Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cubs lose late (for the millionth time)

Have to blame Quade on this one. Marshall had a lot of trouble with the Phillies last series and it continued in his 1 inning of work yesterday. Then he pitched another inning and it only got worse.

I'm pretty sure Quade doesn't know that James Russel has actually been his best reliever, and he's particularly tough against lefties. Even counting his starts, he has only walked 2 lefties, and struck out 19. Lefties clearly aren't doing a good job against him. They have a .234 batting average against vs a .254 for Marshall.

Not that Russell is obviously better vs lefties, but it probably would have been smart to use some other guys when Marshall ran into trouble twice.

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