OSS: Cubs sweep their way to first place.
- The entire offense was rolling in this one, and it’s tough to single out any one player. Jason Heyward actually had the biggest WPA play of the day on his fifth inning RBI triple that put the Cubs up 2-0. Rizzo’s double in the sixth and Willson’s solo shot that got things going were all pretty close in value.
- It didn’t mean much at that point in the game (.001 WPA), but Bryant’s grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning put an exclamation point on the Cubs series sweep. After a slow start, his line has crept up to .243/.380/.450, good for a .361 wOBA and 125 wRC+. He’s got some more climbing to do to get back to the 140 ish wRC+ he was posting pre injury, but the trajectory certainly looks good.
- Quintana’s line (6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K) looks worse than I thought his performance actually was. He gave up a bunch of hits, but through the first 5.2 innings it went pretty smoothly as it was nothing but singles. The Cardinals added a couple of TOOTBLANs for good measure. Yadi finally got some good contact on him in the sixth, which eventually ended up chasing him from the game. But for a night where the wind was blowing out he seemed to be managing things pretty well.
No complaints at all in this one!
Next up: The Cubs start a four game series against the Marlins, who have yet to hit double digit wins. It’s possible that this is one of those ‘trap’ series that the Cubs brass ID’d before the series, so hopefully the team keeps their foot on the gas. I won’t have time to write a full Preview, so here are the pitching matchups and game times:
- Monday: Sandy Alcantara, RHP vs Cole Hamels, LHP, 7:05 PM CT
- Tuesday: Caleb Smith, LHP vs Jon Lester, LHP, 7:05 PM CT
- Wednesday: Jose Ureña, RHP vs Kyle Hendricks, RHP, 7:05 PM CT
- Thursday: Trevor Richards, RHP vs Yu Darvish, RHP, 1:20 PM CT