One eye on the pistol, the other on the door. Cubs 7 Nats 2.

One eye on the pistol, the other on the door. Cubs 7 Nats 2.

Jon Baker blew up for four RBI as the Cubs continued their march back to respectability, smacking down the Washington  Nationals 7-2 at Wrigley Field. With the Cubs down 1-0 thanks to a Ryan Zimmerman RBI single in the 2nd, Jon Baker laced his first single of the day to center field scoring Luis Valbuena who had earlier doubled. The Cubs would add one more run when Darwin Barney, whose pissing off Cub fans everywhere by actually hitting, singled home Chris Coghlan. The teams would exchange runs and keep it at 3-2 until the 7th. The Cubs would load the bases and Jon Baker came up to the plate with an industrial strength broom……OK…..He came up to the plate with baseball bat……But he had sweeping on his mind……. Well OK, he had baseball on his mind. But when he laced a double down the right field line he SWEPT  the bases clear and the cleaning imagery was on, because the game was over. Let's see if we can free ourselves of my nonsense.


I saw a lot of loud outs in Jason Hammel's performance. I've seen a lot of loud outs from Jason Hammel this whole year. But the bottom line's keep coming through. This one reads 6.1 IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, and 6K. Kind of what it's read all year. I wonder if other GM's are a little gun shy after seeing the success of the Feldman and Garza deals. Remember at the time each of those trades were made, they weren't considered the home runs people are calling them today. GM's might be looking at Hammel and saying, "Not falling for that…" but…..if this was……HAMMEL'S LAST START AS A CUB!!!!!!!……. It was kind of underwhelming. Duck Dynasty, Wesley Wright And everyday Grimmy finished up for the Cubs.


So Jon Baker wrote himself into short term Cub lore today. 3 for 3 with 4 RBI. I don't think Beef has much to worry about.  What Mr. Castillo might have to worry about is how at ease Mr. Baker looks behind the plate and how comfortable pitchers like pitching to him. That he had a nice offensive game today is just bonus cookies.


Bottom of the Cubs order today went 7-14 and was responsible for 5 of the Cubs 7 runs. And the other two came from lead off man Ryan Sweeney, who knocked in teammates from the bottom of the order. Hope you got to experience it. Next scheduled appearance of offense from the lower part of the Cubs order is July 27th…..

So two in a row is a nice thing. We'll definitely take it. Cubs are now .500 at home with an 18-18 record. They also have a 12-8 record against the NL East, which I thought might be higher. Double header tomorrow as a Cub game/gay pride parade on Sunday might cause gridlock for the next 6 weeks. Whatever. The result is a double header tomorrow with Dallas Beeler making the trip from the corn to pitch game 1. Shark will anchor game 2. If Beeler can come through a sweep looks ridiculously possible. So let's root for that. Onwards.



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  • Twitter heating up with Abreu vs. Rizzo debates.

  • Rizzo leading in every metric, except for slugging, which he is pretty darn good at himself. I'll take that plus being younger, cheaper, controlled longer, and playing far superior D.

  • In reply to nmu’catsbball:

    I agree that Rizzo is a better fit for us and a better fit for cubs. But base it on stats. Being younger or cost controlled is not a stat to prove that. Rizzo does have more walks. But abreu has a lot more Hr and 20 more RBI. I think Rizzo will get to the RBI level once line up improves

  • Agreed. I just wiped the floor with a white sox fan trying to say otherwise.

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    John already had an article comparing both. It sort of decided that Abreu was better for what the White Sox needed and Rizzo was better for what the Cubs needed. Both are having exception years. Both teams should be happy with the player they have.

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    I get why they're excited and defend their player, because I would be excited to have Abreu as well. But come on, if you look at it strictly by the numbers, it's really not a question...

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    that's all they are good for! Go Cubs

  • The DarBar has hit in 7 of his last 8. Good to see. Also good to see some offense from someone other than the Big Two.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    He has looked a lot more like the Barney of 2012 than the Barney of 2013 at the plate of late. Given - that's still a very low bar to go under, but I think we all could live with a Darwin Barney who hits north of 0.240, and gets the ball out of the infield once in a while.

    Besides - if he is hitting like he has been - it makes him a better trade candidate, if the Cubs don't keep him.

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    In reply to drkazmd65:

    " I think we all could live with a Darwin Barney who hits north of 0.240"

    I have to disagree, dr65. Even in Barney's best year (2011) when he hit .276, his OPS was still a below pathetic .666, which was 2nd worst among all MLB second basemen. That's not something I care to live with.
    Regardless, he'll probably be gone by season's end, possibly sooner, so the point is likely moot.

  • I remember telling my White Sox friends at the time that the move, while a darn good one, reeked of latter day Hendry trying to keep a sinking ship afloat. Think Fukodome. I got all kinds of grief. And Abreu is a heck of a player. But, the 2014 White Sox are sitting where the 2010 Cubs used to be…. That's going to be a long road over there.

  • I was hoping for 'Baker Street' lyrics in the recap. Another nice game today. What do you think about the Hawks pick tonight?

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    Startin' to come together, felzzer. Startin 'to come together. Would like to see 70 or more wins this season. Might be tough with the sell-off coming.

  • In reply to Ray:

    How about Starlin' to come together, Ray?

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    In reply to Greggie Jackson:

    I like it!

  • Luv the recaps, felzz. Not shabby when the Cubs win also!;)

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