Sunday, May 20, 2007

Dempster to the rotation? Miller to make rehab start

As heard today on Comcast and WGN. Lou has actually considered putting Demp in the starting roll. He wouldn't come out and say it for definitely but he hinted around it. He also said that he likes Ryan closing ball games and as of today he is the closer for the game. Lou has kept us fans and media on our toes this week with him saying he will "shake up things" and give the media "something to talk about." I do have some concerns with him starting games. 2 years ago they tried it and he couldn't find the strike zone, which has been a problem with the cubs so far this year is walks. He does have to build up his stamina is another problem. He probably can start this week and pitch 5 innings but probably not to much more because of the endurance issues. This could look like a genius idea in the next weeks or it could look terrible and we could be looking for another player to come up and start in the 5th spot.

Why not give Marmol or Marshall a chance in the 5th spot? Marmol has had some nasty stuff in Iowa and in the pen so far. Why not give that fireball a shot? Or Marshall who has ML experience and has an era below 2 in 2 starts in Iowa? These are just some of the questions and concerns I have. If I was manager I would call up Marshall, send down Cotts, and leave Marmol and Dempster in the pen. Having 3 leftys in the rotation wouldn't be that bad of an idea. But Lou is a great manager and I'm sure he is doing whats best for the Cubs. I have faith in LOU!


Other Notes-

- Wade Miller will make his second injury rehab start Monday for Triple-A Iowa.

-Class A Peoria manager Ryne Sandberg was ejected for the second time this season after an argument with a base umpire in the Chiefs' 4-1 loss to Beloit. Robert Hernandez, making his first start, took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits over five innings.

- Lee will be back on Tuesday in the starting lineup. He pinched hit today and took a walk. The only reason he wasent in the lineup today is because of the cold wet weather.

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