I can’t imagine that an off-day after your worst lost in two years is a fun thing. Maybe it’s a necessary thing. A cleansing thing.
- Dale Sveum sums up all of our concerns after another total clunker by Jeff Samardzija yesterday: “I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t concern. The execution of pitches hasn’t been good for four or five starts now. It could be confidence, it could be mechanical, it could be all of the above. The magic question is, which one is it? There’s a number of things sometimes – is it the concentration level, trusting your stuff? When he gets in trouble, he doesn’t get strike one either. That’s a big thing. Today, we didn’t get strike one too often.” In other words: who knows what the problem is? That’s the scary part.
- For his part, Samardzija said the things you’d expect him to say – he can’t walk guys, he has to make adjustments, he has to keep plugging away, etc.
- Sveum says Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are his two and three hitters until further notice, regardless of the matchup. “You want to get some stability in this lineup,” Sveum said. “You call people up who are going to be here a long time, you just want to leave them alone. [Starlin] Castro and [Rizzo], we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to keep moving things around, because then you can’t protect this guy or that guy, and it snowballs into another problem. We’re committed to this lineup and lefties will be what they are. Those two guys will be in the same spot from now on.”
- Randy Wells declined to talk to the media yesterday after he was designated for assignment.
- Anthony Rizzo is adjusting not only to playing baseball in the bigs, but also life in the bigs in a big city.
- The Cubs are going to be showing ‘The Blues Brothers’ at Wrigley Field on July 6, at which they’ll try to set the world record for most people wearing sunglasses at night. Swell.
- Catch up on the state of the Wrigley Field renovation discussions with a handy infographic from Chicago Mag.
- The Cubs have signed undrafted free agent Anthony York, a relief pitcher out of UC-San Diego.
- The Cubs have started the process of releasing a number of minor leaguers (including Theo compensation piece Jair Bogaerts) as they open up spots for 2012 draft signees.
- A great thread over at the Message Board, in which you can vote on the Cubs’ top 10 positional prospects. Crowd-sourcing!