OSS: That’s not quite what I expected.
- Jorge Soler had a good day at the plate, going 2-3 with a single and a Chisenhall/wind assisted triple as well as a great throw to third base to take out the soon to be lead runner on the lone Cleveland RBI. At least one move today turned out to be right. FWIW I don’t think Heyward gets to that ball either, he would probably have been playing even deeper.
- Kyle Hendricks had the most efficient >1 strikeout per inning outing I’ve seen, even more impressive considering how he was stranding baserunners all night. The bullpen in general did a pretty good job with the number of innings that was handed them, but one run was all it took.
- Rizzo got the rally started in the ninth with a leadoff single, which was the biggest positive WPA play for either offense.
- Javy had a brutal day at the plate, but we still got out typical one incredible defensive play per game in this one, where Javy ranged over to get a ball that got past Rizzo and still managed to throw out a runner at first base.
Too many down
- What the hell happened? I get Cleveland not getting much loft on the ball against a ground ball guy like Hendricks, but neither team was able to take any advantage at all with the wind howling out in this game. I think the hardest hit ball of the night was the screaming liner off Montero’s bat in the fifth off Miller, as unlikely an outcome as you would guess. As it went in this game, it was hit right at an Indians defender. Soler’s wind-triple was the only one that I can remember that got much loft on it that wasn’t simply popped up. Tomlin should have been a guy the Cubs destroyed, I don’t get this at all. Except that baseball happens. Fack. The Cubs let one get away.
- Also, what the hell Joe? I sort of get bringing Montero in to try to commit to Miller early, but then leaving him in to hit rather than bringing in Almora doesn’t make a whole ton of sense. Even worse was leaving Edwards in for so long, including letting him give up the game winning hit to a lefty when Montgomery was right there in the pen. Well, Crisp is a switch hitter, but he hits RHP better than lefties, and Edwards isn’t exactly a long man. To quote GW, “At least if the Cubs lose, they can say they had their fourth-best reliever going.
- The Cubs were swinging all over the damn place last night against these pitchers, Bryant and Baez in particular. Ugh.
Next up: John Lackey faces Hans Kluber, pitching on short rest, at 7 PM CT tomorrow. We’re going to need some more beer for this one. They’re still a great team, but gotta get out of this hole first.