Star of the Game – Ryan Braun (.289 WPA)
I have been recapping Sunday games for the better part of the last year or so, and it never ceases to amaze me the ways that this team can lose a game on the first day of the week. Then I remembered that no day is safe from the bad baseball that is the Chicago Cubs.
Errors once again ruled the day with Scott Feldman throwing an errant ball to first that would have ended the fifth inning without any damage. The next at-bat Ryan Braun hit a three-run jack to make it 4-2 and the rest is history.
How many games has this team lost this year that they should have won? I know “should have” is a subjective term depending on who you ask, but take away a few errors and a bad relief appearance and this team is hovering or above the .500 mark. Baseball is a cruel and unusual game.
Now I know taking away plays to prove reversed fortunes of the Cubs is not the most logical of defenses, but in a round-a-bout way I am getting to the point that the Cubs have been in more games than I thought they would be, this early in the season. Without looking at the schedule, I cannot remember a single game where the Cubs were getting the snot beaten out of them.
Starting pitching has been good if not great. Relief has had good days and bad days, but they could be a lot worse in terms of production. Timely hitting has not been there, but that was to be expected.
Overall, while the ever-growing loss total is frustrating from an interest stand-point, I am not so sure that there is not some part deep inside of me that is somewhat pleased with the way things are headed.
Pinch me now if I am being a hopeless optimist.
Still, it does not help the frustration that the Cubs once again lost a lead that they should not have. The Brewers only posted three hits and one earned run, on a ground-out by Alex Gonzalez in the fourth. No team should ever lose a game 4-2 while only surrendering three hits.
Until the Cubs eliminate their egregious mistakes in the field, these are the unfortunate results that we are stuck with.
Feldman pitched effectively enough for victory.
I could only watch the game on the MLB condensed feature.
Anthony Rizzo remains hot. He makes me smile every time I look down on my phone and see A. Rizzo HR/S. Castro scores from ESPN. I drafted both players in fantasy knowing the Cubs have to score SOME runs. So far the strategy has worked.