9/26 Bone-head plays

For the second time in two weeks, the Cubs made a base-running gaffe that was unexplainable. They stranded runners at third in the second, third and fifth innings against the Rockies on Wednesday, and had runners at second and third in the seventh with one out when Dave Sappelt hit a fly ball to left. Joe Mather, who was at second, tried to advance as Josh Vitters headed home but Mather was easily thrown out to end the inning. Luis Valbuena did the same thing in Houston earlier this month.

“I went 30 years without seeing it, and unfortunately, I’ve seen it twice in the last two weeks and in pretty relevant situations, which is the odd thing about it,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “I might have come across it when maybe my team was up two or three and it was a irrelevant play.”

Mather’s decision to go left Sveum scratching his head.

“It’s bone-head plays,” Sveum said. “[The players] know they are. It’s just not thinking ahead, and Joe has good instincts.  … For whatever reason, they forget what the score is and the situation. They can’t slow the game down to go over all the scenarios before the next play happens.”

Mather’s explanation?

“I thought I could make it,” he said. “I shouldn’t have gone. it was bad baserunning. We’re down 6-0, I took an RBI away from [Sappelt]. It was just bad baseball.”

— Carrie Muskat


At least Sveum is calling it what it is and putting the blame squarley on the players. However, why he says Mather has good instincts is just giving a player too much credit. OBVIOUSLY Mather does NOT have good instincts, running the bases or playing centerfield….

Mather has proven over and over and over again that he is not the player we need on this team. Last night was the final “proof” needed.

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I think it protocol when a manager speaks with certain liberties regarding the talent of the players put on the roster by HIS GM. Just like all the BUMS Hendry supplied over the years with little or no talent, not one manager would do or say anything SO bad as to upset the player or the GM. Job security maybe?? It took the unacceptable ACTIONS (not lack of talent) by Zambrano and Bradley to get any kind of “truth” from the manager. So Sveum, by defending Mather also defends his BOSSES and defends his job security. The thing is if he DIDN’T PLAY Mather he wouldn’t have to defend or excuse him. It’s all politics and not enough BASEBALL.

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