When asked if he was considering removing Rodrigo Lopez from the rotation so that Casey Coleman could get more major league experiance down the stretch, Quade told the Chicago Tribune,
"I'm committed to [Lopez] right now." Quade said. "As I look at this thing as it pans out—take it four days at a time—we're going to play Washington, who is in the hunt still, and we have contenders throughout the rest of the month.
That's part of the reason I want to keep the pitching in line."
The Nationals are still in the hunt? Maybe somebody should tell them that. When Quade made this comment, Washington was 19.5 games back in the NL East. The Cubs were only 17 games back in their own division.
So that mean the Cubs are still in contention, right? Well no, not according to Quade. On Aug. 2 he told the Chicago Tribune that they weren’t.
"It's great to play clubs that are contending," Quade said. "You wish you were one of them right now, and you're not.”
That was back when the Cubs were only 15.5 games back. Only 4.5 games further back than the Nationals were in the wild card when Quade called them contenders.
But this isn’t really that big of a story. If Tony LaRussa or Charlie Manuel said it then it would be, but Cubs fans are getting used to Quade saying things that contradict themselves.
Whether it's calling out Starlin Castro or Darwin Barney for not hustling when Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez haven’t hustled all season or saying that his young players need to earn playing time when the veterans he keeps trotting out there haven’t earned anything with their performances for the team.
Quade is afraid of veterans. That’s all there is too it. Why wouldn’t you start Coleman over Lopez?
Even though Lopez did throw a nice game on Wednesday, due to his recent shortcomings, Coleman probably gives the team a better chance to win. If Quade is all about playing the spoiler, then trotting out a guy with a 4.78 ERA and 1.42 WHIP doesn’t make much sense.
Is Quade afraid of having to tell Lopez that he’s taking him out of the rotation? Who knows, but the fact that this is actually a legitimate question proves all the more that Mike Quade is in way over his head.