cardinals win world seriesI have a confession. I don’t hate the Cardinals.

In fact, if I had my choice, I’d rather see the Cardinals do well than be terrible (provided they are not doing quite so well as the Cubs, that is). I honestly believe that baseball is better when the Cubs and the Cardinals are both legitimately good. For example: Sept 1-4, 2003. That was the series (as if any of us could forget) in which the Cubs took four out of five from St. Louis in Wrigley and dealt the Cardinal’s division title hopes a major blow in the process. How much less fun would that have been if the Cardinals had still been looking for their 60th win?

Sure, good teams beating up on bad teams can be fun when you’re a fan of the good team, but watching two really good teams engaged in a historical rivalry go at it with postseason implications on the line is better in almost every conceivable way. ┬áThat is the sort of thing I’d like to see the Cubs involved in every year. ┬áBaseball is better when both the Cubs and the Cardinals are good, and that means I have a hard time hating the Cardinals. I’d be perfectly happy if they finished a game behind the Cubs and just out of the playoffs every single year.

The Mets are a different story. Those guys can lose 162 games a season for all I care. The day the Wannabe Brooklyn Dodgers are contracted right out of baseball should be declared a major holiday. Even in the midst of an otherwise dreary season I still smile every time I see that the Cubs are ahead of NYM in the standings. Any season that ends with the Mets hopelessly buried in the basement isn’t all bad in my book. The thought alone is enough to brighten my day.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – There was a double header in Iowa, and the Cubs dropped Game One 5-4. Iowa returned to the winning column thanks to some good pitching in Game Two. The final in that one was 1-0.
Tennessee – Tennessee pulled their season record back to .500 with a win at arch-rival Chattanooga. This one ended 7-2.
Daytona – The Cubs also won on the road, 4-3.
Kane County – Kane County is wrapping up their All-Star break. The Cougars resume play today.
Boise – The Hawks likewise picked up a win on the road. Thanks to this 5-1 win, Boise pulled back to even.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Logan Watkins was 3 for 4 with two triples in Game One, and in Game Two he went 2 for 3. After slumping badly in May, Watkins has rebounded in June. His line for the month currently reads .284/.354/.392.
  • [Iowa] Steve Clevenger also had a good game in the second one, reaching twice on a walk and a single.
  • [Iowa] The Game Two shutout was started by Barret Loux. Loux allowed a single hit while striking out five over five innings. Hisanori Takahashi and Brian Schlitter nailed things down.
  • [Tennessee] Alberto Cabrera struck out six in six innings to win his sixth game. He allowed one run on six hits and three walks.
  • [Tennessee] The return of Justin Bour was not a quiet one. The slugging first baseman drilled his third home run of the season. Christian Villanueva also homered (his sixth).
  • [Tennessee] Jae-Hoon Ha also returned to action With those two back in the middle of the Smokies lineup, this is suddenly a very dangerous offensive team.
  • [Tennessee] Credit Ronald Torreyes with a three hit day. One of those hits was his 13th double.
  • [Daytona] Ben Carhart led the Cubs with his third home run, part of a 3 for 3 day. He also stole his fourth base of the year.
  • [Daytona] After posting an OPS of .833 in 8 games with the Smokies, Pin-Chieh Chen has been relocated to Daytona. He finished this game 2 for 4.
  • [Daytona] Luis Liria and Eduardo Figueroa both pitched scoreless innings in relief for the Cubs. Liria allowed four runners to reach base in his two innings of work, though.
  • [Boise] James Pugliese was very effective in this start. Over five innings he struck out four and allowed three hits (one home run) and two walks).
  • [Boise] But Corbin Hoffner was better. The tall reliever struck out four in his three innings of hitless work.

Other News

  • The first half is over in the Florida State League and the Southern League. If you happen to spot records that appear to be very low in the games played total (such 1-0), that is why. We’ll see similar things in the Midwest League very soon.
  • BluBlud

    Javier baez has only 1 hit in 27 PA’s since hitting his 4 HR’s in one game. However, in those 27 PA, he has only 4 SO and 6 BB. I like what I am seeing from this kid. He gets better and better. If he becomes this type of player, he would instantly become the best player in the minors.

    • Dynastyin2017

      Yes, the K/BB ratio is encouraging, but should we be concerned he is becoming too passive? Is this just another adjustment period?

      SSS alert, but in these 27 ab’s (34 pa) he is hitting .037 with an obp of .235. Not good enough.

      • Timothy Scarbrough

        Everyone goes through slumps, the fact that he isn’t striking out a ton during this streak impresses me.

