A lot of the talk lately has been about the playoff rotation and who will take the ball in game 1. I’m more worried about who is going to NOT take the ball in the series. I think it’s a given that guys like Sean Marshall and Jason Marquis are not being considered for the rotation in the playoffs, apart from them you have four talented guys that probably can get the job done and yet only three spots.

Carlos Zambrano, since June 2nd is 5-4 with an ERA of 4.50, serving up 11 HR in those 12 games. It’s hard to think of him as the game 1 guy at this point but you have to factor in his ego when making your decision. Will he take the news well if someone like Ryan Dempster is out there for game 1? Would he pout and break all of Dempster’s bats over his knee in the clubhouse? I’d like to think he’s done some growing up this year, but I’m not so sure. I know one thing. If we were to give the spot to someone other Zambrano, and he did pout, he needs to be traded. We could get a ton out of a team for him. Deep down inside, I think the talk is going to drive him down the stretch and he’s going to earn that spot.

Ryan Dempster, as I mentioned earlier, has to be a lock for the rotation and should probably be the top guy. He’s outpitched everyone on this staff all season long and has been one of the biggest surprises in a season of surprises around baseball. After Dempster, you have Ted Lilly and Rich Harden. Which one do you send to the bullpen? Do you really move the guy you brought in via trade to the pen? If not, do you go with three righties when you have a good lefty that can start a game?

I want to know. What would you do if the playoffs started this Sunday?

My rotation would be…

Game 1 – Ryan Dempster

Game 2 – Carlos Zambrano

Game 3 – Rich Harden

Game 4 – Dempster or Lilly (Demp if we’re down 2-1 or Lilly if we’re up 2-1)

Game 5 – Ryan Dempster or Carlos Zambrano (depending on game 4)



Misc. Notes

  • Mark Pawelek has been shut down for the rest of the season and it’s safe to say that this former 1st round pick is a bust. I had high hopes for this hard throwing lefty and he’s done nothing but dissappoint since tripping over his Playstation a few seasons ago.
  • Bleed Cubbie Blue had an interview with Mike Fontenot the other day. (Source)
  • Manny Corpas has been waived by Colorado. Seriously, jump on this guy. He’s young and could be huge for this pen as we try to replace an aging Bob Howry.
  • Ryan Flaherty hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Kyler Burke hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Doug Deeds was 3-for-5
  • Micah Hoffpauir was 3-for-5
  • Tyler Colvin (AA Tennessee) was 2-for-5 with a home run
  • Josh Kroeger (AAA Iowa) was 2-for-5 with a home run

Iowa 5, Oklahoma 8

Tennessee 4, Montgomery 6

Boise 3, Spokane 2

AZ Cubs 1, AZ Rangers 8

DSL Cubs 6, DSL Reds 1

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