Bummer, man.

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Nice to sweep the Phillies.

Next: Cubs: RHP Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.17 ERA) faces Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03 ERA) on Monday at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs won’t face Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw in the four-game series. “Bummer, man,” Maddon said, smiling.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=360529116

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10 Responses to “Bummer, man.”

  1. chucky Says:

    Genre….how close are they to dumping Kevin Strop?

  2. genrebuster Says:

    “Kevin” Strop….ha! I have no idea, chucky…do any of our good frendts in Chicago have any inside information?

  3. chucky Says:

    None that I’ve heard. More often than not news like that comes out of nowhere. I was just hoping.

  4. genrebuster Says:

    On a different note, todays game: Cubs ‘pen perfect for 7 innings in 1-hit win over Dodgers.

    Encouraging.

  5. erniesarmy Says:

    Genre: Yeah, but look at the pen today. Arrieta had them shut out for seven, and then Maddon puts in Clayton “How Many Runs Do You Want Me To Give Up” Richard, and
    the game was over! 5-0 Dodgers! Arrieta’s great work goes up in smoke! Richard is worse than Strop! Warren didn’t get the job done, and neither did Cahill.

    They need another arm in that pen to supplement Wood and Rondon.

    Another thing I have noticed this year that won’t get it done come October: They are winning games 7-1 and 8-2, but very few of those are 2-1 or 3-2. They also don’t come back when they fall behind. Teams that win pennants and World Series have reputations of being hard to put away. Like last years Royals, the 2004 Red Sox, and the great Yankee teams of the late nineties. Every opponent knew you “have to drive a stake through their hearts” or they will come back to beat you. I don’t see that with this team. They fall behind and the game is essentially over.

    I appreciate the fact they are winning a lot of games, and have the best record in baseball. But best records guarantee nothing come playoff time.

    Bottom line; I don’t see this team, as they are playing right now, winning anything; They have to show me more than what they are doing now.

  6. genrebuster Says:

    I agree, Ernie….the pen needs work.

    Yeah, they won’t face Kershaw…but they faced Kazmir and he completely shut them down.

  7. Robert Says:

    Found this on despios site it is from 06 try not to piss yourself with laughter….http://desipio.com/?p=1222&

  8. genrebuster Says:

    “….a cow with his nuts is a bull. A cow without his nuts is a steak.”……ha ha ha….thx for posting Robert

  9. erniesarmy Says:

    Genre: Lester pitches a solid game; 8 innings of shutout ball giving up only 4 hits. Maddon takes him out after 95 pitches and a 6-0 lead.

    I like Maddon, but his bullpen use is stupid! He puts in Grimm who can’t get anybody out and gives up 3 runs on 3 hits. Then Rondon comes in and gives up another home run and 2 hits. He finally gets the last out. But a 6-0 laugher turns into a 6-4 nailbiter. All because that pen is horrid!

    If they can get Andrew Miller from the Yankees for some top prospects, I say do it. This bullpen is not going to be there to shut the door come October. That is their huge weakness.

    Piling up wins looks real good in June, but it doesn’t mean diddley in October when you are facing the Mets, Giants, Nationals, or Dodgers and need three outs to save a 2-1 game.

  10. genrebuster Says:

    I agree…Lester is really looking great lately, good news as I’m not convinced Arrieta won’t come back to Earth…I wonder if Maddon is just trying to figure out “who stays, who goes” (the pen (?).

    Yes…we saw what happened to the Cubs last year when they ran into the Mets…..

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