Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/30/12

Game Fifty: Cubs (17-32) vs. Padres (17-34)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.14/1.06) vs. Anthony Bass (2-5, 3.55/1.23)

Dale Sveum’s team has a shot of doing something they have not done all season today … win a game for the third day in a row. After outhitting the Padres on Monday and out playing San Diego on Tuesday, the Cubs have put themselves in line to complete their first sweep of the season. But in order to accomplish the feat, the offense will have to support Ryan Dempster.

Steve Clevenger is expected to back in the starting lineup this afternoon, which should help the offense. Dale Sveum said Tuesday that Clevenger will handle the bulk of the catching duties until Geovany Soto returns. Sveum indicated he would ease Clevenger back in the lineup at first until they feel he is ready to play on daily basis.

Welington Castillo is at least 10 days away from beginning a rehab stint with the Iowa Cubs. There were reports Tuesday night that indicated Castillo could end up being sent to Iowa when he is ready to play every day. One report mentioned that Koyie Hill would likely stay with the team until Geovany Soto comes back. Hill would serve as Clevenger’s backup until Soto is ready to go.

Dale Sveum also said Tuesday that Casey Coleman is in the mix to close out games as well. Sveum is planning on playing matchups and using a closer by committee for now. Shawn Camp and James Russell will also be used in the closer’s role, but not Carlos Marmol. Sveum wants to see Marmol throw his fastball for strikes on a consistent basis before making a decision on how he will be used.

Today it all begins with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster is coming off another excellent start … and another loss. Dempster bounced back from his poor outings against the Cardinals (four runs on nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings) and the White Sox (four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings) and allowed just one run on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings to the Pirates … the only mistake Dempster made was bobbling a ball on what should have been an inning ending double play.

Dempster has pitched well enough to win a game multiple times this season but has not posted a victory since August 11. Dempster is winless in his last 17 starts and the Cubs are 3-14 over that span.

Ryan Dempster has been very good at Wrigley this season (0-2 in four starts with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP) and is 0-2 in his last five starts with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

Today will be the 14th time in his career that Ryan Dempster has started a game against the Padres. Dempster is 8-5 in 22 games, 13 starts, with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP … the Friars took it to Dempster the only time they faced him a year ago (nine runs on eight hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings).

Again, the key to Dempster’s success is maintaining a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Padres Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster

  • Yonder Alonso – 6-for-9
  • John Baker – 1-for-4
  • Everth Cabrera – 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk
  • Chris Denorfia – 6-for-10 with a double
  • Chase Headley – 1-for-10 with three walks
  • Nick Hundley – 2-for-9 with two home runs
  • Cameron Maybin – 2-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Andy Parrino – 1-for-3
  • Carlos Quentin – 5-for-12 with a double
  • Will Venable – 2-for-6 with a home run and a walk

Anthony Bass has been very inconsistent over the first two months of the season. Bass has the stuff to hold teams like the Nationals to one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings then can struggle against teams like the Mets. The Metropolitans smacked Bass around in his last outing to the tune of six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings (three walks and four strikeouts).

The Cubs must be patient against the Padres’ talented right-hander this afternoon. If they are too aggressive, they will lose the game.

Anthony Bass has struggled outside of his home park. In four starts, Bass is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. After a posting a 1-3 record in six games, four starts, in April with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP, Bass is 1-2 in his last five outings with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Today will be Anthony Bass’ second career start against the Cubs. In his only game against the Cubs last September 27 at PETCO Park, Bass allowed one run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Today will be his first game at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Career Numbers against Anthony Bass

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Bryan LaHair – 0-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Ian Stewart – 0-for-1

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Castro – SS
    Mather – CF
    LaHair – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Clevenger – C
    Dempster – P

  • CubsTalk

    Cubs will have Carlos Correa workout at Wrigley today….. he might go at #4 in the draft…Cubs have #6 pick.

    Forget about Garza going to the Tigers……Tigers will rely on their farm system pitchers to get them through this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
    • CubsTalk

       Is there an echo here  ?

      • Aaron

        Dude…i hope you’re joking. Both you and Neil posted at the same time….if you’re not joking then that’s a pretty dickish move on your park

        • CubsTalk

          “dickish” ?…..never heard that one before….

          Relax….we are talking about some kid who maybe no one will ever see in the majors…..don’t get your panties up to tight.

          • JoePepitone

            Never heard it before?  Sorry, dude.  I’ve heard it before — lots of times — and Aaron’s right.  It is a pretty dickish move.  And it doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not he’s a kid who will make the majors.  It’s about acting like a jerk about someone who posted the same info at the same time as you.

            That kind of behavior will make you real popular at actual social gatherings.  Learn some manners.

      • Cory

        I think I’d be more apt to trust Neil as a source of information. Especially since he is credible and references the story. Nobody ever knows where the hell you are coming up with your stuff.

    • cubtex

      Awesome! I like Correa. Many are saying he is the best prospect to come out of Puerto Rico since Carlos Beltran.

    • CubsTalk

       Same source where I got my news…..Sorry if you think I was “Dickish” (Aaron’s term)… that sounds like some game term that Aaron and his boyfriend do in the closet together.

      • JoePepitone

        And I come down here only to find confirmation of my original opinion.  A lovely mix of sophomoric snark and homophobia.  Please grow up.

  • CubsTalk

    Cubs payroll commitment for 2013 stands at $35 million.

    White Sox payroll will be at $79 million.

    • cc002600

       lots of money to spend.
      They had better start spending some of it this winter.

      Its a slap in the face to the fans paying premium ticket prices, like myself, if they don’t.

      this ain’t KC or Pitt……this a big market team

      • CubsTalk

        Who should we go after?
        You think Josh Hamilton can survive a night after a game in Wrigleyville?  
        Cole Hamels?   I see him ready to move onto a playoff ready team. 

        Free Agent market is thin this year.  Cubs are not in that top elite team group that can attract players.  Cubs will be stuck on offering contracts to second rate players, i.e. DeJesus types. 

        I rather see Theo spend the money on the farm system…….and players like Starlin Castro on long term contracts when he is in the majors after five years.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I do not see the Cubs going after Hamilton–no way! Too much money.

          Hamels? Nah. Too much money.

          I think they will simply buy a cheap FA–like David DeJesus, Paul Maholm–if they spend a dime on FAs.

          • John_CC

             Give it a rest, please.

          • cubtex

            Is that necessary? If you don’t like it…..don’t respond

          • DWalker

            No to Hamilton, he’s a feel good story and all, but not the type of player that will fit well. To much nightlife, and I think he might look at Pujols and decide to stay where he is in the end. 

            Hamels is a maybe. depends on if the minor league boys sink or swim the rest of the year. IF it looks like things are coming together and 2014/15 look plausable, then I could see it. If the prospects are still looking like coulda beens and not will be’s then yeah, they will do some more cheap signings to get by.

          • cubtex

            It’s not a matter of the money…..it’s where this team is at! Will Hamilton help them make the playoffs over the next couple of years? Hamels? That is why they will move Garza as well. This team is not even close and buying a couple of free agents won’t help. Plus…..Not a chance Hamilton and Hamels will want to come to this team.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Uust take this year, for example:

            Take the 2012 Cubs, add 2012 Hamilton, minus a Volstad, and add two good bullpen arms, and you have a playoff contender–even with Ian Stewart and Geo Soto.
             

          • cubtex

            I agree with that….but it is not in line with Team Theo. I thought they could have competed this year with Darvish,Garza,Demp and Shark if they added another bat and not traded Marshall. Theo is building for the long term and I don’t think he will add a significant free agent UNTIL he feels the team can win a WS. See 2015!

          • Ripsnorter1

            And 2015. is probably too soon.

        • cubs1967

          actaully the FA market is better this year than next.
          hamilton-hamels-greinke-anibal sanchez-carlos quentin-edwin jackson again plus lots of closers like broxton-madson-street-etc.
          if cubs do not start adding to the team like should of been done last year; there is even less avavailable after 2013.

          CC is right; this not an expansion market; nor does having young guys play for teams losing 110 games like the current one is on pace for helps build confidence.

          or tommyboy should lower tickets or concessions do something like moreno did in anaheim or the rays did with free parking for 2 years or the dodgers are doing now……..

      • DWalker

        It may be a big market team, but its had 80+ years of “getting by” mentality. Thats what should tick you off, that this club has had ownership with no drive to win until now. Just because they have reduced payroll doesn’t mean they aren’t spending money. Byrd and Big Z, and very likely Marmol and Sori are all going to be bought out by that gap this year, and is probably a good part of why that gap is there, I bet they had numbers crunched pretty close to target goals of what was going to be needed. I am thrilled there is ownership that is finaly willing to suck it up, admit the club has major problems and is trying to rebuild even though its going to be ugly.

        I am perfectly happy that they don’t have big numbers commited to 2013 because most likely it would be more horrible contracts for over the hill players right now left over from the previous front office. I’d much rather see them buy out the junk contracts and start over fresh then keep limping along trying to patch a sunk ship.

        • cubs1967

          how do you explain just because the payroll is lower they aren’t spending money??…….where else would you spend it?
          new toilets?
          they spent 12M on the draft. up 8M from the yaer before; so where did the other 42M go from the payroll??

          • DWalker

            as I said, take a look at who’s been bought out, and who is likely going to be bought out. Unless I am totally wrong, all that buyout money isn’t listed on this years payroll but its still being spent/is going to be spent to wipe out bad contracts.

          • paulcatanese

            Front office contracts?

          • Ripsnorter1

            A great place to start cutting payroll!

        • cc002600

           I’m not advocating going out and buying 35 Y/O old aging FA’s.

          as cubs1967 pointed out there are guys like Hamel, sanchez, grienke, BJ Uption, Ejackson that the cubs should be all over this winter. ….Hamilton will be sucker contract for someone. I would not go after him. He will get TON of money from someone and then get hurt. no way on that one.

          the one thing that people keep thinking here is that they just want to build solely through the draft and that anyone over the age of 28 is over the hill.  Its so absurd. And they think that these kids we draft now will be impact players in 2015. They are sooooooo delusional.

          If you draft a high school player, he will not be ready until 2017 or 2018 at the EARLIEST !!
          College players obviously less.

          Are you really serious that the cubs should just lose 90+ games for the next 6 years waiting for HS players to develop ??  and that of course is no guarantee that they will be any good.  Ridiculous

          They will have tons of money to spend this winter.  If they have a payroll of 65M next year, that will be an EMBARRASSMENT.  Especially when you look at what other teams are spending

          I just don’t get it.

      • John_CC

         This is what I’m talking about — I know you guys need something to tweet and blog and moan about, but speculating on what the Cubs might or might not do in 7, 8, 9 months from now … don’t you see how silly this is? 

        Right, the Cubs – Tom Ricketts and family that paid $800+ Billion for the team and then went out and hired Epstein away from the Red Sox, which was the most challenging hire he could have made in time, energy and money, are now going to field a team with a payroll of $68 Million. 

        Right. I’m sure that’s their big, secret plan:  Make it look like they care, but really they are just going to get richER by running out a losing team and expecting Cubs fans to keep filling Wrigley year after year after year until the team is worth so much more than they paid for it they can just cash out.  Such devious and genius plan!   Man, you guys are all so smart!

        • cubtex

          Don’t respond then! Do you think everyone likes to hear what you have to say everytime. Give it a rest with your constant snipes and attacks!

