Cubs 2, Brewers 5

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

I’m going to try something a little different today. Instead of the usual format of what went right, wrong, etc. I’m just going to go with my notes from the game.

  • The Brewers are now 48-16 at Miller Park, which is the best home record in all of baseball. If anything, Prince Fielder really did his team a service by helping the NL win the All Star game. If they get to the World Series they could be hard to beat.
  • I’m about fed up with the platoon concept when it comes to Tyler Colvin. You traded Kosuke Fukudome to see if Colvin had the skills to play every day and then you coddle him against left handed starters and give him the night off. I could see doing it against really tough lefties, but Randy Wolf isn’t that guy. I like Reed Johnson a lot, but at this point he’s not part of the future and we need to find out if Colvin is. The only way to do that is to run him out against the lefties and see what happens.
  • Starlin Castro hit a leadoff home run to deep left center field. It was the first time the kid has done that in his career. It reminded me of the Soriano leadoff days where we’d see that on a fairly regular days.
  • It’s been awhile since I’ve written any thoughts on this team so I don’t know if I’ve gotten my #FireMikeQuade jabs in there. This team is not going to move forward with him at the helm. When he was hired, I felt like it was the right call, but as things progress day after day, we continue to see him in over his head. To see him say he didn’t see the play where Castro had his back to the play as a pitch was being delivered and then bench Castro after listening to Bobby Valentine, it’s clear he’s clueless on what he’s doing. I don’t believe he has the respect in this clubhouse and he needs to be replaced when the new GM in put in place. My question is who makes that call? Normally that would be the decision of the GM, but I can’t imagine that responsibility would fall to Randy Bush since Ricketts has made it clear that he is simply a stopgap until we hire someone. Does Ricketts then make that call on Quade’s future?
  • They flashed a stat on the screen somewhere in the middle innings that hitters against Rodrigo Lopez had a .259 batting average the first time through the order, a .273 average the second time, and then .460 the third time around. We saw that come into play yesterday when he fell apart. What that tells me is that he’s not a starting pitchers. Guys can figure him out after seeing him twice. One of the reasons why, and I hate Bob Brenly for pointing it out because it makes it seem like I just took it from him, is that he shows the grip on his pitch for a split second during his windup. I have to believe guys figure that out and get used to seeing it by the third at bat. At that point, they can pick up the grip and at least know if it’s fastball or breaking ball should they be paying attention. He needs to work on correcting that and needs to be used in the pen should he be a member of this team moving forward (crossing fingers that he’s not).

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

1st Star – Ryan Braun (.251 WPA)

2nd Star – Randy Wolf (.139 WPA)

3rd Star – Jeff Baker (.110 WPA)

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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