Brewers Blow It Out in the Ninth – Cubs 4, Brewers 15

Game One Hundred Twenty-Seven – Cubs 4, Brewers 15
WP – Marco Estrada (2-5) LP – Justin Germano (2-4) Save – None

Monday night’s game was much closer than the final score indicates. The Cubs trailed the Brewers 6-4 going into the ninth before Milwaukee blew the game open against Alex Hinshaw. Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart went back-to-back-to-back off Hinshaw and put up five quick runs before Hinshaw could record an out. The Brewers scored nine runs in the ninth off Hinshaw and Lendy Castillo. Joe Mather recorded the final out and became the first position player to pitch for the Cubs since Gary Gaetti faced the Phillies on July 3, 1999.

The Brewers scored 15 runs on 21 hits with only three walks (all in the ninth) and beat the Cubs for the sixth game in a row. Monday night was the second time in just over two years the Brewers recorded 21 hits in a single game against Cubs’ pitching (August 2, 2010). Ryan Braun (4-for-6 with a home run, a double and five RBI) and Aramis Ramirez (3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and four RBI) drove in nine of the Brewers’ 15 runs.

The Cubs led Monday’s game 3-1 after four innings before the Brewers put up a three-spot against Justin Germano in the fifth. The Cubs had numerous chances to tie or take the lead before the Brewers turned a close game into a blowout in the ninth.

Alfonso Soriano (2-for-5 with two doubles, a RBI and a run scored), Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a RBI and a walk), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a RBI, a walk and a run scored) and Brett Jackson (1-for-2 with a home run and two walks) each had a good night at the plate before the game got out of hand in the ninth. The Cubs managed nine hits and six walks but were a miserable 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base when the game was still in question.

The Cubs struck out 15 times on Monday night … in the last four games against the Brewers, the Cubs have struck out 52 times.

Justin Germano was solid in the first four innings but for the second start in a row he could not make it through the Brewers’ lineup the third time. Germano allowed five runs on 10 hits without a walk and four strikeouts in five-plus innings.

Michael Bowden allowed an inherited runner to score in his inning of work and Alberto Cabrera pitched a scoreless seventh. Manny Corpas served up a solo shot to Carlos Gomez in the eighth.

Alex Hinshaw and Lendy Castillo could not throw a quality strike. Hinshaw gave up five runs on four hits and a walk without recording an out. Hinshaw served up back-to-back-to-back bombs to Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart … the first time the Brewers hit three home runs in a row since September 9, 2007 (Cincinnati Reds). Hinshaw threw 17 pitches, 10 for strikes. Lendy Castillo allowed four runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. Castillo struggled with his command again and threw 33 pitches, 16 for strikes.

Starlin Castro was charged two more errors on Monday night … one while the game was still in question in the other in the 45-minute top of the ninth inning.

Josh Vitters had another not-so-good night. Vitters had issues in the field, appeared to miss a sign and went 0-for-5 at the plate with three strikeouts and four runners left on base. While Brett Jackson has shown improvement, Vitters continues to look lost.

With Monday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 49-78 on the season …

The Brewers jumped out to an early lead with help from the Cubs defense. Norichika Aoki led off the game with a single to left (0-1 pitch). Rickie Weeks flied out to center on the first pitch for out number one. Ryan Braun pulled a 2-1 pitch toward third that should have been an inning ending double play. Josh Vitters fielded the ball but threw wide of second (outfield side of the bag). Darwin Barney made an excellent diving catch and kept his foot on the bag to force Aoki. Aramis Ramirez ripped the first pitch off the top of the wall in left. Alfonso Soriano played the ball perfectly but Castro’s throw to the plate was just a little late and Braun slid in safe with the game’s first run. Ramirez ended up at second with his 43rd double of the year. Corey Hart flied out to center to end the inning … Germano threw 13 pitches in the first, nine for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the first. Marco Estrada struck out two of the three batters he faced and threw only 14 pitches, nine for strikes.

