Archive for June, 2011

Game 78 – Does That Count as the First Game of A Series

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Cubs 7, Rockies 3

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

A-Ram and Peña – Just like it should be, the Cubs got great production out of the third and fourth holes in their line-up. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for much of the season, but the Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Peña turned it on with the wind blowing out to left-center field. The corner infielders each put two balls into the bleachers, driving in 6 of the team’s 7 runs on the day.

Good Garza – After giving up a lead-off home run to Carlos Gonzalez to start the game and then hitting Jonathan Herrera in the ankle on the next at-bat, Matt Garza settled in to pitch one of his best games of the season. Garza improved to 4-6 on the season, scattering 5 hits over 7 1/3 innings. His two biggest mistake pitches of the game ended up in the bleachers, courtesy of Gonzalez’s bat.

Starlin’s Streak – He’s nowhere near DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, in fact he’s just more than 1/3 of the way to Jerome Walton’s 30-game tear, but Stalin Castro’s bat continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal Cubs season. The second-year shortstop extended his to 11-games with a first inning triple.

Chasing Chacin’ – Coming into the game, Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin hadn’t given up more than one run in any of his previous four June starts. By the end of the first inning, he’d already given up two en route to a season high six earned runs in five innings pitched.

What Went Wrong

Car-Gone – As mentioned, Matt Garza didn’t do much wrong today…but when he did, you could probably guess that Carlos Gonzalez was at the plate. The Rockies’ centerfielder led of the game with a basket shot over Soriano’s head, then followed up with another solo shot in the 8th that signaled the end of Garza’s day. Luckily for the Cubs, he wasn’t able to do damage with players on base in front of him.

Mental mistakes continue – Geovany Soto just decided not to catch a foul ball. Len and Bob tried to convince us that, perhaps, Carlos Peña was calling him off but it really looked like Geo just gave up. Luckily neither of the Cubs errors in this game came back to haunt them.

Misc. Notes

  • Nick Jonas took batting practice with the Cubs prior to the game. According to reports, he Willie May Hayes-ed seven of the first eight pitches into the top of the screen, but by the third round he was making solid contact. Jim Hendry immediately gave him a vote of confidence.
  • Miss World, aka Alexandria Mills, had the honors of singing the seventh inning stretch. Judging from her performance, singing was not her talent at the pageant. Listening to Len and Bob try to make conversation with her for ½ an inning was as uncomfortable as you would expect.
  • Can we get a round of applause for Blake DeWitt’s beard? Getting to see that thing of beauty every day is the only thing that makes me hope that Darwin Barney takes his time on his road to recovery.

The Takeaway

Listening to Mike Quade’s post-game press conference would have made you think that the Cubs had finally turned a corner on the season. The first-year skipper was down right ecstatic following the game, buying in completely to the media’s excitement over the Cubs recent penchant for winning the first games of series (never mind that this was actually the conclusion to an April series in which the Cubs got pounded in games one and two).

That’s as negative as I’m going to be about this game though, as aside from the first at-bat, this game was a joy to watch – which has been rare this season. Despite the two deep balls given up to Gonzalez, Garza did exactly what he needed to do by pitching into the 8th-inning and giving the bullpen a breather before entering a double-header tomorrow. His command was spot-on, delivering six strike outs while walking none in his most dominant performance of the season.

Despite how well Garza pitched, the Cubs still needed four or more runs to win the game, which is far from a given with this team in 2011. As the temperatures have finally started warming up, so has Aramis Ramirez who has now hit six home runs in June after hitting just one each in the months of April and May.

Mike Quade addressed the team after the game, which he claimed is notable because he usually only talks to them when things badly. Let’s hope the Cubs like the carrot more than the stick and channel the positive reinforcement into a prosperous July.

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

1st Star – Matt Garza (.204 WPA)

2nd Star – Carlos Pena (.153 WPA)

3rd Star – Aramis Ramirez (.126 WPA)

Cubs Hitting: +.268 WPA

Cubs Pitching: +.232 WPA

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Monday, June 27th, 2011

Welcome to a new week where things should be sunny and bright, but where in actuality the gloom continues to follow this team day by day.

I guess I’m the ultimate optimist because for some strange reason I honestly believed the Cubs could crawl their way back into the standings and salvage the season as they began to play better ball the last couple weeks. Many of you had already written them off, but I guess I was just holding to that last thread of hope.

I hadn’t really thought about a sweep of the Royals until I read the comments and saw other people were considering it. That being said, it put the idea in my head and gave my heart something else to hold onto. Well, after they won game 1, I could only hope they would sweep because as I am visiting my brother in Kansas City, I held tickets to games 2 and 3.

Experiencing a new ballpark is always fun, especially when your team is up 1-0 in the series. But after Saturday’s loss, my family honestly debated going to Sunday’s game for close to an hour. Was it worth sitting in the sun, sweat dripping down our backs, even if they managed to win? Well, the answer was clearly no, considering Randy Wells couldn’t get it together in the first and the game was essentially over before it started.

I’m rambling, so long story short, I no longer have any hope or belief in this season. However, this brought me to the realization that I hate looking forward to the future. It’s always “Next year is here” with this team, and with all the speculation about what kind of changes are going to be made in order to make this club a contender in a few years, I can’t stand getting in the middle because I don’t want to be let down about anything else.

Anyway, on to this week’s recap put forth by you all. Not much to talk about on the field, but you always find something new to discuss.

The Wizzies

  • All I look for in a hometown announcer is that they don’t make my skin crawl (see Hawk Harrelson)….outside of that I expect them to be homers (See Len and Bob)…I like Len and Bob…..especially Bob. If you want good/unbiased/fair commentary during a game you have to hope for national coverage. You will learn a lot more about the way “your” team honestly plays baseball from a national broadcast then you will from local. Local will make it sound like they are just struggling, national will tell you they suck. At any rate, this series is personal for me, I can’t stand sox fans…even the ones I call friends.
  • Speaking of announcers, someone on Fox or ESPN this weekend explained that Dempster’s wiggling of the glove was a timing thing. My memory from when Dempster started the wiggling is that it was to prevent tipping of the pitch. Is my memory wrong or was the announcer wrong? Not a good bet either way…I do like Pat Hughes. And he has stood the test of time for me. Often I will like an announcer for a year or so (or less!), but then he (she?) will have exhausted their vocabulary and stock of stories and tips on how the game is to be played and he (she?) becomes boring and repetitious. As I have gotten older, the announcer errors are more apparent to me (or maybe today’s announcers make more mistakes?) and I usually try to just ignore them.
  • I know the Cubs aren’t playing up to par right now, but I’m sure glad I’m a Cubs fan and not a Sox fan. We payed some serious money for Pena, but he’s starting to hit homers consistently, whereas Dunn looks absolutely lost at the plate. Plus, if you add Castro and LeMaheiu’s ages together, you still don’t even equal Omar Visquel’s. Yikes.
  • I have to agree and say that Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are the worst national broadcast team in the country. The second worst broadcast team in my book is Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for the NFL on FOX. Joe Buck’s pure hatred for Chicago is so annoying I often times turn the game off and just read the highlights here on VFTB!
  • Plus, I used to think Harry Caray was my grandfather. They looked a lot alike, especially to a three-year-old, so I would see the Cubs games on television and say, “Daddy, grandpa’s on tv!”
  • I’m with Chet, this series is personal. I can’t stand the White Sox, or White Sox fans. They’re just Cubs haters who need a team to root for. Cubs Suck is the entire vocabulary of a White Sox fan. They hate the Cubs more than they love the White Sox. I really want to give them a serious ass-kicking. Let’s sweep them and get our first 3-game winning streak of the year
  • I have to admit I’m a fan of Len and Bob, sure they are homers and definitely not impartial, but they have good chemistry and always find a way to make me laugh no matter how bad the game might be going for the Cubs. Since I have the MLB package on satellite, I don’t always get to see the Cubs broadcast of games (unless they are on WGN which I also get) and there are some really boring announcers out there for some of these other teams (mostly those part of local Fox Sports broadcasts).
  • I hope you’re sitting down…Pena just homered off a lefty.
  • Yah, but you still should be throwing away, away, away from Konerko right now…..we have fed him two gopher balls inside and he has deposited each into the seats…. next pitcher to throw inside to Konerko should do push-ups on the mound.
  • Jeff Samardzija’s mullet and facial hair remind me of someone, but I can’t quite place it. Maybe someone from a pirate movie? I was even thinking Timothy Dalton’s character in the Rocketeer (Neville Sinclair) but he had short hair and no beard.
    This is really bothering me. Almost as much as his pitching
  • I just think we’ve got a much better chance hoping that Colvin becomes a lineup mainstay, than we do flushing at-bats down the Campana/Montanez toilet. I mean even if Colvin winds up being left-handed Matt Murton; isn’t that better than two more Jose Macias’?
  • I don’t know what Campana’s Walk/Strikeout ratio is in his minor league career but you can’t steal first. He is the new and not improved version of Juan Pierre. No power, rag arm, nice guy.
