Davis can't give bullpen a break

June, 28, 2011
6/28/11
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO – With a doubleheader on the schedule Tuesday, Mike Quade was hoping lefty Doug Davis could pitch deep enough into his start to give the Cubs’ bullpen a beak.

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Rob Grabowski/US PresswireDoug Davis gave up a career-high 10 runs on Tuesday.

That hope was dashed after 4 1/3 innings as the Cubs’ veteran starter gave up a career-high 10 earned runs – the most runs surrendered by any Cubs' starter since April 2001.

"I think it was one of those days,” Davis said. “Every time they hit the ball, it was where we weren’t. Didn’t matter whether it was hard or soft. Obviously, we don’t play anybody over the fence for [Pat Burrell’s two-run homer]. It was one of those days! I can’t really explain it.”

The Cubs called up reliever Marcus Mateo after the first game to fortify their bullpen, which could start showing wear and tear with the rotation failing to consistently pitch deep into games. The Cubs’ bullpen has been the most consistent part of this year’s team, posting a 1.23 ERA in the team’s past seven games.

The Cubs are 23-18 when their starters go six inning or more and 9-27 when they throw less than six, like Davis did Tuesday.

Even more noteworthy is the fact that the Cubs have thrown 439 innings as a staff, the second fewest in baseball.

“You need contributions from everyone, win, lose or draw,” Quade said. “You need to compete at the backend of a rotation. You don’t expect your five guy to give you the innings your one and two gives you. But you also need days when you score runs, if the matchups are good against someone else’s rotation.”

The Cubs’ fourth and fifth starters have won a combined four games all season in 31 starts. Casey Coleman has two wins. Davis and Randy Wells each have one.

Quade on the All-Star Game

Cubs manager Mike Quade was named a coach of the National League All-Star team by Giants manger Bruce Bochy on Tuesday. He will replace former Washington manager Jim Riggleman who resigned last week.

Quade was honored to get the invite; he joked about how winning three of four games from San Diego last September allowed the Giants to get in first place in the NL West.

“They were pretty happy with us,” Quade said. “We went in there and beat the Padres last year. So who knows. It’s a great honor and I’m flattered to be going, that’s for sure.”


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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .284
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 56
RA. Rizzo 71
OPSA. Rizzo .917
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104