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BURN ON BIG RIVER, BURN ON: Cubs drop both games in Cleveland

The Lord can make you tumble, The Lord can make you turn…

The Chicago Cubs traveling injury show stopped off in Cleveland for two games, which gave everyone a chance to relive the fond memories of years ago when the Cubs used to be good. Before the series began, Jake Marisnick was added to the 10 day injured list and the towering Brad Wieck was added to the roster. Because there are no bats on the 40 man that aren’t hurt.

Let’s get to this:

THE GOOD:

Joc Pederson went 5-for-10 in this series. Today one of his hits was a double, which was his first extra base hit of the month of May. When you’re losing back-to-back games by one run, you look to a guy like this to get into the souvenir business. He needs to start showing power.

Adbert Alzolay and Zach Davies gave the Cubs good effort despite bad luck – Adbert going 6 innings allowing three runs Tuesday before Davies went 5 1/3 today allowing one. Alzolay’s 0.88 WHIP for the season is really impressive until you realize that 6 of his 21 hits allowed have gone into the seats. But the fact of the matter is, at this point in the season he’s been the Cubs’ best (and most consistent) starting pitcher.

I’m just going to leave Justin Steele here. He’s been that good.

Willson Contreras went 6-for-8 in this series. But like Pederson, he’s also on a singles kick – zero extra base hits for the month of May.

THE BAD:

Kris Bryant leaving last night’s game “feeling under the weather”, and only pinch hitting today, getting hit by a pitch. Without Bryant, we can rejuvenate the old Cubs/Rush Street joke.

THE UGLY:

In case you don’t know the joke, it’s “The Cubs’ offense is like Rush Street. Lots of singles, but no action.” 3 runs in two games. 15 left on base today, 10 last night. The rate this is going, someone is going to drive in three guys in a game and we’re going to think he’s the second coming of Hack Goddamn Wilson.

This weekend the Cubs go to Detroit to play the Tigers. As bad as the Cubs are, that’s how great Akil Baddoo is.

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