The Ryan Dempster/Mike Quade dust-up will be the primary discussion piece from this game (about which, more later), but, setting that aside, the Cubs had a nice win here.

  • terry

    top 4 is probably about what it should have been all along

    • Michigan Goat

      Agreed, which means Q is bound to change it

      • Joe

        I bet right now he’s thinking “Alright, this one works. Now let’s try this…”

        • Michigan Goat

          Can you say Hill our next leadoff man

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    I wish the cubs would let Hill go and bring up Wellington Castillo

    • Dan0mite

      The only problem with that is, you are asking a kid that is still learning to sit 5 days a week.

  • BT

    I can remember when Quade was a complete moron for NOT batting him 3rd.

    • Brett

      I remember when he was a moron for sticking to Byrd batting third. I remember when he was a moron for not batting Ramirez third. I don’t remember when he was a moron for not batting Castro third – though it was definitely worth trying.

      • Michigan Goat

        Brett didn’t you have a post where you laid out the argument that Castro should bat third.

        • Brett

          I did (back in April). Here it is:

          Notable quotes include, “There’s nowhere else to put him. For now.” And, “Usually, a guy is in the three hole because he’s *the* guy. Right now, Castro might very well be *the* guy, but I’m not convinced.”

          My conclusion was that he should continue to get a look in the three-hole because no other iteration of the lineup made sense at the time (mostly because Barney was raking in the two-hole, and Fukudome was doing nicely leading off). The money quote:

          “I’m not saying that Castro should be the number three hitter in perpetuity. In fact, I fully expect that Fukudome will cool, Barney will revert to his minor league career averages, and there will be two better choices for Castro in the lineup. But until those things happen, Castro should remain in the three hole.”

          I win at the Internet.

          • Michigan Goat

            I was right there with you at that point and even applauded Q for putting him there, but I think everyone can agree it takes Q too long to see the error of his ways. I hope he keeps the current lineup as is, but I hope he starts to give Castro some rest as we get into the hot part of the season and let’s not forget Castro has never played this much baseball. I hope he starts to give him the day off on games before off days.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      I cringed every time he had Castro batting third.

  • Ian Afterbirth

    Fukudome has only 12 RBI???

  • http://Bleachernation Bric

    I really enjoyed listening to Soup Campbell last night. Maybe Q will canned at the break, Brenly will coach in the interim and Soup can do the color. I know these moves don’t mean much in the standings for this year but it would at least send the message from Ricketts that this BS is unacceptable. Ricketts has gotta see that Q and Hendry’s cred is already shot. He’s only hurting himself by leaving them in the job.

  • al

    bric, are you just looking around the room and saying you love things??

    • Michigan Goat

      I love lamp

      • Ian Afterbirth

        Dennis Lamp?

  • al

    i saw bric kill a man with a trident!!

    • Bric

      I did, and it was a stick of the gum, not the weapon.

  • al

    boy that ball got outta here in a hurry!! its like he knew what was coming..he did..i told him…

  • ry

    john grabow SUCKS! that dude is so worthless, cannot wait for his sorry ass to get the hell out of here! cut him and bring up some kid who cannot do any worse!