Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 09/03/11

Game One Hundred Thirty-Nine: Cubs (59-79) vs. Pirates (63-75)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Casey Coleman (2-7, 7.14/1.90) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 6.27/1.87)

The Cubs will try to end their two-game losing streak this afternoon behind Casey Coleman. Q’s offense has been held to a Carlos Pena home run over the last 18 innings and have simply quit hitting with runners on base … much less in scoring position.

Over the last 11 games, the Cubs are 13-for-87 with runners in scoring position and have left 85 runners on base. The Cubs are 3-8 during that span and have been outscored 41-31. Hopefully under new leadership, all of the struggles with RISP over the last three seasons will improve.

In other newsAndrew Cashner is expected to complete his rehab stint with the I-Cubs tonight. Cashner threw a perfect inning on Thursday and is slated to throw another inning in Triple-A before being activated from the 60-day DL on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Bryan LaHair received his call to the show and will be with the team for the remainder of the season. As for playing time, Mike Quade said LaHair would fill in some for Carlos Pena at first and in left for Alfonso Soriano. LaHair is not expected to see a lot of playing time over the final month of the season.

As for other possible September call-ups, the Cubs could recall such players as D.J. LeMahieu, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Chris Carpenter and Alberto Cabrera. Those players are on the club’s 40-man roster, which will soon be at 39 players when Andrew Cashner is activated, but as for a possible call-up for Brett Jackson, that does not appear likely for this season.

Today it all begins with Casey Coleman

Casey Coleman is coming off his best outing of the season … unfortunately it was a loss to the Brewers. Coleman completed seven innings of work in the finale of the three-game series in Milwaukee. Coleman was shaky at best early on but made adjustments against an extremely good offense. Casey really made only one mistake … he threw a ball near the plate to Corey Hart. The Cubs lost the game 3-2 but it was more about the ineffective offense against Zack Greinke than Casey Coleman’s performance.

Coleman has not posted a win since May 19 and while wins and losses are not the best way to judge a pitcher … the overall performance is and the young right-hander has struggled. Coleman is 0-3 in his last three starts with a 6.89 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

Casey Coleman has more than struggled in his short time at Wrigley Field. Coleman has posted just one win in 11 games, eight starts, at home with an 8.93 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP. Casey has pitched much better on the road (5-4 in 15 games, 12 starts, with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP) and must start turning his performance at Wrigley around.

Today will be Coleman’s first career start against the Pirates. Casey faced Pittsburgh back on May 27 in a relief role … and retired the only batter he saw in a third of an inning of work.

Jose Tabata (0-1) in the only player on the Pirates roster that has faced Casey Coleman.

It has been a rough injury plagued season for Ross Ohlendorf. After spending a majority of the year on the shelf with a right shoulder strain, Ohlendorf is coming off back-to-back five inning starts against the Brewers and Astros.

Ohlendorf limited Houston to two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in his last outing and received a no decision in a 7-4 Pirates loss. Ohlendorf showed improvement and his looking to post his first win of the year this afternoon … and his first victory on the road since August 11, 2009 (Colorado)

Ross Ohlendorf is 0-1 in his two starts since returning from the DL with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.

Ohlendorf has faced the Cubs once this season … back in the third game of the season (April 3). Ohlendorf received a no decision in Matt Garza’s Cubs debut. The Cubs scored four runs on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings against Ohlendorf that Sunday afternoon.

Today will make the fifth start of Ohlendorf’s career against the Cubs … 1-0 in four starts with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP

Cubs Career Numbers against Ross Ohlendorf

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-8 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-9 with 2 triples and a walk
  • Tyler Colvin – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-1 with 3 walks
  • Carlos Pena – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-7 with 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-10 with a double, a triple, a home run and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-11 with a double

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Byrd – CF
    Colvin – RF
    Soto – C
    Coleman – P

    • Cheryl

      What a saste! Put LaHair in Soriano’s place and sit Byrd. Let Johnson take his place.

      • Cheryl

        Sorry should be What a waste!

