Happy Mother’s Day to you Mothers out there. Maybe the Cubs can take a series to honor the occasion.
- And doing so starts with Ryan Dempster. After his first altogether excellent start last time out, Dempster will look to do it again against a very good Reds lineup, that’s probably smarting after being shut down by Casey Coleman.
- Speaking of which, Mike Quade feels like he made the right move in sending Coleman back out for the seventh inning with a one-run lead, despite the youngster being at 90 pitches and in line for a win. “Ninety pitches, a 3-hit shutout, I’m not that smart,” Quade said. “I looked at a 95-pitch outing the last time and figured he was good enough to get us into the seventh. I had Woody ready. The problem with that, for right or wrong to me, if I’m going to let him pitch the seventh, I’m not pulling the cord. He’s going to get two hitters. Otherwise, he shouldn’t go out.” The last couple sentences are all kinds of confusing, but I think he’s saying that once the first guy reached in the seventh, Quade was going to at least let Coleman pitch to a second batter before pulling him. Makes sense, I suppose.
- One of yesterday’s heroes, Blake DeWitt, was making his first start in over a month. ‘‘You have to be ready for your opportunity,’’ DeWitt said of the performance. ‘‘You stay mentally ready, and when you’re on the field, you have to expect you’ll help the team.’’
- The guy whose spot DeWitt took yesterday is going through a bit of a rough patch. Starlin Castro is just 7-47 in his last 11 games as pitchers have started playing at the margins a bit more. ‘‘I feel the same,’’ Castro said. ‘‘They’re pitching me different now. They don’t throw too many strikes. I’m staying with my approach and not swinging at bad pitches.’’
- Mike Quade has fond memories of Dusty Baker. I suspect that Dusty is, indeed, very hard to dislike in that context. It’s just for fans that he was easy to dislike.
- Hey, remember when Max Ramirez was the answer to the Cubs’ back-up catcher/Koyie Hill problem? Yeah. He’s not. The Cubs released him this weekend after he struggled at AAA Iowa. Particularly with Welington Castillo needing more at bats at AAA, the move was understandable.
- Bill Bucker will be the color man for the May 20th broadcast when the Cubs take on the Red Sox. Over/under on curse references? 419.