The Little Things Add Up to a Cubs Win – Cubs 5 Pirates 3

Game One Hundred Nine – Cubs 5 Pirates 3
WP – Carlos Zambrano (8-6) LP – Paul Maholm (6-11) Save – Carlos Marmol (21)

wflag.jpgQ’s squad finally beat Paul Maholm and for one of the few times this season, the Cubs showed patience at the plate and played fundamental baseball. Four different players worked five walks, two of the Cubs runs scored on sacrifice flies and five different players drove in runs in Monday night’s win.

The Cubs changed their approach against Paul Maholm and it paid off. After scoring only one run in the first three times they faced Maholm this season, Q’s offense scored four of their five runs off the Pirates’ southpaw … and worked three of their five walks.

Reed Johnson (1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, a RBI and a HBP) scored the Cubs first run after Maholm hit him with a pitch in the third. Johnson plated Darwin Barney with a two-out double in the ninth.

Starlin Castro had a big night and recorded three of the Cubs seven hits (3-for-5 with a double and a run scored).

Carlos Pena (0-for-1 with a sac fly RBI and two walks), Jeff Baker (1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, a sac fly RBI) and Geovany Soto (1-for-3 with a double, a RBI, a run scored and a walk) drove in the Cubs other three runs on Monday night.

On a night he did not have his good stuff, Carlos Zambrano did just enough to keep the Pirates off the board and put his team in position to win the game. Zambrano allowed one run on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings. One of the biggest plays of the game was Zambrano picking off Pedro Alvarez from second base to end the fourth after the Pirates had tied the game at one.

Carlos Zambrano made one big mistake … and that came to Derrek Lee in the fourth.

Derrek Lee put together a memorable night in his Pirates’ debut. The former Cub drove in all three of the Pirates runs with a pair of homers … a solo shot off Carlos Zambrano in the fourth and a two-run bomb off Kerry Wood in the eighth. Monday night was the 25th multi-homer game of Derrek Lee’s career and his first since he was wearing a Cubs’ uniform. Lee hit two homers off Kyle Lohse in St. Louis on August 15, 2010.

With Monday’s win, the Cubs improved to 44-65 on the season … 21 games below .500.

Starlin Castro reached with the game’s first hit with one out in the second … but Jeff Baker swung at a 1-0 pitch and hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Paul Maholm threw only six pitches (five for strikes) in the first inning.

Carlos Zambrano struggled with his command in the first. After striking out Andrew McCutchen on a 3-2 pitch, Z walked Garrett Jones after Jones had worked the count full. Neil Walker flied out to deep right center for the second out.

Derrek Lee received a standing ovation as he was announced … and Z struck him out swinging on a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs showed rare patience in the second inning. Geovany Soto started the inning with a free pass. After both Byrd and Soriano struck out swinging. Carlos Pena looked at ball four on a 3-1 pitch. With runners on second and third with two outs, Barney worked the count and Maholm uncorked a wild pitch on a 2-2 offering that allowed both runners to advance ninety feet. Barney popped out to shallow right to end the inning.

The Cubs made Maholm work in the second … the Pirates’ southpaw threw 28 pitches in the second, 15 for strikes.

Ryan Ludwick took his first at bat as a Pirate and walked to start the second inning. Pedro Alvarez ripped a 2-2 pitch to first … Pena-to-Castro-to-Zambrano for a nicely turned double play. Ronny Cedeno struck out looking on three pitches to end the second.

Reed Johnson was hit in the foot on a 1-0 pitch with one out in the third. Starlin Castro then notched his second hit of the game. Castro reached out and pulled a 1-0 offering into the left field corner. Johnson held at third on Castro’s double.

Jeff Baker lined a 1-2 pitch to left. Ludwick caught the liner and threw home. Johnson tagged and slid in safe with the game’s first run. With Castro at second, Soto struck out swinging to end the inning.

Z made quick order of Michael McKenry and Paul Maholm to start the third … then lost his command. Zambrano walked Andrew McCutchen on six pitches and finally retired Garrett Jones with a fly out to left center on the seventh pitch of the at bat.

The Cubs did nothing against Maholm in the top of the fourth.

Neil Walker led off the bottom of the fourth with a swing and a miss on a 3-2 pitch from Z. Derrek Lee fell behind 1-2 before Z grooved a 69 MPH curveball into Lee’s wheelhouse. Lee launched the ball well over the left field wall and tied the game at one … the Pirates first hit of the night.

Z settled down, somewhat, and struck out Ryan Ludwick swinging on a 3-2 pitch. Pedro Alvarez and Ronny Cedeno reached on back-to-back singles to center. With Michael McKenry at the plate, Alvarez fell asleep at second base and Z picked him off to end the inning.

After four, the game was tied at one and Z had thrown 81 pitches, 46 for strikes.

Zambrano recorded the Cubs third hit of the game with one out in the fifth … but Reed Johnson hit into the Cubs second double play of the game (5-4-3) to end the inning.

The untouchable Jeff Baker bobbled a grounder down the third baseline off the bat of Michael McKenry. McKenry reached on the infield single but was forced at second when Paul Maholm bunted back to Carlos Zambrano. Castro tried to turn the double play but Maholm just beat out the throw.

Andrew McCutchen launched a 3-2 pitch to the deepest part of PNC. Marlon Byrd had just enough room in left center to make the catch for the second out of the inning. Garrett Jones hit a smash toward right on a 1-0 pitch. The ball hit Maholm … inning over but Jones was awarded a single (by rule).

Starlin Castro led off the sixth with his third hit … a single to left. Jeff Baker ripped a 1-2 pitch past Ronny Cedeno. Castro held at second with no outs.

Geovany Soto lined a 2-2 pitch into left. Castro scored easily and Baker slid in safe at third on Soto’s 19th double of the season. The Cubs took a 2-1 lead and Maholm intentionally walked Marlon Byrd to load the bases with no outs.

Alfonso Soriano grounded Maholm’s first pitch to short. Cedeno had problems getting the ball out of his glove … and it ended up costing his team two runs. Soriano unexpectedly hustled down the first baseline and beat Walker’s throw. Baker scored … 3-1 Cubs.

With runners at first and third with one out, Carlos Pena hit a high fly down the left field line. Ludwick caught the ball, Soto tagged and scored the Cubs’ fourth run. Barney grounded out to third to end the inning.

Neil Walker extended his hitting streak against the Cubs to 19 with an infield single to the hole at short. Z jammed Lee on a 0-1 pitch and Lee blooped out to Barney in shallow center. Ludwick lined out to left. Pedro Alvarez singled to right on a 0-1 pitch to put two on with two out in the sixth.

Ronny Cedeno worked the count to 3-2 before hitting a weak chopper to short. Castro gunned him out at first as Cedeno tried to reach with his patent headfirst slide.

Zambrano left after six innings and 114 pitches, 66 for strikes.

The Cubs went down in order against Jason Grilli in the top of the seventh.

Jeff Samardzija replaced Z and retired McKenry (fly out to right) and pinch-hitter Xavier Paul (pop out to short center) to start the seventh. Andrew McCutchen reached on a single to left with two outs and Quade went to his pen for Sean Marshall. Clint Hurdle countered and took down Garrett Jones in favor of Steve Pearce. Pearce tried to check his swing on a 1-2 pitch and tapped the ball just fair up the first baseline. Soto threw out Pearce at first to end the inning.

Jeff Baker walked to start the eighth … but Daniel McCutchen retired Soto (fly out to right), Byrd (foul out to third) and Soriano (broken bat pop out to second) to end the inning.

Neil Walker led off the eighth and lined Kerry Wood’s first pitch into left center. Walker ended up at second and trotted home on Derrek Lee’s second homer of the night. Lee launched a 0-1 pitch over the wall in right center and cut the Cubs lead to 4-3.

Wood struck out Ryan Ludwick and retired Pedro Alvarez on a ground out to short. Ronny Cedeno struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

At the end of eight, the Cubs led 4-3.

Carlos Pena led off the ninth with the Cubs’ fifth walk of the game. Darwin Barney tried to sacrifice him to second but bunted the ball too hard toward first. Derrek Lee fielded the ball and threw to second to force Pena. Tyler Colvin fouled out to third for the second out.

Reed Johnson tried to bunt McCutchen’s first offering and fouled it off. Johnson looked at strike two before hitting a ball over Ludwick’s head in left. The ball one-hopped the wall and Barney scored all the way from first base … 5-3 Cubs. Starlin Castro struck out swinging to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol sat down the Pirates in order in the ninth … and struck out Andrew McCutchen swinging to end the game.

Two in a row … and two games in which the Cubs looked like a Major League Baseball team.

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Randy Wells will face Kevin Correia in game two on Tuesday night.

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  • paulcatanese

    I’m sure Barney scored from first in the ninth because he never looked at the third base coach and had the play in front of him and relied on his own perception.
    Good move on his part. Lets hope the management keeps the win in the proper
    perspective. They are a long,long way from turning anything around until next year at the least.

    • Brp921

      It will be interesting to see if JH will give the young guys playing time to evaluate them for next year. My rationality says he will because that would make good baseball sense. But my gut says he will play the vets and try to win as many games as he can so he can say look how good we could have been without the injuries. We are just a couple of moves away.

      • paulcatanese

        I hope he does play the young guys this time as he didnt last fall, manageing for a job. Nothing he has done so far has amounted to “good baseball sense”
        If he follows the same pattern it will be with the veterans to try and regain support for 2012, and as many have said on this site their have been injuries on other teams and they have coped and done well. Quade would be making another mistake among the many by pushing that theory of injury as an excuse.  This time I hope the media steps up to the task and take him to task for the miserable job he has done with this team. He is completely overmatched, time to have him account for it.

        • Joey U

          As long as Laurel has a job so will Hardy…

      • Ripsnorter1

        He won’t.

  • roseyc

    Good for Derrick Lee I hope he can come and find the magic back and lead to the division title.I’m rooting for the Pirates now. I see it as long shot but you know we need a feel story and Pittsburg is it, It will be probably be good for him to get back to NL.

  • Albert

    Jim Callis: #Cubs sign Garrett Sch[l]echt for $235k, highest bonus in 9th rd so
    far. Illinois HS OF, good lefty bat. Middle Tenn State recruit.

  • Tony_Hall

    What we have here, is a failure to communicate.

    “We didn’t pretend it was a blockbuster deal,” Hendry said. “We were happy with the people we got back. But the most important thing was that Tyler had to play. … We saw the Tyler last year, and the Tyler this year wasn’t quite the same. He went down to Iowa and worked hard, and it looks like he’s made some progress and he deserves to play the rest of the way.

    “And we need to find out whether he’s an everyday guy or not by the end of this year. No matter how you slice it, the outfield situation, just like a few other (positions) will have to be addressed in the offseason.”

    “It’s a tentative situation for me just because I have two guys (Johnson and Jeff Baker) that do so well against left-handers, and I’m looking for at-bats for ‘Bake’ and Reed,”–20110802,0,4197659.story

    This is why QBall is so overmatched at the major league level.  
    1st – Will either “Bake” or Reed be your starting RF next year?  NO
    2nd – Is Bake even a name?  NO
    3rd – Is Baker more than an extra OF, if he’s not in the infield? NO
    4th – Isn’t is more important to play Colvin, everyday, even against lefties, so that we can see if he has improved from his time in Iowa.  YES

    What QBall doesn’t understand is player’s develop by playing.  Yes they need to sit and watch from time to time, but NEVER, 2 game days in a row, right after being called up to play everyday.


    • Tony_Hall

      Also, if you look at Colvin’s splits from last year, he was very similar versus lefties and righties.  His avg and OBP was slightly lower versus lefties, but his Slg and OPS was slightly higher versus lefties.

      Play him everyday through the end of the year!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Your suggestion cannot be implemented because it makes too much sense.

      • studio179

        Add the recent comments from another article where Hendry envisions Colvin as a starter next year. Really? Colvin has issues he needs to work out, but will not see everyday playing time because the manager is playing his own agenda. Yet, Colvin is a projected starter next year. This has failure written all over it yet again with this team. 

        Granted, Colvin was projected as solid, not a superstar, not a 5th outfielder. But no one knows if Colvin can turn around his swing, adjust and build confidence. Quade makes it clear he does not like or trust the guy. He will not play him everyday, righties or lefties to find out. Pinch hitting will not cut it. On the other hand, Barney needs a day off and Quade will not let Baker or DeWitt spell him a day. 

        Quade is so frustrating.

        • studio179

          These contradiction articles between management are telling. If anyone reads a few articles this season from what Ricketts says, from what Hendry says and from what Quade says, contradictions run wild in this organization. People seem to be thinking different and not as a team unit. Ricketts has cooled from talking to the media as the season progressed, but Hendry and Quade are not seem on the same page. Suprise, suprise.

      • John_CC

        I just looked it up after reading your initial comments because I knew Colvin fared decently vs. lefties last year.  Apparently Quade wasn’t watching those ABs from the 3B box last year. And apparently Wrigley is more than a dump that anyone knew, they must not even have internet connections down in the clubhouse!  Because it took all of 3 seconds to see that last year Colvin hit .250/.302/.519 and OPS .820 vs. Lefties. 

        Maybe that’s a fluke and the sample size of 108 ABs is too small, but an .820 OPS is a really good stat.  I’d like to find out if it is a fluke or not. But we probably never will. At least not as long as Colvin is a Cub and/or Quade is the manager of the Cubs.

    • Baron_S

      If only you had taken a moment to study Quades nickname cheat-sheet, you would have known that ‘Bake’, ‘Cassy’, ‘Sori’ and ‘Rammy’ are indeed real

      And for those of you who Object to this, Quade says you know where you can find him — Putting from the Rough!

  • Tony_Hall

    Good article for all you Ryno fans.

    Sandberg’s players wear their socks up and caps neatly creased. There is not a lot of bling. This is a business — the business of winning.
    There was a certain way to play the game. At the major-league level back then, it was the Pete Roses, the Mike Schmidts and the [Larry] Bowas and the [Manny] Trillos. I witnessed the World Series in 1980 as a minor-leaguer. That was the way you went about business. Great communication. Family-oriented. Everyone in the organization feels part of what’s going on at the major-league level.’’
    I am all in for this one!!!!

    The only immediate way Sandberg could return to the Cubs would be after a purge of Hendry and Cubs president Crane Kenney and the hiring of Phillies special adviser Pat Gillick, who has said he’d consider the Kenney slot. Such a chain of events could bring Sandberg back full circle to when he came from Philadelphia to Chicago under Dallas Green’s ‘‘new tradition.’’
    ‘‘He is no-nonsense. When a rule is implemented, he expects us to be men and baseball players and to abide by those rules. Bring your pants up. When a guy gives you that kind of respect, you want to respect the manager back.”

    • Zippy2212

      Great article.  I was on board for Sandberg back in October and not just because of his name you could just tell he would demand respect and professionalism from his team.  I said back then there is a reason I guy spends 20+ years managing in the minors with no interest and Quade is proving why.

      More importantly this article just proves the point of how bad the Cubs organization really is.  No plan, no common direction among the affiliates.  It’s really just sad.  The Phillies have had just as many if not more key injuries than the Cubs and all they do is win.  Plug somebody else in and continue winning.  Must be nice!

      • Aaron

        When you have a “player’s GM” and a “player’s manager”…..that’s what happens.

        The Cubs are getting EXACTLY what they deserve, and quite frankly, us fans are getting EXACTLY what we deserve. And what I mean by that, is if we’re so upset by what they’re doing, we shouldn’t be going to games at all, and yet 2-3 million fans still bought tickets. If you cut that number in half, there is NO way the Ricketts family could afford not to do anything.

        Hendry is a big “me” guy, which is why he tries to make everything about himself, to make himself look smarter, to make his job more secure, bringing in old high school and college buddies to give the impression that, “hey, you can fire me, but all these other guys are gonna leave too then.” Just look at his free agent signings, and you’ll see the “me” factor involved. Why do you think he often times goes after free agents that were one-year wonders, and everyone seems to know that but him?….it’s because he wants to prove everyone wrong, and make it seem like he’s smarter than everyone.

        This has always been my point about Hendry, and now Quade…there is NO accountability. Hell, Hendry didn’t even fire Baker….just let his contract run out. He didn’t fire an indifferent Piniella….waited for him to walk away, and even then, he probably invites him back another year. 

        2004 was a VERY telling year regarding Hendry. Not only did he let Baker and his players pretty much run off 2 popular announcers with the team (because they told it like it was), but that culture and management style led to their former star player walking out on the team before the season was even over. Shouldn’t that say it all?

        Hendry not only does NOT have an organizational plan, but he doesn’t hold people accountable, and he doesn’t know where to begin in constructing winning franchise, and his hire of Quade proves that….his hire of Piniella over Girardi proves it….can’t really argue about the Baker hiring…it was the right move at the time.

    • studio179

      I like how Barney was brought up to Ryno. I wish a reporter would ask Hendry about Ryno’s impact on Barney or players through the system. His response would be entertaining. 

      I would be OH SO HAPPY if the Ricketts ownership would hire Gillick to replace Kenney. I know some do not like the thought of Gillick as president, but I do. I don’t care about age or his old school ways. Someone like this would be great to build the organization. The drawback is Gillick and Hendry are friends. This would still be a HUGE upgrade to get a baseball president in charge of…baseball operations. 

    • paulcatanese

      Sounds like “old school” to me. The telling thing about the statement is that Quade made the suggestions but no one listened as there is O communication. Old school with this group really means “old millionares”. Sandbergs statement and the way he went about the game, a true traditionalist, would go a long way towards improvement with this team. I agree Tony that the only way he should come back is the change with management  and someone like Gillick in charge. Otherwise he is just beating his head against the wall. The installment of respect would go a long way towards winning. One thing is for sure, I dont believe the games that were lost because of management calls would not have happened under Sandberg.

  • jw

    This game represents the type of baseball I thought I’d se more of from Quade this year…
    Does anyone else think the Cubs staff, being sympathetic to Lee served up some gopher balls or was Lee just really motivated to hurt the Cubs or does he know that he needs to get some knocks and the best team to get them from is the Cubs. It seems with his long uppercut swing and being a bit slow the tactic s/b to pitch Lee away hard, up or in the dirt…Lee needs one middle in low with nothing on it, and that’s exactly what he got…I did not see the second one so I don’t know about that. Lee might be auditioning to get back to the Cubs where no one is held accountable.
    I don’t watch the Cubs much anymore but the Zambrano pick-off play to second was a thing of beauty…that’s good baseball!

    • studio179

      I don’t think Zambrano was serving up Lee as a ‘here you go, we’re all good’ from the Cub dugout screaming match last year. Nor do I think Wood served up Lee intentionally, either. Wood served him up, but not on purpose. Just bad locations on both. I think Lee earned those dingers.

      • John_CC

        I think that Aaron’s scenario is likely, that Soto told him what was coming from Z or that Lee just knew. He spent a lot of time on the field with Z and DLee is a lot smarter than Big Z. 

        As for Woody, it would not surprise me at all if Woody grooved one on purpose for him.  You can’t tell me that Wood gives a shit about this season. You think we are all disgusted with this team, think about he feels. He and D Lee go back.

        • studio179

          I just think Lee being a proud man, he wanted to make a good debut and was able to tag those pitches against his former team. Keep in mind, Neither Z or Woody are lights out these days. I think Lee had a good day, that’s all. With Wells ‘Wellsie’ going tonight, Lee might hit another one. Lee will not have to be told what is coming. Cub pitching at it’s best…worst. 

          However, I won’t argue what you and others are saying here. How can I. It is very possible and good points.    

    • Aaron

      I thought the same thing at the time….that Lee knew ahead of time what was coming, and that was VERY inconsistent with the way he looked last year, and the way he’s looked this year with the O’s (I watched him early on with my, because I wanted to see if I was right about his career being over…..and it is). 

      I would not be shocked at all if Soto told him ahead of time what was coming. Also, it’s not very hard with Z, if Lee was watching his facial expression, to know that the slider was coming, and that’s because Z had this big grin on his face prior to throwing it. I’ve seen him do that before when guys are fouling off his fastball, and he’ll grin, and throw the slider.

      As for the one off Wood, I’m not sure….at that point, I had already stopped watching the game.

      But if anyone else is like me, and watched a few of Lee’s AB’s while he was with the O’s, you’ll probably agree that his career is over. He looked downright terrible….even worse than Pena looked early on….and that’s saying something. A blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then, but I find it very hard to believe Lee all of a sudden figured out how to hit in one game….If you know what pitches are coming, you can make a slow bat appear very fast. It’s why Soriano is a HORRIBLE hitter. He is a “guess” hitter. If he’s gearing up for the fastball, he starts his swing very early, and is able to crush the ball. And I even saw one time…I think it was in Houston, where he guessed fastball, but his bat was so slow, that he got a slider, and absolutely crushed it, even though he looked completely fooled. 

      It’s kind of like with Hoffpauir too….when the Cubs played the Tigers last year (I believe…maybe the year prior), and Hoffpauir was facing Zumaya and his 100+mph fastballs. Hoffpauir started his swings early, and still couldn’t catch up, then Zumaya throws a slider, and Hoffpauir obliterates it, because he’d already started his bat early….and it almost looked like he was guessing slider, but in fact, that was his normal swing against the fastball, which is why the announcers were crucifying Zumaya for “speeding his bat up”.

      Lee, Pena, and Soriano cannot catch up with mid-to-high 90’s heat anymore, so they must start their bats early…which is also why if you throw changeups or sliders in the dirt, they’ll look incredibly foolish, because they can’t stop their swings that were started earlier. 

      • jw

        Thanks for those thoughts…very insightful… and I happen to agree!

        Studio…Yeah it would be hard to believe they would help Lee and Zambrano would have to be responsible because that was the pitch not the call. Even so it is odd Lee looked so overmatched with the previous pitches and then gets the only pitch he could hit hard…I believe most major league players could have taken that one out of the park…Aaron’s comment was interesting that Z was telegraphing the pitch.

        In any case there is just no excuse for putting a slider in a location like that in that count when Lee cannot catch up with a fastball and was overmatched on the other pitches before that. May be Soto, may be Z but it shows we have a problem between the ears in our battery.

        • studio179

          I really can not argue against what some of you say. These are good points. I would not even call it a conspiracy theory, either. It is well known guys have tipped off pitches to old team mates or guys doing so out of  frustration with the direction of their current team. 

          I will stand by my initial thought Lee was not tipped off or pitches grooved, but I will say I can not squash the other thoughts. I would not be surprised in the least if it were the case.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree with the tipping of pitches with certain players as that did happen to me many years ago off Doyle Lade in Texas. I was a rookie and the catcher gave me  break, didnt believe him and it took two in the same spot, fastball, right down the middle, couldnt do anything but a ground ball to short. And thats why I’m sitting here and typing instead of thinking of an old career in the pros.

      • paulcatanese

        Aaron, I agree with the slow bat of Lee, but on the other side, I didnt see too many pitches by Z over 91 and a lot in the upper 80’s giving Lee an opportunity  to put a swing on it. The thing is Lee still had to hit it, and easily could have popped it up as well. I did see again the one off Wood and it was right down the pipe, didn’t catch the velocity, but again Lee had to hit it and he did. I would like to think that Lee knew what was coming, just as I thought the pitch to the Cardinal catcher was given off Marmol. Given the state of the Cubs right now, I dont doubt it at all.

  • Mike1040

    Will someone please tell Quadsie that Colvie needs experience in the field. Bake and Reedsie might be untouchable, but Colvie is probably part of our future and how are we ever going to tell if we don’t give him a chance. He needs daily at bats, wasn’t that why he was sent down?? A guy with all those years at the minor league level (we know why now) ought to know that. Quadsie is just programming him to fail by having him ride the pine.

    • Aaron

      very funny…someone needs to tell Quade how dumb he looks with all his pet names. There was an article in either the Daily Herald or Tribune about how embarrassing it’s become

      • studio179

        I am guessing the Daily Herald. Rozner has pounded Quade for his managing style and little pet names all year. 

  • Aaron

    I saw that Schlecht was posted on here, but I wanted to update on a few other things…

    Supposedly Lockhart and Jensen are signed, but waiting league approval. Additionally, rumors have been swirling that the Cubs have reached agreements with Vogelbach, Scott, Dunston Jr., Maples, and Urban, but aren’t allowed to announce, because not enough of the players above them have signed yet, and Selig wants to limit the number of over-slots that sign early, because it basically gives agents the license to seek even more money for their clients. 

    There has been communication between Dunston Jr. and Jacquez, where it looked like Dunston Jr. was talking about enrolling, and Jacquez was looking at signing if there was a decent offer on the table. Then, the very next day, there’d be tweets just the opposite from that, so who really knows what they’re thinking. 

    Scott supposedly had an offer on the table, and agreed to sign early, but his agent held out for more, which has created a bit of bad blood, and they might not even sign Scott now.

    As for Vogelbach and Maples, it’ll take HUGE money (close to $2 million each) to land them, so it’s anything but a given that they sign, though the Cubs might be able to spread the deal out for Maples because he also has a football scholarship (but I’m not sure the rules on this one, because he’s not college….still high school. I’m positive with the college dual-sport guys, they can spread out the bonuses…but high school could be different).

    Anyway, if all of those guys sign, that’d be 29, including Baez, who they absolutely have to sign…they’ve already lost 1 (Garcia) to retirement….so that puts them in the middle of draft signings in MLB. 

    A lot of teams already have 30+ picks signed. 

    The Cubs can forget about Dugas (who already said he’s going back to school), Zimmer (who is playing with his brother at San Fran), and Shoulders (who said he’s enrolling at USF).

    They still have one senior (5th year senior to be exact) in Maxwell that hasn’t signed…so they could have 30 picks signed with him. 

    The guys I just listed should NOT be considered signed…it’s just rumors, and supposedly there was a rumor going around that the Cubs will sign Onelki Speck, the Cuban on the 8th, but that seems like a stretch, and all of these rumored signings have been linked to that same guy….About the only ones that seem for sure are Lockhart and Jensen, because their local papers said they signed.

    I really wanted Baez, Vogelbach, Scott, Maples, Shoulders, Jensen, Jacquez, and Urban to sign. The others I really couldn’t have cared less, but those guys I think will/would be the difference makers in the draft.

    • Brp921

      Hopefully we can get them.

  • John_CC

    This is hilarious.  I would completely expect it from Quadsie, but Pena is a smart dude. He never used to say things this stupid. This is pure Quads: Pena figures out what needs to change….the INTANGIBLES!
     I love it!  That’s all we have to work on…the things that just happen…the LUCK, we need to work on being luckier!

    • paulcatanese

      Agree John, and if Pena is so intellegent to make such a statement, I dont know why he hasnt figured out the strike zone yet.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs should read this article and learn something. But they won’t.

    But you can. The point is: draft the best talent available, and pay the money. It will save you money in the end. 

    If the Cubs would practice this, they wouldn’t have signed Hayden Simpson. 
    It’s too early to call him a bust, but he’s a bust.

    • paulcatanese

      Just call it like it is Rip.

  • Matt

    What’s going on with the draft picks is baez signed, or any of the top 10?

    • Matt

      Never mind just saw aarons post, thanks.

  • Anonymous47701

    Matt Kemp trade idea Round 3

    OF Matt Kemp

    C Geovany Soto
    RHP Trey McNutt
    1B Justin Bour
    3B Marquez Smith

    • diehardcubfan

      You really have your mind set on Matt Kemp.