      • BluBlud

        It’s not 27 AB, it’s 27 PA.

      • cubchymyst

        Your numbers are off, he had 27 PA but only 21 AB according to what BluBlud posted. But I like what I’m seeing he probably hasn’t been given much to hit lately. And that 1 hit was the grandslam the other game if I remember right.

        • BluBlud

          Correct. This shows that when a pitcher goes out of the Zone to him, that he is willing to layoff the pitches and take a walk. Can’t take a walk when the pitcher is not throwing the ball out of the Zone.

          Also Dynasty, every player goes into a slump, but the fact that he was still able to get on base 7 time in those 6 games while slumping says a whole lot.

          • Rich H

            With his low K Rate during this small sample size I would say it is just an slump or anomaly just because he is putting the ball in play. His BABIP is good enough that he will get his hits as long as he is laying off pitches that are not what he wants to work with.

        • Dynastyin2017

          Sorry, I read Blublud’s PA’s as AB’s. Time for more coffee.

    • Norm

      Your love of Baez is….I don’t know the proper word.

      • BluBlud

        He is by far the best player in our system, has by far the most upside, and may be the future face of this franchise. You damn right, I love Javier baez.

        • Dynastyin2017

          Good for you!

        • Spriggs

          I’m right there with ya!

        • bbmoney

          I also love Javier Baez. And I really love the fact that there are (soon to be) three other prospects in the system that I love just about as much. If they were my children I’d at least tell them I love them all equally, and in this case it might be true.

          • Spriggs

            That’s what my Mom used to tell us. I tried to get her to come clean many times over the years, but she held firm. 10 kids.

            • Cubbie Blues

              Well, she would say that and go rotate the wagon wheels.

              • Spriggs

                Ha! But no – she made the boys do it.

                • hansman1982

                  There is your answer, she loved the girls more…

                  • scorecardpaul

                    typical spoiled rotten bratt response. Spriggs is obviously from a generation that is quite different than yours. People used to have to share things. Everything didn’t used to be about “me”

                    • bbmoney

                      That’s ok, at least Spriggs isn’t from the generation that likes to make broad generalizations about all people from other generations…….wait…….

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      Paul, reread and see if you can come away with a different outlook. It may be you that is in the wrong on this one. If it helps put a smiley face behind the comments you find offensive because they aren’t.

                    • DarthHater

                      Typical dense response. You are obviously from a generation that is incapable of rudimentary communication skills like recognizing an obvious joke.

          • BluBlud

            I thinking more like 5 others atleast. I would expect the Cubs to have Baez, Soler, Bryant, Almora, Vogelbach, and possibly Alcantara all ranked in the top 100. 6 position players ranked in the top 100 would be awesome.

            • jh03

              On baseball prospectus today they said the Cubs could have 7 top 100 guys. You’re only missing Johnson from their list.

              • Cedlandrum

                I think he might have been talking about Vizcaino and Johnson and not Vogelbach.

                • jh03
                  • Cedlandrum

                    I don’t subscribe there, but I really have a hard time believing a 1st baseman with a .782 OPS is going to be in the top 100 and don’t get me wrong I like him a lot and look towards the box everyday to see how he is doing.

            • Cedlandrum

              Vogelbach at this point isn’t putting up top 100 numbers. He would have to have a pretty good second half to get there. It really is just about him playing to his potential.

              • hansman1982

                Don’t even get him started on Vogelbach.

                • Cedlandrum

                  I like Danny V. myself, but people need to chill about him. He has an OPS that is in the high .700’s which is just not going to get him elite prospect status from a 1st baseman who people think can’t play that position. I understand the love of the power potential, but he isn’t an elite prospect yet. He is a top 10 Cubs prospect though in the 7-10 range.

        • Coop

          I love shinpads!

    • gocatsgo2003

      By my HIGHLY AMATEUR calculations, his BABIP over those 27 PAs has been something along the lines of .063. Going to guess that has something to do with it.

      • hansman1982

        If he only has 1 HR and no other hits during those 27 PA, it would be a .000 BABIP.

        • gocatsgo2003

          Hence my “HIGHLY AMATEUR” caveat. Guess a HR isn’t technically “in play” now that I think about it a little more… but that only works to further the point. Is there anywhere where other stats supporting whether he’s simply been unlucky over that stretch might be available (line drive %, etc.)?

    • 70’scub

      May be time to move him up especially if the league stops pitching to him.

    • Die hard

      Present players? Not if Bryant signs

  • Bwa

    As a precursor to my comment, I do hate the cardinals and I despise everything about them. However, if your going to win a World Series, you have to beat the best of the best, so if that means beating out a good cardinals/reds/pirates in the regular season, so be it.

