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Morning News – Blame It On the Rain

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Living in Cardinal Country is bad enough but living here on a gloomy day when the Cubs are in town is just the worst. I was all set to write my first regular season game wrap-up for VFTB and the rains came. I’ll admit, it’s my fault because I mowed my grass and washed my car yesterday. Mea culpa. As my punishment, I’ll listen to Milli Vanilli perform the title song.

So instead of talking about how the Cubs did (though I can tell you they were going to win 6-3), I’ll touch on some of the other games across the league.

But first let’s talk about the Cubs rotation over the next few days. Sorry if this information comes out before this article is posted, but I don’t want to see John Lackey on Thursday, Brett Anderson on Friday, Kyle Hendricks on Saturday, and then Jon Lester on Sunday. I get that they set up the rotation so that Jake Arrieta could start the home opener after giving Lester the season opener but I don’t want to see my top pitcher go a week between starts.

I get it but I don’t like it. My suggestion would be to skip Anderson’s first start and give Mike Montgomery a spot start for the home opener with Anderson piggy-backing him like they did in spring training. You don’t think the opening day crowd wouldn’t give Montgomery, THE guy who pitched the last out of the freaking World Series. an ovation like none other? What are your thoughts? I just want to give my top pitchers the best chance to start the most games during the season.

Before moving on to league action, let’s talk about small sample size and overreactions. Based on what has happened so far:

  • The Cubs are going to finish .500
  • Kris Bryant is going to bat .000/.000/.000
  • Anthony Rizzo is going to bat .143/.250/.143

If you look at some of the insane comments available on Twitter from some Cub “fans”, you would be ready to pack it in and start another rebuild and bring up Ian Happ to replace some of the current bums. I really thought a World Series championship would cure some of the lunkheads out there but I guess once a lunkhead, always a lunkhead.

Archer

No not Chris, Sterling Malory Archer. Any other fans of the show? Season eight began Wednesday night on a new channel, FXX, for those of you that record the episodes to binge watch.

Around the League

KC @ Minnesota: Since the Cubs were rained out, this was the only remaining day game. While not an exciting match-up, at least it should have made work go faster. Unfortunately, the game was as dull as advertised and sadly work was a bit more exciting. The Twins move to 2-0 for the first time since 2007 with a 9-1 victory.

Toronto @ Baltimore: All you prospect fans remember Dylan Bundy I’m sure. Well he started his season in fine fashion throwing seven innings giving up only four hits and one run while striking out eight. Baltimore wins 3-1. Closer Zach Britton tried to make it interesting giving up two hits and a walk in the ninth but was bailed out with a double play ball. Britton gets his 50th straight save.

Miami @ Washington: I haven’t done any official research but to my knowledge, Marlins skipper Don Mattingly was the first manager to be ejected this year. It didn’t help, the Nationals defeat Miami and former Cub Dan Straily 6-4.

Pittsburgh @ Boston: Chris Sale debuts in Boston. What will be cut on first, his arm or his jersey? Sale was strong going seven shutout innings. Pirates starter Jameson Taillon matched him with seven scoreless innings of his own but the Pirates dropped to 0-2 on the season as Boston wins in 12 innings, 3-0.

Philadelphia @ Cincinnati: Nothing to see here, move along. For the record, Cincinnati evens their record at 1-1 by shutting out the Phillies 2-0 behind seven strong innings from starter Brandon Finnegan.

Atlanta @ NY Mets: In another extra inning affair, the Braves defeated the Mets 3-1 as Matt Kemp cracked a double in the 12th inning to knock in two runs. The big story was the return of Bartolo Colon to New York. His former team’s fans certainly showed their affection and the ageless one rewarded them with six strong innings.

NY Yankees @ Tampa: Tampa starter Alex Cobb, who has previously been mentioned as a potential trade candidate for the Cubs, went just 5 2/3 innings but earned the victory as the Rays scored four runs through the first two innings and then made them hold up winning 4-1. The Yankees wonder kid catcher, Gary Sanchez, has had a rough start of the season hitting just .071 through three games. Kris Bryant reminds you that it is a small sample size.

Cleveland @ Texas: Ranger closer Sam Dyson gives up a grand slam in the ninth to Francisco Lindor to fall to the Indians. There is a chance that former shortstop and first pick of the 2004 draft,  Matt Bush could close soon in Texas. While watching this grand slam, a Ranger fan was in tears, I think they are starting to realize that the luck of last year isn’t going to happen this year. Cleveland wins 9-6.

Colorado @ Milwaukee: The Brewers win their first game of the year as they get five shutout innings from Wily Peralta to defeat the Rockies 6-1.

Seattle @ Houston: Time to get this post to press. Unfortunately, Seattle and Houston haven’t cooperated and yet another extra inning game is going on. Currently 2-2 in the 12th.

