The Cubs and Mike Quade go with their “regular” lineup against Matt Cain and the Giants tonight. Yes, Koyie Hill is behind the plate with Carlos Zambrano on the mound. In Zambrano’s 8 starts since rejoining the rotation Aug. 9, Hill has been the starting catcher five times, with Geovany Soto getting 3 starts. Today, we’ll also talk a little about Xavier Nady and come back with some comments from Mike Quade. Lineup:
UPDATE: We're in a rain delay, with a lot of lightning in the area. Just to update some things, the Cubs today placed Tyler Colvin and Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list. They also activated pitcher Esmailin Caridad off the 60-day DL and optioned him to Tennessee. To make room for Caridad on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated pitcher Mitch Atkins for assignment. The DL moves are procedurual.
Mike Quade said he has spoken with Colvin.
"It sounds like he's progressing," Mike said. "He seemed in better spirits. Hopefully, he'll improve, and we'll see him sometime soon."
On to Nady. The Cubs paid him $3.3 million this year and it wound up being $3.3 million essentially to rehab his surgically repaired right elbow. Nady’s had a pretty good second half, and we’ll get to the splits. Now, the question remains, will the Cubs attempt to keep Nady, or did they rehab him for somebody else next year?
Here are Nady’s pre-all-star and post-all-star splits:
.225/.295/.348 for an OPS of .643. He had 4 homers and 19 RBI. Overall, he was 31-for-138.
.309/.349/.412 for an OPS of .761. He has 2 homers and 14 RBI. Overall, he’s 42-for-136 coming into tonight’s game.
There’s little doubt Nady could have used some minor-league at-bats in the beginning of the season, but I’m not sure what kind of deal GM Jim Hendry cut with agent Scott Boras. That was still one of the more odd conference calls when they signed Nady. Boras also took part. None of us could remember an agent taking part in a conference call to announce the signing of a player.
“It was difficult early on," Nady said. "I struggled from the physical standpoint. Now, you’re able to go out there again on a daily basis and enjoy being out there and hopefully be productive. I’ve always felt like to be productive, you just need a chance to play and hopefully make the most of the next two weeks.”
Here are a few other tidbits to get us started before we head downstairs for the pregame festivities:
-- The Cubs are 17-7 (.708 winning percentage) in 24 games since Quade took the helm August 23, the best start by a Cubs manager through 24 games since Charlie Grimm began 19-5 in 1932. That’s courtesy of the Cubs and research historian Ed Hartig.
--The Cubs’ minor-league clubs combined to go 374-316 this season. Their .542 winning percentage ranked second among major-league organizations to St. Louis, whose clubs went 431-327 (.569).
--The Cubs have used 18 rookies this season, the most since they used 19 in 2000. Eleven of those rookies made their big-league debuts.
--Carlos Marmol has struck out a career-high 124 batters, most among major-league relievers and 26 more than Washington’s Tyler Clippard, who has 98. Marmol is on pace to strike out 135, which would surpass Bruce Sutter’s single-season franchise mark of 129 for a reliever. Sutter set that mark in 1977. Marmol’s strikeouts have come in 71.1 innings.
We’ll update with more later.