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It was an old fashioned pitchers duel among lefties, but the Cubs broke through in the 9th – after Madison Bumgarner had left the game – on a homer by Nate Schierholtz. I imagine that felt good to do in San Francisco.

But, man, oh man, Chris Rusin. He didn’t even allow a baserunner until the 5th …

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  • MichiganGoat

    Dude gets another start

  • Mike In Southern Illinois

    A lot of potential is starting to show itself. Yeah, I know…small sample size. The future is starting to look good.

  • http://a-rodminorsavg.324hr/yr7 cub2014

    Keep Lake in leadoff he has been on base 5 times in
    last 3 games without a hit. IMO lineup would be:
    Lake-Dejesus-Castro-Rizzo-Schierholtz-Catcher
    Valbuena-Barney

  • Josh

    The thing that encourages me the most is seeing Iowa start to have some legitimate talent and not just roster-fill/organizational depth. We actually have some players that could make an impact at the major league level, and soon.

  • Fishin Phil

    They are actually fun to watch now!

  • MichiganGoat

    Castro has really recovered and turning things around:

    June OPS .454 with a BABIP of .205
    July OPS 858 with a BABIP of .394

    His career BABIP is .328 and OPS is .724 – he’s return to the norm and all the TRADE CASTRO voices should finally stop.

    • Cheese Chad

      Preach on preacher

    • In Theo We Trust

      Couldn’t agree more….Rizzo needs to show up the second half and then become more consistent.

      • Headscratchin

        Is it time to beat the Rizzo needs a day off drum? Sure seems to have worked for Castro and it seems pretty clear by pretty much any metric that he is struggling. Love the kid, but he’s spiraling down into Barneyland with his bat.

    • David

      I think Castro’s pretty good right now, he’s young and will get even better over time. I wouldn’t have any issues with him be a cub for the next 20 years. I believe he can be the shortstop on a championship team. But I think he will get traded in due time… Not this week & probably not this off season because that would mean we’d be trading him on a low. I think it can happen a year from now- but I’m not one who thinks its a bad thing to get traded. He’s a pretty solid asset that may be able to bring us a young/ solid starting pitcher. If we can get an Anabel Sanchez (spelling) type of guy for Castro a year from now, I think you do it.

    • Ivy Walls

      why? Because of affection? Castro is a good, young MLB player, though not mentally developed. I will cheer every game he does well knowing that we have seen his ceiling. If/when Baez continues to hit over .850 OPS and possibly over .900 I say trade him for value and bring up a better player when he is mentally ready.

      It is not selling, it is exchanging assets for future, better assets.

      • Tommy

        We all like Baez, but the fact is, he’s in AA at age 20 when Castro was playing for the Cubs by that age. I’m sure this FO is willing to listen to trade talk on anyone, but the asking price should be so high on Castro as to make him un-tradeable.

        Realize that if Castro was batting in AA right now, he’d most likely be destroying the ball as well, if not better than Baez. He had a .990 OPS with a .376 BA there in 2010 before being called up.

        Everything is relative, and Castro is 23. 23!! Lake just came up and he’s 23 right now, and Castro has been in the league since 2010. That’s perspective. Trading Castro would be an enormous mistake as we’d got a centerpiece at one of the most important positions on the field locked in for years to come.

      • Hansman1982

        It is possible we have seen his ceiling; however, the history of baseball (and human beings in general) tells us his physical peak is a year or so away and his brain will continue to develop into an overal peak in his late twenties.

        It is highly probable that Castro will develop into a no-doubt all-star SS over the next 4-5 years, why? Because we have tons of data that says we should expect that. To trade Castro now for some kids that are roughly his same age but toiling away in the minors would be grossly unacceptable unless you were getting back 3-4 players that were top-10 in all of baseball prospects.

        • Mr. B. Patient

          Castro for Profar. What do you do?

          Castro for Boegarts. What do you do?

          I agree, Castro moving is VERY unlikely, bit not impossible. One more thing people have to consider. The Cubs have very little org debt at SS. Baez has issues, Alcantara was moved to 2nd, so it looks like Castro is it.

    • Rcleven

      Just as important the errors have slowed.
      All started with the day off.

      • JayPaul

        I really think there is something to having Lake around that has loosened this kid up or maybe even challenged the both of them.

    • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

      YEP! Now get Rizzo rolling…

  • JM

    That was a phenomenal game to watch! Makes a fan feel great. Love that solid, fundamental feel the team is beginning to show.

