The Cubs have alternated series wins and series losses all year, so it’s pretty much a given that they’ll take two of three from the Padres. Crap, did I just jinx it?
- Ryan Dempster is getting fed up. With himself. “I’m sick and tired of this. I’m better than that. I’ve got to do a better job of giving the team a chance to win than that. I’ve got to do a better job of pitching than that…. It’s getting really old. I know they’re professional hitters on the other side and you have to tip your cap to them sometimes but when you throw the ball over the middle of the plate too much, you don’t tip your cap to anybody. You look in the mirror and do a better job.”
- When I talk about Darwin Barney as a weak minor league hitter (and therefore, note that it’s not likely he can keep this up), I have forgotten that he did the Camp Colvin thing this offseason and packed on quite a bit of muscle. Does that, alone, transform a guy from a .270 minor league hitter to a .300 Major League hitter? No. But it could explain some of his early success, behind merely attributing it to luck. There’s no doubt that Barney is a likable guy, and the right guy for second base right now, though the Cubs need to find some at bats for Jeff Baker.
- The Cubs would like Starlin Castro to keep working on his plate discipline, but Mike Quade isn’t too eager to change a good thing. “We’d still like to see him improve discipline-wise,” Quade said. “But not at the expense of what he’s doing. It’s a very fine line. I believe he’ll be even better if he learns to lay off some of those pitches, because balls out of the strike zone are not always going to be put in play hard. … And he’s such a young player, now maybe he never gets that and winds up being a fabulous hitter that has a long strike zone. We’ll see.”
- The Cubs would like to make the Northwestern Wrigley game an annual thing, but it won’t happen until the field can be configured to properly accommodate a 100 yard football field. And that won’t happen until Wrigley is renovated. And that won’t happen until the Cubs get financing. And that won’t happen until the city/state get their heads out of their asses. Sorry, sorry. I know it’s a sensitive subject.