So long Screwy. St. Louis 6 Cubs 3.

So long Screwy. St. Louis 6 Cubs 3.

The Cubs tried to salvage the rubber game against the Cardinals today on a cool crisp autumn afternoon. But when one team has talent and every reason to win, and the other team has little talent and no reason to play, you usually wind up with a result like today’s 6-3 loss. The Cardinals hit donut-tire starter Justin Germano early and often, getting off to a 3-0 lead in the third. But Wellington Castillo would double in Starlin Castro and then score himself as Joe Mather stood in the batters box and did nothing while Kyle Loshe’s wild pitch scooted on by. Once again, something named Pete Kozma would make his presence felt with a home run to end Germano’s day. Soriano would equalize with a homerun in the next inning. But the Cardinals would pull away off over-used relievers Alberto Cabrera and Michael Bowden. The very furry Jason Motte would end the game and the 10,000 Cardinal fans smiled wide and flashed their 22,000 teeth in joy. If we had the chance we’d ask someone to dance, but c’mon, let’s dance with ourselves…

 

I SEE MY FUTURE BEFORE ME, I’LL HURT YOU WHEN I CAN, IT SEEMS LIKE I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE.

 

Same old same old for Germano. Just a tick away from being almost mediocre. Like a kid standing on his tippy toes to meet the roller coaster height requirement, Germano struggled to get that 6th inning to make it a decent start. 5 and 2/3rds, 10 hits, 4 ER, 1 walk and 3 K’s. He’s doing what he can. But the problem is that almost every starter can’t go deep. And while there are lots of bodies in the bullpen, there isn’t a lot of depth. Russel-Cabrera-Bowden-Socolovich to end it.

 

AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. WE’RE GOING TO BE COOL.

 

Nine more games mean I have to find nine more reasons not to pour rubbing alcohol into my eyes. One of those reasons will be the outside chance of Alfonso Soriano catching Ryan BrauHGHn and Chase Headley ( Chase Headly?!!?!??!!!?????! Really??????) for the RBI lead. So expect more Soriano blurbs in the final days.  Fair warning to all Soriano detractors, and those who subscribe to the “RBI’s are a misleading statistic” theory. Today’s home run was his 31st and his 105th RBI. He trails Braun and Headley by three. I didn’t see a single person who predicted anything higher than 85. Anyway, Go Sori!

 

FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING INTERESTING TO WATCH TODAY, HERE’S YOUR DAILY PUNCH IN THE ROCKS.

 

Joe Mather played third and wasted everybody’s time. And David Dejesus played his inferior position of center field. Yeeha.

 

Winning the first game set up possibilities that this current roster can’t accomplish right now. Since I am gonna watch these last nine games I’m gonna light a candle and pray that Sveum doesn’t feel the need to “play his most competitive team against the playoff contenders”, mostly because I disagree with what Sveum thinks is his most competitive lineup. Here’s hoping Jackson, Vitters, Castillo, Rizzo and Castro take these 9 games as a “Let’s go out and have the time of our lives” ending. It’s a pipe dream. But, hey, I thought we could win this series Friday afternoon too.

Yay Bears.

 

Box score.

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  • Since their last 9 games are against losing team, play as
    many backups as your can. It might be their last time in
    in the majors.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I would say play backups, as long as they are younger guys. Sappelt, Jackson, Barney, Castro, Rizzo, and Castillo should all play every day, with Vitters getting a couple of starts at third (maybe a little success against poor teams will help motivate him for the off-season). Soriano should also get a chance to play every day, too, as it's not every year you compete for the league lead in a major statistical category. The last week or so should be about achieving some mini-goals (avoiding 100 losses, Castro getting to .290, etc.), and getting some kids playing time.

    I can't believe how little LaHair has contributed the second half. I really enjoyed watching him hit early in the season. I feel bad for the "kid," because it's clear that it was only a matter of time that he was going to be replaced by Rizzo. Still, you'd think that with as terrible as this team has been, they could find a little more PT for the guy. He's got to have zero confidence right now. I doubt he'll be back with the Cubs next season, but I wish him luck. I think he had some value if he had gotten regular playing time all season.

