OSS: Jose Quintana pitches a shutout and the magic number drops to two.
- Quintana was fantastic today, striking out ten and allowing just three hits and one walk. It wasn't a Maddux, but Q was much more efficient than he has been over his cubs career. Commenter mcalis2 wondered if his performance hinges on getting his curveball in for strikes – I'm not sure but it was working fairly well in this one. This was his best start since his 12 K, 0 R, 7 inning Cubs debut.
- Aside from Quintana, the Cubs WPA leader was Kris Bryant who went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI double. His RBI total will likely keep him from MVP consideration and he feels almost underrated this year.
- The other big hit came off the bat of Ben Zobrist, a two run homer in the seventh that gave Q some breathing room.
- The Cubs were hitting Anderson well early on, but stabbed themselves in the foot several times with double plays.
- Anderson also got some big strikeouts of Zobrist and Russell in the fourth inning with multiple baserunners on.
- I'm not sure why Schwarber didn't get the start against a RHP today, but I guess Joe really wanted Almora's glove in the game.
The Cubs get four chances to clinch the NL Central title at Busch Stadium. :chef kissing fingers emoji: