What kind of fool was I for talking about abysses and such yesterday? The Cubs haven’t had the lead in a game in 59 innings. Wrap your head around that one.
- Dale Sveum was pleased with Travis Wood’s start last night, and how could you not be? He allowed just four base runners in 5.2 innings. “I tip my hat to him,” Sveum said of Wood. “I know he’s gone through some adversity through all this and he’s had two really impressive starts for us.” Sveum added: “Travis was great. He did a great job …. He was really, really good. He kept the ball down. He had a good changeup — 12 mph off his fastball, with really good fade. He didn’t use much of anything else [as an off-speed pitch].” Wood was replacing Chris Volstad, who didn’t have a truly good start in any of his eight starts with the big club this year.
- The Braves say that back when Jeff Samardzija hit Jason Heyward after Heyward homered on a 3-0 Samardzija offering, Samardzija was communicating a message that you don’t swing against him in a 3-0 count. That seems awfully presumptuous to me unless they actually heard him say something. I’m not saying Samardzija didn’t hit Heyward intentionally (I really don’t know – it was a tight game), but I don’t know if I buy that that was the sole reason for the plunking. After Samardzija unintentionally hit Paul Konerko in the face following a Konerko home run, though, you can understand why Samardzija has had to deflect some calls that he’s a headhunter. Samardzija and Konerko are all square, by the way, having talked things out.
- Bryan LaHair spent his “off day” yesterday working on his swing, and considering adjustments. The adjustment process happens every year, and LaHair hopes it will help him out of his present 1 for 20 funk.
- Dale Sveum is going to miss today’s game in order to attend his son’s high school graduation in Arizona. I say cool. Bench coach Jamie Quirk will act as manager.
- Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio talks about the Cubs’ continued need for pitching depth, while acknowledging that the organization lacks a big arm just about ready to break through.
- The MLBullets at BCB talk about the Red Sox and Yankees sitting at the bottom of the AL East, among other things.
- Tony Campana flew last night, making his transition to the new Sam Fuld complete.