Chicago Cubs “outpitched” in LA. Or something

I’d love to tell you that, if you went to bed early, you missed the Chicago Cubs’ big comeback last night against the Dodgers. Alas, I cannot.  For all his dreamy brown eyes and (inexplicable) shaggy mullet, Jake Arrieta couldn’t solve the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Cubs couldn’t solve Zack Greinke. That made for some ugly-ass late night baseball.

The Dodgers blanked the Cubs for 31 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the fifth inning of their loss on Aug. 2 at Wrigley Field. That streak ended when Brian Bogusevic hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to knock out Greinke.

“Flat out got outpitched tonight by one of the best in the game,” Cubs starter Jake Arrieta said. “The margin for error is very low against a guy like Greinke.”

The Dodgers have beaten the Cubs eight consecutive times dating to Aug. 3, 2012 – tying their longest streak in Los Angeles history dating to June 9, 1974-May 19, 1975.

Do they make these for Starlin,too? I hope so.

Do they make these for Starlin,too? I hope so.

Far be it for me to argue with you, Jake, but it’s getting out-pitched when both teams have a hard time scoring and one team manages to best the other by a slim margin. It’s more than “getting outpitched” when the Cubs’ pitchers give up a combined six runs and the Dodgers pitchers only give up two. Yes, you were outpitched, but that’s kind of like saying “We’re the Millers” was “outgunned” at the box office by “The Avengers.” It’s technically true, but, in a more accurate way, not really.

So blah blah blah the Cubs lost again and all that rot. At least we now know why Anthony Rizzo is back to hitting third in the lineup, although I kinda wish I didn’t:

“Hopefully I never go back,” Rizzo said Monday night as he returned to the third spot after batting 7-for-24 in five games as the Cubs’ No. 2 hitter.

“It’s more, to be honest, an ego thing,” Rizzo said. “I never hit second in my life. You’re thinking your second hitter of the game is someone who gets guys over and bunts and slaps. And I think our lineup doesn’t call for me hitting second. … I was there and tried to make the best of it.”

Rizzo said he never thought of asking manager Dale Sveum to take him out of the second spot.

“He’s the manager,” Rizzo said. “He makes the calls. I just come in to play baseball.”

Here’s the thing, dear. When you’re hitting .231 on the season, you can’t really complain about where you hit in the lineup. Because you’re lucky just to be IN the lineup. When you hit .325 in The Show, you can go back to complaining about where you hit in the lineup, and the press will think you’re colorful. Until then, it just makes you a brat.*

That’s all I’ve got for this morning. Remember to head back to yesterday’s post and read your Cubs Serenity Prayer before you start each and every day.

Cubs and Dodgers again tonight at 9:1- pm CT on WGN. Travis Wood v. Clayton Kershaw. Should be fun.

*not really

32 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs “outpitched” in LA. Or something

  1. Doc Blume says:

    I’m glad I went to be before I even knew the Cubs needed to make a big comeback.

  2. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The worst part of the loss for me was Greinke beaning one of the Cubs, and he did not even look annoyed, just headed for second base. The L.A. Times labeled the Cubs, “one of the sorriest teams in the league.” If the Cubs are sorry, at least they could put up a fight when they are beaned by a beanball pitcher like Greinke. Kershaw pitches today, I really hope Wood hits him with a pitch, then maybe he would stop his mugging for the camera, and his little cheerleader dance when any Dodger does anything…

    1. juliedicaro says:

      This team is strictly in a run-out-the-clock situation this season. Sad.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        There is nothing wrong with that. They’ll soon pass the Sox and possibly even the Marlins in draft position. :)

  3. Doc Blume says:

    Carrie Muscat posted a link to a picture of the new spring training stadium.

    The press box looks bigger than Wrigley’s. (And she said that she believes it is as well.)

  4. juliedicaro says:

    A guy on Twitter is calling me a “Catfish.” I don’t know how to take that.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      He probably thinks you are the cheerleader who pulled a 70 lb catfish out of the water the other day.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-teen-wrestles-72lb-catfish-bare-hands-article-1.1381846

      1. Dusty Baylor says:

        Is that about the whole “Catfishing” thing…where you have an online relationship with someone..only to find out that they aren’t who they said they were? Or is that guy just comparing you to Catfish Hunter?

        1. juliedicaro says:

          I’m going to go with him comparing me to Catfish Hunter. He probably saw me throw out the first pitch last month.

      2. johnnywest333 says:

        I think Catfish is the name of a TV show where woman and men yell at each other and stuff. Has he been yelling at you Julie?

  5. juliedicaro says:

    Per Mark Gonzalez, Almora. Baez, Soler and Bryant are headed to the AZ Fall League.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Also, Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino are all going to be at the AFL.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        (This is the point where Julie asks, “Who the hell is Arodys Vizcaino?”…at which point I say that we got him from the Braves last year for Reedz.)

  6. Doc Blume says:

    Marlon Byrd has been traded to the Pirates.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      on Marlon Byrd T-Shirt Night.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        That actually is not really true. Someone overstayed a minor t-shirt promotion going on at citi field tonight.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          It sounds like it’s promotion for 200 fans who get to sit in a particular section of the ballpark.

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Could be worse-it could be Marlon Byrd Bobblehead NIght…

  8. dabirdguy says:

    Rizzo is whining about hitting second? Seems like I recall someone named Sandburg that hit there for a long time.
    I don’t recall him being a bunt and slap kinda guy.

    We do seem to lead the league in whoosies.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      In fact, Sandberg won MVP hitting 2nd in the lineup.

    2. J says:

      I don’t think Rizzo is a long term solution in the middle of the order. His 63 walks so far this year are a huge plus, but the .231 batting average with 100+ SO tells me he can be good with pitch selection, but he relies too much on a power swing that isn’t quite powerful enough. Adding some slap singles into the mix would go a long, long way to getting the batting average up. as it stands, almost 1/2 of Rizzo’s hits have been extra base hits (55/114). That’s a nice number on the extra base hits, but 55/150 would have Rizzo starting to look like the cornerstone of the offense rather than Carlos Pena part II.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        I always tell my kids “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” For Rizzo, “I’ll change it to ‘you hit where you hit and you don’t throw a fit.’”

  9. juliedicaro says:

    Today I totally hate Twitter, Rob Neyer, and Cubs fans. In that order.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Oh.

      I hate mosquitoes. In that order.

  10. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Syrian computer hackers have attacked the NY Times website, and it has been down for over 4 hours. Why couldn’t they have attacked the LA Times instead?

  11. gidard says:

    I read an article that stated the Cubs are on track tho lose 50 games at Wrigley which has never happened.
    The record for futility at Wrigley is 49.
    Cmon Cubbies , time to step it up.

  12. gidard says:

    And regarding a comment by Dabirdguy yesterday, read an opinion that Cubs are not into rebuilding mode.
    They are in ‘expansion team’ mode.
    Stated expasion teams take, on the average, 8-9 years to compete for division titles and make the playoffs.
    That is what I have not found the words to say, but have felt.
    Especially after this year and looking at the next 2-3 years.
    I really hope that my gut feeling is wrong and something more solidly positive starts happening.
    GO CUBS!
    BEAT THOSE F***ing dodgers.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      The kids are coming along really quickly. I think we can start being hopeful that this team is getting better around 2015.

  13. juliedicaro says:

    Hey guys, I’m not going to do a game thread tonight. I need to take a break from Internet Julie for one day. I’m not a huge fan of hers right now.

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