OSS: Q and the defense shut things down.
- Jose Quintana crushed it today, pitching seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts and just two hits and one walk. The conditions were funky enough that I wouldn't read too much into the hits number, but it was great to see him commanding the strike zone. He also got an easy pickoff of Santana late in the game when it was still 1-0.
- Both teams struggled with the sun and wind in this one, but the Cubs ended up making the tough plays when it counted this time. Almora bailed out Schwarber on a ball he lost in the sun, and Javy and Zobrist both made some slick plays on the infield to help the shutout stand up.
- Jason Heyward led the Cubs in WPA in this game, mostly thanks to a gapper in the seventh that eventually led to some Cubs insurance runs. He also perfectly deked out Christian Yelich on La Stella's bloop single in the ensuing PA – he stopped at third expecting Yelich to throw home, Yelich saw this and held on to the ball figuring the play was over, then Heyward dashed to the plate once all of Yelich's momentum disappeared. Brerrors defense!
- War Bear got a hit, but struck out in his other three plate appearances. Between this and losing that ball in the sun, it was not his best day.
- Rizzo had another rough game, going 0-4. He's been making decent contact and going the other way while he tries to bust out of this early season slump, but so far he can't get going.
- The Cardinals-Pirates game ended in regulation. It would have been nice to see the Cards have to go into extras for the third game in a row, but at least it was their third blown lead in a row by their failpen.
Next up: Cubs go for the four-game sweep with Tyler Chatwood on the mound facing Zach Davies. First pitch at 1:20 PM CT>