OSS: Now that’s more like it
- The Cubs offense hung some runs on a crappy pitcher, a hallmark of good teams and something that they were failing to do during their recent funk. This wasn’t just Bryzzo blasting their way to the lead, it was a team effort with no particular player sticking out WPA-wise. They got some hits with runners in scoring position and also made another team pay for its mistakes. Progress. Short declarative sentence.
- This is the top ten by ERA in the NL going into this game (fangraphs updates overnight). With this six inning scoreless outing, Hendricks’s ERA drops to 2.41, third only to Kershaw and Bumgarner. Not too shabby.
- It probably wasn’t intentional, but still an epic troll job for the Cubs to roll out all of the available pitchers that they got in the Dempster and Garza trades.
1-3. Ryan Dempster as Ryan Dempster may or may not be a great guest, but for fuck’s sake can we put this Dempster as Will Ferrell as Harry Caray shit to rest. This fucking clownshoe gets invited to yukk it up with the team and broadcast booth and piss all over a legend, while Sosa is lucky that his presence at Wrigley improved to mere bare acknowledgment that he exists in scoreboard highlight reels.