Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

I wrote on Monday that the Cubs are in very serious danger of losing 100 games. Today’s loss, though it wasn’t a terrible one, did not help our cause to avoid the triple digit losses.

Jeff Samardzija – It seems like we either get the really good Shark or the really bad one. Today we got the good one, but the offense couldn’t help him and the Nat’s pitcher was outstanding. Going forward, I think it’s safe to say that the doubt surrounding Samardzija over a few questions has been answered. People wondered if his arm would hold up to the full season. He’s just a few starts from being done for the season and is the only one of the original five that has gone wire to wire. People also questioned whether or not he could work deep into games. He’s answered that as well. I don’t know how you feel about his future, but I am more than pleased with him as a low # 2 or high # three in terms of where he figures from a rotation standpoint compared to the rest of the league.

Blackouts – I think I’ve expressed this frustration before, if not, it’s long over due. I hate MLB blackouts. I live just outside of Raleigh, NC. Therefore, the closest team to me is over five hours away, and it happens to be the Washington Nationals. As a result, they are on TV locally here on MASN along with the Orioles, who are closer to seven hours from me. Both are blacked out for me on MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv. As a result, when the Cubs play one of those teams, I have to watch on MASN. No big deal, right? Wrong!!! I don’t get MASN on Time Warner Cable because they have been in a contract dispute with them for many years. As a result, I’m completely blacked out, including from my “local” team. It’s hogwash and it needs to end. If I pay close to $200, I should see whatever game I want.

Really not much else to say about this one. It was a bit of a snoozer.

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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