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May 2017



Organizational Recap – Organizational Dubs across the board, Arrieta, Zobrist

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Stop me if you have heard this before….Cubs up 3 to 0 after the first.  Yup, me neither.  Again, on Wednesday the Cubs fell behind quickly to the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 before Kyle Schwarber saw his first pitch.  Even after Monday’s shellacking, I felt good about the positive outcome the Cubs would have when the game had concluded.  The Cubs had their co-ace on the mound, Jake Arrieta, and the Phillies were throwing Jared Eickhoff who was coming off a rough showing against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his previous start.

As with all things Cubs here at the beginning of the season, they gave up two runs in the first even though Arrieta struck two of the first three Phillies out in the frame.  The one out walk came back to hurt him when Daniel Nava then steals second to put himself into scoring position.  Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera follow the steal with a single and double to put the FightenPhills up in the first.  The Cubs answer with a run in the second when Jason Heyward walks, that pesky Miguel Montero singles, and Arrieta follows with a swinging bunt that gets Heyward home.

After giving up a run in the top of the 4th to make the game 3-1 Phils, the Cubs looked like the Cubs of last year by pushing 4 runs across in the bottom of the 6th to grab a 5-3 lead.   During that inning the Cubs mustered 6 hits (4 consecutive 2 out hits) and a heads up base running play by Willson Contreras (after hitting a two RBI double).  Wade Davis came in the bottom of the ninth to notch his 7th save for the Cubs in this young season (1 IP, 2 K’s, 1 BB).

Jake Arrieta

Mr. Consistency was at it again last night as he probably had his best outing of the season against the Phillies.  You could tell early on in the game that he had his stuff as he struck out two batters in the first inning (even while giving up two runs).  His fastballs were on point, the breaking stuff had great bite, and with a little more help from Mike Estabrook (home plate umpire) Arrieta probably would have been sitting in double digit K’s.  Early on it looked as if the “Co-Aces” for the Cubs would be faced with the short off-season hangover.  Now with back-to-back quality outings by Jon Lester and Arrieta, maybe the starting rotation can be moving towards their dominant ways of last year.

Ben Zobrist

Bless his heart….it just did not look as if Ben Zobrist ever got comfortable in right field last night.  A couple of plays were misjudged that eventually ended up giving the Phils two runs.  First was the double in the 1st inning by Herrera that Zobrist got a bad angle on.  You could tell that Ben didn’t read it well off the bat.  Second was the fly ball hit off the wall by Brock Stassi.  Zobrist couldn’t get to the wall in time, nor find the correct spot, to make the catch.  Yep, it would have been close even if the stars aligned correctly.  Zobrist is good and I still want him on my team.

Up Next

The Cubs close out the four game series with the Phillies on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 1:20 CT.  John Lackey (2-3, 5.10 ERA) will be countered with Zach Eflin (0-0, 1.89 ERA) for the Phils.

Class AAA

Iowa vs. New Orleans, ppd because of weather.

Class AA

Tennessee Smokies 2- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1

SP- Trevor Clifton (ND) 5.2 IP, 7 H’s, 5 K’s, 2.77 ERA

Top Hitter- Ian Rice (C) 3-3, HR, .278 Avg.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4- Frederick Keys 3

WP- Casey Bloomquist (W, 2-2)  3.1 IP, 0 R’s, 2 K’s

Top Hitter: Josh Hart (CF)  2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI

Class A

South Bend Cubs 6- Kane County Cougars 2

WP-  Tyson Miller (W, 1-2)  6 IP, 2 R’s, 1 BB, 4 K’s

Top Hitter: Kevonte Mitchell (LF)  3-4, 3 run’s, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, .280 Avg.


  • Adam Peters

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but the closest Zobrist should be to right field is second base. Right field is much harder to play than left, and he’s only passably competent there.

    • Yeah.. that was brutal.

      • Eddie Von White

        The team always picks him up later. I don’t think his blunders have cost us a game … yet.

      • Adam Peters

        According to Baseball he has -4 Defensive Runs Saved in the outfield this season. (negative is bad) And that’s without making any actual errors… yet.

        For perspective, Schwarber has -5, and Heyward +5, Almora +7.

  • Bryzzo1744

    What a play by Contreras. I like that guy. He plays with a lot of fire

    • After he scored on Ceasar’s GB I started calling him Firetreras.

  • Doc Raker

    The Cubs have given up 35 first inning runs in 27 games.

    The Phillies broadcast team does a good job talking baseball. They focused a lot on the pitchers, what they throw, what was working for them that day verse other days. I found it insightful on a baseball level, not on a molecular level. Len’s tidbit about how there are more molecules in a glass of water than there are glasses of water in all of the oceans was fascinating but I enjoy the baseball talk during a baseball game. #FireLenKasper.

    • Bryzzo1744

      If I want to know about water molecules I’ll watch the Magic School Bus or Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill Nye the Science Guy!

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      We should not slight Len his knowledge base is expanding, maybe sometime in the next one hundred years it might expand to the point he can make a good baseball insight.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Highly doubt it. Baseball is last on Lame Len’s list.

      • Doc Raker

        Sign my petition: Fire Len Kasper #cubnationdeservesbetter

  • Bryzzo1744

    Jhoy Jhay leading off with Schwarber benched. Is this the 2nd or 3rd leadoff hitter of the season? I know there was another game Schwarer didn’t lead off

    • Doc Raker

      3rd lead off hitter I believe. 7.5 is the over under for the season.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Who lead off the other game Schwarber didn’t play?

      • Bryzzo1744

        Found the answer to my own question. The Salad Man led off. So so far, we have Schwarber, the Salad Man, and Jhay. I took the over.

  • Bryzzo1744

    The Cubs didn’t allow a run in the first inning! It’s a miracle!

  • Lost audio on the Phils broadcast.. switched over to WGN. Two innings in and no sign of the dipshits! Ballpark feed is great.

  • cap’n Jerry

    Bless his heart? Who writes that? And what’s with all the inside jokes and Simpson’s references around here? My show was better. What’s a Lizzie?

    • Lizzie works for Big Toe, who’s master of his domain.

  • Bryzzo1744

    Lame Len line: A 50 foot chopper is a hit while a line shot the other way is an out. That’s baseball.

  • Bryzzo1744

    Last bench player has been used. We’re going to have a LF game soon. Lame Len said Maddon is probably wishing he had Travis Wood right now

  • Bryzzo1744

    13th inning:
    Len: Javy camped out under that ball so long he could have lunch
    JD: Fans who arrived early could have 3 meals at the park. Late breakfast, lunch, and it’s just about dinner time.

  • Doc Raker

    “Swing and miss, strike 3. That pitch was 2 feet outside.” Pat Hughes on a Javy bAez strike out.

    “The runner is not running.” Pat and Cooms seeming perplexed as to why the Phillies base runner isn’t running on Montero.