Somewhere on a rooftop John Arguello sits with a scotch in one hand, a cigar in the other, and a cat-eating-canary sized grin on his face because he knows he doesn't have to write a wrap after a game like this. Yeesh. Well, let's pull the band aid off this sucker and get it over with.
Summary: The cardinals and 20,000 of their creepy, red clad fans invaded Wrigley field today and pretty much resumed where they left off last week. The Cubs battled back a couple of times but when you decide to get into a slug fest with a team that has better sluggers, you usually wind up the one getting slugged. And the Cubs did 9-6. Let's forgo the usual mound and at the plate itinerary and hit on other thoughts that went through my sun drenched mind...
Someone wake up George Clinton because Travis Wood is in a deep funk. 8 runs given up in 5 innings, including an inane 5 home runs. Dale Svuem would credit the Cardinals more than he would blame Travis but I sure as heck didn't see a lot of life on those pitches. Wood is 1-3 with an ERA cose to 9 in his last 4 games. Ouch babe. there's still a lot to like about T Wood going forward but as we pull the camera back on his entire season. the word promising is quickly turning into spotty.
-Won't Somebody please thin of the Children!!!!!
Cubs games these days are pretty much being divided into watching meaningful Cub players ( the 4 or 5 that could conceivably be on the 2014-15 pennant winner) and meaningless Cubs ( the 20 or so that won't be here come next winter or the winter after that...) So let's briefly hit on 3 meaningful Cubs: Anthony Rizzo's first home run was just sweet. Quick pitch recognition even quicker through the zone, turning on a Lance Lynn fastball and depositing it in the last row of the overpriced bleachers. Rizz doubled up by going opposite field to drive in a run in his next at bat. Starlin Castro went 3 for 4 including a triple. But the triple kind of made you scream. twice between 2nd and 3rd he looked at the ball instead of just putting his head down and heading to third. Yeah he got there and no harm done. But someone of his elite talent really should be met with a laser like focus. The standard for this kid should be Jeter. And Jeter would have never looked at the ball. Jeff Beliveau threw a perfect inning, striking out two. His control is such a relief after seeing Scott Maine. And he has stuff. Good things ahead we hope.
- I don't want a Holliday in the sun.
Matt Holliday launched a 674 foot home run off of Travis Wood i the 1st and I thought to myself "Hope that's not an omen of things to come" knowing full well that it was. Despite coming to bat only 5 times today, Holliday managed 12 hits with 17 RBI. It's disgusting how locked in he is against the Cubs.
-Anyone now the way to San Jose or 2B?
Anthony Rizzo was picked off. Luis Valbuena was thrownout trying to steal by about......47 feet. We already mentioned Castro's less than enthusiastic baserunning. Something Dale might want to touch on next meeting.
Well, good test for Shark to try and play "future stopper" tomorrow. If you see Arguello wandering around Wrigleyville get his butt back to Oak Park. Jae Hoon ha is injured. Matt Czurzererzerzzerr is called up to Double A trade rumors, someone interested in Soriano. oh and greater cicago is infested with Cardinal fans....
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