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Cubs 7, Mets 4 – Sweep Thoughts

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MVPAndrew Brown (.368 WPA)

Last night was draft night, and with the Cubs picking 4th, I wonder how many were watching the draft compared to the game. It doesn’t have as much excitement around it with the public like the NFL and NBA versions, but the MLB draft is beginning to develop a cult following. I had it on the DVR and then saw who the Cubs picked via e-mail blast, so I didn’t watch it. Let’s get right to the highlights from last night.

Fresh after I called for him to split time with Darwin Barney, Emilio Bonifacio found himself on the bench. Barney took advantage with a 2-for-4 day that included three runs score out of the 7th spot in the lineup. If we could get anywhere even close to that production from the lower part of the order on a semi-consistent basis it would do wonders for this team’s offensive struggles. Couple Barney’s night with the home run hit by Travis Wood and you’ve got the makings of some nice production from that part of the lineup.

Unfortunately, the starting pitching hasn’t been able to work deep into games lately as all three starters in the series failed to work more than five innings. Our pen has been a strength, but you have to get deeper outings from the starters, especially someone like Wood who you’re counting on to work deeper as a front of the rotation guy.

QUICK HITS

  • Anthony Rizzo hit his 11th home run of the season. Mike Olt needs to step up and get caught up.
  • With the win last night, Justin Grimm now has two and Jeff Samardzija still only has one. Gotta love the win stat.
  • Don Zimmer was honored with a moment of silence before the game
  • The Cubs selected Indiana C-OF Kyle Schwarber with the fourth pick in the draft. I am not even going to try to BS you with any analysis about it. All I’ve seen is that he’s got great power from the left side, which is always nice.

FIVE FOR FRIDAY

Since it’s Friday, I thought we could end on a little fun. I had a request to bring this question back into circulation so why not.

Q. If you could have an unlimited supply of only five condiments for the rest of your life and they would be dispensed from your four fingers and your thumb, what would they be and would there be any significance in what fingers got which? You would never be able to have any other condiments in your life other than your finger condiments.

For me, there would be no finger significance, but my five would be.

  1. Ketchup – I know it’s boring, but I use it on quite a few things and would miss it terribly.
  2. Chili’s Honey Mustard – I was going to go with Yellow mustard, but this is better and is still quite versatile.
  3. Honey – This is a very underrated condiment, in my opinion. It’s great with peanut butter on a sandwich. It’s great with chicken. Gotta have it.
  4. Tzatziki Sauce – If you’ve never had it, you gotta try it. It’s a Greek sauce made from yogurt and cucumber. It’s amazing.
  5. A1 Sauce – I wrestled with this one a lot. I love it on a burger and, as much as it makes me feel like a tool, I can’t eat steak without it.
  • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

    Wow, so we sweep a series and our playoff odds jump almost a full percentage point……better call my bookie lol

  • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

    Wow, so we sweep a series and our playoff odds jump almost a full percentage point……better call my bookie lol

  • Doug S.

    Nice sweep, feels good. Highest W/L % of the year so far at .404
    The 2 reports I read on our #1 pick were not very glowing. Apparently he can hit, not much else.
    Polish mustard with red chillies in it, great, but not on everything. HP sauce.

    • Dork

      I think you might be undervaluing the “hit tool”. Think of the current team, a corner outfeilder that can do nothing but hit might help a bunch.

  • Doug S.

    Nice sweep, feels good. Highest W/L % of the year so far at .404
    The 2 reports I read on our #1 pick were not very glowing. Apparently he can hit, not much else.
    Polish mustard with red chillies in it, great, but not on everything. HP sauce.

    • Dork

      I think you might be undervaluing the “hit tool”. Think of the current team, a corner outfeilder that can do nothing but hit might help a bunch.

  • Dork

    Don’t look now but the cubs are only 6.5 out of the wild card. Which shows each year is different and a year that you don’t try might have been the year. I think it is Theo that said every year is sacred, not just to build draft order though.

    I can’t remember the last time I had Ketchup on anything. I think I would take 5 kinds of mustard and rotate. I will have to try to find some tziki sauce though.

  • Dork

    Don’t look now but the cubs are only 6.5 out of the wild card. Which shows each year is different and a year that you don’t try might have been the year. I think it is Theo that said every year is sacred, not just to build draft order though.

    I can’t remember the last time I had Ketchup on anything. I think I would take 5 kinds of mustard and rotate. I will have to try to find some tziki sauce though.

