Dodgers Bust Out The Claw
I’m not sure if you realize this, but Clayton Kershaw is really good. Last night he put his hard hat on and went to work, turning in 8 innings of work with 14 strikeouts. His only real blemish was a home run to right center by Anthony Rizzo in his second time at bat. Being on the west coast, I think fans miss seeing guys like Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner unless they pitch on the national stage, which is a shame. I know being on the east coast, I don’t stay up for west coast sports. It’s just too late. Watching the game last night, it was amazing to see how many Cubs hitters left the batters box literally shaking their heads in disgust and amazement at the stuff being thrown up there by the Claw.
Rizzo Continues to Impress Me More and More Each Game
In his first at bat, Rizzo struck out swinging and was one of the hitters leaving the box shaking his head. In at bat number two he crushed a ball deep out of the park to tie the game at one. I’m amazed at how he’s gone from being a guy who was platooned against lefties, especially tough lefties like Kershaw, to being someone who is one of the best hitters in the game against lefties. Who does that? I don’t know about how you feel, but I think when all is said and done, Rizzo will be the heart and soul of this team and will be an MVP at least one year before his career is done. His defense has gotten better each year and his bat just continues to shine.
Going on Record Now
I just want to remind everyone that I asked for this move to NOT happen.
Don't get any ideas, Theo https://t.co/4lqwDc2HE6
— ViewFromTheBleachers (@vftb) August 23, 2015
Down on the Farm
We’re nearing the end of this section. I’m actually working on a post that will go up Monday afternoon talking about the potential call ups as of September 1st.
Andres Santiago turned in a really nice performance for Tennessee (AA). He went eight innings and allowed just two hits and no runs while striking out six and not walking anyone. I have to be honest. I’ve never heard this guys name mentioned before, so I wanted to check him out and see where he came from. He’s 25 years old and was originally drafted back in 2007 when he was just 17 years old. Nothing to see here, but last night he had a gem.
What’s On Tap?
I still feel good about winning this series and coming away from this six game stretch with a .500 result. We have the two big horses on the mound in the last two games of the series and their opposing starters, while decent, aren’t as good as ours.
- Starlin Castro has cleared waivers. It’s hard to believe no one would even claim him to talk trade as I can’t imagine the Cubs would just let him go for nothing. Not good news for his value in a trade this off-season.
- Peter Gammons noted that Pro Scouting Director Jared Porter is leaving the Red Sox to join the Cubs
- Ryan Theriot is now following me on Twitter
THIS DAY IN CUBS HISTORY
1918 – At Wrigley Field, Lefty Tyler tosses a gem as the Cubs edge the Reds, 1-0. The victory clinches the National League pennant for Chicago, which will end the season 10.5 games ahead of the second-place Giants.
1966 – Getting the Cubs’ 4-2 win in relief, Robin Roberts becomes the first and only pitcher to beat the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves. The future Hall of Famer gains his third career big league victory against the Boston Braves on Independence Day in 1948.
2002 – At Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Mark Bellhorn becomes the first National Leaguer and joins Carlos Baerga as the only other switch-hitter to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The Cub infielder connects off southpaw Andrew Lorraine to start Chicago’s 10-run fourth-inning and then goes deep again with a three run homer with two outs off Jose Cabrera.
2012 – Thanks to official scorer Bob Rosenberg changing his ruling, Darwin Barney establishes a National League single-season record when he plays in his 114th straight errorless game at second base in the Cubs’ 3-1 loss to Milwaukee at Wrigley Field to break the mark set by David Eckstein, who had accomplished the feat playing for the Padres in 2010. After Barney originally received an error for his toss to the third base, the retired sportswriter changed his mind and gave the error to third baseman Luis Valbuena for mishandling the throw.