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Chicago Cubs Thursday Headlines: Reversion to Mean Successful


Tribune Photo by Phil Velasquez


Let me know if this sounds familiar. The Cubs get a good starting pitching performance, leave a ton of men on base, and lose. I thought I'd heard that one before, too. Once again, Ted Lilly was the benefactor of an offense that forgets how to do much of anything except strike out when there are runners in scoring position.

Such was the case again Wednesday, as the Cubs dropped a 4-3 decision to the Houston Astros in 12 innings. One day after scoring 14 runs, the Cubs left 16 on base including 10 over the last five innings
Might that have been the last time we'll have seen Ted in a Cubs uniform?

As far as Lilly goes, he may have made his last start as a Cub in Wrigley Field. Despite a record of 3-8, he has a record of 3.88 and is one of the few commodities general manager Jim Hendry can move without having to worry about a bad contract.

Lilly entered the game having received just 2.51 runs of support, the lowest mark in the major leagues. He took a 1-0 lead into the eighth before giving up a pinch homer to Pedro Feliz that tied the game.

Since this season isn't going anywhere, we can start to think about next year.

The Cubs are likely out of the pennant race, but they still have nine games remaining against the Cardinals, including a three-game series that starts Friday at Wrigley Field.
"It's important," manager Lou Piniella said. "It's in our division. We can make some inroads into the lead. Nobody can tell what's going to happen here over the next few months."

I'd feel much giddier if they had managed not to lose a series to the Astros. As far as next year goes, Bob Brenly has thrown his name into the hat to be the next Cubs manager.

Brenly, who sidestepped questions Tuesday, told WSCR-AM on Wednesday that he's interested and later told the Sun-Times: ''I interviewed for the job the last time, and I would be interested in the job this time if given the opportunity.''
While Brenly is dusting off his soapbox for his campaign, Allen Trammell is playing it cool.

Alan Trammell, the Cubs' bench coach and former Detroit manager, also spoke to the media Wednesday but didn't say much beyond indicating an interest.

''I'm very appreciative of the fact my name is even being considered, but down the road is the time to talk about it more,'' he said. ''At this point I'm not even thinking about it. I know [Tuesday] I downplayed it because I thought it was Lou's day, out of respect.''


Back to this year, Carlos Silva's going to take an extra day between starts so he can last past the second inning in his next start.


First-half sensation Carlos Silva -- who bottomed out in a combined 2 1/3 innings over his previous two starts -- has been pushed back a day in the rotation, to Monday, as he continues working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on what has gone wrong. Today's day off will enable the Cubs to slot Ryan Dempster into Silva's spot Sunday on regular, fifth-day rest.

Silva insists a calf that came up sore during his last good start has not been an issue since. He has lasted just 1 1/3 and one inning in his two starts since July 6.


And Carlos Zambrano is with the Iowa Cubs, ready to befuddle AAA hitters.

Zambrano arrived in Des Moines on Tuesday after a scoreless inning for the Cubs' rookie-league team Monday in Mesa, Ariz.

''He came in laughing and having a good time,'' former Cubs teammate Micah Hoffpauir said. ''We enjoy having him around. Hopefully he'll get back on track and do what he's capable of doing.''

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16 Comments

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Glad to hear that Z and Hufflepuff are having a good time. We'll see what happens when Hufflepuff misplays a ball. Will Z be able to use his "anger management" skills to express his emotions?

gravedigger said:

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+1 internet for you for this headline, carl

plamorte said:

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+1 from me too, Carl's been raking with the headlines lately

plamorte said:

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Busy Thursday for everyone huh?

gravedigger said:

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And a shit storm of a day at that.

plamorte said:

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and off day for the Cubs too

gravedigger said:

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I think theyve been treating this entire season like a series of off days

Edelweiss said:

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Just think.....if a favorite player gets traded, we can find a better team to root for.
Then we can follow them online, just like poor Gravedigger has to do with the Cubs.

summerguy said:

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Man that record and ERA is reminiscent of Matt Clement with the Cubs back in 2004 i believe it was. Where he had something like a 9-13 record but a ~3.5 ERA. There's always one pitcher on each staff (only seems like it happens to the Cubs).

JulieDiCaro said:

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I hate off-days with the white-hot fire of a thousand suns. Also, I'm not too keen on being a lawyer today, either.

plamorte said:

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nobody is keen on being on LOHO it seems, this has to be a record low amount of comments for nearly 3pm

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's because I wasn't here. this place is the pits without me, just like the rest of life.

JulieDiCaro said:

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how can we have an off-day RIGHT AFTER the All-Star Break?

BAH.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Headlines: Chicago Man Sues Son Over Cubs Tickets

Julie's Thought: Someone has a cause of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress because his son gave him Cubs tickets? AWESOME! This is groundbreaking! Think of all the OTHER things that could be considered intention infliction of emotional distress! Making your family watch "The Bachelor," people who constantly tweet about Justin Beieber! Glenn Beck! This could become my new area of speciality!

The reality: As always, not nearly as good as what goes on in my head: http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/07/lawsuit-son-owes-dad-128000-for-cubs-tickets.html

cadarnell said:

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I was wondering if someday I'd be sued by my son for making him be a cubs fan ... plenty of emotional distress is in his future ... oh .. did I mention I'm making him into a Pacers fan too ... I think I'd better lawyer up now .. (the actual story was a let down)

Edelweiss said:

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Or what goes on in the Cubs clubhouse.

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