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September 7 – 9, 2012; @ Pirates – Series Preview

Let’s hope the Cubs have some fire left over from yesterday as they could use some of that on the field this weekend against the Pirates.  The season is becoming historically bad, and facing another contender on the road is not going to make it any better.  The Cubs come into this series losers of six straight with only two wins in their last ten games.  Anthony Rizzo is one guy that has been earning his paycheck of late as he is hitting .423, with a double, three home runs and three RBI’s in his last seven games.  The pitching staff on the other hand should give their money back to the organization.  The Cubs staff has a record of 0-6 with a 7.20 ERA, such is life in September with a bunch of guys basically trying out for next season.  The Pirates have been mediocre as of late as they try to summon the energy for one final push for the postseason, they trail both Atlanta and St. Louis in the race for the Wild Card by 1.5 games.

Friday September 7, 2012
Cubs:Travis Wood (4-11, 4.64 ERA)
Pittsburgh: A.J. Burnett (15-5, 3.63 ERA)

Saturday September 8, 2012
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-13, 3.91 ERA)
Pittsburgh: James McDonald (12-7, 3.90 ERA)

Sunday September 9, 2012
Cubs: Chris Rusin (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.82 ERA)

Season Series:  Pirates lead 6-3

Prediction:  Cubs Win Series 2-1, how do you like those apples?

Thanks for reading,
– George

August 31 – September 2, 2012; vs. Giants – Series Preview

Time to play spoiler as the West Division leading Giants roll into town for a weekend series.  Ever since the Giants got the news that Melky Cabrera was going to be suspended they have taken off, and now hold a four game lead over the Dodgers in a race for the Western Division crown.  The Giants are getting it done with a balanced attack as they are right in the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA in the National League.  The Cubs are going to need to have a solid offensive approach against the Giants if they want to take this series.  The Giants are a baseball team in every sense of the word, they play, and win as a team.  If the Cubs can do the same thing, and have an approach like they did in the series finale against the Brewers they might be able to play spoiler.  The team could look rather different come Saturday as the rosters will expand, Sveum has cautioned that there might only be six or so call ups, we’ll see, and of course keep you updated.

August 31, 2012 – September 2, 2012; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Here are this weekends pitching matchups.

Friday August 31, 2012
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner (14-8, 2.93 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Volstad (1-9, 6.28 ERA)

Saturday September 1, 2012
San Francisco: Tim Lincecum (7-14, 5.30 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-4, 5.91 ERA)

Sunday September 2, 2012
San Francisco: Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71 ERA)

Season Series:  Giants lead series 4-0

Prediction:  Giants sweep series 3-0

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Win Wild One at Wrigley

I mentioned while watching the end of the game, it really doesn’t matter what the Cubs record is, seeing them win a game like that is fun and gets you pumped for what this team could be one day.  What a crazy day at Wrigley, haven’t seen one of these summer day games in a while.  This one started out well enough as the Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind a Starlin Castro triple and Anthony Rizzo double, then things got familiar.  By familiar I mean bad, as in the Brewers started beating the crap out of Cubs pitching, again.  The Brewers scored five times in the 3rd, and two more times in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead.  They weren’t done there as they plated two more in the 6th to make it 9-3 and all but assured themselves of a four game sweep.  Not so fast, the Cubs came roaring back in the bottom of the sixth inning, they scored six times on four hits to even the game at nine.  It didn’t take long for the Brewers to grab the lead back as they scored once in the 7th and once in the 8th to build an 11-9 lead heading to the ninth.  That’s when the Cubs of 2012 turned into the Cubs of 2015, okay I’m getting ahead of myself, but the Cubs ninth inning is exactly what everyone is hoping to see on a daily basis on the Northside of Chicago.  Each guy worked the count and made sure that the pitcher was the one in trouble, the end result was a thrilling 12-11 walk off victory, the 50th of the season.  The Cubs walked 11 times this afternoon, that is outstanding, a number of guys had tremendous days, too many to mention here, the box score can do the talking.  I will say this, Starlin Castro had an outstanding day at the plate, not just because of the results, but because he worked every at bat especially in the ninth when he got down 0-2 before working the count to 3-2 and singling up the middle.  Great win!

FULL BOX SCORE

Sveum Postgame

Game Highlights:
Full Video Recap
Rizzo’s Game Tying Double
Castro’s Big Hit in the Ninth
Cubs Six Run Sixth
Jackson’s Big Double
Rizzo Just Misses a HR
Castro Legs Out a Triple

Thanks for reading,
– George

August 27 – 30, 2012; vs. Brewers – Series Preview

Milwaukee Brewers Mascot Wallpaper 

The Cubs look to continue their success on the longest home stand of the year as they welcome the Brewers to town for a four game set.  Revenge might also be on the Cubs mind as they were swept by the Brewers last week in Milwaukee.  At this point both teams are playing out the string, but it’s an important time for many young guys as they are trying to impress the front office heading into next year.  One guy that is doing that lately is Brett Jackson, after struggling immediately after his call up Jackson has made the necessary adjustments to find results.  It seems to be working as Jackson was 4-for-8 against the Rockies with two home runs and three RBI’s.  He will look to continue that success against a Brewers team that is finally finding some traction, just a little too late to salvage this season.  The Brewers are 7-3 in their last ten games and are playing much better baseball of late.  They are led by reigning MVP Ryan Braun who is putting up similar numbers this year, if the Cubs want to get that revenge against the Brewers they are going to have to shut Braun down.  Surprisingly the Cubs have limited Braun this year, sure he is hitting .304 against the Cubs this year but he only has one home run, and four RBI’s. 

