OSS: Jake Arrieta is good at baseball
- Arrieta made it look easy today, striking out eight over eight innings. He allowed five hits and walked one with no real jams to work out of all game. He now has a season ERA of 1.23, so I guess he can improve on last year after all (dying laughing).
- The Cubs offense slugged several homers today, including back to back homers by Rizzo and Soler to lead off the fourth. Soler's looked especially impressive.
- Dexter Fowler put the game away with a long three-run homer in the seventh inning. The Cubs had a strangely tough time against Bergman, but they drank the Rockies bullpen's milkshakes from the sixth inning on.
- Uh, I got nothin' here. I'll complain that this lineup should probably have been playing yesterday's day game after a night game, but this is also a lineup you'd rather see for an Arrieta start than a Hendricks one, so *shrug*.
- The Cubs biggest negative WPA play of the day was Russell's GIDP with two on and no out in the second. Matt Szczur's flyout to end that inning was the #2. In the literal sense, not the figurative sense, in which Russell's double play was #2.
- There was some grumbling about Arrieta batting for himself in the 8th, but I don't really care. His strikeout cost the Cubs a whopping .000 WPA at that point in the game. Arrieta seems to like to hit, so Joe was probably just throwing him a bone before he hit the showers. Uh, phrasing.
Jon Lester takes on Tyler Chatwood in the series finale at 1:20 tomorrow afternoon, before the Cubs gear up to take on the red birds. Unfortunately, they won't be facing Adam Wanwright, who gave up seven runs today and has a cool 8.27 ERA on the young season.