In a game that would have made Uncle Milton Berle very proud, the Cubs pulled out just enough to win last night. Chris Coghlan, the right handed Ryan Kalish, smacked a tying home run in the 8th inning. And Nate Schierholtz, who's name is popping up more recently in good ways, drove in the winning run in the 9th with a line drive single scoring Anthony Rizzo. The Coghlan home run brought the Cubs back from what felt like the biggest and most insurmountable 1-0 deficit the Cubs had faced all year, in part due to the weird, ineffective outing by their starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. Let's all board the Happy train and reconstruct, shall we….?
DARMOK AND JALAD (AT TANAGRA)
Last night's game featured two young power pitchers and total opposites of their prospect status. Which is interesting when you consider their "Stuff" is very similar. Wheeler is the golden Child, the "hot prospect", the untouchable that Theo and Jed are trying to get in when they eventually trade Jeff Samardzija. And you see why. Not only well built- 6'3" 190 lbs. but smooth delivery and he seems to LOVE to pitch. Can't wait to face the next batter. His 6 and 2/3rds innings of 2 hit, shut out ball with 7 K's was a treat to watch Meanwhile, Arrieta is even bigger- 6'4" 220 lbs.not nearly as smooth and absolutely terrified to throw the ball or make a mistake. Even monotonish Jim Deshais was getting fed up. ATTACK!!!!! you get a hitter in a pitcher's count you go after him. Thus every inning was a struggle. Left runners on in every inning he pitched. Yes, he got out of some jams, but at the end of the day Arrieta had gone through 100 pitches and couldn't get through the required 5 innings for a win. Watching Arrieta was like trying to swim next to a drowning victim. anyway FOUR 2/3RDS of 7 hit, 3 BB, 2k ball while only surrendering the one run. Again, the arm is there. It's between the ears with this guy.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
What's good is that the hairy bearded people are really throwing down. Reggie le Doux-looking Brian Schlitter, Everyday Jimmy, Every Day Grimmy, and the Regular Ramirez have really been solid this year. Overused…..Oh sure. But this is the model for the pen going forward- organizationally built, young, athletic, and apparently hairy as as the day is long. Might want to start finding another one to add because I think either Grimm or Ramirez will make a jump to starter next year.
I'LL HAVE THE SURF AND TURF, BUT WITH NO MEAT AND CAN WE SUBSTITUTE SOMETHING FOR THE SEAFOOD?
Of all of Ricky Ticky's bizarre moves, the one I'll never understand is the Hit and run with the runner that can't run and the hitter that can't hit. Bottom of the fifth, Schierholtz, whose been around .300 (10-for-32) his last ten games leads off with a single. Chris Coghlan brings his .154/.191/.231 up there and the manager calls for a hit and run. Coghlan out, Schierholtz out. Any more bright ideas…. Of course, it's easy to say that when they tie and win you the game when left alone. This second guessing is really easy…...
So hey hey, a win over the Mets. That always feels good, even if the Mets are our rebuilding throughbig egotistical GMs and financially constrained owner cousins these days. There was a time when the Mets were every bit the rivalry the Cards were. Ahh well. Real "Bread in the meatloaf" pitching matchup tonight as guess which form of Edwin Jackson takes the bump for the Cubs and…….. I kid you not…… Dice K Matsuzaka takes the mound for the Mets. Looked it up twice, folks. Anyway, sounds like a winnable game. So here's hoping that it is. Onwards.