All Our Outfielders Keep Getting Hurt
It appears that, for now, we are back in business for posting new content. I”m sure you guys never realized how much you take VFTB for granted until it was taken away from you. It”s funny, I”ve been doing this 13 years and each time something major happens to the blog, I begin to question whether I want to carry on. Then I remember how much I”d miss it and decide it”s a journey worth making.
Chicago Cubs – Won 6-4 over the Phillies
All Our Outfielders Keep Dying – First it was Kyle Schwarber, then it was Matt Szczur, then Jason Heyward, and now Jorge Soler. If you missed the game, Soler went down after straining a hamstring running to first base early in the game and was immediately removed and replaced by Szczur. He”s had a history of leg issues, so I”m a little concerned about this one. The Cubs will know more today after the MRI, so let”s hope it”s nothing serious and that some good rest will heal it right up. The scary things about the hamstring injuries is their healing time is so slow and unpredictable. One tweak and you”re back to step one. For a guy like Soler, that doesn”t bode well, so cross your fingers. There was a quote in Jesse Rogers article on ESPN:
“It”s not too serious compared to what I”ve felt before, but we”ll have to wait until tomorrow when we get the MRI,” Soler said through Cubs coach and translator Henry Blanco. “It”s frustrating. I”ve been feeling better and coming around at the plate. Hopefully it”s nothing serious.””
Two things there. One, was anyone else clueless to the fact that that Hank White was still a part of this organization? I had no idea and I don”t know why I didn”t know that. Second, he really has played better since taking on a more pronounced role, so it really is discouraging.
Shining Like a Star – We”ve talked about the fact that, at times, Jake Arrieta makes it very difficult to be Jon Lester and be the guy that not only has to follow Jake in the rotation, but has to live up to the hype of his contract. After Arrieta”s start on Sunday in which he lost, Lester turned in a gem of an outing. What are your thoughts on Lester? If you had to put your trust level from a 1 being the worst to a 10 being the best, where do you rate Lester? For me, my rating is continually climbing and I”m up around a 7 or an 8, with Jake being a 10.
No More Screw the Closer – All year long, the Cubs have extended leads as Hector Rondon was warming up or potentially getting into the game in a save situation. I hate the save, but it”s part of the game and Rondon was getting screwed out of opportunities. Last night Justin Grimm made sure that didn”t happen. With the Cubs up 6-0 in the game and a bet that I made with my Phillies fan co-worker that said the Cubs would outscore the Phillies by 10+ runs this season looking great, Grimm decided to reward Rondon by giving up three runs and allowing Rondon to grab a save. Stupid Justin Grimm.
Iowa Cubs (AAA) – Lost 6-2 vs Memphis
- SP – Drew Rucinski – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 5 K
- C – Willson Contreras – 2-for-2, BB (14 game hitting streak)