Jeff Samardzija was better than he needed to be, as the powerhouse Cubs put up an 11-spot agains the Nationals. Nate Schierholtz and Donnie Murphy had a couple bombs each, and Dioner Navarro went deep as well. New National David DeJesus got in for a pinch hitting appearance, but didn’t get on.

aug 19 box

Full box.

  • JM

    What explains what Murphy is doing? He’s out of his mind.

    Lake continues to impress. I would think that he is one piece of the puzzle for next year. Does anyone know his ceiling?

    • Werner

      Clearly Mr. Murphy has had enough of AAA buses. Or he is an alien. One of the two.

      • mdavis

        could just be “Cody Ransom Syndrome”. Ransom was swinging a real decent bat for awhile, and then completely tanked the past couple of months. Either way, good for Murphy. keep it up i says. Could be workin his way into a utility role for next season.

    • willis

      His ceiling is insanely high and I agree he should be a big part of the OF next season.

  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Why are Castro, McDonald, and Ransom highlighted?

    • Brett

      The whole lineup is highlighted. The lineup is the point.

    • cjdubbya

      The starting position players are all highlighted b/c the team’s offense hasn’t done much this year, and there was much trepidation that this lineup would be the one to break the not getting no-hit streak yesterday afternoon. Check the pre-gamin.

  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Oh, because people were saying that we were going to be shutout by Zimmerman and the only chance of winning we had was Samardzija pitching close to a no-hitter.

    • Headscratchin

      Yep – got my crow in the slow cooker so it will be ready for dinner tonight. Because that worked so well last night – tonight’s lineup sucks! Sveum is an idiot for putting it out there! They’ll have perfect game pitches against them. There, that ought to assure another win.

  • Chef Brian

    Well, I guess that lineup showed all the naysayers that it had teeth. For a day at least…

    • On The Farm

      I think it showed me that: Schierholtz (one of the two postional players in the lineup from opening day) is still in career year mode, Navarro really wants to get paid this offseason, Murphy wants people to wonder if he is on PEDs.

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Small sample size!

  • baldtaxguy

    Love Nate just going about his business. Good ballplayer having a great year.

  • FastBall

    When Sweeney and Bogie get back at least our OF will be capable. Those two, Lake and Schierholz plus one more are next years OF so it seems. I haven’t seen many poor at bats out of Murphy since his call up. (Murph is our new Scrappy Gamer Guy) Been looking all year for our Theriot/Campana replacement. We found him.

    • mdavis

      i think its more likely a Sweeney OR Bogusevic. not and. for next year, and I would give the edge to Sweeney. More established player.

    • tim815

      Sweeney is a free agent next year.

      • CubFan Paul

        Still would be an ugly 2014 outfield.

  • Werner

    Did Theriot/Campana scrap their way to 6 home runs in, what, about three weeks worth of bats? Seriously, that’s some damn good scrap.

  • Ivy Walls

    Junior Lake has played 30 games, already has a 0.9 WAR, and projects over a season 4.5 WAR, wRC+ is 128, OBP is .351 and OPS is .827


    Schierholtz has a wRC+ 130, WAR 2.5 and OPS .854

    Murphy has a slugging ave .795 OBP .388 1.183

  • http://Bleachernation Oliver

    It was ugly.
    They are so superior to Washington.

    Now find someone to insert for Castro and Barney
    Maybe they can win a few.

    • mdavis

      Yea I agree, lets scrap a 23 year old 2 time All Star Short stop because of one bad year.

      • Mr. Mac

        While I don’t think we should dump Castro, I also think we should stop constantly waving the 2 time all star banner to support him. Castro had two pretty good seasons, but he has clearly regressed since last year’s all star game. It’s fine for people to want to dump him or keep him, but there should be more to the argument for keeping him than he was a two time all star on a couple of really bad teams.

        • Werner

          The fact that he was an All-Star with 200 hits in a season is why Castro is on the team at all and not back in AA along with Jackson, who was being touted as high as Castro but couldn’t hit MLB pitching. And, again, there is nothing lost at all by seeing if he can find his way in this last month of a season that’s already lost. What will be really curious to see is if he continues to not-hit at ST and April.

        • hansman1982

          “I also think we should stop constantly waving the 2 time all star banner to support him.”

          The list of guys who have made the HoF after 2 all star appearances by the age of 22 is longer than the list of those guys who have busted out.

          “Castro had two pretty good seasons, but he has clearly regressed since last yearโ€™s all star game”

          You mean he has had a god-awful month of sub-pitcher-level offense, a couple other bad months and 4 normal months of production.

          “he was a two time all star on a couple of really bad teams.”

          While being one of the youngest players in the league.

          • ssckelley

            “The list of guys who have made the HoF after 2 all star appearances by the age of 22 is longer than the list of those guys who have busted out.”

            Where do you find these lists?

            • Mr. Mac

              Yes, I would like to see that list also.

              And, besides I am not saying to get rid of him or not. My comment was in response to a comment that only stated the all star appearances as the reason to keep him. I see that response often, and I’m sorry, but that’s not a good enough reason. There are plenty of reasons to keep him other than he was an all star on crap teams when every team MUST have an all star. Again, does it matter what he did at 21 -22 when he’s regressing at 23? I don’t know, but it would be nice to see some forward progress, so we can put to rest what he used to do.

              • Chef Brian

                I would say that the fact he accomplished these feats at 21-22 is a pretty important factor in the argument whether to keep or trade Castro. Since he has accomplished so much at such a young age that allows for his natural growth/regression as a professional. He has time to figure it out especially if everyone would cut the kid some slack. He’s had a bad year, let him take the offseason to get his head on straight and we will see what we have next year. Also don’t minimize the All Star the kid didn’t do it with smoke and mirrors, 200 hits is no small feat. There are plenty of teams in baseball that would think the Cubs were morons if they gave up on Castro this soon.

      • Hansman1982

        While we are at it maybe we can also ship that samazilly guy off too.

  • Die hard

    Castro back in a funk– as I have stated ad nauseum over 2 yrs except for a flash of old self few weeks ago this kid needs serious mental and physical care—let him go home for rest of season and come back fresh next yr. ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž

  • KidCubbie

    To quote a line from Riddick, “Did not know who they were f***ing with.”

  • jkppkj

    11 runs on 9 hits is something else too.