OSS: Cyle pitches another gem, and Heyward walks it off in extras
- Jason Heyward’s power surge continued with a walkoff HR in the bottom of the 11th inning. It was Heyward’s sixth home run of 2019, just one less homer than he hit in all of his first season with the Cubs. Joe put Heyward in the leadoff spot today, and I think that’s where he will probably stay for a while against RHP. Previously that spot had gone to either Descalso, who is slumping/injured, or Zobrist, who is on a leave of abscence.
- This is not to overshadow another great start from Cyle, who allowed just one unearned run in eight innings, striking out seven and walking none. Of course, that run came around to score in part due to a throwing error on his part. But the dude is locked in. Even hit 89 on the gun today, supposedly. He probably could have gone out to complete the game – Joe pinch hit for him in the bottom of the eighth with the Cubs up one run.
- Edwards made his second appearance after his vacation in sunny Des Moines, and actually looked like his old self again. With the closer situation up on the air following Strop’s hamstring injury, Joe seems to be sticking with closer-by-committee, and Edwards is in that mix. Joe also loves him some Steve Cishek, but he hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in several appearances this year. Oddly enough the guy I’d really like to get a shot at the job is Tyler Chatwood, of all people. I think he’s actually looked pretty good out of the pen, and he’s throwing some real gas without the need to pace himself. Right now most of that gas is hitting the strike zone, and his past track record doesn’t seem to point to that being the case going forward. But it’s not like anyone else is really standing in his way.
- Kyle Ryan also seemed to be auditioning for a higher leverage role, but Joe yanked him after the lefty he faced got a leadoff single. Now that Monty is back he’s not the only LHP in the pen, but he has been pretty good this year.
- Cishek relieved him and finished the job of blowing the lead in the ninth. I guess he has that Closer Experience(TM).
- A rough day for David Bote, who went 0-4 with a WPA of -.221 thanks to a double play and a groundout that cut down a runner heading for home.
Next up: The Cubs go for the series win with Yu Darvish on the mound. He faces Trevor Richards at 1:20 PM CT.