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July 1, 2010

Game 79: Blue Skies

Filed under: Featured,General — cubbiedude @ 10:36 pm

First Star – Travis Wood (.305 WPA)
Second Star – Starlin Castro (.247 WPA)
Third Star – Francisco Cordero (.205 WPA)

The first of July brought possibly the most lovely day of the year to the Upper Midwest.  The team once know as the Cincinnati Redlegs (from 1956 to 1960) came into Wrigley Field 9 1/2 games ahead of the Cubbies in the standings and leading the NL Central division.

The Cubbies, on the other hand, with a payroll nearly double that of the Cincinnati team ($140 Million vs $76 Million), entered this series 10 games under .500 and sinking like a stone.

Coming off a series loss against the powerful Pittsburgh Pirates, Cubs Field Manager Lou Piniella expressed his opinion about facing the surging Reds:  “I’ll tell you what,” he sighed, “Pittsburgh was tough enough.”

The Cubbies started their staff ace, Carlos Silva, while the starting pitcher for the Reds, LHP Travis Wood, was making his major league debut.

Both pitchers pitched well.  The Reds’ pitcher gave up 0 runs on 2 hits over 7+ innings.  Carlos Silva gave up only 2 runs over 7.2 innings.  It could be said that Silva and the Cubs bent but did not break during the first eight innings.

The Cubs had excellent chances to rally going into the 4th and 7th innings with the 3, 4, and 5 hitters due up, but they were unable to capitalize.

In the bottom of the eighth the Cubs scored two runs, tying the game, with Lou pulling out all the stops.  They might have scored more, but their 3# batter GIDP, ending both the inning and the rally.

In the top of the 10th inning the Reds scored what proved to be the winning run.  Following 2 consecutive singles, Drew Stubbs hit a double play ball to second.  The Cubs might have turned the double play, but baserunner Jay Bruce clearly ran out of the basepath to bulldoze Starlin Castro, preventing the relay throw.  I’ve got six words of advice for young Mr. Castro: Elbows, Knees and Cleats, My Friend!

I mean, if the umpires aren’t going to enforce the rules, somebody else will have to.

In the bottom of the 10th the Cubs had runners on 1st and 2nd with one out, but a walk off GIDP ended the inning, the rally and the game.

I include the following info for the stat geeks among us:

  • The Reds’ 3 hole hitter went 2 for 4 (.500), with a sac fly and a run scored.
  • The Reds’ clean-up hitter went 2 for 5 (.400), with an RBI triple.
  • The Cubs’ 3 hole hitter went 0 for 4 (.000), with a rally killing GIDP in the 7th.
  • The Cubs’ clean-up hitter went 1 for 4, which, counterintuitively, raised his batting average above .180. (For the sake of comparison, Aaron Miles hit .184 in 2009.)

When Yogi Berra was managing he had a motto: “If you don’t hit, you sit.”  Apparently, the 2010 Cubs have a different philosophy.

I have one more interesting statistic to share with you, baseball fans.  Cincinnati’s starting pitcher, Travis Wood, averaged 11.3 pitches per inning in his major league debut.

Tomorrow should be another beautiful day!

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  • Rich Beckman

    Geez, Bruce really did run out of the base path. Ahh, the human element of baseball, so much depends upon the mood of the umpire.

    Also, was Colvin out at first in the bottom of the tenth? Hard to tell on the internet highlight.

    Oh well.

    The Cubs will break the routine in 2015.

  • Big Bob

    Wow, what’s new? Another pitcher making his MLB debut against the Cubs and we have another Cy Young among us. Wow, 5 total hits in the game for the Cubs compared to 16 for the Reds…Heck the Cubs should have been buried…Even so, they are buried and will remain that way throughout the rest of the year. About two weeks ago or so, I posted that if the Cubs continued to lose 2 out of every 3, they would end up with something like 61 wins and 101 loses; at that time I predicted a total of 70 wins for the season. I think I’ll revert back to my original estimate of 61. As previously stated above, another 0 for whatever day from cleanup, and another DP from DP Lee. This is becoming worse than pathetic…It’s a disaster almost equal to the oil spill…Don’t think we’ll be able to properly cap either.

  • Doug S.

    Dear Derrek.
    C’mon man. Almost anything else wins us that game in the bottom of the 8th. Lead by example.

