Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

A scheduling quirk gives the Cubs two off-days in five days, and gave manager Mike Quade the opportunity to get a bunch of guys back-to-back days of rest. Hopefully it pays off in this week’s obviously important series against the Central-leading Cardinals.

  • Speaking of the Central-leading Cardinals, their shortstop position is manned by a guy you might have heard of. When Ryan Theriot joined the Cardinals this Winter after being traded from the Dodgers, he told the world that he was happy to finally be on the “right side” of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. He also said things about why the Cubs don’t win, and about the attitudes of his former teammates. Maybe he hit a little too close to home with that one – and we’re sure not going to admit it – but those rooting for an earhole might want to watch his first few at bats.
  • Ryan Theriot has eight errors at shortstop this season, to go with a .682 OPS. Maybe the Cubs already have their revenge.
  • Not that the Cubs don’t have their own myriad of problems. The team left 25 runners on base this weekend against the Reds. Consider that for a moment: the teams played just 27 innings, and the Cubs left 25 men on base. They somehow bested their season abomination with runners in scoring position by hitting just .167 in that situation for the series. If not for Kosuke Fukudome’s ONE clutch hit on Saturday, the Cubs might well have been swept.

  • I’m almost loathe to point it out, much in the way that you don’t mention a no-hitter in progress, but Jeff Samardzija has the look of an honest-to-God good pitcher right now (other than the pirate-stache). His fastball is popping and his breaking stuff is sharp. If he’s figured out his control issues, and summoned the command of three good pitches, there’s no reason to believe this is a mirage. And if he can reclaim that three or four inch tail he used to have on his fastball, watch out.
  • I often remark in the Enhanced Box Scores that the Cubs’ starters seem to be the only pitchers giving up runs. It turns out that, for the last 22.1 innings of relief work, it’s been true.

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