OSS: Another day, another top prospect having a great debut.
- Willson Contreras homered on the first pitch of his MLB career. It was one of many by the Cubs, including a solo shot by Baez in the second, a two run insurance blast by Russell in the eighth, and back to back-ers by Bryzzo.
- Kyle Hendricks cruised through his six innings of work, racking up twelve strikeouts with zero walks. That’s a K/BB ratio I can get behind.
- Aside from the solo shot, Rizzo had two RBI singles, which made him the WPA leader on the day.
- Clayton Richard, Justin Grimm, and Adam Warren followed up Hendricks’s great outing by nearly giving the entire lead away. Bleh.
- As much fun as it is to watch the Cubs drink the Pirates milkshake, ESPN sure was annoying in marketing this game. You wouldn’t even have had any idea that they were playing the Pirates, just wall-to-wall Cubs in the promos. It’s a problem you love to have, being the best team in baseball, I guess.
- I got nothin’ here. The Cubs are good
Next up: The reeling Cardinals head to town for a three game set. Former Cardinal John Lackey faces off with Jaime Garcia at 7:05 PM CT.