Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 04/07/12

Game Two: Cubs (0-1) vs. Nationals (1-0)
Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/901
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Gio Gonzalez (0-0, -.–/-.–)

Updated 11:44am CDTRodrigo Lopez added to Cubs 40-man roster and activated for Saturday’s game. Cubs have not announced corresponding roster move or moves.

Updated 12:07pm CDTCubs Selected Contract of Rodrigo Lopez from Triple-A Iowa, added to 40-man roster and 25-man roster. Luis Valbuena outrighted off 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A Iowa.

Dale Sveum’s team will shoot to bounce back from Opening Day’s loss and put up their first win of the season behind Matt Garza. Many expected Garza to face Stephen Strasburg in the first game of the season. Ryan Dempster set the tone for the rotation and Garza gets a very difficult assignment of his own facing Gio Gonzalez in his Nationals’ debut.

During his pre-game show Thursday, Dale Sveum said Bryan LaHair would not be in the starting lineup this afternoon with the southpaw on the hill. LaHair is expected to be available off the bench and is slated to make his first start of the season on Sunday. Look for Jeff Baker at one of the corner infield spots.

Rodrigo Lopez is expected to be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster at some point this weekend. Lopez left the Iowa Cubs on Friday to re-join the big league team.

Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Opening Day and has reached base safely in the last 41 games he’s played.

The second game of the season all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off a very good first year with the Cubs. Garza posted a 10-10 record with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 31 starts. Garza struck out 197 batters in 198 innings with 63 walks. Garza is the best starter in the Cubs rotation.

According to various reports and rumors, the Cubs have discussed a contract extension with Matt Garza and his agents and also spent the winter listening to offers for the 28-year old right hander. Garza likes Chicago and playing for the Cubs and would like to stay. The speculation is that it would take an extension similar to the one John Danks signed over the off-season (five years, $65 million) to keep Garza in blue pinstripes.

Matt Garza was very good at Wrigley last season. In 17 starts, Garza was 5-4 with two complete games and posted a 2.46 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP while holding batters to a .225 average.

This afternoon is Garza’s fourth career start against the Nationals. Garza is 0-1 in the first three with a 7.90 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP … last season, 0-1 in two starts with a 10.13 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP (one bad start in Washington just before the break … seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in two innings)

Nationals Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Roger Bernadina – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Mark DeRosa – 2-for-3 with a home run
  • Ian Desmond – 0-for-4
  • Danny Espinosa – 2-for-5
  • Xavier Nady – 2-for-8 with a home run
  • Wilson Ramos – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Jayson Werth – 3-for-7 with a home run and a walk
  • Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-7

The Nationals acquired Gio Gonzalez from the A’s in the off-season along with Robert Gilliam for A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Tom Milone and Brad Peacock. The Nationals then turned around and signed Gonzalez to a five-year, $42 million deal that includes a club option and a player option for 2017 and 2018.

Gio Gonzalez was 16-12 in 32 starts for Oakland last season with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP … on the road, 6-7 in 15 starts with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Gonzalez makes his second career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Lou Piniella’s lineup put up six runs on eight hits in five innings against Gonzalez on June 16, 2010 (0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP).

Cubs Career Numbers against Gio Gonzalez

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-3
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-1
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-8 with a home run
  • Bryan LaHair – 0-for-1
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-1 with a double and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-1 with a double and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Johnson – RF
    Mather – 3B
    Castro – SS
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – 1B
    Soto – C
    Byrd – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Garza – P

    • John_CC

       Wow.  Now that’s a lineup that leaves one a little uneasy…or maybe queasy is what I’m feeling.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rodrigo Lopez is in the Cubs clubhouse and is expected to be activated prior to today’s game. Sounds like they are trying to sneak Luis Valbuena through waivers.

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Jose Rosario
    Daytona – Hayden Simpson
    Tennessee – Dallas Beeler
    Iowa – Chris Rusin

    Today’s spotlight game: Daytona v. Brevard County
    Former First Round Pick Hayden Simpson takes the mound after a disappointing 2011. Can Simpson and the D-Cubs’ offense prevail against the Milwaukee Brewers 2011 First Round pick Jed Bradley?

    Impressions from last night:

    Anthony Rizzo moves well for a big man.

    Speaking of moving well, Brett Jackson made a triple look easy yesterday. Had the I-Cubs not been down by 3, an attempt at an inside-the-park homer may have been in order.

    Although Frank Batista doesn’t have overpowering stuff, he may have the “it” factor as a closer. 

    With his 9 strikeout performance, it may be time to keep a closer eye on PJ Francescon.

    • cubs1967

      and the triple by bjax was to LF; not RF so the throw in from the OF was on the short side……..plus he crushed it off left-hander…..

      • cubtex

        Iowa will be fun to watch and keep track of early in the year!

    • Texcubnut

      Tom, I’ll be interested to see how all these starters do. I have a feeling Rusin and Beeler could be very, very important to Cubs future. I’ll be listening!

  • Steven Petty

    WOW.  Game 2 and already we are making changes to our lineup!  Is this due to Gio being a lefty?  

    What about Lannan?  Anymore word?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No updates on Lannan … Sveum said Thursday he would be doing the lineup like this today against the southpaw.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Hey guys, I haven’t posted much for a while, (used to be just Trevor but now is full name using FB login).  My grandpa, who was a die hard Cubs fan, passed away last July during the season.  Even after his sight and hearing had gone in his later years he had a speaker by his recliner that was up full blast so he could listen to every game.  In his last hours, he would pass in and out of consciousness and ask “what’s the count” or “how many outs?”  I watched so much Cubs baseball with my grandpa it was too painful to keep watching the end of last season on t.v.  But I still checked this site everyday and I really appreciate the job Neil and all the other contributors do on here.  

    I’m looking forward to watching this season, even though it will be rough one most likely.  I know Grandpa is watching every game from heaven with Ron, both of them pain free for the first time in a long time.

    Go Cubbies!    

    • Texcubnut

      God bless you, your family and your grandpa. Good to hear from you and I second your  Go Cubbies!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Trevor, I am really glad to hear from you. You were one of the originals I was thinking about on Opening Day.

      I am so sorry for your loss but I know your Grandpa has really good seats to watch his favorite team play.

    • http://twitter.com/MattWeaverSBN Matt Weaver

      Hey Trevor!

      Matt Haggard here. Sorry about your loss but it’s really good to see you here too!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rodrigo Lopez added to Cubs 40-man roster and activated for Saturday’s game. Cubs have not announced corresponding roster move or moves.

  • cubtex

    Wind Blowing out to left with a lefy on the hill.. I am predicting Soriano’s first HR of the year!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs Selected Contract of Rodrigo Lopez from Triple-A Iowa, added to 40-man roster and 25-man roster. Luis Valbuena outrighted off 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A Iowa

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was an excellent play by Castro … just a little late on the throw.

  • cubtex

    For those who are outside of Chicago……MLBExtra Innings is showing the game free today. If you have cable check it out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 13 games
    with 1st inning single. Castro has reached base safely in last 42
    games he’s played.
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs off and running today … ran into a run in the first

  • cubtex

    Love the aggressive baserunning!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Poor at bat by Soto … Gonzalez is frustrated and Soto swings at first pitch.

    • Aaron

      you watch…that AB could very well be the difference in this game

      • cubtex

        They will get more opportunitues.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza 1-2-3 in the second on 8 pitches, 6 strikes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Well that at bat didn’t go well for Barney..geesh.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed with a two-out, two-run triple …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Nice piece of hitting Reed!  Alright!  

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Mather with a single … Reed scored.

  • Josh

    Anyone know what is going on at Triple A? There are currently 26 players listed for the active roster – I thought the maximum was 24.

    • Tom U

      There will probably be a roster move before tonight’s game. Will post if I hear anything.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice (ugly) catch by Soriano to end the fifth

  • cubtex

    Smart pitch by Garza…..he noticed the wind shifted and decided to hang a curve to Desmond so he can rip one into the wind.. :)

    • cubtex

      Very lucky to get away with that pitch.

    • http://twitter.com/Golfnut70Bob OttawaBob

      As Neil likes to say ….well played !!! LOL

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good start for Garza … leaves with a 2-run lead.

    • cubtex

      Yes. Didn’t have his best stuff but he battled! Let’s hopefully get some positive innings out of the bullpen!

  • cubtex

    With Barney leading off the inning with a single….why not pull LaHair back and let DeJesus bat and bunt Barney over to 2nd with top of order coming up.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Defense …

      Would not be surprised to see DeJesus in right soon with Johnson moving to left.

      • cubtex

        Good point. I just mentioned DeJesus because he is one of the better bunters. I thought they should have tried to play for a run there in a 4-2 game. They could have used DeWitt then.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I’ll give you DeWitt, good call on that one.

