My favorite part of Starlin Castro’s enormous game last night? He took a walk.
- Mike Quade has lofty goals for the rest of the Cubs’ season. “I’d love to catch the Pirates, absolutely,” Quade said. “You’d love to go on an unbelievable run and find a way to catch [the Reds]. But I think we let that take care of itself.”
- Mike Quade on breakout performer, Bryan LaHair: “I have been impressed with his at-bats to this point. We still have a lot of baseball to play. I’m not inclined to go nuts after watching a guy for four or five games.” Quade is correct that it would be silly to “go nuts” over a handful of good games, but he is resting on his refusal to “go nuts” as a justification for starting LaHair only intermittently for the rest of the year. That remains moronic.
- The Cubs have named Julian Green, a man with deep political connections in Chicago, to the newly-created position of VP of Communications and Community Affairs. I’ll give you two guesses why the Cubs brought Green on board, and if you need both of them, you haven’t been paying attention (read: it’s all about the Wrigley Field renovation).
- A discussion on the BN Message Board on the relative merits (and acceptability) of the Cubs undergoing a rebuilding process.
- The Cubs’ AAA pitching coach Mike Mason discusses three AAA Iowa pitchers, Jay Jackson, Alberto Cabrera, and Chris Rusin. While there is something to like about each (Jackson finished very well, Cabrera has good stuff, and Rusin is very polished), you can’t help but feel, when reading, that it’s a bit of damning with faint praise.
- Baseball Prospectus shreds the immediate future of the Chicago Cubs, which, like, duh. An exemplary barb: “The Cubs are among baseball’s least efficient spenders, converting the National League’s third-highest payroll into its third-worst winning percentage. Among the major culprits is an inability to catch the ball. Led by the Senior Circuit’s worst-fielding third baseman (Aramis Ramirez, minus-12.6 fielding runs above average) and pitcher (Carlos Zambrano, minus-3.6 FRAA), the North Siders have turned just 69.6 percent of balls in play into outs, the lowest success rate in baseball.”
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