After the the most unexpected game of the 2013 season, the Cubs turned around and gave us a very, very predictable game today at Chavez Ravine. Pancake like flat were the Cubs as they meekly flailed their lumber at Uber average starter Ricky Nolasco. Where as they battled against Clayton Kershaw, they surrendered as they struck out 11 times against Nolasco. In fact every hitter in the lineup struck out at least once. I guess it was good that it was a team effort. But jeez. Anyway, the Dodgers got enough off Edwin jackson to put this game way pretty quickly. Hanley Ramirez homered in the first. Andre Ethier homered over that three foot fence in right in the fourth. And the Dodgers salted it away with two runs in the fifth spurred on by Edwin Jackson's Matt Garza impersonation when he took Ricky Nolasco's grounder and threw it eight feet wide of the third baseman, allowing a run to score. Thankfully, every day comes with an evening. Or so Canadian Club tells me. And We're going to need it after this one.
I DON'T REMEMBER ASKING YOU A GODDAMN THING
Edwin Jackson does just enough to piss you off. He actually was pretty good today. He almost went 7 ( 6.2 innings). He only allowed 2 earned runs. He struck out 5. But he allowed the Dodgers to get the lead in the first. The two runs he allowed that weren't earned were the result of his piss poor fielding. And he needed 124 pitches to get through 6 and two third innings. Jackson's flaws look bigger when the offense does nothing. But Jackson insists on blemishing anything good. You wonder if the Cubs are letting pitchers like Samardzija and Jackson get up tto the 120 pitch count because A) they don't trust the bullpen B) They're getting close to shutdown time and letting them air it out before they do. Or C) a combination of both. Everyday Jimmy bailed out Jackson and Damn-near everyday Blake threw a perfect 8th, striking out all 3 Dodgers he faced.
I'M AS MAD AS HELL. AND I AINT GONNA TAKE IT ANY MORE.
So Sveum had a late tee time, or an early Tattoo session. But he wasn't round for this game, getting thrown out in the first inning. It wasn't a carryover from last night as there were no controversies. It seemed a tad goating by Barksdale but Sveum could have avoided an ejection there. Did it affect the team? Not really. I doubt it's "the frustration of the season" because they were coming off their best win... Seems needless to me.
THIS PLANET AIN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE TWO OF US SO....OFF YOU GO.
So the Dodgers are going to be trading an outfielder over the winter. There simply isn't enough room for Puig, Kemp, Crawfors, and Ethier. Three of them are incredibly overpaid. But, seeing as how the Cubs might have an opening in their outfield ( and certainly in their Lineup) taking on a Crawford or an Ethier, especially if you could lower the trade by taking on more of the salary, might be a decent option for the Cubs. Just spitballing.
This game felt like I thought yesterday's would feel. Striking out 11 times against Nolasco is just ridiculous. Off day tomorrow and then Ryno returns to Wrigley with his underachieving Phillies. Halladay vs. Samardzija. That might even get ol' Felzz into the stands for that one. Of course, the last two times I saw the Cubs play against Halladay they bashed his brains in. Here's hoping good things come in threes..... Until then, onwards.