  • The Tribune ran an article today (Source) about how the Cubs are feeling better about their play over the last couple weeks. I’ll agree that they’ve been playing their best ball of the season over the last three series, starting with taking 3 of 4 from the Brewers. I can’t help feeling like there’s some sort of satisfaction in the quotes, though, particularly from Hill. “It’s okay that we’re losing, at least we’re making a game of it” (my words, not his). I don’t know. I know that last week I said that if I couldn’t see wins, I wanted to see effort and hard-fought games. But now that I’m only seeing that, I want the results. I think I would have an easier time accepting the losses if the team had been playing hard all year (or at least had been making a show of playing hard all year). But they didn’t, and now that they finally seem to be trying, it’s too late.
  • I have to admit I’m becoming a fan of Carlos Pena. In spite of his wretchedly slow start, he’s actually turning into the power hitter he has been in the past. The way things are going in terms of next season, I can’t say I’d be upset if they resign him to stick around at 1B as opposed to going after Fielder or Pujols (both of whom will cost way too much).
  • I have to say that I think this year Mike Quade has proven that he’s not a big league manager. Blake DeWitt and Jeff Baker should NEVER bat third in any lineup in the major leagues. Also, how is Koyie Hill still on this team?
  • Quade’s week to play scapegoat? Huh. I vote for giving next week to either “Rodrigo Lopez” or “injuries.”
  • Usually I hate days off. Today I’m good with it.
  • Letting Hill step to the plate with a runner on third a mistake. He looked bad in his other appearances. What led Quade to think he could at least hit a nice fly ball? He struck out just like we thought he would. This isn’t triple AAA ball or Spring training. These games really do count.
  • I’m not saying that Dempster has pitched well, but even if you could send him down to Iowa, who would you bring up?? Don’t know if you realize it, but starting pitching depth hasn’t been a real strength on this year’s squad.
  • Given Pena had a rotten April, his has hit 14 Hr’s since…putting up .245/.373/.548 in May/June combined. He’s been the least of the Cub concerns this season, IMO. I’d be more worried about the back of the rotation, Soto’s lack of hitting, Soriano’s contract, and whether Barney can be a starting 2B…..among other things. Also….hooray for Fukudome, but he’s a player who shouldn’t be here next season. the Cubs need to evaluate guys who can help them for the future…..which never seems to happen.
  • If Ricketts keeps Hendry into 2012 he gets what he deserves .What he will get is a ball park with a lot of vacant seats. Let’s see how many season ticket holders sign up for 2012! This August and September should have Ricketts wondering. Let’s see how many fans show up at the Cubs Convention .WGN is already started to remind us to book the overpriced room at the Hilton.
  • Breaking news: Jim Hendry turns hug at a Smorgasbord with Prince Fielder into 30 year $1.2 billion contract. Jim Hendry said of the signing “…as we left the restaurant and stood on the curb waiting for the driver, Milton…err Prince sorry…said, ‘I know it’s going to take some time, but I want to tell you I want to be a Chicago Cub if you want me.”
  • Based on these comments on the Royals (a team I admit to knowing very little about this season), I’m thinking Cubs sweep considering their decent play as of late.
  • I see no reasons to believe the first 3-game winning streak comes in KC this weekend. Cubs win 2 of 3, but please, let’s win on Sunday. It’s my birthday.
  • Some optimism from the Cubs faithful!! Want to be on board with you guys, but have this feeling the Royals will get a good old dose of Cubbie tonic to sooth their woes.
  • I say the Cubs get 1 for sure, maybe 2, but certainly won’t sweep. They’ve blown too many very winnable games for me to hope for that. To Mark in Toronto: what “decent play as of late” are you referring to? They’re playing only .500 over their last 10, managing to lose 3 1-run games.
  • Went to busch stadium last night just to verify pujols is indeed injured. Now today, time to complete the trip to kansas city to cheer on the cubs the rest of the weekend! go cubs go
  • I never remember such lousy baserunning in a game. Like Bob and Len said didn’t the Cubs know what great arms KC has in the outfield?? Who is doing the advance scouting for the Cubs? Really make ya wonder. It is a W for all purposes but a shaky victory ….
  • I feel good about any win this year, even a win against the perennial rebuilding small market Royals. They have 5 AAA pitchers in their rotation but let’s not draw the conclusion that small market teams are at a disadvantage in today’s MLB business model.
  • Can you believe the Cubs web site is pushing for All Star votes for Soriano? I have a hard time considering Soriano an All Star no matter what kind of offensive production he brings since his defense is so offensive. I have never seen an outfielder so allergic to theme run fence , the guy comes to a dead stop every time he steps on the warning track allowing fly balls to drop right next to him. An All Star outfielder has to be able to catch a fly ball up against the home run fence.
  • Bad play on both ends ….it was like the cubs were playing against themselves.

