Doug Davis, who gave up 12 hits, three walks, and 10 earned runs in just over four innings to the Giants yesterday had this to say about his opponent after the game: “They’re a pitchable team. I think there’s holes in everyone’s swings. If you’re able to execute, you can be successful against this team.” How many times in a row did you miss those obvious holes, Doug?
- Yesterday, Giants manager – and NL All Star manager – Bruce Bochy named Mike Quade to the NL All Star team’s coaching staff. Quade replaces recently-unemployed Jim Riggleman. The only possible explanation? Bochy didn’t feel like making a phone call to name someone else to the team, and, since Quade was just over in the other dugout…
- Kerry Wood will throw a simulated game today, and the Cubs are hoping they can plan a schedule for his return from a blister afterward. Wood says his finger is feeling much better, but we’ll see how things go today.
- More Carlos Pena trade talk here and here. Separately, I’ve heard that the Diamondbacks and Rays, among others, are interested.
- Shawon Dunston, Jr. continues to mull his decision about whether to sign with the Cubs or head to Vandy. While money will be an issue in terms of a signal of value, the Cubs won’t be able to straight-up buy Dunston (similar to Trevor Gretzky). Instead, they’ve got to convince him that his best path to the Majors is to start professional ball now (and in the Cubs’ organization).
- Tyler Colvin is working on the mechanics of his swing while he tries to get back to the bigs. Colvin’s hitting .295 and slugging .600 at Iowa this year, but his OBP – always an issue with him – is just .306. He has three walks in 112 plate appearances.