OSS: A great offense can paper over a work in progress bullpen
- Most of the Cubs offense had a pretty good day, but Javy Baez stands out with 2 homers and a double. He also had at least one great play on defense, ranging far to his right and a ball and still nailing the runner with time to spare.
- Alec Mills had a solid 2020 debut, allowing two runs over six innings for the Quality Start™. He induced a lot of ground balls early on, so I’m guessing he had the Reds suitably off balanced. We’ll see how it goes with the Reds facing two crafty righties in a row in Cyle’s start today.
- Jason Kipnis topped the Cubs WPA leaderboard in this game, thanks to a leadoff triple in the third that eventually led to the Cubs first run and an RBI single in the fourth inning that drove in the second.
- The bullpen is not surprisingly still a work in progress, but at least the Cubs had a lead to give a little cushion to trying guys out. Sadler and Tepera gave up homers in their appearances, but at least they were pumping strikes.
- Ian Happ had a rough day, going 0-5 with three strikeouts.
- Given the mess that is the Marlins covid situation, you’d think that the players would be taking extra precautions when not on the field. Aside from the coaches, it seems like there’s not a lot of mask wearing going on in the dugout. They’re outside etc. etc. but the frequency of testing alone isn’t going to be securing these things. And if nothing else the second order effects of subconsciously encouraging people watching on tv to wear masks wouldn’t hurt either. I’d love to see mlb adding some sort of reminder to this, and it seems like it would be much easier to enforce than the high fives/spitting stuff they’ve laid down.
Next up: Cyle takes on Sonny Gray at 5:40 PM CT