  • Surefire way to get that 2nd pick that emartinezjr covets so badly. Start this line-up for the remaining games:

    C--Clevenger
    1B--LaHair
    2B--Valbuena
    SS--Barney
    3B--Vitters
    LF--Mather
    CF--Campana
    RF--Jackson

    SP--Volstad. Every start.
    RP--limit the bullpen rotation to Castillo, Cabrera, and Dolis

    A joyous emartinezjr cartwheels through the streets...

    Meanwhile, more hope is lost by Cubs fans than was lost in the entirety of Dante's Inferno.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    The Rockies almost have the 2nd pick lockedup. I just want
    <Mathers, LaHair, etc. to get their very last AB's in the majors.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    The Cubs and Rockies both have 94 losses. Colorado has 10 games left, the Cubs 9. The 2nd pick is far from "locked up".

  • Compare who each team plays their final games. I am
    also worried about gift wins they might be given.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    They are playing each other -- and in Colorado. A sweep either way probably decides the #2 pick, but it's likely going down to the wire.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Well, the wildcards here are (a) the Cubs godawful road record, and all 3 games against the Rockies in Coors and (b) the Rox have 3 games left against the Dodgers, who have been awful. (Although i'm not sure they've been worse than the DBacks, who have been beating up on Rockie pitching.)

    While not locked up, the Cubs probably 2 wins against the Astros, are already a win up, and are clearly worse than the Cubs. The wildcards could both break for the Cubs -- and they will probably need both of them to -- but at the moment i think the Rockies are the favorite. It does hurt, but now Theo and Jed get to show why they make the big bucks.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    That should be Rockies, not Astros.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    No. i must sleep. The mistake is: "While the pick is not locked up, the Cubs probably get 2 wins against the Astros, are already a win up on the Rockies, and the Rockies are clearly worse than the Cubs."

    Okay, 36 hour day ends now. 'nite.

  • I like to see Theo go after Luke Hochevar...Royals sound like they will not sign this guy after this season......what do you all think?

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I think he is a slightly harder throwing version of Randy Wells. Inconsistent at best. Remember that he plays at a pitcher friendly ballpark and has sub-par numbers.

    I guess you could take a flyer on him, and he probably isn't any worse than somebody like Germano, but he should be considered a depth signing or reclamation project, and shouldn't be paid too much. He was the #1 overall pick for a Kansas City team that was wanting to draft a player that would be easy to sign, instead of the best player available.

  • In reply to TheSinisterUrge:

    I agree with this approach to signing someone like Hochevar.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Well, Luke has certainly worn out his welcome with the vast majority of Royals' fans. He has been maddeningly unpredictable -- a gem one day, then two or three terrible starts, then a good start, then a bad one, then a gem....you get the picture. Not what they were hoping for from their "ace".
    The Royals FO might give him one more chance to turn the corner if they can re-sign him on the cheap (owner David Walmart Glass's favorite approach).
    Whoever signs him will get a high-end arm and good stuff, with a history of puzzling results.

  • How lucky can the Sox be?.....Tigers lost two games today.

  • Hey Felzz - I've seen lot of players with a bunch of homers (or really, any kind of hit) who seemed to either hit them when the bases were empty or the game's outcome was no longer in question. I love ribbies.

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    Looks like the box score link isn't up.

  • It isn't? Darn. Will fix soon.

    Cubs talk, I thought about Hocheaver too. I see upside with him. He certainly hasn't reached his potential. I don't know what it would take to get him, but it's definitely worth exploring.

    It would be nice if the Cubs got out to some leads and held them. But with this Cubs lineup I'll take as many RBI as they can hit, because who knows when they'll hit again. And if those RBIs come at a more meaningful time....well all the better.

  • I want the Cubs to win 162 games every year! I can not sit there and root for them to lose... Having said that and with all that's at stake between drafting #2, #3, #4, etc... Should Sveum bench Sori & Dejesus vs COL & HOU?

    I'd be far more interested in seeing Sappelt, Campana, etc play from here on out than using Sori's stick to drub inferior teams in meaningless games..... Obviously, I'd leave our young core (Castro, Rizzo, etc.) in there everyday....

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    That's crazy because I was just thinking the same exact thing. I put up an article on it along with a poll.

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