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Do you have dinner plans Monday? Want to sample some of Chicago’s top chefs and help a good cause? Join Cubs outfielder David DeJesus and his wife Kim who will host “Bite Nite” on Monday to raise funds to benefit the ALS Association of Greater Chicago chapter. The event will be at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch Street, Chicago, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. CT. Chefs from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, including Prosecco, Le Colonial, Arrow on Ogden, Markethouse, 676 Restaurant & Bar, Siena Tavern, LM Bistro, Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen, and Union Sushi and Barbeque Bar will take part. There will also be a vodka bar and a silent auction. Tickets are $75, and available through www.alsachicago.org or by calling (312) 932-0000.
– Carrie Muskat
MLB general managers are meeting this week in Indian Wells, Calif., which means trade rumors will be heating up. The Cubs are well represented as Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman are at the meetings, which end Friday. The meetings are a chance for the Cubs executives to meet face to face with agents and teams.
The Cubs are in the market for two starting pitchers, an outfielder and possibly a third baseman. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the Cubs have expressed interest in free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Shaun Marcum. The two would have to be willing to sign deals similar to what Paul Maholm and David DeJesus inked last year. Maholm signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with a club option, while DeJesus signed a two-year, $10 million deal. McCarthy, 29, and Marcum, 30, have battled injuries the last two seasons.
“I think the contracts we signed last winter are a good model,” Hoyer told beat writers last week. “I think we have a chance to maybe sign more of those this year with a little bit more money to spend. … We might be able to sign more contracts like that or maybe even a little larger than last year, but I think it’s a good model of contract that really served us well.”
Hoyer said they have already laid groundwork with teams and agents prior to the meetings.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs outfielder David DeJesus and his wife Kim will be the celebrity hosts of “Bite Nite” next Monday, Nov. 12, to benefit the ALS Association of Greater Chicago Chapter. The two will join 10 of Chicago’s top chefs, who will showcase tasting-size portions of their cuisine. The event also will feature a specialty vodka bar and silent art auction. Tickets are $75 for the fundraiser, to be held at Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago, IL, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. CT. The ALS Association of Greater Chicago Chapter supports research, advocacy, awareness, community and local care services for those affected by amyotrophic lateral scleroris, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Kim’s high school friend was diagnosed with ALS, which motivated the couple to raise money and awareness. In July, they combined to lead a drive for ALS Day at Wrigley Field, and raised more than $28,000 for the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter.
For more information on “Bite Nite,” go to ALSAChicago.org, or call (312) 932-0000.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs outfielder David DeJesus was named the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. The award was established by MLB to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local club nominees. The annual award recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
DeJesus has been supportive of Chicago Cubs charities, especially the Cubs RBI program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities). He supports former teammates Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster and their foundations. DeJesus’ wife, Kimberly, has combined with David to lead a drive for ALS Day at Wrigley Field in July, and they raised more than $28,000 for .the ALS Association, Greater Chicago Chapter.
David and his former teammate Zack Greinke also joined Heart to Heart International to buy toothpaste, hand towels, combs, shampoo and other everyday items to send to victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
David also has participated as a spokesperson for Guadalupe Centers Inc., an organization that aims to improve the lives of Latinos in the Kansas City community.
– Carrie Muskat
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Q: The 2012 season isn’t over with but I’d like to think next year will be better. My question is what do you think the 2013 Opening Day lineup will look like? — Ty S., West Des Moines, IA
A: Here’s an early guess:
RF David DeJesus
2B Darwin Barney
1B Anthony Rizzo
LF Alfonso Soriano
SS Starlin Castro
After that, I don’t know. These final weeks are huge for players like Welington Castillo, Steve Clevenger, Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters and Luis Valbuena.
Q: It’s time to start purchasing jerseys for the future. Before I buy a Josh Vitters or Brett Jackson uniform, what are the chances they change their numbers? — Clay B., Paris, IL
A: Clubhouse manager Tom Hellmann asks the young players each spring what number they’d like if they make it to the big leagues, and since Vitters and Jackson were given single digits, not No. 88 or No. 75, I’d guess they’ll stick with Nos. 5 and 7, respectively. That said, you never know what will happen if the Cubs sign a veteran, and he has always worn No. 5.
Q: Against the Reds on Aug. 9, Steve Clevenger was ejected during an at-bat and replaced with Welington Castillo. Castillo struck out, which was charged to Clevenger. To whom would a walk, hit, put out or other play be charged? — Marvin W., Bellingham, WA
A: If Castillo had walked or gotten a hit or grounded out, he would’ve been credited. According to Rule 10.17 (b): When the batter leaves the game with two strikes against him, and the substitute batter completes a strikeout, charge the strikeout and the time at-bat to the first batter. If the substitute batter completes the turn at-bat in any other manner, including a base on balls, score the action as having been that of the substitute batter.
Q: Would you know the dates for next year’s Cubs Convention? — Ben
A: Jan. 18-20, 2013.
Q: What is the all-time (not single-season) record of error-less games played by an infielder? — Ethan J., Chicago
A: According to the Elias Sports Bureau:
1B: Casey Kotchman, 274 games, 2008-2010
2B: Placido Polanco, 186 games, 2006-08
3B: Jeff Cirillo, 99 games, 2001-02, and John Wehner, 99 games, 1992-2000
SS: Mike Bordick, 110 games, 2002
Q: How do you feel about Adam Greenberg trying to make a comeback? Is there any chance now that the Cubs are out of the playoffs they will give Adam a chance? — Yoel G., Hollywood, FL
A: For Greenberg to play for a Major League team, it would mean someone would have to be taken off the 40-man roster. I was there when Greenberg was hit, and certainly hoped he would have another at-bat. Right now, it feels like a publicity stunt.
Q: I know the new management wants to build the club from within and help improve the club by improving the Minor League system but do you think they could at least bring in a couple free agent pitchers to help some of the young guys develop? I don’t know how beneficial it is for players like Brooks Raley and Chris Rusin to be lit up by Major League lineups when they are clearly not ready. — Joe S., Lansing, MI
A: I wish pitchers like Rusin and Raley and Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood had someone like Ryan Dempster or Paul Maholm around to help them deal with the ups and downs in the big leagues. The front office will likely look at adding more experience for the rotation next season, either through free agency or a trade. What you hope is that Raley and Rusin learn from this experience, learn what they need to do, and become better for it.
– Carrie Muskat
* Anthony Rizzo is 6-for-14 (.429) in his last three games. He has three straight multi-hit games for the first time in his career.
* David DeJesus has homered in four of his last 15 games. He connected off the Giants’ Tim Lincecum on Saturday.
“He threw me the same pitch the at-bat before, but I got a little under it,” DeJesus said. “I stayed inside it and was able to put a good swing on it. Hitting, I wasn’t sure because the wind was blowing straight in. When I got close to first base, I kind of knew.”
* Michael Bowden threw a season-high 2 2/3 innings of relief.
“I feel every time I’ve gone out there, I’ve gained a little more confidence, and became a little more comfortable,” Bowden said. “That’s the point I’m trying to get to. I know I’ve been there at Triple-A and I need to transfer that up here. I’ts just a matter of getting some repetition. I am confident and I feel comfortable.”
* Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71 ERA) faces Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82 ERA) on Sunday in the series finale. It’s also the last game of the homestand. The Cubs start a 10-game road trip Monday against the Nationals.
– Carrie Muskat
David DeJesus was the Cubs’ star Saturday both on offense and defense. He closed the gap to 5-2 against the Giants with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season. DeJesus also made the catch of the game when he robbed Buster Posey of a possible extra-base hit with a sliding grab along the right-field line in the fifth.
“I didn’t even know I caught it to be honest with you,” DeJesus said. “I slid and threw my glove out, and I was lifting my glove up and I didn’t expect the ball to be in there. I said, ‘Wow, it’s in there, this is pretty cool.’”
Fortunately for the Cubs, he didn’t say that anything hurt after his slide. Dale Sveum is hoping the young players on the Cubs roster, and there are many, pay attention to DeJesus’ work ethic and emulate it.
“He’s the ultimate professional who leads by example, and hopefully people do watch and ask him a lot of questions because he does a lot of things well,” Sveum said.
Said DeJesus: “I want to be the guy they see working hard every day, putting the time in, on and off the field, and who gives 100 percent on the field. That’s ultimately all I care about is being the guy you can rely on every day.”
There are plenty of young players on the current Cubs roster who should be paying attention. Twelve of the 29 players now on the Cubs’ active roster either opened the season at Iowa or on another team’s roster.
– Carrie Muskat
Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single in the ninth gave the Cubs a walkoff win over the Brewers. It was the Cubs’ first walkoff win since July 29 against the Cardinals, and the first win when trailing entering the ninth since May 6 against the Dodgers.
“There were multiple heroes in that game,” Dale Sveum said. “It all worked out. That was nice. That was one of our, if not our best win of the year.”
* Starlin Castro was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and extended his hitting streak to six games. He tripled in the first, his 10th of the year, and is the eighth different Cubs player in the last 50 years to total 10 triples in a season.
* David DeJesus and Luis Valbuena set the tone. DeJesus was 3-for-4, and reached base a season-high tying five times. Valbuena also had three hits. They combined for six hits and three walks and scored five runs. The Cubs totaled a season-high 11 walks.
