I don’t think anyone could see this one coming. The Giants had a team meeting about their poor hitting before the game, and then came out and slammed the Cubs 13-0. This was against Ryan Dempster, who pitched quite well the last two outings.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article titled “Dempster, Cubs overwhelmed by Giants’ bats.” And so they were. Dempster was ousted during a nine-run second inning. In that short period of time, he threw 74 pitches. Teams and players have that happen.
An interesting stat that Muskat reports is that in the “Cubs’ last 11 games the starting pitchers have given up nine runs…Dempster gave up as many in 1 2/3 innings.” Again, it happens.
Interim manager Mike Quade has suggested that what caused the meltdown was that Dempster was left in too long in his last game and allowed to throw 123 pitches. Dempster thanked him for that emotional break, thinking it was his fault, but pretty much over it by the end of the night. You have to be ready to turn the page on a fiasco like this, especially in this stage of the season.
The damage was done in large part by Juan Uribe, who had two home runs in the second inning. One of those homers was a grand slam.
The Cubs have 10 games left this season. They have three games against the St.Louis Cardinals at home the next three days, four games at the San Diego Padres and three games at the Houston Astros to close out the season.
The Cubs are 18-9 under Quade, who is hot to get a 10-game winning streak going.
As I’ve written several times, the main story going on right now is whether or not Mike Quade is going to be offered the managerial job for next year. My inkling is it is either Quade or Ryne Sandberg, and further I will guess the decision has already been made.
Jim Hendry has just returned from seeing Sandberg, and he probably either told him he’s hired or he is hiring Quade. If Quade keeps winning, I don’t see how he can make any other decision and avoid criticism.
We’ll just have to watch the program.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Dempster, Cubs overwhelmed by Giants’ bats”