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16 Inning Thriller in Pittsburgh

The Chicago Cubs lost a 16 inning 5 hour and 55 minute thriller to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC  Park last night. From the start of the second inning you knew this game had the chance to be an interesting game with both ball clubs getting warned by home plate umpire Bob Davidson after a supposable retaliation when Charlie Morton hit Anthony Rizzo to start the second inning after Edwin Jackson hit Starling Marte to lead off the bottom of the first. Three more batters were hit by pitches after the warnings with Rizzo getting hit twice. Both Starters pitched well with Cubs starter Edwin
Jackson only allowing one earned run (2 runs) 5 1/3 innings pitched, and Charlie Morton going six scoreless innings. The Pirates held the Cubs scoreless until the 8th on a reviewable play that was overturned, and then the Cubs tied it up in the ninth when Luis Valbuena knocked in Junior Lake to tie it up at 2 apiece and to force it to extra innings. Anthony Rizzo had the go ahead home run to right field in the 12th make it 3-3 after a 32 pitch 12th Carlos Villanueva is pitching and Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez is called to pinch hit with Starling Marte in scoring position, and Sanchez hits a walk off single to end the game at 4-3.

That makes 2 walk offs in two games for the Pirates in this Opening Series, and also has been Carlos Villanueva pitching both time the Bucs have hit their walk offs. Even though the Pirates lead the series 2-0; I still have been very impressed with the Cubs starting pitching and bullpen. The Cubs bullpen isn’t as much of a death sentence like it was last year, even though Veras blew the save and Villanueva is 0-2 to start the season. 7 pitchers from the Cubs bullpen pitched last night, and 5 of the 7 were near flawless and kept the Cubs in the game for 16 innings.

 

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NL Central

NL Central Preview

Today we look at the pretenders and the contenders in the NL Central. Let’s break it down.
Pretenders:
The bad news is 2014 will be a long year for the Cubs in terms of wins and losses. The good news is the Cubs are coming and in a big way. They already have Starlin Castro (expect a bounce back year) and Anthony Rizzo on the big club (both opening day ages under 25). But the Cubs have a lot of top prospects coming to Wrigley this summer and by sometime in 2015. In fact according to the Baseball America 2014 Top 100 Prospects list the Cubs have 7 in the top 100, 5 in the top 41 and 2 in the top 8. You very well could see Javier Baez (3B,SS) and Kris Bryant (OF,3B) in Chicago sometime this summer. Not far behind is CJ Edwards (SP), Albert Almora (OF), Jorge Soler (OF), Pierce Johnson (SP) & Arismendy Alcantara (2B). Unless the Cubs get a contract extension done soon with starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija expect him to get trading during the season.
Milwaukee Brewers:
Unlike the Cubs who have a lot of talented young players coming soon we cannot say the same about the Brew crew. That’s not a good state of affairs when you are not a prime time contender. Continue reading

The Magic Number is 5…

BaseballNow I’m holding my breath as I say this, because we all have been burnt before, but I dare say that the Braves are going to the Postseason. AND without having to participate in the Wild Card Playoff Game (that ridiculousness warrants its own article later). The question now is when will they clinch.

I’m hopeful for the Milwaukee series for somewhat, okay maybe entirely, selfish reasons; I will be there.

I’d also like to say I have hope that the Braves will win every game making the clinch during the Washington series.

However, realistically, my best educated guess would be for the Cubs series. The Braves have won 75% of the time they played Washington, and they’ve done extremely well against the Cubs.

Mathematically, their numbers put them on the fence between winning two and sweeping the Nats series, but a little too close to two for comfort. And as far as the Cubs, the Braves have swept them in the sole series match-up but that was the first week of April, and might as well been an entirely different season. Continue reading