Game 134 – Brewing Up A Sweep
Cubs 2, Brewers 3
What Went Right
- Casey Coleman – good outing, rather unexpected too; 7 IPs, 3ERs, 93 pitches. He should get another 5 or 6 starts before this season comes to a close. If he can string together several appearances like today, he should find himself fighting for a backend position next spring (which pretty much tells you all you need to know about your 2012 Cubs – Casey Coleman could easily be our fifth starter).
What Went Wrong
- Zach Greinke – he’s just a great pitcher. The Brewers are better than the Cubs, Greinke is better than any pitcher we have. The next GM, whoever it is, needs to make starting pitching the priority.
- Mike Quade – do you ever have déjà vu? Didn’t you just ask me that? So let me get this straight, we’re 20 games below .500; it’s the first inning against a great pitcher and you’re going to get the home plate umpire angry at you and your team? I’m all for arguing bad calls, but there is wisdom in keeping your mouth shut – especially in the first inning. Or maybe he’s just ultra-patriotic and couldn’t risk missing the OVLL break all those Japanese hearts.
- 5th inning embarrassment – in a 1-0 game Zach Greinke blistered a line drive single to right field. Ok, whatever, pitchers get lucky sometime. For some inexplicable reason we elected to ignore his presence on the basepaths so he swiped second base. As everyone was having a good chuckle about it, Corey Hart battered the next strike into the LF stands. Hahaha, so funny…we allowed the pitcher to derail the inning – hilarious.
Little League World Series
August 28, 2011 – a date that will live in infamy (at least for VFTB’s own Doc Raker). The kids from the Ocean View Little League vanquished the Japanese with a thrilling walk-off win. If you’re familiar with the World War II era bandleader Spike Jones, you’ll know the overtly racist song that I dug out of my iTunes and played a few times after the OV Little League sank the Rising Sun. U-S-A! U-S-A!
I’ll be in attendance on Monday night in San Franicsco – it’s the first Cubs game for my three-week old son. The Cubs are facing Tim Lincecum in the first of a three game set; this has Quade declaring that Blake DeWitt will be in the lineup. DeWitt has a total of 7 starts since July 1st, and only one in the last 20 days. He’s batting less than .230 since July 1. But he boasts an 8-for-18 history against the two-time Cy Young award winner. Fine, put him in the lineup – but can we please not have him hitting thirdor playing left field!
Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Zach Greinke (.421 WPA)
2nd Star – Corey Hart (.200 WPA)
3rd Star – Ryan Braun (.145 WPA)