Cubs 1, Nationals 2 – Game Notes
MVP – Jordan Zimmermann (.355 WPA)
When you leave 12 men on base, it’s hard to win the ballgame. The Cubs had their chance today with guys on base all day. They just couldn’t capitalize on it and convert for more than one run. It’s a little frustrating to come away from the Nationals series on the road with just one win, but when you think about the start to the trip so far, we’re 4-2 heading to Cincinnati. I’ll take that.
Looking at the box score, you’ll see that both Jake Arrieta and Zimmermann had a game score of 62, but I thought Arrieta was much more effective, especially later in the start when he started striking guys out. His lone earned run came in the first inning after Denard Span hit a double to lead off the game. From then on, Arrieta really wasn’t in much trouble and finished the day with a quality start. He did his job, and the offense didn’t help. When you look at this team and their expected record base on run differential, you’ll see they should be better than they are. However, that has been due to the outstanding pitching, and not the offense. The offense continues to be the problem. Thankfully there is offense on the horizon.
- The Cubs recalled Blake Parker from AAA Iowa to take the open roster spot from the trade. Parker has been closing games in Iowa this season and doing a good job at it. He’s finished 23 games in 25 innings of work, accounting for a 18 saves.
- The Cubs announced their starting pitchers for the five game series in Cincinnati. Monday will be Edwin Jackson, Tuesday will be Travis Wood in game one and Tsuyoshi Wada making his Major League debut in the nightcap. Wednesday will be a guy named TBD, who is apparently really durable and will take the ball again in the series finale on Thursday. In all seriousness I’d look for Dallas Beeler to get one of those starts. The other one I’m not so sure on. Chris Rusin would make sense since he’s already on the roster, but I’d really rather not see that. I’d rather see him get optioned in favor of Dan Straily.
- The Yankees designated long time Cubs outfielder, Alfonso Soriano, for assignment. Considering the Cubs were already paying $14 million of the $19 million that was owed to him, it actually would make sense to bring him back. This outfield can’t really be any worse. With the exception of Justin Ruggiano, who’s really hitting enough to warrant an every day job?
- Kris Bryant and Juan Paniagua were named minor league hitter and pitcher of the month for June in the Cubs system.
- There was a dude in the 7th inning at Nationals park that played God Bless America on a baseball bat violin. It was amazing.
- Starlin Castro was elected to the All Star game and Anthony Rizzo is on the final ballot for the fans.