I’m not interested in pooping on Marlon Byrd’s game-winning home run last night, his second home run of the year. I am, however, going to take a huge dumpalumpagus all over the fact that it yielded just his ninth RBI of the year. It’s almost June, and he’s been batting third most of the season, behind guys whose OBPs are approaching .400. That’s just criminal, and it ain’t Marlon Byrd who’s to blame for it.
- Speaking of blame, Jim Hendry is still blaming Tyler Colvin for the outfielder’s struggles to start this season. Hendry is not totally wrong, but it seems strange to be saying it – repeatedly. There’s got to be a more diplomatic way of responding to questions about Colvin than saying this: “I told him, and he agreed [that] he put himself in this spot. He didn’t produce. But [the talent] is in there.” Hendry added that Colvin could be back up in just a couple weeks, though he didn’t say what kind of move would need to precede a Colvin return.
- Yes, I said repeatedly in Spring Training and early in the year that Reed Johnson was done. He looked done (I did say when the Cubs picked him up, however, that, if used properly, he could still be useful). I’m very pleased to have been wrong that he was done. Johnson is now sporting a .400/.457/.700 line in 40 at bats this year. And I’m sporting, well… I’m pleased.
- Dave Kaplan is pretty angry about the Cubs (as, I think, most of us were after the Reds’ series). Among his recommendations, move Aramis Ramirez down in the order, bench Kosuke Fukudome and maybe Alfonso Soriano, and move Starlin Castro to second base. I’m not sure where I am on those, but he also says the Cubs should be taking fielding practice and practicing bunting every day. Can’t say I disagree on those two.
- Fangraphs talks about the possibility of regime change in Chicago, and Bruce Miles – usually mild-mannered and always insightful – makes an impassioned case for terminating Jim Hendry (whether he intended to make such a case or not). Expect a long post on the merits of moving on from Hendry later today.
- Tony Campana beat cancer as a kid. As an adult, he’ll beat the world.