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What looked like a laugher early became a forehead slapper late, as Shawn Camp had a particularly rough go of it, letting the Mariners back in the game. Fortunately Kevin Gregg bounced back from his first blown save last night with a perfect 9th today (with an assist from the Gold Glover at second base), and the Cubs managed the one-run win. That’s another series win!

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  • Rcleven

    Is it every easy?

  • cubzfan23

    So shawn camp DFA now please!

    • ChicagoMike702

      He’s been awful all year and when an ancient pitcher throws 900 innings the year before it should’ve been obvious he wouldn’t bounce back well. They should’ve dealt him last deadline, now he’s just a below replacement-level pitcher taking up roster space.

      • demz

        Nothing was “obvious” this off season. Don’t be so naive.

        With that said, it looks like Camp is forcing the issue. I don’t expect to see him on the 40 man here in the next few days.

        • ChicagoMike702

          Older pitchers who throw lots of innings (or make lots of appearances) have a poor track record the following season. Not acknowledging that is what’s naive.

          • dob2812

            Maybe you’re right Mike. Can you give us a link to a study? All relievers are volatile, even the best ones.

  • Rich H

    That is 3 series in a row that we have won. A good time to be playing some good baseball. Now lets take a couple or 3 from Oakland before heading home.

    • Rcleven

      Don’t get too high just yet.
      A day off then a lot tougher team.

      • DarthHater

        Bah! Everything’s coming up Cubs!

      • Rich H

        A lot tougher team that has been struggling to score runs for a while. The Cards just handed it to them this weekend.

        • Michael

          Um ok A’s won 2/3 and scored 6 and 7 runs in the two wins. Not sure what games you have been watching.

          • Rich H

            I am looking at my fantasy team with Cepedes and Reddick and know they are not scoring runs LOL
            Don’t know what I was thinking either. Typing before looking is a sickness, Something told me they were struggling against the Cards maybe I saw the scores backwards today.

        • Rcleven

          Like Darths answer.
          Oakland will be a good test.
          But I am a realist. Just my nature.

  • Spencer

    Oh man, I can’t wait for the slew of fire Sveum and DFA Camp comments despite the club’s third straight series win. That’ll be neat.

    • DarthHater

      You Kool-Aid drinker you. ;-)

    • ChicagoMike702

      Not as neat as the “we won three straight series, everything is fine” comments. You know the team is 34-45, right? And those three series wins were against teams that will be drafting in the top 6-7, right?

      • ChicagoMike702

        35*-45

        • Spencer

          You’re right, I guess I’ll just feel like shit because the Cubs didn’t blast the Astros, Brewers, and Mariners by 30 runs apiece instead of happy that they’re 6-3 over their last nine. Lemme know when it’s okay to be pleased about my favorite team winning a game.

          • ChicagoMike702

            I’m glad they won, but criticizing the people who criticize one of the worst teams in all off baseball (for the fourth straight season mind you) is what’s wrong.

            If they swept those teams and beat them 100-0 every game, the team is still awful.

            • Hansman1982

              Well, clearly they aren’t the worst team in baseball, they just 6 of 9 from those teams.

              • ChicagoMike702

                Clearly said “one of the worst” and they clearly are. Check the standings.

                • Hansman1982

                  So sorry to offer an umbrella during the rain parade.

                  • ChicagoMike702

                    Just don’t appreciate people putting words in my mouth in an attempt to make me sound illogical.

                    • Jp3

                      Nobody said you were illogical, just a “Debbie Downer” is all…

                    • DarthHater

                      [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8c/Debbie_Downer.PNG[/img]

                    • DarthHater

                      Time to turn that frown upside down!

                    • Jp3

                      Looks like you found an an avatar pic for someone😜

                  • YourResidentJag

                    Oh know, a Debbie Downer watching the Cubs! Fa Shaw!