SF @ Arizona: Arizona currently leads San Francisco 6-4 in the sixth inning. One of my favorite non-Cubs, A.J. Pollock is starting out 2017 in strong fashion after missing the majority of 2016 with injuries.

LA Angels @ Oakland: The Angels are leading the A’s 5-0 in the fifth inning. Angels starter Garrett Richards is attempting a comeback from injury as well and he is throwing zeros through the first four innings.

San Diego @ LA Dodgers: Former fourth round pick by the Cubs, Rich Hill is on the mound for the Dodgers. The score is currently 3-1 in favor of the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig hit his first homer of the season. I think Puig makes a big step forward this year with his maturity and will make the Dodgers even more formidable.

Rained Out: Detroit @ Chicago White Sox

Final thoughts: If someone were to describe you as a Super Hero, which would it be and why? I might be called Deadpool because I have a tendency to be a smart-ass at times and I look pretty dang good in red!

  • Doc Raker

    The rain saved Joe Maddon again.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      He knew about the rain in advance, that is part of his genius. Just like he knew about Heyward and the rain delay, without that no one would give Heyward a chance this year, just Brilliant!

  • Dork

    I’m Ok with the rotation – nothing to see here

  • Bryzzo1744

    If I was a super hero I would be Smokey the Bear. I’ve been fighting so many fires at work that I should consider moonlighting as a firefighter.

    • cap’n realist

      I am Captain Realist. My super power is the patience to deal with basement dwellers and those that know nothing about baseball except what they hear from Len Kasper and Phil Burnbaum’s ‘Guide to Sabermetric Research.’ Though I make every effort to use these powers for good, sometimes I lose my cool around these parts. No need to tread lightly. It’s never personal. Well, maybe sometimes it is.

      Honestly, after waiting for 5 months for real baseball, a rainout on game 3 is like a kick in the satchel. Now we’re relegated to talking superheroes at the bottom.

  • Buddy

    I’m amazed at the amount of over-reaction and craziness that is happening among some of my Cub fan friends. I’m trying very hard to talk them off the ledge (it’s April 6th for the love of God), but if the Cubs lose today….mass hysteria!

    • Doug S.

      Yeah, amazing is correct. I read a comment elsewhere after game 1 “Stick a fork in the Cubs – they’re done”, though it may have been a troll.

      Speaking of that, I don’t recall much troll activity here.

      • Buddy

        It seems like many fans expect the Cubs to get off to some ridiculous start like the 1984 Tigers did (35-5 if memory serves). I wish that would happen too of course, but it’s not terribly realistic. Bad starts aren’t fun, but they’re not the end of the world for talented teams like the Cubs. Hell, the 1980 Phillies started the season 6-9.

      • Buddy

        Phew! Cubs won. Hopefully the ledge jumpers can relax for a day.

      • Sherm

        We eat trolls around here. They’re delicious. Plus, the job of a troll is to be annoying, and if you’ve been here a while you know that we have cornered the market on annoying. There’s probably a site just FOR trolls, and they talk about us…scared shitless that CAPS will find them.

        Really. I think I ate a troll in China this time. Or a giant salamander. Not sure what it was. Not sure I want to know.

  • good news: Cubs on at work
    bad news: Cards rolling / Miggy isn’t very good at catching / I’ve once again forgotten about Corey Black

    • Eddie Von White

      82 to go

      • protip: don’t tube a heater to Schwarbs

      • Sherm

        Wordsmith tip: around here? Don’t use tube, tip and heater in the same sentence

      • Oh god.. and Schwarbs.. Raker’s head probably exploded.

      • Sherm

        Let’s just say that I hope they get a babysitter and that Mrs. Raker is well rested.

    • Sherm

      “Miggy isn’t very good at catching” – very, very true…but he’s a LOT better at that than he is at HITTING.

  • Doc Raker

    82 more to go. Schwarbs, three run bomb to put the Cubs up 5-4 in the 7th and save Joe and Lackey from themselves.

    • Bryzzo1744

      1 down, 103 to go. Maddon pulled a Homer again

    • Seymour Butts

      Lackey actually looked really good. If not for a botched DP in the first he would have given up just 1 in 6 innings. Funny how I was also thinking “82 to go” when he hit it.

      • Carl’s Von Jr. again shuts down a potentially messy inning.. awesome.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        mixed results for Strop, it was good to see Joe not let Pedro lose another one in St. Louis.

    • Sherm

      It wasn’t that impressive. He could have hit it farther.

  • Bartz

    That’s a Winner. Nice to see Geo Soto go deep twice today, but on the wrong side of town.

  • Seymour Butts

    Speaking of 83… that is exactly how many points Heyward put on his batting average today. He went from a respectable .250 to a robust .333.
    Haters gotta wait!