August 27, 2012 – August 30, 2012; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

 

 

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Here are the pitching matchups for the four game series.

Monday August 27, 2012
Milwaukee: Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-3, 5.40 ERA)

Tuesday August 28, 2012
Milwaukee: Yovanni Gallardo (13-8, 3.62 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76 ERA)

Wednesday August 29, 2012
Milwaukee: Mike Fiers (7-6, 2.98 ERA)
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09 ERA)

Thursday August 30, 2012
Milwaukee: Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19 ERA)
Cubs: Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64 ERA)

Season Series:  Brewers lead 10-3;  What!?  That’s unacceptable

Prediction:  Cubs Split Series 2-2

Thanks for reading,
– George

 

 

Volstad’s Winless Streak Ends at 24, Rejoice!

It was a long day at Wrigley today, to Chris Volstad the six and a half hour day was nothing compared to the over year-long wait to get back in the win column.  Twenty-four, that is how many times Chris Volstad made a start on a big league mound between wins.  For the majority of the day it didn’t look like this game would get played at all as the Cubs and Rockies sat through a two plus hour rain delay before getting underway just before four O’clock local time.  Volstad was on right away as he was locating on both sides of the plate and keeping the ball down consistently for really the first time all year.  Volstad avoided the big inning which is usually his downfall, he finished his day after 6.2 innings giving up no runs on three hits while walking three and striking out three to get the win.  The Cubs offensive attack was finally just that, an attack, as they pounded out nine hits and scored five runs in the victory.  Anthony Rizzo, who has been showing some fatigue of late had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-2 with two walks.  Starlin Castro also had a good day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three runs scored.  Brett Jackson continued his solid series today as well as he was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored, he finished the series 4-for-8 with two home runs, three RBI’s, and three runs scored.

FULL BOX SCORE

Game Highlights:
Volstad’s Great Outing
DeJesus’ RBI Single
Great Catch by Jackson
Castro’s Slick Play

Thanks for reading,
– George

Rockies Return the Favor, Rally to Beat Cubs

One day after the Cubs rallied from a three run deficit to win the Rockies did the same thing.  The Cubs built a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning only to see the Rockies get two right back in the fifth.  The Rockies didn’t stop there as they  scored single runs in the 6th and 7th to take a 4-3 lead.  The Rockies bullpen took it from there as they tossed five shutout innings to shut down the Cubs to even the series at one.  Brooks Raley was in line for the win before the Cubs pen blew a one run lead.  Raley finished his day after five innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four.  The Cubs looked poised to put up big offensive numbers today after scoring three times in the fourth inning, but they could only manage one hit over the final five innings.  Brett Jackson is really turning it on at the plate, he was 2-for-3 today with his 3rd home run of the season, a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano, and Starlin Castro were the only other Cubs to record a hit in the loss, all singles.  The Cubs ran themselves out of two innings as Joe Mather and Starlin Castro were caught stealing in big spots.

FULL BOX SCORE

Game Highlights:
Jackson’s Two Run Blast

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Put Up a Fight, Sorta, But Fall Short

It was an uphill battle all day long for the Cubs, they were battling not only the Reds but themselves for the better part of the game.  Mentally the Cubs were out of it again, Soriano was making base running errors, mental errors in the field, and Luis Valbuena had a great time watching the game on the bases instead of actually playing it.  With all of that the Cubs were able to erase a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at four in the eighth inning, and made things interesting in the ninth.  Brett Jackson somehow managed to hit a double off of all world closer Aroldis Chapman, but was then caught stealing third with one out, that would be something the Cubs would do today, nothing was going right.  So you can guessed what happened next, before you could blink the Reds led off the ninth with a triple and two pitches later the game was over with the Reds winning 5-4.  Chris Volstad got the start today, and he did an adequate job, not horrible, not terrific, something in the middle, and that’s okay from Volstad.  He went six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four, if he gets hit I’m fine with it, he needs to avoid the walks and he did that today.  David DeJesus led the offensive attack once again going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored in the loss.  The Cubs only had seven hits but they were able to push across four runs as they were 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position.  The Cubs travel to Milwaukee to start a three game series tomorrow night.

FULL BOX SCORE

Game Highlights:
Castro’s RBI Single
DeJesus’ RBI Double
Soriano’s Sac Fly

Thanks for reading,
– George