I expected the Cubs to lose to the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw today. I just didn’t expect the final to be 9-4. Javy Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras all homed off Kershaw, but Jon Lester lasted only 3.1 innings while giving up 6 runs. The Cubs were able to chase Kershaw after 4.1 innings, but ultimately it didn’t matter. Still, it was nice to see the Cubs score for a change.
The Cubs are off to San Diego to see if the Padres will help them overcome their recent transgressions.
From the what did you expect department, Scott Boras says his client, Jake Arrieta, is still an elite pitcher. I guess teams will just have to take Scott’s word for it. Arrieta’s recent performance says otherwise. Early this season I would have liked for the Cubs to sign Jake for Jon Lester money. I don’t feel that way now.
While many were seeing the Cubs championship window as being 6-8 years, it looks like last year was their best shot. The reason why is everything came together for their starting pitching. The chances of the Cubs finding the kind of starting pitching they had 2016 is remote. I’m not an expert on the Cubs farm system by any means, but the only player I really see with the kind of hype other Cubs prospects have stirred is Eloy Jiminez. I hope he’s not Jorge Soler 2.0.
The White Sox took 3 out of 4 in their series with the Tigers with Sunday’s 7-3 win. Miguel Gonzalez got back on track for the White Sox, going 6 perfect innings before finishing with 7.2 innings and allowing 3 earned runs. The key was Gonzalez allowed no walks. Gonzalez’s command is the key to his success and he had it Sunday. The win put the Tigers a half game ahead of the Tigers, in third place. The outlook for the Tigers is bleak.
For years the Tigers went with big salaried free agents and the chickens are coming into roost on that approach. Tigers starter, Jordan Zimmermann took the loss. In the process his ERA soared to 6.47. He’s another cautionary tale when it comes to signing free agent pitchers to long term contracts. The Tigers are staring a huge rebuild in the face.
Meanwhile, the Sox, at least for the moment, are an interesting team to watch. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Matt Davidson all homered for the Sox. In addition, the bullpen once again did its job. Outside of the closer, I like the Sox pen better than the Cubs. With the signing of Luis Robert I also think the Sox farm system is about equal to the Cubs. Things sure can change in a hurry.
More next time.