Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Quotes & Notes: Leake, Baker & More

  • Mike Leake on making his last start of the season Tuesday: “My last two outings were my best. Five months is a long time not to pitch. But I’m sure it will give confidence when spring training starts. I’d like to finish the year, but I understand. They’re protecting [me] and protecting themselves.”
  • Dusty Baker on Leake: “He’s really matured as a player and a person. He reads swings well. He fields his position. He’s a complete player. He’s a ballplayer.”
  • Carlos Pena on Leake: "He knows how to pitch, how to change speeds on us and change eye levels," Pena said. "It almost seems like he doesn't have a set plan for a hitter. He goes off what he senses. That's tough to prepare for because he doesn't follow any patterns. He deserves credit. He's a pitcher."
  • Mike Quade on former Red Ryan Dempster: "He's as consistent a guy as we've got," Quade said of the right-hander, who was the Cubs' Opening Day starter. "He hasn't had as many starts this year where he's as dominant as he's been in the past, but even on days when he's not, you could count on him."
  • Brandon Phillips' leadoff homer on Tuesday was the first time he had homered to leadoff a regular season game in his career. He led off game two of the 2010 NLDS versus the Phillies with a leadoff homer as well.
  • Baker said injured veteran Scott Rolen was "probably not" gonna return to the field this season after continuing to battle a shoulder ailment. "I'm not shutting it down," Rolen said. "But we are running out of time".
  • Game three of the series will take place at 7:10 PM ET on Wednesday. It'll be Chicago's Casey Coleman (2-7, 6.65 ERA) against Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.36 ERA).

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