The Daily Debacle Continues … Cubs Pounded by the Marlins – Cubs 3 Marlins 13

Game Ninety-Five – Cubs 3 Marlins 13
WP – Javier Vazquez (6-8) LP – Carlos Zambrano (6-5) Save – None

Carlos Zambrano came off the disabled list prior to Saturday’s game against Florida and he simply did not have anything. Z’s velocity was down early and the Marlins scored three runs in the first inning. Zambrano rebounded slightly but still pitched from behind in the count for a majority of his short outing. Zambrano issued four walks and three of them came around to score.

Zambrano ended up allowing eight runs on seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Zambrano threw 94 pitches in less than five innings, 58 for strikes.

Mike Quade left Zambrano in one batter too long and Mike Stanton’s second opposite field homer of the game off Zambrano turned a 5-0 deficit into an 8-0 embarrassment. Mike Stanton finished the game 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI and Hanley Ramirez recorded three doubles (3-for-4 with three runs scored) and drove in two runs.

Ramon Ortiz, who should no longer be in the Major Leagues, picked up where Zambrano left off and gave up three runs on three hits with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Ortiz served up the third opposite field home run of the game to Logan Morrison in the sixth inning.

John Grabow and James Russell kept the Marlins from adding to the blowout but Jeff Samardzija was hit pretty hard in the ninth and surrendered two unearned runs.

Eight of the Marlins’ 13 runs scored on Saturday afternoon scored with two outs.

The Cubs offense was pretty much non-existent on Saturday afternoon. Q’s squad managed just four hits off Javier Vazquez and three of those came in the bottom of the sixth. The Cubs had a total of five baserunners on the afternoon and walked only once (Blake DeWitt in the ninth) and struck out 11 times.

The Cubs had only one hit in the first 5 2/3 innings and allowed Javier Vazquez to record his first four outs on 10 pitches. Vazquez struck out a season-high 10 batters and retired the Cubs in order in five of his seven innings.

Chris Hatcher made his big league pitching debut on Saturday afternoon. Hatcher was the Marlins’ backup catcher a year ago and he retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the eighth on just 14 pitches, nine for strikes.

Aramis Ramirez drove in the Cubs only runs on Saturday. Ramirez hit his 16th longball of the season, a three-run shot that plated Kosuke Fukudome and Starlin Castro. The Cubs have scored a total of eight runs in the first three games of the series … four RBI on home runs by Marlon Byrd and Aramis Ramirez and one RBI when Darwin Barney was hit by a pitch on Thursday night. The other three runs have scored on a passed ball and an error by Omar Infante.

The Cubs defense was charged with two more errors and ran their league-worst total to 81 on the season. The 2010 Chicago Cubs did not commit their 80th error until the 106th game.

On another offensive day at Wrigley, the roster Jim Hendry assembled managed only three runs on four hits and was pounded by the visiting team. The Cubs are now 4-9 in July and have gone from a team that cannot win three in a row to a group of players that cannot put together back-to-back victories.

With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs slipped back to 19 below .500 with a 38-57 record …

The inconsistency of the Chicago Cubs was on full display Saturday afternoon. After receiving tremendous starts from Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, Big Z lasted just 4 2/3 innings and should have been lifted before he was on Saturday.

Carlos Zambrano labored through a long 29-pitch first inning and the Marlins took advantage of his lack of command. Z walked two batters in the opening frame and both came around to score.

Z walked Emilio Bonifacio on five pitches to start the game. Zambrano struck out Infante on three pitches. Bonifacio then took second on a delayed steal on the first pitch to Logan Morrison. Morrison ended up walking on a borderline call on a 3-2 pitch.

With runners on first and second and one down, Hanley Ramirez ripped a 0-1 pitch over Fukudome’s head in right. Bonifacio scored … 1-0 Marlins. With runners on second and third with one out, Gaby Sanchez reached out and poked a 1-2 pitch into right. Sanchez drove in two with the opposite field single past Pena and pretty much ended the game at that point.

Zambrano struck out Stanton and Peterson to end the inning.

Carlos Zambrano allowed three runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts (29 pitches, 18 strikes) in the first inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Javier Vazquez in the first and Marlon Byrd recorded the Cubs only hit in the first four innings in the second. Carlos Zambrano put together the best at bat against Vazquez … and was the only Cub to square one up against Vazquez until the sixth inning.

After two decent innings from Zambrano in the second and third, the Marlins started tacking on in the fourth inning.

Mike Stanton hit a 1-2 pitch to the back of the bleachers in right … the monster, opposite field bomb gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead.

Zambrano retired the next three batters in the fourth but it was clear that Z did not have anything on Saturday afternoon.

Javier Vazquez retired the Cubs in order for the third time in the bottom of the fourth.

The Marlins put the game well out of reach in the fifth and chased Zambrano before he could finish the inning.

Omar Infante singled to center on a 3-1 pitch with one out in the fifth. Logan Morrison popped out to center for the second out. Z fell behind Hanley Ramirez 3-1 and Ramirez ripped his next pitch over Soriano’s head in left. The ball one-hopped the wall and Infante scored … 5-0 Marlins.

Zambrano then issued his fourth walk of the game to Gaby Sanchez. With runners on first and second with two outs, Mike Stanton launched a 2-0 pitch into the bleachers just to the right of straight away center. The Marlins took a 8-0 lead and chased Zambrano from the game.

Ramon Ortiz retired Peterson on a flyout to right center to end the inning.

All four runs allowed by Z in the fifth came with two outs.

The Cubs went down in order for the fourth time in the fifth inning.

Ramon Ortiz took the hill in the top of the sixth and turned an 8-0 deficit into an 11-0 embarrassment. Javier Vazquez singled to right center with one out and advanced to second on a throwing error by Marlon Byrd … the Cubs 80th charged error of the season. Emilio Bonifacio popped out to first but Omar Infante reached on an infield single to third. Aramis Ramirez made a nice diving stop on a ball ticketed for the left field corner and made a strong throw from his knees … but Infante just beat the throw.

Logan Morrison got just enough of a 1-0 pitch to deposit the ball in the basket in left center … the Marlins’ third opposite field homer of the game put them up 11-0. Ortiz struck out Hanley Ramirez to end the sixth.

The Cubs finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth after back-to-back two out singles by Kosuke Fukudome (bloop single to center) and Starlin Castro (swinging bunt up the third baseline).

Aramis Ramirez lined Vazquez’s first pitch into the first row of the bleachers in left center … 11-3 Marlins on Ramirez’s 16th homer of the season. Pena struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Marlins did not add to their lead against John Grabow in the seventh … and the Cubs went down in order for the fifth time against Vazquez in the bottom of the seventh.

James Russell worked around a infield single by Emilio Bonifacio in the top of the eighth as Quade and McKeon started emptying their benches.

The Cubs went down in order against former catcher Chris Hatcher in the eighth inning. Hatcher was the Marlins’ backup catcher a year ago and made his big league debut as a pitcher on Saturday afternoon.

The Marlins tacked on two much-needed insurance runs against Jeff Samardzija in the top of the ninth. Hanley Ramirez doubled for the third time on Saturday. Gaby Sanchez shattered his bat, hit a grounder to third and reached on the Cubs second error of the game … a throwing error by Blake DeWitt. Hanley ended up at third and scored on a sac fly to left off the bat of Bryan Petersen.

Brett Hayes then doubled to left. Sanchez scored and completed the scoring for the Marlins … 13-3. Dewayne Wise flied out to deep left to end the inning.

Blake DeWitt reached on a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth … the Cubs first walk of the game. Carlos Pena hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Another day and another embarrassing loss … It’s a Way of Life

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Randy Wells against Chris Volstad in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

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  • Demitri

    I hate that slogan so much.. “It’s a Way of Life”… What is the way of life? Losing?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yes. Don’t you get it?  They have been called the “Lovable Losers” for many years for a reason. Losing is “A Way of Life.” 

  • Ken

    Very sad this team hardly could beat their Iowa team.  when is Rickert going to put the plug on the upper management team and get a new team with a new direction.  I don’t want Hendry doing anymore trading or signing.