    • calibri

      Not a bad idea, but probably just wanted to get LaHair an AB today

      • cubtex

        You got to manage to win the game first.

        • calibri

          Damn.  May not be possible with this bullpen.

  • cubtex

    Nice inning by Dolis.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good inning for Dolis

  • cubs1967

    horrid at-bat by lahair………just like all ST…….no patience.

    hasn’t seen game action for a week and swings at one over his head for a pop-up.

    geez…………

  • cubs1967

    and……………..a long drive..back-back-back………..HR!

    and this is why any pitcher that does not get 10IP in ST; should not be on the roster………………what the hell was bosio and/or sveum thinking with wood!

    • BosephHeyden

      I’d say they were thinking it’s either let the guy who’s done this long enough that he should know his body well enough to determine his start-of-season readiness give himself the green light or place Wood on the DL to start the season, go with one of the minor league options they have, and either waste another starter in the bullpen or waste on option on one of their few relievers.

      Wood was the only real option…they just shouldn’t have him as the setup man right now.

      • cubs1967

        they don’t know what the fuc* they are doing; that’s the reality.
        same shi* all over again this year……….garza pitches his ass off and cubs are gonna lose.
        same crappy pen…….no D…..can’t hit………..

        theo and jed are full of BS……….

        103 yrs and be patient………….2 games in and i’m already done watching this crap………..

        lose with the kids or don’t play the season………..
        Cubs fans deserve better…………time for Ricketts to apologize.

        • cubs1967

          i said 62-100…………

          right now………..52-110……..

          wow!!!!!!!!!!!!………….can there be a worse start to “the future of the cubs” as ricketts said in friday’s newspaper………

          • Last_ginger

            Leave this site or stop the crying.

          • cubs1967

            Cyber bully?

  • BosephHeyden

    And after two quick outs, Kerry Wood is not helping his season.  And, unless the Cubs score quite a bit in the bottom of the eighth, I might skip the ninth inning.

  • cubtex

    Where is James Russell? Put him in against LaRoche!

    • cubtex

      What is Sveum thinking?

  • http://twitter.com/MattWeaverSBN Matt Weaver

    Seen this movie before.

    Old Kerry Wood just isn’t as dominating as the old Kerry Wood.

    I wish I could pop in at a better time – how’s it going everyone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      I thought Wood and Marmol were supposed to be our strengths this year?  Obviously early, but man this is frustrating.

    • http://twitter.com/MattWeaverSBN Matt Weaver

       The same could likely be said for Carlos Marmol.

      And allow me to answer my own question – “pins and needles.”

    • cubtex

      This is on Sveum! Russell should have been brought in to face LaRoche right after Zinmerman’s broken bat base hit!

  • BosephHeyden

    Remember what I said about skipping the ninth?  I think I might want to skip the rest of the eighth, too.  So far, it isn’t even the bullpen being the problem:  it’s just Wood and Marmol.

    • BosephHeyden

       I dislike Bob Brenley sometimes.  Bob says “Marmol’s doing really good, throwing nothing but fastballs away, staying away from that flat slider.”

      Next two pitches?  Flat slider fouled off followed by a flat slider turned into a two-RBI single.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      Ugh.  Going to go take a nap and sleep off two days of blown wins.

  • cubtex

    Demoralizing!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MattWeaverSBN Matt Weaver

    And just like that, I’m heading off to work.

    Sorry guys. I just don’t have the same patience I used to.

    This is disgusting.

  • cubtex

    This game was on Sveum! Very poor job of managing!

    • cubs1967

      Ryno??????……….

      anyone know his number………..

    • Tony_Hall

      What about Wood and Marmol doing their jobs?  I don’t disagree on Russell there, but 2 outs nobody on, and 5 runs score because Wood and Marmol can’t get 1 out.

    • BosephHeyden

       Why?  Because he didn’t randomly throw in a left hander into a late game situation?  You’ve got a setup guy because he’s supposed to be the eighth inning, high pressure situation guy.  He fails, you go with your closer, because he’s supposed to be the guy that doesn’t fail.  He fails, you pull the plug ASAP.

      Sveum did all those things.  Throwing in James Russel to face one guy in the eighth is not a good move, because if Russel fails to get that one out, you’re down an extra pitcher and still have to go to your closer.