        • paulcatanese

          I dont think it’s their big secret plan, maybe just poorly constructed. Can’t say I understand completely what they are trying to do,you have to admit John, a lot of quick, sudden decisions going on.
          I know Ricketts is doing the best that he can in trying to get a winner on the field as he is still a fan number one and an owner number two.
          He has bought into Theo’s system, not all bad,
          he has to, what he had didn’t work.
          For fans, asking them to do the same is alright, but they can have opposite feeings as well.
          All Cub fans hope this is the right way and hope to see results.
          Patience with the process is admirable, but for some, including myself, approaching 80yrs,
          dosent leave much time for that.
          I really and honestly don’t see a World Series
          in the forseeable future.
          As a Cub fan I have been just fine with accepting who they are and would be content to see a .500 ballcub.
          This may not even happen for a good while.
          Given what path they are on, yes, I will continue to question and have my fun right here on the blog, as the going back and forth, yourself included are the highlights of the day, and over the last couple of years.
          If I didn’t have the opportunity to do this daily I would be a solitary bitter old man (don’t ask my wife), and because of the site, I am just an
          old man.

          • John_CC

             I understand your point of view, Paul, and sympathize with you.

            But I just do not see a lot of quick or sudden moves.  I see are a lot very deliberate and prudent moves.  I’m sorry to offend some here, all I am trying to urge is a little bit more of a long view.  The Cubs were going to be bad this year – PERIOD. We all knew that.  A quick reaction to how miserably bad they are would be to bring up Rizzo.  The season is what, 7 weeks old, a quarter in?  The draft is next week. No one is trading players, to do so now would be to minimize returns. 

            We just do not know what the next 5 months hold as far as trades/drops/adds. That is all.

          • paulcatanese

            I don’t see you offending anyone at all John, the fact that you respond is what the site is all about.

        • cc002600

          I don’t really follow your point.

          Are you saying we shouldn’t talk about we what we think the cubs will do in the future ?

          call me crazy, but isn’t that what this whole “blog” thing is about ?

          or would you rather we talk about the weather ?

  • CubsTalk

    Each Team Payroll list for 2013

    Yankees: $119MMPhillies: $113MMRed Sox: $108MMDodgers: $103MMAngels: $92MMTigers: $87MMMarlins: $85MMCardinals: $85MMRangers: $84MMGiants: $81MMWhite Sox: $79MMReds: $74MMTwins: $65MMMets:$55MMOrioles: $53MMBlue Jays: $52MMNationals: $52MMBrewers: $52MMRockies: $46MMDiamondbacks: $45MMMariners: $40MMRoyals: $35MMCubs: $35MMAthletics: $29MMRays: $19MMPirates: $19MMAstros: $17MMBraves: $15MMIndians: $11MMPadres: $11MM

  • Ripsnorter1

    Lalli to head back to AAA Iowa?

    • CubsTalk

      yes…he is on the Greyhound bus now looking at the corn fields of Iowa…..with a bag full of autograph baseballs from Starlin Castro that he will sell on Ebay later on.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Lalli was optioned down to Iowa yesterday.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Thank you.

  • paulcatanese

    If High School pitching is strong in the draft and College pitchers down, that means they wont reach the top level for at least 4 more years. Or is it that they are going to continue to stockpile players and
    hope that they can trade these guys off?
    The plan as I see it is to bring someone in, have them increase their value and then trade them for someone a little higher on the talent scale and then start the whole process all over again and keep increasing value one chip at a time until they feel the Cubs are ready to make a push.
    This is not an overnight process and will take more than a few years,

    Not my cup of tea.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Not your cup of tea??!?!!? Then have a glass of water! LOL

      Then what are you doing being a Cubs’ fan???
      Why, they have been doing this for decades! And look at the value they have accumulated, too. Andy Sonnastine. Manny Corpas. Mr. Rodrigo Lopez. 

      LOL

      Yeah, I don’t see it as a plan for success, either. 

      Drafting High School arms is risky business. Sore arms happen.

      • paulcatanese

        Yeah, just ask the Nationals.:)

        • Dorasaga

          Or ask Lasorda why he didn’t see the zip in Pedro Martinez and requested LAD to trade him for a soon-gone 2nd baseman.

