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Baseball history unpacked, April 20

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Weeghman Park bleachers, 1915
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Well the simCubs return from DC on an off day and it’s not puffery to say that they performed admirably on the recent six-game swing, winning four of the six games they played against the simOrioles and simNationals. Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s afternight contest:

Those of you who follow know that our simCubs are a very good unit, with a lot of balance up and down the order as far as handedness, but not especially effective from a contact point-of-view. SimIan Happ is especially guilty (sometimes these things are entirely too well-programmed) but the team as a whole has a good deal of swing and miss. We don’t want to monkey with the lineup too much, or over-react, but simWillson Contreras woke up after his move to the 7 spot and has rediscovered his power stroke. SimJavier Baez and simAnthony Rizzo have been driving in runs in bunches all year, and simKyle Schwarber isn’t far behind. SimJason Kipnis has been a good find also, with his good power from the LH side a fine thing to have in the lineup against right-handers.

The starting pitching was very effective during the road trip, except for sim Jose Quintana, who still acts like the mound is made of cheese and throws meatballs. His ERA actually went DOWN from 10-something to 9-something after that last disastrous outing. That’s how bad hes been, and he’s going Tuesday against the Padres. Let’s hope he posts a better effort. The Padres aren’t pushovers.

Al will have more information about that game in the game post at 2:30 pm CT, Tuesday, for our 3 p.m. start. I’ll drop the specific URL to the contest in the game thread, but you can lurk at the BCB Media Center and catch it there as well. All past games and highlights reels are available there too, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

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