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Now Do It Again

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Starting pitching, hitting, defense. Just another example of what a good team can do when they put it all together. It feels like every other day I have been saying “that’s the game that turned the season around” only to see a different team take the field the following day.

Early on the game had that classic 2017 ominous feeling. Two runs in the 2nd that coulda/shoulda been more. A Marcel Ozuna homer to lead off the bottom half of a needed shutdown inning. A 3rd inning rally killed by an all around unusual and unlucky 5-3 double play. All this had me convinced that something big would surely follow in the bottom half. Luckily, Jake was on, and he did it without much help from the strikeout. The Cubs’ right-hander kept a potent Marlins lineup quiet. Still down from ace form, his fastball velocity was low 90’s without much, if anything, harder than 92 mph. But the stuff and control were enough for 7 quality from Arrieta.

After an eerie first couple, the offense exploded with 9 more runs and 16 total hits. Kris Bryant‘s 4th inning 3-run homer was the spark, and they kept on the gas until the 9th. Addison Russell and Ian Happ were in the middle of it all, literally. The night’s respective 4 and 5 hitters combined for eight hits, four runs, and four RBIs.

So many positives, yet the season to date has me unable to fully enjoy individual wins like I should. Instead I find myself worried and hoping that tomorrow they can put it all, or most of it, or even just enough of it together. Four of the last five is surely an encouraging sign. The Cubs end the day two games above the .500 mark. A sweep of the remaining  three games in Miami puts the team five over, which plays into a theory I have heard manager Joe Maddon empathize before. From my understanding, he takes the season in five game sprints. That is, start with a goal of five over .500, collect yourself and shoot for 1o, 15 and so on. The talent I see on the field will continue to drown out the doubts I have due to their inconsistent play. It’s nothing you haven’t been hearing all season; It’s a long season, and we have the most winnable division.

This time, like all the other 36 times I have said it this season, I know they’re gonna flip the switch. Hold on tight, folks.

  • Brad Lyerla

    I still believe in the players. Thanks Trevor.

    Actually, my fan participation is way down this month. Seen a few games on TV and went to the ball park for another few. Otherwise, I have been getting my baseball from the radio and newspapers. I am not sure why this is. Call it malaise.

    When malaise arrives, it’s the manager’s job to dispel it. Joe, where are you?

    • Sherm

      No, CAPS, malaise isn’t something you put on a sandwich.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Then I guess it would not fit in with the condiment fingers either.

  • Doug S.

    2 hits Wed, 16 hits Thurs.
    These guys can hit…….puzzling.
    Need to add a hit column to the spreadsheet.
    Dork, do you have one?
    Urinalysis?

  • Adam Peters

    Mark my words, now that Schwarber is out of the picture the offense *and* defense will gel in a way they haven’t before.

    Nothing against Schwarbs, but with him around (not in the DH role) everything seems to just be off.

    • Eddie Von White

      Duly marked.

    • Adam Peters

      Of course, this won’t do anything for the starting pitching, but maybe they’ll jump aboard the bandwagon when it takes off.

    • Sherm

      Great. Now CAPS has crayon smudges on his computer screen

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Good thing he didn’t use his sharpe marker.

  • Doc Raker

    Happy Ryne Sandberg Game Day and Happy Birthday to Sherm.

    The wind must of been blowing out last night.

    • cap’n realist

      The Marlins gregging pitching had more to do with it than whatever little wind was in SoFlo last night. I’m betting we don’t see SchwAAArber again until the rosters expand in September. This is a much more likely scenario than whatever jackhole around here predicted 83 homeruns.

      • Doc Raker

        I didn’t say where he would hit the 83 home runs. Schwarbs will return, let’s remember Rizzo and many young players went back and forth before they settled in to big league form. It was the right move to send Schwarbs down so he can work on his swing and get back some confidence. I can see how removing a .170 hitter from the heart of the order can help the offense.

        My take, Maddon and Thed may not of agreed on the move. How does a manager hit a guy third and then send him to AAA the next day.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        The answer is that Maddon is unconventional.

      • Bryzzo1744

        If Schwarber spends 98 days in Iowa, we’ll get an extra year of control.

      • cap’n realist

        if he stays in Iowa forever, that 2014 draft class will be one of the worst ever. Complete garbage.

      • Seymour Butts

        If He stays in Iowa ( I Owe the World an Apology) long enough to meet a stocky farm girl (think Marla Hooch), and reproduce, the 2026 draft class could have a hell of a DH.

