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Game 74: Cubs Were Hot

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Players of the Game – Anthony Rizzo (.155 WPA) and Ryan Sweeney (.095 WPA)


The Cubs broke the bats out today and put a spanking on the helpless Astros on a hot, windy Chicago day.

Today not only did we see Jeff Samardzija continue his top of the rotation performance, but we also saw an offense click throughout the game.  Many of the Cubs players got in to the hit parade with only Starlin Castro being the only starter to not record a hit.  We saw old father time Alfonso Soriano round the bags for a triple. Of all the performances Ryan Sweeney‘s 3-5 with 6RBI and Anthony Rizzo‘s slump busting 3-3 with 4RBI were the standouts.  It is clear that Rizzo’s haircut is the reason for breaking out of the slump.  Superstitious people will now hope his hair stays short his entire career.

Of note today was Castro’s horrible defense and his inept ability at the plate.  Is it time for him to sit? READ YES!

Better yet is it time for a mysterious injury to pop up and he be sent down for a rehab assignment?  Maybe he needs something to boost his confidence.

I am not sure what the answer is there.  One thing I can tell you is that the Cubs bats looked good today.  Lets hope they continue to stay hot.

What do you think is the solution for Starlin?  Lets hear it!

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  • Today’s was one of those games when I wish I could see all the Cubs games. It’s nice to be assured that we do have bats, even if we are just playing Houston.

    Today is the anniversary of the “Sandberg Game”. I will be watching it with dinner tonight.

    • Seymour Butts

      The anniversary of the Sandberg game also means another birthday for Raker, or is it Alec Berg, I keep forgetting. HBD, whoever.

      • AC0000000

        Happy birthday, Raker! It’s nice when you have a birthday on a significant date in Cubs history. My Domino’s supervisor’s birthday is Kerry Wood’s 20K game. My birthday is Ron Santo’s MLB debut.

      • My birthday is probably on the anniversary of one of Mark Prior’s shoulder surgeries.

      • AC0000000

        I think everyone has a birthday on the anniversary of one of his surgeries.

      • A+

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        My birthday is on one of Kerry Wood’s towel throwing drills

      • Doc Raker

        June 23 is Alec Berg’s birthday, but the other borther the Barrister was at the Sandberg game and I remember watching it on TV. What a game. In other news OVLL All Stars won the closest 13-5 game you could ever see. We took a 5-1 lead only to give it up and have a tie game, 5-5 going into the 5th. We scored 2 in the top of the 5th on a clutch 2 out 2 strike hit. In the top of the 6th with 2 out and 2 strikes and the bases loaded we got a big break through hit that started a 6 run deluge. OVLL wins 13-5. We look to the very formidable Huntington Valley team on Wednesday where Jr Raker will get the start. Jr Raker went 1-2 with 2 walks. Stressful.

      • Seymour Butts

        A rousing 15-9 victory in the senior softball league brought the swinging Seymours to 8-0 in the second half. Poorly manicured infields cost yours truly a nice forearm bruise last night. I can’t wait for January to get back on a professional infield.o

      • Those seamed watermellons are tough to corral into giant softball mitts.

      • Eddie Von White

        In earlier days you would not bruise so easily.

  • Jeremy Johnson

    I am very pleased to see Rizzo cut that mop he had on his head. Seriously Dude, Shirley Temple was not a first baseman.

    • LVCubFan

      I thought it was more of a horrible mid 90s Boy Meets World ‘do. Corey Matthews was a terrible baseball player on the show.

      • I was thinking it was a junior mullet…the stage right before you take say f-it and take the clippers to the sides.

  • Eugene Debs

    I am very pleased to see Rizzo cut that mop he had on his head. Seriously Dude, Shirley Temple was not a first baseman.

    • LVCubFan

      I thought it was more of a horrible mid 90s Boy Meets World ‘do. Corey Matthews was a terrible baseball player on the show.

      • I was thinking it was a junior mullet…the stage right before you take say f-it and take the clippers to the sides.

  • Jeremy Johnson

    As for Castro, do not send him down. We don’t have any other real options unless you consider Barney at SS. Castro does, however, need a day or two off. How can you send him down when at the same time you never take him out of the lineup. Rizzo and Castro are not good enough to play 162 games.

