How can a guy be striking out an amazing 12 per 9, and yet be so hittable? Such has been the dual nature of Matt Garza for the Cubs. I know, I know, if you pound the strike zone, you’re going to get hit, but guys of that ilk – guys like Carlos Silva, for example – generally don’t also strike out so many. Usually, if you’ve got the stuff to miss bats, guys aren’t squaring up and drilling line drives when they do make contact. Better luck, Casey Coleman…

  • Marlon Byrd wants to close the book on his controversial 9th inning steal attempt last week. He took to his blog yesterday to offer a missive that doesn’t really explain a whole lot (though you leave it feeling like Byrd is undoubtedly right and a cool dude), but it’s interesting nevertheless. Among the highlights:

The big thing about me is I don’t throw managers under the bus, I don’t throw coaches under the bus. The best way for me to keep DeJesus’ name, Dernier’s name and Quade’s name out of the media and my name not attached to any negativity is to not say anything. That was the only way I could get my point across to the media that day.

When you see it on ESPN or MLB Network, nobody knows the reasoning and it makes me look bad. I don’t mind that. Again, the whole point was it was handled internally and kept that way. I didn’t come out and say anything. Nobody is sure what happened and if people want to put the blame on me, that’s fine. I don’t mind that….

I will always have my coaches backs, my whole organization’s back — all the way from the Ricketts to the clubhouse guys to the janitors to the guys working at Wrigley. I think I have respect in this game and a lot of people understand where I was coming from. The main thing was to have Mike Quade and the 25 guys on this team understand where I’m coming from and they did.

  • The Cubs will decide on this week’s fifth starter some time today. The candidates are James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, and recently-signed, AAA-depth-guy Ramon Ortiz. You have to wonder at what point the Cubs will consider bringing up a youngster to take a crack at it.


  • Not being considered? Former starter, Sean Marshall. And he’s fine with it: “[Joining the rotation] has been in the back of my mind of my mind a little bit. But I think we have got some guys who are very capable of doing it. Casey Coleman fits really well in the starting rotation, and as long as we can find somebody who can get us through that fifth hole for the next week or so until Wellsy or Cash comes back, I think we’ll be fine.”
  • Carlos Zambrano’s apology to Mike Quade for leaving the mound early the other night wasn’t necessary, according to Quade. “I just didn’t think it was that big a deal. I really didn’t.” See? I told you: no beef.



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