OSS: David Bote has a day, and the Cubs new bullpen reinforcment can’t get here fast enough
- The Cubs finally did what was obvious that they should have done six months ago, namely, sign Craig Kimbrel. We’ll see how long it tackes for him to be game ready, but whenever it is, it won’t be a moment too soon. It only took a high profile player being away from the team for a month and a half or so to be able to make this happen, apparently. The deal is for three (well, two and a half) years and $43m, which an club option for a fourth year that could vest.
- Oh yeah, there was a game today. David Bote went 4-4 with a homer, a double, and a whopping seven RBI. He had been slumping a bit of late but today’s game pushed his wOBA all the way up to .364. The Cubs FO must be feeling pretty good about the 5/15 deal they signed him to in the offseason.
- Yu Darvish had another solidish start, going 5.1 innings and allowing three runs (two earned). He was pulled in the sixth after giving up a run and racking up a decent pitch count, and the bullpen/defense went on to tack on to his total. Progress.
- The bullpen wasted no time showing why the Kimbrel signing was sorely needed. Kyle Ryan (and an error by Rizzo) let in a bunch of inherited runners when Darvish exited as noted above.
- The Cubs rebuilt the lead after that mini-meltdown, but Brad Brach gave it right back and nearly blew the five run lead that the Cubs had staked him to.
- Erstwhile quasi-closer Steve Cishek immediately gave up a run in the ninth, but at least the Cubs had given him a little insurance.
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep at 1:20 PM. Q faces callup Peter Lambert, who was the Rockies second round pick in 2015 and is making his major league debut. Jon Gray was supposed to make this start but apparently the Rocks wanted to give him some extra time to recover from a blister issue. I’ll take it.