Ironically, if Carlos Zambrano hadn’t given up the grand slam to Placido Polanco in the top of the seventh, Roy Halladay may have stuck in the game much longer, and may have shut out the Cubs. I probably would have felt better today if that were the case.

  • In the comments last night, I suggested that Mike Quade was going to be punished in the media for his indefensible decision to leave Carlos Zambrano out to dry in the 7th inning last night, after walking three (one intentional) to load the bases, and then giving up what proved to be the game-winning grand slam on his 128th pitch. How foolish of me not to realize that, when given the choice between correctly questioning Quade and bashing Zambrano, some folks will always choose the latter.
  • All anyone got from Quade? “I had to try to push him through the seventh, given our situation.” He’s referring to the bullpen, which was stretched thin from the extra inning game the night before. The fact that the bullpen ultimately DID get through the rest of the game with no problem (leaving, for example, Kerry Wood unused – and Wood didn’t even pitch on Thursday) appeared to be of no moment to anyone with a microphone. How could EVERYONE have let Quade off the hook like that? Are they so afraid of losing their access? Or do they not realize that Quade has become a serial offender with respect to leaving obviously-gassed pitchers out far longer than they should be? Or have they just given up?
  • Only Gordon Wittenmyer even suggested that Quade left Zambrano in too long … in the midst of a recap focused almost solely on bashing Zambrano.
  • Ok, enough ranting. You need some good news: Angel Guzman threw two scoreless innings yesterday at Peoria, striking out two and not allowing a baserunner. Even if he continues to be perfect, I doubt you’ll see him any time before the All Star break, but, considering the long odds he was given, coming back any time this year would be huge.
  • Randy Wells attributes his struggles since returning from the DL to a sinker that won’t yet sink. He’s hoping to have it back by his next start.
  • Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker are tentatively expected back on Monday.
  • Phil Rogers says the free agent compensation system is broken, primarily because top teams are getting extra early picks when they lose middling free agents. My response? They get those picks only if they offer arbitration to that middling free agent, who then declines, opting instead for a more¬†luxurious¬†deal elsewhere. Middling?
  • Speaking of draft picks, “tough sign” Trevor Gretsky may sign with the Cubs after all. Here’s hoping the Cubs had a good sense that he might sign after working him out privately, and then using their 7th pick on him.
  • Michigan Goat

    I’m starting to believe there is an unspoken role about question Q, there just might be some sort of fear when it come to question Q. But WHY? He seems way too protected for a rookie manager and isn’t a household Cub Nation name (I’d expect this if Sandburg was coach). I’m perplexed how easy he’s had it this year with the media. Regardless I don’t want him here next year, he’s proven repeatedly that he can’t manage effectively on game day.

  • Jeff

    There are very few Chicago sports writers that I have any kind of respect for anyway. The rest of them are fair weather, headline chasers who write things only to cause a stir. I’m guessing because Quade is such a long time baseball man and this is his first managing job in the majors that he is still in his grace period with media. I have a feeling the wheels will come of sooner rather than later, and he will start to hear it. I wonder if the Cubs even look at minor league numbers, I was looking at Quade’s record on Baseball Reference, he’s barely a .500 career minor league manager who has always had trouble with his pitching staffs, so he’s doing exactly what anyone who has any past knowledge of him would think he would do. Maybe that’s why he started Russell so much, he reminded him of all the great pitching he used to get when he coached double A ball.

  • LouCub

    Quade got lucky last year… Heck Hendry never really interviewed outside of the organization for that hire..I’m thinking he had Quade hired since he bypassed Alan Trammell with the interim tag after Lou resigned..That’s not doing his due dillegence, That’s why Hendry and Quade have to go…Being a Cubs fan since 1977, i’m done with the half assed crap..I know our minor league sysem has improved dramatically are Hendry and Quade 2 guys you want presiding over the youth with?? Not me

  • Prime 99

    Great post. Quade is not taking enough heat. The sick thing is, I hope the Cubs are able to clean house while he is the manager, then hire Ryno or another solid candidate moving forward. This means dealing with Quade for at least a year- maybe two.

  • Ian Afterbirth

    No one with a microphone payed much attention to the game as usual.
    They aren’t hired for their baseball acumen – they are hired to get stories that sell papers or get ratings. That being said, leaving Z in too long could lead to a nice Q-bashing story, but they went another way – the whole herd of ’em.
    I don’t think they’re afraid/intimated by Q – they’re just lazy and don’t want to be bothered to watch the games pitch-by-pitch.
    Once again, this is why I turn to BN for my information….

  • awesome

    late last year, when Ricky made that nice comment about what a great job Quade was doing, it gave Hendry an easy way out.

    now they let Quade slide cause he’s such a nice guy, like Jimmy. i read that stuff all the time, how they are such nice guys. nice or bad, they need to go.

    Ace, do you know what the real reason is for telling Alan he wasn’t in the running for Cub manager?

    • Ace

      I don’t know the real reason, but I do know that Trammel has never gotten another real shot since his earlier disaster managing performance.

    • Jeff

      I think it’s because Quade was/is the perfect guy for this situation. They bring in any other manager and they would have a hard time judging his performance with this team. I think they know what they have in Quade and are just biding time so they can clean house all at once. This mess almost can’t be blamed on Quade, no matter how much he screws up, he’s the third manager in Hendry’s tenure, the blame will go elsewhere. I am hoping they hired him because not only was he any easy hire, but it will be easy to relieve him of his duty at any point and not face much if any backlash.