Do All Roads Lead to Losses?

The I-Cubs headed to Memphis late last week with a road record that was the envy of their parents and a magic number of nine. Had they swept the four-game set with the Redbirds, they’d be returning home tonight with a chance to clinch their quarter of the PCL and lock in their spot in the divisional playoffs. Instead of the broomers, alas, they were doomed and got broomed.

Not even 1st inning homers on consecutive days by none other than Dinger Dan Descalso and contributions from demoted and divorced big leaguers the likes of Almora and Zobrist could stem the Memphis tide. It crested yesterday with a 14-2 flash flood that finished off an aggregate 35-10 sandbagging there on the banks of the Mississippi, not quite 300 miles downstream from boring St. Louis. Hmm…maybe DD, AA & BZ were enough to infect the team with a C-Cub case of roaditis.

Still, the ICs sit pretty pretty. A seven-game lead with 15 to play isn’t mathematically insurmountable but effectively, it is. Except the last four games of the regular season are versus the Memphisians, here in Des Moines, where the record is only 28-31 (compared to 38-28 on the road, even after the Memphis massacre). The local park sits at the fork of two rivers but combined they’re no match for the Mighty Miss. Since the spring monsoons they’ve receded to sandbar and puddle levels.

Probably best to finish whittling that nine down to zero before the Labor Day weekend.

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David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch

i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.

Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...

Expect the Cubs to move-up several position players and pitchers from Tennessee to Iowa for the PCL playoffs to replace Iowa pitchers & players recalled by the Cubs when rosters expand on 9/1. (Zack Short has already been moved-up from Tennessee to Iowa to replace David Bote). 

I am reminded of when Ryan Theriot was called-up from AA to MLB in September 2005 to replace Ronny Cedeno after Cedeno suffered a season-ending thumb injury, and some writer asked Theriot if he would have rather stayed in West Tenn and help lead the Diamond Jaxx to the Southern League Championship or sit on the bench in Chcago, and he said:  

"Are you nuts!!!??? The only reason you play in the minor leagues is to get to the big leagues. The minor leagues are the minor leagues." 

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  • JustSayin' 4 hours 37 min ago (view)

    South Bend won seven post-season games.  No team they played won any against them.  So the Midwest League Cubs run the table and win the Championship!  A couple recurring offensive stars, solid defense and lots of strong pitching did the trick.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 28 min ago (view)

    home or away for WAS...they can throw scherzer, strasburg, or corbin at anyone down the stretch and still have an ace for the 1-game wildcard.

    that should play well into their advantage in the last couple weeks as well as the WC playoff.  if the cubs can't luck their way back into 1st it's going to be a hell of a Wild Card if WAS is in no matter who's on top of the WC standings.

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Might as well catch the Cards while they're at it ;)

    Last time I can remember the division and the Wild Card race this tight was 2015. Funny how similar and yet how different that situation was!

     

  • crunch 9 hours 1 min ago (view)

    the funny thing is, like early-career randy johnson, batters are extremely uneasy in the box when facing him.  part of that helps lead to weak contact and Ks...it also leads to walks and HBPs, though...

     

  • Craig A. 9 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Cubs better aim for the first wild card. There’ a very slim chance we beat Washington at home. 

     

  • Craig A. 9 hours 48 min ago (view)

    So we keep Maples for intimidation?

     

  • crunch 10 hours 22 min ago (view)

    maples showcasing how he can fall apart from batter to batter...from a sick 3-pitch K to a 2-2 HBP to a 3-1 HBP.

    it's all wild, not retalitory...umps in a bad place since warnings were given based on early HBP's by PIT and maples is tossed.  even PIT doesn't think it was intentional and their dugout is calm.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 11 min ago (view)

    236 homers...franchise record previously set in 2004.

    hoerner puts the team over the top.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 9 min ago (view)

    maddon (whether he's here next season or not) seems to be in no hurry to get him work.  it's actually a bit impressive how we've not heard even a shred of shade about his lack of use from descalso.

    ...but he did see what the organization did to pretty much end tony barnette's career...so there's that.  i think lastella ruined throwing roster movement and player use tantrums for everyone.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 54 min ago (view)

    I can’t imagine they go into next season like that. He’s been insanely bad.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    He gets infrequent pinch hitting appearances - and seemingly K’s in each one. 

    I guess Descalso is the back up plan to start at second next season should Hoerner get injured while cliff diving or hit by falling space debris in the off season

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Roller coaster crunch.lol

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    i keep forgetting descalso is back with the cubs.  he's practically been shelved on the pine.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjoNZGPQHy_VERs2O...

    South Bend Cubs (YouTube)

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Our Midwest League Cubs played very entertaining and exciting games the last two nights in South Bend.  Now 6-0 in the post-season, one victory in Clinton, Iowa seals the deal!  If you want to see an imperfect team playing as a unit and getting the most out of what they have, try to find replays of any South Bend Cubs 2019 playoff game so far.  Some Sports Center quality highlights mixed in with stuff you might see at a high school game but about as much heart as you will see on any baseball field.  What the game should be all about.