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Game 68- *Adult Language Removed*

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Boxscore / Lowlights

 Player of the Game– Shelby Miller (.268 WPA)


After a two hour delay last night the Cubs stepped on to the field, listless and seemingly ready for a whipping.  From the first pitch the Cubs appeared sluggish and unwanting of the opportunity to play.  I can say that I understand that because after an hour and a half I was hoping they would finally call the game too.  The only player that came with much of any fire was Travis Wood.

Wood went 7 innings giving up four runs on seven hits.  He looked dominant early on but appeared to fade in to the late hours of the night.  It has to be hard on a pitcher to prepare for a game and go through their routine and then sit around for another two hours before the actual game gets started.  I could excuse his four run performance, that in total still left his team a chance to stay in the game, but the whole rain delay thing didn’t seem to affect the young Shelby Miller.

Miller dominated the Cubs lineup. Plain and simple.  Then the bullpen dominated the Cubs lineup.  Again, plain and simple.  That is until Darwin Barney got a hold of one and put two runs up late.  I think this is the Cubs move; make it look interesting late when everyone has already turned the game off.

I cursed at the laptop screen several times last night as I watched the game on MLB.Tv.  My wife finally woke up and told me to be quiet.  We are in the eastern time zone so it became a rather late game.

The whole time I watched this game I couldn’t help but think, “wow these guys look like they could care less!”

I don’t think that is a true statement of how the team feels.  Yet, when watching recent games the magic and fire of only a few short weeks ago seems to have been tamped out pretty quickly.  That will happen when you have your aging veteran clubhouse leader turning on your less than dominant  used-to-be emergency closer.  The well has been poisoned.

Dale? Jed?  Theo?  Tom?  Somebody?  Pep talk please.  The open talk about trading current roster members can’t be helping.  I understand the want to be transparent with the fan base, but stop.  Pick up the fragile egos of the millionaires that are payed to play ball and get the best performance out of them.  In reality, if you don’t, all the trade talk is just conjecture and you’ve disappointed your players, yourself, the organization, and the fans who are hoping for a couple cornerstone prospects at the deadline.

The only problem.  The Cubs already looked like they have passed a dead line.  Some have hung up the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)  flags, others their SOS flags.

I’m tired of seeing the “L” flag.

  • BLPCB

    I would have done what Soriano did

  • AC0000000

    I would have done what Soriano did

  • Hoyer said Sveum keeps everyone in the clubhouse positive. IMO they’re using rebuilding as an excuse to play like crap.

    I’m glad I can’t watch tonight’s game.

  • Hoyer said Sveum keeps everyone in the clubhouse positive. IMO they’re using rebuilding as an excuse to play like crap.

    I’m glad I can’t watch tonight’s game.

  • LVCubFan

    Can someone hang a picture of Vogelbach and his stats on Rizzo’s locker? He’s coming to take your position and devour you in the process.

    • Noah_I

      Yes, because .265/.338/.444 in Low A (Vogelbach’s numbers) is so much more impressive than .241/.327/.444 in the Majors (Rizzo’s numbers). Rizzo is walking and not striking out. He’s in a bit of a cold streak regarding getting the ball out of the park, but will come out of it, and will get some of the balls in the park to find holes again.

      • LVCubFan

        Competition is a good thing. I would hope a guy hitting under .175 the last month would respond. Unfortunately, Joey Vottos don’t grow on trees.

      • Noah_I

        But how is doing something like letting him know that Dan Vogelbach is holding his own in Low A ball going to provide any real competition? And while Rizzo’s lack of power in June is a bit concerning (but over a small sample of two weeks could just as easily just be a slump of not squaring up the ball great) he’s putting up an incredible walk rate and not striking out. The BABIP is insanely low, which will pop back up. If he was chasing bad pitches like crazy, I’d be more inclined to being concerned. But that’s not the issue.

        My only concern is that the lack of power may be the result of a nagging injury, in which case the Cubs should give him a couple of days off.

    • Jedi

      No fielder need worry about Vogelbach supplanting them positionally.

      • Except Valbuena if Dan steps up his meatball subs with ranch game.

  • LVCubFan

    Can someone hang a picture of Vogelbach and his stats on Rizzo’s locker? He’s coming to take your position and devour you in the process.

    • Noah_I

      Yes, because .265/.338/.444 in Low A (Vogelbach’s numbers) is so much more impressive than .241/.327/.444 in the Majors (Rizzo’s numbers). Rizzo is walking and not striking out. He’s in a bit of a cold streak regarding getting the ball out of the park, but will come out of it, and will get some of the balls in the park to find holes again.

