OSS: Cubs offense obliterates the Pirates pitching staff, loses another key contributor.
- The Cubs finally found a lineup that works for them, and scored nearly fifty runs in a weekend sweep of the Pirates. Kris Bryant was the big hero in this one, homering twice in the Cubs rout.
- Tony Kemp, of all people, had the biggest hit of the game by WPA. His third inning triple put the Cubs back in the lead, then scored on a bizarre appeal play when the Pirates pitcher threw a ball over the third baseman’s head. Pie Rats, lol.
- The Cardinals lost, and have to face Strasburg, Corbin, and Scherzer over the next three days.
- The new look Cubs lineup came to a screeching halt, as the curse of the leadoff spot manifested in what looked like a painful ankle injury for Rizzo. X-rays taken after the game showed that it wasn’t broken, but that’s not the big worry. A MRI tomorrow will give the verdict on any ligament damage. Just when the Cubs were picking up some momentum, ugh.
- Q was not particularly sharp today, getting chased in the third after giving up five runs. At least the bullpen was pretty good today in relief. He hasn’t been sharp lately, and has given up four or more runs in four of his last five starts.
- That Rizzo injury gets a second bullet. Brutally bad luck for a team that didn’t need even more injuries.
The Reds come to town for a three game series. The Cubs get Sonny Gray on Tuesday, but draw Kevin Gausman and Tyler Mahle, who have ERAs north of 5.00, for the other two games. Cole Hamels faces Gausman at 7:05 in game one.