  • Cubbie Tim

    Lake Flacid

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      *nods approvingly*

    • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

      I hate to be pedantic, but it’s spelled “flaccid” and pronounced “FLAK – sid”.
      Good try, though (no sarcasm intended).

  • sven-erik312

    Great win, 1-0. If they can keep this up, they have a shot at .500. If they can, that’s a 20 game swing from last year. I’d take that. They still have a long way to go, but I like this. I was 16 in 69, I can wait.

  • On The Farm

    And people were wondering if I was kidding in the series preview when I said I feel sorry for the Giants having to run into Rusin and Wood. Tough Luck for them. Looks like some breaks are finally going our way.

    I saw from Sharma on Twitter this team is .500 after the 5-13 start. For a “waste season”(whatever you want to call it), this FO put together a really good team.

    • MichiganGoat

      Yes they did especially when they didn’t have to break the bank on FA.

  • Corey

    Oh man, a 6-4 road trip would be amazing.

    To play the Dbacks, the giants and the Rockies and go over .500 is impressive.

    Not to mention the games we lost that we could have one.

  • Rafael Rodgers

    One of the best games all year IMoO. The Cubs bailed themselves out with smart baseball. Wasn’t smart putting themselves in those positions but wow…can’t get out of those jams better than that. Well fought win Cubs!

  • dan

    It will take a great return now from Pittsburg for us to give up Schierholtz He is one solid outfielder

    • Ivy Walls

      Schierholtz is having his ceiling year, at 29 years old, fast approaching is most PA in his MLB career his WAR is now 2.1 (previous high 0.8 2008, 0.8 2010) he is one of the better platoon 4th OF’ers, his line is .281/.340/.536 where wOBA is .374 and wRC+ is 134, he has one more year of arb left which is affordable for a $5M.

      Along with Gregg we could see a TOP 5-10 org prospect and Gregg an organizational 25-40 prospect.

  • Dustin S

    At times Rusin reminds me of a younger Jamie Moyer. Not overwhelming stuff, but a lefty that moves the ball around, throws a lot of breaking stuff, and generally hits his spots can fool some hitters. If he can keep it up, these are the stories (like Lake) that can make 2013 feel a whole lot more positive.

    I’ll be in Chicago on business tomorrow and managed to pickup some nice seats to tomorrow night’s game. Funny how that worked out…

  • Ivy Walls

    Cubs are now 41-41 since April 24th when they played their 20th game and recorded a 6-14 record. They are 47-55. Why? Better bullpen, (6th BAA) and most importantly, solid starting pitching (6th in quality starts), but they don’t score enough runs, (they are 19th in MLB), even though their slugging is 12th, their OBP is 26th (BA 25th), so they don’t hit their way on and get even fewer walks.

    They just traded away two starters and yet they still got quality starts. They have won two games in SF (last year’s champ) averaging 2 runs, won 2 games against a div contender, 4-2 and 3-1 (losing 7-6 and 10-4) and winning one game in CO 3-1 while losing two games when they gave up 9 and 4 (4-3)

    They need to find ways to get runs, which means getting on base more often,

  • billy buck

    No one is mentioning that the Cubs forced out three Giants at home in two innings. Great high stakes performance for the infielders and Navarro. Confident and focused play. Makes me hopeful about the future.

    • Adventurecizin’ Justin

      That was a great win for a young team! In the past, the team seemed to fold under the pressure of last night’s game. I’m hopeful & excited!

  • zach

    best win of the season with the 3 outs gotten in the bot 8th the best inning of the year

  • Harry Ramirez

    I really like the team this year. It’s a shame we are not contending for a playoff spot. I’m not objective of course, but I think any rational guy would say that the Cubs this season deserve, at least, to fight for the wild card. Take take the Rays for example. I mean, not trying to disrespect, but their team is great and their fans just don’t care. We care. When will it be our time?

    • MaxM1908

      I have two sisters in Tampa who would strongly disagree that Rays fans don’t care about their team. It’s just that they are few and far between in the Tampa area. Florida is a tough market in general because so many people aren’t “from” Florida and bring with them their loyalties from elsewhere. That’s not a good recipe for growing a solid fanbase. Whenever my sisters give me crap about how bad the Cubs are, I just remind them that the Rays will be playing in Montreal soon.

  • Vince

    Dustin S Hit the nail on the head with his comparing Rusin to Moyer. He has the same approach to his pitching style. He looks like a mature pitcher in stead of a thrower. A crafty lefty. A pleasure to watch!

  • Cliff Asbell

    Rusin reminds me of a young Tom Glaven

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