OSS: Ron Santo (mostly) approves.
- The Cubs completed their sweep of the Mets, and are no longer in the red wins-wise. Jason Heyward capped the sweep with a bases loaded walk-off single in the 10th. I was sure going into the PA that with Javy on third base, the Cubs would squeeze to win. I guess I have been affected by too many years of watching Joe Maddon’s obsession with squeeze plays.
- The bullpen did a fantastic job in this one. There were a few wobbles, but their overall line was 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 5 K. Dan Winkler managed to get out of his own jam in the tenth, and Kimbrel breezed his way through the ninth inning. Just some rough luck for Jason Adam that they managed to ding him – he was looking pretty good that inning as well.
- Tyler Williams was okay in his five innings of work, striking out six and giving up a two run bomb to Pete Alonso. A lot of pitchers are gonna do that this year. “Okay” probably tops the meter performance wise for Cubs starters over the last week or so, sweep notwithstanding.
- Bonus repost from the thread: Big props to the Comcast marketing department – they managed to improved their overplayed seasonal ad from incredibly annoying to merely annoying. I guess this means there’s hope for the Cubs offensive improvements (dying laughing).
- Jake Marisnick led off the bottom of the eighth of a tie game with a triple, and was stranded there as the next three batters made outs. Ron Santo has to be spinning in his grave…the only thing he hated more than not scoring guys from third with less than two outs was the New York Mets.
- Javy had a rough night, striking out three times in his four plate appearances and nearly getting picked off after not running out a flare to shallow right center field. Nico is up while Pederson is on the IL, and now that the Cubs have a ‘real’ SS around it might not be a bad idea to spell Javy for a game or two. Dude is in a funk.
- Base contact replay calls are the wooooorst.
The Cubs play yet another series against the Brewers, hopefully with fewer HBPs on both sides. Cyle takes on Brett Anderson at 1:20 CT.