OSS: Cubs sweep both ends of a doubleheader against the best team in baseball, because baseball.
- As much as we complain about the team’s offensive struggles this year, it’s the pitching that’s really holding this team back. That was not the case today, as Cyle pitched a ‘complete’ game in the opener, and rookie callup Keegan Thompson had a solid emergency start, shutting out the champs for 3.2 innings and actually making it look like there isn’t just a long line of tumbleweeds behind Adbert Alzolay on the young pitching front. The bullpen struggled a bit at the back end of game 2, but if you had told me that the Cubs pitching staff would limit the Dodgers to just 4 runs over 16 innings I would have asked for some of whatever you were smoking.
- David Bote had a big day from start to finish – he hit a bases-clearing double off Clayton Kershaw in game one to open up a big lead, and ended the day with a walkoff single in the ninth inning of game two.
- Javy Baez was the WPA winner overall on the day, thanks to his two-out, two run homer to re-tie the game in extras.
- Kris Bryant was red-hot for most of the day, snagging two extra base hits and a walk in his first five PAs, and started game two in CF. He also scored the winning run in extras.
- It wasn’t all great for KB though, as he managed to strike out twice with the bases loaded while the Cubs clung to a one run lead in game two. Somehow his total WPA for the game was only -0.04.
- The Cubs offense overall left approximately 500 men on base in the second game…Ron Santo is sighing loudly somewhere in the ether.
- I’d quibble a bit with picking Dillon Maples as their first guy up in extras, but as I said above I’m not going to be too bothered by the overall pitching performance in this one. The Dodgers are pretty good.
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep, somehow, at 6:40 PM CT. Adbert Alzolay takes on some guy named Walker Buehler. Sounds like a cake walk, right?