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Cubs bats were slumping, then came Bronson

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As hoped for, the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff proved to be an elixir for slumping Cubs bats.  The Reds started 40 year old singer/song writer, Bronson Arroyo, and the results were predictable.  Arroyo went 5 innings, allowing 5 runs and 8 hits.  Ultimately the Cubs picked up 13 hits.  Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo each had 2 hits, including a home run.  Addison Russell and Ian Happ also homered.  All that led to a Cubs 9-5 win.

The Cubs started their own old guy, 38 year old Jon Lackey.  Lackey was solid, if unspectacular, going 5.1 innings and giving up 3 runs.  It was good enough for the Lackey to pick up the win and raise his record to 4-3.  His ERA is sitting at 4.37.  All in all, Lackey is a solid middle/end of rotation guy.

Willson Contreras picked up his 8th error last night.  He leads the league in errors.  That's remarkable for a catcher.  I did a quick check and didn't see another year where a catcher led the league in errors.  Hopefully Contreras will settle down a little bit.  He still seems really hyper.  Hopefully he'll calm down as the year goes on.  I miss Grandpa Ross.

Schwarber's big game comes at a time when I was wondering if he needed to go down to Iowa if he didn't pick things up.  Keep in mind not every Cubs blue chip prospect has panned out. Some have been traded for some nice pitching pieces.

Remember Arismendy Alcantara?  He was one of the first of the wave of Cubs prospects to hit the majors. After a hot start, he tailed off.  He's now with the Reds .  Junior Lake looked good for about a week and then started down the trail of anonymity.

Dan Voglebach was a bat first first baseman who was blocked in the Cubs system.  The Cubs flipped him to the Seattle Mariners for Mike Montgomery.  A real nice move for the Cubs.

Jorge Soler looked great in the post season of 2015 but slumped last season.  He was traded to the Royals for closer Wade Davis.  Another good move on the Cubs part.

My point is that not every prospect turns out to be Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo.  The Cubs really can't be exactly sure what they have in Kyle Schwarber.

As for tonight's game, the Cubs will be facing Scott Feldman. You might remember Feldman was traded to the Orioles for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.  While that was a great deal for the Cubs, as of right now, Feldman's ERA is almost 2 runs per game lower than Arrieta's.

I woke up to find the White Sox had lost in 11 to the Angels, 7-6.  It was a particularly tough loss, as a Tim Anderson home run had given the Sox a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th.  David Robertson came on for a second inning of work and gave up 2 runs to pick up the loss.  As happened last year, when Robertson blew a save, it was particularly painful.

There were some positives.  Derek Holland gave the Sox a quality start, going 6 innings while giving up 3 earned runs.  Leury Garcia, Yolmer Sanchez, Tim Anderson and Avisail Garcia all had 2 tits.  Anderson and Sanchez both homered.  The fact that the Sox scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take it into extra innings was both encouraging, and then frustrating when they ultimately lost.

Former Bears QB, Jay Cutler said the Bears shouldn't rush Mitch Trubisky.  It seems only fair.  The Bears don't rush other teams quarterbacks.

More next time.

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