Justin Germano worked his way in and out of trouble in the second. Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to second to start the inning. Carlos Gomez smoked a 0-1 pitch toward third. Vitters was playing in, dove toward the line and stopped the ball from ending up in the corner. Gomez reached on an infield single with one out. Jean Segura grounded a 1-1 pitch back to the mound. Germano fielded and threw to Barney at second. Gomez was forced but Segura beat Barney’s throw. Germano hung a curve to Marco Estrada on a 1-2 pitch and Estrada deposited the ball into shallow left. Segura ended up at third with two down. Germano struck out Aoki swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning. Germano needed 32 pitches, 22 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

The Cubs were not able to push a run across the plate in the second after a two-out double by Steve Clevenger. Alfonso Soriano grounded out to third and Castro flied out to deep left center for the first two outs. Steve Clevenger crushed a 0-2 pitch to deep center. Clevenger just missed a home run and settled for a double off the top of the vines. Brett Jackson walked on four pitches. With runners on first and second and two down, Darwin Barney lined out to left center (0-2 pitch) to end the inning. Barney was 1-for-10 during the homestand after his at bat in the second inning. Estrada threw 32 pitches, 21 for strikes, in the first two innings.

Justin Germano faced the minimum in the third after allowing a leadoff single to Rickie Weeks. Ryan Braun rapped into a 6-3 double play and Ramirez lined out to Jackson in deep center to end the inning … 45 pitches for Germano after three, 29 for strikes.

The Cubs finally put runs on the board against Estrada in the third inning. Justin Germano struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt for the first out. David DeJesus lined a single into center on a 1-2 pitch. DeJesus broke for second on a 1-0 pitch to Vitters. Vitters looked at a strike and appeared to miss a sign. DeJesus slid in safe at second when Weeks dropped Lucroy’s throw. Vitters popped out to Weeks in shallow right for the second out.

Anthony Rizzo blooped the first pitch into shallow left. Ramirez went out and got a glove on the ball but could not haul it in. DeJesus did not break stride and crossed the plate with the Cubs’ first run of the game. Alfonso Soriano followed and launched a 1-2 pitch to deep left center. Carlos Gomez ranged back and tried to make a leaping catch at the wall. Gomez did not need to jump and misplayed the ball. Rizzo paused near third base but scored the Cubs second run on Soriano’s 27th double of the season. Starlin Castro drove a 1-0 pitch into right. Soriano scored and the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. Castro took off for second on a 1-2 pitch to Clevenger. The ball ended up in the dirt and Castro made it easily to second. Clevenger worked a walk.

Brett Jackson walked for the second time on the night (3-2 pitch) to load the bases for Darwin Barney. Barney’s slump continued and he looked at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning. The Cubs made Estrada work in the third … Estrada threw 69 pitches over the first three innings, 45 for strikes.

Germano struck out Hart looking at a 3-2 pitch to start the fourth. Jonathan Lucroy pulled a 1-1 pitch into left center. The ball one-hopped the ivy and Lucroy ended up at second with a double. Carlos Gomez flied out to left for the second out. Jean Segura hit a 1-2 pitch toward short. Castro bobbled the routine grounder and the inning continued for Marco Estrada. With runners on first and third with two down, Estrada grounded out to short for the third out … 64 pitches for Germano after four, 41 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth. Estrada struck out the side (81 pitches, 54 for strikes).

After four, the Cubs led 3-1.

The Brewers jumped on Germano in the fifth inning and put a three-spot on the board. Germano struck out Aoki swinging. Rickie Weeks singled to center on a 3-2 pitch. Ryan Braun then pulled a 0-1 pitch into the left field corner. Weeks scored and Braun took third on Castro’s throw to the plate. Sveum brought his infield in … but it would not matter.

Justin Germano threw a first pitch fastball to Aramis Ramirez … and Ramirez deposited the ball into the bleachers in left center. And just like that, the Cubs trailed 4-3. Hart flied out to left center and Lucroy struck out swinging to end the inning. Germano needed 88 pitches, 56 for strikes, to complete five innings of work.

Other than a one-out double by Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs did nothing in the fifth. Rizzo popped out to Segura in shallow left to start the inning. After Soriano ripped a double into the left field corner, Starlin Castro smoked a grounder to Ramirez and Clevenger struck out swinging to end the inning … 92 pitches for Estrada after five, 63 for strikes.