And, as requested, Wizins: (But I couldn’t decide which I liked more.)

  • Before we lambaste Quade we should look at the brushes he has at his disposal to paint the masterpiece….
  • I think the Cubs are playing hard, and have been playing hard. They’re just not very talented.

Here are those atop the standings:



Doc Raker-9

Seymour Butts-8


Doug S.-7



Larry Sproul-6

Mark in Toronto-5



Doug Bagley-2





Chris in Illinois-2

Rich Beckman-2

And there are 17 others with 1 point each. Keep up the good work.

Final Thoughts:

Obviously, I’m in a down mood. The only thing I could think while watching Sunday’s game was, ‘Why do we keep coming back? Honestly, what makes being a fan of this team worth the pain?’ Answer in the comments, or don’t. But if someone has a worthy answer, I would love to know because right now I need a break from this team. The only thing I am looking forward to is getting Marlon Byrd back, and even then I know it is unfair to expect him to be in full form.

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Game 77 – Cubs lose rubber game 6-3

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Cubs 3, Royals 6

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What went right:

  • The Cubs mounted two good offensive onslaughts – the first was in the third when Geovanny Soto homered to make it a 4-1 ballgame. During the fourth Reed Johnson hit a ball hard and landed on second – DeWitt doubled him home and the Cubs reduced the lead to two. Soto then doubled home DeWitt and the Cubs were back in business with a one run deficit.
  • In the sixth the Cubs had two nice defensive gems – firstly Reed Johnson made a nice shoestring catch to save a base hit. On the next at bat Starlin Castro ranged to the left and picked off a ball that was headed for left center and Pena made a nice pick at first digging a ball to complete the out.
  • Carpenter came in in the eighth and he was bringin’ it. I’ve been rather concerned about Cashner’s setback because this guy was showing us the kind of lightning that one would expect from a seventh or eighth inning set-up guy. Now Carpenter appears to fit that role and it’s nice to see someone come up from AA and fulfill a needed spot.

What went wrong:

  • Randy Wells struggled right from the get-go. The first six runners reached base and it was 4-0 before an out was even recorded. Later in the fourth Wells let two more runs in making it a 6-3 game. Wells looked good two years ago and had a poor sophomoric season that included some injury concerns. To me this is his “make or break” season – if he can’t do better than what we saw tonight then he should probably be let go or traded. His command was off and when he was in the strike zone he got hit. Starting pitching was our downfall tonight and that was what went wrong.

The Takeaway: The Cubs tried hard but they don’t have what it takes to beat a team like the Royals. Kansas City has been a whipping boy for so long that their draft picks have had no choice but to come to fruition. We are seeing the seeing the same from the erstwhile Pirate losers, a team that now finds itself eight games ahead of the Cubs. We have aging superstars like Ramirez and Soriano who are overpaid for what they do. We also have younger guys like Zambrano and Fukudome that get paid much more than what their performance merits. So I as a fan must watch the games patiently and hope for a miracle. Because that’s about what it’s going to take to turn this team around, I’m not confident that Mike Quade, Jim Hendry or Crane Kenney have what it takes to get the job done.

