Cubs Week In Quotations
"We can bond a little bit on this road trip. And you've got a chance to catch up a little on rest with [mostly] night games."
Lou Piniella on the road trip
That's What She Said..
"For me, it's been better when it happens quick, because I don't have time to sit and think about it."
Kerry Wood on closing
Steady, Non-Essential, Low-Leverage Work
"We'll use him behind in the score if we have to. We'll find spots for him to work. We'll get him steady work. That's the important thing, steady work."
- Lou Piniella on Bob Howry's new role
No Such Thing as Taking Too Many Pitches
"I'm not taking too many pitches. If I see a ball I like, I'm going to swing at it, so I really can't tell the difference. But he's doing great in the fifth hole. I don't know if they're going to move him now."
- Aramis Ramirez
Quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
"Good player. Good instincts. Knows how to play baseball. He gives you
a good, professional at-bat. Very adroit in the outfield."
- Lou Piniella on Kosuke Fukudome to the Japanese press
"It's not everything yet. I've still got a few more things I'm working on. It'll be a secret until the end of the season."
- Kosuke Fukudome
- Lou Piniella after an 11-second pause to the question - "Do you wish American ballplayers were as fundamentally sound?"
Solving the South-Paws
"We put 10 runs on the board. You've got to stay with it."
- Lou Piniella on keeping the same lineup versus lefties
"We're looking for offense, obviously. You need to score runs, and the guys who are hitting the ball are the guys who are
going to play. What can I say?"
- Lou's justification for playing Reed Johnson over Felix Pie
He Said Balls...
"Like I said, home runs are just a byproduct of hitting the ball well and getting some air. This year, the ball's going in the air. I didn't change one thing. I don't have an explanation for it.
- Derrek Lee on his hot start
"I've gotten some balls in the air, and they've gone out of the ballpark. Last year it didn't seem like I got balls in the air."
- Derrek Lee
Pitching and Defense Wins; Does That Mean We're in Trouble?
"That's something we've got to correct, and correct quickly. We let them get back into the ballgame on walks and errors."
- Lou Piniella on the early defensive struggles
"I don't think it's anybody doing anything wrong. It's just a matter of
us bearing down. Like I said, this game challenges you every day in
different ways. I haven't figured it out yet."
- Mark DeRosa
"He'll get through this.He's too good a pitcher notto. You can't go out
there and try to reach for velocity. It's going to come when he feels
- Larry Rothschild on Ted Lilly
Carlos Zambrano Sponsored by Starbucks
"Anybody who drinks a cup of coffee in the morning knows the effect it
has on you. That's something we need to figure out a
little bit, too, to get him a quick start coming out of the bullpen and
"I'm ready to put it back in his locker, to tell you the truth."
- Larry Rothschild on Zambrano
Not Small Enough
"This is a smaller outfield. I tried [ Daryle] Ward out there [Friday].
I think the biggest thing is probably the run to the dugout. It's along run."
- Lou Piniella
Michael Barrett Disagrees
"There's nothing wrong with that. He flipped the bubble gum thing over a little bit."
- Lou Piniella on Zambrano's tirade
"I was a water cooler guy. I enjoyed that more
than the gum basket. But, no, I like people that show their emotion. I really do. You either care or you don't care. He shows he cares."
-Lou Piniella's on his weapon of choice
Phil, any updates on eight Oscar de la Cruz or Luis Hernandez?
One miscommunication in outfield and the Cubs would have another no hitter
Bruce Levine [email protected]
Sex Fowler out with sore heel
Pretty epic nickname
Mike Olt lives!
Screw the closer.
He's had so few save opportunities that it might be difficult for him to get the All Star nod but Rondon has an absolutely ridiculous 1.05 ERA and 1.06 FIP after this game so far (and I think his worst outing was in the 10th inning non save situation) so I do absolutely think he is worth considering.
wood(4)/grimm/strop/rondon combine for 7ip 0h 0bb 8K
3ip 0h 0bb 3k for t.wood...nice.
wonder if they'll let him go another.
4ip 0h 0bb 4k...and probably done f'real this time. 43 pitches and in line for the win.
And stay off the keyboard too
Depends how long he'd be gone but if not too long I would assume they'll use Wood or Cahill and limit them to 4 or 5 innings and call up a reliever to use in the bullpen.
hopefully it's a carlos-zambrano-special and he just needs to drink more water and less coffee+redbull before starts.
Assuming Hammel needs some DL time for the hammy, who do the Cubs call up: Glasnow or Taillon? Too many starting pitching prospects at Iowa to choose from.
"cramping in right hamstring" according to the booth.
btw, it was his left hamstring that was injured last year.
hammel is injured and done..."leg cramp" or some other leg issue...was down behind the mound coming back from commercial and seemed to have injured himself warming up on the mound between innings.
heyward with a bit of starlin castro disease...you're great D dude, but you can't range 200ft in all directions even if you're playing CF.
that said, he almost had it...though zobrist or baez should have had it if heyward wasn't coming on at 100mph.
hammel is quite wild today even if he got the first 2 outs on Ks that were result of swinging through stuff not in the zone.
she did fine, fwiw.
bombs were bursting in the air...ramparts were watched...all that stuff.
zoobrest kissed her afterwards and got about 20lbs of the 100lbs of makeup she was wearing on him.