After five, the Cubs trailed 4-3.

Justin Germano gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gomez (1-2 pitch to left center) and Dale Sveum went to his pen for Michael Bowden. Gomez stole second on a 1-0 pitch to Jean Segura. Bowden paid a lot of attention to Gomez at second but was able to strikeout Segura swinging for the first out. Ron Roenicke pulled Estrada back and sent up Travis Ishikawa to hit with Gomez on second and one out. Ishikawa flied out to center. Gomez tagged and advanced to third. Aoki pounded a 2-1 pitch into right. Gomez trotted home with the Brewers’ fifth run. Aoki took off for second on the first pitch to Weeks. Clevenger made a strong throw and appeared to throw out Aoki at second. Aoki was called safe (replays showed Barney missed the tag). Weeks flied out to right on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Kameron Loe took over in the sixth and Brett Jackson greeted him with a home run to right center. Jackson launched a 2-1 pitch to the second row of the bleachers … Jackson’s fourth home run (third of the homestand) cut the Brewers’ lead to 5-4.

Darwin Barney drove Loe’s first pitch into right and advanced to third on a double off the bat of Bryan LaHair. LaHair hit for Michael Bowden and smoked a 2-2 pitch off the base of the wall in center. David DeJesus stepped in with runners on second and third with no outs. Ron Roenicke brought his infield in up by one. DeJesus struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch for the first out.

Josh Vitters continued his struggles at the big league level. Vitters looked at two straight out of the zone before taking a strike. Vitters struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch for the second out. Loe pitched around Anthony Rizzo and walked him on five pitches. Alfonso Soriano stepped in with the bases loaded and two down … Soriano ripped a 0-1 pitch toward the hole at second. Corey Hart made a diving strop and threw to Loe to end the inning.

After six, the Cubs trailed 5-4 and were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base through six innings.

Alberto Cabrera faced the minimum in the seventh. Ryan Braun reached on an infield single. Starlin Castro made an excellent stop on a ball ticketed for center but his spinning off balance throw was just a little late. Ramirez hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Barney and Castro did a good job turning the double play and Corey Hart grounded out to second for the third out.

The Brewers’ defense bailed out Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh. Starlin Castro led off the seventh with a walk. Steve Clevenger struck out looking and Brett Jackson struck out swinging. Darwin Barney reached on an error by shortstop Jean Segura. With runners on first and second with two down, Sveum went to his bench for Luis Valbuena. Valbuena lined a 0-1 pitch into right. Norichika Aoki made a tumbling, diving catch on a sinking liner to end the inning. The Cubs were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base in the first seven innings.

The Brewers added on in the eighth against Manny Corpas. Jonathan Lucroy popped out to Castro in shallow left for the first out. Carlos Gomez lined a 1-2 pitch into the basket in left center … 6-4 Brewers. Corpas retired Segura on a grounder to third and struck out pinch hitter Nyjer Morgan looking to end the inning.

Jim Henderson took over for the Brewers in the eighth … and issued a leadoff walk to David DeJesus. Vitters popped a 1-2 pitch into right for the first out. Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging. Alfonso Soriano grounded out to short (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Brewers broke the game open in the ninth off Alex Hinshaw. The newly acquired lefty walked Aoki on four pitches to start the inning then surrendered a single to Rickie Weeks. Ryan Braun crushed a 0-1 pitch. The ball ended up on Waveland and the Brewers took a 9-4 lead on Braun’s mammoth shot. Aramis Ramirez followed with his second home run of the night. Ramirez smoked a 1-2 pitch into the bleachers in left … 10-4 Brewers.

Corey Hart followed and launched a 2-2 pitch to the back of the bleachers in left center … 11-4 Brewers. Sveum went to his pen at that point for Lendy Castillo. Castillo had problems again and the game went from bad to worse. Castillo walked the first batter he faced, Jonathan Lucroy, then served up a single to Carlos Gomez. A wild pitch on a 0-2 offering to Jean Segura allowed both runners to move up ninety feet. Segura hit a grounder up the middle that Castro fielded … and threw into the stands. Both runners scored and the Brewers took a 13-4 lead. Cody Ransom grounded out to third, Rizzo picked Vitters’ low throw for the first out. Castillo walked Aoki on four pitches.

