Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Poll, Radio Recaps, and More

First of all, please be sure to check out our new poll on the right sidebar.

We Ask:
Out of the players the Cubs have, who should be the 8th inning man?

A) John Grabow
B) Esmalin Caridad
C) Sean Marshall
D) Justin Berg
E) Jeff Samardzija

Please vote! Also, feel free to comment with your thoughts. Commenting is quick, easy, and does not require signing in. Remember that you can email me anytime at

A big thanks to everyone who voted on our last poll! Here are the results:

Q: How many games will the Cubs win this season?
Tie-1. 80-89 (50%)
Tie-1. 90-94 (50%)

Ryan Dempster joined Waddle & Silvy on Thursday. Here's the recap:
  • Ryan says he is doing great. He promises that everything is going to be okay. There are always 2 game losing streaks in baseball.
  • Demp understands why he was taken out after the 6th inning. The baseball season is a marathon not a sprint.
  • He worked very hard this winter and during Spring Training, so he felt as prepared as he could be.
  • Going into the game, he did not feel any pressure. He was just excited to get out there.
  • There is no sense of "here we go again" in the clubhouse.
  • You cannot live in the past, you have to enjoy the present.
  • The Cubs have a really good team and everything will be just fine.
  • Ryan's daughter is doing very well. She continues to inspire him everyday.
  • Randy Wells knows how to pitch. He didn't just catch lighting in a bottle last year. Dempster expects him to keep it up this season.
  • Jeff Samardzija really wants to win at whatever he's doing. That's what gets him through the rough times.
  • Shark will make the adjustments back to the pen.
  • The nice thing about starting a new season is that you never know what is going to happen.

Paul Sullivan was on with Mully and Hanley on Thursday:

  • Sullivan says that Lou is already ticked off this early in the season.
  • Lou didn't like the question (from the media) about Sean Marshall changing roles. He didn't like the idea of moving John Grabow out of the setup role already.
  • The fact that it was Grabow who blew the game on Wednesday makes you more nervous. John is supposed to be the Cubs' top setup guy.
  • Piniella still has faith in Grabow.
  • Sullivan figures that he'll stick as the 8th inning man for most of the season. As wild as Marmol was, he kept the setup role for all of last year.
  • There are enough questions with this team to make you worry.
  • The way the hitting has been so far is not going to cut it. The bats did not make too much noise the last two weeks of Spring Training either.
  • The second game of the season felt more like a middle of the season loss. Getting their butts kicked in the first game and then blowing the second game cause a lot of frustration.
  • "When things go wrong with the Cubs, they just seem to go wrong."

Other Cubs Notes:

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted!

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