Mike Quade got the boot yesterday for arguing a phantom call at second base in the second inning yesterday. He says he knew he was going to be ejected from the moment he left the dugout – the call was that bad.

  • Of his decision to let Garza hit for himself in the seventh inning when the Cubs were on the wrong side of a one-run game, Quade reiterated his bizarre (but repeated) belief that his setup pitchers should be reserved for games where the Cubs lead or are tied: “Two outs, nobody on, and [I was] really not wanting to use [Sean Marshall] and not necessarily wanting to use [Kerry Wood or Carlos Marmol] in a behind situation.” In Quade’s sort-of defense, Garza was still dealing, and Quade said he felt like Garza had the best chance to shut the White Sox down for the eighth and ninth. He did, but the Cubs lost anyway because they didn’t have a run on the board.
  • The best news coming out of Marlon Byrd’s return to the Cubs yesterday? It wasn’t his 0-3 effort or play in center field. It was how “normal” it felt to him. It doesn’t even sound like he was thinking about the last big league game he played – the one where he took a fastball off the face.
  • Folks see better defensive days in Starlin Castro’s future, including Castro, himself. He hopes to win a Gold Glove at some point. He’s got the athleticism and sparkling-play ability to do it, but he’s going to have to nail down the routine plays first.
  • Jim Hendry says he can’t worry about his job security going forward, but he still tosses out the injury excuse for the 2011 Cubs’ performance when he gets the chance.
  • If you want to hear the official sunshine and roses position from the Cubs, just read a few quotes from team Sales and Marketing Officer Wally Hayward. The best? Probably this one, in which Hayward is discussing 2011 playoff tickets for the Cubs: “Let’s hope that we can deal with that situation, as well as planning a World Series parade. There are a lot of games left, my friend. And people are like, ‘How can you be so optimistic?’ San Francisco last year, they were here for our [next-to-last] homestand [in 2010], and they almost didn’t get in, right? Then they ran the table. The key is you got to get in. It’s not like anyone’s running away with the division.”
  • jeff

    So, he won’t use three of his pitchers from the bullpen unless the Cubs are in a save situation? That seems like it really limits things, and puts a lot of pressure on guys who aren’t the best pitchers on the team. More genius is spewed from this man’s mouth every time he speaks. He’s starting to remind me of George W.

  • Dan0mite

    I don’t have an issue with having Garza bat. Two out, nobody on. You’re puting alot of faith in a pinch hitter and an offense that has done nothing all day and nothing to the Sox bullpen all year.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I didn’t hate it; but at the same time, Garza has less than a 10% chance of getting a hit. A pinch hitter at least doubles that figure. And on a day where the Cubs just needed a run to tie it, it was at least a questionable decision. As it was, Garza ended up throwing 114 pitches – that’s something to think about as well.

  • ry

    The cubs sales and marketing staff must really be smoking some good shit these days!

  • Dave

    Since this years Cubs cannot win three in a row, I’d say the best case scenario is that they win 2 out of every 3 for the rest of the year, which get them to 86 wins. For the Brewers or Cardinals to win 87, they need to play .540 ball the rest of the way, which seems far more realistic than the Cubs playing .667 from here on out. Just sayin…

  • ReiCow

    How long until we start giving Quade the Busty treatment for leaving starters in way too long?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      We’ve been busting his chops on that all year. And he’s deserved it all year.