Tag:Ryan Dempster
Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:18 am
 

Cubs players want Quade back

Mike Quade Cubs starter Ryan Dempster has thrown his support behind interim manager Mike Quade to get the full-time gig.

"He's done a great job and I hope that he's here longer than just this year," Dempster told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan . "I hope he's managing for us next year because he deserves it. He's done everything they've asked, and everyone in here really likes him."

The Cubs are 21-11 under Quade and 14-3 on the raod.

"The record speaks for itself," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "The way we're playing, the way we're executing, just all-around."

Byrd said he wanted Quade back, but wasn't going to lobby for him.

"That's not my job at all," Byrd said. "[Jim] Hendry has a better feel than I do. He knows what he wants to do."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:31 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 9:16 pm
 

Giants find their bats

Juan Uribe
San Francisco solved its offensive woes, at least for one inning.

The Giants, wasting a run of stellar pitching lately by failing to score runs, exploded for nine in the second inning tonight against the Cubs. Juan Uribe (pictured) homered twice in the inning, a two-run shot followed by a grand slam. In a more painful development, Jose Guillen was hit by a pitch twice in the inning.

According to the Cubs, Uribe's six RBI in the second was the most a player has tallied at Wrigley Field since the Expos' Andre Dawson in a 1985 game.

The Giants had their biggest inning since putting up 10 last September. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up nine earned runs. It was his shortest start since 2003.

Seven times in the previous 11 games, the Giants had failed to score more than one run. For at least one night, they won't have to worry about questions about the offense.

UPDATE: Research by the Giants shows that Guillen is the first player in Giants history to be hit by a pitch twice in an inning.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Zambrano back in Cubs' rotation

Carlos Zambrano Well, Carlos Zambrano's exile to the Cubs' bullpen didn't last long.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports via Twitter that the Cubs have announced that Zambrano will start Monday in San Francisco, his first start since his June 25 blowup with teammates that got him suspended. Manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano would be banished to the bullpen when he returned, and he has pitched in relief twice since coming back.

But the Cubs are in need of two starters right now, having traded away Ted Lilly and with Carlos Silva on the disabled list for a cardiac evaluation. Chicago has Ryan Dempster going Wednesday, Tom Gorzelanny on Friday after an off day, and Randy Wells on Saturday.

Zambrano hasn't found much success as a starter this season. He's 3-5 with a 6.12 ERA with batters putting up an .844 OPS against him. But the Cubs are desperate and have an experienced starter sitting in their bullpen, so Zambrano will get his chance.

The Giants currently line up to have Madison Bumgarner starting opposite Zambrano on Monday.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:49 am
 

Cubs selling, but is anyone buying?

Alfonso Soriano Anyone want overpriced, underperforming baseball players?

Well, the Chicago Cubs are having a sale and they hope everything will go.

The Chicago Tribune writes :
Several baseball sources have confirmed to us that the Cubs are ramping up their efforts in the trade market to start clearing the books of cumbersome salaries.

In addition, it is expected that the team's ownership will address the media soon to assess the club's direction, especially if the team continues to struggle before the trading deadline.

"It has been very difficult for the family and the team the first half of the season," Tom Ricketts told season ticket holders Thursday at Wrigley Field. "This is not where the family wanted to be in the first half of the season.
The problem is, who wants what the Cubs are selling?

• A .276/.348/.548 guy with 15 homers and 43 RBI sounds pretty good, except that he's a liability in any defensive position and he's under contract through 2014 at $18 million per year (and a full no-trade clause).

• A middle reliever with more than $30 million left on his contract and a reputation as somewhat of a hothead.

• A broken-down corner infielder due $14.6 million next season hitting .195/.254/.350 with nine homers and 30 RBI.

• How about an extra outfielder due $13.5 million next season who is hitting .259/.357/.429 with eight homers, 26 RBI and has been caught staking as many times as he's stolen a bag (four)?

• A decent starter (7-7, 3.61 ERA 120 strikeouts, 43 walks in 122 innings) who makes $13.5 million next season and has an option for $14 million in 2012.

• A former All-Star first baseman who has only what's left on his $13 million contract for this season, but is hitting .230/.327/.367 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

It's not all bad, though. There are guys other teams may want, like Ted Lilly (3-7, 3.76 ERA), who is a free agent after the season, but does have a no-trade clause. He's the most likely to be traded, because people actually want him.

Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96) is having a great season, but has a checkered past and is owned $11.5 million next season and has a $12 mutual option for 2012.

Closer Carlos Marmol would bring a decent prospect in return, and Sean Marshall would also be worthy to many teams as a set-up man, but both are more valuable for the Cubs on the team than as a trade piece.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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