OSS: Cubs beat the Cardinals, a week too late
- Alec Mills had another solid fill in start, striking out nine in five innings and allowing just one run. He’s made the most of his time in the bigs this year, posting a 2.75 ERA across 36 innings, including five starts and pushing some folks to wonder if he might find his way into the rotation next year. Let’s not forget that he posted a 5.11 ERA in his other 100 innings this year in AAA. The PCL was an insane hitters league this year, so a small grain of salt, but he’s likely to be more like a swingman next year.
- Albert Almora robbed a home run from Yadier Molina, showing the defense that was his calling card but hasn’t been much in evidence in the past week.
- The Cubs win puts the odds of a Brewers-Cards game 163 slightly more likely. Here’s hoping the Cubs take each of the next two games to 22 innings and force a division tie.
- 9/17: Reds 4, Cubs 2
- 9/18: Reds 3, Cubs 2
- 9/19: Cards 5, Cubs 4
- 9/20: Cards 2, Cubs 1
- 9/21: Cards 9, Cubs 8
- 9/22: Cards 3, Cubs 2
- 9/24: Pirates 9, Cubs 2
- 9/25: Pirates 4, Cubs 2
- 9/26: Pirates 9, Cubs 5
Next up: Waino takes on Cole Hamels, in what will almost certainly be his final start in a Cubs uniform. Hamels posted about 4 WAR in his season in a half with the Cubs, and Cubs fans should wish him well, even if he started wearing down as this season went along. Or don’t, I can’t tell you what do do.