The Rise Of Soler

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All right, I promised myself I wouldn’t throw a pun in. Jorge Soler destroyed the ball in his first at bat. Welcome to the Show Jorge! Ladies and Germs, it was fantastic. In a 7-5 loss, the Cubs played really well. Folks, if you’re going to lose, this is the way to do it.

“I feel real proud about it,” Soler said. “All of my family was watching the game, especially my father here at the game. I feel real happy and proud that I did well today.”

There’s an old adage saying, “Goal scorers need to shoot the puck” and well, the same applies to baseball. Sluggers need to hit the damn thing and hit it far. Look at Javier Baez’s last at bat. He took Chapman deep and the look on Chapman’s face, well, he thought that ball was going into orbit but Billy Hamilton caught it at the wall. The fastest thrower versus the fastest swing. Crazy.

This is only the beginning for Soler and the Cubs. Here’s the scary part; at the start of the season, the Cubs were projected to be the “doormat” of the league but with a few key moves they’ve become something to be feared around the league. Sure, they’re a little green but suddenly, they’re getting run support. They’ve got solid pitching from Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada.

The Cubs are 59-73 heading into tonight’s game against the Reds. Arrieta gets the ball.

“I want to make every start that I have lined up throughout the end of September,” Arrieta said. “If something comes up, I guess that will be addressed. I’d love to stay in the mix and finish out on a high note.”

With that kind of competiveness, Chicago is the place to be.

Believe it.

—Mark

 

2 comments

  1. Level Whimsicality · August 29, 2014

    This was a game they should have won and exposes a possible weakness in their manager. It was in the 7th or 8th, with Baez at second and Castro batting. Castro hit it deep to center and just stood there watching. Center fielder misjudged the fly at the wall.

    Terrible base running by Baez, he should have been holding midway between 2nd and 3rd. Youth is no excuse on this 101. He only got to third on the play.

    Attention Castro: you are NOT a slugger. You run every time like you’re gunning for a triple. He only ended up at 1st.

    So instead of scoring one with another in position with less than 2 outs, they got runners at the corners with 0 runs that play.

    Renteria needs to be called out too. Castro standing and staring is an ongoing problem. Rick should have benched Stalin right there, mid-inning. Then he would never forget. Unfortunately, Renteria seems like too nice of a guy to do that. I’m starting to doubt if he’ll have the toughness to make the hard disciplinary calls once his honeymoon is over.

    I know this is bursting the feel-good bubble a bit, but if they are going to be contenders, they have to keep their heads in a close game like this, no excuses.

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    • Level Whimsicality · August 29, 2014

      One correction – Baez on 2nd may have been a tagging situation, but I remember watching the play at the time and thinking he should have scored on it.

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