Cubs 1 @ Dodgers 6
After a three week hiatus of Cubs baseball full of long drives, swindling moving companies and the occasional Waffle House, I was finally able to sit down and watch a game tonight at my new apartment in Jackson, Mississippi. Unfortunately for me I missed most of the streak where the Cubs were playing well and will likely not get to witness such a run again for the remainder of the season. I suppose being sellers at the trade deadline will do that to a team (bye bye Reed).
Fortunately for all of you, I now live in the Central Time Zone and was able to (barely) make it through this snoozefest and so enthusiastically report back to you.
Shark Bait – Jeff didn’t have his sharpest stuff tonight, leaving plenty of pitches over the plate. With the newly revamped Dodger lineup, they were able to tab five runs off him in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Not really much else to say other than I hope we see a more efficient Shark than we saw today the rest of the way, he may be the only pitcher worth watching this final third of the season.
As The Bullpen Turnstile Spins – With the additions of Chris Volstad and Alberto Cabrera to the ‘pen, which
Nostradamus Joe predicted a few days back, the Cubs bullpen will continue to have an amusement park theme to it. The rest of the season is going to be a tryout showcase for a bunch of the fringe AAA guys to see if there will be any keepers for the bullpen in the coming seasons. I’m assuming Theo and Co. knows that Scott Maine, Shawn Camp and Carlos Marmol surely aren’t the answers to those woes. I’ve actually liked what I’ve seen from Cabrera thus far, albeit in an extremely small sample size. But anyone that can strikeout three of the first four major league batters they face has my imaginary vote. It also helps that in a pseudo world known as my brain, A Cabrera is actually Asdrubal and the Cubs starting shortstop/third baseman.
A Few Other Notes
- I usually find Dale’s defensive alignments to be pretty well thought out and effective, but at times (like tonight) he can get a little cute with them. The Dodgers, lucky or not, found some holes in the Cubs shifts which turned into difference making runs, they would have been outs in a standard infield formation.
- Nice to see LaHair grab a hit. Just looking at the box scores, he’s been really struggling to get on base. Also nice to see him look more comfortable in the outfield with that grab against the wall.
- Dodgers are going to be tough to beat the rest of the way. Adding Joe Blanton as a number four or five starter will help too after they grabbed him for a player to be named and cash, which is considerably less than the Phillies asking the Orioles for Manny Machado.
Anyways….it’s great to be back with all of you. Hopefully my Monday post will be a little more coherent with a more rested and culturally adjusted Josh.