With two on and one down, Weeks struck out but Braun ripped a single into left. Segura scored, 14-4 Brewers. Sveum went back to his pen for … Joe Mather.

Mather gave up a single to Jeff Bianchi (a Cub-for-a-minute in the off-season). Bianchi was hitting for Ramirez and he plated Aoki with the Brewers’ final run of the game. Martin Maldonado grounded out to third to finally end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing in the ninth against Livan Hernandez.

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Travis Wood is scheduled to face Yovani Gallardo under the lights on Tuesday night.

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  • Tom U

    The AZL Cubs are now in a tie with the AZL Athletics for the best record in the rookie league with one game left to play, The A-Cubs defeated the AZL Giants yesterday 3-1. Yasiel Balaguert hit a 3-run homer and Ryan McNeil pitched a “no-hitter” in his four innings.

    • Aaron

      good news for McNeil….VERY good to hear

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Castro’s deal is official

  • Tony_Hall

    New details coming out on Castro’s deal.

    7 years $60M
    $6M signing bonus
    2013 – $5M
    2014 – $5M
    2015 – $6M
    2016 – $7M
    2017 – $9M
    2018 – $10M
    2019 – $11M
    2020 – $16M – club option with $1M buyout

    With the club option 8 years $75M

    If Castro wins the MVP or finished 1-5 twice the final year and option year each escalate by $2M. Max value would then be $79M

    Very club friendly, as Castro should exceed the value of this contract by half way through it. He is a 3+WAR SS.

    This was done by OV Blog to figure the value.

    Let’s start with a 3-WAR projection in 2013 and increase it by .5 each year for 4 years and then decrease it by .5 the final 2 years. That’s 22.5 WAR.We’ll star the win value at $5.5 million and increase it by $0.5 million each year.2013: 3 WAR, $5.5 million/W, $16.5 million $WAR
    2014: 3.5 WAR, $6 million/W, $19.5 million $WAR
    2015: 4.0 WAR $6.5 million/W, $26 million $WAR
    2016: 4.5 WAR, $7 million/W, $31.5 million $WAR
    2017: 4.0 WAR, $7.5 million/W, $30 million $WAR
    2018: 3.5 WAR, $8 million/W, $26 million $WAR

    That’s a total of $149.5 million

    If Castro was allowed to go through arbitration, 4 times plus the FA years, it was projected to cost $90M already. So this deal is about 33% savings, which is more than a team normally gets.

    Good deal for both.

    • paulcatanese

      Tony, I was all for extending Castro in his second year, but not so sure now. The errors keep coming and whats worse,
      they are coming on routine plays.
      IMO, dont think he will ever be MVP,good, for the Cubs but
      thats it ,he would never command that kind of money with another team.
      I know I’m going to get a lot of flack here, but just don’t think he is as good as advertised, and if he is still the SS in another two years, I will be amazed.
      He will still be with the Cubs, but not as their SS.

      • cc002600

        He’s 22
        he’s still 5 years away from his prime, for gosh sake.

        He’s a baby

        It’s way too early to make snap judgements about him at this age

        I think its a good deal for cubs

        • paulcatanese

          Respect you’re opinion, but not really a snap judgement on my part, have been advocating
          a move to third base for a long time, actually in his first year up.
          Correct, he is still a baby, if the Cubs ever take his seeds away from him, he will be lost.
          It is a good deal for the Cubs, but its based on potential and what he may do in the future.
          IMO his future is at another position, thats all.
          I do not say he is not a good player, just not a great one.
          Don’t forget, Castro is a diamond in a sea of rocks, and of course looks as someone to build around, I am just not carried away by thinking he is the franchise and a lot of other things need to be added, 24 more things to be exact.

          • Tony_Hall

            Paul – Have you looked at year by year salaries? Not just the total.

            This is a steal.

            Just his 4 years of arbitration are worth the deal. 4 years $23M

            His 3 years of free agency are 3 years $30M, once again, that is a good deal.

            The beauty of this is giving him $6M this year.

