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Cubs Lose 6-1, Two Possible Gold Gloves on the Cubs?

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Anthony Rizzo nominated for Clemente Award – Pretty cool for Rizzo as it’s one of the greatest honors in baseball to win the Clemente Award. Rizzo is the Cubs nominee for said award and has put together a nice season on the field and off the field. The average isn’t there at .229 but a line of .229/.325/.420 isn’t to shabby nonetheless. Rizzo has been a big hit with the Cubs fan base as he hosted a cook-off for cancer on August 14th. CSN Chicago provides us with a great synopsis of the event.

Edwin Jackson Argument – The 16 million dollar man was unhappy that Dale Sveum pulled him after 76 pitches only pitching four innings. Jackson was pulled for a pinch hitter as Sveum wanted to tie the game at two by hoping to score the runner from third. It’s been a disappointing season to say the least for Jackson as he was the backup plan to Anibal Sanchez after his agent got greedy. I was happy to see him go since the rosters expanded I wanted to see extended looks of our recent call-ups Rosscup, Cabrera and Raley. With the season lost it doesn’t hurt to pull Jackson as he has been struggling mightily all year. Many regard his stuff as top 15 potential in the National League. He has never lived up to that potential or sustained success for a full-season.

Darwin Barney’s Fielding Percentage – Barney still is leading national league second baseman in fielding percentage at .993. The reigning National League Gold Glove winner at second base has provided stellar defense once again for the Cubs. Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins lead the MLB at .994 which surprised me at first. Anthony Rizzo is second in the National League at .996 behind Paul Goldschmidt and should get consideration for the award. The Cubs have shored up their infield defense with Rizzo and Barney and at some points Starlin Castro the mental errors still exist but the defense has improved overall.

Former Cub Andrew Cashner pitches a Maddux – After being traded for Anthony Rizzo both players will be closely watched by Cubs’ fans to see what each player turns into. For the Cubs they saw the opportunity to land a premier 1st Base prospect and felt that even giving up Cashner was worth it. As mentioned above Rizzo has turned in some nice seasons for the Cubs and finally played a full-season this year at 147 games to date. Cashner last night pitched one of the gems of the season as he pitched nine innings of one hit ball against the playoff bound Pirates. What’s more amazing is the efficiency in which he pitched walking no one and only throwing 97 pitches retiring the minimum after Jose Tabata singled in the seventh. If you want more information on all Maddux type of games I would highly recommend this link.

  • Eddie Von White

    The 16 million dollar man didn’t want to be a 16 game loser.

    • Robert Willer

      very true eddie.

  • Eddie Von White

    The 16 million dollar man didn’t want to be a 16 game loser.

    • Robert Willer

      very true eddie.

  • Doc Raker

    The NL Central race tightens up with the Cardinals and Pirates both losing and the Reds winning. Texas is taking another late season swoon as they did last season and the AL Wild card race is interesting with the Royals and Indians entering this years race after years of AL East domination.

    • PLCB3

      Who do you think wins the AL Wild Card spots?

      • Robert Willer

        Rangers and Indians

      • Doc Raker

        I am rooting for the Royals and Texas although I think Cleveland will be a wild card team. Texas may tank opening the door for Tampa, the Royals or dare I say the Yankees.

  • Doc Raker

    The NL Central race tightens up with the Cardinals and Pirates both losing and the Reds winning. Texas is taking another late season swoon as they did last season and the AL Wild card race is interesting with the Royals and Indians entering this years race after years of AL East domination.

    • AC0000000

      Who do you think wins the AL Wild Card spots?

      • Robert Willer

        Rangers and Indians

  • Doug S.

    Did not realize that Rizzo’s fielding was that good.

    • PLCB3

      Same

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      And that is why he will not win a gold glove. It would also help if he improves his batting average, as that would get more people to pay attention.

  • Doug S.

    Did not realize that Rizzo’s fielding was that good.

  • cap’n Obvious

    no way Rizzo wins the Clemente, as his boorish behavior on one night in Iowa will continue to be his legacy.

