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May 2017



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Cubs Lose Again to the Yankees (Box Score)

I watched the game on Friday night with my 11 year old son. My kids hate sports, but I invited him to stay up late and watch with me, thinking he’d make it a few innings and get bored. It was a day game, so I stayed away from the score and we watched it archived on He stayed with it the entire game and in the 9th inning, when the Yankees had two men on, he actually said “they could hit a home run here and then they’d be winning”. Needless to say, we know what happened next.

I didn’t invite him to watch last night, for obvious reasons, which was good because I didn’t make it past the 1st inning before I shut that junk off and watched something else.

Roster Moves A Comin’

Before the game the move was announced that the Cubs had designated Matt Szczur for assignment to make room on the roster for Rob Zastryzny. With the pen being a little taxed lately and Brett Anderson having a history of sucking, the Cubs made an insurance move, but at the expense of Szczur. Anderson did his part and sucked. He was removed with just one out under his belt, forcing the pen to pitch 8.2 innings of work.

Now the question is what happens going forward. Supposedly Anderson is “injured” and will be heading to the 10 day DL, which opens up the question about what happens to Szczur. He’s out of minor league options, which is why the Cubs were in the roster crunch to begin with, but with Anderson hitting the DL, it opens up a spot again. I’d like to see Anderson put on the DL and Szczur added back to the 40 man roster (which currently sits at 38). When Anderson’s spot comes up in the rotation again, you option Zastryzny to Iowa and recall Eddie Butler, who pitched for Iowa last night. To be honest, I’d be perfectly fine to see Anderson DFA’d, but the Cubs will give him a chance to “heal” and then probably make a rehab start or two before deciding what they want to do with him.

Salvaging a Series

Now it’s up to Jon Lester, who gets the ball on Sunday Night Baseball, to prevent a sweep. Luis Severino is a young pitcher and is coming off a not so nice outing against Toronto, who is not playing well this year. I think Lester does his thing as the stopper and shuts down the bleeding. I’m looking for 7+ innings of 2 run or less baseball from Lester. If he can do that, I think you’ll see the Cubs win this game.

MLB Nuggets

AAA – Iowa Cubs (13-5) lost 5 to 2

SP – Eddie Butler – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

3B – Jeimer Candelario – 2 for 4, BB

AA – Tennessee Smokies (17-11) won 7 to 4

SP – Duane Underwood – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

SS – Carlos Penalver – 2 for 2, 2B, RBI

A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-13) won 8 to 4

SP – Oscar De La Cruz – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

1B – Matt Rose – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

A – South Bend Cubs (18-10) won 3 to 2

SP – Dylan Cease – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

3B – Vimael Machin – 3 for 4, RBI


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