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August 2017



Kind of Predictable

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I thought that the outcome of this game was pretty predictable after Jon Lester ran into trouble in the 7th inning. I’m not nearly as big of an anti-Maddon fan as many on this site, I’ve always thought that a manager could only really have a 4-5 game difference on a season, good or bad. Today might be one of the bad.

Living in the St. Louis area, I get to see the Mike Matheny style on a daily basis and I know that I would prefer Maddon 100 times out of 100 over Matheny. However, this isn’t last year where there is a cushy division lead which allows some players to work through their issues (Edwards, Schwarber, et al).

For those that weren’t able to watch the game as it was on TBS, Lester pitched a solid game, tired in the 7th inning, and the bullpen imploded (based on poor choices in my opinion). Cubs lose 9-4. The Rays finally helped out a bit, defeating the Brewers, so the Cubs head to the west coast still leading the division.


  1. Willson Contreras: Conteras should be getting a call on Monday letting him know that he was the NL player of the week. Another two homer game for Willson (though the bases were empty both times due to Rizzo double plays).
  2. Lester’s pitching: Lester actually threw a great game. I was hoping he could fight through seven innings but he couldn’t quite pull it off. I still take Lester as the ace come playoff time.


  1. Kyle Schwarber’s defense: This has been discussed in-depth by many of us already but he isn’t doing anyone a service by being in the outfield. Maybe get Rizzo a couple more off days and play some first but otherwise, I think he needs more time at Iowa.
  2. Anthony Rizzo’s offense: Rizzo tried a bunt for a hit in the first but went at it too hard and was thrown out. He followed that by hitting into two double plays. He did single in his final at-bat but I don’t remember the last big streak he has been on.
  3. Themed trips when not playing well: The Biker trip to CA does nothing for me. Looking at some of the pictures of the players, it looks like many of them are tired of these theme trips as well.


  1. Joe Maddon’s decision making: I’m not sure if anyone wasn’t available to pitch (Wade Davis comes to mind) but I agreed with Mike Montgomery coming in for Lester. I would have left him in after the cheap single to Bryce Harper but if I had to pull him, it would have been for Hector Rondon, not Edwards. If you insist with Edwards, no reason he should have stayed in after giving up the first hit and certainly shouldn’t have been left in after issuing an intentional walk.
  2. Carl Edwards Jr.: Edwards has been one of my favorite players over the past couple years but I think he needs a break. I would use the 10 day DL over a trip to Iowa.

Down on the Farm

AAA Iowa (53-58) 5, Fresno 4 – Eddie Butler couldn’t quite get through five innings so David Garner bogarted the win. Jake Leathersich threw another scoreless inning and may be looking at a promotion down the road, certainly by September. Dillon Maples picked up his third save for Iowa.

AA Tennessee (59-53) 6, Pensocola 5 – Rough start from Trevor Clifton (5 er in 3 2/3 IP) was overcome as Tennessee scored five runs in the fifth inning. Catcher Erick Castillo went 4-4 to lead the hitters.

H-A Myrtle Beach (59-54) 0, Salem 10 – Nothing to see here as Salem destroyed the Pelicans.

L-A South Bend (57-55) 4, Bowling Green 8 – Starter Jose Paulino threw three scoreless innings to start the game but it went downhill quickly after that. Paulino finished the day throwing four innings giving up six runs as South Bend falls to the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

R Eugene (27-22) 2, Spokane 3 – Catcher Miguel Amaya had three hits as Eugene lost to Spokane.

On Deck

The Cubs travel to San Francisco for three games starting Monday night. Jake Arrieta (10-8 3.88 era) will face off against Matt Moore (3-11 5.80 era). An off-day on Thursday then on to Arizona for three games. A 3-3 trip would be welcome at this point.

  • Doug S.

    A double whammy recap today.

  • Douglas Saye

    I should have added Heyward’s baserunning blunder to the “Bad” category.

    • Michael S.

      A blunder would be oversliding the bag and getting tagged out as you fruitlessly reach back to get to it.

      That was nincompoopery at it’s finest.

  • Douglas Saye

    RIP Don Baylor and Darren Daulton.

