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July 2017



On Pace for an Undefeated 2nd Half

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Happy long 4th of July weekend. It’s nice to have the 4th on a Tuesday, because the 3rd is just assumed as a holiday as well. That said, I gave the crew the day off, so you’re stuck with me. Let’s get right to the stuff you should know.

The 2nd Half Begins

The Cubs finished the 1st half of the season at 40-41, a record that would make most teams consider selling before the deadline, but not the Cubs. They got right back on the horse and started the 2nd half on a one game heater and are on pace to go undefeated and completely destroy the league. Some notes from the game.

  • Jake Arrieta was “good Jake”, and I believe I had that one in my tweet yesterday of the lineups. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I keep coming back to Rick Sutcliffe, who keeps pointing out that Jake is pitching like he did in Baltimore, from a stat standpoint and mechanics standpoint, and that making some tweaks should give us “good Jake” again. I’m not good at analyzing that sort of stuff, but I know I saw a good outing yesterday and that’s what I like to see. I feel like this 2nd half will be a good one for him. I’m not sure why other than to say that it’s because he’ll be a FA. Then again, you would have thought the last two years would have been better because of that. All I know is that we were worried going into the end of last year and he turned it on in the playoffs. I have faith.
  • Ian Happ is a bad man. His two HR and four RBI day carried the team. Just in case you haven’t been paying attention (couldn’t say I blame you) lately, Happ is now hitting .264 / .331 / .566. Look at that slugging. He had a little bit of a tough May, when he got started, but since then he’s been a key piece. I can’t believe he’s doing this much this quick, especially the power. I figured him to be a 15-20 HR and good contact / plate discipline guy, but he’s gonna hit 20+ HR this year.

We Have One All Star

Oh how times have changed. Last year we had basically the entire starting lineup for the NL. This year we’ve got Wade Davis and Kris Bryant is on the final vote. Here is what that looks like:

AAA – Iowa Cubs (38-45) Lost 8 to 4

SP – Zach Hedges – 3 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

LF – Kyle Schwarber – 1 for 3, RBI, BB

AA – Tennessee Smokies (43-36) Won 5 to 4

SP – Trevor Clifton – 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

2B – David Bote – 2 for 3, 2 2B

AA – Tennessee Smokies (43-36) Won 9 to 3

SP – Brad Markey – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

C – Ian Rice – 2 for 3, HR, 4 RBI

A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (46-34) Lost 9 to 7

SP – Adbert Alzolay – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

LF – Eddy Martinez – 2 for 2, RBI

A – South Bend Cubs (42-38) Won 11 to 4

SP – Manuel Rondon – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

LF – Kevonte Mitchell – 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI

  • Sherm

    So we have a day off? Thanks!

    Adbert pitches well and his bullpen shits the bed. That sounds like ready for prime time to me.

    Cubs might go 80-82 and win the division. Has a team with a losing record even won a WS?

    • Michael S.

      Do you remember when a sub-.500 team made the playoffs in the NFL?

      I don’t either, except that it led to a whole bunch of hand-wringing and whining and speculation about rule changes for who gets in the playoffs.

      They’ve already messed about with MLBs playoffs enough, please don’t wish more of that on us…

      • Sherm

        If it were up to me? I’d have two leagues with two divisions per league (East and West.) Top two in each division move forward.

        Of course, that would cost the owners and media a ton of $$ so it’ll never happen. Instead? Let’s let everyone into the playoffs. It’s more fair. In fact, let’s not keep score UNTIL the playoffs. And let’s give all the kids a nice participation trophy.

      • Michael S.

        Honestly, I don’t see that that would be much of a revenue loss for teams…you’d have 8 (not 10) playoff teams, so you’d still have the LDS, LCS, and WS. So, status quo prior to the second wild card…lose one game per league (and if you make the LDS 7 games instead of 5, you end up ahead 1 game). Adjust ticket prices in any event–people will pay whatever you ask for when it comes to playoff tickets–and profits soar.