  • ssckelley

    I friggin HATE the Cardinals!

    • Coop

      Personally, I still dislike the Cardinals – but at least I also respect them as an organization.

      However, I HATE the Reds and Brewers – and there is no respect there.

      • Coop

        Oh, and living in the Los Angeles area, I also thoroughly HATE the Dodgers…

        If I had to list my most hated teams, the list might be:

        1a. Dodgers
        1b. Reds

        2. Brewers
        3. Yankees/Mets
        4. Cards

  • bryan

    yeah id rather eat a poop flavored lollipop than root for the cardinals. ughh

  • Timothy Scarbrough

    As someone who hates the Cardinals to a borderline unreasonable amount, nothing would make me happier then them losing every single game in a season, then drafting Hayden Simpson with the resulting #1 overall pick the next year.

    • Spriggs

      This. I cannot even stomach watching or even reading about the cardinals. I would ALMOST accept losing 120 games a year if I knew we’d crush those whores by 20 runs every time we played ’em.

      • scorecardpaul

        I can’t stand the team from Missouri

  • Blinda

    Kinda on a side note but what do you think of a Matt Garza to the Nats deal centered around Danny Espinosa? He has basically lost a spot and can fill a hole in the infield. Obviously they would need to include a prospect or two but I like the upside of Espinosa.

    • KidCubbie

      I would rather have Barney’s glove than Espinosa’s inconsistant bat.

      • bbmoney

        Yeah Espinosa has lots of talent, but its so inconsistent, even before the injuries he was playing through this year. Kind of a non-starter for me personally.

  • beerhelps

    Totally with you on the freakin’ Mets. Loved the Santo story when he is reading a viewer’s question from the fax line. The guy says he is engaged, but he is a die hard Cubs fan and she is a die hard Mets fan. What should he do to make peace? Ron’s answer: Dump her.

    • Spriggs

      That was classic!

  • jt

    If I were in a room full of Cards fans I’d sit there quietly.
    If I found myself in a room full of Reds fans I’d get up and leave.
    There is no way I’d be in a room full of Mets fans.

    • Rich H

      I am in the middle of Card’s country so I get a lot of arguments and disagreements with them not because they are not good baseball fans or have a bad team but their Mullets always seem to blow stray hairs over my beer and it ticks me off.

    • NyN

      Agreed man. Reds fans piss me off because five years ago they didnt exist.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      In 2000, someone asked me who I was rooting for in the WS. “The Asteroid” was my answer.

  • Spriggs

    I don’t even know if the photo for today’s minor league article (above) is of a cardinal championship celebration or not. But if it is – that really sucks. I mean really sucks.

  • Spriggs

    I’ve always liked Cabrera’s arm and still think he has a lot of untapped potential. We’re seeing some fairly positive results from him as a starter this year, but I still think his big arm and type of stuff is ideal for the back of the bullpen. Luke, (or anyone), do you think he has a real future as a starter?

    • Cedlandrum

      His arm is great. I am a big fan. I think he could be a starter, but I would love for him to be an 8th or 9th inning guy. He has the stuff and actually showed better control out of the pen last year. He has done pretty well as a starter this year but he hasn’t dominated like I had hoped. I think the Cubs must want to see him work the whole year as a starter, considering the bullpen issues they have had this year, because they could use his power arm.

    • SenorGato

      Agreed here – I still like Cabreras arm in a pen. He was my favorite pen prospect in the system last year.

  • jh03

    What dugout do the Brewers sit in? I’m looking at tickets for next week and can’t remember off the top of my head.

  • hansman1982

    I used to respect the Cardinals, borderline appreciate their organization. Then they lost Pujols and were still good.


  • cubbie blue thru n thru

    According to multiple twits Pierce Johnson has been promoted to Daytona

    • DarthHater

      The correct word is “twats,” not “twits.”

  • Rcleven

    Congrats to Pierce Johnson for being promoted to Daytona.

  • Carne Harris

    I’m with ya, I’ll always consider the Mets the Cubs’ main rival. That’s how it was in my yute when I first started watching them, with the shadow of ’69 still hanging over our head (so to speak). Once the divisions got rewritten, the rivalry storyline did too.

    • Cyranojoe

      Thanks for this. I needed a reminder of why some folks are so crazy about the Mets. Born in ’77, no memories of the Mets being particularly loathesome. Indeed, my most valuable baseball card back in the day was Dwight Gooden’s rookie card….