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Today’s (not quite) rubber game against the Rockies was rained out, and will be made up… June 27! That, my friends, is a huge win in my book. Not only do the Cubs avoid (for the near term) facing a guy who dominated them a week and a half ago, but they may get to make this game up when they’re back at full strength.

There are always silver linings if you look hard enough. They’re usually at the bottom of your seventh beer.

  • pfk

    To me, its all about where the organization is headed as a whole – not so much won/lost this year. That said, what is taking place this year is beyond belief. I am waiting (and hoping) for Ricketts to make a statement shaking things up with the front office. However, if he comes out and says Hendry is doing a great job and they are pleased with the team – it will be time for Cub fans to declare a Jihad.

  • Joe

    I can see it now

    “Depster really struggled his last time out, so we felt an extra day off would probably help. So we’re pushing the rotation forward a day and allowing Coleman his start; he’s really the best option we have at this time…”

    • Raymond Robert Koenig

      How about this? “The Cubs as an organization believe in the 5 man rotation and won’t skip anyone’s turn because of off days.”

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    It’s obvious to me that Ricketts has things on his mind other than the day-to-day results on the field. My prediction? Ricketts will let Hendry finish out his contract.

    • Ace

      If Hendry manages to get one of Pujols or Fielder signed in the Winter, then I would agree.

      • pfk

        It doesn’t take a genius GM to sign Fielder or Pujols. Rebuilding starts at the trade deadline this season. Letting Hendry finish out and be making moves is a mistake in my opinion.

        • Raymond Robert Koenig

          Exactly! Hendry has already proven what he is capable, or rather, incapable of. The 2011 season is already a lost cause, but leaving Hendry in charge for the upcoming offseason and beyond will only leave the Cubs in the same sorry state they are now. It seems some people would be fine with that.

        • Ace

          I was unclear: I’m saying, I suspect Hendry will be allowed to start next year as the GM, but, if he doesn’t land one of Fielder or Pujols, the Cubs will struggle, and Hendry will be let go before the end of the season.

          • Raymond Robert Koenig

            Why give him a chance at another offseason? His record speaks for itself.

            • Ace

              I agree. I’m just saying what I expect to happen.

          • Michigan Goat

            I’m sure we will be discussing this soon, but is the right move to sign either of them? It will be great the first 3-4 years but these guys are going to be looking for 8-10 20+ mil a year… is that really the best for the long term? I’d hate to see us develop players so that 2-3 years from now we can make a run only to have Pujol decline because he could be 40 or Fielder have a heart attack because… well you know. Maybe the best decision is to sit tight and wait, let our scouts do their job and find a young 1B to develop with the rest of the kids. I was really hoping we would have A.Gon and would be okay giving him a large and long contract, but add that to the what if dreams. I also don’t trust Hendry since he loves to out bid himself… Hey Albert how does $400 mil for 15 years with a player option for years 16-18 sound.

            • Raymond Robert Koenig

              If the Cubs feel they HAVE to sign either Fielder or Pujols, assuming they hit the FA market, my pick would be Fielder because he’s 4 years younger. And he’d be 3 years younger than Soriano when Hendry signed him. Soriano’s contract would look a lot better and he’d be playing better if he were 3 years younger.

              • Michigan Goat

                I would agree but I worry about fielders durability… For obvious reasons

  • Coal

    I’m all for seven beers, but how was today the “rubber” game?

    • Joe

      You ever heard the expression “throw sh!t at the wall to see what sticks”?

      Well, I think he considers every 4th and 5th day a “rubber game” for the Cubs because aint nothin gonna stick with Russell or Coleman on the mound…

      • Ace

        Ha. Or I’m just stupid. Edited to reflect that…

    • Jeff

      I just assumed that he along with everyone else considered the Russell start a loss before it happened, so it doesn’t register as a true loss.

      I think Quade might be the only man on the planet that thinks Russell is pitching well. I am slowly losing patience with this guy, even though he seems to be Jim Hendry’s perfect compliment, incompetent in almost every aspect of running a team. The starters suck, so the lights out bullpen is rendered useless. The top of the order gets on base, but as expected, there is no one to drive them in. This is all going according to plan, float around .500 this year so they both get another year and the opportunity to screw up the team budget again for the next 7 years this offseason.

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