The four hour delay may have thinned out an already slight Wrigley crowd, but the Cubs didn’t miss a beat in their first game back from the All-Star break.

In case you weren’t watching the game and didn’t hear Len mention how rare four hour delays are close to fifty times, four hour delays aren’t very common in today’s game. Some may have turned off the tv and gone about their business, checking in periodically for first pitch updates. Others may have sat there patiently awaiting whatever terrible substitute WGN had on during the rain.

Myself? I created a player the exact height, weight and skill set as Anthony Rizzo in the Road to the Show game style of PS3′s The Show. Naturally I named the player after myself because who wouldn’t actually want to be the savior of the Cubs? Early numbers aren’t promising.

Sori’s Big Day

Soriano teased Cubs fans with a 4-4 outing, all of which went for extra bases. His two doubles, two home runs and 5 RBI capped what was easily his best performance on the season. Now if only he could maintain a perfect after break pace to interest enough teams to take him for their early exit long postseason run. I know this is what many fans are hoping for, but I wouldn’t expect many to be naive enough to expect that this really does anything to his value. Not one game does a player make. That aside it is always good to see Soriano hitting.

All-Stars?

The Cubs two All-Stars Bryan LaHair and Starlin Castro seemed to be the only guys getting on base consistently to start the season. Now they look like the only two guys that can’t get on base with any consistency. Both were batting well over .300 at the start of the twelve game losing streak and have since then seen a steady decline in their averages. With his 0-4 performance tonight, LaHair is hovering around the Mendoza line since the middle of May. I would have thought that the protection Rizzo brings to the lineup would take pressure off both Castro and LaHair, but it hasn’t. Maybe LaHair really was the overachiever some thought to start the year. His recent struggles combined with his inexperience in the outfield make him a prime candidate for trade rumors over the next two weeks. Theo might want to cash in before his value takes another hit.

Maholm Stays On Track

Maholm won his third consecutive start since his bomb job in the desert against this same Diamondbacks. Other than the first inning, where he was bailed out by the double play, Diamondbacks runners never threatened to score again. The AS break/delay rust wore off as he went through the night, as Maholm looked to get stronger with each inning he pitched. With the game likely out of reach and his pitch count high, Manny Corpas and Shawn Camp came in to finish the game without issue. Just a well pitched game throughout.

Trade Talk

The Trade Machine has taken a bit of a hiatus because all the trade related articles on here may be boring you to death. You’ve gotten to hear about all our opinions on who will and won’t be traded. So give me your five most likely player to be traded before August 1st.

My list (to be expanded upon soon):

1. Ryan Dempster

2. Matt Garza

3. Darwin Barney

4. Alfonso Soriano

5. Bryan LaHair

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