Cubs’ Alcantara Goes Yard, But That’s About It.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies

I could start with a cliché but I think I know what cliché you might be thinking of when the Cubs faced Colorado. Well, it wasn’t smooth that’s for sure. The Cubs stumbled against the Rockies 13-4

“It’s always tough to beat a team twice in five days,” Jake Arrieta said, “but at the same time, there are certain things you can take advantage of moving into the next start against an opponent. You can change your looks, being less predictable, be able to change the game plan and attack guys in different ways.”

Sometimes there’s that kind of sixth inning in the game like Arrieta had where the Cubs gave up six hits. The frustrating part about last night’s loss is the way the game started out with Chris Coghlin scoring a triple. Arismendy Alcantara continued to impress crushing a home run and then the score was 3-0 Cubs.

“We already have guys here who have pretty firmly established themselves and you add Baez and Alcantara to the mix, and we all know what those guys can do,” Arrieta said. “That two-run home run that Alcantara hit, that’s pretty impressive — those are things that big time players do.

A 3-0 lead should be the kind that gives you a breather a chance to say,”Whew, let’s bring it home guys.” but it’s not always the case in baseball and at a field like Coors where no lead is safe, the ball looks tiny.

I think there’s going to be a lot of games like last night where the Cubs really got lit up. of course, there were some great moments by the team, but nobody can expect Javier Baez to lead the Cubs into the Promised Land. There’s the dream of a team going .500 by the end of the season, but that’s just what it might be. Impossible? No. It’s highly unlikely the Cubs will finish .500 but nobody can blame this Cubs fan for believing, right?

in other news, Nate Schierholtz has been Designated For Assignment while Fujikawa has been activated. I’ve got a good feeling about this.

Believe it.

—Mark

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