It was Scott Baker’s first start in a long, long time. Well, August 8 2011 to be exact. He played well with five scoreless innings, but the Cubs couldn’t hang on for the win as the Milwaukee Brewers downed them 3-1 Sunday.
“First time out, he did a great job and we’ll leave it at that and evaluate going forward,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
The Cubs have put themselves in a situation where anything can happen. This year has been a huge transition time for the Cubs. All the trades they’ve made and the lineup changes. Plus, the Cubs have had some great surprises in Junior Lake and Nate Scierholtz. They’ve also had their share of disappointments in Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro. Could Starlin Castro be on the move next year? He signed a big contract, but in today’s game that means nothing. Even the starting rotation will see some changes.
“I’m just going to go in the offseason with eyes open and ears open,” Jeff Samardzija said. “It’s no secret I am where I want to be and doing it the way I want to be doing it. That hasn’t changed. We’re pretty close to where we need to be, and I want to be part of that for sure.”
That is exactly what the Cubs have been doing this month, evaluating. They also have the opportunity to play that most awkward word in sports–spoiler.
Tonight, the Cubs go to Cincinnati to try and topple the Big Red Machine .2013. I’m not a big fan of the spoiler moniker, but c’mon, September is the perfect time for the Cubs to do this. I believe it’ll be a great moral victory to see the Cubs determine who will be the National League Central Champion.
There’s twenty games left in the season so this should be interesting to see what happens. Travis Wood gets the start. Game time is 7:10 eastern.