Today the Cubs try to avoid being swept by the second-worst team in baseball. To do so, Doug Davis will have to pitch well for the first time, and the Cubs will have to get to Brett Myers for the first time in what seems like years. On paper, this was the least winnable game in the series.
- Sigh. Mike Quade suggested yesterday that there are no plans to play Tyler Colvin regularly (and Quade’s nickname stuff is getting all kinds of annoying): “Colvin will play tomorrow. I just don’t know where. He and Campy. Blake will be involved. Obviously, Monty, especially against left-handers. Snyds. We’ll mix and match. Fuke’s done a real good job in right. We will probably try to leave him there. I’m not beyond playing Colv in center. I’m going to give Campy a day. Some of the kids that we’re counting on down the road are going to get opportunities, and we’re going to see that they get some.”
- Carlos Marmol was as down as you’d expect after blowing last night’s game. On the subject of the boos with which he was showered upon exiting: “It doesn’t bother me, because I deserved that. I gave up the lead in the ninth. What can I say? I can’t say anything.”
- In case you were wondering why Mike Quade would pinch hit for Carlos Zambrano – one of the Cubs’ best hitters this year – before taking him out last night, look no further than the bat Zambrano broke over his leg earlier in the game (which was awesome). Quade was not happy about it, and my guess is he didn’t want to risk Z doing it again. “I don’t like that. I’m glad he’s OK.… I get his frustration, but do something else. I cringe because he can hurt himself. Guys snap all the time, but that’s a dangerous one. I saw what was coming, and I decided I was not going to pay attention. Just look elsewhere, in case. I was glad he came out and pitched well.”
- Matt Garza’s throwing schedule was jacked up by the rain, so he’s expected to return on Monday now, as opposed to Sunday.
- The Cincinnati Reds would love to add another starting pitcher, but – as if in a defense of recently-maligned Jim Hendry – Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty says there’s not much to be done: “There is not a lot of pitching to be had. It would be tough to get anyone if we do need someone.”