  • PLCB3

    My hand:

    BBQ Sauce – Love it on wings and ribs, and even pizza
    Salsa – Great to top eggs with, and as a salad dressing
    Hummus – Great on sandwiches
    Blue cheese dressing – For wings
    Ketchup – Belongs on my middle finger. My favorite condiment. When I was a kid, I would drown my food in it. I eat much less now than when I was a kid, but I still need it for my burgers, fries, hashbrowns, sausages, etc.

    • Doc Raker

      Hummus is not a condiment.

      • PLCB3

        You can’t make a meal out of just hummus

      • Doc Raker

        You can’t make a meal out of just bread. Bread is not a condiment.
        You can’t make a meal out of just beef. Beef is not a condiment.

        Hummus is beans, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Hummus has more food groups in it than bread or beef.

      • PLCB3

        Actually you can make a meal out of bread. Or beef.

        Hummus may have all those, but it is still a condiment.

  • AC0000000

    My hand:

    BBQ Sauce – Love it on wings and ribs, and even pizza
    Salsa – Great to top eggs with, and as a salad dressing
    Hummus – Great on sandwiches
    Blue cheese dressing – For wings
    Ketchup – Belongs on my middle finger. My favorite condiment. When I was a kid, I would drown my food in it. I eat much less now than when I was a kid, but I still need it for my burgers, fries, hashbrowns, sausages, etc.

    • Doc Raker

      Hummus is not a condiment.

      • AC0000000

        You can’t make a meal out of just hummus

      • Doc Raker

        You can’t make a meal out of just bread. Bread is not a condiment.
        You can’t make a meal out of just beef. Beef is not a condiment.

        Hummus is beans, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Hummus has more food groups in it than bread or beef.

      • AC0000000

        Actually you can make a meal out of bread. Or beef.

        Hummus may have all those, but it is still a condiment.

  • Doc Raker

    Hot peppers in oil, a.k.a. Giardiniera- the hot peppers they put on the Italian Beef sangwhiches.

    SWEEP! SWEET!

    The Mets broadcasters were beside themselves, losing 3 straight to the team with the worst record in the league, all three games winnable, not scoring with the bases loaded multiple times, unconsolable they were. Len was thrilled Uriah Heep is doing a summer tour.

    Rizzo missed 2 foul pop ups during the series, Little League style. How does a big leaguer not know how to catch a simple pop fly that is front of him? I ask you.

    • Dusty_Baylor

      Rizzo got bumped pretty good by Whiteside last night…yeah?
      Uriah Heep…..(snort)

      • Doc Raker

        Mine, Mine, Mine- just yell it out and you won’t be bumbling into each other

  • Doc Raker

    Hot peppers in oil, a.k.a. Giardiniera- the hot peppers they put on the Italian Beef sangwhiches.

    SWEEP! SWEET!

    The Mets broadcasters were beside themselves, losing 3 straight to the team with the worst record in the league, all three games winnable, not scoring with the bases loaded multiple times, unconsolable they were. Len was thrilled Uriah Heep is doing a summer tour.

    Rizzo missed 2 foul pop ups during the series, Little League style. How does a big leaguer not know how to catch a simple pop fly that is front of him? I ask you.

    • Dusty_Baylor

      Rizzo got bumped pretty good by Whiteside last night…yeah?
      Uriah Heep…..(snort)

      • Doc Raker

        Mine, Mine, Mine- just yell it out and you won’t be bumbling into each other

  • Seymour Butts

    Really! Someone requested we do the condiment hand again?
    Let me know when we do condiments from bodily orafaces.

    • Seymour Butts

      I can’t believe auto correct changed orifice to oraface. Technology.

    • Yeah we gotta get Joe a new gig. Condiment fingers is getting old.

    • PLCB3

      I sent him an email suggesting it for the podcast when it still existed.

      • Pinky: BBQ sauce. Label quality is simple and high quality but has some unused real estate which could be useful to put a stronger image in front of the casual observer. The red lettered “BBQ Sauce” jumps out at you a bit from an otherwise bland label with multiple uncoordinated fonts and a faded tree and house(s) graphic in the middle. In other words, it could use a little more thoughtful treatment and the hand of a professional graphic designer to make it pop. After all, your label is your salesman when you aren’t there.

      • Dork

        what happened to the podcast?

      • PLCB3

        I was wondering the same thing

      • AC0000000

        I was wondering the same thing

    • PLCB3

      As for the hodgepodge of random thoughts, this is what it was:

      1. Do you think bringing the DH to the NL would help teams with their bullpen issues because they can leave their starters in longer since they wouldn’t have to pull them for their bat? Do AL starters stay in the game longer because of this, or does the increased offense even things out?

      2. Range factor doesn’t include errors when calculating it. I like it over fielding percentage. Fielding percentage just tells us how many outs a fielder made over the number of chances. So someone who doesn’t make a lot of outs might have a high fielding percentage and make few errors due to the lack of chances. Making an error requires making a play on the ball. A fielder who doesn’t get to many balls doesn’t have a chance to make an error which means their fielding percentage won’t fall. Making a play on the ball requires that you get to a ball. If a ball is hit to the shortstop and he doesn’t field it, it goes into LF for a hit. But now if that shortstop boots the ball or airmails his 1B, it means that he’s fielded it, but his fielding percentage drops due to the error. Do you think since range factor accounts for the number of balls fielded that it should include errors as well?

      3. Errors when trying to turn a double play: When a team is trying to turn a double play and boots a ball, and it leads to both runners scoring, only 1 run is unearned because you can’t assume a double play, which is fine, and how it ought to be. But now, when a team gets a forceout, and then tries to turn 2 at 1B, and the 1B drops the throw, or the throw pulls him off the bag, no error is recorded because of the forceout. An error is only recorded if the runner advances another base. But we’re not assuming a double play here. In this case, we can say with certainty that the runner would have been out at first had the throw not been dropped or pulled the 1B off the bag. On it’s own, such a play is an error. But now, with the forceout it’s not. Why? Don’t you think it should be an error?

    • Eddie Von White

      I share in your disbelief.

  • Seymour Butts

    Really! Someone requested we do the condiment hand again?
    Let me know when we do condiments from bodily orafaces.

    • Seymour Butts

      I can’t believe auto correct changed orifice to oraface. Technology.

    • Yeah we gotta get Joe a new gig. Condiment fingers is getting old.

    • AC0000000

      I sent him an email suggesting it for the podcast. Along with a hodgepodge of random baseball thoughts.

    • AC0000000

      As for the hodgepodge of random thoughts, this is what it was:

      1. Do you think bringing the DH to the NL would help teams with their bullpen issues because they can leave their starters in longer since they wouldn’t have to pull them for their bat? Do AL starters stay in the game longer because of this, or does the increased offense even things out?

      2. Range factor doesn’t include errors when calculating it. I like it over fielding percentage. Fielding percentage just tells us how many outs a fielder made over the number of chances. So someone who doesn’t make a lot of outs might have a high fielding percentage and make few errors due to the lack of chances. Making an error requires making a play on the ball. A fielder who doesn’t get to many balls doesn’t have a chance to make an error which means their fielding percentage won’t fall. Making a play on the ball requires that you get to a ball. If a ball is hit to the shortstop and he doesn’t field it, it goes into LF for a hit. But now if that shortstop boots the ball or airmails his 1B, it means that he’s fielded it, but his fielding percentage drops due to the error. Do you think since range factor accounts for the number of balls fielded that it should include errors as well?

      3. Errors when trying to turn a double play: When a team is trying to turn a double play and boots a ball, and it leads to both runners scoring, only 1 run is unearned because you can’t assume a double play, which is fine, and how it ought to be. But now, when a team gets a forceout, and then tries to turn 2 at 1B, and the 1B drops the throw, or the throw pulls him off the bag, no error is recorded because of the forceout. An error is only recorded if the runner advances another base. But we’re not assuming a double play here. In this case, we can say with certainty that the runner would have been out at first had the throw not been dropped or pulled the 1B off the bag. On it’s own, such a play is an error. But now, with the forceout it’s not. Why? Don’t you think it should be an error?

    • Eddie Von White

      I share in your disbelief.

  • Thumb: Heinz Katchup. This is iconic ketchup. Sweet, vinegary, and not too tomatoey. Turns out that with ketchup, a strong tomato flavor is not necessarily a good thing. Balance of sweetness and plenty of sharp acidity are the trump cards we look for. This has a familiar essential ketchupiness.

    All 4 fingers: Del Monte Ketchup. A decently balanced ketchup that was comparable to our higher-ranked winners in terms of flavor profile, it lost a few points from tasters in its overall score because it’s a little too thin compared to the glossy, creamy Heinz and Annie’s. But at less then half the price of Heinz, it’s our Best Buy. If you’re planning on having one of these parties where you fill up the kiddie pool with ketchup and ask everyone to bring their own nuggets, Del Monte is the brand to go with.

    • Dork

      you know how to party!

