Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 08/11/11

Game One Hundred Eighteen: Cubs (50-67) vs. Nationals (56-60)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (9-8, 4.87/1.43) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 3.12/1.10)

The Cubs six-game homestand (3-2 in first five games) comes to an end with the finale against the Nationals. Today was scheduled to be a day off for the Cubs but rain forced Monday’s game to be postponed until this afternoon.

Q’s Cubs have already lost the season series to the Nationals (2-4) but are 13-12 since the break … and have won eight of 10. A win this afternoon would also give Q’s squad their first three-series winning streak of the season.

The Cubs have been hitting a lot of longballs of late. Eleven different players have hit 19 homers over the last eight games. Q’s offense continued hitting balls out of the park on Wednesday night. The Cubs have hit at least one homer is each of the last eight games … the last time a Cubs’ team hit homers in nine consecutive games was from July 27 – August 4, 2009.

Mike Quade has been looking for a way to give Starlin Castro a day off … and he might have found a way after Castro’s performance on Wednesday. Castro extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a first-inning single on Wednesday … but he swung at balls in the dirt in every at bat after the first and ended up striking out three times.

A day game after a night game should get Geovany Soto a day off … with Koyie Hill behind the plate for Ryan Dempster. Hill has served as Dempster’s battery-mate the last two times Dempster has started.

Today it all starts with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is coming off a serviceable start against the Reds and picked up his second win in a row. Dempster held the free-swinging Redlegs to two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Dempster tied a season-high with six walks but made the big pitch when he needed to get out of a jam.

Dempster has pitched a little better since the break but has been far from consistent this season. Dempster is 3-2 in his last five starts with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Today will be Dempster’s 14th start of the season at Wrigley … 5-5 in 13 starts with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Ryan Dempster missed the Nationals last month in D.C. and is 8-1 in 22 career games, 14 starts, versus the Expos-Nationals organization with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

Nationals Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Rick Ankiel – 2-for-13
  • Alex Cora – 2-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Ian Desmond – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Jonny Gomes – 1-for-7 with a double and 2 walks
  • Michael Morse – 0-for-2
  • Laynce Nix – 0-for-3
  • Jayson Werth – 2-for-9 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
  • Ryan Zimmerman – 5-for-13 with a walk

The Nationals ‘other’ Zimmermann has a very bright future ahead of him. Jordan Zimmermann is coming off a solid start in Colorado in which he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Outside of a couple of poor outings in the middle of July, Zimmermann has put up a lot of zeroes since June 24.

Zimmermann is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

The 25-year old right-hander has pitched much better on the road (4-4 in 12 starts with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP) than at home this season (3-5 in 10 starts with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP).

Jordan Zimmermann is 0-1 in two career starts against the Cubs with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … today will be his first outing at Wrigley Field.

Darwin Barney (0-for-3), Marlon Byrd (1-for-2 with a walk), Starlin Castro (0-for-3), Koyie Hill (1-for-2 with a double), Carlos Pena (4-for-5 with a triple and a home run), Aramis Ramirez (3-for-6 with a double), Alfonso Soriano (2-for-6 with a home run) and Geovany Soto (1-for-3) all have limited at bats against Jordan Zimmermann.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Confusing lineup today. Qua usually goes completely with the platoon system. With a right hander going against them, why hasnt he held true to form? While Johnson deserves to play as well as Soriono because of last nights sucess,its again not giving Colvin a chance to perform. Why not just release him? They are playing with his head again. Hill catching? Dempster cannot throw to Soto?People have said their is nothing to the “Black Cat Syndrome”, but obviously Qua and Dempster believe in it. Then again Koyie Hill is batting .500 (1for2 )against the righty. Pena has had substaincial sucess, so why not more leftys in the lineup ? Qua has made it a point to take people out of the next day’s lineup,so why the change of heart?. I for one am pleased that the platoon system is out for the day, but we will see.

      • Schwimmer

        To all of my fellow CUB fans:  What is this obsession with making sure that COLVIN plays????  I don’t get it.  Other than an occasional Home Run he has done nothing to warrant him being in the Major Leagues.

        He did not do especially well in his Minor League stint.  He should have stayed there and worked on his stroke.

