Paul Maholm kept up his string of dominant starts, and Alfonso Soriano hit yet another homer as the Cubs took down the Marlins again. Even Carlos Marmol’s jitters in the 9th couldn’t spoil the day.

  • Chris S

    Damn.. that was quick!

    • Nosup4u

      thats what she said….

      • Chris S


  • AK

    Man, these day games get me through the day at work…

  • someday…2015?

    Anyone else feel bad for Castro right now? He is having extremely tough luck right now. Hitting the ball everywhere but can’t buy a hit. Its nice to see his struggles aren’t effecting his defense.

    • bluekoolaidaholic

      Yeah, but Barney continues to shine. Also see RizzOMG. Even the old guy chipped in again. etc. etc. etc. (Baker, Johnson, Maholm) When one is down the others pick up, It’s called teamwork.
      They probably won’t play together long without someone getting traded, but I’m lovin the teamwork on this team now.
      Thanks Dale.

      • Brady

        Exactly now that Rizzo is up it seems like we are able to have SOMEONE perform just about every day. It doesn’t always have to be Castro and the pitchers.

  • ETS

    another good day for baker… now trade him. 😉

  • RicoSanto

    H about reyes today he hit 3 rockets all caught by the cubs Great Defense

  • cjdubbya

    What’s that now, 14 of 19 for the Cubs? #BreakUpTheCubs!

    Seriously…sell ’em for parts. Get ’em while they’re hot!

  • MightyBear

    Another great outing for Maholm. Nobody is talking about him in the rumor world but the Cubs should try to deal him as well while his value is so high. Theo rule: buy low, sell high.

    • Turn Two

      Maholm’s value really is never going to get all that high. I still say, he is a crafty lefty who could pitch well for many years. Hes the kind of guy who I’d try to lock up for a few years as one of the veterans who can help the kids as they work their way up the system. Of couse, unless you are blown away with an offer, but I doubt they will be.

    • art

      there has been interest for him, including his old team.

  • EQ76

    Reed Johnson’s .308 and Jeff Baker’s .295 are sure looking good right before the trade deadline!

  • rcleven

    Kudos for Barney’s base running skills. Advancing on the sac fly puts him in scoring position and takes away the DP. Base hit and the four run inning happens. Way to hustle.

  • KyleNovak

    Reed Johnson in 2012 (through July 19th)
    69 games, 171 PA, .308/.357/.459, 15 XBH, .397 BABIP

    Reed Johnson in 2011 (through July 19th)
    61 games, 146 PA, .336/.372/.567, 22 XHB, .418 BABIP

    Aside from 2011 Reed having more doubles, the numbers are pretty darn similar.

    Proof that “regression” doesn’t *automatically* happen for a part-time platooning outfielder (who for the most part has been above average in that role) with a smaller sample size of yearly PAs.

    Things really do get weird for players on their mid-30s.  You just don’t know when the decline is going to happen and how serious it is going to be.  Guys like Marlon Byrd and Orlando Hudson simply fall off a cliff (although Byrd will be attached to the positive substance test) and will probably have to sign minor league deals in hopes of getting a job next year, where as Johnson has continued to be a steady producer, albeit in a more limited role.

    • Dougy D

      Speaking of Byrd, does anyone know whether the Cubs ended up saving money because of his dirty test? I had thought that when he was traded the Cubs were still at least paying part of his salary.

      • Cubbie Blues

        No, because he was released before the positive test came out.

  • Phaedrus

    Tell me I’m not the only one refreshing + every 2 minutes hoping to learn something, anything, has finally happened.

    • HawkClone

      Haha you just described the majority of my day today

      • Mitch Bruns

        Same here. When dempster is traded we can all relax for a while until deadline gets closer.

  • Kevin

    Hope it’s worth the wait!

  • Phaedrus

    What’s the over/under on the extent to which reading about speculating on the Cubs trading deadline moves has weakened workforce productivity since July 4?

    • Wester


  • Phaedrus

    Just as important to me as what we get is what we get rid of. Please, no more Carlos Marmol, Jeff Baker, Geovany Soto, Reed Johnson, Alfonso Soriano … I’m tired of these names and the predominantly mediocore performances they represent and the hopeless future they portend.