          • Ripsnorter1

            The story on ole Pedro is that he is slight of build, and the LAD figured he was a train wreck just waiting to happen, so they dealt him away. 

            He did blow out, but later that expected.

          • Dorasaga

            Yea, right, MUCH MORE LATER, after 11 years of superior big league starting career since 1995. I’m no cherry-picker, but we talk Hall material, Pedro between ’95-’05 was HOLY COW peak, against all-roid sluggers:

            176 Wins and freak not 73 losses, in 326 games started, ERA+ 171, 1.006 WHIP, K/Walk ratio of 4.64, four times led the Major League!! Those 4 include 3 times pitching against Majestic Yankees and the AL East, while CyYounged trice.

            FIP of 2.91 and FIP- (think less is good) of 67 out of 100 average in 18 years of big league career.

            That’s sick stuff, man, and if only Lasorda not used him as a longman, but more … you know, I’m kind of sorry for Coleman and Shark. They can’t be bounced around relieving and starting. I’m glad Hendry’s gone, the least I wanna say on a space to post LIVE-game chat!

  • cubtex

    I am hoping Dempster has a stellar start today prompting a contending team to give up a very good prospect or 2 to aquire him! They need to take advantage of what few trade chips we have!

    • cubtex

      not the kind of start I was hoping for so far :)

      • paulcatanese

        I was hoping for the same thing from Dempster today,
        but after looking at Neil’s line on the Padres against,him I just dont know, lots of hits  out there.

    • Tedtop16

      What happens to Soler after the draft if MLB has not cleared him by then? It sounds like MLB is really dragging their feet on deciding about his eligibility. 

  • cubtex

    Speaking of the draft…..If Carlos Correa fall to the Cubs, I think he is too good to pass up. Houston worked him out and were extremely impressed. I am not sure they would take him #1 so he could slide to the Cubs. Draft him at #6 and then use the next 2 picks for pitching.

  • Dorasaga

    Maybe they can bat Barney-Clevenger fifth and sixth next time. There’re more clutch from the two young players than the veterans this season and rest of 2011 combined.

    • Dorasaga

      Every six days, use with care, as I steal some ideas from John CC:
      Campana
      LaHair
      Soriano
      DeJesus
      Barney, ss
      Clevenger
      Stewart, 2b or Mather plays 3B
      Cardenas (2b/3B)

      • cubtex

        Barney #5 and LaHair #2 and DeJesus #4? That is like having a little league coach telling the kids you can bat wherever you want :)

        • Dorasaga

          Just want to split the leftie-rightie, and make sure the on-base guy cleans-up. Think sabermetrics, lad. ;-)

          • cubtex

            Sorry…I am an old school baseball guy and I would never have a slow base clogger like LaHair batting #2 and no power threats in the middle of the lineup.

          • Dorasaga

            There’s no power threat from anyone but Soriano and Lahair. Then I might as well bat Lahair second to give him more at-bats and chance to score. The Cubs need a shake-up. Those who contribute and hot may be played more.

          • John_CC

            But the 3-4 power guys lineup has been working so well this year! :)

          • John_CC

             Of course we’d have to see it at least 15 games in a row to get a comparable sample to the traditional lineup arrangement.

          • Dorasaga

             They’ll get there. :-)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good to have Clevenger back and getting some offense from the catcher’s position

    Dempster with his first hit ties the game at 2

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dempster serves up his second, 2-run homer

  • Dorasaga

    Good instinct by Barney, picked up the groundball, one step and quick release to Clevenger, who collided with the runner but held on the ball. Save this inning for Ol’Dempster…

    • John_CC

       Here’s Barney’s chance in  a huge AB…

      • John_CC

         And now Clevenger….come on man…

        • Dorasaga

          Well, there will be another at-bat and two.

  • paulcatanese

    Wondering what has happened with Campana. Havent seen him anywhere near the lineup since his episode of going from first to third.
    Is he destined to be sent to Iowa? Cut or traded? Injured?