            If he was a FA, he would get way, way better deal than this on the open market. The Cubs received about a 33% discount to his market value.

          • paulcatanese

            I have, Tony, I have. My point was I wish he was in another position. No question he is a good player, and woud command that money if he was a free agent, just feel the same as I have a couple of years ago, its not his best position.
            And the beauty of it is, I probably won’t be around to watch him finish out his contract.
            Won’t have to eat my words:):)

  • paulcatanese

    Neil, good post, you must have needed the oxygen tank for this one:)

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks Paul, that and a lot of coffee.

  • paulcatanese

    Len and Bob in the right field bleachers for tonights broadcast,
    should not be a big deal, since they use the monitors for the calls.
    But enjoyable for the fans out there. Isn’t that very close to the cocktail bar though? Could be handy. Hope all have a good time.

  • redlarczykg

    Since the Cubs are cleaning house, including scouts, how about firing the scout who thought Alex Hinshaw was a good pickup.

    Neil, you got me my spell check!!!!!!! Can’t spell a lick. Thanks a lot.

  • BosephHeyden

    What I don’t understand: so far, Shawn Camp is the only DFA claim they’ve made that has worked out, and that was in Spring Training. How many more of these failures do they need to see before they realize these are not smart moves to be making?

  • paulcatanese

    Boseph, where have I heard that before? The best pitcher of the night,,,Mather,,quick, put him in the bullpen.

  • Aaron

    Boseph,

    While I agree that most of their waiver claim/buy low trades have been miserable failures, I still agree in principle with them. The fact is, they knew they were going nowhere this year, but they also wanted to be somewhat respectable early on (which didn’t happen), and that’s why they went out and got Stewart, DeJesus, T. Wood for the rotation, and Weathers as a pen arm (which nearly everyone on this site knew that would be a disaster…and has been, with his 6+ERA and 14 walks/9 IP vs 7.7 K/9 IP ratio. Yes, you read that correctly. And they also re-signed Baker and Johnson to remain respectable, and went out and got Maholm on a cheap deal to see if he could stabilize the back-end of the rotation, and if he did well, to sell high on him.

    If you look at all of their moves, they only got DeJesus, Johnson, and Maholm right…and I guess you could throw in the seldom used Cardenas and the over-used Camp. Otherwise, Team Theo has been a major disappointment. However, the way I see it is they wanted to get out from under the bloated contracts of Zambrano, Dempster, Marmol, and Soriano. The problem is, they couldn’t unload the latter two for a decent return, and with Zambrano they had to eat all but the MLB minimum and Dempster they still had to eat salary, even though he was leading the league in ERA. What does that tell you? What it tells me is that Ricketts told them to get out from under those salaries, and if they saved money, they could look into other players.

    I believe they would have went out and tried to sign guys like Edwin Jackson, etc. to one-year deals if they had the money, but alas, they did not because Zambrano was the only one they could unload at the time, and even then, had to eat the entire salary pretty much.

    Fans would’ve been up in arms if they’d spent $150 million on payroll to be where they are now. But if you look now, they pretty much have a pass from the baseball world, because their payroll is actually in the $89 million range if you take out the Dempster, Zambrano, Byrd, Johnson, and Baker deals (all pro-rated).

    Next year, they only have $35 million committed to Soriano, Marmol, and DeJesus. Castro, Russell, Garza, and Samardzija are the arbitration-eligibles guaranteed deals. Castro I believe gets $5 million in his first year of the deal he signed. Samardzija will likely get the same, Russell most likely gets $2 million, and Garza likely gets $12 million.That’s roughly $60 million. You can almost guarantee they deal Soriano come hell or high water this offseason. It’s just not practical to keep an aging outfielder that turns 37 next year and “earns” $19 million.

    My guess is the Cubs will try to find him a home in the AL, and eat all but $3 million/year, which should be a good deal for teams. I also believe they’ll try to trade Marmol either in the winter or Spring Training. I would’ve said Garza too, but my guess is they’ll just take the compensatory selection or try to deal him at the deadline next year.

