The Cubs sent the swarms, and swarms of Tigers fans home happy today, and dropped yet another series.

Travis Wood pitched well enough to win (though I can’t say “well,” given the number of base runners), but Justin Verlander was Justin Verlander, and the Cubs couldn’t do enough to support Wood. And I really hated seeing Shawn Camp give up a couple of additional runs in the 9th (and not just because they ended up being the winning margin).

  • Leroy K.

    valverdes celebration makes Baez look like mr. mom.

  • SirCub

    Funny how opposing team’s LOOGies never seem to be as loathful…

    • Bric

      That nickname for lefty relievers if far more obnoxious than Valverde.

  • poot007

    Does anyone else notice that Barney is a doubles machine!

    • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

      Yes. He has also been walking more, having solid at bats, and playing great defense. Hopefully more posters will take notice…

      • Cubs Dude

        No doubt Barney looks better and stronger with the bat this year. But if i remember correctly last year he went thru a spell where he looked very solid, and then fell off a cliff after the all star break and couldn’t hit a lick. Lets see if he can maintain throughout the year.

      • die hard

        where have you been..this poster has from day one

        • hansman1982

          blah, you wanted Dick Tidrow as the GM…

  • Kyle

    Darwin Barney has surpassed Starlin Castro in OPS.

    I don’t even know what to think about that.

    • MaxM1908

      I really have my fingers crossed that Barney continues to improve. It would be great if we didn’t have to worry about the hole at 2B. He’ll never be top of the league, but with his defense, I’d take this kind of performance in the future. Assuming current performance in the future or slight improvement, does Barney have a chance to win a roster spot three years from now?

    • Ogyu

      I know what to think about it, and it has a lot more to do with Castro than Barney…

    • DocPeterWimsey


      • gratefulled

        No, I’d prefer to call it “working harder”.

  • rcleven

    With the double play ball working for Wood he did pitch well enough to win and got a quality start. Letting the lead off man on in 6 of the 7 innings he pitched is just tempting fate.
    Another instance of Dale letting a pitcher go too long when everyone else can see the pitcher just doesn’t have it.

  • North Side Irish

    Little bit of savings…every dollar will help.

    Jim Callis ‏@jimcallisBA
    #Cubs sign 4th-rder Josh Conway for $280k (pick value=$343,200). #CoastalCarolina RHP had 94-96 FB, nasty SL before TJ surgery. #mlbdraft

  • poot007

    I just don’t see why managers always wait to move a hot bat up in the order, or play them more (reed johnson) until it’s too late and they cool off. Obviously they know a lot more then me, but all that should matter is the W period.

    • hansman1982

      because most of the time the hot streak has to do with what the player is doing. With Reed (same as Campana) their value and abilities are maximized when they do not play every day.

  • Carew

    Why does Barney get no recognition? He’s a really solid player, and isnt he only in his sophomore year, or is he considered in his third?

    • rcleven

      Lets just let the year play out and see where the chips lie at season end. Barney is streaky and on a run right now. A lot of baseball yet to be played.

  • JulioZuleta

    So far the Cubs have saved $150,000 combined between the 4th adn 5th round bonuses ((Conway and Prieto) and yes, I added in the 5% overage allotment). Jim Callis, who is the cat’s pajamas, responded to a tweet of mine via direct message that he’s pretty sure the Pierce Johnson signing will be underslot. I think Underwood will be slightly under as well. Not to mention we know each of rounds 6-10 will be well under. Depending on the Almora signing, of course, we should have a good amount left over to sign the late rounders.

    • MaxM1908

      I really think any slack they save on 2-10 will have to be put toward Almora and/or our supplemental pitchers. I just can’t imagine that Boras isn’t adding every underslot difference to his overslot asking price for Almora.

      • hansman1982

        Boras undoubtedly started at Slot + 4.99% of overall alottment + another few hundred thousand.

        I could see the Cubs ending up paying slot + that 4.99% or something close.

        • Nick Nesler

          Callis also mentioned in a chat yesterday that he thought the Cubs could scrape together around 1 mill in savings to make a run at Rhett.

  • EricR

    Looks like Barney had a good game. He’s really coming along. Maybe we could try him in the 2nd hole.

    Looks like Campana and the new kid got in on the action as well. I don’t see why the Cubs insist on playing games while I’m at work.

  • Kevin

    I agree with Julio, any extra bonus money should be spent trying to sign a high ceiling high schooler selected in the later rounds, not to put extra money, above shot, towards signing Almora. The Cubs are in a good position knowing if they can’t sign Almora then they receive the 7th overall pick in next years deeper draft. I respect what Boras is trying to do but our goal is to put a full baseball team together, not just one player.

  • Tim

    Did anybody else notice how much of a dbag Verlander was today? I was at the game and my dad told me that during an invervew before the game he was asked if he looks at which way the flags were blowing and his response was, “No i dont care, with this lineup it could be blowing out every game.”

    Not to mention the insane amount of tiger fans at wrigley today. There had to have been more tiger than cub fans

  • Jp

    Which part did Verlabder lie about IF he really said that?

    • Tim

      im not saying the cubs have a good lineup. what he said was true but i still think it was an *** thing of him to do

  • Jonski

    Conways signing is in the press,,,Cubs saved 63k its on espn chicago.

  • Jp

    Well let’s see if Baez gets plunked again tonight, he just hit another bomb. One thing that’s indisputable is dude has a monster swing…

    • The Show

      Speaking of Baez, he accepted my friend request on Facebook (and yes it seems like its legit, and if its not some guy needs to get a life because it seems too realistic). Its all in Spanish but it’s pretty cool, and I’m still waiting on my friend request to Albert Almora.

      • Tim

        he accepted mine too. along with shawn dunston jr, dan vogelbach, kevin encarnacion, and of course the great starlin castro. i was creepin through baez wall and it seems him and starlin talk quite a bit. although it was awhile ago

  • calicubsfan007

    I missed the game today. Even so, I hate it when the Cubs lose.

    • hansman1982

      the thing that will get you through this season is knowing that every loss is a W in the high draft pick column…and beer, lots and lots and lots of beer

      • calicubsfan007

        @hansman: Amen with the beer!

  • http://bleachernation John

    At what point do you start holding the Manager accountable?

    • DocPeterWimsey

      When I see him leaving Todd Walker on the bench and starting Tony Womack.

    • hansman1982

      when we have the Tigers lineup and are 29-33? Or, he constantly plays Koyie Hill over Castillo, or worries more about meaningless wins at the end of a lost season than seeing what he has in the callups, or he asks a player to strikeout so another player can get to 200 hits at home or the numerous other things that a bad manager would do (see Cubs, Chicago, 2011, Quade, Mike)

      • Tim

        castilllo activated from the dl hill DFA

        • Brett

          Thank you, but see the post from yesterday.

    • MikeL


      When the team he is managing actually has decent major league talent.

    • Baez to Castro to Rizzo

      When I can be convinced that, aside from handling of the pitching staff, a manger really, truly matters. The only thing I get about WRT managers is crappy/stupid use of pitchers. Thus, I despise Dusty Baker with the intensity of 10,000 suns.

      • calicubsfan007

        @Baez: Baker destroyed Prior and Wood and destroyed our world series shot almost singlehandedly.

  • Kyle

    Padres up 5-0 tonight. We can extend our lead to 1.5 games.

  • Big Joe

    Verlander was, most likely, saying that his own team doesn’t need the win blowing out to score runs. He’s always been a professional. I would be shocked to learn that he was referring to the weak Chicago lineup.

  • Tim

    i suppose he could have been meaning it that way. it just rubbed me the wrong way