Things You Should Know – The Butler Did It
The worst thing about having MLB Extra Innings in Oklahoma is not being able to watch the St. Louis Cardinals. I could give two craps about the Cardinals…but when they play against the Cubs, I have to abide by the blackout rules. I can watch the Royals and the Rangers with no problems. What I don’t get is that St. Louis is 2 hours further than the two mentioned but they have no blackout restrictions. So with that being stated…this is be a post in which I didn’t actually view the game. Apologies.
Maybe Willson Contreras was feeling threatened by Miguel Montero drinking from the fountain of youth the past few weeks. On Friday, Contreras provided 2/3 of the Cubs runs by hitting two solo home runs…the first off Mike Leake in the 2nd and the second off Leake in the 4th. Contreras has been struggling a bit at the plate with a sub .230 average. You have to think that with Montero providing somewhat of a sparkle for our offense, Contreras may be pressing at the plate. Hopefully these two bombs (and a nice pick at first) will rejuvenate him to make more of an impact for our offense that has been definitely struggling. Contreras provided all the runs (and a close heart attack in the 9th) we needed to beat St. Louis 3-2.
Thank you, Eddie Butler. Thank you. For a pitching staff that has not been getting the same results as our championship run last year, Butler stepped up in a huge way on Friday night. He provided the Cubs with 6 IP, giving up no runs, 2 hits, and striking out 5. Brett Anderson started the season as the number 5 starter for the staff. He lived on that cloud for his first couple of starts in which he made few of us think that he would solidify the back of the rotation, but then has come crashing down which inevitably landed him on the DL….again. Butler has been tearing up the AAA hitters and has been waiting for his shot in the Cubs rotation. Once a highly regarded prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization, maybe, just maybe, he will bloom into what many people projected him as. That being a solid but not overpowering major league pitcher. Right now we need someone to be consistent. He has wanted his chance. He is getting his chance. Sometimes you have to find the player that is hungry to be here. Thank you for your effort Friday night, Eddie.
We Blink-Season Gone
The sky is not falling. Yes, we still have a lot of season left. But at some point soon those phrases will not be able to be used any longer and we will be sitting at the end of September wondering where the days went. With that being said, we all know that the Cubs need to put a run together…soon. They put together multiple 4-5 game winning streaks last year that helped build the divisional lead. Up to this point, we have not had the win streak to even get excited about. This St. Louis series is huge. Yes, it is only May 12th. But at some point we have to start clicking on all cylinders and put W’s on the board in succession. If not, September will be here and it will be too late.
AAA – Iowa Cubs (14-19) – Lost 13 to 11
SP – Alec Mills – 3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
2B – Ian Happ – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI
AA – Tennessee Smokies (22-12) – Won 7 to 2
SP – Zach Hedges – 7 IP, 7 h, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
LF – Jeffrey Baez – 3 for 4, 2B, 2 R
A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-16) – Lost 3 to 1
SP – Justin Steele – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
LF – Daniel Spingola – 1 for 3, 2B, R
A – South Bend Cubs (22-12) – Won 4 to 3
SP – Dylan Cease – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
DH – Alberto Mineo – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI