OSS: Cubs bats wake up against the flailing (?) Mets
- Mash Mervis had the Cubs biggest hit of the day, hitting a two run homer in the second inning that brought the Cubs early lead up to 4-0. In addition, he added an RBI single and a walk in his next two PAs. Not a bad output from the ninth spot in the lineup tonight.
- Jeremiah Estrada came on in relief in the sixth inning with no outs, the bases clogged, and MLB HR champ Pete Alonso at the plate. Per fg, with a merely average hitter this was a 2+ expected runs situation for the Mets, surely even higher leverage with Alonso at the plate. He got the next three batters out, allowing only a RBI groundout to Alonso. You unironically love to see it.
- Lest we forget, the Mushroom Man homered in his fifth straight game. Despite his hot hitting in the minors I was still somewhat skeptical about his callup to the bigs, but he shut me right up. Morel now has a .367/.404/.980(!!!!) slash line on the year, good for a .565 wOBA and 265 wRC+, and has nine homers in just 12 games.
- Julian Merryweather struck out two and gave up two singles and wasn’t able to finish his inning. I don’t care what other Cubs writers think of his stuff, I feel the same way about him as AC does about Nick Madrigal (dying laughing). Assuming he even exists, and isn’t some elaborate LLM hoax being played on all of us.
- P-Wizzy must be feeling the heat from Morel gunning for his team HR lead, as he wore the golden sombrero today with 0-4, 4 K.
- I’m irritated that I get a shred of enjoyment from Mets games (aside from the enjoyment of watching them lose), because every time Jeff McNeil comes to bat or makes a play, all I can think of is “WE DEMAND MCNEAL” from Futurama.
Berselius offseason fave Kodai Senga takes on Marcus Stroman at 6:40 PM CT.