      • Calicub

        I’d say let soriano keep playing he’s smacking longballs right now which only adds to his value this offseason… campy should be in center and lahair at first

        Campy
        Castro
        Ramirez
        Soriano
        Lahair
        Colvin
        Soto
        Barney
        Coleman

        Is what the line up should be imo

        • Calicub

          That’s a vey homegrown line as well..

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

          I actually think that it is a better idea for LaHair to start in LF against RH and let Soriano “rest his legs”.

          • Calicub

            I agree with getting LaHair reps wherever he can fit in I just think being able to move soriano in the offseason would be so beneficial to this team. Especially since Pena will be returning there is no spot for LaHair aside from a bench bat but with Sori out of the equation things start to look up for LaHair or as has been the story in the past, a shinny new free agent to patrol the left field ivy

          • Tony_Hall

            There is no guarantee that Pena is coming back.  The GM, might have different ideas, than Pena.

          • cubtex

            We agree again. You can’t assume who will or won’ t be back without knowing who the gm will be.

        • paulcatanese

          I like Soriono, he is just an old man playing out his string, but he does give a lot of effort,just not talented any longer. But I would say that keeping him in the outfield to somehow add to his value is not valid. Are you saying their is at least one general manager out there that has not heard of Soriono or what his track record is? His continued play at this time will not add value, he has had his comback season this year, and I dont know what more he could do to bring any additional value to the table. The only reason for him to play at all is to reward him for his effort, be it a small one in many eyes, but he does what his abilities let him do. Unfortunatly for him the Cubs are not in a position to let him play the string out, as well as Byrd(who by the way, has an enormous opinion of himself) change or seeing what change can bring is paramount right now. These 20 some games are important for the future of the Cubs. It should be done carefully of course, but should be done. Find out what they have.

      • cmschube

        I totally agree. I can understand not being a doormat to some of the teams in playoff contention. But, come on, these no-meaning games (Pirates) are the best opportunities to get some of the younger guys (LeHair, et al.) to see with what kind of MLB talent your working. Bringing these guys up as bench warmers completely defeats the purpose!! The guy won MVP of AAA for Pete’s sake! While it’s well documented that he’s a AAAA player at best, he’s more than earned the opportunity to play.

        I really don’t know which is worse, not playing him, or PUBLICLY telling everyone he’s not gonna play. Pretty much a slap in the face.

        The abomination continues.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Ohlendorf: 1 win in his last 29 starts, and that one win was against the Cubs.
    I figure it will be all the Cubs can do to pull this one out, what with Coleman starting. This is surely a battle of champions!

  • Ripsnorter1

    I figure LaHair gets less that 36 AB. QQuade just isn’t going to give him any AB. I don’t expect more than 6 starts for the month. I really expect less–probably 4 starts. One at SS; one at C; one at P; and one at 2B. You know QQuade–“play ‘em out of position so that they will fail. That’s what I always say,” says QQuade.

    • Calicub

      You’d think someone like Quade would be trying to preserve his job and prove his worth to to the future in the organization, because after this gig is up quade will never have an mlb head coach again, but all he’s proven is that he has no sense. I just can’t imagine his thought process is so distorted that he thinks what he is doing is right but at the same time who in their right minds would ignore the statements of the owner and the guy signing your paychecks who has more than clearly said that the future of this organization lies in development of the youth for future championships.

      I just pray to God Ricketts hasn’t done the we fire you now but you can stay and make critical decisions regarding the future of this organization until you actually leave despite you having no value. But at the same time it would be nice to see ricketts take charge and do something with a little pinache, juevos, stones, guts, w/e.

    • Cheryl

      Right on Rip! I wonder if LaHair ever pitched? Q will probably think its safe to put him in in placr of Colvin. We’ve seen so little of Campy lately that i’d almost forgotten about him. Probably what Q wanted, Campy could take the centerfield position.

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

    I am not defending not playing Lahair much but I do understand why Pena needs to play first and it goes back to what Paul was talking about. If Lahair is as bad defensively as what I heard the amount of errors on our infield are going to sky rocket with him at first. It would actually do more damage to Castro and Barney to have to throw to him. Remember we are not only trying to get our kids comfortable at the big league level but also trying to make C & B more trusting in there skills and just reacting instead of over thinking and rushing trying to be spectacular.

