Q tips series Cubs way over the Cardinals while Mariners navigate past the White Sox

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The Cubs got another well pitched game from their starter as they took the rubber game of their five game series with the Cardinals by a score of 7-2.  Jose Quintana went seven innings and gave up two earned runs in route to the victory.  The win ups Quintana’s record to 9-6.

The Cubs fell behind, again

The Cardinals scored a run in the first and another one in their half of the fourth before the Cubs tied things in the bottom of the fourth.  The Cubs scored their first run on an Ian Happ double.  Willson Contreras tied the game when he drove Happ home with a single down the third base line.

Then they went ahead, again

Kyle Schwarber put the Cubs ahead 3-2 with a high fly ball home run that barely made it into the right field bleachers.  The Cubs added another run in the seventh on a Kris Bryant RBI single.  The Cubs added three more runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Contreras, Almora and Rizzo.

Jesse makes Cardinals say Uncle

Jesse Chavez came on and pitched an impressive 1-2-3 eighth inning.  Randy Rosario came on and pitched a scoreless ninth after giving up a couple of one out hits.  All in all, a nice win for the Cubs and a good start to the second half of the season.

Don't mind me

A few days ago I expressed some doubt about the Cubs picking up meaningful help before the trade deadline.  Undeterred by my statement, the Cubs are reportedly talking to the Orioles about Zach Britton.  I’d feel a little better if they could pick him up.  I don’t know who the Cubs have in the low minors that would interest the Orioles, but David Bote has been impressive from what I’ve seen and could be a potential trade chip.  I just doubt he’s enough be himself.

Jesse Chavez has been a nice pickup for the Cubs.  They got him from the Rangers in exchange for minor leaguer, Tyler Thomas.  Chavez can start and relieve.  The fact that he can go multiple innings enhances his value with a Cubs team that relies heavily on its bullpen.

Are Cardinals flying south?

I obviously don’t follow the Cardinals as closely as I do the Cubs or White Sox, but they seem to be a team that’s disjointed.  Their bullpen is just fair and their defense is shoddy.  I know it’s a bitter pill for Cardinals fans to swallow, but they probably should be sellers at the trade deadline.  Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina are the guys having the best seasons for the Cards.  Molina is 35 and Carpenter is 32.  They do have some nice starting pitchers, if they’re able to take the ball.

At least the games are on the West Coast

While the Cubs were playing a five game set against the Cardinals, the White Sox were in Seattle playing the Mariners in a three game series.  The results were predictable.  The Sox lost two out of three.  The starting pitching held up pretty well, there’s just not enough offense.

There are no big games for James with the White Sox

James Shields did his part to be attractive trade bait in the Sox 3-1 loss Friday night.  Shields went seven innings, allowing two runs, one of which was earned.  Saturday was even better for the Sox starter.  Dylan Covey pitched 8.1 innings, giving no runs on two hits in the Sox 5-0 win.  Avisail Garcia hit a three run homer and Leury Garcia made a great leaping catch at the left field wall, robbing Mitch Haniger of a two-run homer in the ninth.

They seem to wake up and find themselves down by five

Sunday’s 8-2 loss was a perfect example of while the Sox can be excruciating to watch.  Reynaldo Lopez gave up all five runs, all in the first inning.  It could have been prevented.  On one play, Tim Anderson took a one hopper at deep short, but could get the runner at first.  Anderson was seemingly playing on the warning track.  It’s hard to throw a guy out from there.  On another ball, a leaping Jose Abreu couldn’t quite snag a loping liner.  The ball dropped off his glove and Abreu didn’t notice he had a play at third and Reynaldo Lopez didn’t cover first.  The end result was a five run Mariners first.  The Sox could never recover.  The Sox only runs came on a Tim Anderson two-run homer.

Do you know the way to trade Jose?

I’ve advocated the Sox hanging on to Jose Abreu for some time now.  I’m reconsidering.  Jose is having the worst year of his career and if he’s not hitting, he’s not helping the team.  Maybe a change of scenery would be good for him.  If the Sox can get something semi-decent for him maybe now’s the time to pull the trigger on a deal.

 

 

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