10:18 PM CDT, June 18, 2012
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The Cubs placed Ryan Dempster on the disabled list because of tightness in his right trade value.
I assume that Dempster’s injury and Monday’s night’s outing speeds up a Matt Garza deal.
If the crowd was any indication on all the Cubs homers, it seems a lot of North Side fans found it more profitable to sell to Tigers fans and just walk up to The Cell box office.
But know this, Cubs fans: The White Sox won’t be able to make a lot of moves if you don’t show up in bigger numbers.
There were some boos for Alfonso Soriano in his first at-bat, and I’m thinking, they came from Sox fans who were upset he wasn’t playing the outfield in the 40 m.p.h. wind.
Brian LaHair made a nice running catch in right field. As if the Cubs needed more reasons to bring up Anthony Rizzo.
If this were the Oscars, Steve Clevenger would be Rizzo’s seat filler.
Maybe it’s me, but when you’ve lost four straight series, a Zach Stewart start probably isn’t the best way to help end that streak.
Especially when Will Ohman is the first guy out of the bullpen.
Stewart, Ohman and Nate Jones allowed 12 earned runs on 15 hits in 6 1/2 innings. Hector Santiago had three strikeouts and nothing else in 2 2/3. Obviously, Santiago didn’t get the memo.
The amazing part of Alexei Ramirez’s diving-spinning-blind throw to get Darwin Barney is that Stewart kept the ball in the park.
The Sox offense is averaging three runs a game in the last six. Sorry, but you have to be able to outscore Luis Valbuena.
Gordon Beckham tweeted that he would be late to The Cell because of President Obama's motorcade. More likely, it was because of Vice-President Biden's ride into the city. But Beckham would be fine as long as he had a note from the Chief of Staff.
David DeJesus was hit twice in the seventh inning. He had to be the only Cub hoping they didn’t bat around again.
Before the Red Sox visited Wrigley Field last week, Theo Epstein refused to call his first Cubs team underachieving. Wait, Epstein expected a team that would have baseball’s worst record? Perhaps Epstein is not starting off as the best of talent evaluators or he tanked the season.
Epstein wouldn’t say these Cubs were underachieving because he believed it “would be disrespectful of the effort they’re putting,’’ which would seem to make the talent evaluation even worse or the tanking even more obvious.
Or maybe Epstein thinks it’s his manager’s fault.
Or maybe this is Epstein’s version of Tom Ricketts laughable comment that the only thing wrong with last year’s team was injuries.
Is the seventh inning over yet?
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