Cubs 4, Brewers 2

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OSS: Cubs take two of three on the road against their biggest playoff competition, and now lead by four games in the loss column.

Three up:

  1. Ths Cubs scored their first two runs on a two-out rally in the sixth, keyed by a Willson Contreras infield single. As I was listening to it I was thinking that it felt like the kind of inning that has tended to happen *to* the Cubs this year, not the other way around.
  2. Victor Caratini hit his first major league home run to put the Cubs back in the lead. For his sake, at least he got it in before the Cubs traded for another catcher (probably, as I write this).
  3. Lackey coughed up a two run homer just after the Cubs managed to score, but this start definitely exceeded expecations. Lackey's final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB 7 K. I'll take that out of a fifth starter, at least.

Three down:

  1. It was a very rough night for Ben Zobrist, who struck out three times and was shown so little respect that the Brewers intentionally walked Javier Baez to get to him in the ninth.
  2. Javy's swings were so bad yesterday that they broke the space-time continuum, in order to ensure that they showed up in this recap as well.
  3. Justin Wilson's numbers are pretty good, but given how the Tigers pen has been a dumpster fire for what feels like the last decade it's going to be hard to shake my subconsious wtf at this.

Next up: The Cubs have a day off, then square off with the Dbacks at Wrigley. Lester takes on Patrick Corbin, who I hope I don't call Barry Corbin at some point this week, in the opener.

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  1. Smokestack Lightning

    Wilson is good. Tell your subconscious to be happy with the trade. Or don’t. You can’t tell it what to do.

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  2. dmick89

    Smokestack Lightning,

    He’s really good and he’s also cheap. He’ll take over for Davis after the season. I wasn’t very high on Candelario so I like this deal. Avila will be a great guy for a backup and it should allow Rizzo to get some rest down the stretch (Contreras playing 1st).

    How is Avila’s defense?

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  3. Myles

    I also have reservations about Candelario and am very happy with this trade. Candelario is by all accounts a really good guy, so I hope he makes the most of this opportunity. He had to know there was no daylight for him to start here, and he should get at least an extended look in Detroit.

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  4. cerulean

    I see Candy as a 2 win player—an average producer. Considering the troubles many teams have had at third, that is pretty valuable. Paredes will probably be Torres 2.0. Paradoxically, I hope he does. The more really good players that come out of this system, the better. (Though I would prefer they trade these guys when consensus has them at the top of the list.)

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  5. Berselius is too lazy to login

    dmick89:
    uncle dave,

    That’s what I’d do if the Cubs gave me one. The gesture is what’s important here. I couldn’t care less about the actual ring.

    From what I remember the Cubs made everyone sign some legalese basically preventing this – the team basically has an option to buy it back for a dollar.

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  6. uncle dave

    Berselius is too lazy to login: From what I remember the Cubs made everyone sign some legalese basically preventing this – the team basically has an option to buy it back for a dollar.

    Yeah, I think you’re right. Seems pretty shitty to lay that on, like, a groundskeeper making $32K a year.

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  7. Berselius is too lazy to login

    uncle dave:
    dmick89,

    “Guys, I’m really sorry I took the last egg salad sandwich from the training table.”

    Maybe Sosa is just waiting until whoever decided to put egg salad sandwiches out on the food services table apologizes to everyone for that terrible decision.

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  8. JonKneeV

    Sosa is just waiting to complete his transformation into a Caucasian person. It’s almost complete. He just needs to buy more cashmere sweaters and change his name to Samuel Soughsa.

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  9. cerulean

    dmick89:
    The Mooch is gone. So much winning.

    Forget you haters—I think the Mooch did a great job. He’s a specialist ROOGY that came on to get rid of one establishment Republican and actually got rid of two. It was a brilliant double play, even if it was a little odd.

    (dying laughing)

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  10. cerulean

    So Gray to the Yankees for a blown out knee, a speedster and a blown out arm. I think the Cubs could have done better not even using the ML roster.

    EDIT: I guess Mateo has been tearing up AA, showing good discipline and power, so maybe it would have taken Happ to get the deal done. But the other two are injured, so…

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  11. myles

    Kershaw – Lester
    Darvish – Quintana
    Wood – Arrieta
    Hill – Hendricks

    I don’t know, I think that’s pretty comparable.

    Offenses are probably a different story, obviously.

