Sorry for the late wrap. But the game went long and it was a Friday night. Besides the Blackhawks were, and still are, participating in one of the best hockey series they have ever played in their entire existence. Plus I thought I'd let Arguello tell you all about how Kris Bryant hit his 19th dinger or whatever it is. The truth is the Cubs aren't really worthy of the prime spot in my attention span right now. Nor yours. Yes, this is a Cubs Blog and we'll breakdown last night's tilt with the Brewers- which felt like a lot of games with the Brewers . Travis Wood couldn't have served balls up better if he placed them on a batting tee as the Brewers scored five 1st inning runs. The Brewers would add another before the Cubs could counter with two runs of their own- both on hits that wouldn't leave the infield. Hey, Bonifaccio and Lake using their speed is a good thing. Anyway, Travis would give one more run back when Brewers catcher Martin Maldanado ( Candy's kid?) singled home Rickee Weeks and his 80 lbs of dreadlocks. That was it for Travis. And it was pretty much it for the Cubs as the Brewers tagged the Moose-tache for 4 runs in the 5th. The Cubs would get some garbage runs but who cares. Game over. Brewers 11 Cubs 5. Hopefully, the Brewers fans will wear their pants a little more appropriately around their waist tomorrow…. We can hope.
THE INVISIBLE PITCHER
Travis Wood was so bad you almost feared he was hurt. Pancacke flat fastballs with lack of movement breaking balls. It was over before it started. Either Wood has a dead arm or it really was "One of those games". As for the "Moose-tache" I'm not sure what you do. Didn't they already try the mystery ailment trip to the DL? He seems completely lost. I'd like to think a release might be in order. Wada couldn't be worse than what Villanueva's giving right?….. Oh. With the Brewers sporting 6-9 run leads, Jose Veras got in two innings of very solid relief work. Do anything for you? Thought not. Wesley Wright, fresh off the paternity list, cleaned up…..get used to that.
I'M AS MAD AS HELL. AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!!
I'm not one of those guys that need their manager to turn over the clubhouse spread after a loss to show the fans he cares. But I do see a malaise setting in on this team when they get down early. It's very Sveum-ish. And it got Sveum shown the door a year or two early. And while Rich Rent is doing much better work with the two kids, he is manager of the CHICAGO CUBS. Anyway, if this week where you only score runs when you're down by 5 doesn't call for some kind of meeting or move….then what does?
A SLICE OF RUGGIANO'S
Justin Ruggiano was the Cubs big pickup this winter, traded for a player the Cubs picked up off the waiver wire. I remember some of Arguello's #nerdflu posse pointing to some deeper numbers saying this might be a nice pickup. Hopefully those numbers appear again because the .227/.306./.341 he's posting in limited action does nothing for me. I understand he's a placeholder until one of the Cubs wet dreams arrives. But there's a difference between ordering a place holder from Crate & Barrell and covering a hole with some 2X4's and some duct tape and calling it a "placeholder"…. He needs to play better.
So that was miserable. Thankfully the Hawks took most of my attention away an hour into it. Won't be the case later today however. But it is a good pitching matchup as Jason Hammel takes on Wily Peralta….Suuuuuuper Genius! Hopefully this game can survive on a competitive nature and not because of the loyalty of the viewers. Again, we can hope. Onwards.