Box Score / Highlights


To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction ~ Isaac Newton

Watching the game today, that quote continually came to mind. Travis Wood was once again, and continues to be, outstanding. A look at the box score shows two earned runs, but those need to be split between Shawn Camp and Wellington Castillo. Camp for the wild pitch and Castillo for the boneheaded lack of hustle on the play to make any effort whatsoever to get the baseball and prevent the runner from scoring. It was as if I was watching my three year old when I tell him to….do anything. He just stands there with a dumbfounded look on his face and then walks away. For as well as the Cubs played in the first 2/3 of the game, that play alone was an equal and opposite reaction.

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of patience after this one. My favorite Cub on this team is Travis Wood and I’m tired of this bullpen (I’m looking at you, Camp) pissing away leads not only for him, but for the rest of the starting rotation. What Dale Sveum and the Cubs management continue to see from Camp that gives them any reason to even dress Camp, let alone warm him up and bring him in is a mystery to me. He brings no value to the table and as soon as Fujikawa is ready to return from the DL, Camp has to be the guy that gets passed over to make room. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the pen can all piss off too, but I’m tired of Camp. I’m tired of watching him in these games, and I’m tired of his sorry tail being on this team. I signed up to watch a team rebuilding, not a team trotting “never was” guys out there to fill a roster and that’s what Camp is to me.

Alright, now that I let you see the shameful side of my anger, let’s finish this off with some sweet smelling pot pouri and go take a rest knowing we split the series (feeling anger welling up again).

If you look past the Castillo boner, there were a couple of nice plays. One by Anthony Rizzo and one by Julio Borboun.

Time to let it go and gear up for the series this weekend against the Reds.

Umpire Report

During each of my game recaps this season, we take a look at the night turned in by the home plate umpire. In 2012, the league average for correct calls on pitches taken was 87.1%. Today’s man in blue was Dan Iassogna who turned in an 80.4% grade behind the plate. Let’s take a look at how accurate he was and what his strike zone looked like.

Called Strike Rates

Accuracy Report

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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