here,’ and it really looks like he’s making moves, making changes, when in reality it’s just all for show.

    “He’s not like that. He’s doing something that’s going to mean something at the end of it all, something substantial, and we’re going to reap the benefits. I’d rather have that. We put all our heads together, all our energy together, and personally, I’m excited about the possibility of me being part of that team. Even with our record at this point, with our difficulties. I can say the same thing. I’m excited about what’s coming.”
    ******************************************************************

    These comments by Pena are either:
    a) Very cryptic…as he says, “I’m excited about what’s coming”….and it appears it is NOT getting rid of aging, overpaid veterans in favor of rebuilding. So that could only mean they’re thinking of trading prospects for more veterans….LMAO

    or

    b) Delusional…When he said Hendry is not trading players just for show to look like he’s working…..ummmmmm….NEWSFLASH!!!!!!! He is NOT working at all here in the best interest of the Cubs. What’s worrisome about his comments are the fact that he seems to be saying there’s basically an agreement to return next year…THAT is scary!!

  • Aaron

    well….I think we just had it confirmed that dumbass Hendry is resigning Pena next year, and not even going after Fielder or Pujols. We also had it confirmed that neither Ridling, nor LaHair, nor Bour…hell, even LeMahieu, could hit somewhere around .222/.338/.441 at 1B next year….or even have around 65-70 RBI (which is about his projection this year)

    Here’s his comments:

    ********************************************************************************************
    The way Hendry put it, the rate of return the Cubs would get on a player like Carlos Pena wasn’t enough to make a trade attractive and that Pena is a possibility for next year.

    “There’s not somebody waiting to take his place for next year in-house like Tyler is hopeful to do that in the outfield in moving Fuke,” Hendry said. You have to look at it that way, too.
    *********************************************************

    Prior to that, he made an idiotic comment about the reason they traded Fukudome was to get Colvin in the lineup everyday, and yet Colvin is out tonight against a righty, and will be out again tomorrow night against a lefty.

    I can’t stand Hendry, and Quade is even worse. I wish they’d both just go away.

    This was also his excuse for not making any trade besides Fukudome:
    *****************************************************************************************
    “The other factor, if you get a second-tier or two prospect back and you already have people better than that in your own system, then you really haven’t done anything to help the organization, and then you’re also put in the spot where if you add minor-league players today, that means somebody’s going to be sent backwards in our system or eliminated. That’s just the way I looked at it.”
    *****************************************************************************************

    What I’m trying to wrap my brain around is just who the prospects he’d be acquiring would be blocking…..If you trade a veteran, then you get upward movement in the system, unless you’re trading for another MLB player. That means that positions would be open in the minors. So his logic doesn’t even work. Furthermore, what I’m trying to understand is what he’s looking at in the minors with prospects and their potential, etc. Since when has Hendry EVER been concerned with bringing prospects up?!? What’s worse is that the Cubs’ minor league pitching this year has been absolutely dreadful, so they could improve just about everywhere on that front

  • Bo

    I have just got online ad was wondering if demp has thrown at Matt today? I was wondering if anyone was going to have some guts on this team for a change…

    • Aaron

      Are you kidding me?!!? NOBODY on this team knows what they’re doing, so of course, nothing has been done, and Byrd even made it worse by saying Holliday’s play was a good one…..making it seem like there’s a rift in the clubhouse.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs get a baserunner … Hill walked

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed breaks up the no-hitter

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro … Cubs score a run

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    this has to be the worst run franchise in the Major Leagues. Ughhhh I was excited a month ago because I thought we would move some guys and we would get to see some of the younger guys that are coming up. But the poorly run Cubs dissappoint again.

    • Aaron

      You are not alone, Sir…..I was excited too, foolishly believing that my long-standing wish of blowing up this team would alas be possible…..but the Tweedly Dee and Tweedly Dumb are still running this team

  • KevininSandiego

    Neil,

    Just wait until Round trip toniight, I am going to ask tough questions about why a Big Marketed team can’t rebuild and has a Big Market team as ever lost 100 games in one year.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Kevin, I will be listening.

      • Aaron

        It’d be nice to have a recap of that talk, Neil. Can you post some notes, or Kevin, can you post some?

        • KevininSandiego

          No Problem Aaron.

    • Ripsnorter1

      You’d better have the answer to that question before you ask it. Mr. Qlueless will say, “Why, yes they have.” Well, you’d best know if that’s the truth or not.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by the Cubs putting up four runs in the top of the sixth … then Dempster gives up three (so far) in the home half.

  • Brentcarmona

    jay jackson with another not so good start. i wonder which starting pitcher will get a call/shot to play this year from the minors. probably casey coleman. meh. i know hendry wants to continue his youth movement i guess he can use him…and call up nobody else hahaha

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Quade’s going to leave Dempster in. Hot night, just gave up three runs and was hit very hard with  94 pitches under his belt.

    • Aaron

      again….face palm

    • Brp921

      This will be another loss on Quade.

      • Brp921

        I’m glad I called that one wrong.

  • GaryLeeT

    As is Quade tradition, Dumpster bats, then removed next inning.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Great management! Sandberg wouldn’t have had the acumen to do that!

  • Rbmercer

    This is like watching the movie Groundhog Day

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent job by Sean Marshall

  • Brp921

    Furcal hasn’t learned the Cardinal slide yet.

  • Ripsnorter1

    ATTENTION! ATTENTION! 

