Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 6, Cubs 3 – April 1, 2010

Hopefully you’ve missed seeing the Enhanced Box Scores as much as I’ve missed making them. On days like today, they’re cathartic.

Two swings doomed the Cubs (and an aggressively, interminably tight strike zone), and the offense couldn’t come through despite plenty of baserunners. I suspect most of you feel like I do…

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34 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 6, Cubs 3 – April 1, 2010”

  1. roughriider

    Dumpster must be the recipient of Silva’s bad luck.

  2. jonathan

    April 1st..allow me to be the first to say this. With all the money coming off the books and big name free agents..just wait till next year! thank you and goodnight.

    1. Raymond Robert Koenig

      Not as much money coming off the books after this season as people think. Soriano, Byrd, Ramirez, Dempster and Zambrano are all under contract for next season. Only Fukudome and Pena aren’t.

      1. greg

        Rami is an option and Silva won’t be on the books anymore. Something like 45 mil is coming off.

        1. Raymond Robert Koenig

          This team is old and slow. Ramirez is too, but even if the Cubs don’t pick up his option they’d still be old and slow and without his production. The Cubs need to make a concerted effort to get younger and faster. And if they do sign free agents, stay away from the old guys.

  3. terry

    i see people talking bout colvin, dempster. etc. and even rudy.. why was Dempster still in there in the 6th inning. after having that poor inning in the fifth, he shouldnt havent even been back out in the 6th.. yes Quade is the right choice.. Right? what a horrible job. not to mention the bench sucks… taking the crapiest catcher in the league on the mlb team just goes to show how much the ricketts and Quade/Henry care about winning. lets see i heard Ricketts say today that Quade was the best for the job that he has been with the organazation for a long time…. Hummm? Sandberg hadn’t been in the organzation very long? i guess. i bet Sandberg will win a world series before this Quade, Ricketts duo will. i’d love to see the cubs win it, but when they do things the way they have things havent changed since tribune owned it.

    1. Raymond Robert Koenig

      Sandberg walked away from the Cubs. Again. Just like in ’94. He could have chosen to stay in the organization.

      1. awesome

        why would anyone stay here?

  4. Cheryl

    Quade will get better. So far we know a few things – the new people did fairly well. Dempster was not good. But give it a few more weeks and see how it turns out.

    1. Bric

      In my mind the issue’s a little deeper than that. True, all of the new people played well. But the rest of the team looks exactly like last year. This was a team that got within a game of .500 4 times in the first 30 days and couldn’t get over the hump.
      They looked as lifeless today as every one of those 4 games last year and now with Hendry’s lap dog of a coach it’s only going to get worse. At least the O’s, Rays, Royals, and Pirates (who now own us) can say they don’t have a bunch of aging, God awful veterans and a diluted GM and owner running the company. This is seriously worse than ’96.
      I was 50-50 on the Garza trade (even after his spring). Now I know it was a mistake because everything Hendry does is a mistake.

      1. necubsfan

        One game, fuck it.

  5. Steve

    All this over one game? Wow. Conclusions cannot…repeat, cannot be drawn for weeks. Chill out, people.

    1. Hogan

      Agreed. So when we win a few, does that mean that we are series bound?

  6. Tanner

    Wow, they need to do something about the 20 LOB….. Right Mr. Soto?!

  7. CubsFanatic

    Well the first mistake was letting Dempster get the start anyway. I would rather have had Zambrano or Garza out there. (They couldn’t have done much worse if they were.) This always happens. Dempster can barley go past the 6th inning before crapping out.
    Forget Pujols this off season. We NEED to focus on the pitchers and sign them.

    1. Bric

      The thing is that’s always been Dempster’s story: 6 innings pitched: 3 or 4 runs allowed. The real question is why Quade and Riggins would allow him to go in the 7th. He didn’t really pitch a bad game, he just got tired and made a few blatant mistakes that cost him. But watching the game and listening to Brenly it’s clear he’d do us more good coaching than commentating.

  8. Raymond Robert Koenig

    You’re right. But has he been one of the best 30 starters in baseball over the last 3 years? That would make him a real # 1 starter, not just the Cubs’ # 1.

  9. Craig

    You guys are being awfully pessimistic for it being one game. Chill out people.

    1. Craig

      Oh, and Ace, 0-162???? Comments like that make me not want to come back to this site.

    2. PFK

      chill? sure, i’ll chill. no big deal, its just one game. NO NEED TO GET ALL WORKED UP!!! CHILL? YOU WANT CHILL? I ‘LL GIVE YOU CHILL! CHILL THIS!

  10. Raymond Robert Koenig

    Does anyone think Ricketts is more concerned with making money than with putting a winning team on the field? How do you explain sticking with a GM who has maxed out his payroll to build a team that is old, slow and defensively challenged? And is also responsible for a farm system that is (at best) middle of the pack. It’s like Hendry has no plan. Long, or short, term. He isn’t proactive, he’s reactive.

  11. awesome

    it’s not just one game, it’s last year, ST, and nothing has changed, same cast. it’s only one game goes for individuals like Soto going 0-5 in game one as did Pujols 0-5.

    my problem is with Quade and Z. Quade’s reasoning doesn’t wash with me. as for Mr. Z the “I’m cured” guy, is it me or does it seem like every time he’s losing late in games he cramps up?