      Wood couldn’t get his third guy out.  Marmol couldn’t get ANYONE out, and in fact manager to throw the one pitch he had no business throwing, which killed this game.  They lost this.  Not Sveum.

      • cubs1967

        quade like excuses………..really……….

        • BosephHeyden

           Okay, let’s pretend that Russel did come in to face LaRoche.  Do you remember the last time LaRoche faced Russel?  I do.  NOTHING Russel threw fooled him.  Not a single pitch.  And it resulted in a pitch that was scolded for a double.  A relatively easy double.

          I remember that AB, but it literally only took me three seconds to look it up and see if Russel and LaRoche had any other previous meetings (they didn’t).  Those are things managers look at.  Besides that matchup, you also don’t give a lefty specialist his first batter of the season in the top of the eighth with two outs in a situation where the game could very well be on the line.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No excuses were being made, stating facts.

          • cubs1967

            excuses for why russell was not brought in………

            i’m quite sure i know one when i hear it.

            i’ve heard them since the early 1970′s on this team……….

            larussa was the KING of using 1 pitcher at a time………u know the mgr of the champs!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Do you expect him to just jump up and run out and pitch? There were two outs, no one on. The at bat in question was LaRoche.

            I know who Tony LaRussa is by the way. Thank you for the reminder.

      • cubtex

        Are you kidding? He didn’t put a pinch hitter to bunt Barney over with no outs in the 6th. He lets Wood face LaRoche instead of bringing in Russell and then he is forced to bring in Marmol who was rushed to warm up quickly.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      So let me make sure I understand you, Espinosa homers and Zimmerman hits the first pitch into right. Russell is not warming, after all there were two outs. And that is on Sveum? Please explain.

      • Tony_Hall

        This is on Woody and Marmol. 

      • cubtex

        I will be happy to Neil. They have a 1 run lead with 2 outs in the 8th after Espinosas HR. Zimmerman gets on first with a broken bat. LaRoche is up. You cannot walk him with Wood to move the tying run to scoring position. LaRoche already went yard today against Garza. Why in gods name do you not bring in a lefty to face LaRoche???? I would have bet my mortgage the would not have pinch hit for him with the day he had. I have played alot of games and that was not the right move! As I said…..this game was on Sveum!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Again, he was not warming up. Game is on the players, not the manager.

          • cubtex

            Who’s fault he was not warming up? It does not take a brain surgeon to play 1 batter ahead. LaRoche is terrible against lefthanded pitching. Once Morse comes back they are doing a DeRosa/LaRoche platoon at first. Let’s call it as it is. Sveum blew this game and did a poor job.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Let’s agree to disagree … thanks.

          • cubtex

            see below

          • Tony_Hall

            It would have been 3 batters ahead and with 2 outs in the 8th and it was 2 pitches from Espinosa HR and Laroche up.

            Espinosa HR and Zimmerman, broken bat hit, on back to back pitches then Laroche.

          • cubtex

            see below

          • cubtex

            as I said…with Wood struggling on opening day the way he did…no excuse that Sveum shouldn’t have had both Russell up and another righty after he gave up the homerun to Espo

      • cubs1967

        did wood walk 3 batter in a row yesterday??

        so dale quade just assumed wood would do the job…….

        well we all know what happens when we AssUMe…..

        and its’ also on wood and marmol………

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Again, Wood retired both batters he faced quickly and looked good doing so. This is game two … and your nicknames have gotten very old.

  • brent carmona

    ………………………

  • cubtex

    Another W taken away from Garza. I have read this book before. Another long year. Bring up the kids now!

    • Josh

      Maybe its time to move Dolis into the setup role. He looked pretty good.

      • Tony_Hall

        Maybe the closer’s role…

    • Josh

       Personally I would have brought Russell in over Marmol. He has never been great at 4 out saves.

      • BosephHeyden

        This was not a particularly well player game by Wood or Marmol, but this is also necessary for one big reason:  Sveum has seen that Wood is not good enough anymore to be the setup guy, and that Marmol has lost whatever it was he had before to the point where he is no closer.  Now it’s going to be on Sveum to test out his other options and get himself a setup man and closer that can actually get the job done and let Marmol and Wood start proving they still belong in the majors.

  • Aaron

    I’m sorry….I’m loving this though….I told you all so last year, and everyone got all pissy it seemed. And I told everyone this offseason, in terms of personnel, not much has changed, so expect the same result.