        I think it would be a better move to give CAMPANA a chance to play, then to crowd the playing time with COLVIN.

        COLVIN should be in the Minor Leagues work on his hitting, not the Major League.

        • studio179

          Everyone can see Colvin is struggling. The team needs to find out one way or the other if Colvin can be a starter next year. The obsession has more to do with Quade being a bad…horrible…pathetic manager and not playing the young guys and quit saying foolish statements to the media than anything else.

        • cc002600

          don’t disagree …..but either way, he should be playing somewhere….whether its AAA or with cubs.  But the geniuses have him picking splinters out of his arse again.  Smart ?

        • paulcatanese

          The whole point was that management had said that Fukodome was traded to give Colvin a chance to play on a regular basis. Its not an obsession with me that he plays, but what is that the Cubs are condracitory in what they are saying just as they had been last fall when rookies were to be observed and were not. It just continues. What should happen is either play the kids or the vets and make a decision and stick with it.

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Casey Coleman (4-2, 3.91)
    Tennessee – Marco Carrillo (5-2, 1.87)
    Daytona – Casey Harman (3-2, 4.17) Game1
                   Dae-Eun Rhee (6-7, 4.51) Game 2 projected
    Peoria – Starling Peralta ( 2-3, 6.54)
    Boise –  Austin Reed (1-3, 6.04)
    AZL Cubs – Hayden Simpson (0-2, 7.82) projected

  • Neil

    From ESPN Chicago: Quade when asked if he could see just putting Colvin in the lineup
    & keeping him there, “No, he’s going to have to earn it.”

    • Richard Hood

      How do you earn playing time when you do not even get a PH attempt? Is he going to have carry the vets bags and do all the rookie hazing again to earn respect from Quade? Jeez just pplay the kid. We know he is garbage but atleast you can prove it.

      • paulcatanese

        Confusing isn’t it? I’m at a loss for an explanation on Qua,the only thing I can think of is rookies has more letters than vet and he can’t spell beyond three.

      • cubtex

        Listening to Hendry this morning on mlb radio he said the purpose to trade Fuko was to play Colvin. It sounds like Quade is making his own lineups and is not being told who and who not to play. I hope he is digging his own grave because he needs to go!

    • KevininSandiego33

      Are you kidding me? They are going to have a losing season, so you need to look to do something productive. See if a player like Colvin being in the Show on a day in/out basis is productive. Some one needs to step in and tell him what to do.

      • paulcatanese

        I think you made a good point, thats been the problem all along, I believe someone is there, telling Qua what to do. No one in their right mind can think of these things on his own.

        • cubtex

          I really do not believe that is the case.

          • paulcatanese

            I dont know if you got a chance to watch today, but a little bit of over manageing took place and it nearly cost the game. How many pitchers does he need? He had three out their for one inning, total of five(I lost count) and then the fiasco in the ninth that would have and almost did result in a loss. While he has continualy made defensive changes in the eighth inning, he chose to use the role of pinch hitter with Campana and he was lost for Soriono and a ball hit to left would have been caught. Qua lucked out the whole game.

          • cubtex

            No didn’t get a chance….work got in the way….but the reason I think Q is making out his own lineups is because he is because Hendry continues to say the reason they traded Fuko was to play Colvin. I don’t think any manager would let a gm throw them under the bus like that and tell him one thing and say the opposite thing to the media. Quade is not playing Colvin on his own decision…imo

          • paulcatanese

            Reading youre post from two hours ago in the reply to Richard, I see the point you made and have to agree with you but still, how does he get away with the moves he makes?

          • cubtex

            He is totally inept! It appears that Ricketts does not like to make changes during year. I believe he will be fired after season.

    • John_CC

      It is hard to believe that Quadie can say anything at this point to make himself sound like a bigger moron than we’ve come to learn…but there he goes!  I’m sorry but Q-ball is complete flipping hard-on!  He so clearly has a chip on his shoulder over Colvin and he is too little of a man to let it go for the betterment of the team.  B.S! 

      I can’t stand him anymore. Not at all.

    • Ripsnorter1


      You earn it on the bench, right Quade??AAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      My opinion of Queer Quade goes lower every single day, even tho’ he hit rock bottom months ago. He’s drilling deeper and deeper.

