OSS: It’s just the Tigers, but still great to see Cyle looking like Cyle
- Kyle Hendricks put up a vintage Cyle performance, striking out eight batters with no walks and no runs through eight innings. He had a shot for a complete game, but was pulled after a few ground balls found holes in the ninth, and was dinged for a run on a should-be double play at the end of the game that was overturned by replay.
- Ian Happ, newly returned to the roster, also had a great day, going 3-4 with a double and a homer. Between him and Pederson it looks like the key to getting one’s bat going is time on the DL. Given how the last few weeks have gone injury wise, the Cubs offense is about to asplode.
- No one else particularly stood out today, so I’ll slot Joc Pederson into the last spot here. He wasn’t so hot today but he’s been on fire since returning from the IL/using Rizzo’s bats.
- I can’t get worked up enough about anything in this game, so I’ll go back to complain about the Cubs going 1-241 with runners in scoring position in the two game Cleveland series. This Cubs team is not a juggernaught by any stretch, but it’s not hard to imagine that they could have a pretty nice record right now with a few bounces going their way. That’s probably just the meatball fan in me talking here.
- How much longer is Trevor Williams’s rope? Strategically it was a pretty good signing but it’s just not working out. I’m not the biggest fan of Keegan Thompson, despite the early ERA numbers has come out of nowhere, but compared to Williams he might be in line for a shot at the rotation.
- The Cubs bullpen has shown many flashes of improvement this year, but Saturday’s game was pretty ugly. 6 runs against the Tigers offense is not great…and the offense kept giving them chances to win.