  • Larry Sproul

    Doug you already knew what might happen . Another ground ball off Lee’s bat . Of course turned into a double play . I know this sounds crazy but I may have had someone hit for Lee . We have seen it so many many times . My 7 yr old niece even called this one ….The fan base is getting sick of the pathetic play on the field . Today is another day lets hope the W flag flies after this one .

  • Chet

    I understand those who feel Lee should get a free pass for sucking this year. I still feel that he needs to change his approach with men on base. He has always been prone to the double play and it kills the team in these situations. I don’t care if it’s one bad year…..he makes 13 mill this season……maybe he could take a few tips from Rudy or something.

  • Kris

    As a defender of Lee, I actually don’t think he should get a free pass. I agree with what you’re saying. Something isn’t working, and he needs to figure it out. All I’m saying is that the people saying he sucks, that he’s terrible and a total waste need to look at his career numbers. One bad season does not equate him being a bad player.

    One other thing about the double plays…aren’t guys batting in the middle of the order more likely to have double plays? Statistically, I’m curious about this. Theoretically there should be men on base when your middle lineup guys are batting. So if they hit a grounder or even a solid line drive, the chances of double plays would be higher than for your leadoff or bottom of the order guys.

  • Seymour Butts

    Ahhh, AAAron Miles… wouldn’t it be nice to have his bat in the line up right now. And, he can play 3rd base. Never thought his sub-Mendoza line BA would compare favorably to what we have now.
    Pinch hitting for D Lee with runners on 1st and 3rd and 1 out is a great idea. But, you can’t do it (can you?). The season is trashed, and it’s too much of a dis. He would never make an effort on defence again (but he might be willing to waive his no trade clause).

  • Sherm

    Face it. It’s over. We suck. July 2 wasn’t any better than July 1. Maybe worse.

    Who do the Reds think they are? The Pirates?

    I just wanted to point out that Cap’n was right a thousand years ago when he said that Jaramillo was over-rated and suggested some other batting coach options. By the way, Texas continues to hit without him. We continue NOT to hit, with him. Coaching apparently is over-rated at this level. At least when it’s wearing a Cub uniform.

    Great choice — Piniella over Girardi.

    Time to rebuild. I don’t care what you have to do to dump some of these losers, but do it. Give Vitters some playing time. Colvin should play every inning. Time for a complete and total youth movement. If I have to root for a team that can’t/won’t/doesn’t win? Might as well be young guys worth rooting for.

    Zambrano, Aramis, Lee, Lilly, Fukudome? Get rid of them. Soriano, too, if you can find someone stupid enough to take him. Eat what you must, but rebuild, for God’s sake, because I don’t have another hundred fu**ing years.

    More later. Or not.


  • Dodger Think Blue

    I agree u do suck “Cubs Fan” but u know its all about the stadium (yada yada yada).

    Now that interleague is over we can get rich on our division & the NL Central. Pick off some sellers befor the 31st trade deadline and move on to our third NLDS / NLCS in a row. Life is good in So. cal. (LAKERS) (DODGERS)

  • Dodger Think Blue

    Now that interleague is over we can get rich on our division & the NL Central. Pick off some sellers befor the 31st trade deadline and move on to our third NLDS / NLCS in a row. Life is good in So. cal. (LAKERS) (DODGERS)

    I agree u do suck “Cubs Fan” but u know its all about the stadium (yada yada yada).

  • Seymour Butts

    Is there another Steven Strasburg in the wings for next years draft? Looks like we are going to be right up there at the top of the board.
    On the plus side, I can be far more productive this long weekend by not giving a shit when my favorite team is on the telly. Much easier to read the post mortem on the interwebs than actually watch it.

  • Mark Strickler

    I’m going to admit (unabashedly) that I’m an admirer of Cubbie Dude’s posts – you rule Dude!!

  • RynoatSecond

    All points bulletin for Tom Ricketts! Actually, any Ricketts will do. Are you alive? Do you care one iota about what’s going on? Hello? Is anybody in there? Do something, anything, show me a pulse…

  • CubbieDude

    I want to thank everyone for reading, and I want to thank everyone for commenting. Even those comments that had nothing whatsoever to do with my recap. Bring it!!

    Mark Strickler, thanks from the bottom of my heart. I needed that! I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts: I’m enjoying creating them.

    Dodger Think Blue: Thanks for stopping by. Don’t get out much, huh? Do you know what a blue sky looks like?

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