Quiet morning at Wrigley. Lou had the morning off from media chores, and that was probably a good thing. In talking with several people inside and outside the clubhouse, nobody felt Lou should have bunted Fontenot yesterday in the eighth inning. "God gave you 27 outs; don't give them away," one person said.
Water under the bridge now anyway. Here's the lineup:
The wind is blowing toward left field today, which means flyball pitcher Lilly will need to keep it down Otherwise, it's a tee-it-high and watch-it-fly type of day for both teams. The D'Backs' Adam LaRoche is 6-for-15 vs. Lilly. Chris Young is 5-for-12. Arizona starter Ian Kennedy has no career appearances against the Cubs.
On the stat sheet, the Cubs are second-from-the-bottom in runners left on base. Talking to a stats-oriented guy, that's a hard one to read because teams can leave a lot of guys on base and still score runs. But that hasn't been the case with the Cubs in a lot of games this year, yesterday in particular.
The Cubs have 16 quality starts, and they're only 8-8 in those games. The starters' ERA in the quality-start games is 1.77. Overall, the starters are 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA. The pen is 2-6 with a 4.91 ERA. Over the last seven games, the bullpen has a 1.23 ERA. Twelve of the Cubs' 22 games have been decided by 2 or fewer runs, with the Cubs being 4-8 in those games.
Had a chance to talk with assistant GM Randy Bush. He just got back from watching shortstop phenom Starlin Castro at Class AA Tennesee. Randy said Castro is "playing well, learning and having a good time." At this time there are no immediate plans to bring Castro up.
For Tennessee last night, pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx worked 7 innings of 3-hit, 3-run ball as the Smokies fell 6-5 to Birmingham. Bibens-Dirkx got a no-decision.
At Class A Daytona, Brett Jackson went 2-for-4 with his third triple. D.J. LeMahieu was 1-for-3 with a run and 2 RBI. First baseman Rebel Ridling, back from an appendectomy, hit safely in his second straight game, going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.