I’ve got a dentist appointment and then an Apple Store appointment (protip: don’t let your power cord fall into standing water) this morning, so I may be in and out for a couple hours.
- Dale Sveum has been impressed with Travis Wood, who earned his first win of the year last night with a quality outing against the White Sox. “I know when he was in Spring Training, I know the pressure of getting traded,” Sveum said. “I’ve had to do that twice. You always understand the pressures of coming to a new team especially when you were traded for one of the best relievers in baseball [in Sean Marshall]. It sure seems like he’s relaxed and making his pitches when he has to.” I like Wood’s chances to remain a quality 3/4/5 type starter for the Cubs for the next few years. Ronald Torreyes and Dave Sappelt have been disappointing thus far for the Cubs, but I think it’s fair to say that – as of this particular moment – the Cubs probably won the Sean Marshall trade. Or did they? Marshall’s really turned his season around since being bounced from the closer’s role in Cincinnati, and now has his ERA under three.
- Jake Peavy on losing to the Cubs: “I don’t mean any disrespect, but a team playing the way the Cubs have been playing, we have to beat those teams. Please don’t take that out of context because the Cubs are a big league team, and you have to show up every night because any team can beat anybody. But teams that we feel we should beat that aren’t playing that well, we have to show up and take advantage of these opportunities.” Eh. He’s probably right. But, like … ha ha.
- Alfonso Soriano was asked about his lasting memory as a Cub, and the first thing he said? The fans. “I think the fans they all support the team no matter what,” he said. “I think that’s the best memory because I played on different teams and when the team plays bad the fans don’t go to the ballpark. But here no matter what they go to the ballpark.” Bet you didn’t expect to hear him say that so soon after he was mercilessly booed.
- Some Cubs pitchers (notably Jeff Samardzija and Randy Wells) talk about the possibility of playing on the Cubs without Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza on the staff. They say all the things you’d expect them to, but there is a sense of resignation about it – like they expect that both pitchers will be gone by the end of July.
- Current Cubs talk about soon-to-be Cub Anthony Rizzo.
- Koyie Hill must’ve known something we didn’t when he elected free agency rather than head to AAA – he just signed with the Nationals, and will slog it out at their AAA affiliate. They’re missing a number of catchers, so maybe he’ll get another chance.
- Former Cubs farmhand Marquez Smith finally has a new team, after being picked up by the Boston Red Sox last week.
- MLBullets at BCB note Roger Clemens’ not guilty verdict.