By my count, the Cubs will lose 8-2 today. And then they head to Philadelphia, where they’ll face Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt. Yo.

  • Mike Quade, not meaning to, actually agreed in part with Bob Brenly’s assertion that the Cubs were a “dead-ass team.” Here’s how Quade responded: “One thing I don’t like to do is paint a whole group with a broad brush. Most of the names on this team I don’t associate with dead-ass at all. Guys play with different energy levels.” I’m sorry, most of the guys are dead-ass players? So Quade is saying that some of the current Cubs are dogging it. I don’t think we have to guess to hard to come up with at least one of those names.
  • Carlos Marmol is working with Mark Riggins to regain some of the sharpness on his slider. That’s nice. But what about the velocity on his fastball, which has taken a sudden and stark dip in recent months? I hate to suggest the sky is falling, but if Marmol is completely healthy, I’d be surprised.
  • How about this for great news? Angel Guzman is going to make his professional debut this year with the Peoria Chiefs, to whose roster he was added yesterday. Guzman, rehabbing from serious, career-threatening shoulder surgery, had been in extended Spring Training. The Cubs wouldn’t send him to one of their minor league teams unless they had hopes he might be able to work his way back to the big club.
  • Doug Davis, who stunk up the joint last night to drop to 0-5 on the season, sounds like he isn’t too pleased with Carlos Zambrano. “It’s just when you’re going bad, everybody wants to point the finger. Whether or not it has to do with Z or not, and this doesn’t, all I’m saying is that when things go bad, you want to point the finger and figure out what the heck is wrong. What you have to do is look in the mirror and say, ‘What if I played harder. What if I was a better teammate today.’ I’m not pointing anybody out or anything like that. I kind of feel for Zambrano when he did that. I know he doesn’t want to say that. But when you do, it’s because [stuff] has gone bad. You just want to turn it around.” Davis also suggested that Z’s comments should have been kept in-house.
  • Things are good in the clubhouse, though, it seems – the team bonded yesterday while watching ‘The Hangover 2’ in the clubhouse. Must’ve been one of those early-early-release DVDs…
  • I said it the day the Cubs promoted him, and it’s only proved true: the decision to promote DJ LeMahieu while he was scorching hot in AA rather than a career minor leaguer like Bobby Scales demonstrates how inept this organization is. I can’t think of another organization that would so consistently promote top prospects only to have them sit on the bench. Thank God the Cubs haven’t promoted Brett Jackson yet. LeMahieu has been given just one start and seven total at bats since he came up a week and a half ago. He’s twenty-freaking-two.
  • Speaking of prospects, 21-year-old pitching prospect Dallas Beeler – a kid the Cubs got in the 41st round of last year’s draft because he’d undergone Tommy John surgery in mid-2009 – was recently promoted from A ball Peoria to AA Tennessee, skipping over High A Daytona. That’s a pretty serious promotion, and suggests he’s a kid we should keep our eye on. He was sporting a 2.08 ERA in nine games at Peoria, and threw six scoreless innings (seven hits, no walks, four Ks) in his AA debut.
  • A little more on the Cubs’ second day draft picks here.
  • Michigan Goat

    Inept is the nicest way to explain the the complete lack of logic we’ve seen in all management decisions from the top down this year. As for Marmol, I hope he regains his touch, but unless your name is Mariano or Trevor I just don’t put faith in closers having long term success. Most seem to have a 3-4 year window… And that’s a shame since it would be awesome to have him at his best when we get good again.

  • Ian Afterbirth

    We need to hire a GM and not tell him we have a minor league system, keep him for about 2-3 years, then get a guy who might know what he’s doing and allow him to call up the then presumably “ready” kids.

  • awesome

    that’s why i blame Quade as much as Hendry. sure Hendry gets the players, but Quade makes the line up.

    • Michigan Goat

      Q is just too afraid of hurting players feelings that he refuses to bench player who need it (irregardless of wether they need it for rest, sucking, or both). He has no problem however, sitting kids that he hasn’t given a nickname or has to start because the old vet is on the DL. The vets know they will be playing, kids know they will be sitting, and hence this team is dead-ass because there is no sense of competition everyone is comfortable and suck more than they already suck.

  • Jeff

    A couple of days ago, nobody was dogging it out there, you were sure of it, and now there are some players dogging it. You can’t really be that clueless can you Quade???

    Really baffled by the decision to promote LeMahieu and bench him. It would strike me as a one time thing if they hadn’t completely f’ed up the way they handled Tyler Colvin this year. One time is a mistake, two times messing with a top prospects playing time and confidence is the beginning of a track record.