    • Dorasaga

      Campana is still on the active (25-man) roster. No transaction. Probably on the bench, reduced to a pinch-runner role, which some CCO fans had a conversation last year where he’s best at…

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks, I guess with the wind blowing out, no need for a pinch runner:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Clevenger again

    • John_CC

       Kid’s a hittin’ machine!

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Neil,happy that he is back. He should go on strike, re-negociate his contract, pay me or trade me:) He is going to be one solid player. Kidding on the contract>

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dempster serves up another 2-run homer to Quentin.

    • cubtex

      Welcome back 2011 Ryan Dempster…..I was hoping you wouldn’t appear again until we traded you.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Keep that up and he’s untradeable. Again.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with his 5th walk of the season

    • CubsTalk

       I wasn’t really keeping count…..I am happy you are.

  • Dorasaga

    That walk, that’s clutch to me. Barney did it, now it’s up to Clevenger for a Cubs win!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Three straight walks for the Cubs, nice patience

  • John_CC

    Single and 4 walks plates 2.  That’s the Bizzaro Cubs. 

    • Dorasaga

      I want them to repeat that same effect in their coming games, while I’m leaving this one… Nice talking lineup and who’s where with you, John. Good luck on Shark and your fantasy team.

      Go Cubs!

      • John_CC

         …was a nice series for Quentin to come off the DL too.  I’ll enjoy all the hits and homers as long as his team loses (and my fantasy team and the Cubs win!).

  • Ripsnorter1

    What do Dempster and Volstad have in common?

    18 starts in a row without a win.

    Only here with Your Chicago Cubs.

    • CubsTalk

      I thought at first they were sharing the same woman who lives in a  million dollar condo on the North Shore.

  • CubsTalk

    Just checking in…see the Cubs are behind….seems like Dempster had a bad game……anyone still believe he is part of this NEW Cubs Future?……or just a guy who is willing to pick a paycheck and not driven to be a winner?

    • cc002600

       what the heck are you talking about ?

      • CubsTalk

        New Cubs need players who want to win a World Series and not ones who only want to collect a paycheck…… I have seen too many players who wore Cubs uniform who just go through the motion, and driven to win ball games. 

        If I was a player and lost 12 games in a row, I would be  questioning some of my team mates of why they are not helping this team.

        • cc002600

           you are a strange bird, my friend.

          They lost 12 in a row because they lack talent, which everyone in the world knew from day 1.

          period, end of story.

          This isn’t rocket science.

          • CubsTalk

             I see you have lots of built up anger in you….is it due you are worthless to your family or was it the lack of breast milk that you never received when you were a baby?

            The Cubs lost 12 in a row due they sucked…not that they have no talent….

            Cubs have talent….it just needs to be developed…..any Cubs Geek knows that…except for you!

            Now go away don’t be heard until you say something  that is informative.

          • cc002600

             one sentence you say they sucked and the next sentence you say they have talent.

            Do you take medication ?

          • CubsTalk

            you again!…..get rid of your anger before you start hurting others and yourself.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Hey, it’s Carlos!

    AND he didn’t walk anybody!

  • CubsTalk

    I notice some the same people are here……I have to take a break and make money…..can’t follow the Cubs ALL the time like many of you do…..

    So the Poll Question of the day is to you Die hard ones….

    How do you make your money and still be on the live site ALL the time?

    A – I am unemployed and collecting welfare since Lee Elia Days
    B – I am retired, have money, I represent the 1%
    C – I am a student, too young to work. live with my parents
    D – I have a job, but cheat on company time while the Cubs are on.
    E – I have no life and my only friends are Cubs geeks here.

     

    • cc002600

       for you, it’s definitely E

      • CubsTalk

         I think I hit your sore spot.

        • cc002600

           Not at all.