    That being said I do think he is going to play about 50 AB’s worth in between pinch hitting and getting time at 1st and LF. The only problem is that probably means Campana is going to get less time as there are only so many positions he can actual play with out killing us defensively. We will know more of what we are going to see on Tuesday when the Triple A season is over.

    • Cheryl

      I’m not up on how good or bad LaHair is at first base, but he can’t be any worse than Soriano in Left Field. Not I had him taking Soriano’s place not Pena’s.

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

        One of the blogs this last week said he would be as bad as Soriano in LF. Just think of what you saw with Belt in LF in SF this weekend or Prado playing  LF in ATL. There are a couple guys that are A LOT worse than Soriano and that says a lot about SF’s struggles.

      • cubtex

        This team is terrible defensively. LaHair is not an option next year in lf….so why play hin there now? Believe it or not but LaHair is not an upgrade defensively over Soriano.

    • roseyc

      at this point your worried if he’s going to make errors. This is the worst fielding team next to Houston. Were loosing and it doesn’t make any difference if we don’t win anymore games. The only one that cares if we win is Quade

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

        No I am worried about a total loss of confidence in the up the middle defense that we are trying to build. Not his errors but the mental aspect and trust of Castro and Barney can not be thrown away to see if a 4A player is more than we think he is. You have to think long term and this month can do a lot more damage than most of us realize.

        The difference between being an everyday player in the majors and being a bench guy is so small like has been said time and time again ” ability gets you to the majors and confidence keeps you there”.

    • Tom U

      Bryan LaHair defensive stats

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=3a213521

      Carlos Pena defensive stats

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHC/2011.shtml

      Fielding percentage and range factor pretty much identical

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

        Yeah I looked at them the other day. That is why I put the from what I heard and it was from a guy that works as a ADV for the Cards that was explaining to me about Lahairs defense at 1st.

  • Aaron

    Cheryl….and really anyone else that wants youth in the lineup….Are you really all that surprised?

    Quade, after all, said the Cubs were “still very much in the race” when they were 20+games under .500

    The guy is delusional, and does what’s best for HIM…..NOT the players, and certainly NOT the organization’s future.

    I called this, just like I called what this year would look like….Quade will ride the vets down the stretch, just as he did last year, and he’ll use the same damn excuse, “we’re playing contenders, and it’s not right to play rookies, blah blah blah”

    But this year is different, because even the veterans have quit on him, and they’re not near as good down the stretch for him as they were last year.

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

      I actually agree with you on the idea that Quade is still in CYA mode and is not going to play very many of the kids that come up unless Ricketts say play them or pack your bags. Man that would be a good memo to read on the bullets wire.

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

      Got a question for you Aaron. What do you think are the chances that we send a couple of the guys from Triple A down to Tennessee on Tuesday after the season ends to help in the playoffs? I do not know if that is legal or not but it seems like a good idea for the guys that need to get some more time in and are not on the 40 man yet.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Richard, I know you asked Aaron but as I’ve mentioned I think that is a possibility for Flaherty, LeMahieu and even Jackson. It can be done and the Cubs have done that in the past. It would still give Jackson a break, plus all three helped put the Smokies in the post-season. I also like the idea of those three playing … instead of sitting.

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

          Thank you Neil.

          I was thinking of Rousin, Struck, Jay Jackson, Marwin Gonzalez and Flaherty that way they kept playing and didn’t have to be added to the 40 man to get an extended look against better teams.

          • Dorasaga

            That’s like music in my ears. Young (and true) talents need to be tried. Facing better competition is the best way to keep them challenged to not “ride the pine,” like these vets and Q’s Way.

  • cubs1967

    what has been the explanation for brett jackson???……….really??

    ricketts is about as baseball stupid as you can find.

    as someone who has not attended 1 game since his incompetent ownership; i was ready to go see jackson w/ castro, colivn, barney, campy, lahair, soto, etc; but NOW i’m more mad than ever…………which says alot about this team.

    here’s the lineup it should be………becuz what the hell—right??

    ss castro
    lf campy
    cf jackson
    3b ramirez
    1b lahair
    rf colvin
    c soto
    2b barney

    hello tommy boy??????????

