Jim Hendry paid a visit to the field today, and I asked him if there was anything happening on the waiver wire as far as trades go. Jim seemed to think not.
"We made some claims that might have made sense," he said. "Other people had claimed those particular people ahead of us, and they weren't traded anyhow. Yesterday and today didn't seem to have anything that made sense. I'm not anticipating that there probably will be. Hopefully, we're going to survive the injuries."
Ted Lilly pitches in Peoria tonight. We'll try to keep track of that. Jim said Reed Johnson still may be a couple weeks from returning from the broken left foot.
One of our readers yesterday talked about the line-drive percentage of Cubs batters. Here are the top five Cubs, along with their batting average on balls in play (BABIP). The Cubs enter today third in line-drive percentage, at 19.8. Their BABIP is .296, 22nd best in baseball. That could suggest the Cubs have hit into some bad luck.
Fukudome: LD percentage 24.9 BABIP: .324
Bradley: LD percentage 21.3 BABIP: .328
Theriot LD percentage 20.4 BABIP: .338
Soriano LD percentage 18.8 BABIP: .282
Lee LD percentage 17.9 BABIP: .312
Fukudome's line-drive percentage is fifth in baseball. The league average on BABIP typically is right around the .300 mark. So guys with huge BABIP numbers figure to have a lot of batting balls finding holes.
On other things, Lou says he's sticking with Marmol despite 52 walks in 53.2 innings. Marmol also has 11 hit batters. Last year, Marmol walked 41 in 87.1 innings and had six hit batters.
Kevin Gregg has given up 11 homers. He gave up a combined 10 between 2007-08.
As always with Lou, we'll see what happens. He and Marmol both said Marmol's problems are mechanical.
Enjoy Samardzija vs. Pedro tonight.