      • LVCubFan

        Competition is a good thing. I would hope a guy hitting under .175 the last month would respond. Unfortunately, Joey Vottos don’t grow on trees.

      • Noah_I

        But how is doing something like letting him know that Dan Vogelbach is holding his own in Low A ball going to provide any real competition? And while Rizzo’s lack of power in June is a bit concerning (but over a small sample of two weeks could just as easily just be a slump of not squaring up the ball great) he’s putting up an incredible walk rate and not striking out. The BABIP is insanely low, which will pop back up. If he was chasing bad pitches like crazy, I’d be more inclined to being concerned. But that’s not the issue.

        My only concern is that the lack of power may be the result of a nagging injury, in which case the Cubs should give him a couple of days off.

    • Jedi

      No fielder need worry about Vogelbach supplanting them positionally.

      • Except Valbuena if Dan steps up his meatball subs with ranch game.

  • Doug S.

    Missed the game last night but it sounds like Marmol let the air out of tires. Could a sweep in NY have made a difference?

  • Doug S.

    Missed the game last night but it sounds like Marmol let the air out of tires. Could a sweep in NY have made a difference?

  • cap’n obvious

    Svuem’s argument of the horrific call on the play at the plate(which, incidentally resembled a scene from The Bad News Bears….I whistled “Toreador” to the replays)was as halfhearted as the teams effort thus far this season. A call that bad after a play that ugly deserved an immediate and decisive dumping. It took Svuem almost a full minute to convince Doogie Umpire to run him. MLB needs to address the catastrophe that is its umpiring….and the Cubs need to once again be blown up and started from scratch.

    • Jedi

      It was another of those egregious calls – if Molina had been safe (and he wasn’t) Umpiring 101 would tell you to call him out because the ball beat him by a mile. But since he was out AND the ball beat him by a mile, there’s no excuse for getting that call wrong. Making it even MORE obvious that he was out; Molina himself took a second stab at home plate well after Wood had already tagged him, because even Molina knew he’d been blocked off the plate initially.

      I’m getting perilously close to wanting computers and reply officials to adjudicate the entirety of a baseball game.

      • BLPCB

        Why not take it a step further and have all the calls decided from a war room in NY

      • Jedi

        It’d be better than tuning in and seeing Country Joe West behind the plate.

      • Noah_I

        One of the biggest problems with umpiring is that minor league umpires are paid a pittance. They’re literally paid something like $10,000 a year. So you can’t get talented people into the system that should be the training ground for umpires, and as a result the level of umpiring in the Majors probably isn’t as good as it should be. If they aren’t going to pay to train good umpires, yeah, they should just go the computers and replay official routes.

      • Seymour Butts

        I’m on board with the robo umps. The idea is to get the calls right. That’s what all of sport keeps saying. But that’s not what is in practice.
        Throw the bums out should refer to the (ch)umps!

  • cap’n obvious

    Svuem’s argument of the horrific call on the play at the plate(which, incidentally resembled a scene from The Bad News Bears….I whistled “Toreador” to the replays)was as halfhearted as the teams effort thus far this season. A call that bad after a play that ugly deserved an immediate and decisive dumping. It took Svuem almost a full minute to convince Doogie Umpire to run him. MLB needs to address the catastrophe that is its umpiring….and the Cubs need to once again be blown up and started from scratch.

    • Jedi

      It was another of those egregious calls – if Molina had been safe (and he wasn’t) Umpiring 101 would tell you to call him out because the ball beat him by a mile. But since he was out AND the ball beat him by a mile, there’s no excuse for getting that call wrong. Making it even MORE obvious that he was out; Molina himself took a second stab at home plate well after Wood had already tagged him, because even Molina knew he’d been blocked off the plate initially.

      I’m getting perilously close to wanting computers and replay officials to adjudicate the entirety of a baseball game.

      • AC0000000

        Why not take it a step further and have all the calls decided from a war room in NY

      • Jedi

        It’d be better than tuning in and seeing Country Joe West behind the plate.

      • Noah_I

        One of the biggest problems with umpiring is that minor league umpires are paid a pittance. They’re literally paid something like $10,000 a year. So you can’t get talented people into the system that should be the training ground for umpires, and as a result the level of umpiring in the Majors probably isn’t as good as it should be. If they aren’t going to pay to train good umpires, yeah, they should just go the computers and replay official routes.