    • Ace

      Oh, it goes back way before LeMahieu and Colvin, although those are two good examples. They yo-yoed Samardzija, never made a real commitment to Felix Pie, kept changing Cashner’s role before switching him from the rotation to the pen commensurate with his promotion … it goes on. About the only prospect I can think of in the last 10 years whom the Cubs handled well is Castro.

      • wax_eagle

        they did a pretty good job with Soto too

        • Jeff

          I didn’t want to drag up all the bad memories, so I limited it to those two.

          Soto ended up being handled well, but only because another of Hendry’s genius signings, Jason Kendall, was a walking hospital while he was in Chicago. I tend to think if Soto had’t hit them over the head with his dominating numbers at triple A and his playoff performance against Arizona, we might still be watching Jason Kendall at catcher, or even worse, K.Hill would be full time.

          • cccubfan

            I don’t understand the Koyie Hill thing either. There are so many great backups out there but we still go with the sub .200 hitter. What they need to do, since Hill does handle a staff well, is give him Riggins job. I think Koyie could be the new Dave Duncan of pitching coaches…..

            • EQ

              they say the pitchers love pitching to him.. i believe he was Maddux’s personal catcher back in the day.. there was also a stat i read last year about how much lower the era was when Hill was behind the plate..

              either way, he can’t hit and there’s a ton of other backups that can hit their weight and that know how to call a game.. why don’t we get a Molina?? eveyone else has one!

              • hardtop

                i dont know, i think we are a little hard on koyie. i mean, its been repeatedly stated by players, thats its tough to establish yourself as a hitter in either a PH role, or as someone who starts 3 times a month. I thought while geo was out, he did okay, offensively. i know he hit better, average wise, over that time span than geo has up to this point… of course geo’s hitting .214, so thats not hard.

                • TWC

                  Did you just use “Koyie” and “little” and “hard-on” in the same sentence?

                  • hardtop

                    yes i did, and thats hilarious. but i know im biased, i probably shouldnt comment on old koyie. i had the opportunity to spend some time with koyie last season, and we talked about his hitting, and he was more frustrated than any of us. he’s a nice guy who really wants to play well and worked hard to overcome a pretty bad accident. but, as a cubs fan, whatevers best for the team. we probably should replace him, although with the way geo is swinging, we might need two catchers.
                    i really liked old hank white as a backup.

  • ron

    Did you watch the game last night? The Cincinatti broadcasters were ripping Quade for not knowing how to manage. It was subtle, but they dug into him at least 4-5 times and I wasn’t even paying that close of attention.

    • Dan0mite

      I’ve never watched a Cincinatti broadcast but I’ve heard the broadcasters are kinda dicks and the rip on every team for anything. So I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • Deez

      Do you think they were lying?

  • cccubfan

    I think the “doggin'” that’s going on starts with the manager and pitching coach. I was all in favor of seeing Quade take over after last years end. Now I think I made the wrong decision just like Jim Hendry did. As far as Marmol working with Riggins, where’s Larry when we need him? Ryno – Larry – – Come back….please….

  • EQ

    yeah, we rarely talk about Larry R. being a big loss… I heard the other day that in 2010 the Cubs led the bigs in “quality starts”.. we lost last year because our offense was unproductive and the bullpen was terrible outside of Marmol & Marshall.

    we’re now dead last in quality starts, and that’s after adding Garza, a 15-game winner in the AL East, which should translate in to 17 or so wins in the NL Central, you’d think. so, why did we take such a fall this year?? was Rotheschild that good of a pitching coach?? Is Riggins that bad?? WTF?

  • miggy80

    That’s pretty awesome for Angel Guzman, hope he keeps getting stronger.

  • jstraw

    I like to draw a distinction between bullshit and horseshit. Bullshit is stuff you feed me that you know is well…bullshit. Horseshit is bullshit that you actually believe. At some point when you’re being fed barnyard offal, you have to decide of you’re dealing with disingenuousness or intellectual weakness. This is where I am with Mike Quade.

    Bob Brenly doesn’t have to be saying there are 25 dead-asses on the roster to call the Cubs a dead-ass team. I’m reasonably certain that if you could get BB to go on record with the names of which players are dogging it, he would name between two and four guys. And that’s all it takes for his assessment of the team to be accurate.

    Brenly doesn’t think Barney, DeWitt, Castro, Campana, etc. are dogging it.

    You’re right, Quade’s defense of his team is no defense at all. Brenly isn’t saying that most players are dead-asses.

    • Ace

      It really was a bizarre way to respond to the comments, and I’m surprised no one else seems to have drawn the conclusion that I did. I think few want to risk their access…