Three Blind Mice

Jae Seo, RHP
2-1, 2.00 ERA
14/3 K/BB, 3 HR in 18.0 IP
Greg Maddux, RHP
8-8, 4.67 ERA
86/24 K/BB, 20 HR in 140.2 IP
LF *Matt Lawton SS #Jose Reyes
2B *Todd Walker 2B Miguel Cairo
1B Derrek Lee CF #Carlos Beltran
3B Aramis Ramirez LF *Cliff Floyd
RF *Jeromy Burnitz 3B David Wright
SS #Neifi Perez RF Mike Cameron
CF #Jose Macias 1B *Marlon Anderson
C Henry Blanco C Ramon Castro
P Greg Maddux P *Tom Glavine
Perez, Macias and Blanco that is. When you include the pitcher in things, it really is almost laughable that there are so many days when we're fielding just five proper hitters. Still, that'd probably have been enough had the Mets sent out Kaz Ishii as scheduled. He's not a proper pitcher - he could probably walk the three blind mice to load the bases and give up a Greg Maddux grand slam. Sadly, the Mets came to their senses and so they sent him to the minors, and now the Cubs will have to face Jae Seo today...


this club is run by people who replaced a system like that and took down every high-level job holder with it...there's not much incentive for hendry/mcphail to run this club or attach their names to it...just to put players on the field worth a damn and a guy to run them who wont bump heads too much and have the respect of their players and win...

...there's not much incentive for hendry/mcphail to run this club LIKE THAT or attach their names to it...


i'll spell/flow check one day...maybe...hehe


Dusty is hardheaded, he was hardheaded in SF, and he's hardheaded in Chicago. Nothing's changed. Some of Dusty's moves could be considered insubordinate, but there's far too much at stake to get into a public pissing match with Baker, especially after what happened in SF.

SF management got tired of it, and let him go when he outlived his usefulness. I can't imagine Hendry is happy about Murton and Cedeno sitting on the bench for extended periods, but Hendry wanted Baker, believed the hype, and got what he asked for.

Just because it turns out that Dusty isn't all he was cracked up to be doesn't mean Hendry's not pissed at what Dusty does... or fails to do.

Yes, there seem to be deep PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES between Dusty and Hendry, but Hendry and McPhail want to do everything in their power to make sure their displeasure with Dusty doesn't go public. I'm sure they'd like to avoid what happened in SF ... that got ugly in a hurry...

Some new comments on Wood, Dempster, Patterson, and Pie...

August 7, 2005, 10:24 PM CDT

{...NEW YORK -- Kerry Wood's experiment as a middle reliever is contingent on the Cubs staying in the wild-card race.

Team sources said Wood is likely to be shut down by September if management believes the Cubs have little or no chance to overcome the sizable deficit they face. Wood would then have surgery to clean up debris in his rotator cuff and labrum and, the team hopes, be ready to go by the start of spring training.

It remains to be seen whether the Cubs will let Wood try to become a starter again next season. They're satisfied with Ryan Dempster as the closer and believe it will be no problem re-signing him when he becomes a free agent this off-season. Wood will make $11 million in 2006, about triple the salary of the best-paid setup men. There's also a mutual option for 2007 at $13.5 million that the Cubs would be unlikely to pick up.

Waiting in the wings

Corey Patterson's average is up to .273 after a slow start at Triple-A Iowa, and he may be called up to the Cubs in time for the four-game series against St. Louis at Wrigley Field, which opens Thursday.

"If he keeps doing it, there's a chance," manager Dusty Baker said. "That's all we wanted was for him to have a semi-extended period of good play. He's had two good games in a row. That's why we sent him down there, to get it together so he could come back here. We didn't send him down there to exile him to the Siberian front for 2 1/2 months."

Baker has used Jose Macias in the four games since Jerry Hairston's elbow injury in Philadelphia instead of moving Jeromy Burnitz from right to center. "Basically, you'd kind of have one guy out of position (Macias) vs. three guys," Baker said.

Though the Cubs faced right-hander Victor Zambrano on Sunday, Baker sat left-handed hitters Burnitz and Todd Walker, who have been slumping lately. The Cubs face a left-hander Monday night in Cincinnati's Brandon Claussen. "If I didn't give [a rest] to them today, it could have repercussions for three or four games," Baker said.

On the mend

Double-A West Tenn center fielder Felix Pie is slated to return from his ankle injury Tuesday. Pie, who would have been called up to the Cubs when Patterson was demoted July 7 if not for the injury, will need some at-bats before he's ready to get the call. He's certain to be brought up Sept. 1, when rosters expand...}


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