Cubs 4, Mets 7

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

The following is a recap from guest contributor, Norm Bothwell.

What went right:

  • Cubs come out of the gate with guns blazing, scoring four runs in the first. Kosuke Fukudome and Carlos Pena each had a walk (who else?!) and both came around to score. Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano came through with runners in scoring position and two outs, each hitting a double and collecting two RBI.
  • James Russell pitched 3.2 innings and gave the fans a sarcastic cheer by throwing a first pitch strike in the wake of the Berg disaster. He ended up giving up a run off a few singles and a sac fly by the Mets pitcher, Dillon Gee

What went wrong:

  • Cubs offense got ONE more hit (and zero walks, of course) after that first inning outburst.
  • Casey Coleman was hittable and Quade gave him the quick hook in the 2nd inning. His line ended at 1.1 innings, 7 hits, 6 runs, all earned, 1 BB with no strikeouts. He has more walks than strikeouts on the year.
  • Two of those earned runs scored thanks to Justin Berg, who replaced Coleman and proceeded to throw twelve (TWELVE!!) consecutive balls, allowing two men to score, and gets replaced without throwing a strike. Berg’s doesn’t strike many out, he walks too many, and he’s rather hittable. The only positive is the lack of home runs he gives up. He won’t be a major league pitcher for very long.
  • The rain came too late.

Draft thoughts:

Baseball America came out with their Top 200 prospects for the upcoming June draft. I’ve noticed that a few of the experts see the Cubs taking high school Mr. Everything, Bubba Starling, with the ninth pick who BA has ranked as the #2 hitter behind Anthony Rendon. He’s a five tool athlete who is committed to the University of Nebraska to play centerfield in the Spring and quarterback the Huskers in the Fall. An up-the-middle, raw, athlete? Yup, sounds like the Cubs. He’s expected to fall to number nine due to his expected bonus demands. The draft is strong this year with college pitching. A name I’ve seen linked to the Cubs is Sonny Gray (#12 overall prospect), a short right hander the Cubs selected in the 27th round of the 2008 draft. If you like him you see a top of the rotation pitcher with a 94 mph fastball and hammer curve, arguably the best 1-2 punch in the draft. If you don’t like him, you have a shutdown closer. Most reports currently have him falling out of the top 10.

A pitcher I’m interested in is Texas junior, Taylor Jungmann (#8). A 6’6” right hander that controls the strike zone with a 93 mph fastball and a 78 mph curveball. Imagine, a Cub pitcher that doesn’t walk many guys. A man can dream!

Tom Ricketts said they are going to build from within through the farm system. With this years draft reported to be the strongest in years, it’s time to walk the walk and not be afraid to pay what it takes to get Starling if he falls.

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

1st Star– Carlos Beltran (.219 WPA)

2nd Star –Reed Johnson (.163 WPA)

3rd Star– Daniel Murphy (.146 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Mark 6-3 (.667)

Buddy 3-3 (.500)

Joe 9-10 (.474)

Brandon 1-4 (.200)

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