Cubs 39, Mets 14 (9/12/2017 – 9/14/2017)

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Cubs 14, Mets 6 (9/14/2017)

Three Up

1. Anthony Rizzo leads baseball in WPA. Did you know that? Don't lie. You totally didn't. 

Seriously, admit it. You didn't know that.

Why do you always do this? It's ok to admit when you don't know something. Nobody is going to think less of you if you don't know that Anthony Rizzo leads all of baseball in WPA. In fact, people KNOW when you're lying. Remember the holiday party two years ago? That time when you said that you definitely knew that Christopher Jackson was in Lin-Manuel Miranda's other musical before Hamilton, but then you COULDN'T EVEN NAME THE MUSICAL!?!? It was embarrassing.

God, this is so frustrating! You don't have to be a fucking walking encyclopedia! I've seen you play Jeopardy!. You aren't as smart as you think you are. You think you're Ken Jennings, and you aren't even a Tom Nissley. Everyone knows that you just say what the contestant said half a second later, and when nobody gets it, you ALWAYS. FUCKING. SAY. YOU. KNEW. IT. IF YOU FUCKING KNEW IT, WHY DIDN'T YOU FUCKING SAY IT!?!?!?!?!?

I WANT A FUCKING DIVORCE, DAVE.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-4 with a HR, double, 2 runs, and 2 RBI.

2. Kyle Schwarber went 2-3 with a double. It was a nice performance, and he's been pretty good lately.

3. Jason Heyward is having another lost season, but he did have a 3-run HR that was never in doubt. 

Three Down

1. Joe Maddon decided that was a reward for winning Minor League Pitcher of the Year in the Cubs organization, that he'd start Jen-Ho Tseng in the middle of a division race. I imagine he thought it was fun, and apocryphal should Tseng dominate. He didn't; in fact, his 6th pitch of his first PA went behind Reyes (wouldn't have hurt him, as Tseng works in the mid-80s). Tseng struck out 6 in 3 innings, but that also the number of hits plus walks he allowed and only one more than the number of runs. He sucked, and 

2. his battery mate sucked too. While Taylor Davis went 1-1 (yay!), he couldn't field his position. The Cubs have 4 catchers, including one (Caratini) that has ALREADY CAUGHT TSENG BEFORE. Caratini also won the Minor League Hitter of the Year in the Cubs organization, but apparently Maddon doesn't give a fuck about that.

3. Ian Happ had a golden sombrero, and that's just going to be part of his game.

Next Up

Cardinals @ Cubs, 1:20 PM CST (ABC 7/670 the Score)

Carlos Martinez (3.33 ERA, 200K) vs John "Ratsbane" Lackey (4.65 ERA, 200 HR allowed)

Will the Cubs Win?

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  1. Rizzo the Rat

    Since I won’t be able to watch today’s game, I’ll just send in my reactions in advance:

    Ugh.
    Stupid umpire.
    Throw strikes.
    #JavyTag
    Ugh again.
    Pinch-hitter, please.
    That was dumb.
    Willson!!!!
    I SAID THROW STRIKES.
    What the hell was that?
    Whew.
    Jesus, Javy.
    More terrible baserunning.

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  2. uncle dave

    It’s been a while since I’ve been nervous about a series. But the last time it happened, the Cubs won the World Series. I tend to forget that.

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  3. Berselius

    dmick89:
    berselius,

    I’m surprised Joe didn’t give the B-squad lineup a chance today. The game isn’t important or anything.

    I think Joe just wanted to put a AAA starter out against a AAA team yesterday.

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  4. Edwin

    uncle dave:
    Myles,

    YOU’RE NOT GETTING THE KIDS, MYLES.

    I see all this fighting, and I keep feeling like it’s somehow my fault. Is this because I solved that super duper hard equation on the back of that blackboard in that teacher’s room?

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  5. Dave

    I WANT A FUCKING DIVORCE, DAVE.

    Does this mean we can still fuck? Or that we’re both fucked? You expect me to just know what you mean every time. I’m not like you. I can’t read minds.

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    myles

    Dave: Does this mean we can still fuck? Or that we’re both fucked? You expect me to just know what you mean every time. I’m not like you. I can’t read minds.

    Still? You don’t even look at me anymore!!!

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  7. Edwin

    With Lackey being so good against the Cards, I can only imagine how many further runs we’d be down if a different pitcher was going for the Cubs.

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  8. dmick89

    Berselius,

    Umps shouldn’t be allowed to be miss calls in the middle of the plate. The only argument in favor of not using computerized umps is that the computers will occasionally miss pitches down the middle and human umps never will. Well, there goes that argument.

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    myles

    myles:
    I have to hand it to the Wrigley fans, they are still booing the ump and it’s been almost 5 minutes.

    Ron Coomer is very passive-aggressively giving this ump shit and I love it.

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  10. Berselius

    Perkins,

    I grabbed the URL from someone else’s twitter post. Back when I was on twitter I would often tweet pictures just to be able to get a URL to post here (dying laughing)

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  11. Perkins

    Berselius:
    Perkins,

    I grabbed the URL from someone else’s twitter post. Back when I was on twitter I would often tweet pictures just to be able to get a URL to post here (dying laughing)

    Ah, I’m not on Twitter, but the imgur idea might work.

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  12. dmick89

    Perkins,

    It should. I’ve used it before, but someone with admin access is almost always around so you could email it to us and we could upload it here if you’d like. I can look around to see if there’s anything that’s secure that might allow registered users to upload images.

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  13. Perkins

    myles: I giggled, but was uneasy about it.

    I’m generally indifferent to harm’s coming to others who are either terrible or fuck up in a suitably bad or personally affronting way. But then I’m also very much lacking in empathy, which isn’t a great thing.

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    myles

    dmick89:

    In his defense, umpires make worse calls than that all the time. For instance, there was this pitch from Lackey that was called a ball and it was even closer to the middle of the plate!

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  15. Perkins

    The Cubs have recently remembered that they can score more runs than the other team after spending much of the year thinking it some kind of sorcery.

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  16. Berselius

    dmick89:
    MLB should build a neutral stadium somewhere for these games that seem to be moved every year.

    Too bad that the best possible candidate is Miami, since there’s never anyone at the park anyway.

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  17. dmick89

    Berselius,

    I was thinking something like Williamsport. Who cares how many show up? I just think it’s about keeping a team like the Brewers from getting 84 home games. Omaha, Oklahoma City, Portland all seem to be options too, but I like the idea of an MLB park being where the little league World Series is.

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  18. BVS

    dmick89,

    That’s right. It was pretty cool. The MLB teams rode to the stadium with Little Leaguers, etc. Except I don’t remember for sure if Williamsport has MLB fences, so they may actually have played at a minor league stadium nearby.

    Should have played in New York or DC if one of the local teams were away because they could probably have drawn a decent crowd and found both Brewer and Marlin fans there. Or Montreal.

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  19. cerulean

    I believe this is the first time this year they’ve broken triple digits in run differential. That means they are actually a good team. Who knew?

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  20. BVS

    Tonight’s home plate ump was Stu Scheurwater from Saskatchewan. He’s a AAA call up, from what I can tell. Debuted in majors in 2014. Has ejected Steve Beuchele, Scott Servais, Buck Schowalter, and Joe Girardi this year.

    Not sure about this site, but it shows that Scheurwater would have less than half of his ‘reviewed calls’ upheld. He ranks 51 of 91 umps. He ranks 8th in having the most calls reviewed. This is from replay, so balls and strikes aren’t part of it.

    He is now second for most ejections this year, despite being a AAA ump.

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  21. dmick89

    Brett Lawrie received a four game suspension in 2012 when his helmet hit the umpire after he threw it to the ground. That’s probably what Contreras will get. Lackey will get 5 games.

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  22. dmick89

    Actually, Lackey may not get suspended at all. He was definitely backing up the plate and contrary to what some will certainly say, he was not charging the umpire. He made no contact with the umpire. If I had to guess, Contreras gets four games (three games after appeal) and Lackey gets a slap on the wrist.

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  23. dmick89

    After today’s game I’m 100% in favor of a computerized zone. I wasn’t really in favor of it before, but if umpires are going to miss obvious strikes (Martinez didn’t get a call on a 1-0 pitch to Baez that was an obvious strike), you’ve got to do something. A pitch down the middle should never be called a ball.

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  24. dmick89

    BVS:
    dmick89,

    Comments at that site say Lawrie spiked at ump. Contreras spike took a bad bounce.Maybe 2 games.

    I watched the replay of that one and it certainly looks worse than the one with Contreras, but I wouldn’t say he spike it at the umpire. It was more like he was walking in his direction and spiked the helmet and then it hit the umpire. I do think the one yesterday was different enough that he probably won’t get the same suspension that Lawrie did, but who knows?

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  25. SK

    Carrie Muskat‏Verified account @CarrieMuskat 2m2 minutes ago
    More
    #Cubs Arrieta trotting in from his bullpen session. Hope to get update later

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  26. dmick89

    Contreras apologized for hitting the umpire unintentionally. Has the umpire apologized for sucking at his job? I’m guessing they’re held as accountable as the police are.

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  27. BVS

    Side note: Not only is Bartolo Colon the oldest player in MLB and the only active player older than my wife, he’s also the only remaining active player from the Expos (major league, not minors).

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  28. BVS taking a page from Berselius

    myles, is the audio feed from previous games archived somewhere? Might like to listen to Coomer’s passive aggressiveness from yesterday.

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  29. BVS taking a page from Berselius

    So all that useless reading I did last night about an ump that wasn’t even on the field yesterday…guess who’s name came up with lots of ejections and overturned calls on replay? Today’s HP ump.

    Good thing that Hendricks personality = (Lackey)^-1

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  30. BVS taking a page from Berselius

    dmick89,

    Thanks. I do have MLB.tv ever since I bagged cable. Checked last night and only video was archived. Maybe audio not up yet.