      • roguesqr09

        I know, Quade is putting Colvin through the Quade Camp to Higher Success. Sit on the bench for 20 years, then he can start getting regular playing time.

  • Neil

    More from Quade: Quade said he’s not going to
    sit a veteran like Reed for a week, especially coming off a game like
    yesterday & his season as a whole

    • Cheryl

      So, why bring up any of the minor leaguers to see what they can do? Quade will just sit them. Why he isn’t fired now before he wrecks any more minor leaguers is beyond me. He’s already done a number on Colvin. Who’s next?

    • paulcatanese

      Todays game should keep him out there for a few more.

  • Bryan

    How Colvin is not in some form of daily rotation within the OF and 1B is mindboggling.  I’m amazed that the fan base hasn’t run Quade out of town with his roster management.  Regardless of the current record/standings, I truly believe that Q-ball ranks right at the top of list of incompetent, arrogant and clueless Cub managers in history.  Why would any young player want to be in this guys clubhouse.  Colvin should go tell Quade and JH to go “shove it”. 

    • Richard Hood

      I think that at this time they are both in CYA mode and playing guys to win and show that they were not wrong and it was injuries like they claimed. Too bad that it is going to cost the cubs any shot in 2012 because of it.

      • paulcatanese

        I fear that will be exactly the situation and await the details to the media just as you say. Its only a matter of time that it comes out in the post-game interview, claiming just that.

    • paulcatanese

      Bryan, if the youngsters had a choice I’m sure they would not want to be there.Not only is Qua mindbolggling he’s delusional in his approach to the game, in the 65 years that I have been a Cub fan, I cannot think of ANY manager that has had the lack of smarts that this guy has, he is a 0 on a scale of 1-100, 1 being the lowest.

      • John_CC

        I think that I’ve reached the point where I cannot even comment on him anymore.  It isn’t even fun to mock and poke fun at him anymore.  He is an awful manager, a baffoon with the media, and now he’s proven that his ego is too big (somehow, god only knows) and his self esteem too low that he is going to prove some stupid point to a 25 year old kid.  Screw him. I’m done. 

        Go Qubs!

  • Brp921

    I don’t see myself ever giving up being a Cub fan, but I think it will just be to depressing to watch them next year if the current regime is still in charge. I can’t believe Quade is a major league manager. He is truly inept. He is a laughing stock.

    • John_CC

      We’ve gotten pretty used to it, haven’t we?  All the sarcasm and jokes keeps me from actually looking at Quadie from a distance.  If he were managing the Brewers or Marlins or Reds or any other small to mid market team that we get to see often we would think, “wow…poor buggers, that guy is AAA but it is just the Marlins…”

      • Brp921

        I agree with your comment above. What is the use of commenting about him any more? What more is there to say that hasn’t been said? He’s not going to change and it looks like he’ll be here as long as his JH is here.

  • Calicub

    Being from california I don’t see nearly as many cubs games i’d like and so I don’t see much off the stands and fans (and when I do its wgn so its obviously just big clusters of fans and not really showing the whole field…).

    Are their not people holding up signs for regime change? No loud boos? How much worse are ticket sales this season?

    Or is the wrigleyville bubble just so thick that people just don’t seem to notice how horribly this regime is destroying the cubs?

    I just don’t understand how this is allowed to continue its pathetic

    • Ripsnorter1

      The Cubs will draw 3 million this year, for the 9th year in a row, I believe.

      No, The natives are not too restless.

      • Calicub

        Well that’s sadening

  • Neil

    Soriano with his first ‘triple’ of the year … ties the game at one

    • John_CC

      Was the official scorer generous? I did not see it.

      • paulcatanese

        No John, unfortunatly for Soriono it was a triple, and he had to wait for the oxygen tank to be carried to third base.

  • Neil

    According to Bruce Miles, Veteran RHP Dave Bush opts out of his Class AAA Iowa contract.

    • cubtex

      Hope he packs quickly so he won’t change his mind!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Where is he going? Home to PA?

    • Brp921

      His stats were horrible, is he retiring?

    • cc002600

      aw, darn

      • Brentcarmona

        maybe hendry realizes he can get better production with coleman, jackson and or struck…

  • Neil

    Nice 3-6 double play

  • Neil

    Aramis with a 2-run shot!

