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Morning News – Setting the Pace

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Notes From Last Night

  • Mad props to the Cleveland Indians for winning 20 straight. You can talk junk right now and say they are beating up on the Tigers, but the fact remains that in baseball any team can beat any team on any night. Somehow the Indians keep proving that wrong. So the question now to you becomes: How many will they win in a row before the streak ends? Does all this success lead to a letdown right before the playoffs start and make them vulnerable to an early exit in the playoffs?
  • I wasn’t going to watch the Cubs play last night out of frustration, but I was intrigued by what I’d see by Jose Quintana and tuned in. He did exactly what we needed him to do. Exactly what we brought him in for, and that was to go seven innings and put this team in a position to win games. Since the dreadful outing on 8/25 against the Phillies, his last three starts have been good. My confidence in him has grown. I’m not ready to put him ahead of Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester or even Kyle Hendricks in the playoff rotation, but he’s definitely in there.
  • It was huge to see Kris Bryant bust out with a home run last night, with runners on base no less. This year, with runners in scoring position, Bryant has hit just .212 / .341 / .423. While the on base is acceptable, I don’t need my run producer only drawing walks with guys on. I need him driving the runners in and that’s what we saw last night with the three run home run, but later in the game with a sac fly that drove in a run.
  • I don’t know what’s wrong with Justin Wilson, but he’s broken since he came over from the Tigers. I wonder if there is any way we could show our receipt and get Jeimer Candelario back. Granted, we got Alex Avila, who has been a huge help, in the deal, but I’m disappointed with Wilson and I’m concerned we won’t see him revert back to what he was until next season when things start fresh. It’s a weird life being a bullpen guy. If you’ve never read The Bullpen Gospels, the author does a great job of talking about what that mentality is like.
  • Both the Brewers and the Cardinals won last night, so to win to “set the pace” last night was huge. We’ve let both of them back in this race and it’s time this team wakes up and finishes the race well. Magic Number: 17
  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    The Magic Number does not mean anything until it is down to one digit, and only one digit 0. Until then you need to win every game you play.

    • Junior Von White

      Which then brings us to the real question; is zero a number, or simply a concept that represents the absence of numbers?

      • Kyle

        Great question. Let’s use an example. If i have 0 beers, then I am in the absence of beers. And that’s just unacceptable. I accept your hypothesis.

      • SouthCarolinaCubFan1991

        Ah….great point…..but let me propose this: I have an infinite amount of beers therefore I have zero need for beer ever again. Highly acceptable…….

      • Michael S.

        An infinite amount, that’s great. But is it also an infinite *variety*?

        Drinking the same thing all the time gets a little…boring.

      • Bryzzo1744

        The Greeks debated this 2000 years ago

      • Michael S.

        And what decision did they come to?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        They came to that decision on a Tuesday, of course.

      • Tuesday, a Tuesday.

      • Doug S.

        They scored it a hit.

      • Seymour Butts

        …and screamed “He’s out” at the TV.

      • Eddie Von White

        And then yelled at their moms.

      • And then told Maddon “I’m super serious this time” and didn’t report to Iowa, but paid for a flight / rental car himself and went to San Diego anyway.

      • Bryzzo1744
      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I did not refer to zero as a number, only as a digit. But this does make for an interesting debate, and when you add alcohol much fun!

      • cap’n realist

        Alfonseca had 24 digits. I still think he killed Enigo Montoya’s father.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Even if he didn’t, he certainly gave many Cub fans heart attacks.

      • Brad Lyerla

        Mandy Pantinkin. Chicago boy.

      • cap’n realist

        not much to be proud of. That he’s a giant douche that treats everyone on film and TV sets is the worst kept secret in Hollywood.

      • Brad Lyerla

        A secret to me. But I will take your word for it.

      • Seymour Butts

        If one has no digits, can one still drink alcohol. If so, how?

      • Bryzzo1744

        Through the mouth

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        With a straw, very slowly.

      • Seymour Butts

        How do you flip the ring and open the can?

      • triangle mouth bottle opener

      • In short supply around here lately.

      • Dork

        Ring? how old are your beers?

      • Doug S.

        Good question, check the expiry date. But maybe beer didn’t expire back then, so you’re good to go, enjoy.

      • Zero is a quantity.. absence would be null.

      • Dork

        That sounds like what a computer programer would say

    • Doug S.

      I’ll take magic number over elimination number any day.

  • Doc Raker

    That was a good game last night, we need 28 more of them.

    Question for you Len watchers. What did Len say when we got picked off? I was watching the Met’s broadcast and when Q picked off a Met Ron Darling said, “He just wasn’t paying attention, that’s all that was. You have to pay attention.” Spot on Ron- no sugar coating it there. How did Len sugar coat the Cubs base running error?
    Did he
    1) Ignore it
    2) Make an excuse
    3) Continue to talk about the upcoming Mariah Carey show ( no relation to Harry Carey).

    • Michael S.

      Think more along the lines of #2, with an attempted ha-ha of ‘Just glad he didn’t pull anything!’.

      I wasn’t really paying that much attention…mostly looking up when the crowd went nuts.

      • Doc Raker

        So insightful

  • Adam Peters

    Magic number 17 with 18 to play. That doesn’t feel very magical to me.

    • cap’n realist

      Cardinals are 2 back with 7 head to head games left against the Cubs. Very easy to imagine a scenario where the Cubs blow it and don’t even make the playoffs as inconsistent as they’ve looked.

      • Dork

        The optimist might look at that and say that a 9 game lead is a possible outcome.

      • Doc Raker

        4 more verse the Brewers also. Could be fun, or not

  • Wilson looked awful.

    • Michael S.

      Water looks wet.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Unless it is dehydrated!

      • Seymour Butts

        Easier to pack into the hills when camping that way.

  • Michael S.

    Brewers, in a tight NL Central race, get three extra home games against a team playing for absolutely nothing:

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20694898/miami-marlins-move-weekend-series-milwaukee-due-impact-hurricane-irma

  • Brad Lyerla

    Agree, Joe.

    Bryant has to hit with men on base. Has to.

    Quintana has settled in. And a settled in Quintana is a very good pitcher. We will be glad to have him in the post season, if we make it.

    Oh. And going to the game tonight. Weather looks a little iffy.

  • Doc Raker

    It is the middle of September and my Cubs are still playing meaningful baseball games. Remember all those years in which there was no meaningful baseball games after Memorial Day. We got 18 games to go, have a 2 game lead and have 11 games verse our division rivals that are on our heels before it is over. We can eliminate the Cardinals all by ourselves. Let’s have some fun beetches.

    • Bryzzo1744

      While it would be nice to knock them out, part of me wants them in so we can knock them out in the NLCS. It would make it that much sweeter, to break their hearts with a trip to the World Series on the line.

      • Doc Raker

        There will be no wild card from the NL Central

      • You’ve got that right!

  • Bryzzo1744

    I tried watching the game last night on my Roku and it wouldn’t let me watch any other games. I called MLB tech support and they said they’re in a dispute with Roku. Did anyone else have problems last night watching on MLB TV?

    • Seymour Butts

      Nope, watched perfectly on my Roku (WTF is a Roku?)

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I am still using my abacus.

  • Brad Lyerla

    Needless to say, fabulous game last night . . . .

    Two observations:

    1. The Contreras/Happ screw up was not Gary Jones’ fault. He was signaling frantically to Happ to pull up. But there seems to be no sign for that. Jones looked like a mime pushing against an imaginary wall and Happ clearly was confused. Happ wound up just running through the base. No slide. No attempt to evade a tag. Meanwhile Contreras, who may have had soreness in his injured leg, was dallying. It looked little league.

    2. Lester did not have good stuff. I was surprised that Joe sent him out for his final half inning, though I have to say that Lester was better his last nine outs than he was the first nine outs.

    • Bryzzo1744

      What inning did this happen? I need to see a clip of it

    • Kyle

      They both looked extremely confused after the play happened. Would love to hear what they thought was going on. Seemed like a pretty routine play: Single. run scores from 2nd, runner advances from 1st to Third. But Happ runs into third like there was no play or he was confused why he was even there in the first place. Pretty boneheaded play with the score tied and a division on the line.

      • Brad Lyerla

        Yeah. Mostly on Happ, but Contreras just did not run hard after rounding third. I think he peeked and saw the throw was going to third.

        A really good base runner in Happ’s place would have simply stopped and created a rundown to allow Contreras to score. You see heads up ball players do it once in a while. But Happ did not read the play and Jones’ signals confused him. So he did not react at all and ran into the tag at third before Contreras touched home.

  • Doc Raker

    What excuse did Len and JD make on the Happ/Contreras base running blunder?

    Ron Darling is a great announcer: Here are some of the terms he uses in describing his teams play:
    Dreadful, unacceptable, aweful, no excuse for that he just wasn’t paying attention.

    After the Met’s 11th walk in 7 1/3 inning- “Dreadful, it is bad enough getting beat up but walking 11 batters in 7 1/3 is unacceptable’

    When was the last time Len or JD used those words to describe the Cubs play? We all know they could at times

    • No idea.. haven’t listened to the dipshits in ages.

      That play was a joke though.. they both literally forgot how to play baseball.

      • Seymour Butts

        What play? Do you have a clip?
        What am I saying you live in Montana. Clips are called magazines there.

      • Doc Raker

        And you live in Washington State and the only magazines you know have pictures of girls in them

      • Doc Raker

        Or men, whatever your thing is

      • Doc Raker

        Or goats

      • Doc Raker

        Or alfalfa

      • Doc Raker

        Or horses

      • Seymour Butts

        1 or 2…3 or 4…

      • Seymour Butts

        In Montana, a magazine is a large clip that holds bullets. Not surprising that this was over your head.

      • Doc Raker

        ab

    • Brad Lyerla

      I don’t know what anyone said. I was at the game.

      • Doug S.

        Your track record attending Ws has improved. Go Brad.

      • Brad Lyerla

        It’s been good this season. I have seen two losses and 7 wins, so far. Sherm noticed that I attended a game when we got shut out the night after Joe attended a game where we blew the opponent out. So on a sample size of 1, guys started writing about how the cubs will lose when I attend the game. I went along sarcastically.

        Kind of a microcosm of VFTB this whole season.

      • Eddie Von White

        Having to explain it makes it even funnier.

      • Brad Lyerla

        Funny ha-ha. Or x-files funny?