Cubs 4, Reds 5

Box Score / Video Highlights

What Went Wrong

  • Failure to get the crooked number on the board. Four straight innings, the Cubs scored a run and battled back from a deficit. At the same time, four straight innings the Cubs scored ONE run. As a team, the Cubs left 23 men on base. That’s just a few shy of Doc Raker’s 142 estimate. Everyone was to blame on that front. Starlin Castro stranded five and Darwin Barney led the funk with six. Clutch hitting, situational hitting, etc. Call it what you want, but the fact remains that this team doesn’t do it and will not be a contender until they can figure it out.
  • Matt Garza had thrown a quality start in four of his first six outings this season after having a rough spring training. Today, that didn’t happen. The biggest inning of the day, the 4th, was a killer for Garza as he gave up a three run bomb to Jay Bruce that proved to be the dagger. Starting pitching continues to be a problem for this team and I have no idea why.

What Went Right

  • While it’s tough to see your team strand runner after runner, you at least have to be encouraged that there are runners to strand. It could always be worse, but the Cubs tacked on run after run in the middle innings. They battled, but just came up short in the clutch hit dept.
  • The bullpen pitched three scoreless again today and continue to be the highlight of this team. I had a feeling the pen was going to be improved over last year, but the addition of Wood to the pen has really given stability.

Notes

  • Joey Votto has 17 career home runs against the Cubs. That’s 35% of his career homeruns overall. Ouch
  • At the beginning of the game, Len was highlighting three stories on the farm. The third was the fact that Michael Brenly was riding an eye opening….wait for it….4 game hit streak. If his father wasn’t the color man, does this get any publicity at all?
  • Today was the 13th anniversary of the Kerry Wood 20 K game.
  • Home plate umpire, Victor Carapazza, made at least two calls that a hitter swung without consulting help from one of the umps on the bases. In my opinion, the home plate ump should not have the authority to make that call. His job is to watch the ball. He can do that and properly judge if a hitter offered at a pitch…period.

Three Questions

  1. If you could do it all over, would you make the Matt Garza trade?
  2. Is it just me or does Marco Mateo look a lot like Antonio Alfonseca?
  3. Will the Cubs bullpen finish with a better ERA than the starters?

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Sam LeCure (.314 WPA)

2nd Star – Jay Bruce (.218 WPA)

3rd Star– Joey Votto (.149 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-2 (.600)

Joe 7-7 (.500)

Mark 3-3 (.500)

Brandon 1-3 (.250)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail