Hello again, everybody. It is nice to be with you and writing about actual baseball games that matter. While it’s only been eight games, it been a fun eight games for the most part, and the Cubs are over .500 for the first time since Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance.
Okay, fine, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point. It is fun to watch a baseball team compete night and night out, especially a team that gives you that feeling that they are never out of it. It’s been awhile since either of those sentiments have been true, and it just pure fun to watch baseball again. So, let’s get down to the brass tacks this fine Friday morning and go rambling.
• I wanted to call Theo earlier this week and just say, “Hey … you know, if you need to work out anyone else at third, give me a call. I mean, I am a lefty and all, but right now, I am sure you would make anything work.”
• And the 12 days are up …
• They might not have pulled out the victory, but watching the Cubs give Chapman a run for his money the other night was very enjoyable.
• I, for one, am not all-in on trading a three-time All Star for an unproven prospect. Call me an idiot, but one could make the argument that give his age and years played, Castro is on pace for 3,000 hits. I would not be so quick to pull that trigger. He has 10 hits in eight games. Pump … the … breaks.
• My thoughts and prayers go up for Javier Baez’s sister and the entire family.
• I will say that stockpiling the bullpen looks to be a very smart maneuver right about now. Neil Ramirez could be gone for a while. Grimm is not ready yet. Let’s hope Schlitter can build on an above-average outing Wednesday night.
• The Cubs are 5-3 and in first place without Bryant, and let’s face it, without Lester as well. Insert those two, and it gets even better. Well, it should get even better, but nothing is guaranteed.
• Also, the Cubs have played good teams. The Rockies are 7-2 and the Cardinals, well, they are the Cardinals. This 5-3 record does not appear to be a smoke screen for the moment. (Please hold: Currently finding wood to knock on three times.)
• Minus one inning, Arrieta has been huge. Just huge. And he bounced back nicely after the rough one the other night. I think Arrieta’s performance is one of the key parts of a winning ball club. With him moving in the right direction, the 1-2 punch of Lester and Arrieta could be more impactful than once thought.
• But yea, Scott Feldman for Arrieta and Strop was a bad trade, right? I mean, if you are going to throw daggers and make claims at the time, you better be ready for me to load your crow with a bunch of salt.
• And trust me, you want the salt … I have eaten plenty of crow.
• I will take 25 more of those starts, Travis Wood. Thank you very much.
• Welington Castillo … well played, sir. Literally well played. He has two huge hits off the bench and was robbed of a third by a great play. I was wrong about three catchers, and I am very happy about that right now.
• Anyone else have a small interest in seeing Wely catch for Lester in the near future. If he has a third bad outing in a row, why not take a look?
• I hate to be the one to bring this up, but does Arismendy need to get some more swings in Iowa? I know it’s only been eight games, and I am always the one to preach about not overreacting, but his game-winning hit the other night is a routine groundball with the infield at a normal depth. Granted, he knew what he was dealing with at the time.
• If you are a regular reader of Ramblings you know I am a big Chris Coghlan fan. Second chances are great in life … for anyone. I hope the Cubs keep him in left everyday and see what he can do for 140 games.
• I am a burgeoning fan of Dexter Fowler. The Cubs have not had a true “leadoff” hitter since Mr. JP, Juan Pierre. And while that was 2006 and 2006 was an abject disaster, it is nice to have a true leadoff hitter.
• Speaking of that year, while watching the game Wednesday night, it dawned on me that 2006 was Len Kasper’s first year as the Cubs television play-by-play guy. That means that this is Len’s TENTH year.
• Here at the CCO, we would like to give it up for and congratulate Mr. Len Kasper on his tenth season as the television voice of the Chicago Cubs. He joins some pretty iconic voices at this point. And as my personal experiences have proven, he is an absolute saint of a man. Thank you, sir. And the very best to you and yours.
So there you have it, and I thoroughly hope you enjoyed it. I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts on my thoughts, and all of your thoughts on your thoughts and all of your thoughts on other thoughts below. Don’t hold back now.
Here is to a great weekend at Wrigley Field, a great weekend in your life and a great weekend all around.
And until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!