      • Seymour Butts

        I’m on board with the robo umps. The idea is to get the calls right. That’s what all of sport keeps saying. But that’s not what is in practice.
        Throw the bums out should refer to the (ch)umps!

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Being in the eastern time zone, I gave up and went to sleep before this game finally got underway which apparently worked out well for me.

    • BLPCB

      Did you watch the hockey game instead?

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Yup was watching the hockey game, which unfortunately didn’t go the way I wanted it to.

      • Doug S.

        Here in Vancouver it’s the worst scenario for hockey fans. The hated Bruins against the hated Hawks. Most hate the Bruins more so it’s a reluctant cheer for the Hawks.

      • BLPCB

        So what would a Blackhawks fan worst nightmare be? Red Wings-Canucks?

      • Doug S.

        I think it’s the Canucks fans that have turned me off hockey. Obviously some are cool, but the majority seem like jerks.

      • BLPCB

        That’s how I feel with Blackhawks fans and part of why I am rooting for the Bruins to win the Cup. Because Hawks fans only discovered hockey after Bill Wirtz died

      • Jedi

        Just when I think you can’t possibly become a bigger parody of yourself…

      • Doc Raker

        Some of us were Blackhawk fans 20 years before Homer Simpson was even conceived.

      • BLPCB

        As I told my Facebook friends, my rampages do not apply to those who watched in the pre-Homer Simpson days

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        I’m actually a Buffalo Sabres fan, so being a division rival I hate the Bruins. As a result, by default I’m cheering for the Blackhawks.

      • BLPCB

        I’ve really gotten into hockey since I moved here, and I’ve found myself cheering for the Bruins because I never got into it in Chicago. And because this is our Gregging city and no one is going to dictate our freedom!

      • You should pick up a charming Boston accent too.

      • BLPCB

        Pahk youh cah in the Hahvahd yahd. Give me a dollah foh a tonic, and tell me where I can get some chowdah that’s wicked awesome. I want to see the Drropkick Murphy’s conceht that’ll be wicked hahd cohe.

      • Jedi

        …you somehow find a way to do it.

      • BLPCB

        I was rooting for them before it was Blackhawks-Bruins in the Finals. I really don’t care because the Cubs and Bulls are the only Chicago teams I root for.

      • Jedi

        The point still eludes you?

        “Hawks fans only discovered hockey after Bill Wirtz died”

        “I’ve really gotten into hockey since I moved here, and I’ve found myself cheering for the Bruins because I never got into it in Chicago”

      • Doc Raker

        Explaining to a fool why he is a fool is foolish.

      • BLPCB

        I don’t claim to be a lifelong Bruins fan the Hawks fans who discovered it after dollar bill died do.

      • Doc Raker

        Hockey is a great sport, especially live. Hopefully the Hawks can get their skates moving and win tonight. Your problem is you missed out on Blackhawk hockey when you were in Chicago and now you jump ship because your adopted city is having a Stanley Cup run. Do you have no shame about all those years of hockey ignorance in your home town?

      • BLPCB

        It really is. I went to one Hawks game as a kid, don’t remember anything. I didn’t miss out on it. It was never shown on TV when I was a kid. I got into it when I moved here, before the playoffs, and then really got into it after going to game 3 of the Bruins-Penguins series.

        I have no shame because I never watched it in Chicago. I really don’t care because I only root for 2 Chicago teams.

      • Eddie Von White

        They were on TV when I was a kid and I’m twice your age.

      • BLPCB

        Not when I was growing up. In April 2008, John McDonaugh was like for the first time ever all 82 games will be on TV for the 08-09 season.

      • Doc Raker

        They were on in the 70’s, maybe away games only maybe all games and then old man Wertz pulled them off the TV. A tail of 2 franchises: In the 80’s the Cubs become America’s team by being on WGN which is broadcast nationally in the new cable TV era and the Blackhawks fall into obscurity after being pulled off TV. It is old man Wertz fault that a generation of fans have no idea about the Blackhawks. CAPS gets a pass but still, as a Chicagoan how do you not jump on the Blackhawks bandwagon after they go back on TV and win a Stanley Cup? No meatball sub for CAPS!

      • BLPCBB

        I can’t win either way, and all these people following who are my age only discovered it after Wirtz died and they claimed to have been life-long fans. That’s my beef with Hox fans.

