Sunday, September 12, 2010
Quade: Communication is key
By Bruce Levine
Cubs interim manager Mike Quade continues to get high points from his players, who are told two or three days in advance whether or not they’ll be in the lineup.
Quade was asked if he could maintain that type of communication throughout a 162-game schedule.
“It’s what I’ve always done,” he said.
Quade pointed to getting players comfortable in their roles as a key to optimum production.
“These are the little things I think you do to help facilitate things,” he said. “I think I would be able to do that and that would be my goal. As I said, I’ve done it before.”
During a meeting in late July with the entire team, then-manager Lou Piniella promised the players he’d more diligent about letting them know if they were in or out of the lineup. Quade appears to have taken the players’ request to another level.
Quade is not exactly what you’d consider a ‘numbers’ guy when it comes to preparation for his work day. Although he refers to certain matchup statistics, it appears that he’s much more of an evaluation-and-gut-type manager.
“I go round and round about this,” Quade said, “I’m not a sabermetrics guy, but I’m smart enough to know that numbers matter and I pay attention to them for sure.
“When the Cubs have more runs than the other team, that’s my favorite stat.”
The Cubs, who shut out the Brewers in the first two games of the series, last had three consecutive shutouts July 21, 22 and 24 of 1992.
Cubs’ minor-league affiliates finished the season with a combined 374-316 record. The .542 winning percentage was the second-best in baseball behind the Cardinals (.569).
Marlon Byrd’s 156 base hits established a career-high for the Cubs’ centerfielder. Byrd already had a career-high in runs scored, presently at 78. Byrd leads the National League vs. left-handed pitching with a .371 average. (59-for-159).
Jeff Samardzija is scheduled for his first Cubs’ major-league start Saturday in Miami.
Both Quade and Tom Gorzelanny said after Sunday's game that Gorzelanny's side session went well. Gorzelanny said he's ready to go back into the rotation or where ever the Cubs want to throw him.
Infielder Jeff Baker will continue to play against left-handed starting pitchers. He’ll most likely start Monday against the Cardinals.