                    • YourResidentJag

                      PFFTTT. I can’t even spell no right. :)

      • DarthHater

        You might have a point, if it weren’t for the fact that absolutely nobody is saying that everything is fine.

      • Hansman1982

        Jesus, just enjoy the series wins while you can.

        • DarthHater

          [img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8610888527_9ee450b308_n.jpg[/img]

          • ChicagoMike702

            If that’s for me, I agree with a lot that they do.

            • MikeW

              Sure doesnt sound like it. For Christ’s sake, lighten up.

        • Die hard

          Hard to enjoy these wins— it’s like feeling great after the CIA takes a break from water boarding you

          • ChicagoMike702

            Hahahaha Exactly. It’s Sunday, no torture for you today.

            • Hansman1982

              Hey, I enjoy those moments of not feeling like I’m gonna drown. Might as well, no sense in bitching about the terrible luck of the cubs in April and may or worrying about Tuesdays game.

            • mjhurdle

              To make that analogy work, you would have to be willingly going to the CIA, asking them to waterboard you, prepare for the waterboarding, only to find a bed, Kate Upton, and a 12 pack of Goose Island 312 waiting for you in the room.
              And you are saying we shouldn’t feel happy about this, even if the next day we come back they go right back to waterboarding?

          • Spencer

            Comparing baseball games to CIA interrogation tactics is a pretty logical analogy. Spot on.

            I’ll go back to living in a perpetual state of misery and depression until the Cubs have an .850 winning percentage.

            • Hansman1982

              Isn’t that your normal state?

              • Spencer

                It’s the default state for all Cubs fans, I think.

                • N8theGr8

                  The default setting for Suicidal Fanaticism Protection should never be set below medium for any true Cubs fan. It’s a security risk otherwise.

          • Rcleven

            But you keep coming back to be water boarded over and over?
            Just enjoy it why you can.
            Life is too short grouse at any win from this team.
            Can they get better? Hell yes. Chill and enjoy this why you can.

    • Mr. P

      Come on man, it’s quite a separation from DFA Camp and fire Sveum. You’re better than that!

  • TheoHoyer

    Keep hitting boys, let’s make some trades!

    • Rcleven

      Amen.

    • Jp3

      Just no hitting walls….(too soon?)

      • Rcleven

        Two in a month?
        Never too soon.

  • Die hard

    If Rizzo keeps this pace he could end up with 100 RBI which would be remarkable given Valbuena and Castro ahead of him

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    I’m sure Shawn Camp’s peripherals or underlying stats show he’s not pitching that poorly. Just some bad luck. ;)

    Wins are always good. Should have been a sweep. How bizarre is the Cubs Interleague record?

    • Hansman1982

      Art, them statheads will say something that confuses me so ill just be angry.

      But nah, his FIP, xFIP, BB and K per nine all say he’s pitching bad. His xFIP is saying he’s not as bad as this but it’s about the only advanced stat that is saying that.

      • YourResidentJag

        Instead of angry, when I first read it, I though you said hungry. :)

        • DarthHater

          Hans is always hungry.

  • Kenster

    Relief pitchers that still need the boot: Camp and Rondon please. Rondon trips over an imaginary stick lands on 60 day DL. Camp just DFA him pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…… prettyyyyyy pleaseeeee..
    Opens 2 spots for when Dolis comes back from DL and hopefully someone from a trade.

  • willis

    Sveum tried his hardest to blow this…

    But the boys came through and won another series, on the road on the west coast. Tough to do an damn proud they did it. Couple of bonehead moves today but other than that it was a great game to watch.

    Here’s to hoping for another series win in Oakland.

  • Castro to Barney to Chance

    I’m more bummed than anything that we won. Let all the trade pieces play well, let our long-term pieces look good, and then have an awful bullpen blow it. Recipe for a great rebuilding.

  • Pat

    Darth, any chance you could make a “cool story bro” meme pic with the David hasselhoff, Gary Coleman photo?

