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The Cubs lost to the Mets again tonight by a 3-2 score with pinch-runner Jake Marisnick thrown out at the plate in the top of the ninth. At least the Brewers lost so the Cubs remain in a tie for first place, although the Reds are now just three games back in third place.
If you want to continue the discussion of tonight’s game here, feel free. Just watch the language, OK?
Last night I asked you who you thought was the greatest Cubs closer of the expansion era and with 52% of the vote you went with Bruce Sutter. His fellow Hall-of-Famer Lee Smith was second with 43%.
So we’ve now completed the voting for the greatest Cubs at each position since 1962. And your lineup is as follows:
C: Willson Contreras
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Ryne Sandberg*
SS: Javier Baéz
3B: Ron Santo
LF: Billy Williams*
CF: Dexter Fowler
RF: Sammy Sosa*
SP: Ferguson Jenkins
CL: Bruce Sutter
The asterisked players are ones I didn’t put up for a vote because there really isn’t an honest debate at those three positions. Sandberg, Williams and Sosa are so far ahead of every other Cubs player of the expansion era at those positions.
So of the ten players, four were on the 2016 Cubs and three were on the 1969 Cubs. And Randy Hundley just missed out over Contreras by one percent, so the voting between the two teams was extremely close.
Tuesdays are the day with the abbreviated After Dark, so there’s no movie talk and I just present a jazz tune. I’ve said before that I think it’s easier for most people to appreciate jazz music if it is a song that you are already familiar with. So with that said, here’s the Dexter Gordon Quartet with “Georgia on My Mind.” [VIDEO]
The talk of last night and today in Cubsland is almost certainly the decision of third base coach Willie Harris to waive Jake Marisnick home on Eric Sogard’s single to right-center field. Marisnick was out by about ten feet and the Cubs best chance to tie up the game fizzled.
After the game, manager David Ross defended the send, saying that he’d rather be aggressive in that situation and that it took two perfect throws from center fielder Kevin Pillar and cut-off man Luis Guillorme to nail Marisnick. Mets first baseman Pete Alonso also agreed that it took a perfect play by the Mets.
Marquee Sports reporter Tony Andracki also defended the send in a series of Tweets.
Honestly, I have no problem with the send by Harris/Cubs there. Marisnick is the team's fastest runner and it took a perfect play to get him at the plate. Pillar had to run into the gap to get that ball and his momentum was carrying him away from home plate.— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) June 16, 2021
Cubs have struck out 14 times tonight. Heyward has had good looks at the plate tonight and it was definitely a risk to send Marisnick but I have no problem with Cubs trying to make things happen on the basepaths when they had an opportunity.— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) June 16, 2021
Mets made a great play. https://t.co/ch6BwEzVtU
And Cubs also would have runners on 1st and 3rd and potential for a double play. Cubs shot their shot. It didn't work out.— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) June 16, 2021
Watching it play out in real time here in NY looked different than on TV and Harris was already waving Marisnick around when Pillar picked up the ball. https://t.co/7Ce2NgKjph
A few points here. Yes, the Mets turned in two very good throws to make the out. Yes, if Marisnick stops at third base, there is no guarantee that the Cubs get him home. Jason Heyward was up next and then Sergio Alcantara after that. Both were solid candidates to strike out. (Heyward walked and Alcantara struck out to end the game.) Pillar was running to his left and it’s not easy for a right-hander to make a throw from that position.
Marisnick is also very fast. If anyone on the Cubs could make it from first to home on a single, it was him.
But on the other hand, Pillar has had a nine-year major league career despite a career .298 OBP and 89 OPS+ primarily because he’s a very good defensive outfielder. And Guillorme also has a strong defensive reputation. There was only one out. Seth Lugo pitches to Heyward and Alcatara differently if there are runners on the corners and one out.
Finally, the play at the plate wasn’t really close. Yes, the Mets turned in two perfect throws, but Marisnick was out by a lot.
So the quesiton is, despite how it worked out, was the decision to send Marisnick home a good one? If you had Willie Harris’s job, would you have sent him?
Despite how it turned out, should Marisnick have tried to score from first on Sogard’s single?
This poll is closed
We’ll see you again tomorrow night. Thanks for coming in.