On this date in baseball history:

  • 1906: Baseball had it’s first death when Herbert Whitney of the Burlington Pathfinders was beaned by a pitch.
  • 1916: The Cleveland Indians became the first team to wear numbered jerseys.
  • 1938: Carl Hubbell got his 200th win against the Chicago Cubs. He was the first player to really master the screwball from what I’ve read.
  • 1960: Rookie third baseman Ron Santo made his major league debut. He went three for seven in a doubleheader and the Cubs swept the Pirates. Santo drove in five runs.
  • 1966: Ron Santo got hit in the face by Jack Fisher of the Mets. I remember reading about this as kid, he’s lucky it didn’t end his career like the ball that hit Tony Conigliaro.

Tomorrow the Cubs go home to play a makeup game against the Colorado Rockies. The game will be televised at 1:20 PM CDT on CSN.

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

1st Star – Geovany Soto (.263 WPA)

2nd Star – Eric Hosmer (.112 WPA)

3rd Star – Chris Getz (.083 WPA)

Cubs Hitting: -.166 WPA

Cubs Pitching: -.334 WPA

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Curse? There Ain’t No Stinking Cub Curse!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

The complete title of this book is “Curse? There Ain’t No Stinking Chicago Cub Curse – And Other Stories About Sports And Gamesmanship”. The authors are James Wolfe and Mary Ann Presman. It was published in January 2010.

I have to admit, I misunderstood the concept when I first saw the cover of this book. I thought it was an entire book about “The Curse”. And actually, as it turns out, nothing could be further from the truth.

This book contains eleven short stories: four by James Wolfe, and seven by Mary Ann Presman. They are all good.

Author James Wolfe is an engineer, entrepreneur, and lifelong sports fan. He has authored six books, including “Little Balls, Big Dreams”, a novel about golf.

Author Mary Ann Presman has written advertising copy, newsletters and public relations materials prior to creating the seven short stories included in this book.

The first short story, the title story, is not ABOUT the curse, but it is built around the curse, peripherally. James Wolfe wrote it, it’s 40 pages long, and it’s funny as heck.

The other 10 short stories are peripherally about gambling, bocce ball, golf, basketball, tennis, etc. As I said, they’re all good.

Reviewing briefly each story:
– “Curse? There Ain’t No Stinking Chicago Cubs Curse”, by James Wolfe, is built around a fantasy which I truly wish would come true. As it is, there is a lot of truth in this story.

– “Gambling 101”,by Mary Ann Presman, involves blackjack and people. It contains an ending which I didn’t see coming, and with which I do not necessarily agree. But, hey, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

– “Backyard Bocce Ball” is about people, families, and bocce ball. This one struck a little close to home, but it was entertaining. Mary Ann Presman hit a home run with “Backyard Bocce Ball”.

– I’ve only golfed twice in my life (not counting hitting balls on the driving range and hitting whiffle golf balls in my yard), but from what I’ve seen, “Wine, Women & Golf”, by James Wolfe, is an accurate depiction of the game and of the people who play it. That’s why I never allowed myself to become obsessed with golf. This one also has an ending which I didn’t see coming, and with which I don’t necessarily agree.

– “Straight Shooter”, by Mary Ann Presman, while not the funniest of the short stories in this collection, might be the most honest. My jaw was dropping as I read it, because Ms. Presman kept hitting the nail on the head. It’s all true! Oh, did I mention it takes place while shooting pool?

– “Paper Airplanes”, by Mary Ann Presman, is possibly the shortest of the short stories in this book. I do not necessarily disagree with the ending, which I did not see coming.

– “Only Three More Outs”, about Little League baseball, almost brought a tear to my eye with its depiction of the perspective of a little guy. Once again, I did not see the ending coming.

– The story in “H-O-R-S-E” unfolds as two brothers play basketball. It is a sibling relationship which I enjoyed following. Families are really something. And, no, I did not see the twist of the ending coming.

– The setting in “Scrabble Date”, (somewhere between a nursing home and a retirement villa, depending upon your personal bias), has become a little too familiar to me lately, but author Mary Ann Presman handles it deftly. I believe this one deserves the descriptor “poignant”.

– The penultimate story, “If Profanity Improved The Golf Game, There’d Be More Good Golfers”, aside from being true and profound on the surface, is about the game of golf. And born-again Christians. Once again, a little close to home. But I enjoyed it.