          I think you should look in the mirror, and I think you will find that your postings out number most everyone by 5 to 1

          Hello ?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Bud Black says Andrew Cashner will become a starting pitcher for the SD Pades very soon. 

    • CubsTalk

       Just think of all those walks he will give up.

    • cubtex

      I heard the GM on the radio and that is the plan for next year provided he doesn’t have any health setbacks. I still think he can be an excellent starting pitcher.

  • CubsTalk

    White Sox won today…..

    if anyone has doubt about my information,  just check out MLB scoreboard.

    • John_CC

       Tweet.

      • CubsTalk

         do you eat worms like the birds in my yard?

  • John_CC

    Love that 2 out run! Castro was digging!!

    • Texcubnut

      Speed kills!!

      • cc002600

         exactly. That’s why he should be playing every day.

        someone has to explain to me what in the world he sees in Joe Mather.

      • CubsTalk

        So does illegal drugs……loaded guns ……DUI drivers…. high speed trains that goes off the tracks….snakes that have poison venom…..O.J…..Indians on the warpath….W.O.M.D’s …..

        • Texcubnut

          Boring posters….

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good use of Campana, scored the tying run.

    • paulcatanese

      About time!

    • paulcatanese

      And a WOH by the other little guy, hit him fourth, oh, couldn’t watch today but was the wind blowing out again?Tell me if Barney hit it to the opposite field, if so, he needs to be checked out for Popeye’s Chicken in his diet. Good job by Barney.

      • Tno13

         Wind blowing in today Paulie! Can’t believe he got it out, and based on his postgame interview, neither could he.

        • paulcatanese

          Thanks to you and Neil, an amazing feat by Barney, has to be the Popeye Chicken from Garza.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Paul, wind was blowing in and it was hit out to left center.

        • paulcatanese

          Amazing Neil, not a cheapie by any means.

  • John_CC

    That was nice DP.  Great play by Barney, good hard throw from Starlin and a nice stretch from LaHair.

  • John_CC

    Ya think Fonzie wants to end this?

  • RMercer69

    Hey Hey! Holy Cow!….didn’t see a walk off HR by Barney coming! There has always been something about him I’ve liked.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Padres 8-6 Wednesday afternoon

    Darwin Barney with a game winning, 2-run walk off homer

    Ryan Dempster: 6R,6H(3HR),4BB,4K,4.1IP; Steve Clevenger: 2-for-4,2B,2RBI,R; Darwin Barney: 2-for-3,HR,3RBI,2BB,2R; Starlin Castro: 2-for-4,RBI,R,BB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Dave Sappelt (@SappySappelt6) the I-Cubs have added Shane Lindsay to bullpen. Lindsay was released by Dodgers on 5/22 

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=lindsa001sha

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to ESPN Chicago, the Cubs appears to be working out highly-regarded California lefty Max Fried. He is throwing off the mound now for Cubs execs at Wrigley. Epstein, Hoyer and McLeod are watching.

  • CubsTalk

    Jamie Moyer was let go by the Rockies……if your name is Aaron and you don’t believe me, go to MLBRumors.com

    Lets bring Jamie back to the Cubs!

  • Cloycub13

    This darn team never quits, never gives up and never fails to surprise me. I seriously felt about 2 weeks ago that this team was fun to watch and could surprise people. Then they drop one of the worst losing streaks in my memory including a 60 inning stretch in which they did not have a lead and it looked like the worst season ever.
     Now, and yes it is against the Padres, they drop 3 highly entertaining wins on us. Game one a slugfest with a hurricane force gale blowng out. Game 2 one of the better played games all year. And finally game 3 a comeback topped by a in the wind walk off by one of the lighter hitting guys on the team.
    Oh what the hell enjoy the ride right!  
    Highly anticipating next weeks draft, cannot wait to see what the 2nd real picture of the new regime looks like.
    Go Cubs as always!

    • cubtex

      It was a battle against 2 of the worse teams in all of baseball. Both pretty equal in talent and made for good entertainment.

      • paulcatanese

        Correcto!!