Cubs 5, Phillies 4 (5.3.17)

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OSS: The final score is what it is, but it would be great if the path wasn't always so difficult to get there.

Three up:

  1. Despite not starting the game, Willson Contreras was the Cubs WPA leader by far in this game thanks to a go-ahead two run double in the sixth, followed by some ballsy baserunning that WPA doesn't account for to extend the lead.
  2. Jason Heyward follows him up in WPA thanks to an RBI single earlier in that inning. Heyward also came around to score on a walk earlier this game, and had more hard hit contact on his outs as well. Thank DeRosa this seems to be working out so far.
  3. The bullpen was okay, I guess. Rondon gave up a run, but for the past week or so they've been pretty lights out. Especially compared to some of the results from the starters.

Three down:

  1. *extremely Jerry Seinfeld voice* What's the deal with all these first inning runs? It has gotten to the point where it's so predictable that it is kind of funny. The final score doesn't really care when you score your runs, but it makes things a little more frustrating to watch, for sure.
  2. Addison Russell was the only Cubs starting position player without a hit, and naturally was also the WPA trailer in this game.
  3. I only had the game on radio on and off until the end, but it sounded like another rough night for Zobrist in RF. I love me some JavyTag but they might want to limit these starts going forward.

Next up: Cubs go for the series win tomorrow at 1:20 pm CT. Lackey takes on Zach Eflin, then the Yankees come to town.

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  1. dmick89

    berselius, next time you want to try out emojis, try entering the emoji code in the html section of the editor and save/publish directly from that screen. I don’t know if that will work, but it might. If it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll look into it some more.

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    berselius

    Edwin,

    All those innocent contractors hired to do a job were killed- casualties of a war they had nothing to do with. All right, look-you’re a roofer, and some juicy government contract comes your way; you got the wife and kids and the two-story in suburbia-this is a government contract, which means all sorts of benefits. All of a sudden these left-wing militants blast you with lasers and wipe out everyone within a three-mile radius. You didn’t ask for that. You have no personal politics. You’re just trying to scrape out a living.

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  3. EnricoPallazzo

    i am surprised to see that the cubs are exactly league average in terms of Runs Against. i would have thought they were towards the bottom. i guess when you give up all of your runs in the first inning, it seems like you’re giving up a lot more runs than you actually are.

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  4. Perkins

    berselius,

    One of my favorite things about VII was that Finn had worked in sanitation, finally settling the question of whether a Stormtrooper knows how to install a toilet main.

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  5. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Perkins,

    Did it really settle the question though? I mean, this could just mean that he cleans bathrooms, not that he knows how to fix them.

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  6. Berselius is too lazy to login

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    Jay (LF)
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Russell
    Montero
    Almora
    Baez
    Lackey
    Szczur

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  7. Perkins

    Berselius is too lazy to login:
    Perkins,

    Did it really settle the question though? I mean, this could just mean that he cleans bathrooms, not that he knows how to fix them.

    Fair, though every army has a bunch of POGs/support personnel who aren’t primarily trigger-pullers (I was one). The US Army has construction engineers, plumbers, carpenters, etc even beyond the intelligence and logistics folks you’d think of first.

    I’d assume that the Imperial Army and the First Order operate similarly. An army needs a lot to sustain itself when it’s forward deployed. However, a project the scale of a Death Star would likely take more of that labor than the Imperial Army possessed. Support jobs are largely to sustain the troops whose job is to close with and destroy the enemy; they’re not the raison d’etre of an army. You don’t staff any more POGs than you absolutely need.

    What I take issue with is that the Empire would have hired independent contractors. I think their MO would more likely have been to enslave a (non-human) species to do most of the construction, and then likely to kill off all of them after construction was complete. The Empire already saw non-humans as inferior to humans, and there’s no need to allow a bunch of those sub-humans to live after they might have some idea how to build another superweapon (and you’re a Dark Side theocracy with relatively absolute power and a shitload of Star Destroyers and troops).

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  8. cerulean

    Perkins: Szczur? Woof.

    You hope Szczur has a big game, like Javy had a few games ago, allowing for clubs to see that he is a valuable fourth outfielder worth at least a fringe prospect—especially on a contending team lacking depth.

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  9. uncle dave

    Perkins: Fair, though every army has a bunch of POGs/support personnel who aren’t primarily trigger-pullers (I was one). The US Army has construction engineers,plumbers, carpenters, etc even beyond the intelligence and logistics folks you’d think of first.

    I’d assume that the Imperial Army and the First Order operate similarly.An army needs a lot to sustain itself when it’s forward deployed. However, a project the scale of a Death Star would likely take more of that labor than the Imperial Army possessed. Support jobs are largely to sustain the troops whose job is to close with and destroy the enemy; they’re not the raison d’etre of an army. You don’t staff any more POGs than you absolutely need.

    What I take issue with is that the Empire would have hired independent contractors. I think their MO would more likely have been to enslave a (non-human) species to do most of the construction, andthen likely to kill off all of them after construction was complete. The Empire already saw non-humans as inferior to humans, and there’s no need to allow a bunch of those sub-humans to live after they might have some idea how to build another superweapon (and you’re a Dark Side theocracy with relatively absolute power and a shitload of Star Destroyers and troops).

    false

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  10. uncle dave

    I only had the game on radio on and off until the end, but it sounded like another rough night for Zobrist in RF. I love me some JavyTag but they might want to limit these starts going forward.

    He was bad enough that I might consider starting him at third and putting Bryant in the OF when Javy is in the lineup. Or maybe putting Javy at third, Zobrist at second, and Bryant in the outfield. Or something.

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  11. Perkins

    Edwin:
    EnricoPallazzo,

    Pretty crazy, right?Quite the tonal shift.

    I think it would have worked, but it also would have been really abrupt. Looking at Clerks as a movie about general aimlessness and the extent to which people have control over their actions and situations, the original ending would have been really good inasmuch as Dante wasn’t even supposed to work that day.

    That said, I have a soft spot in my heart for the sequel, so I’m glad Keven Smith didn’t go with the original ending.

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  12. dmick89

    KenricoPallazzo,

    I’ve been wondering that since he made his major league debut. I’m assuming that’s the pitch the pitcher is trying to execute every single time (even with the count full, bases loaded in a walk-off situation), but occasionally they miss it and Baez makes them pay.

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  13. Perkins

    So the only relievers the Cubs have left are Rondon and Uehara on their second day in a row. That should end well.

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  14. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Perkins:
    So the only relievers the Cubs have left are Rondon and Uehara on their second day in a row. That should end well.

    Should have brought David Ross out of retirement smh

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  15. Rizzo the Rat

    Odd thing I noticed watching the video of the final play: when Szczur saw the throw getting away, he made a turn as if to try for second base. WTF?

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  16. cerulean

    Rizzo the Rat:
    Odd thing I noticed watching the video of the final play: when Szczur saw the throw getting away, he made a turn as if to try for second base. WTF?

    Instinct, methinks.

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  17. Rizzo the Rat

    I also should have complained more about Maddon’s intentional walk call in the top of the 11th. First base wasn’t even open! It’s not like the bottom of an inning where one run wins the game!

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  18. Wenningtons Gorilla Cock

    cerulean:
    These lackluster Cubs have the third-best record in the NL and sixth-best in the Majors.

    What we’re missing is a few more catchers on the active roster.

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