Cubs Run Into The Artful Dodgers

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Will Jeff Samardzija stay or go? This is a tough question and it’s got to play on the Shark’s mind. Yesterday, the Cubs took it on the chin as the too good to be true Los Angeles Dodgers handed the Cubs a 3-0 loss. The Dodgers are this years Cinderella team, well, sort of. We knew they were going to be good but they didn’t get into gear until about a month ago.

“That’s what happens when you’re hot and have the kind of pitching they have, and bullpen,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “And obviously two (hitters Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez) who are super hot over the last month. And you mix in the other pieces and you have a pretty nice combination.”

Runners in Scoring Position continued to plague the Cubs yesterday but to be fair to the Cubs, the Dodgers are on the verge of greatness. Is Yasiel Puig capturing lightning in a bottle or is he the real thing?

“You’ve got to give a little credit to their lineup, too,” Jeff Samardzija said. “You can’t go in there just throwing the ball right down the middle; they’re going to make you pay for it. There were times where I was trying to be a little too fine, but that was intentional.”

Wellington Castillo had a great chance in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and a full count but it wasn’t to be.

So with contract talks and lineup shuffles, the Cubs are doing all the right things and all that’s left is to capitalize when runner’s are on base. I think they can do it.

The Cubs try to wrap up the series and salvage a win today when Carlos “The Villan” Villanueva gets the ball. Game time is 2:20 eastern.

–Mark

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