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Video: Pitcher Adam Wainwright homers against the Dodgers

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Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is no slouch at the plate. The veteran came into Thursday’s start against the Dodgers with nine career home runs to his name. He made it into double-digits with a two-run home run off of opposing starter Brandon McCarthy in the bottom of the second inning, breaking a scoreless tie.

According to Baseball Reference, Wainwright is the 45th pitcher in baseball history to hit double-digit home runs in his career. Among pitchers whose careers started this millennium, Wainwright is only the fourth pitcher with double-digit homers, joining Madison Bumgarner (16), Yovani Gallardo (12), and Carlos Zambrano (24).

Wainwright was also dealing on the mound. He tossed six shutout innings, giving up four hits and a pair of walks with six strikeouts on 101 pitches.

We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.