Cubs 4 – Diamondbacks 6
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What Went Wrong

  • The worst news of the day came from the mouth of Jim Hendry when he announced that not only would Andrew Cashner need to be placed on the DL, but Randy Wells would be joining him. That wipes out 40% of the rotation in one fell swoop. While it sucks, it’s not the end of the world. You may have forgotten that one of the reasons why Wells got a spot in this rotation to begin with was because of an injury early in the year to Carlos Zambrano back in May of 2009. We’re going to see Casey Coleman slotted in there and I’m OK with that. He pitched very well as a starter last year down the stretch, going 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA. That’s acceptable to say the least, especially when you’re looking at someone to replace a back end of the rotation guy. The issue will be what happens with the fifth spot. Right now, we’ve heard that the Cubs will stretch out James Russell. Personally, I’d rather see Jay Jackson. It makes me wonder if Chris Archer would have received the promotion should he still be in the organization.
  • Start number two for Ryan Dempster was underwhelming again. I’m not concerned, but rather disappointed. Starts against the Pirates and Diamondbacks should have been an easy 2-0 record for our # 1 guy. It’s just a reminder that he’s probably not really fit to play that role. His command was better today, but he still gave up a lot of hits and a lot of runs. The bright side to the start was that despite getting tagged with the loss, he did manage to go seven innings to give the pen a lite day.
  • Blake DeWitt went 0-for-3 at the plate and committed an error in the field. He’s been so non-productive that I wonder how much longer he’ll be on this active roster. He’d have to clear optional assignment waivers to be able to be sent to AAA, but I don’t see a single thing that he brings to the table that Ryan Flaherty can’t bring and he’s more versatile in the field.
  • Soriano bobbled a ball that allowed Chris Young to score after Marlon Byrd went all in on a dive. I cut Soriano some slack because I don’t know that I’m diving for a ball like that with a speedy runner like young at the plate. Keep it in front of you and keep him to a single.

What Went Right

  • Marlon Byrd raised his average to .308 with a couple of hits in the game. Unfortunately, that’s also his on base percentage, which means he’s yet to take a walk. I’ve been a little surprised at some of the Byrd bashing in the comments over the last few days. Have we forgotten that he was one of the best hitters on the team last year? Is he a # 3 hitter? Probably not, but is he garbage? I don’t think so. Personally, I’d like to see Fukudome, Castro, Ramirez, Pena, Soto, Byrd, Soriano, Barney, Pitcher.
  • Let’s not forget that while we didn’t sweep the series, we did win the series and have a day off to focus on the Brewers.

News & Notes

  • “Carlos Pena was expected back in the lineup on Friday when the team opens a three-game series against the Brewers. The first baseman has missed two games because of a mild sprain of his right thumb, injured Monday.” (Source)
  • Big League Stew took a look recently at the top 10 new concessions in ballparks around baseball. I’d like to try that steak sandwich over at Great American. Maybe I’ll get there again soon on my way home to Chicago.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Chris Young (.294 WPA)

2nd Star – Aramis Ramirez (.249 WPA)

3rd Star – Willie Bloomquist (.084 WPA)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail