OSS: The April Cubs are back, and they’ll never lose another game etc etc
Three Four up:
- We all laughed at Chris Coghlan getting the nod at the leadoff spot on the day he was reactivated from the DL, and he rewarded said laughter by leading the team in WPA. This was mostly due to the two run single that got the Cubs scoring started before the game turned into an absolute blowout. He also drew two walks.
- After an uncharacteristic stretch of poor play, Jon Lester looked more like the guy the Cubs signed in the first place, throwing six shutout innings with seven strikeouts before being pulled with a massive lead. The Mariners only managed two stolen bases off of him, and he even got on base and scored a run himself in the sixth when the Cubs put things even further out of hand.
- Kris Bryant got on base in every one of his plate appearances, including three straight hits to start the game.
- Jason Heyward homered, right into the teeth of the wind. If he can just do that for two weeks straight, it might be enough to bring his stat line up to league average.
- Conditions got ugly when the rain started coming down, and I was a little surprised that they didn’t just call the game given the massive run differential. Thankfully nobody was hurt.
- Mike Montgomery continued his runs allowed streak, and has yet to make a scoreless appearance with the Cubs. I think it’s way too soon to label this as a panic move – the guy did have great numbers as a reliever this year and is useful for multi-inning stints, but so far not so good with his new squadron.
- The Cardinals won again. It feels like they’ve somehow won 17 of their last 10 games.
Next up: Jay Carrieta takes on Wade Miley, who has been a human BP pitching machine so far this year. Let’s see if the Cubs can break through sometime before the seventh again.