    • DarthHater

      [img]http://weknowmemes.com/generator/uploads/generated/g1372645503527676478.jpg[/img]

      • PRcajun

        this….nice! Now I just need to wipe all the coffee spit from my PC screen.

      • Pat

        Thank you Darth, much appreciated.

  • Alb_daKID

    I get not being negative when we win a few series, but honestly how can anyone get truly happy when the series’ that we win are from a buncha bums?!?! We’ll go over to Oakland and drop that series just like most all others when facing good teams. Happy we beat bad teams is like being happy you were picked last in a pick up game of Bball. I love this FO, but lets have some higher standards guys.

    • Rcleven

      Were bad yes.
      Got to start somewhere tho.
      Good teams beat up on bad teams. Are we beating Cards,Pitt,Cincy? No.
      We are beating teams we should beat and would of lost to last year. That’s progress and that is all I can ask at this point in time.

  • Patrick W.

    I am taking partial credit for the series win. I only wore my Bleacher Nation T-shirt to game 1.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. Sounds about right.

    • Rich H

      Isn’t that the only game in the series we lost?

      • Patrick W.

        Ding

  • Werner

    Sorry, I’ll set my standards whereever I see fit, thanks. I am happy that they won three series in a row, happy that they aren’t the worst team in baseball, happy that it looks like we might have some pieces in place for 2014.

  • Ivy Walls

    Note: Cubs10 under .500

    White Sox 15 games below,

    • Rich H

      And that makes me EXTREMELY happy!

  • Rcleven

    Anthony Giansanti ‏@GianSanity 13m

    Headed to Des Moines tmrw morning, blessed to have this opportunity.

    From Peoria to Iowa in a year?
    We have another outfielder coming to the Cubs.

    • Rcleven

      Jackson and Sappelt already on 40. Both center fielders.
      One lefyty one righty.

    • Rcleven

      2 right handers.
      Need that edit button.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Giansanty isn’t bad prospect, but he’s not that awesome.

      This looks like a roster-fill move, similar to when he filled in on the Smokies for a time. Still, if he clobbers the ball in Triple A he might get to hang around a little.

      Giansanty can also play some second base. This could be a precursor to an infielder moving up to Chicago.

      • Rcleven

        That’s what I thought.
        Still got to be excited as all heck to be moved to AAA.
        Still think it will be another outfielder to move up to the parent team.
        If I had to guess it would Sappelt.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Anybody notice that Lake had beem almost exclusively at third base since he arrived in Iowa and as soon as Sweeney got injured they started him in RF the next day. Just sayin….

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Lake needs to be playing daily, not sitting on the bench in Chicago. And even with Sweeney out I don’t think the Cubs are hurting for outfielders on the major league roster. I really don’t see Lake being called up any time soon.

      • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

        I agree , if they were to bring Lake up you would have to play him 5 games a week. He could pick up plenty of starts at third with Valbuena slumping and certainly could play in the OF as well. Ransom, killing lefties , should be able to get something in return if they DFA him.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          I’d rather call up Watkins, to be honest.

          • Rcleven

            Don’t see Watkins being called up unless there are trade inquires on Barney.
            They wouldn’t throw Watkins in the fire without getting his feet wet first.

          • jt

            It seems that, as of now, Watkins is who he is and AAA play is not changing him. Perhaps it would not hurt for him to see actual ML pitching.
            He could give Castro some games off so that Starlin could spend more time doing drills on his “new” approach.
            I like Clevenger better but since he is not available I don’t see the downside of giving Watkins a couple with the big club.

  • North Side Irish

    Robert Murray (@BigLeagueRumors) tweeted at 10:34 PM on Sun, Jun 30, 2013:
    A scout told George A. King that it “looks like” the #Dodgers will sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
    (https://twitter.com/BigLeagueRumors/status/351544427019378692)

    FWIW….would not be surprising…

  • Tim

    Kevin LIGHTS OUT Gregg

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