I’ve been as critical as anyone of the Chicago Cubs, and I do mean critical. However, you can call me a “fair-weather” fan if you wish (even though I’ve hung in there 55 years), but I’m back on the bandwagon. The reason is they aren’t acting like total incompetents on the playing field. The Cubs are playing with pride and dignity and confidence. I attribute a lot of that to new interim manager Mike Quade, who deserves a chance to manage next year.
Spencer Fordin has posted an article at the Cubs’ website titled “Cubs look to continue turnaround against Pirates.” He discusses some of Quade’s thinking and what is going to go on this evening in Chicago when the Cubs meet the Pirates for their second game of a three-game series.
There is an excellent chance that the Cubs will win tonight. The first reason is, as a team, they are hot when it comes to hitting. However, their pitching is head-and-shoulders above Pittsburgh, at least for this game. Or is it?
Going for the Cubs this evening will be Ryan Dempster. Dempster has won his last four starts. His record (12-8, 3.42 ERA) makes him one of the Cubs’ top pitchers. Jeff Karstens (2-10, 4.98 ERA) will be going for the Pirates. He has just had the reverse occur in the last few games. He has lost eight in a row. Once again, though, if we look a little deeper, we find we cannot be too sure of the situation. Karstens is 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA against the Cubs, while Dempster is 6-8 with a 5.08 ERA against the Pirates.
I still think the Cubs are going to win. They just seem to be riding one of those streaks.
While trying to minimize the situation, Quade definitely has his job on his mind. He knows that Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg has been considered for his job, but is hoping that his current work will be taken into account.
I don’t see why the Cubs couldn’t offer Quade a short-term contact and, if this year is an aberration, they can call Sandberg. My hunch is, if they don’t pick up Quade, he may get another offer.
That would be a shame.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Spencer Fordin, “Cubs look to continue turnaround against Pirates”