    103 yrs and counting…………there is NO grace period.

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

      As was reported yesterday Jackson is going to be playing on the Pan American team in October and the Cubs would want him to rest his still injured hand that will not totally heal until the offseason. The idea of being on the National team is to much of an honor for Jackson to pass up. Even if it means he will not be called up or play in the AFL.

      • paulcatanese

        To me Richard being on the National team far outweighs him being called up to the Cubs where he will have very limited playing time afforded him.
        Ha, he can always come up to the Cubs and sit, but he can not always be named to the National team and play. No contest, I go to the National team.

    • Aaron

      I actually understand the reasoning….not starting his clock, and not using a spot to protect him on the 40-man when you could otherwise use it to protect someone like Lake, Beliveau, M. Gonzalez, etc., guys that almost surely will be selected.

      Plus, the incoming GM will need roster flexibility for free agents.

      By calling up names like LeMahieu, Dolis, Gaub, Carpenter, etc., that Neil mentioned…those guys are already on the 40-man roster, so you get to see what they do against MLB competition without having to boot anyone off.

      That being said, the Cubs could also move Marcos Mateo to the 60-day DL, and they have a lot of players possibly falling off after the season anyway like:
      Berg
      Caridad
      Grabow
      Lopez
      Ortiz
      Zambrano
      Schlitter
      Smit
      Hill
      Baker
      DeWitt
      Montanez
      Johnson

      They could have as many as 13 open slots that are no-brainers in my opinion to be dropped, or not re-signed. If Hendry were still around, over half of those listed would be back with the team, but a new GM will be far more objective, and I can’t see any reason those guys would be back with the team.

      I also think guys like Berg, Caridad, Ortiz, and Smit should be removed immediately to allow for guys like Beliveau, M. Gonzalez, Flaherty, etc. to get a shot in September, but that will never happen with Randy Bush, who essentially is a clone of Hendry.

      • cubs1967

        it’s backwards thinking at it’s best………..jackson is not any prospect; he is the #1 prospect, who should start in CF in 2012.  by not having him face real MLB pitching in real games; who the future GM could see footage of; the cubs are banking on spring training games; which as everyone knows should have 2 sets of stats; those against 25 man roster competitiion and those not…..plus it is spring training.  and what does the new GM do now; assume he;ll be ready and trade bryd???………….

        we are not the rays; who need to delay the clock………..this is a team that is 20 games below .500; worse than the pirates and still will draw 3M fans.

        this is stupid………as is pena not given to the yanks, Z released, Quade launched………….yeah; we’re gonna get dan evans or mike rizzo (who just gave out the next Sori contract in Werth).

        OUCH!

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

          Your the same guy that said that Hendry wasn’t going anywhere so your prognostic skills are very much in doubt.

           The reason that Jackson is not coming up this year is because there are a good amount of our guys that are going to be rule V draft eligible so we need the spots as Aaron pointed out. It actually makes sense when you are talking about a prospect that is NOT HEALTHY. He has other stuff to do and you have no idea how ready he is if his hand gets inflamed again like it did the last week of July  (remember when he was having problems adjusting to Triple A pitching). Why take a chance killing a kids confidence and making everyone think that he is this or that just to make an cynical fan base look like you are doing something?

          We have seen far to many guys that could not make the adjustments to major league pitching at first and almost kill there careers before they start. Why are you in such a hurry to have one more when it is smarter for him to sit and heal?

          • cubs1967

            Find me my post on JH …..it does not exist. Please pay attention.

          • cubs1967

            He hit 9 homers in AAA ……. Look at the calendar …. It’s sept. Not July…. U think he hit 9 singers with a bad hand ??

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

            Yes he hit 9 hr’s with a bad hand. Not injured but hurt. It was a an injury that will not heal until he rests it. That should be in November but it is enough of a concern to keep an eye on.

  • Jdarby

    I love Quade’s comment that “history may work against” LaHair … no kidding history may work against him … the history that Quade won’t play anyone that could provide help in the future!

    • TedTop16

      If Quade was a winner we could all laugh at his “Yogi” type comments. Unfortunately, his comments prove that he is in over his head. Ricketts may as well stand back and watch the idiots run the asylum for the rest of the year. Unfortunatley, we are not even good comedy.

  • paulcatanese

    After reading all of the comments below there is a strong bond that Qua is not doing his job (in our eyes) and continues to waste away youth. My conclusion is the more we complain about this guy is right up his alley. I would be hard pressed to think he dosent read papers, blogs or anything else that has his name attatched. He is one iron headed, stubborn individual with his views. Beyond that, he knows he’s not coming back, is disliked, and the only satisfaction he can derive out  of all of this is to p##s the public off, and the way to do that is exactly what he is doing, I believe he could care less about what is going to happen with the future of the Cubs as he will likely not be a part of that future, but one thing for sure he will be everlasting in the memory of Cub fans that realize the opportunity that is being thrown away by this person and will rise to one of the most dis liked managers of all time.

    • Cheryl

      You’re probably right, Paul. He could care less. The only thing that matters to him is he gets wins. We look at the Cubs as a whole. He looks at the future for Mike Quade. That’s understandable. But if he is thinking of what happens after this season he might take a look at how he is viewed if he works with the rookies rather than against them. But maybe he can’t see that. Maybe he’s so wrapped up with the idea of wins that he’ll never see it.

  • Ryan7

    You know I have read on here over the last few days that Barney is looking like part of the Indians team. I think that’s funny.

    1. He is a rookie
    2. How many times did Ryno bat in the .280’s
    3. Starlins has more errors than Barney

    I get everyone’s frustrations on how this team as played, but everyone seems to think that every player has to hit over .300 and field % should be .1000. News flash Istanbul not going to happen. Why pick on Barney when he is not the reason this team sucks. Barney is the 2nd best player on the team. Point the gun at LF,RF,CF,3B,1B AND C. THEY ARE WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE. AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE STARTING PITCHING. SS AND 2B ARE THE ONLY ONES I WOULD KEEP ON THIS TEAM AND GARZA

  • paulcatanese

    If LaHair is such a bad defensive player, and I dont doubt the source, why is he still in the Cub system? Granted one dosent come around very often with the amount of power he displays, but if his glove is what it is said to be, his only future with the Cubs would be as a pinch hitter or as trade bait with an American Leauge club, where he can be used as a dh. Pinch hitters off the bench are a special breed and if he can fill the bill he has a spot or he needs to be traded.

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

      You seem to think that every player at every level of the minors is going to be a “prospect” that is not the case. There have been a number of guys through the years that have made themselves from horrible to servicable defensive guys that came up as all hit no glove guys. They always seem to end up as 1st baseman and LF’ers.

      • paulcatanese

        Richard I guess I just look at the positive as to why they signed in the first place, I do agree that a good bat will have every effort made to find a spot for that bat. But my point with LaHair is I think he is at the end of his string and if he’s so bad defensivly another decision is to be made. I would for one not want to see him at first base for obvious reasons with Castro and Barney throwing balls over there. In LaHair’s case, left field would be the logical choice and hope that not much is hit that way, play deep and close to the center fielder for help, bout the only way it could be done.

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

          Hey StL has pulled these guys out once a year for the last 10 years and made them work more times than not.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This just in … from Bruce Levine: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts gives VP of minor leagues Oneri Fleita a new 4 year contract.

    • cubtex

      Good move!

      • Cheryl

        Slowly, but surely Ricketts is making some good moves. Fielta has done an excellent job and deserves the new contract. I’m looking forward to his other moves, especially with the GM.

        • Anonymous47701

          Now that you mentioned it, I think heard the Cubs have extended Fleita to a new contract. Not to mention that Tim Wilken wants to stick around and help out as well. Good News, don’t ya think?

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

      If there is any doubts that TR is now the team president as well as chairman this should tell you. I just hope that this does not make it harder to get the right GM if he has to accept Fleita with out a say in it.

