OSS: Cyle takes care of business, the Cardinals defense not so much.
- Kyle Hendricks threw eight innings, striking out just two but mostly limiting the damage by the Cards offense. Most importantly, he limited the Cubs bullpen from making an appearance, as all of the semi-reliable guys left on the roster had pitched in the past few games. Hendricks finishes the year with 199 IP, the highest of his career, and with a 3.2 fWAR. This is a tick above his ZIPS projection, mostly due to the extra innings, and leads the Cubs pitching staff. On the one hand that’s kind of disappointing, but aside from a few outliers, the NL itself had kind top-heavy year – that 3.2 fWAR is still good enough for 12th in the NL, even if it doesn’t come close to the likes of deGrom and Scherzer.
- Kris Bryant hit one to to the roof of the batters’ eye in his first start back from being hit on the wrist earlier this week, which is a very encouraging sign.
- I just had the radio for this one, but they had plenty of praise for David Bote’s glove at 3B in this one. He also drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth as the Cubs piled on.
- The Cardinals sloppy defense was a big help in this one, but the Cubs were also charged with three errors. Luckily two of them were in the ninth when the game was already well in hand.
- Javy had a rought day, going 0-4 with three strikeouts.
- The Brewers won, coming back multiple times against the Tigers to win 6-5. It looks like Yelich has the NL MVP locked up after this week. The Magic number is down to 2, so the Cubs could clinch in either of these games this weekend with a little help from Detroit. But the Beers certainly aren’t going away. Given the Cubs schedule the past few weeks a tiebreaker might be even worse than losing the division outright.
Next up: The Cubs will have their hands full today against Miles Mikolas, who takes on Cole Hamels in a early 12:05 start.