    I actually wanted Wood…so I”ll take the heat on that, but I wanted Marmol gone last year, much less during the offseason, and they ignorantly held onto him. He has an awful spring, but his last few spring games he gets through the outings unscathed, so he’s magically still annointed as the closer. 

    Now, I understand the team wanting to play him to get their money’s worth out of his contract, but facts are facts….he can’t throw strikes, and he’s a shell of the player he used to be….bottom line. 

    Again, I go back to management, and how they seem to be purposely tanking this season. Don’t doubt me….facts are before us. The draft has changed, and they acknowledged that. Compensation rules have changed, and they’ve acknowledged that as well. So how do you ensure you get the best picks? You lose…plain and simple. 

    The reason I believe this to be true is if “every opportunity to win is sacred”, then Marmol shouldn’t be closer, Baker, DeWitt, Johnson, Camp, and Rodrigo Lopez wouldn’t even be on a winning team..Sorry, but it’s true.

    • BosephHeyden

       I’ve had the sneaking suspicion you may not be far off with the the whole “Suck for Luck” philosophy for this year (get a team that gets in line for a high, potentially first round pick to improve the future of the team).  My question:  is there even a #1 overall pick available if/when they do get that pick that would be worth all of this?   I agree that they really didn’t do a lot to win this season, and it seems like these guys may give the Astros the run this year.  I just honestly can’t see a guy being draftable that would be able to contribute.  And, if Theo is going about this as a five year project, then he’s already failed, because most Cubs fans don’t have another five years of patience.

      Also, FYI, I agree with all those players except Reed Johnson, mainly because he hit .300 last season and has proven to be valuable to winning teams in the past.  I don’t necessarily think he should be an every day starter, but fourth or fifth outfielder?  Absolutely.

  • Baron_S

    Relax everybody :-)  — lets wait a while to get worked up…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       Thanks Baron …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-4 to Nationals on Saturday afternoon

    Matt Garza: 2R, 5H (HR), BB, 5K in 6IP; Kerry Wood: 3R, 3H, 0BB, K in .2IP; Carlos Marmol: 2R, 2H, 2BB, 0K, 0.0IP (did not retire a batter); Reed Johnson: 1-for-4, 3B, 2RBI, R; Starlin Castro: 2-for-5, 2 SB

  • BosephHeyden

    All you need to know about the Cubs besides that Marmol/Wood fiasco:  Jeff Baker, with two strikes, turned his back to “get out of harms way” from a slow breaking ball that hadn’t reached the plate yet for strike three.  Game.

  • cubtex

    Managers play percentages. Would any one argue that LaRoche hits righthanders better than lefthanders? It is mind boggling that after Wood struggled in the opener that Sveum does not have both a righthander up and lefthander up after Espinosa hit the homerun. LaRoche struggles badly against leftys. He had 1 at bat against Russell so you can throw that fact out the window. There are such things as mound visits to have a pitcher get a few more pitches. The infield and catcher can come out to talk to Wood. I like what Sveum did in spring training. I like the way Sveum has the Cubs be agggressive on the basepaths…but lets be objective. He lost this game. If he would have brought in Russell and LaRoche got him…that was still the right call! Just like it was the right call to pull Dempster on opening day.

    • Tony_Hall

      After Espinosa hit the HR you would have gotten the lefty up…

      That would have been too late, as Zimmerman got his broken bat hit on the first pitch.  No mound visits could have given that much time.

      We also don’t know that Russell would have gotten Laroche with his 1-1 history.

      • cubtex

        what????? Russell had been throwing also an inning before. Do you not understand that you can stall a little as well.

        • cubtex

          you are not going to go there are you??? 1 at bat. Look at LaRoche’s career number against leftys….and more particularly….in April!

          • Tony_Hall

            No, just a little extra info, that might have made Sveum say I would rather stay with Woody.  What you are saying is he wasn’t prepared, but I am quite confident, he made the decision to stay with Woody.  Wood has to be able to get another out before more runs come in, in that situation.  

            The player failed to perform.

          • cubtex

            disagree 100%. Not after opening day. It was on Sveum

        • Tony_Hall

          Tex – Why do you always ask rhetorical questions?  I am quite confident everyone on this site knows that you can stall…a little.

          One pitch doesn’t give you much time, even with the catcher going out to the mound, Bosio going to the mound, Stewart going to the mound and Woody stepping off a couple of times….

