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Game 70 – Somebody Plunk Yadier

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Cubs 1, Cardinals 4

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Yadier Molina is currently the hottest hitter in baseball. Let that wash over you for a second. One of the most infuriating players on one of the most infuriating teams in the game is having a career year. It’s utterly sickening. Coming into Wednesday night’s game, Molina had already been a major contributor in the first two games of the series. He’d spread five hits over those two games, driving in a total of three runs. He only added one hit Wednesday night, but it was a big one–a two-run homer in the sixth to break the 1-1 tie and give the Cards a lead they’d never surrender. There was a time not that long ago when Molina’s hitting was considered spotty–in fact, he was sometimes one of the few easy outs in the St. Louis lineup. Today he’s hitting an insane .365, by far the league lead.

I ‘d like to suggest a solution for our Molina-shaped problem: plunk him. Dale needs to go old school on him, and throw a little fear into each of his at-bats. He’s seeing the ball too well lately; making productive contact with alarming ease these days. He’s even got some of his teammates prematurely talking MVP. Let’s give him something to think about on our way out of town. Frankly, I think this Cubs team could benefit from getting into a skirmish or two. And if you’re going to start something, you might as well do it by going after the best player for your arch rival.

Because as it sits right now, there’s not a lot of life in this team. Wednesday night they were held to just two hits, and wouldn’t have scored at all if it weren’t for Anthony Rizzo knocking the ball away from Molina to cross the plate after a Darwin Barney sac fly.

In fact, when I read about the Cubs’ poor performance Wednesday, I was even more pleased with my decision to watch the Blackhawks vs. Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals instead. The game was incredible–thanks for asking. Lots of momentum swings, and lots of scoring and hitting. The Hawks pulled out the dramatic win in overtime to even the series at 2-2 as they head back to Chicago for Game 5 Saturday night. If you’re interested, you can see the highlights here. It was certainly as conversation-worthy as the Cubs’ meager efforts last night.

  • Yadier is a stupid name.

  • Yadier is a stupid name.

  • Doc Raker

    What a game was the Blackhawks and Bruins, Cubs not so much. It isn’t even a choice worth thinking about, Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup, Cubs in St Louis during a rebuilding year. Molina is mis-shapened by the way.

    • Eddie Von White

      WGN radio preempted the Cubs with the Blackhawks. That must be where the money is.

  • Doc Raker

    What a game was the Blackhawks and Bruins, Cubs not so much. It isn’t even a choice worth thinking about, Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup, Cubs in St Louis during a rebuilding year. Molina is mis-shapened by the way.

    • Eddie Von White

      WGN radio preempted the Cubs with the Blackhawks. That must be where the money is.

  • Right. Let’s throw at a guy for hitting the shit out of good pitches. We’ll really get in a veteran catcher’s head by sticking one in his numbers.

    • Seymour Butts

      It’s a corollary of the “If you can’t beat them, kill them” 86th law of thermodynamics.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        That 86th law generates a lot of heat, but it is not as fun as the zeroth law.

    • Jedi

      It IS quicker than a four pitch walk.

      • Doug S.

        Agreed…and 3 less pitches for our bullpen.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Jedi for pitching coach, we will leave jswan to figuire out the vagaries of the batting order

      • I’ve always wondered where I have Schierholtz against lefties…

  • Right. Let’s throw at a guy for hitting the shit out of good pitches. We’ll really get in a veteran catcher’s head by sticking one in his numbers.

    • Seymour Butts

      It’s a corollary of the “If you can’t beat them, kill them” 86th law of thermodynamics.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        That 86th law generates a lot of heat, but it is not as fun as the zeroth law.

    • Jedi

      It IS quicker than a four pitch walk.

      • Doug S.

        Agreed…and 3 less pitches for our bullpen.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Jedi for pitching coach, we will leave jswan to figuire out the vagaries of the batting order

      • I’ve always wondered where I have Schierholtz against lefties…