      • Cheryl

        The new GM may agree with this move. Oneri has had a good reputation. If he worked closely with the scouts and Wilken in this year’s draft he may have solidified his reputation with RRicketts.

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

          Yes but his love is not universal. There may be a GM that would want to put his own guys over the scouting and development.

    • Ryan7

      SHOULDN’T THAT BE THE NEW GM’S MOVE TO MAKE?

  • paulcatanese

    Watching well over 120 games this year of the Cubs there hasnt been a whole lot to cheer about besides Castro and Barney. One thing looms large for me and that is the Cubs home games have the most attractive ladies in the stands of all of the stadiums I have seen this year.Then again with the team thats on the field I am thankful for the beautiful shots of the cameraman thruout the game. Gotta have something to cheer for this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Byrd grounds out to short, with the bases loaded, to end the inning …

  • Larry

    Why does it seem that every time Byrd is up with runners on that he grounds out to short…oh that’s right, that’s because it is all he does with runners on.

    • paulcatanese

      Even the rbi he got was on a ground ball to short.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good turn by the kids to double up Harrison

  • paulcatanese

    Another brilliant at bat by Byrd with the bases loaded, I guess it was an improvement, the ground ball took less bounces. Keeps him at 25 RBI,s
    good thing Fukudome is gone, Byrd would be dead last in RBI’s.

  • cubtex

    That 2 strike swing by Colvin was ridiculous! Can soneone get thru that head of his to shorten his swing with 2 strikes and put the bat on the ball!

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

      Now you should not say that about Colvin he deserved to be the starting RF this year according to this board. Performance has nothing to do with it. It is all about being young baby.

      What is really sad is I just had this conversation with a HS kid after he got pulled for doing the exact same thing. hmmm wonder why that works at the high school level and not the pro’s.

      • cubtex

        I don’t know about that….but I have seen enough of Colvin to know there is no way he should be considered to be in the mix for a starting job next year. 2nd at bat….same as first!

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

          It was sarcasm. I have no idea how Colvin made it through the off season as a Cub let alone was penciled in some peoples line up. It shows that the fan base is still stuck in the Glen Allen Hill cycle of man can he hit it a long way.

      • Dorasaga

        ‘Cuz Colvin was a Round 1 draft who could hit one yards?

        Let’s face it, the scouts must had a good reason to keep him here, but well, performance is everything with the pro., and I’m not happy with this Cubbie lineup that shows no patient, and Colvin is not helping at all.

        • cubtex

          First round or not….I have never seen more excuses for a player hitting less than .150 Quade ruined him Pinella ruined him. His confidence was ruined by. …fill in the blank. Let’s quit making excuses for this kid and let his results speak for himself.

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

            Its all Hendry’s fault. That is the easy scape goat to all our problems now.

      • paulcatanese

        Probably because the High School kid is being paid in Hershey Bars.

    • Anonymous47701

      Colvin has alot of work to do in next season, as long as Q-tip doesn’t return. He should get together with Rudy Jaramillo in the offseason and learn how to  not only shorten his swing ,as you just mentioned, but hit the ball up the middle of the field and go opposite field instead of just pulling the ball everytime.

  • paulcatanese

    The wife watching tv had the movie Casino on. I told her “thats been on so many times” she said to me no different than you watching the Cubs, they are on so many times and just like the movie,”nothing changes, still the same year in and out”.

  • Dorasaga

    IBB Cedeno? LOL I bet he wouldn’t get this while with the Cubs…

  • Dorasaga

    There were some rare and weird balls all over Wrigley Field the these two days. There was that rare line drive by Presley yesterday. It hit the bottom of the net, exactly there. I never saw that… at least not in recent years what I can recall.

    And then there was that Barney grounder along the third-base line that jumped under the man and bounced over his head from the bag.

    There must be a curse by Wrigley, who said: If I can’t buy a World Series with washed-up veterans and bad management, neither can you, Ritcketties.

  • cubtex

    Again….Q wasting Campana in the 6th in a 1 run game. What is so hard to understand when you have a weapon like Campana with his speed…you save him till the 8th or 9th to pintch run.