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  12. dmick89

    I remember thinking last year’s outfield was going to be great offensively. It didn’t happen and this year it sucks even more. Jay is the best outfield bat on the team and I was worried he’d get too much playing time. (dying laughing)

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  13. dmick89

    I’m sure the Brewers owner is a little relieved he didn’t feel as though he had to add to the team this year. The Brewers are better off in the long run doing what they did this deadline.

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  14. Edwin

    dmick89,

    Their GM is pretty good. He’s doing the types of moves that a team like the Brewers should be doing. Living in Milwaukee, I’ve actually started to root for the Brewers a bit. It’s nice to see the hometown team do well.

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  15. dmick89

    Edwin,

    Yeah he’s good, but I was thinking about the early rumors that the Brewers would go hard after Gray, which made no sense to me. They played above their talent level and even if they did win the division, they’d have a very difficult time getting past the first round. The team would rather be in first, but I’ll bet there was a little bit of relief that the Cubs came back so quickly and took it from them. I think it made their front office stick with what they had been doing for the last few years, which gives them a much better shot in the future.

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  16. myles

    My only thing about the Brewers is that the thing they needed sorely (pitching) was the most gettable thing on the market, and the price wasn’t that large. It would have been really reasonable for them to get Jaime Garcia and Tony Cingrani for minor prospects and immediately improve, albeit marginally. They might not win the division, but they are still live for it, and the wild card isn’t that distant either.

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  17. Edwin

    myles,

    Yeah, I thought there were certainly some depth arms that they could have added for cheap, to at least keep them in the race in case of a Cubs implosion. I’m surprised they didn’t pull the trigger on Dan Straily.

    I think the Brewers could have a pretty interesting offseason, and have a chance to really set themselves up well for the future. If they really wanted to invest in the farm and go for the long term, they could bring in quite a haul if they make Thames, Shaw, or Santana available. They seem to have a decent amount of controllable MLB assets to flip.

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  18. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Edwin: *arrested development voice* “It didn’t”

    Bummer. My family has always referred to that place as “Crazy TV”, due to a store that was in the same location on the Madison beltline back in the 70s.

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  19. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Speaking of NL Central teams and the deadline, it was nice to see the Cardinals do exactly nothing.

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  20. dmick89

    Rice in limbo,

    I don’t expect I’ll see one any time soon and if it happens they’ll somehow do a complete rebuild in the span of a couple months. I think I’d rather they just stick around .500. (dying laughing)

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  21. Berselius is too lazy to login

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    RF Zobrist
    3B Bryant
    1B Rizzo
    C Contreras
    CF Almora
    SS Russell
    2B Baez
    LF Happ
    P Lester

    Two guesses at the handed-ness of the Dbacks pitcher

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  22. cerulean

    Rice in limbo:
    Berselius is too lazy to login,

    I would like to see what a Cardinals rebuild would look like.

    dmick89:
    Rice in limbo,

    I don’t expect I’ll see one any time soon and if it happens they’ll somehow do a complete rebuild in the span of a couple months. I think I’d rather they just stick around .500. (dying laughing)

    Exactly—a rebuild would probably be like the Yankees. They will call up some unheralded eleventieth round pick and it’ll be Albert Pujols all over again. Keep it .500, Matheny. Keep it .500.

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  23. cerulean

    dmick89:
    You could eliminate the wrong answer and he’d still have to phone a friend to get it right.

    No—his answer wouldn’t even be wrong. What he says contains no truth value. Chances are it would being with *Crooked Hillary* or *The failing NYTimes*.

    If it was a scantron, he’d fill in F for everything, then try to fire the person administrating the test.

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  24. Berselius is too lazy to login

    dmick89:
    You could eliminate the wrong answer and he’d still have to phone a friend to get it right.

    I still don’t know if that would work – didn’t Stalin stamp out left-handedness from the Russian population a while back?

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  25. cerulean

    cerulean: Chances are it would being with *Crooked Hillary* or *The failing NYTimes*.

    Being, begin—what’s the difference? They’re just words. They don’t mean anything.

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  26. Berselius is too lazy to login

    True, but they do get the Giants sandwiched in there. After next weekend’s series against the dbacks they don’t play a team with a winning record until Sep 8.

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  27. cerulean

    LESTER!!!!

    (dying laughing)
    (dying laughing)
    (dying laughing)

    Coomer has been killing it!!!

    (He called Rizzo’s and Lester’s.)

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