OSS: Carl Newhouse isn’t a very good pitcher, and the Cubs as a collective aren’t a very good hitter.
1. Anthony Rizzo went 2-3 with 2 walks. It’s hard to ask for a lot more than that.
2. Emilio Bonifacio went 2-4 with a walk and a double. He also stole a base and was caught stealing. Bonifacio went ice cold after being red hot, so it was nice to see another good game come out of him.
3. Ryan Kalish had a pinch hit double, which he really needed. Kalish has been god-awful this year so a confidence booster is always welcome.
1. Carlos Villanueva just shouldn’t be a starter. His ERA is a crisp 10.93 and he’s earned it. He did strike out a ton of batters early, but then they keyed off on him.
2. Jose Veras has a higher ERA than even Villanueva (15.43). He gave up not one, but 2 home runs in the 7th inning. Woof.
3. Mike Olt is a broken man. He went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and a walk. The fluky HR have given Olt a .189/.250/.459 line, but he’s looked impossibly worse than that somehow. If the Cubs were serious about contending this year, he’d be sent to AAA. Luckily for Mike, they aren’t.
Today, 8:05 CT, Bronson Arroyo vs. Travis Wood
Combined records of these two teams: 10-28