Dale Sveum wrote out a lineup card today that told all Cub fans it was OK to get in their fairway times, BBQ’s, and last pair of white pants. And the players in the actual lineup proved him right as the Cubs went down meekly to the Washington Nationals 2-1, was ting another excellent outing by Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs mounted what some might call a “rally” in the 9th. But Josh Vitters might have swung three times at the last Tyler Clippard change-up and the game was over. It’s a Holiday so let’s go through this like Joe Mather through a goose…
RUN, LIVE TO FLY, FLY TO LIVE, ACES HIGH.
Well, time to throw more platitudes at de-facto ace Jeff Samardzija again. Shark was fabulous. 7 innings of s hit, one run ball while walking one and striking out 8. Sixth straight game Shark has gone 7 innings. Maybe he’s a 3 pitcher on a good staff. Or a 2 or a 4. But since the Cubs traded away Demp and Maholm, and Garza went down with an injury, Samardzija has looked at the extra work, pressure and responsibility and just said, “Bring it on”. Beliveau and Bowden came in to make things worse for the Cubs.
LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, THERE’S NOT EVEN AN ENEMY LEFT, RIGHT?
Dale Sveum continues to pledge his allegiance to an all right handed lineup even though most of the right-handed hitters on this team shouldn’t be in the major leagues. Joe Mather and Darwin Barney in the 1, 2 holes helps them, not the Cubs. Thus if /when Rizzo, Soriano, and Castro get their hits, (and each of them got at least one.) it’s a bases empty nothing. Shouldn’t the fact that your best pitcher is on the mound necessitate having your best line-up talent wise? Isn’t that the “got to try to get wins against playoff contenders” mishigas that Sveum was talking about this weekend?
SAVE IT FOR LATER, DON’T RUN AWAY AND LET ME DOWN.
Two at bats late in the game kind of summed up the current state of the Cubs.
1st at bat.
Wellington Castillo, with a runner on second and two strikes, fouls off three consecutive pitches off the spastic looking Tyler Clippard, including a killer change up. Clippard, out of options throws a fastball that Castillo muscles into left center for the Cubs only run. Welcome to how Cubs want to approach at bat’s in the future.
2nd at bat.
Josh Vitters swings at two fastballs and is quickly down 1-2 in the count. After watching a change-up go by, Clippard doubles up with the change as Vitters corkscrews himself into the ground. Welcome to what the Cubs are trying to get away from with at bats.
There was a time not too long ago, maybe even two years ago, when a road trip of Washington, Pittsburgh, and Houston meant 8-9 wins. Now it probably means 8-9 losses. They had a chance to get a win today. But the manager helped this one slip through their fingers. At least the fingers on their right hand anyway.
Happy Labor Day y’all.