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May 2017



Things You Should Know for Friday

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Cubs Bomb Amir*

* Tip of the cap to Seymour for the headline. I think that’s an automatic Lizzie for him

Although the game wasn’t as easy as it should have been due to a leaky bullpen, a sweep against the Reds always gives me the feel of picking on the underdog. However, the early season success of the Big Red Machine as well as the Cubs early struggles makes this series seem more valuable and certainly makes this post more fun.

The Cubs made a first inning Javier Baez grand slam hold up as they defeated the Reds 9-5 to earn the sweep. Lester had another solid outing and Koji Uehara finished up strong to preserve the victory. The Cubs had nine walks on the day and only allowed one so that is usually a pretty good indicator for a victory. Hitting stars were Baez, Ben Zobrist, and Ian Happ, each with at least two hits.

In honor of the sweep, let’s revisit some of the genius, panic and pissy blog comments (from competitor’s blogs) from the past week. Spelling and punctuation will be unchanged from the original post.


Perhaps Dave has a future as a manager as the Cubs are finally getting the flippin’ job done and now have more wins than losses. Good job Dave.

rbrucato: Rizzo, Schwarber, Russell, Zobrist and Contreras are AWFUL. Baez is not far behind.

Baez went 3-3 today with a grand slam and five RBIs. Thankfully those guys aren’t too far behind Javier!

OvertheLake: This team is about 2 more weeks of playing like to becoming sellers this year.

According to OTL’s deadline, we’re now only 10 days from becoming sellers. Maybe we can slow the fire sale talk now.

deedsy404: Also I’ll probably get killed for this. But just how sick is Kris Bryant? Tons of athletes have had the flu before and played before namely Michael Jordan.

Dr Deedsy would have preferred that Kris played with his respiratory issues. Thankfully the trainers resisted and we have good health Kris back.

EasyEd: You know what Maddon has NEVER done before…ever? Managed the defending world champs. I believe he’s become complacent. But, that’s just me.

Thankfully, EasyEd is available if Theo and team decide that Joe is being too complacent to lead this team.

mironinki: I still think they could’ve gotten a lot for Jake- but anyway, it’s a moot point now. Demote him to the pen or DFA and let him walk next year, and good riddance.

Another DFA candidate from these dime store GMs, going to be a busy month on the waiver wire I guess.

Maybe I’m Just Getting Old and Crabby

  • Red’s rookie pitcher, Amir Garrett, draws a big ‘A’ in the dirt in front of him on the mound before he pitches. I’m not a fan. I probably wouldn’t care if he did it behind the mound but in front? Obviously the Cubs didn’t like it either.
  • Why can’t Addison Russell hold on to the bat? He nearly decapitated Baez twice. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen someone hold the bat as lightly as Addison does. His strikeout after the back-to-back bat throws was never in doubt. Something needs to change I believe.

Around the League

  • Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is out for 2-3 months following a broken wrist after being hit from a pitch by Blue Jay pitcher Aaron Loup. Tough break, pun intended, for the poor Braves.
  • Blue Jay outfielder Kevin Pillar was suspended by the team for two games for use of a homophobic slur against former Cub, Jason Motte on Wednesday night.
  • The Angels were the apparent winners of the Doug Fister sweepstakes.
  • In the third piece of Blue Jay news, pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched 5.2 shutout innings and helped himself with a solo home run in an inter-league game against the Braves.
  • The Twins 22 year old SP, Jose Berrios, struck out 11 Rockies to lead Minnesota to a 2-0 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
  • Given up for dead earlier this year, the Rangers won their ninth straight with an 8-4 victory over the Phillies.

Up Next

The Cubs will try to keep the win streak going as they host the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon. Eddie Butler will try to make it two straight quality starts as they try to spoil the major league debut of 30 year old Paolo Espino and cut into the Brewers two game division lead.

AAA – Iowa Cubs (17-21) Trailing 3-2 against Las Vegas

SP – Seth Frankoff – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 SO

CF – John Andreoli – 1 for 3, R, 2B

AA – Tennessee Smokies (24-17) Won 2 to 1 over Birmingham

SP – Jen-Ho Tseng – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

SS – Andrew Ely – 2 for 3, R, 2B

A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (22-19) Won 7 to 1 over Blues Creek

SP – Justin Steele – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K

1B – Matt Rose – 2 for 3, HR (7), 3 RBI

A – South Bend Cubs (25-14) Lost 5 to 1 against Lansing

SP – Dylan Cease – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K – left with possible injury after covering 3rd base

RF – Jason Heyward – 1 for 3, 1 RBI

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Looks like the early season success for the Big Red Machine is no more, they are now back to being little broken Red Machine.

    Hopefully the Cubs can also send the 1st place Brewers back where they should be in the standings after this weekend.

  • Bruce Fritz

    Hopefully this is a turning point for the still-early season. Good teams are supposed to beat the bad teams, so taking care of business against the Reds felt good. Now to do the same to the Brew crew

    • Dork

      At this point I think there is some validity to the Brewers as their runs scored are second best in the majors and they have the best run differential in the NL central. It would be nice to put a dent into those this weekend, but I don’t think this is a pushover series like we have just seen.

    • Eddie Von White

      I do think your hopes are legitimate – this should be the turning point. A nice 35 and 6 run would feel good.

  • Doug S.

    Great to see the Cubs as the guys taking the first inning lead.

  • Junior Von White

    The Braves must really hate the Blue Jays now. First they have to watch Bautista doing his now (in)famous stare down and bat flip, and then their star player goes down. I guess you can just add the Braves to the list of teams that hate the Blue Jays. Does anyone really like the Blue Jays?

    • Doug S.

      Bautista’s an idiot. I like the rest of the team, but not when they visit Wrigley in August. Gibby could probably be out-managed by giggling Jessica.

      • Dork

        I just don’t see what is wrong with a bat flip now and again. It does suck that Freeman is down for a while.

      • Junior Von White

        I think it’s more about staring down the pitcher. Teams don’t seem to get too upset about a batter watching home run leave the park and celebrate, but they get real angry when he starts staring at the pitcher. Insult to injury I suppose. Just my opinion.

      • Eddie Von White

        Don’t know anything about Joey B. I suspect if he was a Cub we’d probably love him. And didn’t he ask at the presser what the difference was between that and a pitcher celebrating on the mound after he strikes out the last batter in a game? Just saying … it’s an emotional game.

      • Doug S.

        True, the Texas bean was BS. But in this case it was a Jays fan who pointed out to me – the guy’s hitting around .200, the team is down by 4 late, he hits a solo HR and acts like that? Shakes head.

      • Eddie Von White

        He must be insecure – Bautista that is.

      • Doug S.

        Hey, nobody’s called you Eddie Von anything lately.

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Freud

      • Sigmund Von Freud would also have been accepted

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Bautista (at least at this point in his career) sort of reminds me of Alfonso Soriano’s time with the Cubs. He’s aging, his hitting and power are down, and he’s essentially a defensive liability. At least the Jays were smart enough to not sign him to a long term deal.

      • Eddie Von White

        Does he swing at everything low and away like Soriano (and bAez)?

  • Dork

    Ugh – 66 pitches through 2 innings