Tired of Blasting Mike Quade and Other Bullets

A baby who wasn’t particularly interested in sleeping last night means today’s Bullets come later than usual. My schedule’s all screwed up, why shouldn’t your reading schedule be screwed up, too?

  • Of his dominant performance against the Brewers on Monday, Casey Coleman said his dad – a former big league pitcher, himself – gave him a tip about pitching from the right side of the rubber against righties, and that made all of the difference. I hope he’s right. The guy that pitched on Monday can have a spot in the Cubs’ rotation any year.
  • Fangraphs says Randy Wells is neither as good as he’s been recently, nor as bad as he was earlier in the season. One scary factoid: Wells’ BABIP in August was a scant .181, which is completely unsustainable. I still think he can be a good rotation option next year, but he’s got to earn it.
  • Paul Sullivan takes to his mailbag and says he’s tired of answering the same questions about Mike Quade’s lineup decisions this and last month. It seems strange to keep selecting those questions for your mailbag if you’re tired of answering them (why not just, you know, pick other questions to answer?), but I can only agree with Sullivan: I’ve grown weary of blasting Quade for incessantly playing “veterans” so he can “win” and “catch the Pirates.”
  • Speaking of which, Quade says he might get prospective back-up catcher Steve Clevenger a start in the final series of the season. That’ll help the next GM evaluate Clevenger as a possible back-up catcher for 2012 – one start!
  • Joe Cowley evaluates whose season has been more frustrating: Cubs’ fans, or White Sox’s fans? He concludes, primarily because of the Ozzie Guillen drama, that it’s been more frustrating for White Sox fans. Given the expectations that existed before the season, I won’t disagree too vehemently.
  • Bryan LaHair was named the Cubs’ minor league player of the year, which, like, duh. Jeff Beliveau took the pitcher of the year honors after tearing up two levels (High A and AA) as a reliever.
  • Jay Jackson (AAA SP), Nate Samson (AA UTL), Justin Bour (High A 1B), and Austin Kirk (A SP) also won awards for community service, the first time the Cubs are handing out such awards. Of Jackson, the Iowa Cubs said he is “becoming known as much for ‘pitching in’ around the community as he is for pitching.” Excusing the painful pun, that’s a guy I’d like to cheer for in Chicago.
  • BN user philoe beddoe is posting a series on the Message Board of the “All Crype Team,” crype being philoe’s word for a hyped prospect who proved to be crappy Major Leaguer. A warning, though: reading the series will make you deeply depressed about what should have/could have been. Already featured are Earl Cunningham, Ty Griffin, Ryan Harvey, Brooks Kieschnick, and Gary Scott. It hurts me just to type those names.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

5 responses to “Tired of Blasting Mike Quade and Other Bullets”

  1. Mike

    I’m always extraordinarily skeptical of stuff like that Coleman story. If it’s really that simple, why did his former major league pitching father wait until his 16th major league start at the age of 24 to tell him something like that?

    1. Jim

      Because he’s smart enough not to watch Cubs games.

  2. philoe beddoe

    thanks for the pub Brett..you the man…

    it may sound silly, but I always talk to my pitchers about that “side of the rubber thing” (I coach H.S. baseball..I know BFD, trust me)..let’s hope Casey’s next outing is remotely close to the last one…

    1. Jeff

      When I pitched in high school it was such an obvious thing to move from one side of the rubber to the middle when facing different batters, but no one really did it.  I only pitched relief occasionally, but I had much better outcomes from working from different locations on the pitching rubber.  I think because it’s such a simple thing, it’s easy to overlook.  I’m sure guys in the majors are worried about mechanics and release points, and whether Prince Fielder is going to line drive that hanging curveball into you gullet.  I can see how it would be overlooked, and would like to point to this situation, and the late summer adjustments of Randy Wells to say how terrible a job Mark Riggins is doing.  Other people are doing his job for him, and he’s slid under the radar the whole year on things like this.

  3. Larry

    I am not trying to be critical, but why did Casey Coleman’s dad wait this long to tell his son about the advantages of pitching from different sides of the rubber? You would think that would have been something he shared when Casey started to struggle or even before that.