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jake arrietaYou probably noticed that we’re missing an Enhanced Box Score for yesterday’s game. That wasn’t just weekend laziness or footballus interruptus. An untimely internet service issue, which was only just resolved this morning, cost me most of my internetting last evening. We’re back online today, and hopefully there won’t be anymore issues (right, Time Warner?).

  • Outside of one bad inning yesterday, Jake Arrieta’s day wasn’t terrible. That bad inning, though, was enough to give the game to the Brewers, and Arrieta lived into the very things we discussed this week with respect to his control and command issues. Two walks and a 2-0 meatball to Logan Schafer did the bulk of the damage. His final line – 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 ER, 4 K – screams “unfortunate sequencing,” which was actually true. But, when it comes to walks, sometimes you make your own bad luck.
  • Chang-Yong Lim made his debut yesterday (shaky control), which gave the Cubs a new record for players used in a single season, with 54.
  • A savvy BN’er was wondering in the comments the other day whether the Boise Hawks would be short some players when the team heads to Vancouver to continue the Northwest League Championship series. You may recall, in earlier trips to Canada this season, some Hawks players had to stay home, because they didn’t yet have the various documentation necessary to travel abroad. Apparently that’s still an issue, as the Hawks will play today without Yasiel Balaguert, Carlos Penalver, Jeffrey Baez, Juan Paniagua, and Carlos Martinez-Pumarino.
  • Bruce Levine on motivating losing teams in September.
  • Dioner Navarro will listen to the Cubs first when it comes to a 2014 contract, but as I’ve said before, his success this year could have him (justifiably) looking for a starting job next year.
  • Dale Sveum says Darwin Barney deserves the Gold Glove at second base again this year.
  • A closer look at Ryan Sweeney, who hopes to return to the Cubs next year as a starter.
  • Blublud

    Arrieta had a bad inning, but he was able to bounce back and finish effectively. That to me is more impressive then his inning was bad.

  • Cedlandrum

    well I don’t think that BN’er commenter is savvy at all. Bit of a tool if you ask me.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. I thought it was you, but wasn’t certain enough to drop your name. Well done.

  • ssckelley

    I cannot recall the last time the Cubs had a decent backup catcher who could hit. I hope the Cubs give Navarro a decent raise to come back next season.

  • ssckelley

    Seeing how effective Arrieta has been the first time through the order I wonder if he will get some consideration for the closer role.

  • chrisfchi

    Jeffery Baez? I miss something there?

    • DarthHater

      There is another Skywalker … I mean, Baez.

  • Melrosepad

    Brett, any chance we look at James McDonald who was just DFA’d by the Pirates? He’ll be 29 next year and should come cheap. If he pitches like ’11 and ’12 he could be a good flip or keep pitcher.

    • ssckelley

      Sure, release his cousin to make room for him.

      • Cub Lew

        If you have both of them on your roster, you unlock a powerup similar to the Upton brothers… except it makes your team worse.

  • Justin

    I think it’s safe to say that Barry Gibb, I mean Jake Arrieta is more than likely a bullpen arm. I know starters are way more valuable than RP’s, but I don’t see him being a starting pitcher on a good team. I wish they would just see what he has in the bullpen already..

    • nkniacc13

      if he struggles to throw strikes and doesn’t miss a bunch of bats he maybe better as a starter than a bullpen arm

      • Justin

        If he continues to struggle to throw strikes and doesn’t miss bats he’s not going to have a future pitching in either. I just think the starting thing has been tried over and over with him, why not give him a run in the bullpen? In the bullpen could come in and just throw heat, and simplify everything.

  • Spoda17

    I can’t believe I am going to say this, but I want to loose the rest of our games… I want a high draft pick more than I want this team of interim players to win. I don’t think I have been more excited about two draft picks as I am with Bryant and Almora. No chance we are going to compete next year, so I say keep this current team, no free agents over the off season… I think the team we have now is not really all that bad… Yay high draft pick!!!

  • Good Captain

    In re the Boise squad, didn’t they loan some players off the Kane squad last time? Can they do it again this time?

  • Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

    I think Arietta should start next year in the rotation. Hopefully he finds consistency but if not the following season he should go to the bullpen. IMO. His stuff is electric and in short 1-2inning spurts I think he would do well. Hopefully he figures out or makes strides as a starter next season but if not the bullpen is still a real possibility

  • Starlin Backer

    Did nobody actually watch the 4th inning yesterday? With 2 on and an 0-2 pitch, Arietta threw a double play ball. Castro was shaded toward 2nd base but took a step to his left when the grounder was hit a step to his right. EASY DP. Struck out the next guy on 3 pitches. Instead he is charged with 4 earned instead of ZERO and BN is whining about Arietta today. Ridiculous.

    • hansman1982

      Ahhh, so It was Castro’s fault. Got it.

      • mjhurdle

        Arrieta’s lack of control, Rizzo’s low batting average, E Jax’s bad season; all of this is Castro’s fault.

        • cub2014

          Baker’s velocity 88-90 surprising. He has looked
          really good but I would assume 5 IP is enough.
          Its time for Bard

          • macpete22

            Bard might not even pitch for the Cubs this year

        • Starlin Backer

          How about reading what I wrote and take note of my name before making such an idiotic comment, dumb ass. Did you see the play?

  • Starlin Backer

    Arietta alludes to it in the Tribune article today. He said something like he thought he made a good pitch but the grounder must have had some “spin on the ball or something.” So though I am not a Castro hater pushing to trade him at his lowest value, yes, this one was his fault.

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Arietta will start the rest of this year so better to determine next year. Now he looks good for short relief but we will see w more starts.
    Hey, hansman! Baker easily through 3. I’m eating s…

  • arta

    4th inning, were the two runners already on base Castro’s fault?

    • Starlin Backer

      What a stupid comment. Do you expect Arietta or any pitcher to throw a perfect game every time out? Look at my name-I like Castro. But in this case, Arietta did his job, produced an EASY double play ball, and Starlin blew it.

      Arietta was a steal for Feldman.

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    Could it be that it is the Brewers…but Baker breezing through 5. Incredible

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    DALE is gonna bench Lake he hit another HR

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