So let's preface this by saying that the series finale was overshadowed by the Cubs plotting their future in the MLB Draft. You can check out our quickie Day One blog here and Jackson fapping to a dream lineup here at our mothership. But there are another 38 rounds to go of this year's draft, and the Cubs noticeably took two underslot players, albeit solid picks, with their top two slots. Which got me to thinking...
So $8.7MM-ish to play with (including penalties), #4 slot worth $4.6MM, #45 slot worth $1.25MM. How much $ did #Cubs save? Hmmm...!
— Rice Cube (@CubicSnarkonia) June 6, 2014
See this post for a run down of the slot values through the first ten rounds. But it really does seem like the Cubs are using the Astros' strategy of underslotting to generate depth through the first ten rounds, unless something really weird happens with their first pick tomorrow...
Enough of that, let's get on to the games!
Cubs vs. Mets
Tuesday, June 3 - Cubs 2, Mets 1
The Cubs were on the verge of being shut out when the lefties in the lineup started feasting on the Mets LOOGYs. Jake Arrieta couldn't get through five full, but the bullpen held firm and Hector Rondon secured a walk-off victory when Nate Schierholtz remembered he was supposed to hit every now and then. Chris Coghlan tied the game earlier with a solo home run. Nice start to the series!
Wednesday, June 4 - Cubs 5, Mets 4
Starlin Castro made a costly error (it was bad, but it was more of a "shit happens" kind of bad upon looking at the replay) which led to three unearned runs and a short outing for Edwin Jackson. Edwin did get the win, however, as Starlin atoned for his defensive sins by driving in three runs, including the game-tying runs, before Anthony Rizzo scored on a wild pitch to plate the eventual winning run. The bullpen worked four scoreless innings which featured a Hector Rondon save.
Thursday, June 5 - Cubs 7, Mets 4
I confess I didn't watch this game because of the draft, but I did follow the play-by-play. Travis Wood only got through 5+ innings (he started the sixth but ran into tons of trouble) but did get to play a bit of golf. Brian Schlitter held the lead, but Justin Grimm had a hiccup, giving up the game-tying two-run homer to Andrew Brown. Anthony Rizzo destroyed another baseball to take the lead for the Cubs for good, then Junior Lake (after an ill-advised IBB to Emilio Bonifacio) tripled in two more runs before being thrown out at home. Neil Ramirez got the save, a nice breather for Hector Rondon. Altogether, the bullpen worked 12.1 innings in this three-game set, so here's hoping the starters can help their teammates out by eating a lot more innings than they have lately.
Oh, did I mention that John Baker got hit in the throat by a foul ball on Wednesday night, thus forcing Eli Whiteside to start at catcher and putting the burden of emergency catcher on...Luis Valbuena?! ROFL.
Looking ahead: Cubs vs. Marlins
The Cubs continue their homestand with another NL East opponent, this time the surprising Miami Marlins, who are second in their division and currently hold one of the two NL Wild Card slots. Meanwhile, the Cubs are no longer worst in the majors as the Marlins are coming off a serious beatdown of the now-worst Tampa Bay Rays. Never would have expected the Rays to crash so hard.
Maybe you should try to snag a ticket for tomorrow's game, check out the giveaway!
Here are the weekend matchups before the Cubs head off to Pittsburgh...
Sunday, June 8
1:20 PM Central
Henderson Alvarez vs. Jake Arrieta
TV = CSN