      • I have the Iowa outfit dialed in.. the guys at corporate all wear white tennis shoes, khaki shorts, Iowa State polos tucked in, and snap back Brewers hats. The “ready to play a round of golf at a moment’s notice” look.

      • cap’n realist

        Marla Hooch is from Fort Collins, Colorado. I’ve met Marla Hooch. I know Marla Hooch. Schwarber is not worthy of Marla Hooch.

    • Seymour Butts

      Echo that. Happy BD to Sherm and Alec Berg.

  • Dork

    I have been pretty silent as well for the last week. However I am encouraged by the last week of play. From the spreadsheet: The cubs have won 5 of the last 7 games. In that stretch they have scored 39 and given up 16. That translates into a positive 23 run differential. Even if you take out last night that is still a positive run differential of almost 2 runs per game. So in that stretch they have given up just over 2 runs per game, more like stretches last year. They have also scored over 5 runs per game again more like last year. Again, take out last night and it is more like 4, but the pitching certainly seems better in that stretch as small as that stretch is.

    • Don’t be a stranger Dork.

      • Sherm

        Don’t be a dork, stranger.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Clearly there is a lot of us dorks and strangers on this site.

      • Sherm

        Was it Groucho Marx who said “I’ve never seen a stranger group of dorks in my life” or was that our waitress at the bar in San Diego. They looked alike…

      • cap’n realist

        Groucho was hotter

      • Seymour Butts

        I used to think one could not get stranger, then I met CAPS.

      • cap’n realist

        Be a good name for Sherm’s next attempt at a country song. ‘Dorks, Strangers, and Dicks’

      • Dork

        Sadly I will probably always be a Dork – Just so you know I had to post this encouraging spreadsheet information today as I will be on my annual camping fishing trip next week – My expectation is the cubs will be in first place upon my return next sunday. Hopefully we will not get eaten by bears or swept over any waterfalls. I’m out

      • Doug S.
      • Seymour Butts

        I’m thinking they are looking a political memes that involve johnsons.

      • Doc Raker

        Don’t be strange you dorks.

  • Sherm

    I enjoyed last night’s game. Even on fast forward was fast fun.

    What was it CAPS said two days ago when Schwarber was optioned? Something like “Russell needs to go, too” if my memory serves me. Hmm. Great call, based on last night’s game. That 4 – 5 with a bomb, and two doubles would have been great on the bus. He was locked in. Only saw 10 pitches.

    I could not believe the graphic on the Marlins broadcast. All Star voting for outfield. Heyward is currently 3rd, and ZOBRIST is 4th. Ozuna with his .328 and 20 homers and 53 rbi’s is 5th behind them both. Really? Heyward and Zobrist combined don’t have the numbers Ozuna does. Honestly, I’m a Zobrist fan, but if he makes the ASG as the 4th outfielder? I’m boycotting the game. (Which I usually do anyway, because it’s a stupid game that means nothing to me.)

    Arrieta proved that location is more important than velocity. Something that ALL good pitchers know.

    Zagunis is a converted catcher. Just thought I’d mention it.

    • Bryzzo1744

      The picks have been taken out of the manager’s hands. It’s 15 years too late to stop jerks like Torre and Ozzie from giving every team a rep and then stacking it with his guys.

    • Adam Peters

      As I mentioned yesterday, Schwarber is EIGHTH in AS voting for outfielders. Can he play in the All-Star game even though he’s in AAA?

      • cap’n realist

        John Scott was the NHL ASG MVP when the league screwed him and traded him and sent him to the minors. The moral? Anything is possible. But I’m guessing Schwarber’s about done receiving votes, sooooo

      • Bryzzo1744

        Won’t matter anyways because the voting is almost finished.

      • Seymour Butts

        I he even our 8th outfielder?

  • Doc Raker

    All Star voting is like politics, people vote for their guy regardless of merit and flaws. See: Seymour, I believe what I believe, facts or not.

    Kyle Schwarber is an All Star and politicians can control the climate with higher taxes

    Jason Heyward is an All Star and communism works

    Ben Zobrist is an All Star and the Clintons never lied

    Here at the VFTB we bring intelligent realism to Cubs Nation, No Cub Should be An All Star, #NCSBAAS
    Let them rest, they didn’t this off season.

    (I am not talking politics, I am just pointing out bias and facts are not simpatico whichever your bias leans to although my bias is righteous)