The Cubs are smoking’ there’s no other way to put it. Last night they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 extending the Cubs’ winning streak to five games and even better than that, they’ve now won 11 of 12.
Perhaps it was during Theo Epstein and Anthony Rizzo’s karaoke routine that tips were shared. In fact, I think a great routine would be the whole team singing,”Take Me Out To The Ball Game” or “Go Cubs Go” with proceeds going to charity. Hey, it would be better than, “Shook Me All Night Long”
Where was I?
The Cubs had a monster game. They hit everything they could in the second inning with Kris Bryant doubling and Jorge Soler and Miguel Montero both singling to send Bryant home.
“These last 11 games have helped us as far as our mentality and getting out of a group rut that we were in,” said Anthony Rizzo “We’re all very confident here and have to keep it going. The mentality in here has been unbelievable.”
Any baseball fan will tell you that this is the best time for a team to get going. The Cubs are sitting in a wild card spot and are taking a run for the division title, albeit, a slim shot at it.
Also, Starlin Castro played second base. Coming off of the bench in the sixth inning. Did he get his groove back? He got the second out in the ninth inning. Not bad.
I still think he needs a change of scenery. It’ll do him good, but remember, I’m that poor schmuck of a fan that loves him when he’s playing well, and loathes him when he’s not.
“I don’t mind” Castro said before the game. “I just want to play. It doesn’t matter where they have to put me, I just want to play. I just want to be in the lineup. It doesn’t matter if it’s second or short. It doesn’t matter.”
Another huge step was Dan Haren collecting his first victory as a Cub. I didn’t know what to make of this trade and the jury is still out on it but the Cubs needed some help with the rotation and perhaps Haren will be that player who will help the Club in the playoffs. The veteran guy.
“He knows how to pitch,” Miguel Montero said. “He makes good, quality pitches. If you look at it, he was right on the edges with a lot of pitches. When you paint those edges, it doesn’t matter how hard you throw. He uses his breaking ball for a strike. It’s not like he doesn’t throw his fastball. It was fun. Good memories. It brought back good memories. It’s a pleasure always to catch him.”
Things are looking bright on the North Side again.