OSS: The Q train keeps on rolling
- Jose Quintana put up his third straight fantastic start, striking out seven in seven innings and allowing two runs. One of those at least was due to some bad umpiring so it should look even better. He looks like a completely new pitcher now that he’s started working the changeup more into his pitch mix.
- The Cubs jumped on Maeda early and often, thanks to a bases-clearing double by Contreras in the first and an opposite field HR by Rizzo in the second.
- Javy Baez did Javy Baez things, breaking Dodgers first baseman David Freese’s ankles on a juke while legging out an infield single. Baez added a late HR in the game, and pushed his season line to .315/.351/.640, good for a wOBA of .409 and a wRC+ of 155.
Bonus: The Brewers lost again today, and are now in fourth place in the NL central by win percentage. The Cubs are also up two in the loss column.
- The pen struggled a bit after Q left the game in the eighth, with a little help from the BABIP dragon.
- Bryant had another rough game, going 0-3 with a walk.
- Schwarber had the most negative WPA play of the game, striking out with the bases clogged and one out in the first inning.
Next up: Cole Hamels takes on Walker Buehler at 7 CT.