Hoping to avoid the rain long enough today to get the makeup of a rained-out game in here at Wrigley. Today, we’ll talk a little bit about the handling of young players vs. the handling of vets when they screw up. Q also gets a little profound on us, quoting Churchill. So we'll get Castro and Churchill all in one baseball blog.
Q says he hopes to have Darwin Barney in Wednesday’s lineup against the Giants. Barney hit a 3-run homer yesterday for Class AAA Iowa. Marlon Byrd plays tonight for Iowa, and the Cubs hope to get him back next week in Washington.
The subject came up of Q addressing Starlin Castro yesterday after Castro was slow to react to not making a play. Q talked about the situation with reporters yesterday in Kansas City.
“I look at things a couple of different ways,” Q said this morning. “Young frustration that results in something afterward that’s not exactly what you want, I understand once. But I’d like not to see it again. An explanation needs to be given to the kid to say, ‘Look, I know you didn’t make that play and you’re disappointed, but the play continues on. So finish the thing.’ And I don’t want to see things like that from him. He’s too good a player. He does too many things well. But that is part of it. It’s not just kids. People get frustrated. Like I say, it’s kind of a momentary lapse of reason. You can’t have a momentary lapse of reason. I didn’t think it was that big a deal, but I just think it was something that I wanted to make sure he understood.”
I asked if veterans were held to the same standard.
“To me, especially with him being a younger player, there’s shouldn’t be different standards,” he said. “I get a kick out of…the same thing I’m talking about with Starlin, anytime a guy doesn’t give me an effort, it gets addressed one on one with me. If it’s a pattern, if I see it several times or a couple of times, the guy gets a break the first time and you address it and if it happens again, then you deal with it whether it’s a veteran or whether it’s a kid. Every time there’s a mistake made, physical, mental or anything else, I’m not in the habit of, ‘OK, you’re done for a while.’ So you deal with it however.
“Veteran status does matter some, for sure. It doesn’t matter as far as me addressing it. It just depends on whether or not it becomes a regular issue.”
You can like the answer or not, but at least Quade gave one.
I don’t sense any special urgency or secrecy around these parts today, with the brass supposedly meeting to go over the immediate future of the team. There are no specially called meetings. A couple of scouts are in town, and the Cubs are doing there normal due diligence in advance of the July 31 trading deadline.
No, things aren’t good, with the Cubs being at their low-water mark of 15 games under .500 (31-46). Q looked at it philosophically.
“It does no good at all to go, ‘Oh my God, why me? Why now? What’ happened?’” he said “It doesn’t. The club won’t respond to that kind of approach. It’s not in my nature.
“Someone texted me a Winston Churchill quote that said, ‘If you’re going through hell, just keep going.’ And I like that. It’s short and sweet, and that’s what we’re trying to do. I’d like to think we’ve got a really good chance to walk out of hell here, getting some people healthy and getting better in the second half.”
In addition to Darwin Barney’s homer, the Iowa Cubs got homers from Bryan LaHair (No. 21) and Welington Castillo (No. 11). They beat Albuquerque 8-3. Marco Carillo started and got the win, going 5 innings of shutout ball, giving up 2 hits while walking none and striking out four.
Class AA Tennessee fell again to Birmingham, this time 6-0. Dallas Beeler started and went 5 innings, giving up 11 hits and 6 runs, 5 earned. Steve Clevenger went 2-for-4 with a double.
Class A Daytona fell 4-3 to Dunedin. Dae-Eun Rhee took the loss, working 6 innings and giving up 7 hits and 4 runs. David Macias (.302) went 3-for-4, and Evan Crawford (.333) extended a hitting streak to seven games.
Class A Peoria dropped its 10th straight, falling 6-1 to the Kane County Cougars. Hayden Simpson, last year’s No. 1 pick, fell to 1-5 with a 4.98 ERA. He worked 5.2 innings, giving up 10 hits and 4 runs, 1 earned. He walked one and struck out two. Elliot Soto was 3-for-4 with a triple. Soto is a Chicago-area kid out of Dundee-Crown High School. Rubi Silva was 2-for-4.
“We’re all just trying to play through it. We’ve talked about it and it feels like we’ll break out of it at any minute,” Soto told the Peoria Journal Star. “That will take a big monkey off our back.”
Simpson has a WHIP of 1.59. He’s pitched 59.2 innings, giving up 70 hits while walking 25 and striking out 46.
Boise (A) won its third straight, beating Spokane 3-2. Luis Liria got the win, working 5 innings and giving up 2 hits and 1 run. He walked none and struck out four. First baseman Paul Hoilman, drafted this year, was 2-for-4 with a double. Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen (.405) was 1-for-3 with a walk. Bryce Shafer notched his third save.