  • paulcatanese

    What are the Vegas odds on the Cubs now? I remember one year 100 to 1, this has to be at least 10,000 to one. Good bet, I think I’ll put  fifty cents on em. Us Cub fans don’t give up. Go Cubs on Sunday, they are going to turn it around starting tommorow.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Why get all upset? Just bet your house and your entire retirement against the Cubs (so much every day), and they’ll pay while they lose. It’s really simple. Then you can be a happy Cubs’ fan as Quade and Hendry and Kennedy and P.K. Ricketts successfully manage your retirement. And you’ll be rich!

      • paulcatanese

        Love it,Rip.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It really was a nice quality start by Zambrano today. Since he yelled at Marmol, he has pitched well, and Marmol has been superb, too. Zambrano should become the Cubs’ next manager. 

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    I can’t wait until this year is over.

    • diehardcubfan

      Jim, I could not agree more but unless JH and Quade go it isn’t going to be any better next year. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    I see where Adam Dunn went 3 for 4 today with no hits. 3 strikeouts in 4 ABs again. He’s hitting .159 in 325 PA this year. The ChiSox still won today with Dunn batting cleanup. 

    Man, if I were Ozzie, that’s exactly where I’d have him hitting every single day: cleanup. 

    What a head case! Signs the big contract, and suddenly he can’t hit his way out of kindergarten!  

    I can’t wait until Pujols signs for $300 trillion dollars! And if the Cubs win the Insane Signing Lottery and he joins the Cubs, why, he’ll hit .125 with 0 HR and 0 RBI in 550 AB for sure. 

    • paulcatanese

      You know,you absolutly right. Everywhere I look with guys signing these crazy contracts (including Marmol) they all take gas or ride the easy chair.

      • Scott B

        Marmols contract is not crazy moron, the dude has been amazing the past 4 years, and has had some rough outings this year…jesus you idiots think you know everything while stroking yourself on your couch

        • Ripsnorter1

          That was a very rude reply to a very nice guy. You should not speak/write that way. 

          It is okay to disagree, but do you have to call good people names? If you write that way, it reflects upon you, and not upon Paul or the other good people on this forum. 

          • paulcatanese

            Thank you Rip

        • paulcatanese

          Like your’e response Scott, you show the ultimate class in the choice of words that are at your’e disposal. I will post to you for advice on how to be crass and low brow.

        • Brentcarmona

          cco has been pretty troll free…thanks scott for being a butt head.

        • diehardcubfan

          If you are going to be name calling a guy like Paul or for that matter the regulars on this site then you can go somewhere else. 

          Paul is one of the good guys and knows his stuff when it comes to the Cubs. 

          You rock Paul!!

          • paulcatanese

            Thank you sir

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Thank you guys for policing this tonight. I just saw the posts … sorry I missed them earlier.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Zambrano signed a $91 million dollar extension with the Cubs on 17 August 2007. Since that time Zambrano’s record has been: 

    After the signing in 2007…4-4 in 8 starts. Look at the perforances:
    5.1 IP  6 H… 4ER… LOSS
    6.1 IP 9 H.0.. 5 ER… LOSS
    4.1 IP 7 H …8 ER ..LOSS
    6    IP 2 H …1 ER… WIN
    8 IP  4 H …1 ER… WIN
    5 IP 7 H…4 ER…LOSS
    6 IP…3 H…0 ER…WIN
    7 IP..6 H…0 ER…WIN

    2007: led the league in BB for 2nd year in a row: 101 BB (115 BB in 2006)

    2008: 14-6 …3.91 ERA 
    He won 18 in 2007, but the year the Cubs go to the playoffs with a NL leading offense, Z wins just 14. He won’t win 14 games again!

    2009:
    9-7…3.77

    2010:
    11-6…3.33

    2011:6-5…4.78 ERA…WHIP=1.41

    Can you see how little $91 million dollars buys you these days?

    • Tony_Hall

      Rip – That is why I am so against signing pitchers to huge contracts, except for the very elite.  You need a lot of arms in your system, to be able to continue to supply the big league ball club, with arms, year after year.  I would much rather that we were the team, that trades off our arms, after all the abuse of getting to the majors and their 1st 3-4 years of MLB play, and uses these type of players to restock the system.  

      • Dorasaga

        The problem is Jim Hendry thought Dempster and Z are the “very elite.”

        I guess the same goes with middle infielders and center fielders. They wear out fast. Better have plenty in the farm ready to supply more than two or three years. I’m totally not talking about Barney’s post-Therioty. But I’m against finding patches like Edmonds or Byrd after failed foresight with Soriano and Fukudome.

        Again, it’s very tough for the Cubs to find a position for the players to not fail. It’s in their blood, you see. That’s why we give two thumbs up to the Braves and Red Sox. But of course, they are red. When red dips blue, it turns Cub-fans green.

        • Tony_Hall

          It is sad, how poor JH’s, talent evaluation has been over time.  Aaron put it best once, about why he goes after guys, who come off of a career year and it was and still is, so true.  

          Z, looked like a #1 or #2 guy for awhile, but as Rip pointed out, since he signed for the big money, has been average at best.  Dempster was never elite, nor close to it.  He was a solid #2 or #3 pitcher.  These are both examples of Buy High and Sell low, that JH has almost perfected.  If you could go back in time, and Sell High and Buy low, this team would not be in the situation it is in.  I know someone will say, you don’t know when to Sell High or when you can Buy Low.  But I say you can do it.  You decide if a player is a long term keeper, a difference maker.  If not, you sell them when they are hot and in demand.  Castro is a keeper.  Barney is not.  He has a shelf life of 3-4 years.  Now there are times when you don’t sell High.  This happens, when you truly have a shot at the World Series.  But you still might Sell High on a player, to receive a player back that will help you to the World Series.  Buying low – this can be done every year, buy taking chances on guys who are FA, because another team released them, because they were getting expensive, but are still 27-28 yrs old and younger.  These type of players can be picked up every year, and see if a change of scenario would help them.  If not, you trade them or cut them and move on.  I like Barney.  I liked Theriot.  But this type of player is only good during their 0-3 years, where you can pay them league minimum, or close to it.  When this type of player starts to cost $3M or more, they should be traded.

          • Ryan7_21_05

            I disagree with u when u say Barney is not a keeper. This is why I think he is a keeper. First of all I likened Theriot but his head got way to big for him to carry. And then he became an a*sh*le. Barney came in busting his ass off from the start and hasn’t stopped. He is one of two that goes out there and does what his suppose to day and night. I get he’s no Ryno. But like Ryno, Barney never stops trying or gives up on a play. He’s only a rookie and I think and feel if he has the time he will become an above average 2nd basemen. U don’t get ride of someone that puts his neck out there for the team. Don’t mess with the middle infield. That will be the dumbest thing the cubs can do at this point.

          • Tony_Hall

            You missed my point entirely.  Keepers are players who are difference makers.  Barney is not a difference maker.  If no one comes up and takes his place (highly likely, given the number of middle infield prospects we have) then he should hold a position for another couple of years.  But he can be replaced internally at some point over the next couple of years, and what the Cubs need to do is sell High on Barney. Good teams trade players like Barney and get a good return of more prospects to fill the farm teams.  If you read often, you will know many of the names that can fill this spot, but just last night Flaherty and LeMahieu had good nights for Iowa.

          • Ryan7_21_05

            So u are telling me that a 297 avg and gettin on base infront of the three and four hitters is not a differences maker. Here is your differences maker find a damn three or four hitter that can drive-in Barney that is on base. Because that’s what he does he get on base. Until u find an rbi three four hitter there won’t be a differences maker. Barney is a keeper. And We need him.

          • Tony_Hall

            His on base is 327

            That is not a good on base pct.

            He is an 8 hole hitter.

            Why are you getting so worked up over a player that is a very  nice component of a team, but in no way is a difference maker.

            Difference makers are the best of the best.  Not even being an All-Star makes you a difference maker.  The best of the best.

          • Dorasaga

            Tony and Ryan7, I must say that Barney is a smart player. For years, I’ve been reading the Farm Report, Aaron’s, and ripsnorter’s solid arguments and following of how talents develop. They got to the Big, the rest is mental for them to stay or not. No teams devalue a smart player and thought low of one.

            But you’ve said it. We know how things can change quickly, and we see traces from their career. Barney played shortstop with limited power and anything else other than contact. Of course, the Cubs got a Castro. They moved Barney to second. Then someone will come to Chicago and hit better than 327 OBP, so Barney moves to the bench.

            Take this as a rhetoric question: When shall Jim Hendry sell him? I’ll say now. When he’s starting and outplaying his true talent (other than the intangibles).

