I’ve got a bad case of the Aprils. April Anxiety. So I needed some help.
P.J.: What’s wrong with you?
Brendan: I don’t know. I am not right.
P.J.: Dude, you are sick, okay? Just go see a doctor.
Brendan: No. No doctors.
P.J.: No doctors? What are you, like a wounded bank robber?
Brendan: My health insurance got canceled. I have no choice. I’ve got to go to Dr. Brando now.
Bobby: Who’s Dr. Brando?
P.J.: He’s the doctor that lives inside his head.
Brendan: Went to Harvard medical school.
Bobby: Inside your head?
Brendan: Whatever dude, it’s Harvard.
P.J.: Anyway, it’s Brando’s self-diagnosing, usually using the internet. And the last time he did it, it did not go very well.
Dr Brando’s prescription for April Anxiety was easy. More homers. Who am I to argue with a Harvard trained physician?
Back to back homers for the first time this year? (So-ri-ahhh-no! and Soto!) Check.
A Second helping of Soriano? Check and Check.
Quality start by Zambrano? 6 innings, 2 runs. Check.
Domination from the three-headed monster of Wood/Marshall/Marmol? 3 innings, 3 hits, 4 K, 0 runs. Check, Check and Check.
Soriano is locked in. And anyone who has watched the Cubs knows, that when the Fonz is locked in – you just get out of the way. It doesn’t last the whole year of course :)P But it can certainly be fun to watch. Soriano now owns the record for the most homers ever hit by a Cub during a month of April (and the team has been around awhile… as other fans like to point out).
Wins can settle a team down. Good Zambrano was joking about settling down after giving up a ‘cheap homerun’ to Justin Upton. (It sailed 455 feet into the second deck – and I was afraid they would have to alert the FAA)
Let’s get another one today. May is just around the corner, and I’m excited.
Remember Cubs, the prescription is more homers. Trust Dr. Brando.
Oh, and Jordana Spiro? Call me.
One of the most likable Cubs of a generation turning in one of the worst pitching lines I’ve ever seen. Ever. EVER. 0.1 IP, 4H, 7ER, 4BB, 0K, 1HR. Walking 4 batters may have saved him from even more damage. Thank goodness he couldn’t throw strikes. Hmmm….
The Cubs losing 11-2 and the score shouldn’t have been even THAT close. The D-backs were 4-19 with RISP. We got lucky? Hmmm…
The Blackhawks distracting me from the baseball season has ended. I hope all of the Canadians from the western provinces who fainted or put their fist through a wall when Captain Serious scored a shorty with less than 2 minutes left to tie game 7 have made a speedy recovery. The better team won, and I wish the Canucks the best of luck (even though I am sick and tired of a smallish group of Canadians loudly whining about some ridiculous conspiracy against Canadian teams every time a call goes against them – newsflash, like the players, most referees are Canadians too… You haven’t won the Cup in a while because your teams have sucked either in the regular season or the playoffs. See Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers for more info). Double-Hmmmm…
The Bears did their part to distract us with their own mesmerizing incompetence on draft day… bungling a trade with the Ravens. Hmmmm…
From high in the mountains, to the California Coast… from the lake-effect snow and Wrigley monsoons to the sunshine of the desert… the Cubs have played… as icky as the weather. Hmmmm….
I am always happy to see my sibling White Sox do well. And I’m happy that they ended their own awful losing streak – but the only thing worse than a Cubs losing streak is a losing streak when the Sox are winning. Mostly because there is a small but vocal group of Sox fans who take more pleasure in Cubs losses than Sox wins :)P Hmmmm…
The MLB front office putting DeWitt on the all-star ballot instead of Barney. I’m still ticked off about that. Hmmm….
Obviously this team is capable doing a much better job hitting, pitching, defending, managing, running, catching the ball, tagging runners, coaching the bases, sliding into bases (I’m looking at you Captain Castro), and of course hoisting the ‘W’ flag at Wrigley. Does that cover everything? I think it does.
At least Dempster didn’t tweet about it from the clubhouse. Hmmmm…
We need some sunshine. So… cue the cheesy early 90’s pop music. If that doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what will.
Things that make you go Hmmmm…
Is it May yet?
Well… the defense is going to lose us a few games this year. This was one. I guess we might as well pile up all of the errors and questionable decisions into as few games as possible. The usually dependable Dempster had another rough outing, so at least the defense didn’t waste a quality start.
The Cubs hitters tried to make a game out of it, but there just wasn’t enough.
On the D-Back side, they may want to play with 6 infielders and just let Young cover all three outfield positions… and I’m only half joking. He gets a great jump and tracks down the ball like a guided missile. Bloomquist is certainly stepping up for the injured Drew, and Putz looked better than I expected… so some Glass Half Full thrown out there for the Diamondback fans.
A .500 homestand to start the season. Not great. Not bad. Was hoping for better, but we’ll take it. Let’s take this show on the road to Milwaukee, Houston and Denver. Big NL Central games early. These count every bit as much as the games in September.
The Diamondbacks battled back, and the Cubs bullpen tried their best to help them at times, but the Cubs hold on to win 6-5.
And the Cubs record is 3-2. This is significant. This is the first time the Cubs have been above .500 since the Ricketts Era began. And we only had to wait until season #2.
Celebrating the small victories on the North-Side since 1984.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it… Throw Strikes.
For a relief pitcher, well, for any pitcher really… the first and most important job… throw strikes. I’m looking at you Samardzija and you Mateo.
Three walks. Three runs. Three pitchers (Russell has to come in to finish the frame).
But that’s just the first domino to fall. Bottom of the seventh. Cubs score two runs (hooray!) and load the bases. Two out, bases loaded, a single can break the game wide open. Who’s up at the plate? The pitcher. Russell flies out to end the inning. Wait, what? The pitcher hit for himself? Because the bullpen is thin. Woody and Marmol have a much needed day off. Marshall has to be saved for the 9th.
Two pitchers not throwing strikes in the top of the 7th forces Quade to use three pitchers to get out of the inning, which forces Quade to let a pitcher not named Zambrano hit with RISP.
Throw Strikes. And hope this doesn’t cost the Cubs the game. I’m not a DH man, and never will be. I LIKE the strategy, and occasional wackiness (like today) that happens. But this was a failure of the bullpen to throw strikes.
I would probably have pinch-hit anyway… brought in Grabow in the 8th, and rolled the dice on avoiding extra innings… but I can’t fault Quade for the choice
Offense! Clutch Extra Base hits!
Soriano was replaced as part of a ninth inning TRIPLE switch… but not before going 2 for 3, with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R and 1 BB.
Soto goes 2 for 3, with 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB.
Aramis goes 2 for 4 with 1 2B, 1 R.
Pena gets yet another RBI sacrifice fly.
Marmol found the happy medium between domination and disaster with 1 BB, 1 K, and a successful save. Word on the radio broadcast was that Quade had both Marmol and Wood scheduled for a rest day, and both approached him to say they were ready to go. Quade used them both, and they atoned for yesterday’s wackiness. It also allowed Quade to use three pitchers in the 7th.
Cashner’s first start tomorrow… and a chance to go above .500 for the FIRST time in the Ricketts era. They were at or below .500 for EVERY SINGLE game last year, a memory I would like to purge as quickly as possible.
I hope I remembered to take Soriano off the bench in fantasy baseball… when he gets hot, he puts up insane numbers.