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July 2011



Game 106 – We Stinks

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Cubs 2, Cardinals 9

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

I sat down to watch the game on Friday after a crazy day at work, perhaps the busiest day I’ve ever had. I looked at the pitching matchup and was excited to be able to recap a game that Matt Garza was pitching. He’s my favorite guy on this staff right now. Couple that with the fact that one of my favorite Rays, from the days I maintained a Rays blog, was on the mound for the Cardinals and I figured I was in for a great game. Instead, Garza got hit hard. The Cubs failed to take advantage of a key early opportunity to put up a crooked inning, and I end up going to bed after the 6th inning. Not quite the way I wanted to spend my Friday night, but what can you do. That being said, here are some things that were on my mind last night.

  • I really enjoyed the camera angle that WGN had behind the pitcher. At Wrigley, and so many other parks, the camera provides and off center view so it’s hard to judge a ball on the corners. Last night’s angle was perfect.
  • I don’t know what the problem was, but I counted at least three slips on the field by players before I retired for the evening. It was as if the game was being played at Soldier Field. That got me thinking. Since Northwestern played at Wrigley last year. Would it be possible to host a game at Soldier Field. I’ve never looked at the dimensions, but I wonder if it could work. After all, the Marlins play in a football stadium. That might be a fun place to see a game.
  • My disdain for Geovany Soto is well documented so I have to take a shot when I can. He exhibited some terrible baserunning in the third inning that cost the Cubs a really nice inning. Instead of 1st and 3rd on a line out by Tyler Colvin, Geo was gunned down by a mile at third. Marlon Byrd beat a throw home from third so there is no reason Geo shouldn’t have made it on his tag from 2nd. He waited too long to tag and got hung up. That, my friends, is an example of a bad baseball team, which is what we have right now.
  • Albert Pujols hit into his 23rd double play. Let the record show that 23 leads all of baseball. Derrek Lee only has 13.

Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Edwin Jackson (.205 WPA)

2nd Star – David Freese (.165 WPA)

3rd Star – Matt Holliday (.104 WPA)

  • Lizzie

    We do stinks. I’m about as big a fan of Zambrano as Joe is of Soto but he sure did get that right and I believe it should be nominated as the quote of the year. It sums up the season perfectly. Perhaps “stinks” needs to be added as a spam word Joe. Going to bed was a good idea.

  • Buddy

    That Pujols guys is awful. The Cardnials should release him. He’s no Jim Lindeman!

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  • There is still time for all these guys to get traded…

    Why am I not holding my breath?

    • Larry Sproul

      So Dome headed to the Tribe . Do we see any more hints of a trade ? Pena or Byrd ? Maybe not you could be looking at what could be the 2012 Cubs . With a few treaks here and there .

  • Norm
    • Joe

      I didn’t. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Buddy

    Sounds like Furcal is on his way to St. Louis.

  • Buddy

    U. Jimenez to the Indians.

  • flyslinger2

    The Tshirt is way more exciting then the Cubs are. Where do I get one?

  • PackerCubBull

    How about an 0-10 road trip? That ought to shake things up, get Hendry fired, don’t you think? We’re halfway there. Don’t think I’m going to any games in 2012.