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May 2017



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Cubs Win Again…Thanks To Me

I mentioned it yesterday, but I’ll say it again. If you need my address for the thank you cards, just let me know. On Friday, I printed out my scoresheet and scored the game. The Cubs won. On Saturday and Sunday, I did not score or watch. The Cubs lost both. Monday night I got out the scoresheet and the Cubs brought out the win. As you might guess, last night I was on the couch scoring. You’re welcome.

In all seriousness, I’ve been reading all the comments on the site this year from all of you negative Nellies and it’s disappointing. Do you not remember the awful stretch the team went through last year before the All Star break? Those stretches happen. This hasn’t been near as bad, as the Cubs are around .500 all year. Be patient and know that we’ve done this with basically just Kris Bryant hitting the baseball. We’ve yet to see Anthony Rizzo get hot. We’ve yet to see Kyle Schwarber get hot, or Addison Russell. Be patient. It’s coming and you’re going to feel silly for doubting.

Last night, on a night with crazy win gusts to centerfield, the Cubs put up seven runs. Not one came as the result of a HR. In the 2nd, they scored five runs all without the benefit of a HR and just three hits. Be patient guys. Good things are coming and perhaps we’re starting to see it with this series.

We’ve Got A New Johnson

Before the game, the Cubs optioned IF Jeimer Candelario to AAA and recalled Pierce Johnson. Johnson is a former supplemental 1st round pick from 2012 by the Cubs and was once considered a top prospect in their system. He’s converted from the rotation to the bullpen this year and should serve as some depth as the pen as been a little taxed of late.

How About That?

If you missed the game yesterday, you missed the highlight of Bryant’s bat getting stuck high in the protective netting. It was quite comedic, and I’ve never seen something like that before. I’d embed the video, but MLB is a whore and doesn’t let me. So, you’ll have to settle for a link.

Before the game, Schwarber broke a sign. Seriously, Kyle? This is why we can’t have nice things at Wrigley. I’d show you the video, but MLB is a whore and doesn’t let me embed it. So, watch it here.

Up Next

Game three of the series is today at 2:20p EDT with Amir Garrett (LHP) taking on Jon Lester (LHP)

Garrett, who will be recalled from Triple-A, has been one of the Reds’ better starters this season. His demotion on May 7 was more a case of the club having a couple of days off close together. He’s averaged six innings per start with a 1.19 WHIP. Lester has pitched well his last two outings but doesn’t have much to show for it. Maybe being back at Wrigley will help, where he’s 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts. In his last outing, he gave up three earned runs over 5 2/3 vs. the Cardinals.

AAA – Iowa Cubs (17-21) Won 5 to 4

SP – Casey Kelly – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K

C – Victor Caratini – 3 for 5, R

AA – Tennessee Smokies (23-17) Lost 3 to 2

SP – Zach Hedges – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K

RF – Jeffrey Baez – 2 for 4, 2 2B

A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (21-19) Lost 6 to 2

SP – Tom Hatch – 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 7 K

LF – Eloy Jimenez – 1 for 3, BB

A – South Bend Cubs (25-13) Won 7 to 5

SP – Manuel Rondon – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K

SS – Isaac Paredes – 3 for 4, HR, 3 RBI


  • Bryzzo1744

    I remember Mark McGwire once hit a home run that broke several bulbs in a stadium scoreboard

  • Eddie Von White

    I’m sorry, Dad :(. I will try to be more upbeat.

  • Kyle

    But it’s so much easier to be negative!!

    • Bryzzo1744

      That’s the spirit!

  • cap’n realist

    Before we buy our series tickets, let’s remember that these 2 wins were over a completely garbage excuse for a major league ball club. Cubs let Hamilton out of a rundown, cost a run. Another suspect and lazy piece of defense by the platinum glover, though Russell was also culpable. Schwarber gets a 2 RBI ‘hit’ on a hard hit ground ball that Votto ran away from. Then Rizzo gets credited with a hit on a ball that hits the Reds 2B in the glove and is a straight drop. Even JD called it an error. Still a lot of bad approaches, suspect defense and a stupid lineup. I’m pretty sure Schwarber was 0-2 in every at bat last night, and he broke the Budweiser sign off Lester Strode over an hour before game time. Batting Practice bombs are fun, but they just don’t count. Without the creative scorekeeping, Schwarber goes 0-5, and before anyone goes daddyball and talks about how hard hit his ‘single’ was, Votto was in the outfield when he bailed on that ball. I still love the Famous Star and Davis throwing the 8th and 9th. Cubs just need to have the lead in the 8th and I’ll stay cautiously optimistic, but continue to call the lackluster play and wins over last place teams what they are.

    • Seymour Butts

      I thought Scwarbers ball was hit hard enough to be scored a hit legitimately. Votto did not misplay it, he just did not get it.
      Rizzos ball could have been caught routinely by the player in short right, but I also think this was a hit as the runner screened the fielder. JD should have noticed this as a couch dwelling viewer did. Rizzo needs to provide teams with a reason not to place players in softball positions. A bunt a week will add 25 points to bis batting average by itself and force a shift in the shift that will add more than that.

      • Add those 25 points to the 60 that will magically show up, and he’s batting nearly .300.