    I’m anxious for a blank slate. I want to see an infield of Vitters, Castro, Barney (or a new addition), and Rizzo. I want to see Castillo catch. I’d rather see a bunch of young kids fight and compete and build.

    FO please just don’t let us down.

    • Vladimir

      So you just want to get rid of those guys and get absolutely nothing back? I’ve got news for you, guys that you hate aren’t really going to be targetted by other teams. Secondly, Soriano is probably come back player of the year, Johnson and Baker are OK bench guys. And there is no need to trade soto at his lowest value. Keep him until next year and if he is having a good year you get more for him. About the only guy I wouldn’t mind just dumping is Marmol. But anyway, with your kind of attitude, you could never build a good farm system that way because you can’t just get rid of guys when they are bad, you have to trade them when it’s HARD to see them go because they are performing so well.

      • Dougy D

        Come back player of the year? What did he come back from?

        • Vladimir

          Well his OPS is almost .070 points higher than last year, and his defense is vastly improved to the point it’s like he’s playing his best defensive year of his career. My point to the poster in saying that is, he’s having a comeback year, great offensively and defensively, why he’d call that mediocre and why he’d so desperately just wanna get rid of a player performing well like that?

          • Dougy D

            I’ll agree that Soriano is playing the best defense by far of his Cub career. It is ugly, but the effort is there. I also agree that Phaedrus is clearly overreacting as well. I don’t see us getting rid of Soriano without eating almost the entirety of his contract, which is clearly not going to happen. After all, he is not the cancer that Zambrano became. This is where I see that he is coming from though. Soriano is blocking an opportunity for players like Campana and LaHair to play more and develop. Scratch that, Sveum is blocking an opportunity for LaHair to develop. I’ll admit that at the beginning of the season I was ready to just remove Soriano completely from the team for about any prospect while eating the contract. But since he’s been playing solidly, I can live with him playing; that is only because of his defensive effort. It drives me crazy how all of the Soriano supporters would say how he is the hardest worker on the team, but he never improved defensively over the years. This year I could believe that comment if someone said it now, but I also would rather see someone else out there at least part of the time.

  • http://BeacherNation TobaccopouchinIvy

    Dempster will start tomorrow….for the Cardinals!!

  • jim

    Stillmisskennyhubbs is the best name! Who wud cubs replace dempster with?

    • stillmisskennyhubbs

      Thanks, Jim. He was my boyhood idol and I wore #16 at Prospect HS and in Legion ball (where future Cub greats Dave Kingman and Tom Lundstedt were teammates).
      I guess that dates me but it proves that I’ve been a Cubs fan for decades. I’ve haven’t been this upbeat about the future of the team in years as I am now.

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    Heard from mlbtraderumors that the Giants are scouting the Iowa Cubs along with Kansas City Triple A team. Didn’t elaborate further. Maybe they have an interest in Cardenas, Dewitt, Rodrigo Lopez possibly

    • Toby

      Could be three team trade perhaps?

      • dabynsky

        Or perhaps the Cubs are seeing a buy low chance with a guy like Brandon Belt…

        • Turn Two

          Brandon Belt would work for me in a Cubs uniform. Tremendous minor league career- strong on base percentage.

  • http://BeacherNation TobaccopouchinIvy

    Cubs just acquire Justin Germano from the BoSox for cash considerations.

    • Turn Two

      Did they? He pitched pretty well recently- he could be the replacement starter?

      • dabynsky

        Apparenty Bruce Miles is reporting that the plan is Germano to start if Dempster is traded.

  • Cerambam

    The Cubs will have a Triple-A pitcher on hand in St. Louis who will be ready to pitch in case Dempster is traded before his scheduled start against the Cardinals on Friday, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

  • leroy k.

    Anybody else think in April, Maholm would have our best record? Neither did I.

  • Juan

    Brett had a blast at the game thanks for the tickets.

    • Brett

      Right on, man. Very glad to hear it.

  • calicubsfan007

    Nice game Cubbies. Maholm is looking to be a great acquisition so far for theo & co.


    Marmol gives up at least two baserunners every inning, it seems. Why do they keep using him????

    • MoneyBoy

      7 million reasons johnbres … not to mention 9.8 million reasons next year!!

      Gotta get results to have a prayer!