Chicago Cubs Wednesday Headlines: Almost-Win, Again

The Chicago Cubs took a 7-5 lead into the 8th inning against the A’s yesterday. What happened next is probably what you expected to happen next. The bullpen allowed a three-run home run to blow yet another save.

This time it was lefty James Russell giving up a three-run homer to Derek Norris with two out in the eighth for the bullpen’s 17th blown save against just 18 saves this season.1PigPen

“It’s almost comical to see this happen every single night we have a lead,” manager Dale Sveum said, “to get beat by guys that sometimes hardly even hit any home runs.”

Sveum added: “Now I understand why Mike Quade looked like he did.” I haven’t gotten to watch many games, but Russell has apparently been leaving pitches up in the zone. That’s  a recipe for an 8th inning disaster.

“I’ve just gotta get the ball down, it’s that simple,” Russell said. “It’s not that difficult. Just that one thing, get the ball down, and that won’t happen.”

Alfonso Soriano is starting to heat up heading into trade season. He hit his third home run in the last four games last night. What’s on his mind about the possibility of being moved?

“It’s part of the game, you know,” Soriano said. “The front office, they know what they’re doing, so I just try to do my job. Let the front office take care of the business, and I’ll try to take care of the business on the field. They’ll do the best for the organization.”

While we’re on the topic of trades, Jed Hoyer was asked if the Cubs consider the season to be over now that the Cubs have officially kicked off trade season.

“Unfortunately, we’re 10 games under .500 at this stage in the season,” Hoyer said. “We have three teams in our division with the three best records in the National League, or close to it. I think realistically, our chances of playing in October are small. We need to add a lot of talent to get better for the future. Players should be trying to win every single game, that’s the nature of their job. I would expect the players to look at it that way.”

Who’s next on the block? Matt Garza?

31 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Wednesday Headlines: Almost-Win, Again

  1. cubsluver22 says:

    I’m reading Eloy Jimenez could be the best player to ever come out of the DR. High praise there. Our front office done a damn good yesterday.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Yesterday was indeed fun.

  2. cubsluver22 says:

    Brett over at BN is doing a Make a Wish deal. I think its a pretty cool idea for an awesome cause.

  3. Doc Blume says:


    Carlos Marmol has been designated for assignment.

    Peter Gammons is reporting that the Dodgers only wanted the extra IFA money and really didn’t have any thoughts about having Marmol on the team.


    I almost feel sorry for Marmol.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      L.A. Observed put togehter the best tweets/jokes about the Dodgers signing Marmol. Even the Dodgers fans stopped their Puig worship enough to complain about the trade. After I stop laughing, I might feel a little sorry for Marmol…Nah…

    2. cubsluver22 says:

      Bahahahahahaha, they were scared his access to Dodger Dog carts would make that badonkadonk grow even more.

    3. juliedicaro says:

      Now it’s being reported that Marmol was NOT DFA’d.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    It sounds like this was a pre-arranged deal with Marmol. Marmol, as part of accepting the trade, was ok with being sent to AAA…so I’ll be accepting his assignment once he clears waivers.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      I’ll just reiterate that people at Wrigley say that no one works harder than Carlos Marmol. I feel terrible for him — hope the Dodgers can get him fixed.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I actually feel bad for him too. I hope this was part of the plan for him and that the Dodgers aren’t just yanking him around for fun.

  5. shemp0203 says:

    this might be a dumb question but….these kids that get signed at age 16, what do the cubs do with them? do they stay in their country for some type of minor league instruction? I wouldn’t think they would send them to the normaal minor leagues at that early of an age, would they ?

    1. J says:


      Life in the Dominican is much different than life in the USA. Whereas a normal 16 year old in the US gets to start thinking about things like Prom, Senior Year, College, Etc, the normal 16 year old in the Dominican Republic has been working menial labor for 2 years. They have no future schooling to look forward to, so it’s either keep at the baseball academy in hopes you can land a $20k signing bonus or go work in a factory or on a farm.

      Seriously, it’s not like these are middle class, white kids who have been spoiled to the point of perpetual neoteny (Ian Stewart). These are kids who are getting yanked from a really poor situation and given almost more privilege than the military dictators of the Caribbean. They might not be book smart, but they’re smart enough to know that you keep your head down and take care of your work or you go back to the slums of your hometown.

      If they’re ready for low A Ball, they go to low A Ball. If there’s still some development you’d like to see before the culture shock of transplanting them to the US, you leave them at your local Baseball Academy.

      1. cubsluver22 says:

        This. The kid that lied about his age is Eligible to start in the minors now because he is 18 or 19.

    2. Doc Blume says:

      The Cubs do have their awesome new baseball academy in the Dominican now…so he’ll probably be working out there for a year or so before moving to rookie ball.

  6. cubsluver22 says:

    Manny gonna be Manny with the Texas Rangers now!

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:


      1. cubsluver22 says:

        They signed him

        1. sloanpeterson2 says:

          The Rangers feel he will help them win?

          1. Doc Blume says:

            I have the feeling the A’s are overjoyed by this signing.

            1. cubsluver22 says:

              I wander the Rangers knowing what’s about to come out has any bearing on this? I mean would be funny if they replaced a suspended roider with Manny but its what could happen.

  7. Doc Blume says:

    Shawn Camp has been DFAd.

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      And Rusin Optioned. Who will start Sunday? Will they give another kid a shot?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I would assume so. There are a couple of guys that they potentially could call up.

  8. Doc Blume says:

    Tony Campana has been recalled by the D-Backs.

    1. dabirdguy says:

      Tony be showin the glove on ESPN

  9. cubsluver22 says:

    So bow we’ve spent too much Intl’ money? More
    Deals gotta be coming soon.

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      now….why the fuck we don’t have an edit feature is beyond me

    2. Doc Blume says:

      It sounds like that they are well over $500k past their limit.

      I’m not sure what the penalty is for going over the limit on the international draft. That is a very substantial gap they have to try to fill. I’m not sure they’ll be able to figure out a way to trade for that much more money.

      Very curious.

      1. cubsluver22 says:

        Penalty is cant sign any players in next years international signing period for over 250k

        1. Doc Blume says:

          Ouchity ouch ouch.

          1. cubsluver22 says:

            No way in hell Theo will let that happen. They can go over by 5%. BN did a nice money write up and where we stand.

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