I had been planning to take a long weekend and catch this series in Phoenix. Instead, I ended up shelling out hundreds of dollars to repair rodent damage to my car, and will be watching from home. I feel like I should present the repair bill to the cat.
- OBP: Kris Bryant (.390)
- ISO: Anthony Rizzo (.246)
- HR: Rizzo (26)
- R+RBI: Rizzo (137)
- wRC+: Bryant (134)
- BSR: Javier Baez (1.7)
- Defense: Willson Contreras (11.5)
- SP K/9: Jose Quintana (9.58)
- SP BB/9: Jon Lester (2.75)
- SP FIP: Lester (3.80)
- RP K/9: Carl Edwards Jr (12.81)
- RP BB/9: Brian Duensing (1.89)
- RP FIP: Duensing (2.99)
- WAR: Bryant (3.4)
- OBP: Paul Goldschmidt (.435)
- ISO: Goldschmidt (.274)
- HR: Goldschmidt (26)
- R+RBI: Goldschmidt (177)
- wRC+: Goldschmidt (159)
- BSR: Goldschmidt (4.7)
- Defense: Zack Grienke?! (6.5)
- SP K/9: Robbie Ray (11.45)
- SP BB/9: Grienke (1.87)
- SP FIP: Zach Godley (3.18)
- RP K/9: J. J. Hoover (12.86)
- RP BB/9: Archie Bradley (1.74)
- RP FIP: Bradley (2.32)
- WAR: Goldschmidt (5.3)
I think this Paul Goldschmidt guy might be pretty good.
Injuries, transactions. vengeance pacts, etc.
The Dbacks are down several good pieces, but are still going strong. Robbie Ray is on the concussion DL after being hit in the head by a batted ball a week or so ago. Shelby Miller, object of a trade heist I recently enjoyed, got off to a solid start in his first few weeks before going under the knife for TJS. Shortstops Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings are on the 60-day DL with hand injuries, but replacement Ketel Marte is somehow slugging .500 in place of them anyway.
Theree's one injury in particular that matters for the Cubs, and that is Willson Contreras. There's no official news as I write this but it sounds like he will be out for about a month. At least it's not Victor Caratini getting everyday starts, I guess. Kris Bryant still seems to be bothered by the hand injury he suffered a few weeks ago, and Koji Uehara somehow ended up on the DL without my noticing. Russell is still on the shelf, and the rumblings seem to be that he will take longer than the minumum ten days to make it back.
Friday: John Lackey, RHP vs Taijuan Walker, RHP, 8:40 PM CT
Saturday: Jon Lester, LHP vs Patrick Corbin, LHP, 7:10 PM CT
Sunday: Jake Arrieta, RHP vs Zack Godley, RHP, 3:10 PM CT
After this the Cubs have something like three straight weeks against teams with losing records.