OSS: Post-rain delay karma not enough to push the Cubs over the top
- Rizzo should have had two home runs today, but Grichuk robbed him of his first with a great catch at the wall to close out the first inning. The second one was a no-doubter, however, traveling 443 feet but felt like it was going to go 4430 feet off the bat. Rizzo also drove in the second Cubs run in the eighth inning, which proved to be the Cubs biggest WPA play of the day.
- Not much else to write home about Cubs-wise here. Dex continued his hot hitting/watching by reaching base three times on two hits and a walk.
- Next up on the schedule is ten games against the Reds, Brewers, and Braves.
- It's never a great sign when the bottom 13 WPA plays are all made by the same team. La Stella's fly out to end the eighth was the biggest one, but Kris Bryant's RBI groundout preceding it would easily have topped it if it had been a double play. As it was, trading an out for a run there was a net negative. Next time don't do the ground out to second play Kris smh.
- Kyle Hendricks hit for himself in the fifth inning, when the Cardinals had the top of the order coming up next. At least it was a no one on base situation. I'm not quite as critical of Maddon as others for letting pitchers bat in some of the situations that have come up so far this year, but this seems like exactly the situation that having multiple long ment in the pen is going to give you an advantage. Maybe he was a little spooked by the rain, but that's why you have four fucking long guys.
- The Cubs are in the Cardinals heads. How better to explain the fact that when the tarp was rolled out in the seventh with the Cardinals ahead by a decent margin, they decided to pick the game back up three hours later anyway? The Cardinals could head home to their own beds, while the Cubs still had to travel that night. Not to mention the dumb shit with banners during BP and challenging Baez's HBP. Petty gamesmanship is the Cardinal Way.
Next up: Jay Carrieta vs Brandon Finnegan, 6:10 PM CT.