Chris Carpenter makes his season debut today against the Cubs. Think the Cubs will be ready? Or at least as ready as they can be?
- Dale Sveum on the repeated brain farts on the Cubs over the course of the season: “We have one of these things every three or four days that are not even explainable. You obviously don’t practice staying on a base when a pitcher isn’t on the mound. [These are] things that just boggle your mind, for major league players who have played a lot of baseball to just be looking off into left field before the pitcher is on the mound. These things get unacceptable. And [asking] why are these things happening drives you crazy as a manager because there’s no rhyme or reason for things like that to happen.” And it’s probably no more frequent this year than in previous years. But when your team keeps losing, and there isn’t much else to discuss, the mental mistakes are magnified.
- Perhaps not unrelatedly, Sveum says he (and the coaches and players) will kick back a bit when the season ends, and try to decompress a bit.
- Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio says there’s still a whole lot of learning going on in the Cubs’ clubhouse, and he’s asked Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, and Travis Wood to take on leadership roles with the pitchers, teaching the young guys whatever they can. I like that, but it’s weird to think that none the veteran leaders are older than 28.
- Jason Berken’s four strikeouts in the second inning yesterday (one of them coming on a wild pitch) tied a team and MLB record. Lots of guys in that book, most recently Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood, for the Cubs. Still neat.
- Speaking of Wood, he’ll be celebrated at Wrigley Field on Sunday, and he’ll sing the 7th inning stretch.
- So, MLB has inked/will ink national TV deals with ESPN, FOX, and TBS, which will pay a combined $1.5 billion annually. Spread out over the 30 teams, that’s an extra $50 million coming to each. When we discuss the Cubs’ revenue going forward, we’ll have to remember that $50 million figure, in addition to ticket sales, concessions, and the local TV deals.
- The MLBullets at BCB look at how the Brewers have now blown by the Pirates, and are just 2.5 games out in the Wild Card.