As a baseball fan, if you can step back and look at it, you have to appreciate the randomness and wild unpredictability that is baseball. But as a Cub fan, it is pound your glass on the bar so hard you pull shards of glass out of your face infuriating to watch this club come off a series so fun and impressive as the Giants and turn around and gift wrap 3 games to the struggling, lame, and bad Brewers. Yet that's what happened. And it happened twice. Following an all-too-familiar script. Sporadic offense with missed opportunities which trusted a lead to a tired spotty bullpen. And the Bullpen going all fat kid at the spelling bee and letting the game run down their leg. The Cubs looked to be in full control in the first game. A five run fifth which featured 4 clutch two out RBI hits by Darwin Barney, Wellington Castillo, Carlos Villanueva, and David Dejesus gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead. But a tired Carlos Villanueva let on two in the seventh, and when Dale Sveum asked James Russell to make his 148th trip to the mound this year, the result was a 3 run homer by Khris Davis. The Cubs appealed the play on the grounds that someone who who spells Khris with a K and an H shouldn't be allowed to do anything, but that appeal was overturned. A couple batters later, Jean Segura doubled home the ever annoying Norichika Aoki and that was pretty much that. In the second game, the Cubs once again employed a "just score runs in one inning" approach, getting two runs on a gapper by Kim Dejesus' husband. But the Save-Bot couldn't nail down the victory as he couldn't overcome a double speak strike zone of Umpire Jim Wolf and watched as the would be 5th out went off of Starlin Castro's glove and into left field for the winning RBI's. Double shot of ice for the Cubs and their fans. Gimme a glazed doughnut and a bottle of anything....to go.
ARIETA, GENTILLE ARIETA. ARIETA JE TE PLUMARAI
Today marked the debut of Jake Arieta, acquired for Scott FELDMAN!!!!!! earlier this month. There's enough to be excited about. What hits you right off the bat is the easy gas Arieta throws. Jake was mid 90's without really throwing that hard. Reminded me a lot of Cashner. He also has a sharp breaking ball which he seems a little more hesitant to throw as his control of it is....well....not very. His fastball could also use a heaping help of movement as it is very straight. Hey one run on two hits over 6 innings is great. But this was a last place Brewer lineup resting three of its better players. Still some things to work on. Villanueva was fine starting the first game, but tired in the 7th as swing pitchers who go from starter to reliever to starter tend to do.
QUIT BEATING THAT DEAD HORSE. I NEED IT TO PITCH THIS INNING.
You hate to use something as tired and blasé as "It is what it is" to describe the Cubs bullpen. But here we are. I could recite Everyday Jimmy's over use and talk about how righties are hitting over .400 with RISP against Russell. But Russell has earned Dale's trust, he's the only pitcher to do so and Dale's simply going to use him. Gregg had a ton of misfortune in the second game. The Ump had some Cybill issues. defense let him down. But, the closer is judged in pretty black and white terms. And Gregg blew the lead.....so black. You can say that Castro should have caught that last ball. In fact, YOU SHOULD say that Castro should have caught the ball. But why were we looking at bases loaded against this team. Why would you ever throw a ball against them?
SWINGING THE BAT UNTI IT GOES CLIQUE!!!!!!!!
So while Russell, and Gregg were making GM's around th league say "yikes" one player that might have raised some eyebrows was David Dejesus. Dejesus has played enough since coming back from injury to show that he's healthy. And he plays that gritty all-around game that would mesh well with post season ball. But he does WANT to be here. And if traded, Epstoyer will have to replace him in the off season via free agency. Are you sure you can find a veteran as solid as DDJ who wants to be here at a contract as reasonable as his? Sure you're sure? That better be one hell of a prospect.
How did we get back here? The Cubs were seven games under .500 on a roll with a goal of .500 almost a reasonable goal. And this was an awful Brewer team rocked by PED suspension that can't win on the road. And they've won 3 in less than 30 hours.I need a shower just thinking about it. Anyway, Multiple Ed - Edwin jackson takes the bump tomorrow trying to avoid the sweep. He takes on Wily Peralta- Suuuuuper Genius! Jackson has been pitching really well of late. But, YET AGAIN, starting pitching hasn't been this team's problem. Ahhhhhhh.... OK, back to the Schierholtz rumors. And onwards.