OSS: Bryant walks it off.
- Kris Bryant’s hot streak continues. He hit a triple in his first plate appearance, and a walk off home run in his last one. His wRC+ has crept up to 137, and in addition to his power surge he also leads the team in walks with 21.
- Albert Almora has two jobs – play good defense in CF and hit left handed pitching. So far in 2019, he’s more or less had the defense part covered, but the whole hitting lefties thing, not so much. He came in to this game with a whopping wRC+ of 3 vs lefties (.161/.212/.161). That should change after tonight’s game, where he homered into the teeth of the wind to tie things up in the middle innings. Despite his struggles, it’s only been 33 PA against lefties so there’s plenty of time to turn it around. It’s not like Ian Happ is knocking on the door all that forcefully.
- Jon Lester was (probably) pitching to the conditions, and managed to work around a few defensive miscues to hold the Fish to two unearned runs over six innings, striking out six.
- Caleb Smith was by far the best pitcher the Cubs were going to face in this game, so it’s especially good to see them pick up a W.
- There was some sloppy defense in this one, including a rare error by Heyward and Baez missing the bag on a DP in the first. The Cubs were able to work around it but that’s much easier to do with the Marlins than with, say, the Cardinals.
- In contrast to his heroics earlier in the game, Almora had the most negative WPA play when he hit a grounder in the ninth that led to the potential winning run being thrown out at home. Bryant was there to pick him up at least.
- David Bote had a rough day at the plate, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. Bryant may be heating up, but Bote seems to be cooling off of late.
Next up: Cyle takes on Jose Ureña, who has been lit up yet again this year. He ended up with much better numbers than I remembered last year (3.98 ERA), but I mostly remember the Cubs knocking him around on opening day in 2018.