On Pace for an Undefeated 2nd Half
Happy long 4th of July weekend. It’s nice to have the 4th on a Tuesday, because the 3rd is just assumed as a holiday as well. That said, I gave the crew the day off, so you’re stuck with me. Let’s get right to the stuff you should know.
The 2nd Half Begins
The Cubs finished the 1st half of the season at 40-41, a record that would make most teams consider selling before the deadline, but not the Cubs. They got right back on the horse and started the 2nd half on a one game heater and are on pace to go undefeated and completely destroy the league. Some notes from the game.
- Jake Arrieta was “good Jake”, and I believe I had that one in my tweet yesterday of the lineups. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I keep coming back to Rick Sutcliffe, who keeps pointing out that Jake is pitching like he did in Baltimore, from a stat standpoint and mechanics standpoint, and that making some tweaks should give us “good Jake” again. I’m not good at analyzing that sort of stuff, but I know I saw a good outing yesterday and that’s what I like to see. I feel like this 2nd half will be a good one for him. I’m not sure why other than to say that it’s because he’ll be a FA. Then again, you would have thought the last two years would have been better because of that. All I know is that we were worried going into the end of last year and he turned it on in the playoffs. I have faith.
- Ian Happ is a bad man. His two HR and four RBI day carried the team. Just in case you haven’t been paying attention (couldn’t say I blame you) lately, Happ is now hitting .264 / .331 / .566. Look at that slugging. He had a little bit of a tough May, when he got started, but since then he’s been a key piece. I can’t believe he’s doing this much this quick, especially the power. I figured him to be a 15-20 HR and good contact / plate discipline guy, but he’s gonna hit 20+ HR this year.
We Have One All Star
— MLB (@MLB) July 2, 2017
AAA – Iowa Cubs (38-45) Lost 8 to 4
SP – Zach Hedges – 3 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
LF – Kyle Schwarber – 1 for 3, RBI, BB
AA – Tennessee Smokies (43-36) Won 5 to 4
SP – Trevor Clifton – 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
2B – David Bote – 2 for 3, 2 2B
AA – Tennessee Smokies (43-36) Won 9 to 3
SP – Brad Markey – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
C – Ian Rice – 2 for 3, HR, 4 RBI
A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (46-34) Lost 9 to 7
SP – Adbert Alzolay – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
LF – Eddy Martinez – 2 for 2, RBI
A – South Bend Cubs (42-38) Won 11 to 4
SP – Manuel Rondon – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
LF – Kevonte Mitchell – 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI