Z Offense Leads the Way … Cubs Post Seventh Straight W – Cubs 11 Reds 4

Game One Hundred Fourteen – Cubs 11 Reds 4
WP – Carlos Zambrano (9-6) LP – Johnny Cueto (7-5) Save – None

wflag.jpgWho would have thought a week ago after the debacle in St. Louis that Q’s Cubs could rattle off seven wins in a row? The Cubs posted their seventh straight victory behind a so-so outing from Carlos Zambrano and a lot of offense in a short amount of time against Johnny Cueto and the Reds’ bullpen.

The Cubs scored all 11 runs in a four-inning span on Saturday afternoon. The offense pounded out 13 hits, six for extra bases, with not a single hit in the first two or last two innings of the game. The Cubs showed a lot of patience at the plate once again … and it led to several runs. The Cubs walked five times, including Carlos Pena (2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and three RBI) taking a bases loaded walk for the third time this week that forced in a run.

Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI) had another huge game and extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-5 day at the plate. Castro drove in a season-high four runs and scored a run for the eighth game in a row. Starlin Castro recorded his 48th multi-hit game of the year and now leads the National League in hits (148).

Reed Johnson contributed once again. Johnson led off five different innings hitting out of the sixth spot in the lineup. Johnson scored three runs with a single and a double in five trips to the plate.

Carlos Pena drove in three runs on Saturday afternoon on a pair of doubles and a bases loaded walk.

Alfonso Soriano entered play Saturday with no walks in 20 games after the All-Star break. Soriano walked twice against Reds’ pitching and finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, a RBI, two runs scored and the two free passes.

The Cubs offense knocked Johnny Cueto out of the game in the fourth inning, the first time all season Cueto did not complete at least five innings. The Cubs became the first team to score more than three earned runs against Cueto.

Carlos Zambrano picked up his ninth win of the season on a day it did not appear he would complete four innings of work. Zambrano really struggled in the first three innings and put his team in an early hole while running up his pitch count (71 after three, 41 for strikes).

Zambrano was a different pitcher after he launched his second homer of the season to lead off the bottom of the third (23rd of his career, first of the year from the left side). Z’s blast was the first homer allowed by Johnny Cueto since June 28 and broke up both the no-hit bid and the shutout. Zambrano settled down and allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Z threw 117 pitches, 70 for strikes.

The Cubs won their seventh in a row (fifth in a row at Wrigley) and improved to 49-65 on the season, 16 below .500 …

Carlos Zambrano labored through a long 32-pitch first inning after striking out Drew Stubbs and retiring Edgar Renteria on a ground out to short.

Z appeared to strikeout Votto looking on a 2-2 pitch but did not get the call and ended up walking Joey Votto. The missed call appeared to get under Z’s skin and he allowed the missed call to affect his entire outing.

Zambrano jumped out ahead of Brandon Phillips 1-2 but lost him and issued his second walk of the game. Jay Bruce walked on four pitches to load the bases with two outs.

To Z’s credit he got out of the jam by striking out Miguel Cairo swinging to end the inning.

Johnny Cueto made quick order of Castro (struck out swinging) and Barney (ground out to short) but like Zambrano, lost his command after two quick outs. Cueto hit Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena. Marlon Byrd hit a weak grounder to short on a 2-0 pitch to end the inning.

Zambrano issued his fourth walk of the game to start the second. Like Votto and Phillips, Z jumped out ahead of Yonder Alonso 1-2 before eventually walking him. Ramon Hernandez flied out to center for the first out. Cueto sacrificed Alonso to second but Stubbs grounded out to short to end the inning.

After two, Z’s pitch count stood at 47 … 23 for strikes.

Alfonso Soriano reached on a one-out walk in the bottom of the second … first walk for Soriano since the All-Star break (21 games counting Saturday). Soto hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the second.

The Reds finally got on the board in the third. Edgar Renteria led off with a bloop single into right. Votto lined out to left center but Phillips reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Castro showed off his range by getting to the ball but could not throw out Renteria at second. Z reached back and struck out Jay Bruce looking on a 1-2 pitch.

Miguel Cairo blooped Z’s first pitch into right center. Renteria scored the first run of the game and Phillips took third on the play. Yonder Alonso put together another quality at bat and ripped a single to left on a 3-2 pitch. Phillips scored … 2-0 Reds. Hernandez flied out to center to end the inning.

Johnny Cueto had not allowed a hit over the first two innings … then Z stepped to the plate to start the third.

Carlos Zambrano launched a 1-1 pitch from Cueto into the bleachers in right center. Z’s second homer of the season, first from the left side, cut the Reds lead in half.

Aramis Ramirez reached on an infield single to the hole at short with two outs in the third. Carlos Pena’s patience paid off again and helped the Cubs tie the game. Pena worked the count to 3-2, which allowed Ramirez to get an early start from first. Pena ripped the 3-2 pitch into right center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall, Ramirez scored from first and tied the game at two.

Marlon Byrd grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Reds did nothing in the fourth … and it took Z just nine pitches to get three outs. After throwing 71 pitches (41 for strikes) in three innings, Z’s pitch count stood at 80 (49 for strikes) after four.

Saturday’s game changed on the first play of the bottom of the fourth.

Reed Johnson popped a 1-2 pitch into shallow center. Brandon Phillips raced out as Drew Stubbs was running in towards the infield. Phillips caught the ball but dropped it when Stubbs slid low and cut his legs out from under him. Johnson ended up at second with a double as Phillips lay on the outfield grass. After an extremely long delay (5-7 minutes), Phillips stayed in the game.

Johnny Cueto lost all rhythm after the long delay. Alfonso Soriano ripped a 1-1 pitch off the wall in left. Johnson scored the go ahead run on Soriano’s double. Soto followed with a single to left. Soriano held at third with no outs.

Carlos Zambrano stepped in with runners on first and third and struck out swinging for the first out.

Starlin Castro hit a grounder back up the middle that Phillips fielded as he stepped on the bag. Phillips forced Soto and Soriano scored the Cubs fourth run but he could not make the exchange and Castro reached on the fielder’s choice.

Darwin Barney singled to center to keep the inning going for Aramis Ramirez.

Cueto uncorked a wild pitch on a 2-1 offering to Ramirez. Castro and Barney advanced to second and third. Ramirez ended up walking to load the bases for Carlos Pena.

For the third time in seven days, Carlos Pena worked a bases loaded walk to force in Castro … and chase Johnny Cueto from the game.

Dusty Baker went to his pen and brought in Sam LeCure to face Marlon Byrd with the bases loaded. Byrd struck out swinging to end the inning … at the time Byrd was 0-for-3 with RISP and had left six runners on base.

Zambrano sat the Reds down in order in the top of the fifth on 14 pitches, eight for strikes. After five, Z’s pitch count stood at 94, 57 for strikes.

The Cubs went right back to work in the bottom of the fifth.

Reed Johnson led off with a single to right on a 1-2 pitch. Alfonso Soriano then blooped a 1-2 pitch into left. Yonder Alonso misplayed the ball and the Cubs took advantage of the Reds’ first error of the game. Johnson and Soriano advanced to second and third with no outs.

Geovany Soto walked to load the bases for Carlos Zambrano.

Z struck out swinging on a 0-2 pitch but Starlin Castro picked up his starting pitcher. Castro ripped a 1-1 pitch over Alonso’s head. Johnson and Soriano scored on Castro’s 49th and 50th RBI of the season.

With runners on second and third, one down and the Cubs up 7-2, Darwin Barney struck out swinging. Aramis Ramirez hit a sharp grounder to the hole at short. Renteria stopped the ball and tried to throw out Ramirez at first … but the throw was low and skipped past Votto. Soto and Castro scored on the infield hit and the Reds’ second error of the inning.

Carlos Pena crushed a 2-0 pitch from LeCure over Stubbs’ head in center. Ramirez scored and it was 10-2 Cubs.

Marlon Byrd’s rough day at the plate continued … Byrd grounded out to first to end the fifth.

Carlos Zambrano struggled with his command in the sixth. After Z retired Cairo on a groundout to short on a 3-2 pitch, Yonder Alonso hit the first homer of his big league career … a shot into the bleachers in left center.

Ramon Hernandez ripped a single into center on a 2-1 pitch. Fred Lewis hit a 2-2 pitch back up the box. Castro fielded the ball and stepped on second to force Hernandez. Z struck out Stubbs swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end his afternoon.

The offense got the run right back in the bottom of the sixth. Reed Johnson reached on a throwing error by the Reds’ third baseman. Frazier airmailed his throw across the diamond and Johnson ended up at second. Soriano walked on four pitcheshis second free pass of the game.

Following a Soto strikeout and a pop out by pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin, Starlin Castro completed his day with an impressive at bat.

Starlin Castro fouled off eight straight pitches from Jose Arredondo before ripping a single into left on the 12th pitch. Reed Johnson scored … 11-3 Cubs. Barney popped out to second to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero in the seventh and eighth.

The Reds scored their fourth run off John Grabow in the top of the ninth. The most expensive mop-up man in the big leagues issued a one-out walk to the free-swinging Drew Stubbs. Stubbs advanced to second on defensive indifference. After Ryan Hanigan popped out to third, Joey Votto lined a 1-1 pitch into left. Votto’s first hit of the series plated Stubbs … 11-4 Cubs. Todd Frazier grounded out to third to end the game.

W-W-W-W-W-W-W …

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Randy Wells against Bronson Arroyo in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    07′ Rockies won 21 out of 22 the final month including a playoff game against the Padres…if we don’t lose again we make the playoffs with 97wins…guaranteed!     IWBN I’m up for it hehehe

  • gocubs

    Colvin has a .333 BA vs Cueto.  Why not play him today?  First, I thought the plan was to play him everyday, then I thought the plan was to play him in spots to succeed.  Now, apparently hes back to just being a bench player.  I dont get it.  Quade is clearly managing to win as many games as possible and keep his job at the expense once again of any long term plan.  If Hendry and Quade are not gone at the end of the season it will truly be a shame.  Rickets has taken too long to evaluate these guys.  Why is it so hard for him to see what most fans, writers, other organizations can see so plainly about the current regime?  I cant take another year of this.      

    • diehardcubfan

      Because the Cubs are run but unintellectual baseball people as to why Colvin is not playing.  Besides JH is a hypocritical. 

      I feel he has no real interest in playing Colvin everyday from the beginning.

      As for Quade and JH being gone at the end of the season one can only hope but if neither was fired in July then I believe unfortunately that we are stuck with them next year. 

    • cubtex

      My opinion is that they are playing Byrd and Soriano with hopes that a team in contention will want to add one or both. Z was put on waivers today and I am sure Soriano will be soon (if not already). These players cannot be moved this month if they are not playing(imo) There are still almost 50 games left. Colvin will probably get another 100  big league at bats this year. I am pretty sure the Cubs know what they have in Colvin. Flashes of good games….excellent power,doesn’t walk and doesn’t make enough consistent contact. My opinion is that he is a .250 to .260 hitter at best who doesn’t walk and strikes out alot.

      • diehardcubfan

        I have to agree with you on your comments reference Colvin.  He definitely needs to develop much more discipline and become more selective at the plate to be an everyday ML player.

        Jose Bautista was like Colvin at one point but with the right coaching and some adjustments in his swing he is now the most dangerous power hitter in the MLB.

        Maybe something similar can happen to Colvin as he is young enough. 

        • cubtex

          Never say never. He needs to start being more selective and use the whole field. I can’t remember if I ever  saw him poke a ball between short and third for a base hit. I am excited about the way Brett Jackson has been hitting in AAA and I think he is their future. He has been taking more walks and has base stealing ability. I would imagine we will see him in CF next year.

          • paulcatanese

            Lets hope so,Jackson is hyped as the next CF, I would like to see that.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Could be. But everybody hits in the PCL.

    • Rbmercer

      So would you not manage for your job?

      • Brp921

        No one wants to be fired, but this is the time of year, if you are hopelessly out of it, that you should start your evaluation of players for next year. If the manager doesn’t do that then the GM should direct him to. JH wants to keep Quade around, IMO, so he (JH) can keep in control of everything. Do you feel, in view of how Quade has managed this year, i.e. the in game decisions he’s made, that he should be kept on?

        • Rbmercer

          No, I’m not saying that at all. I would prefer another manager. But, just saying I understand Quade is trying to save his job. I would be trying to save my job too, unless I was told I was guaranteed to come back.

          • Brp921

            I think if JH is there next year then Quades job is safe. That is unless it comes down to JH needing a scapegoat to save his job.

      • paulcatanese

        If you dont mind let me jump in here. That’s an interesting question,”manage for your job”. I think thats an issue that requires one to look into the mirror and ask themselves “am I doing the best that I can”?”Do I agree with everything around me”?”Could I change anything to make it better”? “Do I have the support to do the things neccessary to win”?Manage for my job, well if any of the questions have a negative answer to them, I would have to make a decision based on my inner feelings and how I could live with myself. If none of this matters then you would keep youre mouth shut and go on with collecting a check. I would not keep the job if it meant comprimising my principals and decisions.

    • Brp921

      They’re in it together. Quade follows his bosses lead. JH wants, and has, complete control as long as Quade is the manager. There is a reason Quade has never been a major league manager before this year, its because he doesn’t have the leadership skills. That is why he is willing to follow JH’s directions and not insist on being his own man, its because he wants a managing job and this is his means of having it.

  • diehardcubfan

    Sorry, I am not excited about this winning streak. It is a day late and dollar short as one would say. 

    This team is still 14.5 games out and if you look at it has really not gained any ground against the Brewers who have been playing .900 ball over the last ten games. 

    In honesty this winning streak is the worst thing and will not really change the outcome of the Cubs season other than possibly impacting their draft position along with what Ricketts might do in the off season if they keep on winning.

    Even if the Cubs caught the Reds or Pirates I am not impressed, sorry but that is not first place and means nothing.

    The team needs to keep losing to affect change but if the team continues to win then JH can argue going into the off season that it was injuries all along and that will make it harder for Ricketts to let JH go. 

    I just can’t stand this team.

    103 years and counting.  ENOUGH!!!

    • cubtex

      I agree that this season has been brutal to watch but I don’t share your concerns about changes not being made. The Cubs are not a small market team. They will still be over 100 mil for next year. They will have money to spend and their #1 priority should be starting pitching!!! As I have said…this is the NL Central. A team with the Cubs payroll budget can turn this around in a year.

      • diehardcubfan

        This team has too many fundamental flaws and lacks athleticism to be a factor next year.  Given the course of how things are going this team will essentially be the same next year as it was at the start of the season.  We saw how that went during April, May, June and July.  Not very good and I am convinced that since many of those same players will be one more year older it will not be much better next year no matter how one tries to put a spin on it. 

        Yes, I would agree that starting pitching is what the Cubs should go after but the best of the free agent group: Sabathia, Carpenter, Wainwright, CJ Wilson will likely resign with the parent club.  That does not leave much after that but Mark Buehrle I think will not get resigned so he remains an option along with Edwin Jackson though I think Jackson is not much help.

        That does not leave much of anything else to choose from.  I wish I could share your optimism but cannot as I have watched this team too many times disappoint and see nothing better for next year.

        I was very optimistic at the start of the season but have grown very delusional about this team after three very disappointing seasons since 2008.  

        • cubtex

          Don’t look who is on the team now. Wait till the offseason with trades and signings.

          • diehardcubfan

            cubtex, I know what you are saying but JH has given no indications that any trades will occur this off season and as I noted there is not much in the starting pitching free agent market after the one’s I mentioned above.  It even remains questionable that the Cubs will go after any of the big ticket items ie Fielder who is the only one I would even be interested in.   

            JH seems to have declared the majority of the team as untouchable and with not trading Pena unless he does that in August Pena will likely be back for another round at a discount I suspect.

            Do I wish that JH would get serious this offseason, yes but really I feel he will not for whatever reason.  Contracts will obviously hamper any possibilities for major trades that will reshape the team (Big Z, ARAM and Soriano are the biggest ones there). 

            The Cubs tried to even give away Big Z and Soriano with obviously no success even if they were willing to eat the majority of their contracts.  The Yankees even flat out refused on Big Z and Soriano fared no better.

            The list goes on and on. 

          • cubtex

            I know it is hard to be optimistic with this mess of a team this year but look what is coming off the books next year….Silva,Fuko, Grabow,Pena, ARam(probably) hopefully they can deal Z and Sori and save a little of those contracts(they would have to eat the majority of both)
            I do not think JH will be making those decisions. If he is still with the team it will be in a diminished role. Look at the teams in the division….the Brewers are going for it all this year and this is their opportunity. Next year they will lose Fielder and others. What are the Cards going to do with Pujols? If they sign him they will have a ton of payroll wrapped up in 2 players( Holliday and Pujols)
            This can be turned around in a year.

          • Ryan7

            I agree. There are going to be a lot of things changing. People don’t want to believe that because nothing has changed yet. They don’t understand that the rickettes have been stuck with the crap from the tribune. This will be the first time that they can do what they want. I think everyone will be shocked as to what happens this off season.

          • cubtex

            totally agree Ryan. He inherited a mess. Like he said a couple of days ago. Decisions will be made at the proper time. He is not in this to lose his investment. I envision household changes from GM,manager,pitching coach, and the entire roster. People should give Ricketts this offseason before judging him.

          • Agustinrexach

            False! They inherited a mess but dumped Rhyne, hired Quade and kept JH by choice.

          • Ryan7

            Because he had to. Why hire ryno and him have the same season he’s in now, because he would be maybe not as many personal mistakes but he would have had all the injuries and pena and aram still would have had the slow starts marmal still would have sucked and they still would have the worst record with runners in scoring position. So ya let Q take the fall and let jh take the fall and let him take control after this season and show what he really can do. I’m all for the rickettes as of right now that is if things change as I think they will. If they don’t and I think they will but if they don’t then I will blame the rickettes.

        • Brentcarmona

          we all should bring back the twilight zone for one episode. this past week should be our script.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, and with the exception of a few years, it has been the same each and every year, lose a lot,win a few, and lose some more. I have spent years just hoping they could reach .500.

  • Robby 2010

    Hey Neil, who pitched the seventh for the cubs?

    • Calicub

      I believe it was smarj

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Samardzija, forgot to mention. He did a good job. Retired all three batters he faced.

  • Darrenmcculloch

    Where was this play in the previous four months of the season?  Qua looks like a genius when his players are hitting home runs galore.  He has ..never heard of hit and run or bunting guys over

    • paulcatanese

      Their is no small ball in Qua’s repitorie, or his mind. As far as looking like a genius, people just have to look what got the Cubs in the position they are,general manager, manager,coaches,owner. One cannot build a winner on a month and a half each year, it dosent work that way.

      • diehardcubfan

        Paul, you are making a big assumption that Quade and Cubs management even have a mind kind of like Congress.  There is no thinking outside the box. 

        That is why the Cubs and this country are in such a mess.

        • Ripsnorter1

          And those failures in Congress wouldn’t even have to think outside of the box. It is really simple: spend less than you take in, and you won’t have a deficit problem. That just isn’t brain surgery.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Adam Dudd–0-4 with 3 more K’s. He’s on a pace to set a new record. 

    Add the fact that the lowest BA of all time for 502+ PA is .179 by Rob Deer, and Adam Dudd may get a double dose of the Hall of Fame this year: lowest BA for a season, plus most strikeouts per season. He’s had the record for most strikeouts in a season twice before–until Reynolds came along.

    Strikeouts? Mark Reynolds with 224 in 2009. Dudd has 142 in 330 AB in 2011. That’s 43% of his ABs. So he needs 521 AB in order to get 224 at this pace. He could do it . . . ..

    AAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAAHHAHA!

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      Somewhere are friend aaron is shaking his head.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I knew he would fall off, but I did not expect THIS MUCH of a fall off!

        Those big contracts ruin every player. It’s crazy. The greed messes with the mind.  

        And another thing: he never was Mr. Clutch. He has a career .245 BA, but .224 with RISP; career .189 with a runner on 2nd (in 540 ABs no less!), .228 with a runner on 3rd; .198 with runners on 2nd and 3rd. And if there are two outs, he’s a whopping .195 hitter. The only good news is that he hits .292 with bases loaded. (These are all career numbers–this year he’s even worse!).
        So the lack of a clutch mentality plus $56 million = A BUST. 

        And I like the guy, but man alive, is he awful!

        • cubtex

          Maybe those doctors cut out his magic powers when they took out his appendix :)

          • Ripsnorter1

            You could be right. Maybe he needs to forage in the surgeon’s trash to find that thing. Maybe he could restore the magic if he found it.

          • cubtex

            I was like you with Dunn. I was happy the Cubs didn’t sign him. He is lousy defensively and strikes out too much. The Cubs have too many defensive liabilities and high strikeout guys now. He is on pace to have one of the worst seasons in baseball history.

          • Ripsnorter1

            They took Adam Dudd out after 3 k’s in 4 AB, and replace him with Lillibridge. Lillibridge belted a two run HR in his only AB.

        • Brp921

          I argued that the Cubs should have signed Adam Dunn back when they signed Milton Bradley. I still think it would have been the right decision at the time. He didn’t have a good batting average and he struck out alot but he had 100 plus RBI’s and 40 plus homeruns every year. JH traded Mark Derosa because he was the “only guy he could trade to make room for a left handed power hitter”. Then what does he do? He goes out and gets a guy who is a switch hitter and only has power from the right side. How smart is that? I think the main problem with Dunn this year is three-fold. It’s a combination of being older with a slower bat now, but also being in a different league and the appendisitus operation really setting him back. I’m not arguing that it was a good signing by the Sox and  wouldn’t have signed him to the Cubs this year because I think the window was three years ago.    (Please excuse the spelling of appendisitus)

          • Ripsnorter1

            Thanks for the response. 

            Frankly, I think you would have been right about Dudd over Bradley. That was the right move for the Cubs. But to drop Edmonds and sign Joey “Tony Campana has more power” Gathright as his replacement? DUMB.

            And I really think this year’s problems with Dudd are as follows (in this order)

            :1. New Contract messed with his mind, combined with the pressure of a team in the pennant race. Too much mental pressure. I think this is far and away the biggest factor.
            2. New League.
            3. Appendicitis (correct spelling by the way).

            I wanted Dudd to hit the 40 taters and drive in 100 again, but I really expected 25 HRs due to the league change and the contract. I never expected .163 BA.

          • Brp921

            Your right about Edmonds. He brought a lot to the team despite his age. I have to add though if there was ever a car in the outfield Joey could have jumped over it….

    • diehardcubfan

      Rip, I totally forgot about Rob Deer.  Now that you mentioned it I would also include Pete Incaviglia as being very comparable to Dunn and Deer. 

      There strike out rates boggled the mind. 

      • Ripsnorter1

        Rob Deer–Mr. All or Nothing. 

        Hit 32 HR in in 1992 with only 64 RBI. Never hit more than 86 RBI, most often the totals were in the 50’s and 60 RBI per year. 
        He played 11 seasons. 7 of those 11 seasons he got at least 512 PA.
        Led the league 4 times in SO. Never lead the league in HRs.

        He hit .179 with 25 HR and 64 and 179 K at age 30.
        He hit .209 with 27 HR and 69 RBI at age 29.
        He hit .210 with 26 HR and 64 RBi at age 28.

        Not my favorite player…..

      • Ripsnorter1

        Pete Incaviglia never attained to the stature of Mr. Robert Deer.Incaviglia had only 3 seasons with 502+ Plate appearances. He only lead the league in SO twice, and he likewise never led the league in HRs. He was a better RBI man than Deer (600 career RBI in 4512 PA vs. 655 in 4677 for Incaviglia). Deer a career .220 hitter vs. Inky’s career .245. BOTH WERE AWFUL.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Speaking of Mark Reynolds…..
          Has 24 taters this year with 60 RBI while hitting .218. Has 59 BB and 126 SO and his OPS is .798–not too bad.

  • Ripken Boy

    This is absolutely the worst thing that can be happening to this team now. Winning games with aging veterans is not going to help us get better next year and it will also allow McRicketts to possibly think about keeping Quade and Hendry. Quade will keep playing the veterans vs. the kids to try and win as many games as he can to save his job which is the wrong thing to do.  

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      I agree.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Not to fear. Enjoy the offensive outburst. The Cubs are winning now because they are crashing HRs. We’ve got a 7 game winning streak going, and we’ve bashed 14 HRs in those 7 games. 

      THAT AIN’T GONNA GO ON FOREVER.

       Relax.

      • cubtex

        Agreed, but it is nice to beat up on Dusty!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Oh, I love to see Dusty cry!  

    • Rbmercer

      Wouldn’t you try and win and save your job?????

      • diehardcubfan

        It may save their job in the short run but the misery will resurface.  This team is just not any good.

      • Brp921

        Why are you defending this guy?

  • Bo

    Quick, sign quad to an extention before somebody comes calling!!!

  • Albert

     There’s some speculation now that Shoulders is expected to sign.

    • Beefyborn20

      Heard that too…If this is true, great signing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      sources?

      We now “officially” have 23 signed guys out of this years class according to BaseballAmerica.com. With about 5 others ( Vogelbach, Dunston jr, Maples, Baez and now Shoulders) that are supposedly signed and having to get there contracts cleared by MLB because of slot. That means we are getting close to the 60 percent that Aaron said would never happen. I expect his crow to be served on August 15th so that we can all enjoy it. (Sorry that last part was just too easy.)

      • cubtex

        It was way too premature to speculate a month ago on who would sign. With the collective bargaining agreement this is par for the course. Ricketts has maintained his stance on building the team through the draft so this is not surprising. He has gone over slot to sign players and they signed some good talent from international draft as well! I like the direction this organization is headed!!!

  • paulcatanese

    Good lineup today Neil, but have to take the wife to a “Sleep Apnea” appointment and will miss the first part of the game. Maybe I should just have her watch the games, she would get a lot of sleep and I would save money.

  • Hairy Brickhouse

    Gee!  7 in a row and “only” 15 games back…I see Milwaukee is on a 9-1 run.
    Guess somebody has to lose so duh Cubs make-up some ground.
    “Next” year…BS!