With Casey Coleman pulled into action, facing scorching hot Yovani Gallardo (supported by Cubs bats that are anything but scorching hot), today’s game doesn’t exactly look like a sure win.
- Coleman is ready for the Brewers, though he was looking forward to taking on Texas’ AAA team. Not because it’s easier, mind you, but because he thinks the Rangers’ AAA team is “stacked.” He acknowledges that the Brewers are probably better.
- Jeff Baker wouldn’t mind seeing more starts at second base, but Mike Quade is preaching patience. For now, it sounds like the righty/righty platoon with Darwin Barney will continue. Barney is better defensively, no doubt (though Baker is at least average), but Barney’s offensive ceiling is Ryan Theriot. Baker could actually provide some meaningful offense.
- More non-performance reasons to love Carlos Pena. He tells his teammates they’re awesome in an effort to get them to be, you know, awesome. If his performance matches his character this season, it will be incredibly hard not to want him back in 2012.
- Some Cubs are grousing (anonymously) about Manny Ramirez, who retired (like a douche) this weekend after testing positive (again) for PEDs. They feel like maybe he cheated them out of the 2008 playoffs, to which I respond: clearly it was the lack of left-handed bats. I’d laugh if it didn’t still anger me.
- Chris Archer ain’t mad atcha. “When you get traded it’s always a little bittersweet, but a team wants you,” Archer said. “One team is willing to get rid of you for a big-name player and then one team wants you. Either way you look at it, I wasn’t mad. I was wanted and it was for a big-name player, a No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the big leagues. Why would I be mad? If that’s what the package is worth for a No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the big leagues, I’m happy with that.”