I wonder what the Cubs headlines will be in July, 2015?
I have no idea what's going to happen next year.
But I'm fairly certain that early in the season the lineup will have Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant.
That's not a whole team by any stretch, but those guys together sort of makes me go...hmmm.
Next year, now there's no way anybody's thinking about actually winning winning, but...hmmm.
If Theo Epstein has sort of... the Cubs have been like watching the pot of water, and next year I'd say it'll start to boil.
Who knows - Baez...Alcantara...Vizcaino... some of those guys might bubble up.
Maybe the headlines in July 2015 won't be about who the Cubs can get for some guy Chris Bosio polished into something new and shiny.
Mabye it'll be more about "gelling" and "nucleus" and stuff like that.
It's up to the kids, really.
Anyway, somebody gave me a chiclet the other day and I looked at it and thought man... wouldn't be hard to put a little blue W on there, would it?
Then, when you're walking out of Wrigley after another Cub victory, somebody could hand you a little pack.
It almost makes sense at Wrigley Field, right?
"Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.
Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.
Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.
Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.
Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.
This game is not on Lester - he did his job
Had a lot of hope hanging on that deep Fowler fly in the sixth.
Really despise the Cards
aside from one swing, this 1-0 game feels like a blow out. Still nice to know one swing can change everything.
We need Rizzo and Bryant to show up.
schwarb leadoff bunt single...lulz.
thanks. it was odd. supposedly the dodgers had him signed earlier in the year, then a lot of nothing, then the giants thing a few days ago, then the cubs get him for a bargain. i'll take it.
Umps strikezone is awful. Giving Lackey a good 6 inches off the plate.
Apparently it was greedy agents who kept pushing the envelope and teams backed away. He then fired his agents and by that time the landscape had changed. The July push had passed and teams were willing to be patient.
As far as what happened to the Giants' deal, I don't know. But perhaps he looked at the two rosters and realized the Cubs had the better chance of winning going forward. Maybe the Cubs swooped in and gave him $500,000 more and he bit. I don't know. What I do know is he signed the day after the Cubs won the wildcard game rather impressively...
That's great to hear AZ Phil. If anyone should know, it'd be you. You've witnessed the transformation first-hand on a daily basis!! Thanks for passing that along and confirming what has seemed quite evident from afar!
Lester didn't have much movement there in inning one. Doubt the long break between starts helped him. Rizzo popping out way too often the last 6 weeks. 22 pitches for Lackey through 2.
For Quintin to be in the team (should they get past the Cards) maybe a pitcher gets the axe.