The Cubs’ first inning woes continued last night, and ultimately doomed them. I read a stat recently that every single Cubs’ starter’s first inning ERA is higher than his overall ERA this year. Ryan Dempster gave up three first inning runs last night, and then shut down the Brewers. But it was too late.
- Never fear! Mike Quade remains resolute in his belief that the Cubs can get back in the race this year. He cautions that he’s not “a lunatic,” but he thinks anything can happen in this division. He’s right, of course, but “anything” won’t be happening for the Cubs this year. I kid, but what else is he supposed to say? “Yup, we’re out of it. I suck, we suck, you suck, print it.”
- As long as Jim Hendry is convinced the Cubs are out of it, that’s all that matters to me. He’s the one with decisions to make at the trade deadline.
- Bruce Levine had his weekly chat yesterday, and, although it touched on a bunch of the “cubs rumor” stuff, there really isn’t much to report. Status quo and all that.
- Kerry Wood has a touch of the flu.
- Fluff on Starlin Castro’s awesomeness and future awesomeness.
- Marlon Byrd remains the man – he got into a shouting match with a guy wearing a Cubs’ shirt before the game yesterday (but, Brett, you said Byrd was the man?), but the guy was being belligerent (holding a beer), telling Byrd that the “Cubs suck.” Byrd told him to put on a Brewers jersey, and headed off to sign autographs for a group of Cubs fans. I think I love him. Of course, I still think the Cubs should aggressively be shopping him. He’s hitting .314 with a .799 OPS, all while playing solid center field, folks. Make your offers.