The Cubs sent out their best pitcher in an attempt to end a 5 game losing streak against the Brewers. And Jeff Samardzija responded. However, the offense didn’t get the memo and stayed in stasis. So when the Cubs defense went green for an inning in the 7th, the Cubs were somewhat helpless and drifted into the night a 3-1 loser. The outcome was the same but there were some things that definitely gave a clue towards next year. And maybe even some short-term thoughts as well. So give me the beat boys and free my soul, let’s get lost in this rock n’ roll and drift away…
I seem to be writing the same review when Jeff Samrdzija throws for the Cubs. But it’s a good review. And the hope is that we’re consistently writing good reviews. So I don’t mind saying that Shark was dealing. While he wasn’t dominant (7 hits in 7 innings is a tad high for him.) Shark has shown incredible poise. Both short term in getting out of jams, and long term rebounding from bad starts. Samardzija struck out ten while not walking a single Brewer. Yes a throwing error of his helped lead to a run, but Shark put up a sparkling performance that I now am expecting from him. And when you consider how fellow reliever turn starter Daniel Bard fizzled and popped, and how in spring training we all had him pegged as Shawn Camp, that’s remarkable. Manny Corpas Manny Corpas and Jeff Russell Greek chorused the game out…
PAGING DR. RYAN.... DR. RYAN? WE NEED A BIG DADDY.
Since we’re already looking towards next year, let me throw this out. I believe the first move Jed and Theo will make is to sign a veteran catcher. This will serve two purposes. One, it will help settle down what will be a young and probably inexperienced staff. And it will serve as a big brother/teacher/mentor to Wellington Castillo, who is in need of some serious teaching. He has a cannon for an arm but his footwork is sloppy. He also can frame pictures better and he gets unfocused at times. Jose Molina, Miguel Olivo, someone in that range. Cost obviously won’t be a factor. But mentoring Castillo is a must next year.
AND YOU WILL KNOW MY NAME IS THE LORD WHEN I LAY MY VENGEANCE UPON YOU.
So dale can send a statement tomorrow if he wants to. I’d be totally cool with it. Luis Valbuena cannot miss that ball. CAN. NOT. He can sit. Castillo can’t be that shaky when he’s the hub of the defense. Just can’t. Now, maybe Clevenger and Vitters are playing anyway and it’s all moot. But the team let down their pitcher tonight. And there should be consequences and repercussions for doing that.
The last game of this series is tomorrow and personally, I wish it started at 10 a.m. The sooner it’s over with the better. The Brewers obviously have some kind of Hogwarts spell over the Cubs and I really just want it to stop. I’m more than willing to take on the West leading Giants than play this ultra-mediocre Brewer team. It’s gotten that silly. Brooks Raley takes the bump against Shawn Marcum. See you tomorrow afternoon.