MILWAUKEE _ After putting Aramis Ramirez on the DL and calling up Chad Tracy, Lou allowed himself to use the “P” word in saying what would happen from here with Tracy and Jeff Baker and third base: “We’re going to platoon he and Baker at third base,” Lou said.
Lou seemed irascible today, as if he’s seen enough. That’s why he followed with this: “Look, the amazing part about this thing is we’re going to play the people that deserve to play. That’s it. Period. In a nutshell.”
Lineup against lefty Randy Wolf:
As radio play-by-play man Pat Hughes pointed out, this is the same pitching matchup as when Big Z threw his no-hitter against Houston here at Miller Park.
Do check out today’s earlier blog with minor-league notes and a section about quality starts:
We pointed out in today’s game story from last night’s loss that Marlon Byrd made outs on first-pitch swings to end the sixth and eighth innings. Ryan Theriot went after a first pitch and left the bases loaded right after pitcher Ted Lilly walked to load the bases.
Byrd’s walk rate is 3 percent this year, down from 5.3 percent last year and 10 percent in 2008. He goes after first pitches 35 percent of the time.
Theriot’s walk rate also is down, to 4.2 percent this year. It was 7.5 percent last year and 11 percent in 2008, his career year.
Lou also talked about winning games in the division. The Cubs are 2-4 against the Reds and Houston, 5-2 against the Brewers, 2-7 against the Pirates and 1-2 against the Cardinals.
“We haven’t played well in our division," he said. "You better win with your own division. The years that we the division here, 2-3 years ago, we dominated this division, especially the second year here.
“The amazing thing about it is if you look at this thing, we’re only 6 games back in the loss column. We need a win streak. I don’t remember the last time we won three or four in a row. Basically, That’s what we need, a good winning streak.”