– Last but not least, “Double Fault” takes place on the tennis courts, but it’s really the universality of humanity we’re exploring here. Not falling down funny, but definitely satisfying.

As I said before, this book turned out to be nothing like I expected at first glance. I really enjoyed it.

I recommend “”Curse? There Ain’t No Stinking Chicago Cub Curse” highly to anyone with an interest in sports &/or gamesmanship. It’s the human condition we’re looking at here, the human condition and the competitive spirit.

I thank Joe Aiello and the Rensselaer Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of “Curse? There Ain’t No Stinking Chicago Cubs Curse” to read and to review.

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Game 76 – Running Into Trouble

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Cubs 2, Royals 3

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game


  • Today was Aramis Ramirez’s 33rd birthday.  He celebrated with two hits–including a solo home run in the top of the 6th–and a great catch in foul territory, leaning deep into the third base camera well.  Not an extraordinary day for the veteran, but he definitely did his part.   In what might be his last year in a Cubs uniform, his performance will do a lot to set the tone for the second half of the season.  As he goes, so go the Cubs.
  • Geovany Soto followed Ramirez’s solo homer with one of his own.  I don’t want to overestimate the importance of one home run, but I’m hopeful Soto is getting his swing back.  Since his return from the DL in late May, he’s hitting only .188.  What he does with the rest of this season will determine whether he’s a building block or trade bait.
  • Starlin Castro is still a Cub.  Maybe that’s a small consolation, but you find me a better reason to tune in day after day as the team slips closer to irrelevance.  Watching a gifted player like Castro develop his game is a rare privilege.


  • Mike Quade remains steadfast in his refusal to let Alfonso Soriano take advantage of the interleague games to play his natural position: DH.  Instead of hiding Soriano’s atrocious glove, he decided to once again use Jeff Baker–he of the vaunted (and dwindling) average against lefties.  Later in the game after a Royals’ pitching change, Quade went on to pinch-hit for his own DH with Kosuke Fukudome.  In 11 interleague games so far this season, Soriano has DH’d only 3 times.  The whole thing makes me think Mike Quade is an idiot unclear on the concept.
  • Reed Johnson was thrown out trying to score in the top of the 3rd.  That’s Alex Gordon’s third assist in two games. Somewhere on the wall in Ivan DeJesus’ home office hangs a diploma from The Wendell Kim School of Third Base Coaching.
  • Jeff Samardzija is still a Cub.  Here’s what he contributed tonight when he was brought in to the bottom of the 8th with the game tied: walk, stolen base, walk, wild pitch, strike out, infield hit (deflected off Samardzija’s pitching hand), hit-by-pitch.  It’s time to call it–the Jeff Samardzija experiment is officially dead.  John Grabow was visibly frustrated to find out he was being pulled after facing one batter to give way to Samardzija.  Cubs fans echoed his frustration.


  • Carlos Zambrano did not have his best stuff tonight, but he held it together and kept the Cubs in it through seven innings.  Most Chicago sports writers and fans are quick to point out when he does or says something immature, but I think keeping it together on nights like tonight is a sign that he’s grown up somewhat in the last few years.  Especially in the bottom of the 5th, when five consecutive Royals reached base and he gave up two runs–that would have been all it took for him to melt down in past seasons.  That he held on to get the next two hitters out was a small glimpse of the maturity we’ve wanted to see from him for a while.
  • I keep seeing those Pepsi Field of Dreams commercials and I have a question–is that really Lou Piniella?  I feel like we would have seen his face at least once if it was him, right?  But if it’s not him, and Pepsi just had some guy in a Cubs uniform, why would they pick Piniella’s jersey?  These are the things I wonder about when the Cubs season is spiraling down the drain.
  • I’m thoroughly on board with Joe’s #FireMikeQuade campaign.  Tonight his misuse of the DH and his misplaced trust in Samardzija were both good reasons call for his dismissal.  Or to borrow from his favorite recurring metaphor, it’s time for the Cubs to change horses.  Please, #FireMikeQuade.


Stars of the Game

Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Jeff Francoeur (.196 WPA)

2nd Star – Danny Duffy (.174 WPA)

3rd Star – Chris Getz (.169 WPA)

Cubs Hitting: -.451 WPA

Cubs Pitching: -.o49 WPA


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