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The Cubs go for a series win today against one of the (other) worst teams in baseball. If they can’t manage it, it’s time to start rooting for the 2012 number one pick.

  • Jeff Samardzjia is annoyed with himself for deflecting an 8th inning grounder that led to the winning run scoring. I would been more annoyed with the two guys I walked before that.
  • Kerry Wood hasn’t pitched since June 9 because of a blister problem, and he’s still not close to returning. Some of the blisteryness has subsided, but he doesn’t have enough toughness on the finger. Mike Quade hopes maybe Wood can be back some time next week.
  • The Cubs are considering keeping Chris Carpenter up with the big club even after Wood returns. Hard to say who would depart if Carpenter stayed, but it might be one of Rodrigo Lopez or John Grabow.
  • Mike Quade runs down the four times the Cubs were thrown out on the basepaths on Friday.
  • Interesting: “The Reds are the NL Central team making the most noise about the unfairness of being in the majors’ only six-team division.”
  • Dave

    Why should the Reds bitch? They play the Cubs, Pirates and Astros 50+ times, I’m sure the Rangers would kill for that generous a schedule.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      I imagine it’s because, if the Cards and Brewers are good (like this year), the Reds don’t have a chance to make the playoffs. It’s kind of a convenient argument this year.

      That said, I agree with the overall point.

  • Jeff

    If Wood is still more than a week away, there may be roster spots open from trades, so Carpenter could keep his spot by default. That is if the “trade evalutation period” goes well this week with our brilliant front office. “We are 14 games under .500 and 11 games out with 4 teams between us and first, and not to mention `13 games out of the wild card race with 11 teams between us and a wildcard birth. We still have to evaluate whether we think we can contend this year, because we almost beat the Yankees 2 out of 3 and we are playing better than our record suggests, and those injuries are surely keeping us from contending.” How I would love to be a fly on the wall during whatever strategy meeting these guys are going to have.

    • Michigan Goat

      I think the meeting will be more about getting resumes ready

      • Ron

        By resumes you mean Hendry, Kinney and Quade, right?

        • Michigan Goat

          Yup, anyone not named Ricketts is probably checking careerbuilder right about now

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Yeesh. That’s a terrifying window.

    • Deez

      “We are 14 games under .500 and 11 games out with 4 teams between us and first, and not to mention `13 games out of the wild card race with 11 teams between us and a wildcard birth. We still have to evaluate whether we think we can contend this year, because we almost beat the Yankees 2 out of 3 and we are playing better than our record suggests…”

      HUH?
      Glad someone is an optometrist!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

        He was making fun of Hendry.

        • Jeff

          Yeah, at this point anyone accusing me of being an optimistic Cubs fan either needs to have their heads checked or is being ironic. My “pretend quote” is a mixup of reality and some of the comments I’ve read from Ricketts on the Cubs performance this year. I know Ace is always trying to calm us by telling us that Ricketts has to stay positive and can’t admit how big a clusterf**k things have become. Me, I can’t understand who Ricketts is trying to convince with his comments. The fans? (not working) Other owners and gms? (not working) Or himself? (probably working)

          • Deez

            Man, My Bad Bro.
            I just can’t take it!
            I don’t even know what’s really real anymore, hell.
            The sh…ty ML players don’t surprise me, but when you look at our minor league system & notice how long Hendry has been there & how many ML players we have starting on our Roster befuddles me!
            We can’t even develop ML talent from w/in.

  • ry

    I think we can honestly say now that for the money the cubs are the absolute worst team in baseball. Oh hell, forget the money, the cubs are in fact the WORST team in baseball. It will be very telling to see the attendance in this next homestand. I for one hope it is down. Ricketts better do something soon. Looking at the matchups for this week, cubs will be lucky to win a game at all.

  • JB

    The Cubs are not only the worst organization in baseball but are giving the Bears a run for their money as the worst sports organization in the city.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      At least the Bears have made a run in the playoffs in recent memory.

  • Toosh

    Yup!

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