    JIM QLUELESS HAS SPOKEN THE TRUTH! 
    JIM QLUELESS HAS SPOKEN THE TRUTH!
    Here’s a Jim Qlueless quote from Aaron’s post above:
    (Concerning making a trade of Pena, et al):

    “The other factor, if you get a second-tier or two prospect back and you already have people better than that in your own system, then you really haven’t done anything to help the organization, and then you’re also put in the spot where if you add minor-league players today, that means somebody’s going to be sent backwards in our system or eliminated. That’s just the way I looked at it.”

    Jim Qlueless is right. If you deal away a ML starter for second-tier minor leaguers which are inferior to players you already have, the result is:

    1. Playing time is taken away from better players to accomodate the lessor players, or
    2. Somebody gets cut–maybe even the players you traded for, or
    3. Your own better players’ development is slowed down by having these lessor players around. 

    Jim Qlueless is right on the money.

    My point: Mr. Qlueless, do not trade for second-tier minor leaguers.

    Also, Mr. Qlueless, do not trade ML ballplayers away for second-tier minor leaguers like you did with Mark DeRosa, Funko, Lilly, Gorzelanny and virtually every single trade  you have ever made.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Barney has fallen off of a cliff. BA is .288 and declining.

    • J Daniel

      I do believe that Barney is ok, but not as good as many people think.  I will cut him a little slack as it is his rookie season, a lot of games, and sure is mentally exhausted from this mess as well.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cubs lost tonight, Sunday, July 31, 2011 when Carlos Marmol could not hold a 4-3 lead. After two walks, Albert Pujols hammered a monster HR to left field. Marmol took the loss. Cubs fall to 24 games under .500.

    • GaryLeeT

      Pretty optimistic to think the collapse won’t happen in the 8th. 

    • Aaron

      well…that won’t happen, unless the Cubs score a lot, because Pujols was just up, and the game would be decided by then, but I get what you’re saying, and I was thinking the same thing, only now, it’ll be a different player to crush the Cubs’ spirits yet again….

      I just wanted to mention something, because you brought up Barney. I completely agree with that, and have never been too excited with him, especially with the middle infield prospects currently in the system with far higher ceilings than Barney has. 

      Again, this is PRECISELY why Hendry is overmatched as GM. He simply doesn’t know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em…and the concept of buying low, selling high has NEVER been part of his business acumen. And that’s also  HUGE issue with him….he gets too close to players to understand that it’s a business. After all, players spurn the Cubs in free agency (either their own or outside FA), and that’s all about business…Yet, when he gets really HORRIBLE players in the fold that are overpaid and underperforming, he has this sort of sick attachment to them.

      NOBODY on this team should’ve been untouchable, except for Castro. Everyone should have been available, and I’m not just saying, “give away Soto, Marmol, Marshall, etc.”, but looking at what other teams were willing to give up in trades this year, you’d have to think Hendry could’ve received decent value in trades for some of those guys, especially Soto, Marmol, and Marshall.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Woody with a behind the back snag to start the 1-6-3 double play

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a 2-run shot

  • Anonymous47701

    Matt Kemp trade idea 2.0

    OF Matt Kemp

    for
    C Geovany Soto
    RF Nelson Perez
    1B Justin Bour
    3B Josh Vitters

    • Aaron

      The Dodgers actually might consider that one, but with LeMahieu showing an extreme lack of power, and Vitters really being the only legit 3B prospect in their system….it doesn’t make much sense for the Cubs….and the Dodgers would likely require McNutt or Carpenter instead of Perez (he has ZERO value, because he’s Rule 5 eligible, and could be had for nothing)

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Mets lost 103 games in 1993.

    The Cubs have only twice lost 100+ games: 
    1962 and 1966, the Cubs lost 103 games in each season.They could best that figure in 2011.

    Other seasons of note…..
    Dodgers dropped 99 games in 1992
    Yanks dropped 95 in 1990.
    Giants dropped 100 in 1985.
    Cubs dropped 98 in 1980.
    Mets dropped 98 in 1979
    .Mets dropped 96 in 1978.
    Cubs dropped 96 in 1974.
    Mets dropped 101 in 1967.
    et al.

  • JimBo_C

    Apparently, Colvin was not good enough to pinch hit in this spot. DeWitt was much better with his GIDP.

  • jw

    Cubs Win Cubs win!!!!

    (Dewey defeats Truman)

    • paulcatanese

      Excellent, not so excellent cause I remember that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-3 Sunday night.
    Ryan Dempster: 3R, 7H, BB, 6K, 6+ IP; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R; Marlon Byrd:
    2-for-4, 2RBI, R; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-4, HR, 2RBI

  • paulcatanese

    The ESPN crew pretty much rapped Quade thru out the game. Special in interest was given to the defensive placement of Aram and Pena in the ninth and earlier Aram again on the line against Pujols. Also the lack of retaliation for Castro,
    “you have to protect the franchise”, and nothing was done, all agreed it was a dirty slide and Holliday should have been sent a message.The hitters should have adjusted, etc it went on most of the night.

  • KevininSandiego

    I called in to Round trip tonight and asked why a Big Market can’t rebuild? I basically got to the Cubs would take more time because of the Big Contracts and Lack of Major League ready talent. They also said that the Cubs have done a poor job evaluating players. So Cub fans we are looking at a long bad streak.

    • Aaron

      thanks Kevin….the evaluating thing is horrendous with Hendry at the helm. Like I’ve always said, he just doesn’t know when to “buy low, sell high”, and more times than not, he destroys prospects values.