OSS: The Cubs sweep the Reds out of Wrigley in their first home series of the season.
- Jason Hammel was the Cubs WPA leader on both sides of the ball today, posting a .136 WPA with the bat due to awful Reds defense and .326 WPA due to awful/unlucky Reds offense. The normally surehanded Brandon Phillips bricked a Hammel grounder off the heel of his glove in the third, and Jay Bruce made one of his many bad-looking defensive plays on a ball that Hammel hit over his head. Bruce later made a great catch and immediately canceled it out by throwing a ball to a bag that no one was covering. He has a rep as a plus plus defender in RF, but has only two good seasons by both UZR and DRS. Certainly this series in general has not reinforced that narrative. Or perhaps his trade value for the Reds, heh.
- Kris Bryant continued heating up, smacking his second homer in as many games. If he's hitting them out in 40 degree weather with the wind blowing in, I can only imagine how this matchup would have gone if this game were played in June instead.
- Dex had three hits and a walk, including a sweet bunt hit down the third base line, and drove in two during the Cubs rally in the seventh to turn the game from a nice win to a laugher. He also made an amazing play, catching a ball hit over his head while running towards the wall late in the game.
- Despite being the runaway WPA leader on the day, I thought Hammel looked pretty shaky in his last two innings on the mound. The Reds were hitting a lot of balls hard, especially a line drive that Votto hit right at Rizzo to end the Reds rally in the fifth. It looked like something might have been going on with his release point or something, but I wasn't paying close attention to what Len and JD were speculating.
- The Cubs had several chances to put runs on the board early, and none bigger than Rizzo coming to the plate with the bases loaded in the third. He struck out to end the inning.
- Heyward went 0-5 today, but had plenty of good at-bats anyway. Hard to nit-pick with this team
Next up: The Rockies face the Cubs for a three game set. The Rockies have posted a 7+ ERA on the season, and the Cubs are scoring more than 7 runs a game. Kyle Hendricks faces Chad Bettis at 1:20 PM CT.