The Chicago Cubs have a new spark, and that spark is named Mike Quade, the Cubs’ new Interim Manager who took over for Lou Piniella on Monday and has gone 3-0 in his first three games against the Washington Nationals. That “new spark” and his Chicago Cubs head to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds starting Friday. The last time the Cubs played the Reds they got swept; I don’t think that is in the “cards” this time.
Jonathon Mayo has posted an article on the Cubs’ website titled “Reds shouldn’t take young Cubs lightly.”
The Reds and Cubs are coming from different poles right now. The Reds barely avoided a sweep by the San Francisco Giants. In the third game, they gave up a nine-run lead before finally pulling the game out. The Cubs, on the other hand, won their third in a row, sweeping the Washington Nationals.
However, it is more than just winning. The Cubs seem excited; they seem happy. They have confidence in their new manager, and their new manager has confidence in them. Furthermore, he is not afraid to make tough decisions. A good example of that occurred yesterday.
In the final game against the Nationals, the game reached the eighth inning. Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster was the leadoff batter. Usually this would be the place where a manager would replace the pitcher. However, in this case, Dempster was pitching a shutout and had only thrown 79 pitches. Given the Cubs’ record, one would think Quade would let Dempster have some fun. However he didn’t. He went for the win.
As a result, pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin walked and stole second base. He was then doubled in by Starlin Castro. The damage was completed when Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run home run. Quade looked like a genius, and Dempster was so excited about what the team had done he forgot all about being pulled early.
The Cubs are a team again whether they win or lose; they will give the Reds a fight.
Cubs’ pitcher Tom Gorzelanny (7-7, ERA 3.70) will face power house pitcher for the Reds Johnny Cueto (11-4, ERA 3.62). I know he will give it his very best effort.
I am enjoying watching the Cubs again.