So I dog the Cubs offense, Moody breaks down just how bad the offense has been, So naturally what happens? The Cubs go up against one of the Brewers nastiest pitchers and clown him. Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs off of Wily Peralta and poured on some more late. Meanwhile Jason Hammel left the Brewers on ice for 7 straight innings and just as ugly as last night's game was, today's 7-0 shutout was equally as sweet. It almost made all those exposed butt cheeks from Brewer fans bearable…… Almost. Let's get happy.
HAMMEL OF THE GODS
Second time Jason Hammel has pitched at Miller Park. Second time Jason Hammel has gone 7 shutout innings. What more do you want? Hammel was simply dominant- striking out 8 Brewers. The draft is next week and then all the talk will turn to who we can trade Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija too. It would be smart, even from a trade perspective, to at least say you're talking to Hammel's agent about an extension. It's not like there aren't any long term openings on the Cubs roster for pitchers. Whatever. Enjoying him pitch while he's still here. Everyday Grimmy and Pedro Strop closed it out for the Cubs.
A DAY OF REST
So after Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run both the Milwaukee and Cub announcers made it a point to say that Anthony Rizzo was coming off his first day off of the year. A quick check of twitter showed 700 references to the fact that Rizzo had a day off the day before and that's why he hit a home run today. My father spoke to me from Heaven and said the reason Anthony Rizzo hit a home run was because he had a day off the day before. So next time someone asks you why Rizzo had such a great day today…..tell them you don't know.
DON'T STOP YOUR PLANS ON ACCOUNT OF ME.
Recent plans had Asmiraldy Alcantarra playing a game in CF. Those plans changed due to rain, but it was a good idea then, it's a good idea now. Even with the big offensive explosion today Junior lake was 0-4 and nate Schierholtz was 0-3 while getting thrown out on of the silliest stolen base attempts I've seen. There are vacancies in the outfield short term and long….. No reason not to fill them.
So that was much more fun than Friday night. Wish the Cubs showed more of this version of the Cubs and less like the light hitting goofballs we saw during the week. Sadly the answer is a combo of both. But that doesn't mean we can't believe we're moving towards a winning team. Shark is on the mound tomorrow while Kyle Loshe takes the bump for the Brewers. Should be a good time, assuming the Brewer fans can keep their pants up, which I doubt. Perhaps if we can fool them into thinking they're going to Church….ehhh. Just one more day, nothing we ain't seen. Onwards.