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Emilio Bonifacio Is the Stuff of Legends

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There is no denying that Emilio Bonifacio is our most exciting hitter right now. He has 13 hits through the first five games of the season. Junior Lake showed some gumption this week, legging out doubles and even wearing the wrong uniform against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Rizzo blasted his first home run of the season, and Travis Wood got to pinch hit in the 16-inning marathon on Wednesday night.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one that is ridiculously excited that Cubs baseball is back. Also, please tell me I’m not the only one who noticed that the Cubs picked up where they left runners on second and third to end the inning. And please tell me I’m not the only one who is… concerned about the RISP problem. Before yesterday’s game, Pat mentioned that the Cubs were 4-for-40 (.100) with RISP so far this year. There is a lot of baseball left, but it is a bit concerning that the RISP problem is so prevalent this early.

In other news, replay is already looking to be a huge time-waster during games that already last for many hours (let’s not forget about extra innings!) and Mike Trout is going to have a phenomenal season… again. It’s so good to have baseball back.

  • Jeff Samardzija had a quality start. It’s nice to see our ace go out there and take care of his responsibilities on the mound. Now we just have to teach him how to hit a la Wood.
  • The bullpen was great. James Russell and Justin Grimm combined to throw a 1 hit effort.
  • The Kids went 0-for-7 with RISP.

Tomorrow the Cubs play the Phillies at 1:20 PM Central on WGN. Hopefully we will be able to pull some offensive flair out of thin air and score some runs against Sandberg’s crew.

 Get To Know Your Opposing Pitcher
AJ Burnett

Yes, it is true that he once blew me a kiss a couple years back. In his debut with the Phillies, he went 7 innings, gave up one run, and got the no-decision. Hopefully the Bonifacio, Lake, and Crew will be able to tag him for a few more runs tomorrow.

He made his Phillies debut Tuesday in Texas, allowing seven hits and one run, with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings. He hopes to build on that as the Phillies play without injured lefty Cole Hamels. ~ MLB.com

Burnett throws four pitches. His main pitches are a four-seam fastball and sinker at 91–94 mph, as well as a knuckle curveball at 80–83. Less frequently, he also throws a changeup to left-handed hitters at 87–89 mph. The curve is especially good for swinging strikes with its 44% whiff rate for Burnett’s career. The changeup has also been good for getting groundouts — it has a ground ball/fly ball ratio of better than 5:1.

Burnett has faced considerable control problems in his career. He has led the major leagues in wild pitches twice and hit batters once. However, Burnett has also been a good strikeout pitcher; he led the American League with 231 strikeouts in 2008. ~ Wikipedia

 

I listen to a lot of country music. Eric Church has made his way to the top of my “most played” list, and I can’t get this tune out of my head.

  • Doc Raker

    The RISP is the reason the Cubs were 1-2 in Pittsburgh instead of 3-0. I understand why the Cubs gave a healthy contract to Castro but I don’t understand why they tied Rizzo up with a contract before he proved himself.

  • Doc Raker

    The RISP is the reason the Cubs were 1-2 in Pittsburgh instead of 3-0. I understand why the Cubs gave a healthy contract to Castro but I don’t understand why they tied Rizzo up with a contract before he proved himself.

  • Seymour Butts

    Gumption? Gee willikers I was hoping for some Moxie.

    • Eddie Von White

      How about some perspicaciousness?

  • Seymour Butts

    Gumption? Gee willikers I was hoping for some Moxie.

    • Eddie Von White

      How about some perspicaciousness?

  • Bill Fell

    Is it me or does this bullpen look really promising (although I agree with Joe that Strop should be the closer.)

  • Bill Fell

    Is it me or does this bullpen look really promising (although I agree with Joe that Strop should be the closer.)

  • PLCB3

    Good song, Katie. I like that one on the radio. Do you like David Nail? I like his song Whatever She’s Got

    • Katie

      I LOVE David Nail. I have all of his albums and he’s #2 in my most-played list. His new album is great!

      • PLCB3

        They play him a lot on the country station in Boston. He’s going to be at summerfest in Milwaukee June 29, and then July 12 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. No appearances in Chicago or Boston. 🙁

        The closest he’ll be in New England is in Vermont, 4 hours away.

  • AC0000000

    Good song, Katie. I like that one on the radio. Do you like David Nail? I like his song Whatever She’s Got

    • Katie

      I LOVE David Nail. I have all of his albums and he’s #2 in my most-played list. His new album is great!

      • AC0000000

        They play him a lot on the country station in Boston. He’s going to be at summerfest in Milwaukee June 29, and then July 12 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. No appearances in Chicago or Boston. 🙁

        The closest he’ll be in New England is in Vermont, 4 hours away.