The Cubs win! The Cubs win! It’s been a long time since we’ve heard those words, but it’s true and they did it convincingly in the series finale against division rivals, Cincinnati Reds. In a 9-4 victory, the Cubs played extremely well and Anthony Rizzo led the way with a two run home run giving Edwin Jackson the win.
“This team still has a lot of upside,” Rizzo said. “We’ve shown glimpses of it. A glimpse tonight with our bullpen coming in and locking the game down. It’s pretty impressive. If we score runs — and guys are swinging the bat well — I think we’re going to start winning some ballgames and get back in it.”
You have to hand it to Rizzo for his optimism. Hey, remember what I said yesterday that the Cubs will win the series this weekend against the Cardinals? Keep that in mind.
So, how do the Cubs solve the problem about Jeff Samardzija’s winless streak and Edwin Jackson having more wins? Nobody ever said that baseball makes any sense.
“You have confidence in those guys that when you come out of a game they’re going to continue to pick up the slack,” Jackson said. “Whether there’s men on base or if there’s nobody on base. The pitching staff as a whole has been pretty good this year. We just have to continue to feed off of each other and have belief in ourselves that we can go out there and get outs.”
Or get home runs if you ask Travis Wood.
A problem the Cubs are having this year is Darwin Barney. He’s struggling and the Cubs would be wise to do something right away. What that is, I don’t know.
Something the Cubs might try is to dangle Barney and see if another club would pick him up and call up Javier Baez. I’m probably way off base with that one(did you catch that? I’m on a roll) but having Mike Olt, Starlin Castro, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo would look good in the infield. Moving Emilio Bonifacio to the outfield would be an option. Then what would we do with Luis Valbuena?
All right, they could put Valbuena at second and then play Baez every other day. That would be good and exciting.
Starlin Castro is having a great year and it’s comforting to talk about that again. The feeling that he’s dangerous when he steps up to the plate(I’ve got a million of em’ here all night! Next show is at 9) is amazing.
nobody said this year’s going to be easy and if the Cubs can at least finish at the .500 mark, then the foundation will be set and fans can rest easy knowing that 2015 will be great.