        Only problem is the odd number of teams per league…do you add two, or subtract to to correct that to make this scenario viable?

      • Bryzzo1744

        You add 2, and then you need to make the DH universal with more realignment.

      • Michael S.

        You lost me with the Universal DH. If you want to make the rules uniform, get rid of the DH altogether. I honestly don’t mind the separation between the leagues myself though…then again, that’s the only way I’ve ever known baseball to be.

      • Bryzzo1744

        1. I like the DH
        2. Even if I liked the pitcher batting, no way in hell would the players union allow the elimination of 15 well paying jobs for minimum salary jobs.

      • Bryzzo1744

        I’d prefer 5 best records in regardless of division. If a division winner doesn’t get in, so be it.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Yes in 2010, the Seahawks went 7-9, won the NFC West and hosted the New Orleans Saints who were a wild card, despite having a better record. That was the Beast Quake game

  • Michael S.

    Looking at our lone all-star…I’m thinking I should be real glad I didn’t go to Vegas with my thoughts that the Cubs infield could all walk away with gold gloves at year’s end.

    I should probably just get out of the prognostication biz altogether.

  • Bryzzo1744

    Great to celebrate real Independence Day with a Cubs win. Votto had fun celebrating Canadian independence the day prior.

    July 2, 1776: The original Brexit
    July 1, 1867: The Brexit, part due

    • Enuff Already

      Are you going to keep posting that until someone responds? Because if so, consider this a response.

    • Doc Raker

      Could you explain the specifics of the history you are referencing please.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Real Independence Day is actually July 2, not July 4. Independence was declared July 2, and the Deceleration of Independence was drafted on July 4. I learned it on the Simpsons, so I looked it up. No joke.

      • Doc Raker

        What have you learned outside of The Simpsons?

      • Bryzzo1744

        Everything I need for my insurance job

      • Seymour Butts

        Nothing related to you job comes from the Simpsons?

      • Bryzzo1744

        I learned insurance from studying. Not the Simpsons. I have used the Simpsons to demonstrate coverages though.

    • Doug S.

      Ok, I’ll bite as well. What’s part due?

      • Bryzzo1744

        Part 2. Canada’s Brexit

      • Doug S.

        due = 2…??…..well, I asked……but I’m not going to ask what day of the week it was.

      • Michael S.

        I believe he’s going for ‘Deux’, like ‘Hot Shots: Part Deux’, the sequel to ‘Hot Shots’. The French word for two, and wholly appropriate for a bilingual country like Canadia.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Yes. Merci. I am going to Canada later this year so I need to get ready to learn my Canadian. How did they name Canada? They threw a bunch of letters into a hat and pulled out a C, eh? Then they pulled out an N, eh? Finally, they pulled out a D, eh? CANADA! Also, when I lifeguarded, I would tell the kids I’m Canadian, and when I call into radio stations, I tell them I’m from Canada.

  • Doc Raker

    KB does not deserve to be an All Star, let’s be honest about it and let someone more deserving go to the All Star game. The way each team pimps votes for their players is bothersome, it is unabashed bias and intellectual dishonesty. Has that shill Len Kasper been pimping votes for KB?

    • Bryzzo1744

      Bryant didn’t rattle battle and saddle Tim Adle yesterday so he shouldn’t. Besides, if he made the team, he’d be a guy in the dugout. Stupid lines from JD and Lame Len yesterday.

  • Bryzzo1744
    • Doc Raker

      Does it explain the hyphenated last name and what he will do if he marries a girl with a hyphenated last name and they want their kids to have a hyphenated name? Little Johnny Rodriguez-Smith-Bibens-Dirkx. Try and fit that on the back of a jersey. Where does it end?

      • Michael S.

        At the X, obviously.

  • Seymour Butts

    Looks like the Cubs are hoping to make mound improvements. Rumors have them inquiring about acquiring Kate Upton.

  • Dork

    This is such a frustrating team to follow this year – today seemed like a bad luck loss that you probably blow off if it weren’t for the other 41 unlucky losses