  • Eugene Debs

    As for Castro, do not send him down. We don’t have any other real options unless you consider Barney at SS. Castro does, however, need a day or two off. How can you send him down when at the same time you never take him out of the lineup? Rizzo and Castro are not good enough to play 162 games.

  • Doug S.

    Was watching the Jays manhandle the O’s yesterday morning and up 9-0 thinking ‘sure be nice if the Cubs could do something like that’. Turned to the start of the Cubs game and bingo. A fun game to watch.

    • Mark_from_Toronto

      Considering both the Jays and Cubs had virtually identical W-L records up until recentily, I’ve been secretly hoping the Cubs would pull off a streak like the Jays have as of late (even though I know full well it won’t happen).

  • Doug S.

    Was watching the Jays manhandle the O’s yesterday morning and up 9-0 thinking ‘sure be nice if the Cubs could do something like that’. Turned to the start of the Cubs game and bingo. A fun game to watch.

    • Mark_from_Toronto

      Considering both the Jays and Cubs had virtually identical W-L records up until recentily, I’ve been secretly hoping the Cubs would pull off a streak like the Jays have as of late (even though I know full well it won’t happen).

  • Jedi

    By all means, when a players’ confidence is shaken, let’s manufacture an injury so we can demote him without the media scrutiny.

    Castro needs a day (or two) off…play Cody Ransom over there for a few days and let Castro take a deep breath. I do understand what you’re thinking though, a real injury to Castro (a small one…like say getting plunked in the arm or thigh; or a twisted ankle) could do him a lot of good.

  • Jedi

    By all means, when a players’ confidence is shaken, let’s manufacture an injury so we can demote him without the media scrutiny.

    Castro needs a day (or two) off…play Cody Ransom over there for a few days and let Castro take a deep breath. I do understand what you’re thinking though, a real injury to Castro (a small one…like say getting plunked in the arm or thigh; or a twisted ankle) could do him a lot of good.

  • Seymour Butts

    The anniversary of the Sandberg game also means another birthday for Raker, or is it Alec Berg, I keep forgetting. HBD, whoever.

    • PLCB3

      Happy birthday, Raker! It’s nice when you have a birthday on a significant date in Cubs history. My Domino’s supervisor’s birthday is Kerry Wood’s 20K game. My birthday is Ron Santo’s MLB debut.

      • My birthday is probably on the anniversary of one of Mark Prior’s shoulder surgeries.

      • PLCB3

        I think everyone has a birthday on the anniversary of one of his surgeries.

      • A+

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        My birthday is on one of Kerry Wood’s towel throwing drills

    • Doc Raker

      June 23 is Alec Berg’s birthday, but the other borther the Barrister was at the Sandberg game and I remember watching it on TV. What a game. In other news OVLL All Stars won the closest 13-5 game you could ever see. We took a 5-1 lead only to give it up and have a tie game, 5-5 going into the 5th. We scored 2 in the top of the 5th on a clutch 2 out 2 strike hit. In the top of the 6th with 2 out and 2 strikes and the bases loaded we got a big break through hit that started a 6 run deluge. OVLL wins 13-5. We look to the very formidable Huntington Valley team on Wednesday where Jr Raker will get the start. Jr Raker went 1-2 with 2 walks. Stressful.

      • Seymour Butts

        A rousing 15-9 victory in the senior softball league brought the swinging Seymours to 8-0 in the second half. Poorly manicured infields cost yours truly a nice forearm bruise last night. I can’t wait for January to get back on a professional infield.o

      • Those seamed watermellons are tough to corral into giant softball mitts.

      • Eddie Von White

        In earlier days you would not bruise so easily.

  • Jedi

    DFA Marmol…down to just one Carlos again.

    • Jedi

      And we released Ian Stewart! Apparently Theo & Co were envious that Blackhawks fans had something to celebrate.

  • Jedi

    DFA Marmol…down to just one Carlos again.

    • Jedi

      And we released Ian Stewart! Apparently Theo & Co were envious that Blackhawks fans had something to celebrate.