    • paulcatanese

      And Campana made the biggest mistake of all, he hit the ball hard, on the ground but hard.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Colvin’s misplayed ball leads to a blown save for Kerry Wood.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs and Pirates in rain delay in bottom of seventh. Cubs just took a 2-run lead on a 2B by Alfonso Soriano. Two on, no outs, 2-2 count on Tyler Colvin.

  • Dorasaga

    Dave Van Dyck is in the booth. I haven’t read the Tribunes for analysis for a while. Somehow, I like what I’m hearing: “What Tom Ricketts told me…” More statistically-oriented mind. Why not. No change, no reward.

    • Dorasaga

      He’s giving Sandberg credit for recommending Barney. Hmm.

      • Ryan7

        HE IS A ROOKIE FOR HEAVENS SAKE. RYNO HIMSELF HAS HIT IN THE .280’S AND HAS HAD A BAD YEAR ON THE FIELD. CASTRO HAS MORE ERRORS THAN BARNEY. NOT EVERY PLAYER ON THE FIELD IS GOING TO HIT .300 OR HAVE A .1000% FIELDING

        BARNEY IS A ROOKIE AND IS DOING A DAMN GOOD JOB OF IT. HE’S BETTER THAN OUR LF,RF,CF, AND OUR C.

        CUT HIM SOME SLACK.

      • paulcatanese

        Heard that and he praised Barney as well. But obvious he likes Sandberg.

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to the Boise Hawks. With an 8-2 victory over Vancouver in the final game of the regular season today, they qualify for the Northwest League playoffs.

    Boise will face the Tri-City Dust Devils on Monday.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs announced they will try to resume play at 4:10

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Play ball …

  • SO LONG Q

    D-LEE!!

    BYE BYE Q!!!

    • John G

      It didn’t even get a “speechless”. I guess it no longer is.

      It’s a way of Life.

    • Mike1040

      Moron Qball and Mr. Inconsistent strike again. (sigh)
      Geez, how many times this year have they done this?? Doesn’t anyone notice when he walks two or three or hits a few batters??
      Please Mr. Ricketts, make it stop. 

  • paulcatanese

    Is that retribution for a broken wrist or not ? And of course after the fact, Qua is starting someone to warm up. Bases were already loaded for Lee, why the wait?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost to Pirates 7-5 on Saturday afternoon.

    Carlos Marmol served up a grand slam to Derrek Lee in the ninth … and blew his ninth save of the year.

    Casey Coleman: 2R, 1ER, 6H, 3BB, 6K, 6IP; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-3, 2B, SAC, 4 RBI; Aramis Ramirez: 2-for-3,HBP, BB, 3R; Carlos Pena: 1-for-1, 2B, HBP, 3BB, R

  • paulcatanese

    No hits again for Byrd and only rbi came on a ground ball again to short, his best at bat was getting hit by a pitch. Why with Byrds record is there not a pinch hitter for him? I forgot, he is a vet, and I cannot remember when a vet was pinch hit for, only rookies and I believe Hill, one time all year. Then again Byrd should not be out there to begin with. Two games and counting, LaHair still sits.

  • Dorasaga

    Same old, same old… Good that I left this game and watched Brandon McCarthy shutting down the Mariners with his 9th K fooling Ichiro and ended the 8th.

    This guy is amazing. All his suffering seasons with the South Side and Rangers were put in the rear mirror as he learned crafty: Top five in least pitches per inning after this game (14.8 pitches, that’s less than Roy Halladay who stands at 15.0) and averaging 7 innings pitched per game. That’s efficiency and effectiveness, both tough vocabs in the Cubs Dictionary.

    People were telling me if we let go of Demp and all those retro vets, we have no one in the rotation. I say, sign him. Or, someone like him. There are a lot of good projects like this out there. The new GM simply needs to look for one.

  • Marvin Ferguson

    Cub record 59—79. That’s not good.  Why do they play like underdogs? But underdogs can become winners (http://bit.ly/qd7xoi) just like other people. I’m confident that next year will be a better year for the Cubs. Go Cubs Go. I’m still a diehard Cub fan.i