The Chicago Cubs Give Away Their Bamboo and Other Bullets

Jack McKeon used seven pitchers last night in a game his team trailed most of the way. Five of the pitchers were in there to face just one or two batters. I can’t help but feel like there’s a lesson there, right or wrong.

  • Apparently, Carlos Marmol’s blown save last night was historic. He became the first Chicago Cubs’ reliever in the live ball era to walk four batters, but not record a single out. The reason a stat like that probably exists? Managers usually don’t let a guy walk three straight, give up a double, and then walk a fourth before pulling him unless they are no longer interested in winning the game.
  • All three of Marmol, Mike Quade, and Matt Garza – who lost another win because of a blown save  – gave boring, head down, “we’ve just got to keep going, tomorrow’s another day, blah, blah, blah” answers when asked about the game. Quade said that Marmol is still the closer, saying “now is not the time to make all sorts of bold changes.” Yeah, why would the Cubs want to make any bold changes?
  • Mike Quade and Ryan Dempster have finally spoken about the pitcher’s dugout outburst from before the All-Star break. Quade, who likened the private nature of the conversation to that of his chats with his girlfriend (ok…), says “everything is fantastic,” but isn’t going to share the details. If you stop and think about it for a moment, how awkward must that conversation – almost a week after the fact – have been? “Ryan, I know you are more of a fixture on this team than I am, and that you make 15 times what I make, and you’re far more important to the Cubs than I am, and you’re far more likely to have a future here than I am, but, like, can you not do that, dude?”
  • According to at least one report, it sounds like Aramis Ramirez’s agent, Paul Kinzer, dropped the ball with respect to his former client, Francisco Rodriguez. The Brewers were supposed to be on Rodriguez’s list of 10 teams to which he could block a trade, but, for whatever reason, Kinzer never submitted the list to the Mets.
  • A radio host in Arizona says the Diamondbacks want Kerry Wood, which would be a bigger rumor if (a) Wood wasn’t so unlikely to be traded, and (b) the same guy hadn’t said the exact same thing a month ago. So, it gets a bullet. No more.
  • One (small) reason to like Mike Quade? When he was detained by TSA for 40 minutes on his way back from the All-Star Game – for no reason, and with no explanation, mind you – Quade never pulled the “do you know who I am” card. Yes, not pulling that card should be the baseline of expectation, but after a half an hour of bullshit at the airport, I’m not sure I would have been able to help myself from saying, “I may be terrorizing fans as the manager of the freaking Chicago Cubs, but I’m not a freaking terrorist.” So, in that way, Quade is probably a better man than I.
  • The Cubs gave up nine walks last night and took just one. Sounds about right.
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    Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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