OSS: Cubs run into a buzz saw named Kershaw and Jansen.
- Not a lot of positives for the Cubs today. Oddly enough the only position player with positive WPA was Anthony Rizzo, who drew a leadoff walk in the seventh. The Cubs made a lot of good contact that inning but couldn’t get a ball to drop in.
- Javy Baez made a great heads-up play in the sixth inning with runners on first and second and one out, letting a flare drop right in front of him to get an easy double play instead of catching the ball. It was hit too softly for the infield fly rule to be in effect, and if there was nobody out it probably would have been a triple play. Javy broke up Kershaw’s no-hitter in the fifth and also got the best contact off Kershaw all night in the seventh, but unfortunately it found Pederson’s glove.
- Uh….Jansen worked two innings? Maybe he’ll be gassed for game three?
- I think the Dodgers still win this 1-0 even if Joe didn’t make some questionable decisions, but there were some real head scratchers in there. Above all, having Heyward start against the most impossible lefty on the planet when the Cubs had a ground ball guy on the mound was a tough one. The Dodgers did not hit a single ball to right field. When he pulled Hendricks, he brought in Carl Edwards Jr to face LHB Joc Pederson despite the fact that the Cubs are four lefties in their pen. I’ve seen some defense that Edwards has been pretty much good against everyone this year splits-wise, but regression much? It worked out thanks to some Baez wizardry, but WTF at that one.
- Hendricks got off to a good start, getting a ton of whiffs on his cutter and hitting the corners well. However, he wasn’t hitting those corners as the game went on and the nibbling racked up his pitch count and cost him four walks. Luckily none of those came around to score, and the only run of the game was a just-enougher from Adrian Gonzalez.
- Still feeling a little salty.
Balls hit like @javy23baez’s flyout have resulted in an .899 AVG this year.
— #Statcast (@statcast) October 17, 2016
Next up: The series continues in LA on Thursday night with Jake Arrieta facing off against Rich Hill. Hopefully the Cubs can shake this one off and go after Hill, whose curveball should give them fits but probably won’t be in the game for long. The weather is supposed to be nice and warm, let’s hope it warms up the Cubs offense too.