With the Cubs record against teams over .500 sitting at a robust 9-32, and the NL leading Cardinals just sitting over the horizon, the Cubs could use a really bad team to right their ship. And wouldn't you know, there's an awful one right here in Flushing, New York. The Cubs took advantage of a shaky and unfocused Shawn Marcum and a much needed quality start from Edwin jackson and defeated the Metropolitans 6-3 at the Citi morgue. Nate Schierholtz, batting in the 3 hole for the first time, because, well.....everyone else isn't qualified, got the Cubs on the board first with a home run to the "Pepsi Porch" in Right field. And the Cubs would run away and hide in the next inning when after loading the bases against Marcum, David Dejesus emptied them with a triple to right center. All was not sunshine and unicorns for Dejesus. In the very next inning, Dejesus was tracking a Juan Lagares flyable when the darn right center field wall didn't get out of his way. Doesn't that wall know how sexy David Dejesus's wife is? I mean really..... Anyway, Dejesus hurt himself pretty bad. Late word was Kim Dejesus' husband was being taken to the hospital for X-rays to see if it was a dislocated shoulder or merely a strained shoulder. He was replaced by Ryan Sweeney. And the excitement of the game was soon replaced by dullness and an odor of peppers and tires....otherwise known as Queens in the summer. Luis Valbuena would double home Anthony Rizzo and the Mets would make a half hearted comeback attempt against James Russell. But like most new york dreams, it died quickly. Let's see if we can find a cab.
I'M LOOKING AT THE PTCHER IN THE MIRROR.
Very good start for Edwin Jackson. 6 IP, allowing 1 run on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 7. Yee and ha. With the Cubs bullpen being taxed for 8 innings it was essential that jackson go deep. Would have loved another inning, but with Jackson it's baby steps to the elevator. Lots of loud outs. Dejesus, Sweeney, Soriano, and Schierholtz were all in gazelle mode to catch some hard hit balls. But when you're staked with a big lead against an awful team in a gluttonous park like Citi Field, you pitch to contact. And Jackson did. Russell wasn't very good in his inning of work, giving up two runs. But Marmol and Save Bot 6300 were fine finishing out the game.
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Every time I say something about Rizzo slumping or being concerned about his play, he usually sticks it right back up my giggy. Tonight, Rizzo went 3-for-4 and scored two runs. He worked the count. He went the other way. He looked like a new hitter. Was it Dale Sveum's move of putting Rizzo in the 5 slot. Was it the crappy Mets pitching? Was it just one game and I should probably stop overanalyzing everything? Probably all of the above. But you like to see the slumps get busted. And maybe this is the start of just that.
TRACK YOU DOWN LIKE A MISSLE
Kudos to all the outfielders tonight for their great play. It's a shame about Dejesus injury, and no I'm not talking about his trade value. He's been a good soldier and a hard working veteran and anyone believing in this big plan should know that the Cubs are going to need players LIKE Dejesus for the Almoras and Baezes and Solers to follow when they eventually get up here. Soriano also made a wonderful play throwing out David Wright when he tried to advance to third even though his team was down 3 runs. I know Superman came out today David,,,, but really?
So hey hey! A win. Two in a row in fact. And with FELDMAN and Garza going against two pitchers not named Harvey, the Cubs have an excellent chance to leave Flushing with a series win and possibly a sweep. But first things first. Three in a row has a nice sound and Captain Picard and I would like to make it so. Onwards.