OSS: The bats are waking up.
- The box score had Heyward at 2-5 on the day, but it could just easily have been 5-5. He was hitting the cover off the ball today, which is certianly a great sign for a guy who struggled so much last season. He knocked in three of the Cubs runs.
- Kris Bryant also broke out of his mini-slump, going 3-4 with some good contact.
- Jake Arrieta calmed down those who were worried about the funky velocity readings from his first start, striking out ten and walking two in a relatively efficient seven innings. His only real mistake on the day was depositied over the wall by Ryan Braun, but as they say, the other guys get paid too. I think his velocity is still a little down relative to expectations with the new system, but the results seem fine enough.
- While Bryant and Heyward are breaking out of their week/season long slumps, Rizzo has looked a little lost at the plate of late. He went 0-5 today and as was pointed out on the radio broadcast, was letting pitches go by that he usually crushes.
- Hector Rondon looked like himself again with the first two batters he faced, then gave up a solo shot to Domingo Santana. I'm inclined to give more credit to Santana than blame on Rondon, and expected his flipped-switchness to continue.
- I don't have much else to complain about. Rizzo needs to grab some of Szczur's bats while he is still around.
Next up: The Cubs raise their World Series banner in the Wrigley Field opener against the Dodgers. They dodge Hill and Kershaw in this series.