OSS: Addison Muscle walks it off.
- Addison Russell capped off the Cubs comeback with a three run bomb to end the game in the bottom of the ninth. It's certainly the best kind of rally killer. Not surprisingly he was the Cubs WPA leader on the day. He also knocked in the Cubs third run in the eighth inning before thay rally was squelched.
- Bryzzo combined to do Bryzzo things, starting off the Cubs rally in the eighth and driving in the tying run in the ninth.
- Miggy's bat continues to be relatively hot. He came off the bench in the ninth and punched out a single to keep things moving along. He's had a good couple of games, though it's kind of painful to watch him run at this point.
- Hendricks got knocked around again in this start, and the low velocity continues. This has been kind of baffling all around – as Jeff Sullivan pointed out, all of the Cubs starters have seen a significant dip in velocity this year. The only explanation so far seems to be that this is something deliberate to try to save their arms for late in the season. Which I guess is possible, but I'm pretty sure guys like Arrieta and Lackey have just one gear.
- Baez did not have a good day, going 0-4 with three strikeouts, including one in the bottom of the eighth with runners at second and third with the Cubs down a run.
- Almora had the biggest negative WPA play by any position player on the day, striking out just before the aforementioned Javy K. Hitting his first home run of the year does make up for it a bit though.
Next up: The Cubs have an off day and then head to Cincy to take on the division leading Reds (it still feels strange to type this).