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  31. BVS taking a page from Berselius

    Coomer still going after umps. “Should have best umpires behind plate in big series at end of series” “Cubs with challenges because ‘of the things that happened yesterday’.”

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  32. dmick89

    Rizzo the Rat:
    I honestly wonder if the umpire is punishing Willson and the Cubs on purpose.

    Maybe. His zone has been larger this inning. Wonder if they agreed to a three inning penalty, but the umpires would never pay a price for it.

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  33. cerulean

    Rizzo the Rat:
    Rough day for Bryant.

    He is so unclutch. Almora is the clutchiest, therefore the best player on the team. If Russell is healthy, they should trade Bryant for starting pitching in the offseason.

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  34. BVS taking a page from Berselius

    dmick89:
    This is where Edwards will walk the first two batters he faces and Joe brings in Dillon Maples to get some work.

    Shut you right up

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  35. cerulean

    Did the Brewers complain about playing games in Milwaukee that were originally scheduled to be in Miami? Because that sounds like something they might do.

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  36. dmick89

    Rizzo the Rat,

    I find it hard to believe there wasn’t a neutral stadium available. It’s not like all the teams play at home at the same time. There’s really no reason that these games shouldn’t have been played elsewhere. Montreal makes more sense than Milwaukee.

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  37. SK

    BVS:
    Rizzo the Rat,

    Didn’t recognize him without his beard.

    Does anyone know why there was a big gap in issuing #s 1-5 roughly in the70s and 80s?

    They just weren’t cool it seemed like.

    Also, they may have been reserved for managers and coaches. Leo Durocher was 2 and coaches were three and four etc.

    I think wearing 1 would’ve been showboating according to the code of white baseball men.

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  38. SK

    And then after you make that signature leaping grab, you twirl around like a ballerina, do the splits like James Brown, and THEN double off the guy at first.

    Yessir, Mr Veeck.

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  39. BVS

    Rice,

    Reminds me of the game where Zambrano no hit the Astros (?) in Milwaukee when the game was shifted there because of Hurricane Ike. The Astros whined that it was a home game for the Cubs because of proximity.

    For the record, I would probably have moved the game to Shea, or whatever the Mets stadium is called now.

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  40. BVS

    And I’d be more upset about this if I were a Rockies or Cards (perish the thought) fan because the Cubs can bury the Brewers head to head and the others are battling for the 2nd wildcard.

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  41. dmick89

    Rice,

    I do agree that based on available stadiums that Milwaukee is the most logical place to play. I guess I just think if the team is contention they should not be given additional home games. BVS is right that it would be Cardinals and Rockies fans more upset, but because of the head to head games, that additional series in Milwaukee does matter even for the Cubs. I hope this encourages MLB to build or prepare a neutral stadium for future games like this. Considering how close the Rockies, Cardinals and Brewers are, it was entirely possible this series could have been deciding factor. Since Miami won last night I think that’s impossible now (I’d have expected Milwaukee to take 2 of 3 in Miami).

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  42. BVS

    dmick89: prepare a neutral stadium for future games like this.

    Manfred seemed genuinely amped up about the relationship and experience with Little League Baseball. Maybe the work with Williamsport to have flexible OF fencelines for one series a year + emergency games.

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  43. dmick89

    BVS,

    Williamsport is my favorite location because it does allow MLB to reach out to children in some way. It makes a lot of sense. I’d probably go with Omaha next (College World Series).

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  44. dmick89

    The Brewers were reportedly furious over the Cubs moving a game from an afternoon start to an evening start. Imagine how upset they’d be if it was the Cubs who were playing the Marlins. Or even imagine if Tampa Bay had decided to move their two game series to Chicago before the Marlins did.

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  45. Rizzo the Rat

    I’m wondering what would have happened had the Marlins not fallen out of contention. It’s hard to imagine them agreeing to move the series to their opponents’ home field in that case.

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  46. Rizzo the Rat

    Contreras is serving his suspension (reduced to one game) today. He was due for a breather anyway, so it’s not much of a punishment.

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  47. dmick89

    Rizzo the Rat,

    There’s no chance they’d have agreed to that. The 2008 Astros wouldn’t even agree to move the games to Wrigley Field. IMO, if baseball isn’t going to set up some neutral stadium for games like these there should be some rule that the games cannot be played at the other team’s home park unless both teams are out of contention.

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  48. Berselius is too lazy to log in

    Just following on gameday, but looks like a great outing for Quintana so far.

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  49. Berselius is too lazy to log in

    At a bar with cheering Astros fans, which is a slightly different experience from when I was last in Texas.

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  50. Rizzo the Rat

    Before this game started, I was content with winning this series, but of they let this one get away, I’ll be pissed off.

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  51. Rizzo the Rat

    Maddon said he’s not sure about Wade Davis’ availability today. Huh. Maybe he shouldn’t have wasted him with a 6-run lead.

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