The Cubs decided to keep Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman because they “we still feel we have a chance in the Wild Card race, and we’re going to go after it” according to Manager Lou Pinella. Yeah right! Gotta love the optimism, but it is way to late for pep talks right now, Lou.
GM Jim Hendry echoed Pinella’s sentiments when asked about Harden and Heilman potentially being moved in a trade: “I can honestly tell you we never gave it any substantive thought to deal the two. We certainly would never give up unless we were out of it. If we were 15 back, we might look at it differently…We’ve got a shot at the postseason, but we need to really play well the rest of the way. So far we haven’t shown the ability to maintain it for a long time, and we need to do that.” Makes you want to go out and catch the next Cubs game at Wrigley Field – doesn’t it?!
Unbelievable. Hendry hasn’t given Pinella the right roster to win games on a consistent level at all this season. And now we’re expected to think that the Cubs are going to flip a switch and go -0 during the month of September. What a joke.
Harden did pitch against the Astros on Monday night at Wrigley Field… it wasn’t pretty. 98 pitches, 5 innings, 5 ER, 5 hits and 6 walks. He did strike out 9, however, so that was a plus. The bullpen shined again though, so at least we can take solace in that. Aaron Heilman pitched 2 scoreless innings, although he did give up 2 hits and a walk. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless 8th inning with 2 K’s. John Grabow pitched a perfect 9th inning with 2 K’s. Grabow looks like a keeper – someone the Cubs will have to pay in free agency to keep. In 15 Cubs appearances, Grabow has not allowed a single run and opponents are batting just .081 against him. He has a miniscule .089 WHIP.
Ryan Theriot broke out of a mini-slump, going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. Jeff Baker also had 2 hits and a run scored in defeat. Baker has also played well since being acquired by the Cubs – .316 batting average, .374 on-base percentage, 12 RBI’s and 15 runs scored in just 98 at-bats. Not bad. Well’ keep a close watch on some of these players that are playing well – they could see significant game action in 2010 with the Cubs unlikely to make many big moves in the off-season with the new ownership in flux.