            Then what? It will not bother me to no end that the management clogs the farm system by not promoting and playing talents who are performing right not (Flaherty and LeMahieu, minus Hill and we see Clevenger or Castillo).

            There’s no math and perfect formula, I guess, and if we count in loyalty, this gets messy. The bottom line is that the Cubs need to commit to their farm, move them up, and develop the talents on the Major League level. Because the Ricketts are not going to outspend the Yankees, the Red Sox, and even the Phillies.

            It’s either Change, or another bad century.

    • diehardcubfan

      You are so right Rip when it comes to Big Z.  After signing the contract and then declaring he will retire after the contract is over he seems to have gone south. 

      I also attribute those stats to the fact that he has not learned how to pitch.  Again, could have to do with the fact he does intend to retire after 2012, unless the 2013 option is exercised.

      When Big Z was a power pitcher he could get away with mistakes.  Not any longer.  Big Z can no longer blow people away. 

      He has not learned how to pitch and adjust to the league nor has he developed other off speed pitchers or learned how to changes speeds. 

      I do not see Big Z being a Cub after 2012 unless he is willing to take a pay cut.

  • Mike1040

    On a more positive note, I learned something today from Quade’s mismanaged lollygaggers. I have spelled embarrassment wrong all these years. I always want to use one r instead of 2..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    On a positive note: Brett Jackson has doubled, scored a run and walked in his first two at bats tonight. Flaherty is 1-for-1 and LeMahieu is 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored. LeMahieu is playing third tonight, Flaherty at second.

    • paulcatanese

      It seems the higher Jackson gets in the system the better he performs,and Flaherty and LeMahieu. The three are tearing it up so far.

      • diehardcubfan

        It will be really interesting to see what positions DJ and Flaherty will play next year if they are allowed to play on the parent club. 

        It could leave Barney on the bench as a middle infield utility guy.

        • paulcatanese

          Thats okay with me. I really like Barney but its the same old story, Barney beat out DeWitt and now he has someone looking over his shoulder. If LeMahieu beats him out so be it. If the management had the same feeling as was promised by Quade, ( the best guy plays ) and lives up to it fine. I think Barney will be fine as a backup and only makes the Cubs stronger. If Barney wins the job DJ will do fine as a backup, and the same will happen, the Cubs will be stronger. I dont know that much about Flaherty, but DJ looks good.

          • Ryan7_21_05

            My bet is on Barney winning the spot. How doesn’t he. He came up last year and tore it up and got some playing time at 2nd and has picked it up his year and is in line for rookie of the year. U going to tell the rookie of the year he lost his job the next year. Damn that’s a low blow. He will get better his only a rookie. Let some We have been waiting to fill spots and when We find someone that can We want to get ride of them, let’s worry about LF, CF, RF, 1B, C AND IT LOOKS LIKE 3B. There’s nothing wrong in the middle infield rite now

          • Bill

            Ryan,

            Agree.  This team has a lot of holes on it, middle infield should rate way down the list.  I’m not even worried about CF (Byrd is adequate until Jackson is ready).  We need corner outfielders and infielders who can play.  There’s very little power in the Cubs minor league system.  You can take a Mark Grace at first if you are getting power from a Sandberg, at a position not known for power.  Right now, there’s now power coming from the middle of the field (maybe Soto) so you need the power at the corners.  

          • Tony_Hall

            So, if someone else beats him out (just like he beat out Dewitt and Baker, you wouldn’t go with the better player.  I like Barney, but he’s in line for the rookie of the year voting, but won’t win.  Awards go to players with some pop in their bat, or good young pitchers.  You have to look at what the strengths of this team system is, and middle infield is just that.  That means you need to bring them up, and then trade them off, once their is a demand for them.  Unless they are a difference maker at that position, like a Castro.

          • Ryan7

            I get people like power but its not everything. I would pick some one with a better avg. And obp avg over power any day. What about hits. He gets on base in front of people that done drive him in so he is being over looked and baker and dewalt never started off like he did so that’s a bad complacent. U but Barney in the one or two hole and get someone in the damn three four hole that can hit an see how much better this team can be. There are way way more holes on this team that needs to be filled more that finding a other 2nd basemen SS and 2nd are fine. Leave it alone.