  • John_CC

    So…Untouchable Johnson has clearly earned his keep (I really do like Reed) now Q has a tough decision to make. How in hell can he sit the white-hot Johnson in order to do his boss(es) bidding and get Colvin a chance to “prove himself”?  It’s a hard job managing a second-to-last place team with 3 outfielders in their 30s.

    • Brp921

      One of the things I like about Johnson is he doesn’t need to play everyday to be effective. Thats why I like having him around. Management knows what Johnson can do, they know what Soriano and Byrd can do. They need to find out what Colvin and Campana can do. They’re out of the race so it makes no sense to not play the rookies, or to play the veterans just because they say they want to play.

    • paulcatanese

      Well, he was moved over to center in a double switch with Byrd,who is not keeping up with S&J out there. And if guys play because they are hot, why not sit the guys who are not?

  • Neil

    Back To Back Jacks!

  • gocubs

    I believe any other organization would have fired Quade by now.  This is really getting nuts. 

    Quade when asked if he could see just putting Colvin in the lineup & keeping him there, “No, he’s going to have to earn it.”

    …are you kidding me?  Fukudome was explicitly traded to make room for Colvin, so we can play him every day and see what he’s got.  How is he going to earn it with sporadic playing time?  Even a veteran player would have a hard time gaining any consistency like that.  Just plane nuts.  How can Hendry not fire the guy straight up for that alone?  Isnt that a direct challenge to Hendry? 

    Castro clearly needs a rest.  It was apparent to everyone yesterday and now hes 0-4 today.  Give me a freaking break.  I think its safe to say Quade is THE WORST Cubs manager in recent memory.  He makes Dusty look like an absolute genius.     

    • paulcatanese

      Agree with you on Castro, he does look a little beat and should have a day off or so, I would just send him out, away from the park with his folks and not think about the game at all, like my computor he needs to be refreshed.

  • gocubs

    Can we really call up any prospects with this Quade guy managing the team?  Its clear he would sit most of them regularly to play Johnson, Baker, and DeWitt.  This guy is beyond delusional.  Id be afraid to call up Jackson with Quade running the show.  No question he would just sit on the bench.  

  • John_CC

    oye-yoy-yoy…loaded no outs.

    well, there’s ONE.

    • paulcatanese

      And nobody to spell Marmol, they were used up in one inning, It didnt happen but I dont know why and they won, miracle.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat Nationals 4-3 on Thursday afternoon.

    Ryan Dempster: 1R, 3H, 2BB, 6K in 7IP; Aramis Ramirez: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2RBI; Carlos Pena: 1-for-4,HR; Reed Johnson: 3-for-4, R; Alfonso Soriano: RBI Triple

  • Neil

    From Jim Callis: Cubs deal Trevor Gretzky is official. Calif HS 1B/son of Wayne got $375k, has projectable power. San Diego St recruit.

  • Neil

    Smokies’ catcher Luis Flores suspended 50 games for testing positive for Methylhexaneamine.

  • Jdarby

    I haven’t caught many games this year, since I live in Texas and cancelled my DirecTV package after Sandberg was shown the door.  But the other night I turned on the game on WGN, and Campana was on second base, and thirty thousand something people were yelling “Let’s Go Cubbies!”, while the team was 20 games under and 20 games out, and all I could think was who are these people and don’t they have anything better to do with their time than to support this pathetic team?

    • paulcatanese

      The fans were cheering because Qua had said the Nationals are still in the hunt and they need to play their best and use the vets. Well according to the reasoning of Qua if the Nationals are still in the hunt, so are the Cubs, as they have turned it around. If those fans believe that, we should bring the refrigerators that we couldnt sell to the Eskimos and park outside the confines of Wrigley, a fortune is to be made.

  • Aaron

    Supposedly the Cubs have also signed junior OF John Andreoli as well, according to a tweet from the Cape Cod League. 

    I am not excited about this, not only because I think he’s not going to amount to much, but because it likely means we’re out of the running for Jacquez, Dunston, and possibly even Maples. 

    But who really knows….maybe they really are going to throw money around like drunken sailors.