How many times have the Chicago Cubs entered into the final game of a series, and you were thinking to yourself, “they *should* be going for the sweep,” or, “they *should* already have won a game”? If you answered every single series, you are probably correct. Once again, the Cubs play today without a chance for a sweep. And a two-gamer against the Reds is about as simultaneously sweepable and desirable as it gets. Sigh.
- Carlos Zambrano says he’s the one to blame for last night’s debacle. “It was all my fault,” Zambrano said before describing his critical walk of Edgar Renteria as ‘‘unacceptable,’’ and explaining that was the reason for his gesticulations in the dugout after being taken out of the game. “My team played good today. I let my teammates down the way I pitched that last inning. It’s unacceptable. If you want to blame somebody for today’s game, blame me, not my teammates.” Zambrano of year’s past might have expressed a similar sentiment, but probably wouldn’t have said so with this much earnest. He’s not quite the arm he once was, but maybe he can keep improving as a pitcher.
- Mike Quade has confirmed that, when Andrew Cashner returns (no word on his second MRI yet), Quade views him as a starter, not a reliever. Obviously physical issues could change that, but I’m very glad to hear someone in the Cubs’ organization has his head on straight when it comes to Cashner.
- Randy Wells makes his first minor league rehab start tonight for Peoria.
- Even baseball players have to be reminded to leave work at the office. Matt Garza’s wife had to tell the pitcher to stop bringing his frustration home with him. This guy clearly cares as much about the wins and losses as we do. I love that.
- Speaking of family, Doug Davis had a kid this weekend. Nicely done.
- Outfield prospects Jae-Hoon Ha and Rubi Silva each received promotions yesterday, going to AA Tennessee and High A Daytona, respectively. Each is an international signee of relatively expensive proportions, and each has been tearin’ it up this year.
- Geovany Soto was bit by the ‘Redbook’ cover curse.