Last night, the Pirates and Cubs waited out a two hour rain delay before eventually playing a baseball game Saturday night. Sadly fans should have been rooting for the rain. Too many old Cub mistakes- defensive lapses, thoughtless pitches, misguided at-bats etc. led the Cubs to give away a game they were leading and a series they were leading to be tied. The Cubs got on the board after falling behind on a Jordan Mercer home run. I know as a writer of a baseball Blog I should be able to tell you about Jordan Mercer. Well I can't. He plays for the Pirates and apparently has some pop. Anyway, Anthony Rizzo erased that lead in the 4th with what looked like an "excuse me" Home run swing. He was fooled on the pitch, hesitated with his swing, drove the darn thing out of the park anyway. When you're going good…. Well, that would be sort of it for the Cubs offense, and two innings later the Pirates would get the lead back. Jordan Mercer would score (Of course) on a Josh Harrison single and he would score when Andrew McCutchen got his 98th RBI against the Cubs or so it seemed. The Pirates would get two more on a Josh Harrison home run that didn't have to be and that would kinda be it. Eli Whiteside did something positive- RBI double or something….No one cares. Good night, drive home safely. Make sure you mumble something of an apology after urinating on a lawn.
ODDS AND SODDS AND GAME OBSERVATIONS.
HOW MUCH WOOD COULD TRAVIS WOOD CHUCK IF TRAVIS WOULD CHUCK WOOD
For some reason it took Travis Wood almost 100 pitches to not get through 5 innings. Converse that with the bespectacled and not nearly as talented Vance Worley, who only needed 90 pitches to carry the game into the 7th. Worley threw 68 strikes to Wood's 57. And Worley's 29 foul balls should've been a bigger hinderance than Travis' 19. Just a clunker for Travis tonight- 4.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 4 K. Schlitter got the Cubs out of the 5th. Everyday Grimmy got knicked up a little in his two innings of work and the good house Villanueva was fine through his two innings of work.
WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE
So the old National news went to their tired narrative of the baseball spectrum last night. Down 3-2 with two outs in the 7th, Pittsburgh rookie Gregory Polanco grounded a routine ball to SS Starlin Castro. Castro mistook Polanco's hyper speed and gave a routine throw over to 1st…..which Polanco beat out. And allowed the next hitter-Josh Harrison to go BOOM!!!!! 5-2 Pirates. CJ Nitkowski was all over Castro, and all of last year's deficiencies were brought up AGAIN, even though Renteria BEFORE THE GAME had talked about how Castro had improved tremendously in that area of his game. Castro should have thrown him out, but it very well could have been a case of Polanco out hustling the throw. And that was never brought up.
EXPLAIN IT TO ME……AND LIZ PHAIR.
So during the off season in my pursuit for one measly hitter to help protect Rizzo and Castro and actually start putting the "Build" in rebuild I meekly suggested Nelson Cruz on a one year deal. I was immediately hopped on Popp by several draftniks about how we'd not only lose our sandwich pick but we'd lose several dollars of draft pool money. So, okay, we don't draft Jake Stinnett, and maybe….MAYBE we lose enough money that we don't draft a Dylan Cease, but meanwhile we have an extra 23 HR and 60 RBI in our lineup, might possibly be winning baseball games and at the very, very worst have an MVP like trade asset to go with Samardzija and Hammel that would likely get you prospects as good as Jake Stinnett………..right? Where am I wrong here?
1,2,3 YOU'RE OUT……..1,2,3 YOU'RE OUT!……..1,2,3…YOU'RE OUT!
How silly was that 9th inning against "new" closer Mark Melancon. He threw 12 pitches- 9 strikes against Castro, Valbuena and Junior lake and got 3 strikeouts. If their eyes were open for more than 2 of those pitches I'd go ahead and call myself blind.
So Theo made the airwaves to pretty much let everyone know that barring something incredibly unforeseen, we're not going to see Kris Bryant ( and possibly Javier Baez) till June of next year. And there's a part of me that's fine with that. If we're punting this season, and it sure looks like they're trying to punt this season, than may as well adhered to those kind of rules. But you can't tell us that "The player will tell us when he's ready" because Bryant has been doing that all year. Just tell us there are bigger wheels turning…..Like the business side keeps all the money in Pringle cans and it's hard to get the deals done. Once again he talked about the need to have veterans in place when the kids are called up. And I'm fine with that too. But shouldn't a veteran or two been in place for Castro and Rizzo, two players you signed long term to be part of your core?
Is today's musical Sunday choice. Although I've been playing a lot of Beck as he graced the music pavilion I live across the street from. So if you need a Beck album- today it's "Guerro"
"Dazed and Confused" was on last night. I've been looking for 25 years, it still doesn't get much better than Parker Posey in 70's shorts for me…..
Cumpton vs. Hammel for the Cubs third series in a row. They give such hope in their wins and crash with such a thud in their losses, who knows what to make of what. I say we hope for the best. Onwards.