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Rattled and Ho Hum. D-backs 8 Cubs 3

Rattled and Ho Hum. D-backs 8 Cubs 3

 

The Cubs continued their Quest D’ futility, losing every single game on the road to the NL West, by losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3. Travis Wood was ineffective in his second to last start, and Jaye Chapman had a rare bad inning in the eighth. The eighth inning also saw the end of Darwin Barney’s errorless streak at 141 games. With a runner on second base, Justin Upton hit a ball up the middle. Barney fielded the ball and threw the ball wide while running. Rizzo decided not to come off the base and instead waved at the ball as it went by. The inning, and game was pretty much over from there. To the dissectibles.

 

THE PITCHER WITH NO NAME.

 

Travis Wood was not very good tonight. 5 IP, 5 hits, 5 earned runs, 5 GOLDEN RINGS!!!!!!! 3 bases on balls, 2 punch-outs and a loss in a pear tree. What was discouraging was how he gave up runs right after the Cubs tied it up. After Dave Sappelt tied the game up with a home run in the 5th, Wood comes out in the bottom of the inning and immediately walks the pitcher. Ugh! An Aaron hill double and a Justin Upton Blast into left field and any momentum from the previous at-bats were gone.  Corpas and Russell pitched until Chapman had his rough 8th inning.

 

SAPPELT AND ORANGES.

 

So Dave Sappelt appears to be making some waves during his September call-up. He homered and raised his line to .268//.364//.492. Pretty nice. But let’s al read the “It’s just September’ sign on the wall. Still, he’s taking advantage of the situation given to him. Something we’d all love to see #7 and #5 do. Has he moved ahead of Jackson going into camp? I severely doubt it. But results should merit rewards. And Sappelt is providing results. Speaking of which…

 

Luis V K

 

Luis Valbuena stranded a small orphanage on the bases today, striking out with the bases loaded in the 1st, and striking out with the bases loaded in the 7th. The second K coming after he was spotted a 3-0 count. Again….Ugh! Does Vitters deserve another start? No. Not by a long shot. But if results should merit rewards, what does wasting 6 base runners merit?

 

So we’re down to the final 5 games. Yay! Justin Germano finishes his substitute teacher role when he takes the bump against Trevor Cahill tomorrow.  It feels like the quest to avoid 100 losses has succumbed to the need to get on the bus and go home. But each pitcher has one last chance to at least dot the I to this awful year. It’s an I in a four-letter word that I won’t write here but hopefully they dot it well.


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  • I was at the game tonight and really enjoyed the plethora of cub fans. I took the light rail with a nice couple who are from Tucson and talked cub stuff all the way from the hotel to the park. As for the game, I believe we will need to buckle our seat belts as this is a team that's not even close to competing. Yuck is all I can say about what I saw on display tonight and with the long term nucleus in short supply, 2013 will be a hard year to swallow. I won't belabor what has been recounted multiple times on this blog, but this was my first up and close look at the team, and in the short term, I am discouraged.

    On a brighter note, I think Jackson will be challenged by sappelt for playing time. I watched him in RF tonight and he looks hungry and at this stage, more polished than Jackson. He made a nice snap catch off a hard hit ball and he was hitting lasers in BP - I know its only BP. Anyway, I think Jackson knows he has a lot of work to do this off season and by playing sappelt this month, Sveum has given Brett another reason to hone his game.

  • Are we gonna roll Anthony Young out there tomorrow night? Maybe coax Frank Castillo or Jeff Pico out of retirement? I think they may be just as effective as the SP the Cubs have been rolling out there.

    It's been a real smorgasborg of bad out there.

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    In reply to Pura Vida:

    The pitching has sucked and Valbuena has proven to me once and for all, he's not an everyday player material...He had 3 opportunites to help change that ballgame around offensively and crapped out each time..2 with the bases juiced and one horrid at bat swinging at the f irst pitch with no one out and popping up not giving Castro a chance to advance to third with less than 2 outs..He got to 3rd with the next hitter but, would have scored and got us within 1 at that stage.. He's killed a lot of potential rallies this year....

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    I agree it was frustrating to watch him crap out with the bases loaded last night. You are also correct, he is not what we want as an everyday player. But he was never expected to be anything other than what he is, a utility guy who plays solid "D", and for the most part gives you quality AB's. He's just thrust into an everyday role because we lack impact everyday players.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    The AB with Castro on 2nd probably irritated me more than the bases loaded AB's.
    Simply pathetic.

  • Awful game. Not much to take out of this one. Maybe the walks, but even most of those were by two players.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    There's one big thing to take out of it: Starlin Castro went 3-for-4, with a double, continuing his absolutely torrid September. After yesterday, he's up an .894 OPS, with an 8.8% K ratio to go against a 7.1% walk ratio. This is now a full month of a different hitter up there.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Good point. If he can put up those kinds of numbers over a full season, the Cubs will have themselves a star.

    Amazing what even just a little better plate discipline can do. Every time Castro lays off that low and away slider, it brings a big smile to my face.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    At the end of the day, it's an enormous tribute to him how quickly he adapted to an entirely new approach given that he's spent his entire life doing it naturally.

  • I think the cubs are in better shape than people think. The reason they look bad is we have a AAA pitching staff now. shark and garza are not pitching, we traded two pitchers. Next year we should be better, I don't know about playoffs but we could win more games.

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    In reply to seankl:

    Our lineup is nothing to write home about, either. Especially when Rizzo goes into a slump -- and he's slumping again.

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    Mike, why are you always so down on Rizzo??? He's still hitting like 287 and if you double his numbers he's at 30 homers and nearly 100 rbi, for basically a rookie....Cut him some slack, he took two hard hit drives the other way last night..One one step short of the track and another that became an out cause there is like 35 feet of foul territory down the LF line ..

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    In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    He's in a slump. How is that being down on him? Should I say he's setting the world on fire when he's 5 for his last 27? I was concerned about his ability to hit lefties. He's answered that. Now he's in a slump. He'll get out -- but that doesn't mean it doesn't really hurt the offense when one of your best players isn't hitting.

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    Mike isn't down on Rizzo. He says he is in a slump all the time because Rizzo is one of the few guys you actually can watch on this team. When there is so little talent on this team to watch, you use a microscopic viewpoint on the few future pieces you have.

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    In reply to Demarrer:

    Good point...This losing is getting to all of us....

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