      • cap’n realist

        my definition of an error is different that yours, obviously. Probably stems from all the time I spent on a pitcher’s mound. I believe it could have been reasonably expected that Rizzo’s ball would be caught once it was in the web of Peraza’s glove, different from Schwarber’s ball. In that instance, a REASONABLE effort by Votto to knock that ball down and the pitcher beats Schwarber to the bag by 20 feet and it’s a game of catch from there. I suppose baseball is a game of luck sometimes, and Schwarber is very lucky for the gift of a hit and 2 RBI there. I wonder if those plays are scored differently in Cincy, and since I was stuck with the Chicago feed and no other option last night, what was Grumpy McBrennaman’s take on that half inning of defense by the Red Legs. Those 2 plays resulted in 4 runs, double the margin of victory. But HEY!, we can all breathe easy, because the Cubs eeked out 2 garbage wins over a putrid ballclub.

      • Seymour Butts

        Just out of curiosity…the time you spent on the pitchers mound… did the pitcher complain about you being in the way?

      • Adam Peters

        cap’n, I’ve grown to respect a lot of what you say, believe it or not. And I get where you’re coming from–you remind me of a pre-cancer, much less happy version of me. But if a guy doesn’t get a glove on a ball travelling 103 mph, it’s not an error.

      • cap’n realist

        I’d agree if he was holding a runner on the bag, but a $22 million a year defender is 140 feet from the plate there, and completely bailed out on that play.

      • Doc Raker

        cap’n, I’ve grown to respect a lot of what you say, I just threw up a little bit.

        Thom Brennaman spent much of the late innings lamenting the poor defense of the Reds. The left fielder clanked a catchable fly ball also. I think the clanker of the second baseman’s glove was most certainly and error, the Schwarbs rocket that Votto ran away from was an ugly defensive play but not an error.

      • Adam Peters

        Look, I’m not saying it was a good play or anything, and he flinch away from it. But the error is a flawed statistic at best and, for better or worse, I thought the general rule of thumb was if a guy doesn’t touch the ball, it’s not an error. That’s why Russell’s fly ball in Game 6 of the WS was ruled a hit, even though either outfielder *could* have caught it, neither one touched it.

      • Doc Raker

        Peters, I’v come to respect a lot of what you say. I just threw up again.

      • Adam Peters

        You should really stop doing that to yourself, Doc.

      • Seymour Butts

        Raker, I’ve come to throw up a lot when you say things. I just gained a little respect for you.

  • Doug S.

    Happy with the win. Rarely seems to come easy with doubt thrown in for good measure near the end.

    Side note – Was it just me or was WGN playing the batter walk up music louder than usual? Then JD asks Len what his walk up music would be. Click.

    • Joe Aiello

      It was walk up Wednesday. Len mentioned it

      • Doug S.

        Of course. Walk up Wednesday.,…WT..,..
        Here’s hoping it’s only once a decade.

      • Of course he did. He was the only one excited about it.

  • Doc Raker

    Hendricks is improving and starting to look like 2016, he still gave up a run in the first but settled down to keep the AAA Reds to only 2 runs with the wind howling out. It took Hendricks 107 pitches to get threw 6 innings. Ironically, yesterday was the anniversary of the Cubs Phillies 23-22 game where the wind was blowing out also.

    Schwarbs should not be leading off and he especially should not be leading off against a difficult lefty like todays starting pitcher for the Reds Amir Garrett. I wonder if Amir Garrett is related to Garrett Cole?

    • Eddie Von White

      No, but I think he and Cole Hamils are cousins.

    • Seymour Butts

      Love to see a “Cubs bomb Amir” headline tomorrow.


    • Doc Raker

      Pierce Johnson, I am sure he scores on the couch.

  • I used to score on the couch a lot more often before I was married.

    • cap’n realist


    • Buddy

      I watched “The Score” starring Robert DeNiro while sitting on my couch about five years ago. It was a good movie. My wife made popcorn. I drank beer. Kellen Winslow was not there.

      • Did the Cubs win? If so, thank you.

      • cap’n realist

        what day of the week was it? Better yet, give me the date and another commenter will tell us what day it was below.

      • Seymour Butts

        It was a Tuesday. I know because there is a Tuesday every week or so and Kellen Winslow was not present.
        It’s easy once you know the trick.

      • Doug S.

        Don’t you have to relate the equation to CAPS’, his estranged mother’s or his cat’s birthday?

      • Eddie Von White


  • Lester about knocked one out. Cubs really taking advantage of lackluster Reds defense.

    • Kyle

      The Reds, like the girl from this past weekend, are a wonderful slump buster.

  • Reds bat around in the 7th. Great.

    • cap’n realist

      I’d feel better if Edwards started the 8th. Dunce-ing worries me. Can Wade throw a 3rd day in a row?

      • Doug S.

        21 pitches 2 days ago, 11 yesterday – I’d put him in.

  • Seymour Butts

    I refuse to feel bad that the Cubs swept the woefully sucky Reds. The Reds were a game ahead of the Cubs before the 3 game spanking.

    • Bryzzo1744

      I never feel bad. We’re supposed to give them an ass-whuppin.

  • Dork

    Joe – javy must have seen your Twitter pole and promptly put up a 3 for 3 w 5 rbi game

    • Sherm

      Joe has a Twitter pole? I’ve been out of the country for less than a week and that happened?

      • Adam Peters

        Do you have to take a class to learn how to “dance” on that?

      • Dork

        Oops is that the wrong pole? pole – poll who can keep it straight, certainly not just any dork.

      • A truer dork would keep that straight with 4 cells in a spreadsheet.

    • Doc Raker

      Just coincidence really, bAez was facing Reds pitching which is where home runs happen.

      • Bryzzo1744

        His regression since the NLCS is sad and mind-boggling at the same time.