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Sure. Now the Cubs beat the Brewers.

Casey Coleman was great, and Geovany Soto provided all of the offense. Literally – Soto drove in all five Cubs’ runs on two homers and a run-scoring single.

But I can’t get over Coleman’s game.

  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

    Hey it’s Bizzaro Cubs even Campana was caught stealing

  • philoe beddoe

    gotta admit, haven’t been watching much….does Coleman have any “stuff”?

    • Joe Cartwright

      Did Soto send you?

    • CubFan Paul

      Coleman’s stuff is better than average but his problem is & always been Consistency ..77mph slider, 93mph fastball, &other breaking/sinking stuff

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Coleman’s stuff is good enough to be a back-end starter, but ONLY if he’s really hitting his spots (as he was last night). As Paul says, his problem has been consistency – he doesn’t always hit his spots.

        • CubFan Paul

          the ‘best’ part of Coleman’s stuff to me is how he “squares up” to homeplate after his delivery, which puts him in a good defensive stance ..kinda like Maddux ..he’s no Maddux, but defense up the middle starting with the pitcher is important ..i hate seeing guys deliver a pitch & “fall off the mound” ..basically, i like his mechanics

          the 5th Starter spot will be stiff with competition in 2012 ..cheap competition too (coleman, cashner, wells, & samardzija -$3.25mil is kinda cheap ..the dark horse is Chris Carpenter, in my opinion)

          • hardtop

            Carpenter looks like a bullpen guy all the way to me. his velocity is awesome. id love to have a guy like that come-in in the 8th and smoke some suckas… Whats the experts take on CC? does he have the stuff to be a big league reliever?

            • CubFan Paul

              i know Carpenter wanted to be one of the September call ups (his tweets) and instead he wasnt because Ramon Ortiz is sooo awesome.

              but hopefully he gets to stretch out this offseason, because going to the bullpen wasn’t his decision and hopefully a new front office will take a chance and give him a shot because like Cashner he has “front of the rotation” stuff too

  • Joe Cartwright

    All I have to say is why the hell is Jeff Baker getting starts in right field? It’s like Quade absolutely refuses to play Colvin. It’s not like Baker did better than Colvin would’ve.

    • CubFan Paul

      Baker always starts against lefties ..Colvin never

  • die hard

    Coleman will become next Greg Maddux….dont give up on him

  • TC

    An such an asinine statement is based on what, exactly? Sarcasm, right?

  • die hard

    dead serious…hes got a toughness to him that reminds me of Maddux…just needs some tweaking to his game…hopefuly Maddux or other former player with good techniques will work with him

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The only think about Coleman that reminds me of Maddux is the movement on his fastball. Very hard tail. But he doesn’t have the other stuff of Maddux, nor (more importantly) the insanely precise control.

    • TC

      I don’t know, but toughness will only get a guy with marginal stuff so far. Remember, Maddux wasn’t just tough, but he was also one of the top 10 or so pitchers in the history of the game. This was because of his impeccable control, above average stuff, and some really generous umpires. Casey Coleman has none of those things, and that will keep him from ever becoming more than a replacement 5th starter

  • Cubbie Blue

    Cubfan paul: If you say coleman, wells, jeff, or carpenter will be fighting for the Number 5 spot…… then i wanna know WHO THE HELL IS OUR 2,3,4 guys gonna be?

    • CubFan Paul

      ha! 1. Garza
      2. CJ Wilson -free agent acquistion to the tune of 5yrs/$90million with 2 club option years
      3. UNKNOWN – new GM will trade for a bonified starter from a small market team that can’t/won’t pay arbitration, like how Hendry acquired Garza but the new GM won’t give up 5 guys for him like Trader Jim (also see how Brewers acquired Marcum & Greinke)
      4. Dempster -hopefully re-signed to a new 2yr/$20million deal to match his declining performance
      5. Samardjiza, Wells, & Cashner are the favorites but will probably be unfairly given to Cashner again

    • Joe Cartwright

      Oh man! Were you thinking one of them was going to be our 2,3 or 4 starter? Ha ha, and we thought this rotation was bad.

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