9/18 Extra bases
* Mike Quade wants to see how Ryan Dempster fares Sunday and also how Casey Coleman pitches Monday before deciding the rotation for the upcoming road trip to St. Louis. The Cubs want to give Dempster enough starts in the final games so he can get to 200 innings.
* It’s been a long time since the Cubs have had any speed in the lineup and they are taking advantage of Tony Campana’s quickness. Campana has 22 steals, the most by a Cubs player since Ryan Theriot swiped 22 in 2008. He’s been thrown out once this season, and his 95.7 percent success rate is tops in the Major Leagues. Texas’ Ian Kinsler is second, having gone 25-for-27 in stolen bases.
As much as the Cubs like to see Campana run, Quade was happy that the outfielder has been more patient. He has a walk and a stolen base in each of the last two games. Obviously, being more patient at the plate will help the speedy outfielder get on base more.
“People are finding out and trying to make adjustments to him very quickly,” Quade said. “Every time we show up in a new city and he’s in the game or comes in late, I see shallower defenses or shallower outfielders.
“He’s not going to surprise anybody, that’s for sure,” Quade said. “You have to make a decision when he does get on or you use him late in the game how much you’re going to allow his speed to affect the quality of stuff you’re bringing to the plate. If you’re somebody like Enerio Del Rosario, who is normally that quick to the plate, OK, take your shot.”
* Aramis Ramirez was batting .308, which is 67 points higher than his .241 average last year. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 67-point improvement is second-best for any player with 500 or more plate appearances each of the last two seasons. The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp beat Ramirez for the top spot by one point. He’s batting .317 this season after hitting .249 last year.
* Here are the pitching matchups for the upcoming series vs. the Brewers:
Monday: Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.40) vs. Casey Coleman (2-8, 7.06)
Tuesday: Shaun Marcum (12-7, 3.40) vs. Randy Wells (7-4, 4.93)
Wednesday: Randy Wolf (13-9, 3.45) vs. Matt Garza (8-10, 3.51)
— Carrie Muskat