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Apologies for the delayed EBS – we lost power mid-game, and then didn’t get it back until the middle of the night.

It sounds like I missed mostly frustration (and three rain delays), as Jeff Samardzija was just wild enough to lose, and the Cubs’ offense was just weak enough to not score more than a couple runs.

You expect the Reds to have a little power at home, but …

april 29 box

Full box score.

  • itzscott

    I didn’t think it was possible but I’m starting to think Renteria’s a worse manager than Sveum was. There’s reasons why guys go their entire career without getting the opportunity to manage.

    • Diehardthefirst

      Disagree — using Castro to protect Rizzo could earn Mgr Rick MOY

      • itzscott

        Negated when he inserts Sweeney and Barney in the same lineup at #7 & #8 followed by the pitcher. A team cannot win when 1/3rd of their lineup doesn’t stand a statistical chance.

        • Soda Popinski

          Yeah, pretty bad. He should have put your mom behind Sweeney and then put me behind your mom.

          • itzscott

            My mom’s 90 years old. You need to get out more.

    • Pat

      There comes a point when you just have to realize that it’s not the manager who sucks. You probably didn’t like Quade either, right? So we either had three horrible managers in a row, or we’ve had a pretty shitty major league team for the last five years and you can’t really judge the managers because they have been bringing a knife to a gun fight all this time.

      • itzscott

        I disagree. You judge a manager by how he manages the team he has.

        You’re right… Quaade was another example of The Peter Principle.

        • Pat

          Well, if any of them had a major league team to manage, we might be able to jusdge them. As it is, you basically saying someone is a shitty driver because they can’t win the Indy 500 on a bicycle.

          • Spoda17

            I disagree Pat. The better the team, the less of a skilled manager you need to be. I haven’t given up on RR, but his decision making is not equal to a major league manager. It’s not the losing, it’s how he manages a game.

            • Pat

              Yeah, but the decisions for the basically the entire Ricketts era have amounted to whether to hit or stand on a sixteen. No matter what you do you’re going to lose most of the time.

      • Jon

        This

    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

      Remember when he was a dumbass for starting Kalish??

      I wonder where the folks are that are questioning that.

      • mjhurdle

        probably out there condemning the manager after 25 games while complaining that the rookie striking out 40+% of the time while batting under the Mendoza line just doesn’t have enough data on him him and he needs to start every game.

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          Wait…are we talking about Junior Lake or Mike Olt?

          Either way, it’s clearly Renteria’s fault. They need to play every day. He is ruining them.

          • mjhurdle

            SO true. Renteria is not making them comfortable by putting them in the best situations possible. To make them comfortable they need some 4-5 K games against pitchers they stand no chance against. THEN they will become awesome.

            • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

              Ooo, I bet we could convince the other team to let us have them bat every inning! Then they would be doubly awesome!

              Clearly, that is what the data is telling us.

    • Brocktoon

      What do you mean gone his whole career without a managing job. He’s 52, the same age Joe Maddon was when he got his first big league managing job.

  • Thiscantbegood

    It was nice to Castro’s 2 RBI single with the bases loaded last night. Other than that a very boring rain delay filled game. What was worse was flipping channels to a Bulls team that can’t figure out how a basketball goes into a hoop. Chicago sports are frustrating lately (EXCEPT the Blackhawks of course).

    • Thiscantbegood

      ***It was nice to see Castro’s 2 RBI single with the bases loaded last night.***

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

      I agree with every bit of all that – that’s how my evening went as well.

      Castro’s 2 RBI single was the highlight of my sad night……

  • Required

    This team is cursed. It’s really that simple. If they get a lead they blow it late. If they are down they usually come back within a run or two, only to give fans a little hope. Only to get crushed. Teams usually have a little good luck on their side every now and then. A lucky bounce or something. Not this team. It’s really hard not to believe the curse at this point.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Kalish needs more playing time to show his stuff- he’s a table setter

  • Ivy Walls

    Much more to managing than what you see during the game. Playing Sweeney and Barney could be a number of things including they are being displayed (well or not), what you (and I) have a problem is witnessing a AAA-AAAA team on the field and precisely why Girardi exploited the Cubs situation for his own gain.

