OSS: Cubs complete the sweep of the Cardinals behind a big day from Ian Happ.
- Ian Happ launched two homers off of Michael Wacha, driving in more than half the the Cubs runs. One of them even had runners on base. The novelty! Based on what few innings I've seen he looks credible in CF too.
- Albert Almora and Stephen Piscotty combined for the other big play of the day for the Cubs, with Almora hitting a two run single that was turned into a two-run triple by Piscotty's misplay.
- After a shaky outing by Hector Rondon, Joe went to Pedro Strop for multiple innings and was rewarded for it. Yay, multi-inning relief appearances. If only they translated to a larger bench.
- Rondon didn't have his best stuff today. He allowed two Cardinals runs in the sixth that tied the game in an inning that included a walk, a wild pitch, and a stolen base by none other than Yadier Molina.
- Kyle Hendricks cruised through the first three innings, not allowing a hit and looking like the efficient Cyle of old. He then through approximately 75 pitches in the fourth inning, including back-to-back walks followed by a three run bomb, and was out of the game for a well-timed pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning. Blargh. But good PH decision from Joe for once.
- Ben Zobrist just edged out Kris Bryant as the WPA trailer among position players today. Between them they went 0-7 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Next up: Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins visit Wrigley for a three game series. Since it's much more fun to gloat about sweeping the Cardinals, I didn't write a regular preview. Here are the matchups though:
Monday: Dan Straily, RHP v Eddie Butler, RHP, 7:05 PM CT. A matchup of current and former Cubs AAAA guys.
Tuesday: Jeff Locke, LHP vs Jay Carrieta, RHP, 7:05 PM CT. We've seen plenty of Locke over the years. This is his second start in a Marlins uniform, as he missed the first two months or so of the season with biceps tendonitis.
Wednesday: Jose Urena, RHP vs John Lackey, RHP, 7:05 PM CT. It looks like Urena has been the Marlins swing man for the past two seasons and change. He has a 5.28 ERA over that span and somehow still has the job.