No catchy title today!
The bad news is that the Cubs are 4 – 6 in their last ten games. The good news is that they are 4 – 0 in their last four games, so the west coast swoon could be a distant memory soon. Apparently a little home cooking was all they needed, as they won game one of the Marlin series last night in relatively uneventful fashion. It was a good game, don’t get me wrong…just kind of dull to watch. Last note on the west coast fail – as someone muttered during that debacle, “at least we know we won’t have to face the Padres in the playoffs.” See? Silver linings.
Wade Davis, fresh off his day off from having had to work TWO DAYS IN A ROW, is now on paternity leave. (Fun fact – did you know that Davis is the second-cousin of former Cub, Jody Davis?) I hope it is not too tiring for him.
Without Davis, and with several of the other professional athletes having had to throw a baseball ten or twenty times the day before, the Cubs had VERY few options in the bullpen last night. Not sure if half of them even suited up. It’s exhausting having to pull on baseball pants and lace up cleats. But, I digress. With this depleted, and per Len, “short” bullpen, Maddon had his pregame wish come true…Butler to Montgomery to bed. It worked nicely. Butler went 5 and 2/3 and looked good. Hitting spots, and getting a huge 4-6-3 when he needed one. I felt he could have gone longer – he’d only thrown 66 pitches, but then perhaps he was just weary. Well, he did give up a couple of doubles, so there’s that, too. Montgomery came in and did the long save thing that he does, and finished the game – adding 3 and a third scoreless innings. Biggest stat to me? Between them? One walk. Nice job.
Dylan Floro has been called up to sit in Davis’ place in the bullpen, and more importantly, to be Brian Duensing’s dance partner should anyone homer. The most interesting thing about Dylan Floro? Other than a name that sounds like Froyo and makes me want a big cup of vanilla with crushed peanut butter cups and sprinkles and other yummy junk? He came up in the Ray’s organization (surprise!) and has played for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, and the Montgomery Biscuits. Those are some great team names. I hope the Davis family has a happy, healthy baby, and that Wade can get back to work sooner rather than later.
Kris Bryant crushed a Dan Straily fastball into the strong wind, and also into the bleachers for an early 2 – 0 lead. This followed a leadoff double by Ben Zobrist, who had almost forgotten where first base was. Albert Almora (I won’t include Jr. because I’m fairly certain we all know that his Dad doesn’t play for the Cubs and won’t wonder “which one?”) also rifled a shot into those same bleachers in the fourth inning, and that was all the runs the Cubs would need. Which is good, because it was also all they would get. Had the wind been blowing any other way? Contreras and Heyward would have also gone yard. Sadly, Schwarber merely created more wind, again, and saw his average drop to .162. I’m thrilled he hit that grand slam the other day – don’t get me wrong – that was awesome, but this young player needs to go to Iowa to get his game back. Dylan Froyo can ride with him.
Baez started at short, because now we rotate.
Happ did not play, despite hitting two bombs the night before and having a hot bat, because Joe Maddon said he’d already made out the scorecard for this game a long time ago…BEFORE the two homer game. So, he also probably called “no take-backs” when he did it, or wrote it in pen, or something, because apparently you can’t change that shit. And apparently? He’s just mailing it in, because those Binny’s commercials just don’t make themselves. #Joeistoobusy
Willson Contreras caught for the Cubs. He had two hits, and a wannabe homer blown back in for an F7. And he picked a runner off first. Because he’s Contreras. #notMontero
J.T. Realmuto caught for the Marlins. If you are at all into the origin of names, does it make you wonder if there is a Fakemuto?
Note: the Astros are really good.
Oh, yeah, and the Cubs are back in first. Thanks to the Giants, and Jeff Samardzija for beating the Brewers, and the Cardinals for tanking another lead to the Reds. Special shout out to Dexter for dropping a fly ball to help the Reds.
Tonight, Jake Arrieta will try to channel his inner Arrieta and do Jake things like in 2015 and 2016. Scott Boras will be very upset otherwise.
Have a great day. Enjoy that coffee!