          • cubtex

            Because you are using the argument that Russell cannot be ready in time if you have him up after the Espo homerun. As I said before….I called this as I was watching the game. It was a simple baseball move that Sveum was not prepared for. To let Wood face LaRoche there was not the proper move. If you poll 32 baseball managers…I am sure you would get the same answer I gave. Here is what gets me about many on here. People have opinions. I own my own business. I have 30 employees. Do I want a bunch of YES men/women in my company? I want thinkers! I want people who question decisions and possibly can make my company better! I hope the place you work is not like this site for alot of people who cannot ever go against anything Theo or any of Theo’s hires. Think my man! Use your own eyes. Make your own opinions. Your boss will appreciate it…I guarantee it!

          • Tony_Hall

            1st – Sveum was not prepared for making a move?  Get over yourself.  If you thought of it, they thought of it.  They pour over each team with a fine tooth comb, talking about every scenario.  They have more stats at their fingertips, than you could look up in hours, and I would bet, they know most of them for the team they are playing at the tip of their tongue.  Sveum has been talked about as one of the most prepared coaches/managers around.  And you say he wasn’t prepared.  I say it wasn’t a move they didn’t want to make.

            2nd – If you poll 32 baseball managers they would laugh at  you as, you are arm chair quarterbacking one of them.  Plus 32 people rarely agree on anything.

            3rd – You are now attacking me, as someone who doesn’t think?  Are you serious?  Have you read anything I have written over the years?  I can give you my resume, but frankly, since I or anyone else on here cares about yours, I doubt anyone would care about mine.  

            4th – My boss appreciates me just fine, without worrying about how I think about baseball.  Actually, he would probably like it if I thought a little less about baseball.

            We disagreed, Neil disagrees.  Many others disagree with you.  We don’t need to keep re-posting our same arguments, again and again, like we didn’t read it the first time.

            Agree to disagree and move on!

          • cubtex

            Managers make mistakes. Get over yourself with your stats and computers. He didn’t make the proper baseball move. He made the right decision on opening day….as I stated. Today he made a miatake and it cost them the game. How many mlb games has Sveum managed? What is his record? He has a long way to go to being called one of the most or best at anything

          • Tony_Hall

            Once again, I am not going to recite what I have already said.  

            I agree to disagree with you, keep making your case if you feel it is necessary.

          • cubtex

            One last thing. It is ok to question a Quade move from last year. A Pinella move from before that…..but now questioning a move Sveum makes is off limits because of the new front office? Ridiculous!

          • Tony_Hall

            Absolutely, you can question a move.  But your point is he was unprepared, not that he made a wrong move.

      • Mdwilson82

        Cubtex…it doesn’t seem like you understand. Are you listening or just ignoring the fact that Russel couldn’t have been ready in time. It’s just a simple fact. And it seems like your vendetta against Theo/Jed/Sveum is distorting your common sense baseball knowledge. I rarely post, but you are now arguing just to argue. Wood and Marmol had another bad outing each. It’s on them, and even they would tell you that. Sveum has put the team in position 2 games in a row to win, but was let down. It happens. It’s the beginning of the year. People are still working out kinks, getting warmed up for the long season. It sucks that we blew 2 leads in a row, but I don’t expect Wood and Marmol to keep that up, and if they do, they’ll throw someone else who can have better success. The fact of the matter is that it is WAY too earlier to be talking like you and some others are. Some people on this board are just too bitter towards the Cubs to even enjoy the games. Let the team work out the kinks and just relax. We have had two straight quality starts. We have had to straight leads into the 8th. All we need to do straighten up the pen. Look at some positives every now and then. And more importantly, please just allow yourself to enjoy the game every now and then.
         

        • cubtex

          I was managing the game as I was watching. I called that move before LaRoche got the hit against Wood. It was simple baseball strategy that Sveum did not make. This has nothing to do with anti Theo or anything else. I have played enough ballgames in my life to understand strategy. The fact is that Russell was warming up the inning before and he should have been warming up once Wood gave up the homer. You have to be prepared and Sveum not having anyone up was wrong…plain and simple.

    • Shawng1981

      WOOD AND MARMOL lost this game…. Now if Sveum doesnt change it up now, then we can start blaming him. But with the way wood got the first 2 hitters out quickly, where was the need to get Russell up? Dolis pitched well.. Give him a chance!

      • GaryLeeT

         Watch it. I was castigated yesterday for suggesting it was the wrong time to bring in Wood, because he only had 5 spring training innings, and Dolis would have been the better choice.