Mike Quade Defends His Use of Starters and Other Bullets

Today, the Cubs throw out Doug Davis, a guy whom the Cubs signed as a last-ditch option early in the year. The Phillies counter with Roy Oswalt, a stud for whom they traded last year. That’s after Cliff Lee, a stud for whom they once traded, and then signed this year. And that’s after Roy Halladay, a stud for whom they traded. Must be nice.

  • Matt Garza pitched well against a tough lineup yesterday in his second start back from the DL. “I feel a lot better,” Garza said. “I feel like my control is coming back. I was able to throw a great breaking ball today, good curveballs, which I’ve been throwing for a couple of starts. Another good step forward for me personally.”
  • Of course, Garza did throw over 110 pitches, which seems high for a guy just one start removed from an elbow injury. Finally, some folks with microphones actually asked Mike Quade about his penchant for leaving starters in too long. Quade’s response was predictably about saving the bullpen. “It’s just the way I look at things when we’re going to the bullpen a lot and I don’t have the luxury of having a bunch of [relievers] like I’ve had a few times this year. So more times than not, we’ll have to be in a good position late in the game to win a ballgame for me to exhaust more [relievers] that have already worked a lot. That’s the way I do things.” So, Quade is more worried about exhausting the bullpen than his starters. Got it.
  • DJ LeMahieu’s Major League benching is set to expire tomorrow when Jeff Baker returns to the Cubs. Of the experience, which took one of the Cubs’ best and hottest prospects and sat him down with almost no playing time for two weeks, Mike Quade is making no apologies. ”He knew, we all knew how we were going to use him and what he was getting into. The value of the experience being here is important. Sure, you’d like to be playing him every day. But it’s good to get a taste and a feel. So your development continues, whether it’s down there or here — probably there down the road. And then you come back and you’re not in awe. He has handled himself great.” I’ve made no secret that I thought the Cubs’ decision to promote LeMahieu over a minor league vet like Bobby Scales was asinine. I still think it. But I can at least see the virtue in getting a kid a taste of the big league experience and coaching. I just would have preferred that the taste include a few more starts. Pending today’s game, LeMahieu will finish his first go-around with the Cubs with one hit and two strikeouts in just nine at bats.
  • I hope Tom Ricketts was paying attention to this: Yesterday, the Phillies recorded their 158th straight sellout with a crowd of 45,738.
  • Ryan Dempster does an excellent Harry Caray impression (well, more accurately, he does an excellent impression of Will Ferrell doing a Harry Caray impression) (h/t Matt Clapp):

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18 responses to “Mike Quade Defends His Use of Starters and Other Bullets”

  1. Raymond Robert Koenig

    That’s what the Cubs SHOULD be able to do. Be in contention at the trading deadline every season, have the prospects that other teams want and have the payroll room to add quality players. But that’s not the case. Who’s responsible?

  2. Ian Afterbirth

    I was always a Brickhouse/Vince Lloyd guy, but I had some affection for Caray (mostly in his White Sox days) and prefer these caricatures (and poorly done I might add) not replace my more accurate memories. Then again he did become a caricature of himself didn’t he?

  3. pfk

    Anybody remember Jack Quinlan? He was phenomenal, too bad he died so tragically and so young.

    1. Ian Afterbirth

      I don’t remember Quinlan. I DO remember – oh what that kid’s name? Bill Mantlo? Who died of testicular cancer. No – I’m not trying to be funny. It was pretty dang tragic.

      1. Ian Afterbirth

        Wait – Bill Mantlo was a writer for Marvel comics in the 70s/80s…

    2. Roughriider

      Yes, I remember Quinlan and remember the day he had the accident in Mesa Az that took his life in 1965. Also the guy that Ian is writing about was Steve Macko.

  4. Raymond Robert Koenig

    Ahhhh! For the days of Brickhouse and Lloyd. And don’t forget Boudreau! Thank you for making me think back on those guys. And the players from those teams too. And Durocher.

    1. Ian Afterbirth

      I only left Boudreau out because I just mentioned him wistfully the other day here…

      1. Raymond Robert Koenig

        I miss those days.

  5. Raymond Robert Koenig

    I don’t remember Quinlan. Tell us about him.

    1. Roughriider

      Quinlan’s classic call of the final out of Don Cardwell’s no-hitter on May 15, 1960, transcribed from a phonograph record of Cubs history issued in 1971. The batter for the opposing St. Louis Cardinals is Joe Cunningham. The Cubs left fielder is Walt “Moose” Moryn.

      “ Ball 3, strike 1 on Cunningham… Here’s the pitch… Strike 2! (Wrigley Field crowd roars) … Cunningham’s arguing now… he’s back here barkin’ at Tony Venson, the plate umpire… he’s really sore… he is really peeved at that strike two, that was called… One more pitch could end it… You know what kind of a pitch we’re hopin’ for: The dark one! Blow it past him Don! … Here comes the biggest pitch of this ballgame… Lined into left field… (crowd gasps) … Here’s Moryn comin’ … (crowd roars) … HE CAUGHT IT! He caught it! A no-hitter! A no-hitter for Cardwell! Moryn made a great game-saving catch! It’s a no-hitter for Cardwell… his teammates are mobbin’ him… Cardwell’s teammates are poundin’ him to death!
      I was there and remember it but I was only 9 years old.

      1. Raymond Robert Koenig

        I’ve heard replays of that call.

  6. LouCub

    There’s an audio clip of Harry Carray’s greatest moments on You Tube and one where it was him, Vince and Lou during the Sandberg Game in 1984, after Ryno tied it off Sutter for the second time… Harry screaming “he did it again!!!” and Vince and Lou just literally screaming their heads off…It gave me chills…I grew up listening to them and they were awesome, Brickhouse too!!!

  7. awesome

    I’ll ask again, did Castro sit his first 2 weeks up here? going on Quade’s answer, every kid prospect we bring up will sit for the first 2 weeks, then sent down again.

    sitting anywhere does not give a kid good valuable experience. what did he learn? so now we have no idea what he can do or how far away he is.

    the excuse used to be ST was the time to give a kid some ML experience.

    nothing, i say nothing is better experience than playing, playing a lot.

    was Jack the one partnered with Lou? yes he, they were very good together. they always play back a taped live (or is it live taped) radio commercial of women’s panties. neither wanted to do it and it was hilarious. think it was panties, correct me if I’m wrong.

  8. Ian Afterbirth

    Links! Give me links!

  9. awesome

    he’s been leaving the starters in too long from start of season, so his excuse that the pen is spend doesn’t wash with me, plus, what’s wrong with using Woody? he’s pitched once in a week, don’t tell me he’s tired. I’m sick of this 19 year minor league manager.

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