Today, while I quietly honor those who were lost 10 years ago, I like to remember the feeling that came a few days after 9/11. And then built, steadily, over the following weeks. I never felt more proud to be an American, and more resolute in my belief that we are all incredibly fortunate to live in this country. God bless America. Again.
- Randy Wells is on fire. In his last 10 starts – that’s a third of a season – he’s averaging 6.5 innings, seven base runners, and just 2.3 ER per start. His ERA is 3.15 over that stretch, and batters are putting up a mere .645 OPS against him. In his last four starts, he’s 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA. I said a month ago that he was going to have put together a dominant stretch for me to have some measure of comfort that he should be considered a solid back-end option going into the Spring next year. He’s done it. He should still have to fight for a rotation spot, mind you, but I’m feeling a whole lot better about his presence.
- The Cubs are apparently waffling on whether Andrew Cashner will stretch out as a starter in the Arizona Fall League, or if he’ll stick in the bullpen (which would, presumably, set him up to remain in the pen next year). There could be medical reasons, and I’ll defer on that, but… what the hell changed between two days ago and today? As of the end of the week, the plan according to everyone was for Cashner to start in the AFL (indeed, that was the reason he was pitching in the AFL) so that he could be in a position to start in the Spring. Surely the changed tune can’t be Cashner’s ONE dominant relief outing in the interim. It just can’t. All I know is this: if Cashner, medically, can be a starter, he should be a starter. The Cubs don’t need another late inning reliever. The Cubs desperately need a quality starter.
- It’s mid-September, and we’re still talking about the crappiness of the Cubs’ hitters with runners in scoring position. And Mike Quade is still banging his head into the wall. “Sometimes you’re not as patient as you need to be,” Quade said. “Pitchers attack you different and maybe make adjustments to how they have maybe attacked you in your first two at-bats when there were no RBIs involved versus now, and all those adjustments that go into it. I know Rudy’s talked till he’s blue in the face and worked with guys about it – but ultimately they’ve got to make the adjustments and try to get it done.
- At least some Cubs are finding postseason success: the High A Daytona Cubs are up 2-0 in the best of five Florida State League Championship Series, and the AA Tennessee Smokies won the North Division Championship Series, which sends them to the Southern League Championship Series this week.
- Catch a movie at Wrigley Field.