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August 17, 2010

Game 120: Bring On The Fourth Quarter

Filed under: Featured,General — Chet West @ 10:56 pm


120 Games…..only 42 left.

I wonder what I will be thinking next year when we reach this mark?

Will it help if I start drinking now?  Will it make the latter innings easier to stomach? 

Stay positive, stay positive…….find your happy place.

The following are some random thoughts from tonights game…… they happened to enter my brain throughout the game.

Randy Wells is my new favorite cub to hate, and low and behold, he was tonights starter against the Padres.  Right off the bat he reaffirmed my feelings by loading the bases in the first inning and giving up a run.   Gifting the other team runs in the first inning basically takes the air out of this Cubs team.  However, this team looks flat regardless of the situation.

Jon Garland took the bump for The Fathers.  I am not sure where to place that trade with the Sox but the Cubs definitely got the used side of the toilet paper.  Matt Karchner was our side of the take and from what I remember he stunk.   Meanwhile, Garland is ham and eggin’ a nice career for himself.  

I was a little dissappointed to see Xavier Nady in the lineup tonight.  I wasn’t dissappointed in the fact that Lee wasn’t playing, or that X-man was manning the bag,  I just wish we had some young talent that could get the experience at the position.  It doesn’t say much when you are plugging in Nady at this juncture of the season.  It seems like a wasted opportunity for one of the young guys…..but who?  These are the things that scare me about this team, we dont have depth at some key positions for the near future.  Right now would be the perfect time to showcase that talented, power hitting first baseman that the Cubs are hiding in the minors, except he is not there.

Len and Bob were raining down compliments on Blake Dewitt’s offensive presence since joining the Cubs.  He then promptly hits into a double play with no outs and two on in the second inning…… such is 2010.  On another note Len and Bob sound a little tired and I can’t blame them.  This season must be wearing on them a little.  Not only is this team playing sub par baseball but they have no identity what so ever.

  • The third inning spelled out the Cubs troubles.  The pitcher gets on base to lead off the inning and Fukudome hits into a double play.  When your pitcher gets on to start an inning you have to plate a run!  Yet again, we kill what could be a big inning with the top of the lineup.  Both Castro and Byrd get on base, but with two outs, that leaves little room for error.

By the way, two players that stand out for me this season are Marlon Byrd and Starlin Castro.  They are both gamers and look like they are enjoying themselves.  Marlon seems to take a lot of pride in his craft which is nice to see in an otherwise dreary year.  Starlin adds a little excitement for the future (Yes, Colvin is a close second).

Fast Forward to the sixth inning……(yah it’s an uneventful one folks)

  • Here we are in the sixth inning and Randy Wells has managed to keep the Padres to one run!  My best guess…..he is on the verge of unfolding!  Then again, wouldn’t hurt if our Cubbies could grab a few runs but once again this offense is making another decent pitcher look like a Cy Young candidate! 
  • Castro, DeWitt, and Nady just turned a tough double play.  The take out slide at second looked a little suspect, the runner literally stuck his leg out in the opposite direction to take down DeWitt.  It wasn’t pretty but Wells gets out of the jam.  Nady made a Derrek Lee-like play at first to cap that DP off. 

The Cubs are really starting to churn through the at bats quickly now.  Thats six up and six down through the sixth and seventh innings. 

Randy Wells gave up 1 run on 3 hits through six innings.  You know what, Good for Randy! I bashed him at the start but he showed me something tonight.  On that note, does anybody think he could have kept it going for a seventh inning?…….. didn’t think so.  Now we get the bullpen…….

  • Sean Marshall pitched a nice eighth inning.  Spotless would be a better word.  Sean is about the only bright spot in this bullpen so far this year.  He has been fairly consistant with an occassional blip here and there. 
  • Tyler Colvin at the plate to start off the eighth.  Len and Bob state that Tyler has been MIA as of late.  Apparently Lou wanted to give him a break as they were starting to see his production slide a while back.  Len and Bob were also commenting during the seventh that Colvin may not be making the adjustments needed unlike Castro who has adjusted better at the plate in his first season….now if we could only get him to field a little better?  All of this leads me to think, what will our outfield look like next year?  Where does Fukudome go? 
  • Castro singled to right field with a nice piece of hitting in the eighth inning.  Fukudome, with some exceptional baserunning, gets to third base.  Marlon up… on the line…..double play!  I give you your 2010 Chicago Cubs!  Sweet mercy!!!!

Ninth inning…….Marmol Time!

  • Marmol gives up nothing while of course flirting with danger. 
  • Blake DeWitt launches a ball to the ivy but Ludwick is there to make the grab.  Two more feet and that ball is gone for a two run homer and a Cubs walkoff victory……

…….such is 2010.

