Cubs 9, Rangers 5

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OSS: Cubs offense picks up Cubs defense in the late innings

Three up:

  1. Ian Happ had a big day, collecting 4 hits and drawing a bases-loaded go-ahead walk in the top of the ninth. He also doubled to knock in a pair of runs as part of the Cubs rally vs Lord Jon.
  2. The bullpen had a great day, putting up a combined line of 5 IP, 3 H, 1BB, 7 SO, and zero runs.
  3. The Mushroom Man got things rolling with a three run homer in the first in what was a mixed bag of a day overall.

Three down:

  1. The defense had a rough time today, committing two official errors but generally not looking as crisp as usual. We know the story with Morel at 3b, he’s learning, but there was another uncharacteristic error from Dansby Swanson. All of the Rangers runs scored after said errors.
  2. Jordan Wicks toughed it out following the defensive miscues, but the Rangers missed back to back homers by a matter of inches.
  3. Fangraphs gamelog is missing a few PAs, but the lowest WPA on the day was Mastrobuoni’s pinch hit, bases loaded groundout in the ninth. I guess Counsell was going for platoon things but I would have been fine with Amaya.

Next up:

The Cubs open at home vs the Rockies, assuming the weather cooperates. New Cub Shōta Imanaga takes on ex-Cardinal Dakota Hudson at 1:20 CT on Monday.

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  1. andcounting

    Is there just no railing whatsoever in front of the Rangers dugout? Both errant throws from Morel the past two days found their way in there somehow, the second of which had slowed to a leisurely roll by the time it reached the dugout.

    I also noticed Busch deflected them both upward in almost identical fashion. Not sure if it’s the dirt there that he wasn’t used to, but it seems odd how similar both scoop attempts wound up being.

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    To-day’s base ball squadron

    LF Happ
    DH Seiya
    CF Belli
    3B Morel
    SS Swanson
    1B Busch
    2B Hoerner
    RF Tauchman
    C Gomes

    SP Shota

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  3. andcounting

    Rice Cube,

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing how he gets worked into the DH rotation. Very happy to see it happen this early, and I really like that the OF defense isn’t taking a step back.

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