Rodrigo Lopez goes for the Cubs today, which means that the Reds will fail to score for about three or four innings.
- Today the Cubs are expected to increase their September call-ups by three, now that AAA Iowa’s season has ended: infielder DJ LeMahieu, lefty reliever John Gaub, and outfielder Lou Montanez. Each has already had a cup of coffee with the Cubs, but only LeMahieu and Gaub figure to have a chance to stick in the Cubs’ plans post-2011. Gaub could find ML work as a LOOGY (he was dominant in the minors after the Cubs landed him in the Mark DeRosa deal, but he’s not been able to put enough together to get a long shot in the bigs). LeMahieu will compete for the second base job, and possibly the third base job, next Spring.
- The Cubs will probably add a couple more – reliever Rafael Dolis and catcher Steve Clevenger are strong possibilities – when AA Tennessee’s playoff run is over.
- The Cubs have activated Andrew Cashner from the 60-day disabled list, and he proclaimed himself 100%. He’ll likely make his re-debut on Wednesday, assuming the game situation allows it…
- Despite being near the top of the league in errors all year, Starlin Castro wants to stay at shortstop for the foreseeable future. “I want to stay there for my whole career,” he said. “I am working hard … this is the position I played my whole career.” The cynic in me says I can, of course, understand his desire: a shortstop who can hit will make a whole lot more money over the course of his career than a second or third baseman who can hit. There are reasons to believe Castro’s defense can improve, too – he tantalizes you with an incredibly smooth play, and then he chucks one. I think he’ll get better.
- Patrick Mooney reviews the Matt Garza trade a season later. If you ask me, it’s still too early to really tell who won the deal, if anyone.
- Dusty Baker remains maddeningly oblivious. When asked about why the Cubs continue to lose, and what advice he might give the organization as it undergoes changes, Dusty whipped out this brilliance: “I can’t give them any advice and have them beat me. I had answers when I was there, and they didn’t want to listen to them. They ask me that question [about the Cubs losing] all the time, and I’ve got the same answer: I don’t know why. I tried to help them win over there. They ran me out of town.” Baker won 145 games combined in his final two years with the Cubs, and proved himself one of the most brutally bad decision-makers I’ve watched run the Cubs. Yes, I’m sure you had all the answers, Dusty. We were just too stupid to listen. That must be why you’ve had exactly one winning season in four with the Reds despite playing with an impressive stable of talent in a crappy division.
- Brett Jackson is excited to play for Team USA again.