A handful of Cubs pitchers threw the ball well enough to keep the Cubs in the game, and a monster two-run homer from Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs the win.

Jake Arrieta had another mixed outing. If you could take away those three solo homers in the fourth (one of which was a fluke inside-the-parker), he would have pitched fantastically. But they all count.

But it’s a win, and it’s a big one …

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  • Hansman1982

    For as awful the bullpen was at the start o the year, they’ve been as good since July.

  • kscubfan

    Agreed no 100 loses this year!!!!!

  • Awakeape

    Glad Rizzo had a good game. Hope he keeps it up to end on a solid note. I still think he is our first baseman of the future. He is a hard worker with a lot of talent.

  • Frank

    Pissed off at ESPN again. Baseball Tonight had their segment…Going Going Gone and they showed every home run except Rizzo’s.

  • Frank

    I send ESPN an email every year telling them nobody gives a shit about the Yankees outside of New York and to get their lips off the Yankees and Red Sox’s asses. The Cubs get very little respect from those east coast assholes, so could we have a concerted effort from everyone to keep emailing them all the time bitching to them?

    • Stinky Pete

      I just stopped watching ESPN. It’s a while lot easier than trying to control their programming.

      • Stinky Pete


      • chrisfchi

        I only turn on ESPN for background noise when I can’t sleep.

    • MichiganGoat

      They don’t care about our emails they do what they do because it drives ratings.

    • Big Joe

      The homerun replays, I agree. Show them all.
      But, coverage? Come one, buddy. They cover teams in a pennant race, or they can cover a team that just assured itself the relief of “not losing 100 games for the second year in a row”.
      I love my Cubs. But, if they want better national coverage, all they need to do is win.

  • CubFan Paul

    Rizzo’s homeruns were in the spot where people think he should lay off.

    No, make adjustments and hammer the inside pitch over the RF wall. His balls in play should bemuch higher next year.

  • #23

    I look forward to Arrieta getting a full season next year to work on harnessing his stuff. I still think he will be a frontline starter when all is said and done. Also, the bullpen may just be the team’s greatest strength in 2014. There are going to be some very intriguing options there in the spring.

    • CubFan Paul

      After seeing how Bosio has handled Garza, Wood, & Samardzija i’m confident he can turn Arrieta into a servicable fouth or fifth pitcher.

    • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

      I put him in the same category as Shark, maybe the Cubs get 1 good starter out of 2 with the loser going to the bullpen. It may be time to push Shark/Arrietta if management thinks competition will settle down their concentration issues. Both guys need to get their stuff inside with attitude.

  • Satch Dobrey

    Why bring DeJesus back as a 4th outfielder when you have Bogusevic?

    • #1lahairfan

      I think Sweeney ends up as our 4th outfielder next year, but Bogusevic has been okay even though he is in line for some regression. Him, Thomas Neal, and Dave Sappelt will probably battle for the 5th outfielder spot in ST. In a full season he’d probably get on base at a .340 clip with maybe 10-11 HR’s and SB’s. He’s hard guy to try and not root for.

      • gocatsgo2003

        Absent a free agent signing, why shouldn’t Sweeney get a shot at starting in LF or CF? I think Sweeney and Lake will probably end up manning those two spots unless we sign Ellsbury or Choo.

        • #1lahairfan

          I guess if you don’t have the Cubs signing any outfielders in the off season Sweeney would be a starter for us.

        • #1lahairfan

          I’m kind of hoping that we give Vitters the starting LF job next year and then sign Nate McLouth to play center field.

          • rockin’ dawg


            • willis

              Double yuck. And puke.

      • #1lahairfan

        I wouldn’t mind if him or Thomas Neal got a shot at next year. Neal is still only 25 and a former top prospect so there is obviously more intrigue there. Then again I believe Boguesvic has only been a hitter for 4 years so maybe something will click for him.

        • gocatsgo2003

          Sweeney is still only 28 and a former top 50 prospect in his own right, while the highest I’ve seen Neal was #98 overall before 2010. Neal is also actually 26, so it isn’t that much different from Sweeney in that regard.

          • #1lahairfan

            We’re on different pages here man. If the Cubs don’t sign anybody in the off season Sweeney would most definitely start in CF

      • Good Captain

        I suspect Sappelt less his 40 man spot and likely moves to another organization. The Team has passed him up on multiple occasions to bring him up and have gone another way.

    • praying the cubs get ready to win

      I agree, I want to see more of Bog. Trade Sheirholz and either bring up another OF or my real preference is to get a FA like Pence for a 2-3 year deal.

  • Stevie B

    At what point do we start adding big name free agents?

    • marc

      I dont think we are just not adding big name fa because we refuse to spend. I think we are looking for value in the fa market. I believe the front office sets a value to each guy in free agency and if that value can be agreed upon they will sign the guy. But i dont think they are interested in overpaying for guys who are not impact free agents when they have in house options as fall backs. I just trust the front office is going to find a happy medium between all out bidding and dumpster diving in the free agent market.

  • cub2014

    i like the idea of going after gonzalez, colorado
    needs pitching so shark,schierholz & pinyero.
    Then sign choo, sign arroyo, those 3 moves
    would make us a contender