          • Tony_Hall

            His OBP is 327.  Not exactly an on base machine.  

            ARam has been hitting pretty well in the 3 hole lately.  

            Barney is an 8 hole hitter.

            I’m not looking to trade Barney today, but he is not a difference maker, you build a team around.

          • Tony_Hall

            As far as rookie of the year, he may be 5th right now.

            Other batters
            Freeman 272/343/455/799 – 13 HR’s 46 RBI’s
            Espinosa 243/332/455/788 – 16 HR’s 52 RBI’s
            Barney 297/327/363/690 – 1 HR 32 RBI’s
             
            For an on base type of player (lacking power) he has a lower OBP than both of these guys.  Their OPS is 100 pts higher.  I like Freeman out of this mix.

            Pitchers
            Kimbrel – 2-2 – 28 saves – 2.35 ERA, 70 k’s in 46 IP – 1.07 WHIP
            Gee 8-3 – 3.76 ERA – 1.26 WHIP (Better than all of our starters)

            So you can see, he is 5th out of these options right now.

            I like Barney, I like watching him play, but he’s no difference maker at the MLB level.

          • Brp921

            Good point with the OBP Tony. Also, I look back to the to the Washington series and the double play the Nats turned on a not real hard hit groundball by Campana. Espinosa was the middle man on that and I was really impressed with how fast he got rid of the ball. I would’ve never beieived they could double Campana up on that play. I really like Barney to, but I could see the guys you mentioned being ahead of him in the ROY vote.

          • Tony_Hall

            I like Barney too.  He is the type of player we should be replacing all of our aging vets with, guys who play all out.  

          • paulcatanese

            I know this is late, but just got up. Barney is my favorite and has been since he came up. I dont say he will lose his job next year, but it is his to keep and that is different. I hope he does keep it. The point I was trying to make was that it should be an open competition for any spot and not be relied on the past. Baseball unfortunatly is a business and I agree with you, their are many other spots to be filled before a World Series can even be dreamed of. I dont even put Castro in the untouchable list for SS. If someone is better, move him over also. To me the biggest problem in Baseball is playing someone because of a contract that keeps them their in a position that blocks a better player. If Barney is good enough he will last at second base, if not he has the skills to get him a job anywhere but first base in the infield (and I wouldn’t put 1st out of the question) I’m not picking on Barney, but the only place we are abuntant now is the middle infield, and whoever is there will deserve it.

          • paulcatanese

            I forgot one little point but with tremdous importance. All bets are off if Quade continues along with Jim Hendry, those two are so far out in left field that they are sitting on the garbage cans across the street. They can mess anything up that makes common sense . So I cannot predict anything for the Cub future at all.

  • Ripsnorter1

    And speaking of Z . . . .

    He has made 19 starts this year, including today’s excellent outing . . . .
    That means he has–if he can stay healthy–about 13 starts left. The Cubs have 67 more games, and if he starts every fifth day, he should net 13 more starts. If he continues to pitch as he has all this year, (6-5 in 19 starts), he’d net 4 more wins, and 3.5 more losses, so it looks like he might win 10 games if he stays with the Cubs. Sure, he could hit a hot streak, or he could hit a cold streak. But he ain’t gonna win 20 games with only 13 starts left. LOL

    • paulcatanese

      It also depends on his back? I put a question mark there cause I still think he opted out on his last start because he didn’t have it and went on the DL. I still havent heard what was supposed to be wrong with him, other than being a spoiled brat.

      • Ripsnorter1

        You are right: it is his crummy attitude and his lack of a proper work ethic. Steve Stone once said, “He’s a 14 game winner with the best stuff in the league.” And then he made some remarks about his lousy work ethic and attitude. 

        I don’t want this guy on my team. The only things you can count on from Z are:
        1. He will shoot off his mouth.
        2. He will pout.
        3. He will disregard the manager.
        4. He will go on the D.L. from his awful conditioning.
        5. He will disrupt the clubhouse.

        But you can’t count on him to win 14 games. Not for no lousy $91 million dollars.

        • diehardcubfan

          Yes, he needs to go but unfortunately with that 16 million owed next year and the fact he has not pitched well over the past few starts I unfortunately believe we will be stuck with him again next year.