    Here’s my best guess on a roster for next year:
    Garza
    Samardzija
    T. Wood
    Rusin/Raley
    Vizcaino…or a FA signing among this group (Liriano/A Sanchez/McCarthy/Matsuzaka/Young/Saunders…basically whomever takes up a Maholm-esque option deal so they can trade for prospects at the deadline)

    Dolis
    Cabrera
    Russell
    Beliveau
    Batista
    Zych
    FA signing among this group (Broxton/League/Oviedo/Adams/Lowe…there is a slight chance they’d re-sign Corpas or Camp, as neither has been dealt at this point, leading you to believe that’s a possibility. There’s also a chance they give Zych or Batista another year, and keep Bowden as a long-man)

    C-Castillo, Clevenger
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-Barney, Lake
    SS-Castro
    3B-Vitters, Valbuena
    LF-Bour (if Soriano goes, I honestly believe they’ll try Bour in the OF this winter, and try to catch lightning in a bottle like they did with LaHair…who will likely sign in Japan this offseason…otherwise, they’ll try to sign Cody Ross for LF on a 2 yr deal much like DeJesus but slightly higher salary), Ha or Campana get the other back-up spot
    CF-Jackson, Pagan (also candidate for LF if they deal Soriano and don’t get Ross, or go with Bour)
    RF-DeJesus

    …at least that’s how I see it right now. If you use Team Theo’s rule of thumb that everyone plays at AAA, you can bet Zych, Ha, Lake, and Bour will likely start in AAA, and they’ll opt instead to go with a re-tread FA or quad-A player at that spot, such as an Adduci, Sappelt, Amezega, etc.

    All of this should prove to you one thing…this rebuild is going to take much longer than expected with the dearth of FA talent available, and the fact that most of the top prospects either haven’t taken off in AA (Szczur), or are stuck in A-Ball at the moment: Baez, Soler, Amaya, Almora, Vogelbach, McNeil, Maples, Torreyes, Saunders, Kirk, Burke, Hendricks, Wells, Antigua, Johnson, Blackburn, etc.

    And when you have veterans that are unwilling to waive no-trades (Soriano), and others that are stinking up the joint, or not performing up to standards (Marmol, DeJesus, Volstad, Garza—injured, etc.) are complicating matters, because not only are the Cubs unable to get reasonable compensation for them, but in some cases, nobody even wants them apparently, and thus, they are taking up a roster spot.

    I just cannot see the Cubs going into next season with Volstad…and the only way I see them going in with Travis Wood is if no FA pitcher will sign with the Cubs, or if Vizcaino isn’t healthy yet. I also can’t see them hanging onto Soriano, and the fact he vetoed the Giants deal probably made him on par with Dempster as public enemy #1 with this management…just can’t see them hanging onto a player that is okay with being on a losing team. They need more winners, and it seems like every time they bring up a young player like a Castro (few years ago), Rizzo, and Jackson, the club gets an initial boost, then those guys are infected by the losing mentality of the veterans, and they eventually get used to losing, just like Castro, who came up through the system as a winner on nearly every team he played on…I look at guys like Travis Wood, Volstad, Soriano, DeJesus (who has never played on a winning team), etc., and I see guys that are okay with losing…or at least indifferent.

    Then I see guys like Rizzo, Jackson, Samardzija, Garza, Barney (championships through college and the minors), and even Marmol plays with a little fire in his belly sometimes, and I just don’t understand why they don’t put more winning guys around them.

    I laugh at the Hendry era, because the two guys that cared most about winning it seemed…DeRosa and Edmonds….both Hendry and Piniella ran them out of town. Not surprisingly, both came from winning organizations in the Braves and Cardinals. I also laugh at the fact that guys like Lee, ARAM, Dempster, and Soriano all turned down deals, and cited their comfort level with the Cubs as reasons to do so. Comfort with what? Losing?!?!?

    Theriot’s comments a few years ago regarding the Cardinals couldn’t have been more true…It rubbed people on the Cubs—including fans—the wrong way, because it really hit home with them. The Cubs played not to lose. The Cardinals play to win. That’s a HUGE difference.

    Here’s hoping that Team Theo recognized this, and is doing everything possible in the minor league system to correct this mentality.