  • Thumb: Heinz Katchup. This is iconic ketchup. Sweet, vinegary, and not too tomatoey. Turns out that with ketchup, a strong tomato flavor is not necessarily a good thing. Balance of sweetness and plenty of sharp acidity are the trump cards we look for. This has a familiar essential ketchupiness.

    All 4 fingers: Del Monte Ketchup. A decently balanced ketchup that was comparable to our higher-ranked winners in terms of flavor profile, it lost a few points from tasters in its overall score because it’s a little too thin compared to the glossy, creamy Heinz and Annie’s. But at less then half the price of Heinz, it’s our Best Buy. If you’re planning on having one of these parties where you fill up the kiddie pool with ketchup and ask everyone to bring their own nuggets, Del Monte is the brand to go with.

  • Chuck

    This team sweeping a series from anyone aside from St. Mary’s School for the Blind or my 8U USSSA team brings the blind squirrel theorem to mind.

  • Chuck

    This team sweeping a series from anyone aside from St. Mary’s School for the Blind or my 8U USSSA team brings the blind squirrel theorem to mind.

  • Chuck

    If I could only have 5 condiments for the rest of my life, I would choose these five in no particular order:
    1) Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce. Can easily replace ketchup and is far superior. Fries, burgers, chicken, ribs, etc…
    2) A nice medium heat queso cheese sauce. I need something to dip chips into.
    3) A spicy, chunky brown mustard. I need to see some mustard seeds in there. This goes on all my sandwiches.
    4) Italian dressing. Not my favorite dressing, but it is much more versatile. You can marinade with it and use it on your salad.
    5) A salt and pepper mix. No proper cooking happens without salt and pepper.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I like your choices you clearly know how to make good food. I would make one necessary change. I would forgo the cheese sauce, and replace it with whipped cream. The whipped cream would have to go on the index finger, that way I could shoot it directly where I wanted it.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I like your choices you clearly know how to make good food. I would make one necessary change. I would forgo the cheese sauce, and replace it with whipped cream. The whipped cream would have to go on the index finger, that way I could shoot it directly where I wanted it.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Nice to finally see a sweep (or even a series win for that matter). I also just realized this morning the Cubs are no longer last in the majors, take that Tampa Bay!

    • Dork

      Hmmm Tampa no longer competative? Maybe sustained sucess is not posible without spending money on players?

      • Chuck

        This is my shocked face. :O

    • Dork

      Hmmm Tampa no longer competative? Maybe sustained sucess is not posible without spending money on players?

  • Dork

    intentionally walking baker? do the Marlins have a scouting report?

    • PLCB3

      That’s like when Barney got the 4-finger salute a few weeks ago

  • Dork

    intentionally walking baker? do the Marlins have a scouting report?

    • AC0000000

      That’s like when Barney got the 4-finger salute a few weeks ago

  • Seymour Butts

    Damn Johnson.. he plays way too hard.

  • Seymour Butts

    Damn Johnson.. he plays way too hard.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Random thought the Cubs are playing well right now. Is that because management is not looking over their shoulders or is it because management is drafting more competition for their jobs?

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Random thought the Cubs are playing well right now. Is that because management is not looking over their shoulders or is it because management is drafting more competition for their jobs?

  • Doc Raker

    “Welcome to beautiful Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs, the winningest team in baseball in the month of June.”

  • Doc Raker

    “Welcome to beautiful Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs, the winningest team in baseball in the month of June.”

  • Doc Raker

    “Welcome to beautiful Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs, the winningest team in baseball in the month of June.” Five wins in a row, this team is showing signs of life and our playoff probability has skyrocketed to 2.1%.

  • Doc Raker

    “Welcome to beautiful Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs, the winningest team in baseball in the month of June.” Five wins in a row, this team is showing signs of life and our playoff probability has skyrocketed to 2.1%.

  • Brian Rzeppa

    Tzatziki Sauce…brutally underrated

  • Brian Rzeppa

    Tzatziki Sauce…brutally underrated

  • Doc Raker

    Darn it, almost 2 sweeps in a row. I was going to celebrate with a Lamb Burger topped with Tzatziki Sauce and Hummus. But now after this brutal bullpen loss I will just batch cook some eggs and eat them with some brown spicy mustard.

  • Doc Raker

    Darn it, almost 2 sweeps in a row. I was going to celebrate with a Lamb Burger topped with Tzatziki Sauce and Hummus. But now after this brutal bullpen loss I will just batch cook some eggs and eat them with some brown spicy mustard.