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The Cubs continued their winning ways Thursday night with a 9-6 win over the Cardinals. Obviously, the offense came through, but Kyle Hendricks again labored, going only 4.2 innings, giving up 9 hits and 3 runs. Brian Duening pitched 0.1 innings, picking up the win.
While the Cubs bullpen wasn’t as sharp as it often has been this season, it was good enough. Pedro Strop also pitched 0.1 innings and picked up the save.
Another comeback win
The Cubs trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before a 5 run fifth put them ahead for good. Ian Happ capped the inning with a two run homer. Jason Heyward had three hits and drove in two runs while Anthony Rizzo had two doubles from the leadoff slot. Victor Caratini also had three hits, scored three runs and drove home a run. It was a nice balanced attack. I’m afraid the Cubs will need more of that as the season goes on.
Matheny might not have been the answer, but there are other problems
Just a couple of quick thoughts on the Cardinals; They just fired Mike Matheny as manager. From what I’ve read from Cardinal fans, they don’t mind that so much. Matheny aside, the Cardinals just don’t seem to have the horses now. They look to be about a .500 team, and that’s about where they’re at.
An Oriole is kicked out of the nest
Player movement is accelerating in MLB. As expected, Manny Machado was moved by the Orioles. The Dodgers were able to pick up Machado for five prospects headlined by outfielder, Yusneil Diaz. Diaz has put up an OPS of .905 in AA ball. His OBP is .428. All things considered, I think the Orioles did pretty well for a less than a half season of Machado.
One thing about Machado, he’s a far better third baseman than shortstop. That works for the Dodgers for the rest of the season, but if Manny wants to play shortstop long term, it hurts his value.
Indians get a helping Hand
The Indians bolstered their bullpen by picking up Padres closer, Brad Hand, as well as usual bullpen piece, Adam Cimber. The price was top Indians prospect, Francisco Mejia. Mejia is a catcher/outfielder. MLB Trade Rumors says Keith Law has him ranked as the number five prospect in baseball. Mejia is considered an excellent offensive prospect and has been tearing it up in AAA.
Are the Cubs out of trade options?
There were rumblings that the Cubs were interested in Brad Hand, and I sort of wondered why. I thought their pen was solid. Then I saw they put Brandon Morrow on the 10 day DL with inflammation in the right biceps. That’s a little worrisome. Previously Morrow had gone on the DL when he hurt his back while putting on his pants. If the inflammation of the biceps is the result of brushing his teeth, I’ll really be worried.
How will the Cubs get to Morrow?
I think the Cubs have enough depth to survive the loss of Morrow short term, or even long term during the regular season. It’s the playoffs I worry about. Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr. and Steve Cishek can all close if need be. I’d like to have Morrow primed for the post season run, which would help slot everybody else.
The trades for Machado and Hand highlight the need to have some goodies in the farm system to add to the big club. Unfortunately, the Cubs cupboard is pretty much bare. I’m afraid they’ll have to play what they have.
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