Freaking Pirates. The Chicago Cubs are now 1-3 against them this year, and haven’t played the Pirates decently on the whole in over two years.
- Carlos Zambrano attributes his neck soreness to the way he sleeps and the way he watches TV. It’s an injury right up there with sneezing, hauling deer meat, and getting drunk and falling into a trash can (bonus points if you can name all three; only two are former Cubs). Or, with typing too much – another Zambrano malady. I can’t make too much fun of Z for this one as I’ve had the exact same problem from a bad TV angle. He and the Cubs still say he won’t miss a start.
- Casey Coleman is going to get bumped to AAA Iowa today when Randy Wells is activated for his start. Coleman finishes his opportunity to stay in the Cubs’ rotation with a miserable 7.32 ERA and a 2.047(!!) WHIP over eight starts and 35.2 innings. His ERA+ of 56 means he was 44% worse than the average starting pitcher over the stretch. Goo. He’s still just 23, and who knows what might happen for him down the road if he can get his command issues under control. Coleman’s a kid who, by nature, has to nibble. And if he’s not hitting his spots, he’s walking guys or getting crushed. Randy Wells has become successful with the same style, and it took Wells until he was 26.
- Marlon Byrd was on the Score today, and acknowledged that he wonders whether he’ll flinch when he first steps into the batter’s box. Hopefully not. Either way, that day is still a ways off.
- To make room on the 40-man roster for Rodrigo Lopez, the Cubs designated Robert Coello for assignment. Unless he’s claimed by another team, he’ll remain with the Iowa Cubs, where he has a 7.82 ERA in 48.1 innings, mostly starting. The man whom the Cubs traded to the Red Sox for Coello in the Spring? Tony Thomas has a humble .219/.304/.401 line for the Sox’s AAA affiliate.