The Cubs refuse to give Casey Coleman a consistent shot here in this lost season (they trotted out 35-year-old Rodrigo Lopez again yesterday, curious to see if he could avoid sucking ass. He could not.), and I can't help but wonder how he's doing out there in Iowa. Let's find out:
After his most recent start with the big club on July 4, Coleman pitched for Iowa on the 9th, taking the loss with the following line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. He was hurt by two home runs in that one.
He had a strong start and got the win a week later: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.
He then struggled again on July 21: 7 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.
His start on July 26 was phenomenal: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.
And his most recent start was strong too: 6 IP, 4 HR, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO.
Coleman's last start lowered his Triple-A ERA to 4.06 in 10 games. He has put up a decent K/BB ratio and, more importantly, has posted four good starts this season while in the majors. I'll admit that Coleman doesn't seem entirely ready to pitch successfully in the majors. But, sad to say, the Cubs don't have anyone tearing it up in Iowa or Tennessee, and if anyone deserves an opportunity to cut their teeth while the Cubs languish at the bottom of the National League standings, it's Coleman. Surely Hendry and Quade will eventually realize that 2011 is now all about 2012.