- Mike Quade is getting crap everywhere you look this morning for having Jeff Samardzija pitch to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the 12th with two outs yesterday, before Pujols ultimately hit the game-winning homer. As much as I rail on Quade for his questionable decisions, I’m just not sure I can beat him up too badly for this one. Pujols has one of the best hitters in the game going behind him, and the odds that a runner scores from first is slightly higher than the odds Pujols hits a homer. I could, however, also agree with walking him. I suppose what I’m saying is, Quade had a tough decision with two reasonable choices. He chose, and the game ended. I don’t think we can retroactively call the decision questionable simply because Pujols went deep.
- The only thing I don’t understand is one part of Quade’s rationale for pitching to Pujols: he says that, because the pitcher spot was coming up in two batters, it made sense to let Pujols hit. Guh? With the pitcher spot coming up after Berkman, who was after Pujols, wouldn’t it make more sense to walk Pujols (and Berkman) and take your chances with the pitcher (by my count, the Cards were out of bench players)?
- Randy Wells threw just 75 pitches yesterday, but was removed early because (a) it was so hot and he’s still getting his arm strength back, and (b) Mike Quade thought the game hung in the balance with Berkman and Rasmus coming up. It turns out his was right, but Sean Marshall couldn’t keep the tying run from scoring.
- Tyler Colvin is 0 for his last 23, and it’s painfully easy to see why. He has gaping holes in his long, Soriano-esque swing. The league has figured him out, and he hasn’t made any adjustments. Obviously the Cubs haven’t made it easy for him, but right now, he’s not helping.
- My guess that we’d see Rodrigo Lopez move to the bullpen when Matt Garza comes off the DL tomorrow, leaving Doug Davis in the rotation, was probably right.
- Speaking of Davis, he is 43 days away from qualifying for a pension. This is the kind of thing that gets discussed when the team is 10 games under .500 in early June.
- Len Kasper compares Darwin Barney to Ryan Theriot, and rightly calls Theriot an idiot: “Ryan Theriot was a guy who could make flashy plays, was fast and had a couple of really good seasons for the Cubs. I just think the baseball acumen, the IQ for Darwin Barney is a little higher.”
- The Cubs are going to make one of those “It Gets Better” videos, which is nice. If only I could believe that were true with respect to the Cubs’ performance…
- Jeff Stevens and Robert Coello remain in the organization after they were DFA’d last week and no one claimed them.
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