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It would be very easy to criticize Sean Marshall for blowing this game, and I suppose, to some extent, that would be accurate (though anyone facing Victorino-Utley-Howard is going to have some issues). But I don’t think too many teams can score three runs in the first, then do absolutely nothing for eight innings and expect to win.

At least some of the bullpen looked good.

  • Michigan Goat

    Riddle me this Q? How does putting Marshall out against the middle of the Phils order, after he was hit hard and labored yesterday, helping to “save” the bullpen? Did occur to you after Utley’s double that maybe, just maybe the Phils were onto Marshall? Why did Samarj have to be pulled after pitching a good inning? How could you have coached this long and be this inept managing pitchers? Oh and Mr. Riggins, I see you hiding back there, do you even have a voice? I can handle losing, I can handle bad luck, I can handle God’s wrath, but I can’t handle inept management.

    • TWC

      I couldn’t agree more, MG. And I can’t fathom Quade’s decision to put Marshall in after getting shelled yesterday. Was it the lefty vs. lefty nonsense? I really think that strategy is a little played out, especially if the team you’re playing pounded you the day before.

      • Ace

        Eh. Utley and Howard are two of the better lefty hitters in the league – and Marshall is one of the two best lefties in the league. I can’t really fault Quade for this one.

        • Michigan Goat

          I understand why it makes sense, but someone should have at least visited Marshall after hitting Victorino and Utley’s double. A serious meeting on the mound should have happened before facing Howard (who seems to have broken his slump thanks to us). It goes to Q’s strategy to allow pitchers to go one batter, one pitch too long.

  • ry

    is q using the magic eight ball to make his decisions? this may go down as one of the worst hires ever; oh wait a minute it is just par for the course for an idiot like hendry. i will have the biggest party ever once dumb, dumber, and dumbest are finally shown the door; that is if the rickets have the cahones to even make a decision that is so blatantly in the best interest of the cubs!

  • Ace

    Word is Kerry Wood has a blister that may send him to the DL. Cubs might decide tomorrow. We need to count the injuries. It’s becoming legendary.

    • Michigan Goat

      At least we winning in the injury scorecard.

      • TWC

        Winning the injury scorecard? We’ve already clinched the injury division & home field advantage…

        • Michigan Goat

          Yeah but come playoff time we might get too healthy, get swept, and realize we need more left-handed injuries.

  • Zach

    Where has Kerry Wood been for the last week? I like how Quade says that he has to keep the starters in longer so the bullpen doesn’t get overused, but when Kerry Wood hasn’t pitched in 4 or 5 games you decide to put in Marshell who pitched yesterday and didn’t do very well.

  • ME1963

    This again is living proof of what I say repeatedly…we have a manager who has this job by luck and a pitching coach who does not have a clue how to manage a big league staff!

  • Hogie

    This game could have been a ton worse. I’m a little dissapointed that the offense fell asleep after the first, but the only real complaint I have is that Davis continues to get sent out there. He only allowed two runs, but this was by no means a good start. This is the Phillies we are talking about guys, you know, best record in the league. I am pretty happy that the box made it look like we were competitive for three of these games. I don’t feel like this was a mismanaged game, and I feel like I have been a lot more dissapointed after a series than I am for this one.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    I see aramis wants to actually wants to stay beyond 2011…at least that’s what Carrie muskat reports

    • Ace

      Where are you seeing that, Ramy?

  • pfk

    The series turned out about as expected with the Cubs coming away with 1 win. The Phillies are just that much better. The division is turning out pretty much as I expected too. I thought it would be the Brewers, Cards, Reds and then the Cubs. I never thought they would be competitive within the division. The surprise is Pittsburgh being 4th but I still think the Cubs can finish 4th. But 4th?!! It is only acceptable if we are positioning for a rebuild and a push for 2012 or more likely 2013. The silence from Ricketts is deafening BUT the silence could also mean there is change in the works. It is at a tough time like this that if you are 100% behind your GM, you come out in support and tell everyone to back off. The silence may mean that the support is not 100% and he is evaluating the situation. Ricketts is the one who said, on several occasions, that he would hold Hendry accountable. If true, then support at this time is not warranted and hence the silence. Ricketts’ respnse that we are struggling because of injuries was probably more of a knee jerk comment in being caught off guard than a serious answer. He’s not one to pop off on the spur of the moment and rant. So, I throw away that comment. What I don’t throw away is the lack of comment now. The silence may be deafening but it brings some measure of hope.

    • Ace

      I am reading the recent silence as the machinery of change is in motion.

      • jstraw

        Wishful thinking. Ricketts is on pace to cure me of Cubs fandom.

        • pfk

          I don’t think its wishful thinking. I really do think that change is in the air and there’s a whole lot going on behind the scenes. Yes, we want Ricketts go go Steinbrenner on the team and blast everyone and fire anybody he comes into contact with that day, but Ricketts isn’t like that. He has the family fortune tied up in this and you don’t get a fortune to begin with if you are stupid. He also has his MBA from the Univ. of Chicago (one of the best schools in the world) and this mess is a textbook business study on organizational accountability and reorganization. This is a HUGE moment in his ownership and my guess is he is knee deep in planning for big changes. He got Naples, Florida to come in as a shill to get Mesa to act for a multi million dollar facility and that was a shrewd move on his part. Something tells me there is another shrewd move in the works.

          • jstraw

            Why do you think moves are in the works? You’re telling me why he should be but not why you think that he is. Also, he doesn’t have the family fortune tied up in the Cubs,

            • Hogie

              That seemed to explain exactly why he thinks that the he is, it’s a buisiness, he is an educated, succesfull buisinessman, and he has already shown that he can use leverage and make moves to get things done. While you are right, the whole fortune of the Ricketts family isn’t all invested into the Cubs, they did liquidate about 1/4 of the family shares in Ameritrade and take on substantial debt to make the perchace. One thing you can say without doubt is that the family is going to explore the options.

          • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/5386b75c5ecdcd1a7490dde9cd6dd3fa?s=80 Jeff

            Rickett’s getting Naples to bid up the Arizona project was a brilliant move. Florida was pretty desperate to get the Cubs to move there. They were ready to build them their own complex with all the amenities, and they fully appreciate the value of the Cubs fan base, unlike Arizona which seems p.o.’d that they are being asked to pay for the Cubs project. It’s really the best move of his tenure so far, and it is laying the groundwork for making this a true national market team who’s brand extends and is recognized everywhere.

            As good a start as that was, his other moves are so far slow in coming. Anyone else have a major league jealous streak run through them watchng the Mavericks celebrate last night? I like to think I’ll give Ricketts a fair shot, but it will be hard to not compare him to what might have been.

        • Ace

          I have reason to believe, beyond my gut, that it’s not just wishful thinking. Unfortunately, I can’t say any more than that. Which sucks.

          • Hogie

            You tease!

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

      I wish but I doubt.

      • pfk

        OK, I think its time for the Bleacher Nation Casino to start taking bets on this. Hmmmm, anybody been to the casino? I hear the babes are unbelievable. To get in, you have to knock on the door and when the peep hole opens he asks you, “Who was the Cubs PA announcer that worked from field behind the plate?” If you know the answer, you get in.

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

          Can I just *watch* Casino instead?

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