I simply marvel at Jose Bautista.
He’s homered 13 times in his last 21 games and leads MLB with 15 HR.
His 35 intentional walks also ranks first in the bigs, and he’s reached base safely in 31 of 32 games this season.
Man, the Cubs use a bat like that!
Meanwhile, just look at where this guy’s come from:
Despite Cubs’ loss in rain-shortened game, Davis’ was good.
I thought Davis did a decent days work.
He threw strikes. He lasted five innings. He did what you expect from a fifth starter.
That’s more than James Russell could do…or should have been asked to do as a starter.
And while Davis appears to be a temporary god-send, wouldn’t it be nice to have Braden Looper and Carlos Silva still in the mix?
Davis barely has the stuff to make it any longer at this level. But he’s long been a pitcher, a crafty left-hander, an innings guy the Cubs desperately need.
Davis will never be the best arm in this rotation, but he’s surely the most important one, at least in the short-term.
Mike Quade is not about to stop tinkering with his lineup.
Cubs have played 37 game. Quade has used 30 different lineups.
“We don’t have a set lineup. We have a set cleanup hitter and that’s it, ” Quade said.
“I’m not at the point of Lou yet,” Quade said with a chuckle. “Give me another week or two. I love this. I like the opportunity to explain why. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s all good.”
Hey, maybe it’s time to start using a set lineup?
After all…nothing else seems to work!
Batting .289 during month of May.
Has reached base safely in 10 straight games.
Drawn a walk in five straight games.
And reached base safely in 26 of his 31 starts.
His 22 walks lead the club.
Has three bunts for hits.
Name that Cub!
Cubs may have minor cure for Tyler Colvin’s major issues.
I said it Saturday. Mike Quade said it Sunday. Tyler Colvin needs playing time.
But now the Cubs are talking about shipping Colvin off to the minors?
Why, why, why?
Is there truely no place for Colvin in the everyday lineup?
Not a single opening on a team that can’t score runs? Not one, maybe two, days a week the kid could start? Seriously, we’re sending Colvin to the minors?
Listen, I know Colvin has struggled offensively this season. But give the guy a chance. He earned his playing time last year and made a good go of it.
So why on earth demote the guy? Oh, because Reed Johnson is having a hot-run. C’mon.
Tyler Colvin is…and should be…the future of this club. Not Sori, not Marlon not Fukudome…and definitely not Carlos Pena.
Moving Colvin to Iowa is on course for the Cubs most ill advised move all season (although topping multiply starts from James Russell will be hard to best).
The Cubs won’t play any better without him, and Colvin’s confidence is sure to crash in Iowa with a thud.
Don’t do it, Mike. Just let the kid play. Who knows, he might just drive in a run.