“When we can walk 11 times, you know there was some grinding going on in nine innings,” Sveum said. “There were some great at-bats and guys saw a lot of pitches and got in great counts and ended up getting hits in a lot of situations.”
* Brett Jackson hit two doubles in the six-run sixth, and drove in two runs on the second hit. He said he’s hit two doubles in a Minor League game this season. He’s the fourth Cubs player in the last 15 years to record two extra-base hits in an inning, joining Jim Edmonds, Jacque Jones, and Mark Bellhorn.
– Carrie Muskat
Unfortunately for David DeJesus, he’s played on losing teams before, so he has dealt with what the Cubs are going through this season. That doesn’t make it any easier to stomach. DeJesus says he sticks to his routine and hopes the young players follow that example.
“It’s showing guys the professional side of it,” DeJesus said. “I’ve been through a lot of losing in my career so I understand it’s tough and it’s not something you want to be a part of. I understand that tomorrow’s another game, and tomorrow you have to show up and be mentally ready and physically ready to perform.”
DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo have been working out together before games. It should help the rookie develop a routine. DeJesus thinks Rizzo can handle the ups and downs of a Major League season.
“I think he’s mentally strong,” DeJesus said. “I think he’s a guy who lets go of yesterday’s stuff and comes today refreshed.”
DeJesus keeps a positive attitude. The Cubs now are a season-low 31 games under .500.
“It’s not fun coming to the park every day,” DeJesus said of teams in losing seasons. “You have a little more chance to lose than not. You have to understand this is a game of professionals. We’re men, we have to do a job, and we have to put our best foot forward.”
– Carrie Muskat
How bad is it for the Cubs? In the last 21 games, they are 4-17, hitting .216 (147-for-681) with a .287 on-base percentage, and a .347 slugging percentage. They’ve been out-scored 111-72, and out-homered 28-15, and struck out 174 times. The pitchers have a 5.20 ERA. One of the Cubs’ goals is to improve their on-base percentage and have more productive at-bats.
“It’s very difficult to do it with youth because that comes with [experience],” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday. “There’s obviously some issues that we have to address and get better at getting on base and seeing pitches and working the count because if you’re not doing that and you’re not throwing out slugging percentage, you go through nights like last night, and you’re not going to score runs.”
On Tuesday, the Cubs lost, 5-2, striking out 12 times. It’s been a turnaround since July when the Cubs went 15-10. Has it been tough for Sveum?
“Obviously, we went in the completely opposite direction,” he said. “I’m not going to lie to you — it does get frustrating to lose and be behind in ballgames constantly to where our closer has gotten three save opportunities in the month of August. We’ve got to start putting things together and get on the board early and get leads and stay on top. It’s very difficult when you’re not getting people on base. [David] DeJesus is swinging the bat great and we’re not getting him in, getting him over.
“There’s a lot of young things going on now that are starting to be glaring,” he said. “We’re not producing winning at-bats to win baseball games.”
Is the problem the mental approach?
“It’s a combination of a lot of things,” Sveum said. “We’re going down looking, we’re swinging at pitches way out of the zone early, and then we get good pitches to hit and we take them. What’s going on right now mentally is strange from a hitting point. We’re aggressive when we shouldn’t be, and we’re passive when we should be aggressive. We’ve got to address all these problems in the winter.”
Maybe the problems are simply too much youth.
“We’re super young right now,” Sveum said. “That’s part of the gig and we knew it. You’re going to struggle with those kind of things. If you are going to struggle, I’d much rather see us have some kind of game plan and not go down looking so much in key situations and with guys in scoring position. We’ve got to be a lot more aggressive in those situations. We’ve got to turn into winning hitters. You can’t be hit chasers, you’ve got to be winning hitters.”
After the first inning on Tuesday, Sveum was spotted in the dugout talking to rookie Josh Vitters after he struck out. Was that about having a better at-bat?
“That was when I was asking him why he didn’t run to first base when the ball got away from the catcher,” Sveum said.
“You can only imagine,” Sveum said.
The Cubs haven’t given up on the season.
“The atmosphere is fine,” Sveum said. “The atmosphere in the dugout is OK. You don’t see a lot of guys hanging their heads. The process of grinding at-bats out has got to get better. We’re not grinding at-bats. We’re really passive hitting now. It’s almost like we’re afraid to make mistakes. You can’t be afraid to fail, and it looks like that’s what we’re going through right now.”
The Cubs are on pace to lose 100 games. Sveum said they’re not worried about that.
“Obviously, no one wants to lose 100 games but you have to plug away every single day to grind it out,” Sveum said. “We have to start grinding. That’s the bottom line. You have to grind things out.”
– Carrie Muskat