    • PLCB3

      I thought he was licked after he refused to save a drowning baby because the mother didn’t offer to pay him enough money

  • cap’n Obvious

    no way Rizzo wins the Clemente, as his boorish behavior on one night in Iowa will continue to be his legacy.

  • I’ve always considered all-time runner-up Maddux Game pitcher Zane Smith to be a poor man’s Greg Maddux. A bemulleted, southpaw Maddux, who isn’t as good at pitching.

    • Doug S.

      Didn’t you used to have a triangle nose and mouth?

      • PLCB3

        He didn’t have any use for it anymore the way I have no use for math and science and the way Barry has no use for the Constitution

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        At least the first one makes some sense.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        At least the first one makes some sense.

      • In fact I did, badger wearing a dress.

      • In fact I did, badger wearing a dress.

  • Doc Raker

    Today is Yankee elimination day, Celebrate! The Yanks have been eliminated from AL East contention. Dorothy is safe to go home now.

    • PLCB3

      Wrong. They were eliminated from winning the division on Sunday when the Red Sox beat them. And they can still make the playoffs as a wild card

      • Doc Raker

        Regardless, time to celebrate. Note that I said AL East contention not Wild Card contention, Meat!

      • PLCB3

        I know. But why are you celebrating when they can still make the playoffs?

      • Soup questions, please.

      • PLCB3

        This is a soup question

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Enough with the soup, when is dinner?

      • PLCB3

        Dinner is soup

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Only if you do not have enough money to pay for the main course.

      • Soup questions, please.

      • AC0000000

        This is a soup question

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Enough with the soup, when is dinner?

      • AC0000000

        Dinner is soup

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Only if you do not have enough money to pay for the main course.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        I got a ticket to last night’s Blue Jays game and was happy to see the Jays do their part to prevent the Yankees from making the playoffs with a 2-0 win. Was also interesting to see some former Cubs, Mark DeRosa (Jays) and Soriano (Yankees). Larry Rothschild seems to be his old self as he pulled Andy Pettite for a relief pitcher who promptly gave the Jays a insurance run with a homer on his second pitch.

      • PLCB3

        Why the hell would Girardi have him on his staff. He’s smarter than that. He has an engineering degree from Northwestern

      • Doc Raker

        It seems very familiar watching Larry Rothschild orchestrate an imploding bullpen. It’s like you know what is going to happen before it happens, us Cub fans have seen this movie before.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        I got a ticket to last night’s Blue Jays game and was happy to see the Jays do their part to prevent the Yankees from making the playoffs with a 2-0 win. Was also interesting to see some former Cubs, Mark DeRosa (Jays) and Soriano (Yankees). Larry Rothschild seems to be his old self as he pulled Andy Pettite for a relief pitcher who promptly gave the Jays a insurance run with a homer on his second pitch.

      • Doc Raker

        It seems very familiar watching Larry Rothschild orchestrate an imploding bullpen. It’s like you know what is going to happen before it happens, us Cub fans have seen this movie before.

  • Happy to see you now have a face, Rob. But your mouth is mis-shapen. It needs to be more triangular.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Are we now discriminating against trapaziods?

  • Happy to see you now have a face, Rob. But your mouth is mis-shapen. It needs to be more triangular.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Are we now discriminating against trapaziods?

  • PLCB3

    Nationals win 2x, Cardinals win, Reds win, Pirates lose. SHIMATTA BAKA-NI!!!

    • Doc Raker

      Drats!

  • AC0000000

    Nationals win 2x, Cardinals win, Reds win, Pirates lose. SHIMATTA BAKA-NI!!!

    • Doc Raker

      Drats!

  • Doug S.

    Game 151 and the Cubs prove they can still piss me off.

  • Doug S.

    Game 151 and the Cubs prove they can still piss me off.

  • Rusin notched a Maddux game tonight, but sadly it was of the Mike variety.

  • Rusin notched a Maddux game tonight, but sadly it was of the Mike variety.

  • PLCB3

    Washington loses, Pirates lose, Cardinals win.

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    • Doc Raker

      No Crap!

  • AC0000000

    Washington loses, Pirates lose, Cardinals win.

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    • Doc Raker

      No Crap!