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Chicago Cubs Saturday Headlines & Game Thread: Mets @ Cubs, 12:05 CDT

Apr. 16, 2010 - Chicago, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES - epa02120370 Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano hits a double to left field to drive in Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd for a score against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of their Major League Baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA 16 April 2010.



The Quade express just keeps on rollin'. With a 7-6 victory over the Mets, Mike Quade is now 7-3 as manager of the Cubs. Each win pushes the Cubs away from a higher draft pick. Yesterday's win also put Julie one win away from having to send Chicago pizza to Metsgrrl. Maybe Tom Ricketts will pay the shipping?

Have Mike Quade's magical powers infected the clubhouse, passing on great baseball skills to the entire team? Almost the entire team, anyway?

Wells ended up with a no-decision, as his record remained 6-12 while his ERA rose to 4.56. It's quite a different season from his rookie year in 2009, when he was 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA.

"That sophomore jinx or whatever they talk about where guys struggle a little bit the second year, that's not the jinx; there are reasons for that," said Quade, who is 7-3 since taking over for Lou Piniella. "He's shown some resiliency this year, fought through some tough outings.

"It's a command thing with him, and he's just got to keep on doing that (working). He's a big old guy, a big horse. He's a converted catcher. He's still learning."

Remember how adamant Randy Wells was all spring about not suffering through a sophomore slump? Yeah, me too. Quade wasn't making excuses about Blake DeWitt, though. In fact, after DeWitt's game-winning home run yesterday, we learned that Quade's had his eye on him for quite some time.

"I saw him in the minor leagues," Quade said. "You're looking at a guy that I projected out 15-ish, maybe a few more, homers. He's still learning. He swings the bat well. I still would think he'd make more consistent contact and be able to drive the ball. He's a blue-collar guy. He's a baseball player."


While Quade continues his drive to be all he can be, the Cubs' minor league managers are racking up the awards this season.

On a day Mike Quade improved to 7-3 with the Cubs, another wannabe manager, Ryne Sandberg, was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year in a runaway.
The honor, bestowed by the league's managers, general managers and media, certainly can't hurt Sandberg's chances to lead the team for which he became a Hall of Famer.

AA Tennessee's Bill Dancy won the Southern League Manager of the Year award. Any other managers not winning awards should be seen as disappointments.

As we enter this holiday weekend, no one's looking forward to Monday just yet, except Carlos Silva fans.

Carlos Silva is expected to pitch Monday against the Houston Astros in his first start in more than a month after minor corrective heart surgery. The rotation gets adjusted to put Carlos Zambrano on the mound today and Ryan Dempster on Sunday against the Mets, allowing both to pitch with their regular days of rest after the day off Thursday.

And the hits just keep on comin' for Starlin Castro.


Rookie Starlin Castro (two singles) had his 35th multihit game. He ranks third among National League rookies in that category behind Florida Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez and Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Castro is hitting .319 but .385 in his last 12 games (20-for-52) and .358 (73-for-204) at Wrigley Field.


Today's game starts at 12:05 CDT and features Jenrry Mejia (0-2, 3.25) against Carlos Zambrano (6-6, 4.36). The game is on WGN tv and radio. Lineups to come.


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Dubsdread18 said:

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i realize your quade love is tongue in cheek stuff. i'm a sox fan but i'm seriously interested in hearing if cubs fans would want quade named as permanent manager. yes or no.

Teebob2000 said:

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Letting Beltran steal 2nd is the first really stupid mental fielding error I've seen Castro make.

sloan peterson said:

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I was screaming at Castro,"back up!!" Oh well,if that is the only mistake he makes today...

sloan peterson said:

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Cubs win again,it's very tempting to think what would have happened if Lou left at the All Star break....

FrankS said:

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Or immediately after spring training...

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