OSS: An ugly win is still a win
- Kris Bryant had a great day at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk and a homer. He was the Cubs overall WPA leader on the day but the biggest single individual play was…
- Jason Heyward's two-run double in the second inning. The Cubs scored in a hurry in the second, I had gone to grab my lunch during the commercial break and found that the Cubs had scored six times by the time I returned.
- I am still dying laughing at Soler and Baez and their gatorade cup binoculars.
- I'm not sure what to take away from Arrieta's performance today. It was his first non-quality start in quite some time, but he wasn't getting much help from the home plate umpire's horse-shit strikezone. Or Yadi casually just sticking his armor-plated elbow in the path of a curveball. Or the fact that the Cardinals seemingly had a dozen infield singles with two strikes in this game. The homers they hit were no-doubters though.
- Tommy La Stella had a rough game at third, but I'm not really looking to make any conclusions about his defense. Baez is still the best option with the glove but I don't think TLS is Braun-esque out there or anything.
- Bryant's HR gave the Cubs a big lead, but Warren and Wood gave it back pretty quickly. If the Cubs look to shore up anywhere at the deadline it's likely to be in the pen. Though as baffling as it sounds I'm kind of hoping Concepcion makes the team.
Next up: The Cubs are off on Thursday, then open up a homestand with a three game set against the overachieving Phillies. Hopefully this isn't a repeat of the last time the Phillies came to town.
*credit to Aisley for the lovely picture of the Gateway arch