  • SouthCarolinaCubFan1991

    Totally agree with the themed trips crap. I’m sure they were somewhat fun at first, but I’m guessing the novelty has worn off, especially the way this year has went. If you wanna mix it up? Make it “wear what you wanna wear” themed. No restrictions.

    • Agree. Especially after a loss. Fun can be postponed for better times.

      • Bryzzo1744

        I said the same thing after the 0-6 California trip. Maddon was more concerned about the suit he was going to wear than winning games.

      • Dork

        I am going to offer a differing opinion on the themed trip. It is a long season, you might as well have some fun. I think that it has no bearing on what goes on on the field either positive or negatively. But again that is just one dork’s opinion for what that is worth

  • Doc Raker

    Let’s have fun tomorrow, everyone wear pajamas to work. Have fun. You ladies, wear something lacey.

    • Michael S.

      I’m not really looking to get fired…maybe in a month or so when I’m no longer probationary and it’s a bit tougher to get rid of me.

    • Seymour Butts

      I wear “pajamas” everyday to work.

      • Kyle

        Based on your name, I’m guessing they are open-backed PJ’s.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Just be careful not to fall out of them.

  • Doc Raker

    I will volunteer to do the write up for Monday’s game.

    Cubs Defeat AAA Giants. Javy hits inside the parker then K’s a few times, once while watching a strike 2 fastball down the middle and then swinging at a slider 4 feet outside for strike 3. Javy ran fast which is surprising since it is cold in San Francisco at night and reptiles slow down in cold weather but Javy ran really fast all the way around the bases.

    Jake pitched well enough to beat a AAA team. The wind must of been blowing flyballs around because JJ and JHey both had a clanker each. Len and JD are getting worse if that is possible.

    That is all, wear PJ’s to work tomorrow and have fun.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Doc, what will your patients say when they see your bunny eared PJ’s?

      • Sherm

        What’s up, Doc?

        That was just a guess.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        We are having fun today!

      • Which ear looks fuzziest.

    • cap’n realist

      Javy stood and admired his triple for a good 2 seconds before actually running. Impressive as the inside the Parker might have been, the play at the plate was far too close. A coach would pull him aside and let him know that. Maddon sips coffee and contemplates the next road trip theme. Does Davis need to go 2-0 to every hitter in the 9th? HEY WADE, 95 percent of hitters are taking a strike down by 2 runs in the 9th. How’s about you throw said strike right away?

  • Doug S.

    Again, my sarcastic and cynical view of Maddon’s shtick is wrong. The theme works, the boys pull off a W, the Brewers are laughing so hard at the photos, they lose to the Twins. +1.5 in the central. Joe, I won’t doubt you again………… for the next few hours………..until game time.

    • Doc Raker

      Genius Joe reads this blog hence the JJ, AA and JHey outfield that was suggested here multiple times. Every visiting manager is a genius in San Francisco this year.

      • Gigantes tried to crawl back into that one. Davis looked lost but still racked up the save on a GBDP.. keeping us on our toes I guess.

      • Seymour Butts

        Was very nice to have a game played during regular hours for viewing.

      • Bryzzo1744

        For those of you on the West Coast. It was a 10PM start here

      • Seymour Butts

        What? It’s not the same time everywhere?

      • Doc Raker

        11:30 PM Newfounland Time

      • Doug S.

        Joe reads this blog and decides to spread the wealth. If any player can field any position, any coach can manage the team. He takes the day off and goes to a movie for theme ideas. Bench coach Dave Martinez handles the game. That’ll really mess the Giants up.

      • Doc Raker

        Genius Joe or Big Toe Joe, I think Genius Joe reads this blog, not so sure about Big Toe Joe

      • Toe hasn’t showed his face since Liz dropped the F bomb. I think we’re dead to him.

      • OMG. It’s my fault!

      • Doc Raker

        Better show up to work at VFTB headquarters wearing some pretty happy PJ’s on PJ day to make amends. Both Joe’s will be thrilled

      • Bryzzo1744

        Meanwhile fat fuck Joe was suspended 3 games