Cubs Break Out the Tape Measure – Cubs 11 Pirates 6

Game One Hundred Ten – Cubs 11 Pirates 6
WP – Randy Wells (3-4) LP – Kevin Correia (12-9) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe Cubs won their third game in a row behind six home runs from five different players … and not one of the six homers was a cheap shot. The six longballs the Cubs hit Tuesday night traveled an estimated 2,449 feet.

Q’s offense pounded out a season-high 21 hits, the most for a Cubs team since the first game of the 2005 season (23 in Arizona, April 4). The Cubs blasted six home runs on Tuesday night at PNC. Alfonso Soriano (2-for-5, two home runs and two RBI) hit a pair of solo shots, Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and four RBI) hit a three-run bomb in the second, Geovany Soto (2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) knocked a two-run dinger in the third and Marlon Byrd (2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored) hit a solo homer in the fourth … Soto and Soriano hit back-to-back jacks in the third.

Tyler Colvin had his best day of the season. Colvin tied the game at two with a monster shot in the second. Colvin’s ball traveled an estimated 451-feet and became just the 28th ball in the history of PNC Park to end up in the Allegany River … Daryle Ward hit the only ball to ever end up in the river on a fly against Kip Wells on July 6, 2002. Colvin just missed his second homer of the night in the seventh and ended the night 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs scored.

Starlin Castro (3-for-5 with a run scored, a walk and a RBI) recorded another three hit game and reached base four times in six trips to the plate. Darwin Barney was 3-for-6 with a run scored)

After another rough first inning, Randy Wells settled down and put together a solid start … and all of the run support helped. Wells allowed two more runs in the first inning Tuesday night (Wells has allowed 17 first inning runs on 23 hits in 13 starts) and he ended his night by throwing five scoreless innings and allowing just the two runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Wells threw 109 pitches, 73 for strikes.

The Cubs tied the all-time franchise mark for home runs in a single game on the road and came up just one short of tying the all-time mark of seven set back on June 11, 1967 against the Mets at Wrigley and tied in 1970 and 1977, both times against the Padres at Wrigley.

Tuesday was the sixth time in Cubs’ history they hit six longballs in a game on the road and the first since August 20, 2004 in Houston (2002 at Coors Field, 1989 at Busch Stadium, 1955 at Sportsman’s Park, 1936 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia).

With Tuesday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 45-65 on the season … 20 games below .500.

Starlin Castro led off the game with a single to center. Castro stole his 12th bag of the year on a 0-1 offering to Barney. Darwin Barney ended up hitting a single into left. Castro held at third with no outs.

Aramis Ramirez ended a 0-for-20 drought with a single to left on the first pitch. Castro scored … 1-0.

With runners on first and second with no outs, Carlos Pena hit a deep drive to center that backed Andrew McCutchen all the way to the wall. Barney tagged and advanced to third. Marlon Byrd tapped back to Correia. Barney broke on contact and was caught in a run down. Barney was eventually tagged out (1-2-5-1-2-3) but both runners advanced while Barney was running up and down the third baseline.

Geovany Soto grounded out to the hole at short to end the first … and it was another disappointing start for the Chicago Cubs.

Randy Wells was horrible again in the first inning … and labored through a 27-pitch inning. Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a single to left (2-2 pitch). Garrett Jones looked at two straight out of the zone before a bizarre play by Geovany Soto.

Andrew McCutchen bluffed a move to second … but Soto threw the ball to second. No one was covering, the ball ended up in center and McCutchen trotted to second.

Wells then served one on a platter to Garrett Jones. Jones launched his 11th homer of the season, third at PNC, well over the wall in right center. The Pirates took the lead on the 16th and 17th runs allowed in 13 first innings by Randy Wells this season.

To Wells’ credit he settled down and retired the next three to end the inning … Neil Walker struck out, Derrek Lee grounded out to short (first pitch) and Ryan Ludwick was caught looking to end the inning.

After Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging to start the top of the second, a 2-1 pitch to Tyler Colvin ended up in the Allegheny River. Colvin hit his first homer at the big league level since April 12 (in Houston) and one of the longest balls hit by the Cubs this season. The ball left the park and one-hopped it’s way into the river … only the 28th ball in the history of PNC Park to end up in the river. Former Cub, Daryle Ward hit the only ball that ended up in the river on a fly … a grand slam off Kip Wells on July 6, 2002 while with the Houston Astros.

Randy Wells followed Colvin’s monster shot with a single to center. Starlin Castro then ripped a 1-1 pitch down the right field line. Wells stopped at second on what should have been a double for Castro. With one out and runners on first and second, Barney hit a grounder to second. Walker threw to second to force Castro but Barney hustled down the line and beat Cedeno’s throw … which was a big turning point in the game.

Instead of inning over and game tied at two, Aramis Ramirez got a chance to hit with runners on base.

Aramis Ramirez launched Correia’s first pitch over the wall in center. Ramirez’s 20th homer of the season (10th on the first pitch) gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead. Carlos Pena struck out swinging to end the inning.

Randy Wells gave up a lead off double to Pedro Alvarez in the bottom of the second. Ronny Cedeno lined out to first and Michael McKenry struck out swinging. Wells jammed Correia on a 0-1 pitch and he fouled out to Pena to end the inning.

The Cubs came out swinging again in the third and knocked Kevin Correia out of the game … before he could record an out.

Marlon Byrd reached on an infield single to third to start the inning. Geovany Soto mashed a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center. The Cubs’ third homer of the game and Soto’s 10th of the season gave the Cubs a 7-2 lead. Byrd scored the 500th run of his career as he came around to score on Soto’s longball.

Alfonso Soriano followed with his 18th longball of the season, a blast to the second deck above the left field wall … the Back-to-Back Jacks gave the Cubs an 8-2 lead and chased Kevin Correia from the game.

Tony Watson replaced Correia with no outs in the third and struck out Tyler Colvin. Randy Wells flied out to right for the second out.

Starlin Castro stepped to the plate for the third time in the game … and walked. Darwin Barney singled to left. Aramis Ramirez ended the inning by fouling out to Derrek Lee.

Randy Wells worked around a two-out infield single to Neil Walker (extended his hitting streak to 20 games against the Cubs) in the third without allowing a run.

At the end of three … 8-2 Cubs.

After Carlos Pena started the fourth by flying out to center, Marlon Byrd hit the Cubs’ fifth dinger of the night … his sixth of the season. Geovany Soto popped out to first for the second out.

Alfonso Soriano hit another bomb with two outs in the fourth. Tuesday was the second two-homer game of the season for Soriano and the sixth longball of the night for the Cubs gave them a 10-2 lead.

Randy Wells gave up another two-out hit in the bottom of the fourth. Ronny Cedeno lined a single into right but Wells retired McKenry on a flyout to deep left center to end the inning.

Jason Grilli kept the Cubs off the board for the first time in the fifth (leadoff single by Randy Wells) … and Wells retired the Pirates in order for the first time in the home half.

After five complete, the Cubs had a 10-2 lead and Randy Wells had thrown 82 pitches, 56 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing against Chris Resop in the sixth.

Randy Wells retired six in a row before issuing a two-out walk to Ryan Ludwick in the sixth. Pedro Alvarez struck out swinging on the eighth pitch of the at bat to end the sixth.

Wells tossed 108 pitches in six innings, 72 for strikes.

Joe Beimel took over in the seventh and struck out Alfonso Soriano swinging. Tyler Colvin ripped a 0-1 pitch from the lefty off the top of the wall in right center … and just missed a home run. Colvin settled for his fifth double of the season. Reed Johnson hit for Randy Wells and flied out to center. Colvin tagged and advanced to third. Starlin Castro ripped his third hit of the game (sixth of the series) into center. Colvin scored … 11-2 Cubs.

Darwin Barney recorded his third hit of the game, a single to left center. Castro held at second. With two outs and the Cubs up by nine in the seventh, Jeff Baker hit for Aramis Ramirez and flied out to right to end the inning.

Ramon Ortiz took over in the bottom of the seventh and retired three of the four batters he faced (two-out walk to Xavier Paul).

Jose Veras retired Carlos Pena on a groundout to short to start the eighth. Tony Campana hit for Marlon Byrd and reached on a bunt single. Geovany Soto can thank Campana for his second hit of the night. Soto hit a grounder to short and Campana beat Cedeno’s throw to second. Soriano hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The Pirates played longball against Ramon Ortiz in the eighth. Granted it was mop up time but Tuesday was just further proof that Ortiz and John Grabow should be released.

Garrett Jones led off the eighth with his second homer of the night. After Neil Walker singled, Steve Pearce flied out to right. Brandon Wood hit for Jose Veras and launched his sixth homer of the season … 11-5 Cubs. Ortiz retired Alvarez (groundout to first) and Cedeno (fly out to right) to end the inning.

Tyler Colvin led off the ninth with his third hit of the game … a single to left off Joel Hanrahan. Blake DeWitt hit for Ortiz and singled to right. Castro struck out swinging, Barney flied out to right and Jeff Baker grounded out to third.

John Grabow took the mound in the ninth … and gave up a leadoff double to Michael McKenry. Paul grounded out to short but Matt Diaz singled to left. With runners on first and third with one out, Garrett Jones hit a sac fly to center. McKenry tagged and scored the Pirates’ sixth run. Eric Fryer struck out swinging to end the inning … and the game.

Three in a row for the second time this season …

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Matt Garza will face Charlie Morton in game three on Wednesday night.

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  • Baron_S

    Castro + Barney 6/11 out of the leadoff spots…

    how long before the hill-billy realizes

    • paulcatanese

      If you recall, the first part of the year Castro was leading off and Barney number two, and they had a great deal of success and then Quade changed it up and here we are. For a guy who is so stubborn about the lineup that is a monumental mistake on his part. Going to his famous platoon system was the beginning of the end for him, and now he’s trying to salvage something. It will work if he leaves them alone, but he wont. Look for Johnson to lead off against leftys and Castro two and Barney back down to eight in the order. The man will never learn.

  • erniesarmy

    I think it may be getting close to asking Selig to make a move with removing Tom Ricketts in the best interests of baseball.

    Name me another professional sports league that would tolerate a
    franchise that has been pathetic for over 100 years! I even think Stern
    (NBA Commish) would oust Donald Sterling of the Clippers if his
    incompetence and bungling lasted over 50 years, much less 100!

    Come on Selig, have a heart, it’s time to come to the rescue of
    pissed off Cub fans. We’ve had Frank McCourt owners for the past 100
    years. How bout giving us a break?
     

    • Ripsnorter1

      It’s not about winning; it’s about the cash. The Cubs will draw 3 million this year. That’s cash. Status quo will remain.

  • studio179

    “The Cubs won their third game in a row behind six home runs from five different players … and not one of the six homers was a cheap shot.”

    It is a bad season and ridiculous things are going on with this team. But I will say it was fun watching the Cubs pound the ball out. You would think with that many homers, one or two might barely get out. Nope. For once, the Cubs had real thunder.

  • roseyc

    It’s funny now that the Cubs have everybody on board that they are not going to contend even after Quade’s ridiculous statement they’ll probably win about ten in row when it doesn’t mean anything. This about the time that Quade took over last year and did a decent job. But as the saying goes you don’t evaluate players on Sept numbers and that’s what Hendry did when he hired Quade. Soriano is now getting hot …about three months too late. We will have three guys hit over 20 hrs and still so bad that alone tells you something about this club

    • diehardcubfan

      Yes, isn’t that the truth, unfortunately that is the life of the Cubs fan.  You blood over boils and you need to take a lot of Pepcid AC just to stomach this garbage sometimes. 

      This team just keeps making my head hurt.

    • Bryan

      Another brillant statement from Quade on how Colvin will have to “earn” his playing time moving forward.  Truly, our manager has to be the most incompetent idiot we’ve seen in a Cubs managerial uniform, and that’s saying a lot based on our illustrious history.  “Earn” his playing time…while player after player has sucked for most of the year, and yet continues to get injected into the lineup. 

      I also couldn’t help chuckle reading Soriano’s comments in the mainstream Trib article.  He talks about keeping the “fun” going now that they’ve won a couple games in a row.  15 games back, and 20 games below the .500 mark, and Soriano thinks this is “fun time”.  It’s comments like that that just epitomizes what’s wrong with this organization.

      http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0803-cubs-brite–20110803,0,5704989.story

      • Tony_Hall

        The Quade comments, show how Qlueless he really is…

        I would love for somebody to ask QBall, “Who has earned the playing time you are giving them?”

        • Bryan

          Tony…I have never seen a manager make more idiotic daily comments to piss off a franchise fan base.  It’s just unreal.

      • studio179

        What is this manager’s issue? Quade is stepping all over a younger player again to the media. Plus, Quade shows how transparent that he, Hendry and ownership are not on the same page. This regime is unreal.    

    • Tony_Hall

      Soriano is as hot, as the next pitcher willing to throw him a fastball, inner half.  That is about all he can hit anymore.

      • Brp921

        Once he gets strike one, he’s pretty sure to strike out on a breaking ball in the dirt.

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice to see a pounding given, not taken.  

    It is quite ironic, that for the Cubs to beat the 27 Yankees, that the roles had to bereversed, where the Pirates are just above 500 and thinking they have a chance to win the division (they don’t), and the Cubs are trying for last place (they won’t).  Maybe neither team can take the pressue of being a couple of games over.

    • J Daniel

      Tony,
      It is great but they will all drink even more of the kool aid now and believe this will be the norm next year.

      • Tony_Hall

        Some guys drink coffee all day, JH drinks Cubbie Blue Kool-Aid, and is a genius for 8-9 months a year.  May-July is his ultimate downfall, along with most Cubs season.

  • Tony_Hall

    Where has this been discussed before…

    Catching surplus could fuel Cubs deal
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/5771/catching-surplus-could-fuel-cubs-deal

    • J Daniel

      Can’t believe Bruce said Hill was “solid”.

      • Tony_Hall

        Koyie, must be an awfully nice guy!

      • paulcatanese

        He is, Hill is solid, solidly entrenched at the bottom of the barrel.

  • Kingdomusa

    Doesn’t everyone enjoy watching Mike quade coach. This guy is beyond belief. Colvin has to earn playing time after our GM said we traded Fukodome so Colvin could recieive the pt in RF. This is all about keeping the vets happy that told the GM & owner they want this clown running the circus. Remember Cub fans, this is the idiot that told us to “BRING IT ON”……keep the heat on & the fires burning til this bunch of clueless idiots leave town. I like the trifecta of Cashman as GM, Gillick as President, & Ryno as Manager. Hope everyone agrees & let it be known.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Colvin won’t even be in the lineup tonight. You watch and see.

      • Tony_Hall

        Rip – I believe Colvin will be starting tonight, and that Q was on his own on Sunday, giving Reed the start, to get him ready to face the lefties, he so dominates.  

        I have to believe that JH said something to Q, along the lines of play Colvin, against all the righties and all but the nastiest lefties, and this was Q’s way off defending what he did, and trying to get out of another mess his mouth created.   Of course Q is in a hole that he can’t throw the dirt out of anymore, so while he keeps shoveling, it keeps being thrown back in his face.

        Not even JH is dumb enough to tell people this was the most important part of trading Fukudome, then turn around and not start him a couple of days later…ok he is dumb enough…

        • Ripsnorter1

          If I’m right and Colvin is benched, we’ll both be speechless.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Okay, Cubs’ fans! It’s August, the Cubs are hopelessly out of the race, and it’s time for them to start playing their familiar role for this time of year: 

    SPOILERS.
    Yup, like the Padres last  year, you can kiss the Eugene Pirates bye. Their season is over. They won’t finish above .500. They have run headlong into the Chicago Cubs Buzzsaw. Fini. Done. Finished. Write ‘em off, Ethel. They ain’t a comin’ back.

    Yes, Quade’s one qualification to be a manager is an end of the season, meaningless run fueled by the Salary Drives of lazy, under-performing veterans. His managerial style is governed by a few rules, and they are:

    #1 Don’t play prospects! These guys have to adjust to ML pitching and hitting, and are most likely not going to rapidly succeed.

    #2 Play the aging vets striving for a new contract and big dollars. Even $20 million dollars will motivate an arrogant and lazy Aram and Z. Put them in there and let them pad their stats for Jim Qlueless.

    #3 Spoiler time is not the time to test out new prospects! It is the time to try to preserve one’s job for next year.

  • Ripsnorter1

    White Sox and Yanks on ESPN Internet live tonight.7 pm CST

  • Tony_Hall

    Here is the reality of the 2012 Cubs…insanity – “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/6849988-419/cubs-matt-garza-a-key-for-2012-has-been-in-fold-since-offseason.html

    Matt Garza is a very good pitcher, but a rotation anchored by him, Z and Dempster, will not go very far.  With one of the worst SP stats in the league, I fully expect to see the same rotation next year…of course without injuries…

    Garza, Zambrano, Dempster are givens and this rotation would look much, much better if Andrew Cashner turns into a Lincecum or Cain, upon his return to the rotation, I don’t see another top of the rotation possibility for this team, not that Cashner is one for 2012.  Wells will be given every opportunity to fight off the Ortiz’s of the world to bring back the same 5 guys to do it all again…

    • cubtex

      I disagree 100%. You cannot keep a rotation that is last in almost every statistic and not make changes. I think Demp and Garza will be back. They will do everything they can to move Z. There will be at least 2 new pitchers in the rotation next year.

      • Tony_Hall

        Shocking you disagree, and not just partially, but 100%.  

        I never said that I would want to bring these bums back, back that is what it looks like is going to happen.  

        Everything to move Z? just like they did over the last month.  No takers.  

        I think Wells should be gone, but then again, I thought that this year.  I would love to dump Z, but don’t see JH doing it.  Now if JH is fired, then all bets are off.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Every starter on the Cubs got at least two hits last night–even Randy Wells …

    EXCEPT–
    Mr. 196 was 0-5. But he only fanned twice.

    He’s got 112 K’s for the year. 

    • cubtex

      Pena has been pretty solid after a terrible April. He also has 61 walks so far and a .334 OBP.

    • paulcatanese

      Taking into account that one must hit the ball regardless what is thrown up there, the pitching that the Cubs faced last night was not the best the Pirates had to offer. They looked tired, worn out and dejected. I know the Cubs are capable of that power but I dont look or it on a regular basis. The one thing I dont understand is all the smiling and happiness in the Cub dugout, they must not realize where they are in the standings.

      • Brp921

        Your right, beating a team like the Pirates when they’re under the pressure of their first title chase and desperate for a victory, while the they themselves are playing with nothing to lose, is sure nothing to brag about. The fact that they are happy about finally winning a few is really kind of pathetic.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funko–1 for 4 and zero RBIs. He did leave one RISP, though. 

    Current AB/RBI totals for Funko:358 AB….15 RBI

    Must be under 25 RBI to set the record.

    • cc002600

      Rip, just as you and I predicted, and argued with many on here, that Fuky is a completely worthless player with no value that would ONLY be traded if the cubs picked up almost all of his remaining contract and took a bag of balls (i.e worthless prospects) in return as nice gesture to make it look good.

      But there were some on here that were telling us about WAR and his great OBP as reasons why he has value and how other teams would be gobbling up this guy like he was the second coming of Roberto Clemente because he can draw a few walks.  Unreal.

      Also, can someone please tell me how WAR is calculated. It sounds like a lot of subjective pie in the sky metrics that people take as gospel, but I question its validity or value. I don’t get it.

      15 RBI at this point is so incredibly bad. and yet some said that b/c he bats leadoff, he should be given a pass. Well, how does Castro and Barney have 35-40 RBI at this point while batting #1 or #2 or #8 most of the time ?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Wow! How can anybody argue against you when you say, “15 RBI at this point is so incredibly bad. and yet some said that b/c he bats leadoff, he should be given a pass. Well, how does Castro and Barney have 35-40 RBI at this point while batting #1 or #2 or #8 most of the time ?”  Unimpeachable logic.
        Throw in, too, that Funko did not face any of the tough lefties–he has only 40 AB vs. Lefties all year long (that includes a few ABs vs. LHP in Cleveland, too).

      • Ripsnorter1

        WAR–wins against replacement.

        This stats attempts to take in the total contributions of a player: offense, defensive, running, throwing, fielding, power, batting average.
        The player is measured against a mythical AAA replacement player. In other words, it attempts to tell us how many extra wins in a 162 games schedule that this player would give your team as opposed to that team having to play a AAA player instead.This link tells you how it is calculated:http://www.fangraphs.com/library/index.php/misc/war/

        • cc002600

          Rip, thanks for the link. I tried to read and understand some of these new stats (WAR) and quite frankly they are more complex than rocket science, which makes me question the validity and value. Just because something is complex does not make it better.

          While I do think some of them have value,  I also at times  think some people go way overboard in thinking that these stats are the ONLY barometer as to which to measure the value of a player that matters. I see many flaws in the results that make me skeptical. I’ll give you some examples. I was looking at team “WAR”. 

          Look at these team WARs:
          Giants – 11.3
          Astros – 11.6
          How can the Astros be ranked higher than Giants ?

          Cubs – 11
          Sox – 8
          I don’t think much of the sox, but i’m not sure how they can be 3 points lower than Cubs

          Royals and Phillies were basically the same….

          When I see results like this, which are prepostorous, I really question the value sometimes of these complex formulas (WAR) that everyone takes as gospel these days.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Carlos Pena is a given for 1B for the Cubs next year. Look for a 3-4 year contract. Next May 17 he’ll be 34, so he could be a Soriano-Cub until he’s 38 years old or so.

    • paulcatanese

      You nailed it Rip. While Colvin could ultimatly play first base, its been said he will not play there. Again blocking another from the minors. (Brett Jackson a year older yesterday). Covin will continue in the eight spot(until he matures) and the instant he goes hitless will be on the bench again. Qua,(not a typo, its just his name getting shorter as should his tenure) will make sure DeWitt, Johnson, and Baker get in there, a Qua can do no wrong with those three.

      • Aaron

        Paul,

        RE: the age thing with Jackson….

        I think you’re missing the point here….The Cubs, in their infinite wisdom, have long proven that you can’t be successful in MLB….at least with them, until you’re 30+years old.

        It’s true…because then, you’re a “seasoned veteran”, and can withstand the rigors of the season. Otherwise, you’re only good enough for pinch hitting duty as a young player.

        • T_Leise

          If only we could figure out how to bring up veterans through the system instead of all those inexperienced rookies.

          • Mike1040

            Amen T, those darn pesky rookies that are fast, eager, and constantly hustle have no place on this poorly managed team with lazy, non hustling, good clubhouse veterans. (sigh)

  • paulcatanese

    There is no doubt the direction JH and Qua will take after last nights power display.They have turned it around. They do not need future players to make it happen, they have the Vets that produce. Even Wells is now a regular guy ad will win here on out with this stellar offense. GET ready for the same as last fall. Play the Vets,we are fine for next year.

  • Aaron

    Well….Levine got one thing right……the Cubs have a catching surplus, and would be much better off trading Soto than hanging onto him.

    Problem is, he’s been a Hendry…and Ricketts….and Quade apologist for pretty much the whole year, and almost nothing he’s reported on in terms of rumors has come true. That should tell you all you need to know about him. I’m sure he’s well respected….but so is Hendry, right?

    Anyway, the Cubs missed a GOLDEN opportunity to retool by dealing the likes of Soto, Pena (for Brandon Allen reportedly was the offer from the D’Backs), Byrd, Marmol, and Marshall. And by trading those guys, ARAM would then waive his no-trade, as he said he would if the Cubs were starting over.

    Therefore, the Cubs could’ve had upwards of 5-6 top prospects (with Marmol, Marshall, Soto, and ARAM obviously bringing those in). The Rangers are deep in pitching both at the MLB level and in the minors, while the Cubs are NOT….it would’ve made a TON of sense to make those trades, but the Cubs still employ Hendry….you get what you pay for.

    Hendry is a guy that is perpetually in “CYA” mode…he will do anything and everything to save HIS job….NOT what’s in the best interests of the team.

    If that were the case, he would’ve fired Quade immediately when he went against his wishes to play Colvin down the stretch, and he never would’ve gone with Quade in the first place, especially after he sat almost all the rookie call-ups last September when the Cubs could’ve found out what they had with all of them too (just as Hendry said they need to find out what they have in Colvin this year). He also would’ve traded almost all the veterans, knowing that it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference if you finish 4th, 5th, or 6th…you still suck….and that’s what bothers me most about Hendry…and even Quade.

    Despite being one of the worst teams in the league, and having a great opportunity to get some young talent in to see what they could do, the Cubs think that if they “finish strong” it’ll somehow make a difference next year…..

    hmmmmmmmmmm….that sounds familiar. Where did we hear that before?!?!? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..still sounds familiar……..

    Oh, yeah…now I remember….That was EXACTLY the same thing those two dumbasses (Quade and Hendry) said at the end of last year.

    Remember, they talked about the Giants and how nobody picked them to win it all, and how the Padres nearly made the playoffs after being an awful team, blah blah blah….and how those teams used a solid end to their 2009 seasons to springboard them into 2010 where they made some noise. Both Quade and Hendry said the Cubs would do the same thing in 2011—using the solid end to 2010 as a springboard….LOL…

    Then, in full “CYA” mode, Hendry comes out recently, and says that nobody, including themselves, gave them much of a chance to compete this year, and that it was seen as more of a transitional season with salaries coming off the books…..yet, curiously, this dumbass (sorry I keep using that…just REALLY pissed right now) wouldn’t unload even more high $$ contracts at the trade deadline, because he firmly believes, just as he did last year, and just as he did in 2009, that the Cubs are “2-3 solid moves away from competing”

    WOW!!!!!!

    I don’t want to be a fan of this garbage, but it’s engrained in me. The only thing I can suggest to everyone, is if you want true change, stay away from Wrigley, and spend your money elsewhere, taking your family out to eat at a nice restaurant, or a theme park….and if you must go, then bring a brown paper bag, as Cleveland fans used to do in the past, and put it over your head. If they have enough fans doing that, the cameras can’t possibly ignore them, and Ricketts will be too embarrassed not to fire both their asses (meaning Hendry and Quade)

    • paulcatanese

      Aaron, paper or plastic,makes no differece, just wear it. Plastic if one wants to end their suffering and paper if you have season tickets. Stay away fans.

    • Brp921

      Ref: Brandon Allen. I have always liked the idea of drafting guys out of high school beause if they play four years of college ball then your looking at a kid whose 22 years old. There aren’t a whole lot of Mark Priors out there who can advance right to the majors from college. So when you draft a college guy your probably looking at a guy 25 to 26 years old before he reaches the major leagues. If you get them out of high school then hopefully they’ll make it quicker. Having said all of that, I wonder a little about Brandon Allen. He was a 5th round draft pick out of high school. That means he had alot of potential, 18 years old and judged to be among the top 150 or so most talented guys in the country is pretty good. But now he’s been playing pro ball seven years and just got moved up from double A ball. I’m not saying he’s not a good prospect, I’m just wondering what has slowed his progress so much. Even with some injuries you would think if he has the tools to play major league ball he would have progressed a little faster.

  • John_CC

    I cannot, for the life of me, believe that Quadie is still the manager of the Chicago National League ballclub. 

    Think about it, just for a minute.

  • John_CC

    Who goes tonight, Garza?  Wow the Cubs could actually win 4 in a row!  But only if Garza can go 9 innings.  And the offense can score runs for two nights in row.  So…actaully, I do not think they will win tonight.