The Chicago Cubs ended their season with a loss. It was not what was expected. They had climbed out of a terrible season after Lou Piniella left with personal problems behind the leadership of interim manager Mike Quade, who took them to a 24-13 record and 17-5 road record. They have been hard on the Astros, and the way they were going, it seemed they would have no problem sweeping Houston; Houston had other plans.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Cubs drop finale to Astros, look to next year.”
Ryan Dempster pitched a fair game, but he got no offensive support.
The Cubs have done so well under Mike Quade, or “Q,” as he has now affectionately come to be called, it seems there is no doubt he will be given a shot at managing next season. Although odder things have happened, Muskat has gone so far as to call Quade the “leading candidate” in her report.
Is he the leading candidate? I think so. I can only put myself in General Manager Jim Hendry’s shoes. If I didn’t pick Quade after he had taken the Cubs through such a successful final stretch and they failed at the beginning of next year, my talent might be in question. If I pick Quade and he fails, fans would be able to get in touch with that more readily because people can be streaky at their work, and I think the focus would be more on Quade and his failures.
Chicago ended up with a 75-86 record, which was 16 games behind the Cincinnati Reds. That seems terrible and it is, but the Cubs were trailing by 20 games when Quade took over, and Cincinnati has played good ball since that time as well.
One answer as to why Houston tried to buck up in this game is that their ending record is 76-86. They were able to get “bragging rights” for fourth place, just barely staying in front of the Cubs.
Quade certainly has things well-mapped-out in his mind. He says the players all know what they have to work on individually over the winter. Quade has the support of the players to return as manager.
I believe he’ll get the job.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Cubs drop finale to Astros, look to next year”