      • BLPCBB

        It was not all games. Why else would McDonaugh say all 82 games will be televised for the first time ever?

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Being in the eastern time zone, I gave up and went to sleep before this game finally got underway which apparently worked out well for me.

    • AC0000000

      Did you watch the hockey game instead?

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Yup was watching the hockey game, which unfortunately didn’t go the way I wanted it to.

      • Doug S.

        Here in Vancouver it’s the worst scenario for hockey fans. The hated Bruins against the hated Hawks. Most hate the Bruins more so it’s a reluctant cheer for the Hawks.

      • AC0000000

        So what would a Blackhawks fan worst nightmare be? Red Wings-Canucks?

      • Doug S.

        I think it’s the Canucks fans that have turned me off hockey. Obviously some are cool, but the majority seem like jerks.

      • AC0000000

        That’s how I feel with Blackhawks fans and part of why I am rooting for the Bruins to win the Cup. Because Hawks fans only discovered hockey after Bill Wirtz died

      • Jedi

        Just when I think you can’t possibly become a bigger parody of yourself…

      • Doc Raker

        Some of us were Blackhawk fans 20 years before Homer Simpson was even conceived.

      • AC0000000

        As I told my Facebook friends, my rampages do not apply to those who watched in the pre-Homer Simpson days

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        I’m actually a Buffalo Sabres fan, so being a division rival I hate the Bruins. As a result, by default I’m cheering for the Blackhawks.

      • AC0000000

        I’ve really gotten into hockey since I moved here, and I’ve found myself cheering for the Bruins because I never got into it in Chicago. And because this is our Gregging city and no one is going to dictate our freedom!

      • You should pick up a charming Boston accent too.

      • AC0000000

        Pahk youh cah in the Hahvahd yahd. Give me a dollah foh a tonic, and tell me where I can get some chowdah that’s wicked awesome. I want to see the Drropkick Murphy’s conceht that’ll be wicked hahd cohe.

      • Jedi

        …you somehow find a way to do it.

      • AC0000000

        I was rooting for them before it was Blackhawks-Bruins in the Finals. I really don’t care because the Cubs and Bulls are the only Chicago teams I root for.

      • Jedi

        The point still eludes you?

        “Hawks fans only discovered hockey after Bill Wirtz died”

        “I’ve really gotten into hockey since I moved here, and I’ve found myself cheering for the Bruins because I never got into it in Chicago”

      • Doc Raker

        Explaining to a fool why he is a fool is foolish.

      • AC0000000

        I don’t claim to be a lifelong Bruins fan the Hawks fans who discovered it after dollar bill died do.

      • Doc Raker

        Hockey is a great sport, especially live. Hopefully the Hawks can get their skates moving and win tonight. Your problem is you missed out on Blackhawk hockey when you were in Chicago and now you jump ship because your adopted city is having a Stanley Cup run. Do you have no shame about all those years of hockey ignorance in your home town?

      • AC0000000

        It really is. I went to one Hawks game as a kid, don’t remember anything. I didn’t miss out on it. It was never shown on TV when I was a kid. I got into it when I moved here, before the playoffs, and then really got into it after going to game 3 of the Bruins-Penguins series.

        I have no shame because I never watched it in Chicago. I really don’t care because I only root for 2 Chicago teams.

      • Eddie Von White

        They were on TV when I was a kid and I’m twice your age.

      • AC0000000

        Not when I was growing up. In April 2008, John McDonaugh was like for the first time ever all 82 games will be on TV for the 08-09 season.

      • Doc Raker

        They were on in the 70’s, maybe away games only maybe all games and then old man Wertz pulled them off the TV. A tail of 2 franchises: In the 80’s the Cubs become America’s team by being on WGN which is broadcast nationally in the new cable TV era and the Blackhawks fall into obscurity after being pulled off TV. It is old man Wertz fault that a generation of fans have no idea about the Blackhawks. CAPS gets a pass but still, as a Chicagoan how do you not jump on the Blackhawks bandwagon after they go back on TV and win a Stanley Cup? No meatball sub for CAPS!

      • AC0000000

        I can’t win either way, and all these people following who are my age only discovered it after Wirtz died and they claimed to have been life-long fans. That’s my beef with Hox fans.

      • AC0000000

        It was not all games. Why else would McDonaugh say all 82 games will be televised for the first time ever?

  • Eddie Von White

    Holden – do not waste any emotional energy on this team.

  • Eddie Von White

    Holden – do not waste any emotional energy on this team.