    Glancing through Nate Silver’s post about looking for empirical insight to what or how to construct a genuine WS contender. It suggests a weight towards amassing superior WAR players with average WAR players. The detail might suggest that the average WAR player must be a plus defensive player and also versatile in able to play multiple positions and also execute on situational hitting opportunities.

    For those moaning and groaning about Renteria and is in game decisions, name one—one superior WAR player, I see one right now and this year, Hammel, possibly Wood & Samardzija but where in the offense is there a superior player. When I am talking about superior that means top two or three at their respective positions.

    Last comment, Cubs are getting jobbed by the umpires and someone needs to do a F/X cross check.

    • Spoda17

      IW – you’re confusing winning with managing. I don’t think any of us are being critical of RR for losing, it’s decision making. To put Sweeney, Barney, and the pitcher at the bottom of the order is giving the other team a clear advantage; the opposing pitcher can basically cruse through that portion of the game. If RR must play Barney and Sweeney, at least split them up. Just not a good baseball decision.

      The main concern I have is when we do have better players, these types of decisions will still continue to be made. I said past night, and I am not really joking… if I’m Jeff, I am pissed at the lineup RR used and how it was constructed. Performance aside, you at least have to try and be strategic and at least give your team a chance to win.

      • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

        Wait, so Sweeney (who has been, basically, league average his whole career), is a bum based off of 60 PA this year but Junior Lake needs to play more because we don’t know what he is?

      • Edwin

        Splitting them up would mean putting bad hitters higher up in the lineup, which means giving more at bats to bad hitters. It would also mean splitting up possible better hitters, which isn’t good. The problem isn’t where he bats Sweeney and Barney, it’s that he has to bat Sweeney and Barney at all.

    • itzscott

      >> Last comment, Cubs are getting jobbed by the umpires and someone needs to do a F/X cross check. <<

      It's my contention that bad teams experience more bad calls by umpires than good teams simply because of subconscious umpire bias….. ie: good teams are supposed to do well, bad teams are not.

      With challenges and replays at the end of the year I think we'll see when all the data is in that bad teams challenge more calls and have more calls reversed than good teams….. meaning that good teams tend to get the benefit of the doubt by an umpire making a close call.

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    I was using Gameday on my phone keeping an eye on it while doing other things, and if the app is to be believed, the Cubs hit about 10 line drive outs. The two worst at-bats were Castillo and Sweeney, both striking out looking to end innings with guys on base.

    Shark was unusually wild, and wild in the strike zone to Billy Hamilton.

    I know it’s really early, but based on personel and performance, it looks like the NL Central will be a 2-horse race this year. The Reds and Pirates just seem to be a notch below the other two. Guess we’ll see.

  • Hee Seop Chode

    Another good outting by Jeff. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets his ws ring this year.

  • terencemann

    Kalish now has an OPS+ of 101. Above average hitter!

  • CubFan Paul

    “It sounds like I missed mostly frustration (and three rain delays), as Jeff Samardzija was just wild enough to lose”

    Samardzija wasn’t wild, the strikezone was skinny.

    Pitch framing was at a premium last night. The Reds catcher adjusted and was practically laying on the ground, making a super small target, while Castillo was Castillo (not getting close strikes called strikes).

    • notcubbiewubbie

      Totally agree this has been a problem with castillo from day one. They say they are working with him all the time,but i’m not sure if you can fix this problem.

      • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

        Jason Castro says hi

  • JM

    Ahhh. Another career first against the Cubs!

  • cubbiehawkeye

    Sweeney and Castillo left 7 on….jeez

    • Spriggs

      “Swingles” did hit the ball pretty hard once or twice though.

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