Rare is the day that a team carrying a 4 game losing streak generates buzz for its next game. But buzz there was when it was reported that Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson were being called up for today’s game. The buzz got louder when word got out that this wasn’t Carrie Muskat being off her meds and seeing faces in her food, this was actually happening. Jackson batted 2nd and started in center. Vitters sat on the bench and watched Luis Valbuena do nothing. They’re hear to stay which means we now have more reasons to watch these games. It also probably means Arguello elbowing me off of a few wraps. Such is life. However, some questionable managing and bullpen that couldn’t find the plate lead to the Cubs losing a heartbreaker 7-6. Cubs had 3 different leads and came back twice. But wound up getting swept as they head down the 5 to San Diego. Let’s examine a little further.
GEEK THE PITCHER.
Justin Germano made his second start and was fairly OK. Germano is pretty much a younger version of Rodrigo Lopez, except without all the hate. Brought in cheaply from an AL team to be a 7th or 8th starter. And his line is admirable. 5.1 innings, 3 hits, 2 ER, no walks and struck out 3. Germano throws several pitches, but none of them extremely well. Still, it’s not like the Cub defenders were saving him at every turn. Our own Tom Loxas got a nice little twitter convo going as to whether Germano would be a nice cheap 5th starter going forward. I don’t think we’re there yet. Ask again in a month. Right now he’s there because someone has to pitch. Let’s see how he does. Today he did well. Although abbreviated because….
YOU ARROGANT ASS, YOU SUNK US!!!!!
Dale had some head scratching moves today. The first was his impulsive decision to go to the bullpen early and often. Why? Germano wasn’t showing any signs of stress. It clearly backfired. While the ump was clearly squeezing young Cabrera, the big C didn’t have command and neither did Scott Maine. And the Cubs wound up walking three, letting in 3 and turning the momentum downward. And they wouldn’t recover. The other puzzler was Castro batting 5th. This not only made the lineup kind of lumpy with three lefties followed by two righties, but asked a scuffling Castro to produce in a more demanding spot. Curiouser and curiouser.
I KNOW SOMETIMES I GO OUT OF MY MIND. BETTER LEAVE IT BEHIND…
But there was a lot of good in today’s game and almost most of it was from the youngsters. Brett Jackson had got two hits and plays that sexy I’m-athletic-so-I-can-play-shallow-and-move=back-on-baseballs center field. This allows Dejesus to play right where he looks more comfortable. Anthony Rizzo had 3 RBI including a home run in the 9th to tie it. “Shake hands with Beef” Wellington Castillo hit a home run. Once Vitters starts playing, the Cubs will have 4 players under the age of 24 in their line-up that makes you smile.
So the Dodgers swept the Cubs. If it’s at all possible to be swept by a team and not be impressed by them, the Dodgers are it. I still see them losing to the Giants and Ned being gas canned at the end of the year. This loss sucks, but it’s not as bad as the last two, and with two interesting exciting kids here for the next 2 months, not to mention a team we can actually beat, I feel better times ahead.