Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
THE WINNING CONTINUES – I watched most of the game last night, but when I felt it was clear that the Angels aren’t really a good team and it was doubtful that they were going to mount a comeback, I turned it off. Turns out I didn’t miss anything of note in the last three innings. Now, had it been a save situation for those last three innings, I would have kept the game on. There is something special about watching guys from the pen shut it down like the Royals have had in the last few years. When you can shorten the game like that, it’s devastating for the other team and I believe the Cubs have that in Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman. In the end, they weren’t needed as Kris Bryant hit a bomb and John Lackey went eight strong. There is video of Lackey and Bryant that the whore, MLB, was kind enough to allow to be embedded, so here it is. Side note before you watch, you’ll notice a link to the condensed game above. Take a minute to watch that if you didn’t see the game. You’ll get caught up on the whole game in a matter of minutes.
THE LA STELLA PROBLEM – News came out before the game about the status of Tommy La Stella. He was optioned to AAA on July 28th when the Cubs activated Chris Coghlan from the DL. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it, but as the days ticked by and he hadn’t reported, you began to hear things to the effect that he was being given personal time and no other information was being disclosed. I genuinely thought he had a serious issue going on, but it turns out that he’s not happy about the demotion and is not planning to report to Iowa. Considering that Joe Maddon has said that in order to come back, he must report, we’re now in a pissing contest. I see La Stella’s side of it. When you’ve been in the Majors and have played well enough to stay there, which he has, then you have a right to be upset when you’re optioned. However, when the CBA is collectively bargained by the union and the owners, which means you have player reps at the table, you have to succumb to the system that is in place, and for La Stella, that means reporting to Iowa. At this point, it’s three weeks and then you can come back when rosters expand. Why not stop pouting, put the time in, and then be part of something special this season. I believe he would be on this playoff roster, so it’s time to man up.
TEBOW TIME – News came out yesterday the Tim Tebow was going to try to make a comeback, but this time on the baseball field. I was excited to see Tebow trending on Twitter and seeing the word comeback, but disappointed to see it was for baseball. At his age, there really isn’t a point. I wish him the best. Sports need more role models like him, but I just can’t see him, at his age, being able to do enough to even come close. Think Michael Jordan without the gambling addiction.
TODAY’S PROBABLES – Ricky Nolasco vs Jason Hammel
Nolasco struggled in his debut against the A’s on Thursday, giving up five runs on six hits (three of them homers) in six innings, striking out four. Formerly of the Marlins, Nolasco has logged 27 innings at Wrigley Field, posting a 3.00 ERA. Hammel has given up one or zero runs in 10 of his 21 starts, and he threw six scoreless innings in his last outing against the Marlins, when he picked up his career-high 11th win. He’s 6-1 with a 2.24 ERA at Wrigley Field. (MLB.com)
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SP – Jordan Pries – 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
3B – Jeimer Candelario – 1 for 3, BB (Only hit of the ballgame for the Iowa Cubs)
SP – Zach Hedges – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
C – Victor Caratini – 3 for 5, 2B, 2 R
SP – Jake Stinnett – 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K
DH – Ian Rice – 2 for 4, RBI
SP – Ryan Kellogg – 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K
DH – Tyler Alamo – 2 for 3, 3 RBI
SP – Erling Moreno – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
3B – Wladimir Galindo – 4 for 6, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
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