OSS: Cubs and Yankees set a record for the most strikeouts in a game in an 18 inning marathon.
Three Five up:
- Kyle Schwarber made an amazing defensive play on a foul ball in extras, falling into the stands and somehow not getting hurt on that concrete wall. He also doubled twice and drew two walks
- Rizzo was the Cubs WPA leader by far on the day, taking a 100 mph Chapman fastball off his forearm to tie the game and hitting a leadoff double in the 12th that never amounted to a run. He also drew two intentional walks, as the pitchers' spot ended up right behind him later in the game.
- Javier Baez homered for the first run, and worked the best PA we've seen out of him all year during the Cubs rally in the ninth. Baez vs Chapman is about as obvious a mismatch as you can get (other han maybe Baez vs Rich Hill), but he stayed patient, worked a long at bat, and pushed a single to left to bring the Cubs within one.
- Jon Lester gave up the requisite first inning run, but then was just absolutely locked in the rest of the way. He threw around 120 pitches but looked about as fresh in the last inning as when he was cruising through the middle.
- They lost the game in the end, but the bullpen did a pretty great job in this one considering that they threw 8.2 innings yesterday. Between them they threw 11 innings, allowing 3 runs, 13 Ks, and three walks.
Three Four down:
- So many runners left on base, so many strikeouts. It's hard to pick one play in particular. The most negative play on the day for either team was Kyle Schwarber's strikeout with runners on second and third and one out in the ninth.
- If Heyward couldn't even make a PH appearance in an 18 inning game, the Cubs should have DL'ed him rather than have Lackey and Hendricks take at bats at key moments.
- Russell had an 0-fer for the day, but did draw two walks. This put him on base twice as often as Willson Contreras, who effectively tied him in negative WPA.
- As usual Joe West's strike zone judgement was a dumpster fire, for both teams.
Next up: Up too late for a real preview, but here are the pitching matchups
Monday: Jake Arrieta vs Antonio Senzatela, RHP, 7:40 PM CT
Tuesday: John Lackey vs Kyle Freeland, LHP, 7:40 PM CT
Wednesday: Kyle Hendricks vs German Marquez, RHP, 2:10 PM CT
I wish this series wasn't so inconveniently scheduled, I've enjoyed my trips to Denver the past two years.