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Game 78: Predictably Depressing

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Sometimes I’m convinced that the team looks at our recap schedule and decides to put on their weekly tease game for the ones I have to write up. Last week Travis Wood had a pretty solid lead and the team blew it over the second half of the game. The game with the Brewers on Tuesday also contained a three-run lead, before getting smashed in the second half of the game.

So what happens on Friday night? Much of the same. The Cubs held a fairly commanding 4-1 lead through 6.5 innings with Wood giving up only a handful of hits and looking sharp. But then the baseball plague of doubt started to creep into my brain like Stephen King’s The Mist. The feeling is equally as awful as the book/movie too.

Extra base hits started to pile up for the Mariners as Wood exited the game and top-reliever James Russell entered. Russell was hit hard from the moment he stepped on the mound and was ultimately responsible for the game being tied at four in the eight inning. Raul Ibanez’s “triple”–although Bogey severely misplayed that ball in left field–was the capstone to the comeback for the Mariners.

About this time my cable thankfully cut out due to some nasty thunderstorms coming over from Texas. It was okay that I was going to bed before the game was over because I already knew the end result.

At about 4’o’clock this morning I woke up by a message on my phone and fatefully saw the “Seattle defeats Chicago in 10” text from Bleacher Report. I sighed, rolled over and fell back asleep.

Interesting Note

According to a graphic on last night’s telecast, 42 percent of Cubs runs come from the home run. That seems awfully high for a team that doesn’t seem to hit a ton of balls out of the yard. However, that preconceived notion is actually not true at all. The Cubs with two dingers last night have 84 on the season and that total is the best in the NL Central.

The Cubs kind of scored all of their runs off of round-trippers. Soriano and Navarro hit long bombs in the seventh to give the Cubs a three-run lead they could blow. Ryan Sweeney continued with his hot bat and smacked a triple into the triangle corner down in right field. Endy Chavez misplayed the ball and then rushed the throw toward third, allowing Sweeney to score. It was scored a triple and advance home on the error. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a play like that.

Sizing up Wood

THIS is the guy I thought we were getting when the team traded with the Reds. Wood was the faster riser to the bigs of his draft class and had a sound rookie season, but a couple of underwhelming seasons later he was expendable. It’s amazing that Wood was not even guaranteed a spot in the rotation out of Spring Training, but the team would probably have another 5-6 losses on the board if he didn’t earn the spot. He has easily been the most consistent pitcher in the rotation and if the Cubs somehow decide to move forward with Shark, Garza and Wood, they could be a winning team assuming the lineup comes together. That likely won’t happen, but Wood has still been one of my favorite players to watch in 2013.

If you could choose one of the three pitchers to build around right now and trade the other two, who would you pick to stay?  Discuss

  • What’s Sveum’s excuse for not using Gregg?

    • Eddie Von White

      He doesn’t need an excuse. His job is secure, supposedly.

  • What’s Sveum’s excuse for not using Gregg?

    • Eddie Von White

      He doesn’t need an excuse. His job is secure, supposedly.

  • Doug S.

    Hello from Seattle. An agonizing loss to witness. A weird play to go up 2-0, but very enjoyable at that point for the many Cubs fans at the game. Then Soriano and Navarro HRs for the icing. Happiness, then all too familiar disappointment.
    Side notes.
    We got here at 11:30 so plenty of time to explore and pre-game. Excellent weather and Cubs fans all over town. Safeco is a great park. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready played the Star Spangled banner in very much the style of Hendrix at Woodstock. Twin Marshall stacks on a cart with wheels behind home plate. Then he threw out this lame duck first pitch.
    Really looking forward to seeing Shark pitch today and hoping that we have a rubber game tomorrow.

  • Doug S.

    Hello from Seattle. An agonizing loss to witness. A weird play to go up 2-0, but very enjoyable at that point for the many Cubs fans at the game. Then Soriano and Navarro HRs for the icing. Happiness, then all too familiar disappointment.
    Side notes.
    We got here at 11:30 so plenty of time to explore and pre-game. Excellent weather and Cubs fans all over town. Safeco is a great park. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready played the Star Spangled banner in very much the style of Hendrix at Woodstock. Twin Marshall stacks on a cart with wheels behind home plate. Then he threw out this lame duck first pitch.
    Really looking forward to seeing Shark pitch today and hoping that we have a rubber game tomorrow.

  • PLCB3

    I’m in the same boat as you, Josh. After the game went into extras, I was unable to stay awake and went to bed knowing that the Cubs would lose. Living in eastern time, a west coast game, and getting old is not a good combination to staying awake to watch an extra innings game.

  • AC0000000

    I’m in the same boat as you, Josh. After the game went into extras, I was unable to stay awake and went to bed knowing that the Cubs would lose. Living in eastern time, a west coast game, and getting old is not a good combination to staying awake to watch an extra innings game.

  • Seymour Butts

    Hello as well from Seattle.
    I turned to the guy next to me last night with the bases loaded in the 10th and predicted a walk. the .220 hitter lined a single up the middle.
    It’s calming not to have expectations of victory, but the Mariners are not good enough to win games like that. 3 walks in the 10th are hard to overcome. Though the Cubs were not charged with any errors, they made 2, the first on an apparent miscommunication that led to a run, the second, Doug mentioned.
    I scored some awesome seats for Sundays game, should be on TV in the center field shot of the pitcher and batter. upper left hand corner of the screen, row 2. I will have on a white home Cubs jersey and a “10” Santo hat. Mrs Butts should have on her pink Cub hat. Since I know you are all curious.

    • PLCB3

      Thanks for the descriptive directions. Good to know you’re going to be the only one wearing a Santo jersey and your wife will be the only one in a pink Cubs hat.

      • Seymour Butts

        the only one likely to be on the screen for the majority of the game you dip wad.

      • Just look for the sandwich.

  • Seymour Butts

    Hello as well from Seattle.
    I turned to the guy next to me last night with the bases loaded in the 10th and predicted a walk. the .220 hitter lined a single up the middle.
    It’s calming not to have expectations of victory, but the Mariners are not good enough to win games like that. 3 walks in the 10th are hard to overcome. Though the Cubs were not charged with any errors, they made 2, the first on an apparent miscommunication that led to a run, the second, Doug mentioned.
    I scored some awesome seats for Sundays game, should be on TV in the center field shot of the pitcher and batter. upper left hand corner of the screen, row 2. I will have on a white home Cubs jersey and a “10” Santo hat. Mrs Butts should have on her pink Cub hat. Since I know you are all curious.

    • AC0000000

      Thanks for the descriptive directions. Good to know you’re going to be the only one wearing a Santo jersey and your wife will be the only one in a pink Cubs hat.

      • Seymour Butts

        the only one likely to be on the screen for the majority of the game you dip wad.

      • Just look for the sandwich.