After a horrible debut in San Diego, Brooks “Boo Radley” Raley started against the first place Reds at Wrigley yesterday. He was perfect for 4.1 innings and only allowed three runs in his six innings of work. How did he manage to improve since his last start?
“Obviously the five days between starts gave me a chance to watch the older guys and see what they do and you try to learn from it,” Raley said. “I guess the biggest thing I saw from everybody else starting was throwing strike one and getting ahead of the count and keeping the ball down.”
Dale Sveum, can you say something about his start?
“He had a couple of fly balls that went out that were not even hit that good,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He did a great job. He kept the ball down with his movement, had great command and a lot more life on his ball today. He did far and above what we needed out of him. He did a great job as well as the rest of the bullpen. They were efficient and did a great job.”
They did a great job except for the allowing five runs thing. Other than that, spectacular.
While the Cubs were busy losing three of four to the Reds over the weekend, Tim Wilken went and got himself promoted to special assistant to Theo and Jed.
‘‘It allows us to utilize his strengths, and I’ve already started using him in the process of some of our minor-league evaluations,’’ said Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ top player-development and scouting executive. ‘‘I know he’s really
excited. He’s been in amateur scouting for so long, I think he felt a little energized. He felt he was ready to contribute in other areas.’’
‘‘I’m really looking forward to it,’’ said Wilken, whose contract might run beyond 2015 with option years. ‘‘It really feels good to be thought of in that manner and to be part of more areas of decision-making.’’
“I’m just happy I didn’t get fired.”