OSS: Cubs defense gives us a flashback or three
- Not much to pick for the Cubs today, in an all-around listless day game after a night game performance. The only Cubs position players with a positive WPA were Russell and Soler. Russell had the biggest WPA play of the day when he reached on a pitching error in the fifth, making it first and third with one out in a one run game. More on what happened next below. Russell also from the sounds of Pat Hughes's call made several great plays including a few goundouts in the first, though he did commit an error to start the endless eighth inning.
- Soler had a nice game, and has looked much more selective at the plate of late. He was the leadoff hitter and got on base to start both of the Cubs mini-rallies in the fifth and seventh, and scored the Cubs only run on the day.
- Kyle Hendricks had an okay-ish outing, though he wasn't helped by the Cubs defense during the game. Or himself for that matter – the first run that scored was a baserunner that reached on an error commited by himself. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone but gave up seven hits and two ROEs.
- I don't know what Joe's deal is with letting pitchers bat for themselves. Hendricks came up to bat for himself with runners on first and third with one out in a 1-0 game, when he was set to face the heart of the Rockies lineup for the third time when he returned to the hill. Hendricks bunted out in some kind of weird non-squeeze that erased Soler from third.
- The defense was sloppy all game, and Rizzo got a gift on a bobble late in the game that should have made it five errors on the day. Bryant had two on the day, including a throwing error on a bunt that had a runner score all the way from first. Woof.
- The Rockies put it out of reach, though maybe not for the usual Cubs offense we've seen, in the eighth in an endless inning that included three stolen bases, a wild pitch, an infield single, an error, two walks, and two fielder's choice runs. I'm not the biggest fan of Richards or Ramirez, but sometimes perfect storms like this happen. The stolen bases are especially strange – you expect guys like Arrieta and obiously Lester to give few fucks about holding runners, but it would be nice if a lefty like ClayDick or any of the other relievers would pay attention to this shit.
Next game: Jay Carrieta v Some Dude, er, Christian Bergmann, 1:20 PM CT
- 2B Adames (sp?)
- SS Story
- RF Gonzalez
- 3B Arenado
- CF Parra
- 1B Mark Reynolds
- LF Rayburn
- C Garneu
- P Bergman
Nick Hundley is headed to the concussion DL, but the Rockies already called up an extra catcher a few days back.
- CF Fowler
- 3B Bryant
- 1B Rizzo
- LF Soler
- 2B Baez
- SS Russell
- RF Szczur
- C Ross
- SP Arrieta
A bunch of days off…this probably should have been the lineup yesterday instead. Though I guess I'd rather have a lower octane offense with Arrieta on the mound than Hendricks.