CHICAGO — Kerry Wood has been a little inconsistent, but Cubs manager Mike Quade said the right-hander is healthy and just needs time.
“He’s obviously capable of dominating and pitching a lot more efficiently than he has,” Quade said of Wood, who has given up six runs on six hits and seven walks over 6 1/3 innings in eight games since returning from the disabled list. “There’s a couple things about coming back from down time, and part of it is how soon will you be back to who you are. Sometimes it’s right away and sometimes it takes a little bit.
“With his experience and the fact he’s done it before, I don’t worry so much about the veterans as I do the kids,” he said. “You believe he’ll be fine and the more he pitches, the better he’ll be.”
This month, Marmol has a 16.63 ERA, giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings. In June, he had a 0.60 ERA, serving up one earned run over 15 innings in 13 games.
“He needs to get himself consistent, work-wise and understand what he needs to do, like he has for years,” Quade said. “Everybody goes through tough times and adjustments and this is one of his. We don’t want to lose sight of the fact that this guy has been good for a long time. It’s not like he’s been falling apart.”
So I started thinking about all the other Cubs players who should be given time off to work on stuff. Carlos Zambrano needs to work on stuff. So does Alfonso Soriano and every starting pitcher not named Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster. Alfonso Soriano has a lot of things he needs to work on. Tony Campana needs to practice all aspects of baseball except baserunning.
The reality is that this team is bad and they have a lot of bad ballplayers who need to work on shit. I don’t have a problem with Quade doing what he’s doing, but it’s just something that makes me laugh.