I know we’d hate for anyCubs players to talk to the media about how horrible this team is and how they expect the team to lose over 100 games. David DeJesus set the bar for unbridled optimism to a new high last night.
“We still have work to do but you’ve seen things like this happen,” DeJesus said of the 31-50 Cubs, who started the day 14 games behind the Reds and Pirates in the National League Central. “The second half of the schedule for the Reds might be tough. And who knows about ours? But we just have to worry about every game, preparing ourselves and being mentally strong. I think that will get us to where we need to be.”
Yes, David, in 2014, by some stroke of great luck. Dale Sveum has more realistic expectations.
“We’re a much more stable team than we were a month ago as far as the lineup is concerned,” Sveum said. “The back end of the bullpen has been pretty solid. It’s that bottom end where those guys have to throw strikes. You can’t keep yourself in a ballgame to come back. We have to be better with men in scoring position and we need to throw strikes. You can’t lead the league in those two categories and think you’re going to win baseball games.”
Thanks for sounding like a normal person again after your weird Home Run Derby revelation yesterday.
Bryan LaHair homered for just the second time since June 8 last night. Is he breaking the slump?
“The swing feels real good,” LaHair said. “It’s just putting a few hits together and getting that extra confidence over the hump and taking off from there. I’m working hard in the cage and working hard on my swing right now just to kind of get that feeling, that confidence back and everything falls from there.”
Doug Padilla found an interesting stat regarding LaHair’s home runs this season.
The home run broke a 1-1 tie, meaning that of his 14 home runs, LaHair has tied the game or given the Cubs the lead with 10 of them.
That’s a good one for all the people who were saying he shouldn’t be an All Star because of his RBI total. Ryan Dempster isn’t an All Star, but his 2.11 ERA is second best in the National League. He’s hoping to return from the disabled list on Sunday, the last day before the break.
“It’s easy to say ‘yes’ today when you feel great throwing a side,” he said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
He’s been sidelined with a sore right lat, and says he feels as if he has his full range of motion and strength back. It seems a little rushed but Dale Sveum didn’t dismiss the idea.
“I know he’s serious [about it] and we’ll give it some thought,” Sveum said.
But wasn’t he supposed to throw a simulated game to face hitters before coming back?
“I’ve faced them before,” he deadpanned. “I’m hoping they haven’t changed too much in the last couple weeks.”
Well done, Demp.