OSS: The spirit of Ron Santo moves through Vic Caratini.
- The Mets saved the best starter for last in this series, only to see him get crushed by (checks notes) Vic Caratini? Caratini went deep twice against the reigning NL CYA winner. It’s not like deGrom has fallen off this year either – he’s right there with Scherzer in both bWAR and fWAR as the top pitcher in the NL again. Seeing the Cubs beat him on the road was just the cherry on top of this bizarre road trip.
- Lester scuffled a bit early, but got the nominal quality start by allowing just a solo shot in six innings. Oddly enough, until the sixth inning all of his baserunners only got on base after there were two outs.
- Ron Santo’s ghost, or at least the ghost of his singed toupee, has worked its magic in NY for the Cubs. As was pointed out by BVS, the Cubs are 19-11 at Citi Field in the regular season since Ronnie passed away, including three sweeps. Let’s pretend the 2015 NLCS didn’t happen though.
- I somehow find myself wishing that Ben Zobrist would hurry back, since Joe seems to really love replacement level utility guy Tony Kemp for some unknown reason. He started in LF today.
- The non-Caratini part of the offense didn’t do much today, but hard to complain about it when deGrom was the guy on the mound.
- No Rizzo again today, but I don’t think the Cubs are complaining about the performance of the fill-in starter today.
Next up: The (hopefully) fading Beers head down to Wrigley South for a three game set. Q takes on Chase Anderson in the opener at 1:20 PM CT.