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July 2017



Who needs another trade? We’ve got Caratini!

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When I was in college, I participated in a Psych experiment where I played the video game Frogger.  I played a couple of games and then before each successive game I had to tell the experimenter what score I thought I would get on the next game.  When I had a good game I tended to up the ante of my prediction.  But if I had a couple of crap games I would bring it down some.  It ended up being quite a roller coaster ride.

Expectations are funny things, and it’s easy to let them run wild.  But just because you went from a turtle to a log then over an alligator to the lily pad yesterday it doesn’t mean you won’t get run over by a truck right out of the gate today.

And speaking of expectations, despite what he says, John Lackey is the Cubs 5th starter.  And as such all we should expect of him, on a good day, is that he give the Cubs 5 innings and hopefully give up 3 runs of less.

On Sunday the Cubs ran out the 38 year, 280 day old Lackey to match up with Zach Davies, for whom I think the Brewers got a special waiver from his parents to allow him to play in the major leagues—probably as a reward for graduating high school early this year.

Both starters pitched very well, and not much of note happened through the first five innings where ten zeroes were posted on the board.

In the top of the sixth with 2 out the Cubs got a single by Jon Jay, a double by Kris Bryant, and singles from Willson Contreras and Addison Russell to go up 2-0.  Then in the bottom of the sixth the Brewers got those runs right back when Domingo Santana put one just barely over the outstretched arm of a leaping Jason Heyward and over the right field wall.

In the top of the 7th Victor Caratini, who made his first ever start at first base today, unloaded a bomb to straight away centerfield for his first major league home run to put the Cubs up 3-2, and putting Lackey in line for the win (after giving the Cubs that 5th guy quality start I referred to earlier).

Justin Grimm took Lackey’s place in the seventh and pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.  Bim!

In the top of the eighth Kris Bryant hit his 20th home run of the year off the left field foul pole to make it 4-2 Cubs.

Hector Rondon pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.  Bam!

In the bottom of the ninth Wade Davis, who apparently doesn’t care for the quiet 1-2-3- inning, gave up a single to Manny Pena to bring the tying run to the plate with one out.  But then he got Jesus Aguilar to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to ice the game, notch another series win for the Cubs, and run their lead in the N.L. Central to 2 ½ games.  Boom!

After a day off tomorrow, the Cubs return home to match up with the Diamondbacks, and then the Nationals.  The next six games against these two high quality opponents should tell us a lot about the Cubs and what we can expect from them for the rest of the season.

  • Dork

    The 2.5 game lead is the cubs largest of the year.

  • Dork

    I was camping during the Miguel Montero blowup so not exactly sure how that transpired, but it seems weird to me to dump a backup catcher to turn around and need a backup catcher that you then have to give up real assets for. Oh and that Justin Wilson thing is cool.

    • Michael S.

      Montero gave up something like 72 steals in a game pitched by Arrieta, post-game he puts the blame all on Jake rather than his own spaghetti-noodle throwing arm in interviews. I guess between that, his gripes about how he was used during the postseason, his general ineffectiveness in pretty much anything…well, he wasn’t gonna get away with throwing a guy under the bus.

      That said, I don’t think Avila was necessarily a *need* for them, but rather a nice-to-have sort of thing (Caratini’s first homer aside). He’s certainly not the primary objective on that trade.

      • Dork

        This is actually the best explanation that I have seen. Thanks!

  • Doc Raker

    Like I said, give the switch hitting Tini and chance.

  • Eddie Von White

    Nice job, Adam.

    • Adam Peters

      Thanks, Eddie.

  • Ben

    John lackey eats innings that’s all you can ask of a fith starter in my opinion

    • Doc Raker

      I ask for wins. With a championship team you can ask for wins. With the 1973 Cubs you ask them to eat innings. Time to think like a champion.

      • Adam Peters

        Lackey will be 39 before the playoffs are over. He stayed incredibly effective into his late 30s, but you gotta wonder if Father Time isn’t finally catching up with him.

        That said, if the Cubs can win anywhere near half of his starts the rest of the season, we’ll be in really good shape.

        I did see in an interview that he eluded to being OK with going to the bullpen in the playoffs, but he wasn’t going to do it in the regular season.

      • Seymour Butts

        He escaped?

      • Doc Raker

        He should be OK with whatever his manger thinks is best for the team. That’s what Lackey should be OK with.

      • Sherm

        Forget Father Time. If the Tooth Fairy catches up to him, he’s in trouble.

    • Bryzzo1744

      When you have a 15 game lead like last year yes. But when you’re only 2.5 games up no.

      • Ben

        I think we expect too much as cubs fans from our fifth starter if he keeps it close I say that is a win lol

  • Doug S.

    We’ll see who Lackey’s team buddies were when we go up against him next year.

    • Bryzzo1744

      Who says he’s going to have a job next year? He’s on the decline, he’s a hard ass and he won’t accept being a reliever. Lackey can still contribute as a reliever, but his ego, along with his big head and a bad attitude will keep him out of work. At least that’s my opinion.

      • Doug S.

        I say he lands somewhere.

      • Michael S.

        Home is somewhere…just saying…

      • Doug S.

        Congratulations. You just made MLB.

      • I’m with Doug.. Lackey and his giant teeth will get another deal for sure.

      • Dork

        My money would be on Lackey getting another deal too if he even wants one.

  • So that pretty much wipes out the farm I’d guess. Going all in.. should make both this season and the next however many offseasons interesting.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      We still have Adbert! Look up his Double A stats, they are pretty good.

      • Dork

        Adbert is doing well and it is interesting that they have hung on to almost all of the pitching in the minors only Cease got traded.

      • Michael S.

        I think that’s by design…their infield is locked in for the foreseeable future, and you can get bargain FA OFs pretty easy. But they need good pitching able to come up sooner rather than later, you can’t keep buying top end pitching…too expensive.

    • Ben

      I feel like we still have a pretty decent farm system these trades in my opinion are not block buster trades. Its not like we are dealing three of our minor guys for one player. They all seem to be equal trades where its usually 1 guy for 1 guy or 2 guys for 2 guys but maybe im wrong.