If your idea of a good baseball game is lots of runs scored tonight’s ballgame wasn’t for you. The Cubs only scored one run, that being a towering homerun by Nady off the left field foul pole. But tonight’s game did have a lot of positives for me – Dempster notched his 100th career win with an expertly-pitched seven innings – Cashner came in and got in a little trouble but made his pitches count when he got Ryan Braun, then Sean Marshall came in and made Prince Fielder look clueless on some offspeed pitches before finishing him with a fastball. Marmol did not make the game exciting as he so often does and just like that the Cubs improved their record to 11-6 under interim manager Mike Quade.
I really think that Quade deserves a fair look and I think that’s what Hendry is going to give him. Right now it looks like a two horse race with Quade and Sandberg looking strong and Fredi Gonzalez and Bob Brenly looking like dark horses. A lot of people are going to pooh-pooh Quade but were this the beginning of the season he would be on pace for 105 wins. So to say that he’s done a good job since taking the reigns from a tired Lou Piniella is an understatement. The club looks purposeful, they don’t seem to making the mental mistakes and attitudes look good. My personal favorite is Ryno but I’d still like to see Mike Quade get the chance that he has earned to show us his stuff.
In other Cubs news Aramis Ramirez indicated today that he is not certain as to whether or not he will opt out of his contract as he is entitled to do after this year; it has also been rumored that Aramis doesn’t see himself playing too many years before he hangs it up. Said Ramirez: “If you want to talk about the numbers, I have 400 at-bats and 22 homers, and that’s not bad, and 70-plus RBIs.” I’m glad that he’s somewhat satisfied with this year’s numbers; I am somewhat satisfied with the fact that he’s sitting right where he belongs. He’d be crazy to opt out of the $14.6M that he’s due for next year and the $2M buyout that he’s due in 2012 but crazier things have happened. Assuming that he comes back next year the Cubs need to make one of their 2011 needs a third baseman to play all of the games that Aramis won’t play.
Also in the news Tennessee Smokies defeated West Tennessee to take a 2-1 lead in their best of five series. Given the fact that there’s been a lot of promotion from within this year in the Cubs organization it’s nice to see that our kids can still get it done.