Morning News – Setting the Pace
Written by Joe Aiello, Posted in General
Notes From Last Night
- Mad props to the Cleveland Indians for winning 20 straight. You can talk junk right now and say they are beating up on the Tigers, but the fact remains that in baseball any team can beat any team on any night. Somehow the Indians keep proving that wrong. So the question now to you becomes: How many will they win in a row before the streak ends? Does all this success lead to a letdown right before the playoffs start and make them vulnerable to an early exit in the playoffs?
- I wasn’t going to watch the Cubs play last night out of frustration, but I was intrigued by what I’d see by Jose Quintana and tuned in. He did exactly what we needed him to do. Exactly what we brought him in for, and that was to go seven innings and put this team in a position to win games. Since the dreadful outing on 8/25 against the Phillies, his last three starts have been good. My confidence in him has grown. I’m not ready to put him ahead of Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester or even Kyle Hendricks in the playoff rotation, but he’s definitely in there.
- It was huge to see Kris Bryant bust out with a home run last night, with runners on base no less. This year, with runners in scoring position, Bryant has hit just .212 / .341 / .423. While the on base is acceptable, I don’t need my run producer only drawing walks with guys on. I need him driving the runners in and that’s what we saw last night with the three run home run, but later in the game with a sac fly that drove in a run.
- I don’t know what’s wrong with Justin Wilson, but he’s broken since he came over from the Tigers. I wonder if there is any way we could show our receipt and get Jeimer Candelario back. Granted, we got Alex Avila, who has been a huge help, in the deal, but I’m disappointed with Wilson and I’m concerned we won’t see him revert back to what he was until next season when things start fresh. It’s a weird life being a bullpen guy. If you’ve never read The Bullpen Gospels, the author does a great job of talking about what that mentality is like.
- Both the Brewers and the Cardinals won last night, so to win to “set the pace” last night was huge. We’ve let both of them back in this race and it’s time this team wakes up and finishes the race well. Magic Number: 17