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The streak is over. Finally, the Cubs manage a win. Ryan Dempster started out with weak stuff and weak command, but by the end, he was dominant – striking out the side (including Joey Votto and Jay Bruce) in his last inning of work. The bullpen was solid, the bats were adequate, and the defense was decent. Good game all around.

  • RY34

    Finally a good performance all around; something to build on hopefully; even though we have four with Philly staring us in the face! Maybe we can beat Kendrick and Oswalt; at least we don’t see Hamels.

    • Ace

      Lee, Oswalt, and Halladay… at least no Hamels, indeed….

  • Jeff

    Nice win, good pitching from Dempster again. I hope he has figured things out and the bomb starts are only a bad memory the rest of the season.

    • Ace

      I especially hope they’re merely a bad memory to other teams…

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    What? The surging Koyie Hill doesn’t get a “yes” enhancement?

    Disgusted…

    • Ace

      Is he tradeable? Serious question. I’m assuming the answer is no…

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        I really don’t understand why the Cubs haven’t traded one of their two catchers to SF. I’d have thought that Hendry would have called up that asshat Sabean before Posey was even carted to the dugout.

        • Ace

          Perhaps Hendry has called, but is unwilling to trade Soto. And, when Hendry offered Hill, Sabean chuckled softly like a parent whose child has just asked if the moon is made of cheese.

          • TWC

            Sabean “chuckled softly”? You must not hear that douchebag speak regularly. He’s as belligerent and obstreperous as they get.

            • Ace

              I know. But I was trying to conjure a particular image, insulting to Hendry. It’s not my fault that Sabean was a required part of the setup.

              • TWC

                Man, you’re such a conjurer…

        • Raymond Robert Koenig

          If Soto is traded, who replaces his production?

          • Ace

            In what year? This year almost certainly doesn’t matter, and next year, they take a chance on Castillo.

            The other thing to keep in mind – Soto’s production half the time is crap. He’s been great during stretches, and then nothing during stretches. I don’t know that I’d advocate trading him, but I’d certainly listen to offers.

            • Raymond Robert Koenig

              I disagree. Good hitting catchers are hard to find. Thinking that Castillo can replace Soto’s production ANY YEAR just because he might tear up the minors is asking for trouble. Imagine any season where Castillo and Hill are your catching options. Yikes.

              • Ace

                As I said – I’m neither advocating trading Soto, nor suggesting that Castillo WOULD replace Soto’s production. I’m simply saying that the Cubs, given their current situation, would be crazy not to listen to someone who wants to blow them away for Soto. Again, it’s worth pointing out: Soto has had a season and a half of really awesome play, and a season and a half of shit. Which is the real Soto? He never hit worth a lick in the minors for YEARS until 2007. He’s far from a bastion of certain production.

                • Ron

                  I think Castro should be the only immovable person on this team.

                  • http://BleacherNation Bric

                    I’m pretty sure that’s the way Hendry sees it too, considering all the moves he made last July and the prospects he gave up for Garza. The problem is the salaries and NTC clauses (both of these problems created by him) which takes a lot of these players’ names off the table. It would take alot of creativity to move most of the players he wants to move and he hasn’t shown much of that in the last couple of years.

  • RY34

    Koyie Hill will never be tradeable in a million years!

    • Ace

      Unless, of course, the Cubs could trade him to themselves.

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        They’d sign him to a long-term contract first, with full no-trade clause.

  • Jamesjones

    Didnt we sweep the Phillies in a four game series last year? I think we did, we even “got” to Halladay as well.

    • Ace

      Last year’s team was better. :)

  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    I’m officially back on the bandwagon and eagerly anticipating clinching the division in September!
    Oh shit did I just jinx it…..?

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Pessimist. Why not August?

      • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

        I’m just being realistic.

  • chris

    IF someone wants Soto, let’s deal him. The guys adequate at best behind the plate and at the plate he is nothing more than a guess hitter…check him out when he’s ahead in the count 2-0, 3-0, 3-1, all he does is swing, regardless of the pitch location. And he looks silly 9 out of 10 times. But most times he just gets behind 0-2 by watching hittable strikes go right past. I credit him for being in better shape starting last year but i think he’s plateaued. He has decent “wind blowing out” power, who strikes out a ton and he fails more times than not when the situation calls for “situational” hitting. Now i wouldn’t deal him for a bag of balls and on a good team Soto behind the plate is just fine. but we are not a good team and if he can net us something in return then do it.

    • Ace

      Eh – he takes an awful lot of walks or a guy who just swings when he’s ahead in the count.

      • chris

        So color me wrong about Soto then. i’ve seen him strike out with terrible at bats too many times with men in scoring position and less than 2 outs. I guess he’s trying too hard! he’s hitting .214 with 16 bb and 3 homers and an obp of .309. And he’s a good hitting catcher? doesn’t seem that way to me. 23 homers in ’08, and since then 31 homers in 2 plus seasons. oh and Quade had him hitting fourth against the cardinals in one game over the weekend.

  • chris

    And when it comes to “un-tradeable” players; whether it be no trade clauses or huge salaries…if you can’t make a deal for some of these dudes by the deadline why not just buck up and eat the money and dump them. Seriously we have young talent in Castro, Barney, Colvin, D.J., Jackson, and Cashner. And If those guys are the future then the last thing you want is them being contaminated by old, overpaid, underperforming malcontent veterans who don’t care (aramis, fukudome, soriano mainly) So why not just cut these guys loose if you can’t deal them. Because if you can’t deal them or don’t cut them then they will still be around ( at least soriano and ramirez will be). I guess that would mean Hendry would be admitting his mistakes and provide the Ricketts with a reason to tell him to go jump in the lake. SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK IS HENDRY GONNA DO?

  • chris

    pardon my french in the above post, but we can dissect this team, the owners, the front office, Hendry, Grace getting a dui, corey patterson playing well in toronto, ryne sandberg winning in philly AAA, bob brenly actually speaking up, steve stone on the south side, lou piniella’s 5 o’clock shadow, shawon dunston having a better arm than dwight gooden, and chip caray absolutely sucking as a broadcaster, etc, till the cows come home but right now the cubs suck and it’s not my job to figure it out…HOW DO THEY GET BETTER? WHAT CAN HENDRY DO? And if there isn’t much he can do to dump some of these guys, then what????

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