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May 2017



Organizational Recap – Crap

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So, I thought that if I wait until early Saturday morning to write this post…it would make the negative emotions of yesterday’s game go away.  I don’t know why I thought that would be the case because for 33 years I have wore my Cubs emotions on my sleeve with it taking me days, sometimes a month, to get over.  Friday’s game against the New York Yankees was one of them.

At one point in the bottom of the 8th inning, I thought to myself that this was probably the best game that I have watched this season.  My games are usually recorded since I have 4 kids and watching a whole game live is next to impossible.  Doing it this way is a plus because 1) the game doesn’t last as long as I fast forward in between pitches and 2) I usually get to miss all the intelligent conversation had between Len and Jim.  But on this Friday, home with my two sick boys, I decided to go ahead and watch the game live.  I didn’t think that this was the best game I’ve watched because WE WERE WINNING BY 2 RUNS.  This was the best game I’ve watched because their was some solid pitching by both teams (Hendricks 5.1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 BB’s, 6 K’s) some “windy” errors by both teams (Jon Jay and Aaron Judge), and two big hits by Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber (both to right) that provided all the games offense up to that point.

Then we got to the top of the ninth.  Usually in the past when Hector Rondon came into the game as a closer, pre Aroldis Chapman, I would go ahead and get my emotions in check as I knew a collapse were to probably happen.  But with Wade Davis given the day off to rest after pitching in three consecutive games (Tuesday’s 8-3 game could be argued that Davis probably didn’t need to pitch in) and Rondon actually pitching solid up to Friday, I was in a better place emotionally to accept that he would come in and work a clean inning to wrap up the game.  Faith in Rondon once…shame on you.  Faith in Rondon twice…shame on me.

The inning started off spectacular as Didi Gregorius grounded into a 3-1 first out.  Chase Headly then singled to left….ok.  Wild pitch by Rondon allows Headly to advance to second….no worries.  Chris Carter comes to the plate and strikes out….ok, here we go, two outs.  Pinch hitter Jacob Ellsbury comes to the plate and walks that brought up Brett Gardner with two on and two out….ok Rondon, you are starting to play with my emotions more than I wanted.  But I still felt good about the situation since Gardner didn’t look all that impressive the first 3 times up to plate as he struck out in two of those at-bats.  My two year old son, who was sitting in my lap, was mimicking me as I was chanting “Let’s Go Cubbies.  Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap”.  Then the pitch came.  It was a breaking ball in which Willson Contreras characterized as being a good pitch but being in a bad spot.  It was thrown down and in that Gardner golfed into the right field bleachers.  Gone were the smiles.  Gone was the playful mimicking.  Gone was the car book that my two year old was holding at the time (earmuffs son, earmuffs).  Return of the same Rondon that had me squeamish in the past.  Yankees 3, Cubs 2.  Just like that.

This type of outing can jack with a player’s career.  Rondon doesn’t have the best “forget about the previous day” attitude to begin with.  The team really needs to keep a close eye on him for the next month.  If I am Joe Maddon, I don’t pitch him for a week if I can help it.  I applaud the team for ridding themselves of Justin Grimm.  If Rondon implodes from this, he will need to be looked at as part of a trade package because he will not be useful to us again this year (look at last years post season).

The Cubs made some sort of a small run in the bottom of the 9th as Russell Addison was on base from a two base error.  Should have Maddon made Jason Heyward bunt?  Who knows.  He’s a lefty trying to bunt a 100 mph heater…probably won’t get it down and be the same as a K.  Contreras grounds to third and Javier Baez K’s to end the game.  The end.

What was considered by myself as one of the best games I had watched all year, all of a sudden turned into gut wrenching loss.  A loss that, as I have stated earlier this season, I hope doesn’t come back to haunt us when trying to lock down the division.  This is a loss, that even after 12 hours later, still makes me sick.  Breaking ball low and in.  Gardner golfs it out.  Then cusses and smiles as rounding the bases.  Saturday is a new day.  Hope we have Wade Davis available.


The Cubs play the Yankees in the second game of a three game set.  Brett Anderson (2-1, 6.23 ERA) faces Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.15 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 6:15 CT at Wrigley Field.

Triple A:  Iowa Cubs 7, New Orleans Baby Cakes 1

WP- Aaron Brooks (2-3) pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 ER.  K’d 4 and walked 0.

TH: Chesny Young was 3-4 with a double, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI

Double A: Tennessee Smokies vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp ppd because of rain.

Advanced A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4, Bules Creek Astros 2

WP: Dillon Maples (4-0) pitched 2 innings, 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 3 K’s

TH: Jesse Hodges was 1-3 with a Home Run and an RBI.

Class A:  South Bend Cubs 6, Clinton Lumber Kings 6  Play suspended after the 17th inning

Top Pitcher: Bryan Hudson pitched 5 innings, 2 runs, 4 hits

Top Hitter: Zach Short was 2-6, three walks, 1 run


  • Bryzzo1744

    Joe Maddin needs to stop giving Hendricks a quick hook.

    • cap’n spongeworthy

      it’s maddining

  • Doug S.

    Your paragraph prior to the red bolded UP NEXT nails it for me.

  • Bryzzo1744

    19 years ago was Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game, and I became a Cubs fan.

    • A Tuesday.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Wrong. It was a Wednesday.

      • cap’n soup nazi

        So it’s Wood’s fault we have to deal with CAPS….bring on the Wood puns.

    • Doc Raker

      This is the most dominant pitching performance in the history of baseball according to advanced metrics.
      “The most dominant pitching performance I have ever seen.” Steve Stone

      This is a game I can watch over and over again.

      • Eddie Von White

        Put it in the book as a win – Len Kasper

      • Doc Raker

        Game time 1:58 minutes so it gives us time to get to the Oingo Boingo show at the Paladium. Their lyrics are so clever but I can’t figure out which one is Oingo and which one is Boingo. – Len Kasper

      • cap’n master of my domain

        Amazing to think that a guy who only played in 218 big league games, but received and called pitches like a hall of famer that day behind the dish for the Cubs that day. Really shows you how GOOD even the guys we think are shitty are. What the heck ever happened to Sandy Martinez? I wonder if he got a ring.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      You should like JD because of this game, he was the color man on the Astro’s broadcast.

      • Bryzzo1744

        I’m indifferent towards him. Other people have said he gives good analysis but he dumbs himself down to be on Lame Len’s level

  • Dork

    Question is w Anderson pitching will wade Davis get a chance to pitch today – hopefully

    • Let’s just hope we see a save situation.

  • Doc Raker

    So he used Wade Davis in a 8-3 victory and didn’t have him yesterday to hold the Yanks in a high leverage save. Not only that but he removes Hendricks after 94 pitches at 5.1 innings. Maddon is reminding me of a Dusty Baker bullpen manager and this season is reminding me of 2004. ‘Once they get going they will string a bunch of W’s together. Just wait for the 15 out of 17.’

    Ryne Sandberg said on the post game show a slider was a poor pitch selection on the home run pitch. Sandberg said that Gardner was having trouble catching up to the fastball and couldn’t hit the fastball on the outside corner and that the only pitch he could hit would be a slider coming in on him.
    1) I love the honesty
    2) What excuse did Len and JD make for Rondon?
    3) If this is obvious to Sandberg and everyone else watching why isn’t it obvious to the players on the field?

    • Brad Lyerla

      Many things are obvious after they happen. That’s why the post game show is the easiest segment in broadcasting.

  • Doug S.

    This will seem like a reach, because it is…..
    If Zobrist thinks baseball in the 9th Thursday, we win then and have plenty of pen for the 9th yesterday. Yeah, yeah I know……. what if?

  • Doug S.

    One more.
    Talking with Rockies fans in a bar near Coors.
    They’re happy the Cubs won but will skip the series this week. Feel outnumbered by the Cubs fans that overtake the place.

  • Bryzzo1744

    The Salad Man was DFAd. We’re probably going to lose him. Crap. You don’t win friends with salad, but you can win games with the Salad Man.

    • Dork

      Can you also tie this to zobrist getting picked off? Needing a 9th bull pen pitcher?

      • Bryzzo1744

        I guess you could. I also like to blame Maddon for pulling Hendricks early

  • Doug S.

    I lied.
    0-5 in the 1st with 1 out?

    • Dork

      Crap is an appropriate title again will they DL Anderson

      • cap’n spongeworthy


  • Bryzzo1744

    We have our 4th leadoff hitter. Zobrist led off today. Doc’s line is 7.5. I took the over

  • Doc Raker

    The Yankees can crush AAA pitching

  • Bryzzo1744

    I’m starting to think that Joe Maddon is not a good manager

    • Brad Lyerla

      The magic is gone??

      • Bryzzo1744

        He’s always been this way, it’s just showing now. Pulling Hendricks early whenever he’s dealing, throwing Chapman in game 6 of the World Series with a huge lead, throwing Davis with a huge lead, constantly changing the rotation, making Hendricks the 5th starter even though he’s one of the top 3 in the rotation. Raker emailed Muskrat on that one, and she said it’s because of respect. There’s no place for that. You throw your 3 best pitchers against the shitbirds the opening series.