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Milton Bradley Playing His Own Game

By bullpenbrian at 06.13.2009 Leave a comment.


Milton Bradley got a laugh from his poor showing Friday.

I’m glad someone finds a .500 record in mid June so amusing–even if Chicago is only three games back in the division.

On the other hand, I wasn’t giggling when Bradley tossed the ball into the stands with one out, either.

That play alone makes it’s easy to question the Cubs’ focus, not to mention, the lineup’s one walk vs. 12 strikeouts performance.

But give Kevin Slowey, a much underrated hurler, some credit. He stayed ahead in the counts and worked his off-speed pitches beautifully.

In just 51 starts with Minnesota he’s now 19-1 when posting a quality start. Although, the Cubs did him many favors Friday afternoon–namely, swinging through a bunch of strikes.

Is it a stretch to say Randy Wells was overthrowing the ball knowing the Cubs can’t score?

I’ve been waiting for that to happen, and cringe thinking about where this club heads should its starting pitching takes a nosedive for a few games.

When Lou starts tinkering with the lineup you know he’s running thin on patience. But, whatever moves Piniella makes can’t hurt this club anymore that they’re hurting themselves.

Minnesota loves interleague play. The Twinkies are 45-13 against the Senior Circuit since 2006. They also swept Milwaukee earlier this season.

As I said Thursday, if the Cubs lose this series against Minnesota, Monday’s off day should be a major reevaluation period for Jim Hendry.

Maybe call up Jake Fox, work the waiver wire or create a trade that can jumpstart the lineup.

We’ve all waited three months for the Cubs’ bats to come alive, but to no avail.

I feel waiting another few weeks to make an addition offensively may come too late.

  • Cubs (29-29) are in fourth place.
  • W: Slowey (9-2) L: Wells (0-3) S: Nathan (14)
  • Chicago is 6-11 at home.
  • The Twins are 3-7 at Wrigley since their last visit in 2001.
  • The Cubs are 6-20 when committing an error.
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