Things You Should Know for Friday
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.
daver: CATCH THE BALL AND GET THE FLIPPIN’ JOB DONE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE MORE LOSSES THAN WE HAVE WINS
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.
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