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Chet West is an IT professional living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters. He has a pug named Banks and loves photography. Follow him on Twitter @chetwest19

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    When we reach game 120 in 2011, this will hopefully be what we’re all thinking: The Cubs have a 10-game lead in the NL Central, best record in the majors, and the White Sox and Cardinals are 10 games out of their divisions. At this point in the season, I’m just hoping the White Sox and Cardinals blow it. Cubs losing is enough. The White Sox and Cardinals winning makes it even worse. 2005 and 2006 were the most torturous seasons Cubs Nation had to endure. The only thing that could have made those seasons worse is White Sox-Cardinals World Series.

  • Doc Raker

    Len and Bob- in the pre production meeting Cubs broadcasting liason who we will call “Skippy” told Len and Bob to “talk up DeWitt, we need him to stay a Cub and we need Cub fans to like him. Hendry loves mediocre middle infielder’s so you might as well talk up DeWitt before Hendry is forced into bring back Manny Trillo.”
    “Sure thing Skippy, any other angles you need covered, can we mention Lou’s 4th inning nap?”

  • Joe Aiello

    BTS Update from Lizzie: Monday’s game eliminated everyone except Doug S., and last night’s game took care of him. Sorry guys. Some of you rebounded last night though, thanks to Starlin! Here’s where we stand:
    Dragon = 1
    Gabo = 1
    Rich Beckman = 1
    Scott = 1
    Steve K. = 1

  • Kris

    Hmmm…I was at last night’s game, and I’m finding myself disagreeing with a couple things in this post.

    Nady made a Derrek Lee-like play at first to cap that DP off.

    Um, no he didn’t. I was on the first base line, and his foot was not on that bag when he caught the ball. That was a lucky call in our favor. (On a personal note, I’m very sad that I didn’t get to see Lee play in a Cubs uniform for possibly the last time.)

    As for Starlin Castro–I believe he has a bright future ahead of him. But he was not looking like a “gamer” at all last night. He had at least two errors, if not more, which is par for the course lately. At this point in the season, go ahead and let him get the kinks out. But if we had any chance of actually being in the race, I’d stick to my guns that they pulled him up too early.

    We had a mostly enjoyable time last night, because it’s always good to take in a game. (And yay for Yak-Zies before the game and a chocolate malt cup during the game!) But the game itself was pretty much a snoozefest. The highlight for us was watching some guy walk quite happily off to the drunk tank. He was very adamant about the crowd doing the wave and was running between sections trying to coordinate the effort. After security asked him nicely three or four times to go sit down, he seemed quite pleased to accompany them to what I’m assuming was the holding cell. :)

  • mastrick

    The Wave is lame, I’m glad to hear he got to share it with the inmate population. Reports are that Lee is headed to Atlanta, it perplexes me why Ramirez isn’t going there to replace Chipper.

  • Mr. Expert On Everything

    Money, Mark. Money…….

  • Eric

    Actually if you check the replay his foot was on the bag. I thought seeing it live he came off too but on the replay his foot is clearly on the bag with the ball in his glove.

    Right at about 31 seconds in it shows a good look at it. I’m not gonna lie I was a little surprised he made it.

    As far as Lee going to Atlanta. It makes sense since they aren’t on the hook for next year since he is a FA, and Chipper has already said he is going to make a comeback next year. Not to mention they already have a 3B playing 1B in Glaus who they can shift over. If they traded for Ramirez they wouldn’t have anywhere to play him next year unless they shift him to first ala Glaus, and they definately would not want that contract for the production they may or may not get. Also Lee hit 4 HR’s this weekend so they may think he’s going to be hotter down the stretch for them.

  • Kris

    And now we know why I am not an MLB umpire! My apologies to Chet then. :) We even watched it on the replays, and it did not look like he had it to us. Not that I’m complaining either way.

  • Chet

    Kris, his foot was definitely on the bag. I know I was shocked too to see the replay….hell of a stretch and catch.

    As far as Castro goes….while his errors perplex me he is in the hunt for the batting title….i think that makes him pretty good. A gamer in my book as he seems to hustle and make some nice plays…..when he of course doesn’t commit an error.

  • Buddy

    I’m happy to live with any mistakes Castro makes.

  • jswanson

    Well…D-Lee is gone. Sorry to break your no-swearing policy Joe, but I’m pretty fucking pissed he is no longer in pinstripes.

  • j gross

    good by d lee you gave us some real good years best of luck and it will be hard to see you in a braves uniform this weekend

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