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At Least It Wasn’t The First Inning?

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Most days, if you can send your starting pitcher out for the top of the 2nd inning with a 4-run lead in hand, you get the feeling that the game is gonna be on cruise control: the other team will come up and go down fairly quietly, maybe getting a guy on here or there, a solo homer to say they tried, something like that, then suddenly it’s the 7th inning and the lock-down bullpen guys come out to play.

Spoiler Alert: That did not happen yesterday.

Instead, we saw Jake Arrieta pretty much fall apart in the fifth inning, with a sequence that went like this: Double, Walk, HBP(?), run-scoring Walk, K, Single, lifted for Carl Edwards Jr.  At the time he left, the Cubs’ lead had been cut in half, only one out in the inning, and no way to walk away with a W.  Edwards’ first batter sent a single up the middle before he got out of the inning to score two, and the game was tied.

At least it wasn’t the first inning though, right?

Maddon Gives ‘Em an Earful

You may notice the HBP above has a question mark next to it, because, well, that whole thing was a little bizarre.  The home plate umpire, if I followed correctly, didn’t call Charlie Blackmon getting hit in the pants (at best) on his calf, but after making a fuss, another umpire indicated that he had.  Enter Joe Maddon, who probably was out there trying to get tossed to get the team riled up.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but it may have gotten the plate umpire worked up enough to have a short fuse 2 batters later when Carlos Gomez argued strike three and got tossed in about three seconds.

.500 Once Again

The Cubs head out on the road again after finishing this homestand 6-4, and right at .500 again after 62 games– meaning there are 100 games left to go in the season.  And yet, due to the overall weakness of the division, they’re only a game out of first place (with the Brewers having played–and won–two more games than the Cubs have year-to-date).  The division is clearly the only way the team has a shot at the postseason this year, as it seems like every day they’re doing just enough to be able to win OR lose on a daily basis.  Can the trade deadline help the team shore up enough to go on a bit of a run, and get a nice cushion at the top of the division, or are there just too many holes in the dam to fill right now?

Long Stretch Coming

After the Cubs’ upcoming series against the New York Mets, they’ll have an off day Thursday before entering a stretch of 17 straight games, all but 3 of which will be on the road, thanks in part to back-to-back four-game series against the Marlins and Nationals.  Almost the whole trip is against NL East, with the rest against the eastern time zone NL Central teams, so it’s not the most cruel route possible, but it surely will prove to be a difficult end to June.  I’d expect a few roster moves along the way.

Farm Round-Up

Triple-A: Iowa @ Colorado Springs (L, 8-3)

Double-A: Tennessee @ Jackson (L, 9-4)

A-Adv: Myrtle Beach v Carolina (W, 6-1)

Single-A: South Bend @ Great Lakes (L, 4-3)

  • Bryzzo1744

    For Madison’s next stupid thing, he should make every player take part in 52 pickup.

  • Doc Raker

    Cubs win but their previous ace can’t get out of the 5th inning. Who will borA$$ sucker into over paying Arrieta is my question.

    • Bryzzo1744

      More and more I’m beginning to think that Arrieta was a 1-year wonder.

      • Adam Peters

        He was good (if human) last year. He *did* win 2 games for us in the World Series, lest we forget.

      • Bryzzo1744

        As far as being an ace though, a one year wonder. Being a 2 or 3 guy isn’t bad, it’s just not 200M material like Bora$$ wants

      • Adam Peters

        Oh, totally. With his mechanics Arrieta was sure to fall apart as he aged. I just didn’t think it would be so soon. *And* during his contract year. At least Theo shouldn’t be tempted to overpay for him now.

      • Bryzzo1744

        The going rate for a 2-3 guy is 5/100 right now. Would you give him that?

      • Adam Peters

        Oh, HELL NO!

      • I’ll beat him to it.. ‘How about 4/80?.. How about 3/60? How about 2/50?’

      • Guy Karafa

        Year and a half !

  • Buddy

    From around the division…It should be interesting to watch how the Brewers do the rest of the way. They just called up stud prospects Josh Hader and Lewis Brinson. Perhaps Ryan Braun will be dealt when he comes off the DL? Would the Cardinals deal for Braun? Maybe an American League team that could DH him?

    • cap’n realist

      I doubt the Brewers would be dumb enough to trade Braun within the division…but they’ve done some dumb stuff, so….

  • Eddie Von White

    I don’t think Maddon was trying to get tossed because I don’t think he cares if the team gets riled up.

  • Shark really roughed us up today.

  • Doc Raker

    Did the Cubs go to NY to play baseball or eat Lasagna in Little Italy

    • Bryzzo1744

      We know Maddon went out for lasagna

      • Doc Raker

        Did he shoot a commercial in Little Italy? Oh sorry, that is Rizzo territory

  • Seymour Butts

    Well at least the minor sports are finally out of the way.

    • Bryzzo1744

      Seriously. The NBA finals was the only NBA I watched all year. All these superteams are making it garbage.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        The NBA was garbage after MJ retired the first time.

      • Bryzzo1744

        You mean the 2nd time after he left the Bulls for good. I agree, it went downhill after that, but it wasn’t garbage for me per se until a few years ago

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Do not put words in my mouth, I meant the first time.

      • Bryzzo1744

        So why was it garbage when he came back to the Bulls?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        MJ was not the garbage.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Agreed. He took out the garbage. Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, and Alonzo Mourning

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I guess we all agree Lackey is so bad that we do not even want to wright a game summary for his games.

    • Michael S.

      Only so many ways to dissect getting mad at the umpire for giving up a home run.

  • Buddy

    Near as I can tell, the most home runs allowed by a Cub pitcher in one season is 38.Lackey looks like a lock to take that crown.

    • Doc Raker

      In the Mets post game radio show they were recapping the box score and said, “Lackey the Loser” and I thought, what a great nickname like Minnie the Moucher. Len can sing, “Hear is a story about Lackey the Loser”””””

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Doc, do you Really want to give Len song ideas?

      • Bryzzo1744

        That could get Lame Len fired bad-mouthing Lackey the Loser

      • Doc Raker

        I don’t listen to Len so if he sings ‘Lackey the Loser’ please let me know

  • Bryzzo1744

    Arrieta has a cut on his thumb? Why am I only learning about this now when he pitched with it on Sunday?

    • What? They didn’t call you? Imagine that!

      • Seymour Butts

        Sarcasm… the ability to insult idiots without them knowing it.

      • Doc Raker

        So you figured it out…………….

      • Seymour Butts

        I did, and I see perfectly why you, keen of mind and sharp of wit, did as well.

  • Bryzzo1744

    Rizzo leading off today. That’s 7

    • Doc Raker

      One more and the over wins. Schwarbs, Jay, Almora, Happ, Rizzo, Zo- who else? Can’t remember

      • Bryzzo1744

        Almora never lead off, you’re forgetting Baez and the Salad Man

      • Doc Raker

        Almora will at some point

      • Bryzzo1744

        But he has hasn’t yet.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      What was Joe drinking two weeks ago when he made out this line-up?

      • Seymour Butts

        Binny’s Bargain Blend.

      • Binny’s Bargain Blend Ice.