Cubs 2, Cardinals 9

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

I sat down to watch the game on Friday after a crazy day at work, perhaps the busiest day I’ve ever had. I looked at the pitching matchup and was excited to be able to recap a game that Matt Garza was pitching. He’s my favorite guy on this staff right now. Couple that with the fact that one of my favorite Rays, from the days I maintained a Rays blog, was on the mound for the Cardinals and I figured I was in for a great game. Instead, Garza got hit hard. The Cubs failed to take advantage of a key early opportunity to put up a crooked inning, and I end up going to bed after the 6th inning. Not quite the way I wanted to spend my Friday night, but what can you do. That being said, here are some things that were on my mind last night.

  • I really enjoyed the camera angle that WGN had behind the pitcher. At Wrigley, and so many other parks, the camera provides and off center view so it’s hard to judge a ball on the corners. Last night’s angle was perfect.
  • I don’t know what the problem was, but I counted at least three slips on the field by players before I retired for the evening. It was as if the game was being played at Soldier Field. That got me thinking. Since Northwestern played at Wrigley last year. Would it be possible to host a game at Soldier Field. I’ve never looked at the dimensions, but I wonder if it could work. After all, the Marlins play in a football stadium. That might be a fun place to see a game.
  • My disdain for Geovany Soto is well documented so I have to take a shot when I can. He exhibited some terrible baserunning in the third inning that cost the Cubs a really nice inning. Instead of 1st and 3rd on a line out by Tyler Colvin, Geo was gunned down by a mile at third. Marlon Byrd beat a throw home from third so there is no reason Geo shouldn’t have made it on his tag from 2nd. He waited too long to tag and got hung up. That, my friends, is an example of a bad baseball team, which is what we have right now.
  • Albert Pujols hit into his 23rd double play. Let the record show that 23 leads all of baseball. Derrek Lee only has 13.

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

1st Star – Edwin Jackson (.205 WPA)

2nd Star – David Freese (.165 WPA)

3rd Star – Matt Holliday (.104 WPA)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. 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 and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail