OSS: The Cubs head into the All-Star break on a sweep.
- The Cubs chased another bad starter early, which is what good teams do. Unlike yesterday’s home run barrage, the Cubs strung together a ton of singles and walks (and a HBP or two) and just two XBH to score seven runs. Javy Baez’s first inning RBI single was the biggest play of the game by WPA, and while the Padres threatened a bit more than you’d like the Cubs managed to keep things out of reach.
- Jon Lester had a pretty solid start through five, though the wheels came off a bit in the low leverage sixth inning. He struck out seven, which is especially encouraging given his peripherals this year.
- David Bote had a nice game, walking, getting HBP, and hitting a double in this one. He also made a great diving play in the ninth as the Cubs closed out the game/’half’-season. He also went first to third on a SB/error, which seems to be the Cubs new favorite play.
- The Brewers lost their sixth in a row, and the Cubs now have a 2.5 game division lead.
- Props to rookie Justin Norwood for not shitting the bed, coming in with the bases loaded and just one out in the sixth as the wheels were coming off. He did walk in a run, but that’s certainly throwing a rookie into the fire. I’m note sure what Joe was thinking there – it’s not like you have to worry about your bullpen tomorrow.
- Those camo Padres uniforms remain hideous.
- No real baseball for three days, though it will be nice to see Javy on a national stage again.
Most of the Cubs get a well deserved break, then open up at home for a five game series with the Matheny-less Cardinals on Thursday.