  • Nathan

    Why are lemahieu and flaherty flip flopped?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They’ve both been playing second and third since Flaherty’s promotion

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Taiwan Easterling in his third Chiefs at bat hit his first pro
    home run

  • Skeldor

    Just read that the Cubs dont’ plan on trading Jeff Baker..LOL…..he’s in their plans for next year.  Of course he is, he’s in his mid 30s and will probably get a 3 year contract….crazy this management team is

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/07/cubs-do-not-intend-to-trade-jeff-baker.html

    • Skeldor

      sorry early 30’s lol, he just looks much older

      • paulcatanese

        He looks older because he plays under Quade.

      • Tony_Hall

        Actually, he just turned 30 last month.  They should trade him if they have a decent offer, but he will be in MLB for as long as he can hit lefties like he does.  He’s not over the hill yet.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2BB; DJ LeMahieu:
    2-for-5, R, RBI; Ryan Flaherty: 2-for-3, Sac, R, RBI, 2B in I-Cubs win on
    Saturday night

  • erniesarmy

    So, Mr. Selig, when do the fans in Chicago get a new owner?

    You know, an owner that actually knows what he’s doing.

    Please tell me that whenever Gomer Ricketts steps foot in Wrigley he is booed mercilessly. 

    That’s my only hope, that Cub fans aren’t letting the little weasel get away with this.

  • bpot92

    Can anyone give us a report on Taiwan Easterling?

    • Tom U

      A re-post from three days ago:

      Some information on Taiwan Easterling:

      Easterling, who is hitting .565 with 2 doubles and 2 triples for the AZL Cubs, is rated the 42nd best senior wide receiver by Mel Kiper Jr. in his 2011 draft report.

      This is about as high as Matt Szczur, who was left off the top receiver list in the 2010 report, which rated only 35 players. Easterling’s 40 time was reported as 4.50, the same a Szczur’s prior to his senior season. 

      The big difference is that Easterling is attending a Division I college in Florida State, while Szczur attended Division I-A Villanova. However, with juniors eligible for the NFL draft, Easterling will have to have a lights-out season in order to improve on Szczur’s 47th best ranking last year. 

      Look for a similar scenario with Easterling as Szczur, especially if he keeps hitting the way he has.

  • bgg1175

    I cant believe Quade is this bad! He reminds me somewhat of Don Zimmer. The Cubs had an outstanding team from 89-91. A team that couldve and shouldve went to the World series. Im not sure if Cubs history in the books, or if the sports writers record what happened then. Day after day, Zimmer singlehandedly blew the game. Just as he was responsible for the famous Boston Massacre. A batter would come up in a crucial @ bat for the opposition. Zimmer would have a pitcher who dominates that batter. But he would ignore the stats, and go with his “gut feeling” and gamble, and then victory would turn to defeat! He left pitchers in games when he shouldve pulled them like Bielecki in the crucial 9th against SF in the League series, which cost them the series. If you think about it, career numbers for players who are managed by a horrible manager are effected as well. Thats something Ive not heard alot of talk about, but a pitcher can lose a win because of this, an era can climb because of this, batting averages can fall when a mgr like Zimmer or Quade missuses them against the wrong pitcher or puts up a bad lineup as Quade does now. So the win-loss number isnt the only numbers effected. Some of these guys would look much better and have better numbers if the Cubs had a REAL MANAGER!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NF3KAKOBDW64UFH3QR7JCGILBI Bruce

    I Love my Cubs.i loved catching a game at Wrigley, nothing better.Our problems start at the top of the organization.Someone needs to look for the big picture. Losing sucks! Players not giving 100%,the GM needs to look at what it would take to win 75% of home games & at least 50% of road games. Then get the players to accomplish this. The Cubs have some players on the team currently that will help to acheive this goal.The Cubs farm system did produce Rookies MVPs. Where is that quality now?Maybe look at the whole Cubs baseball system.We need speedy outfielders with good defensive skills& arms. The thought process for putting together a good team has gone by the wayside.Just spend $ for high price talent & hope for the best. I will always be a Cub fan, no matter where I live and my kids are Cubs fans for life and my grandkids are too.We have hope in Cubbie blue.  thank you.