Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!
The Cubs finished out week 3 with a win, ending their 5-game losing streak. Edwin Jackson was on the bump and pitched 5.2 innings of giving up 8 hits and 2 runs. He also struck out five (!) batters. You may proceed with the Ed-onewin Jackson jokes.
Emilio Bonifacio continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the leadoff spot. Today he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. He’s batting .358 on the season.
Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Castillo now has 8 RBI on the season, tied with Rizzo for second place. Starlin Castro leads the team with 9 after this week.
The Barney/Castro/Rizzo combo is a great one. Today they combined for a beautiful double play that was dubbed the Premier Play of the Day by MLB Network.
Ruggiano also made a beautiful sliding catch in right field. He might maybe be on the path to usurping Nate’s throne as my favorite right fielder. (Don’t tell Nate.)
This past week was a rough one on the North Side. A five game losing streak is as deflating as it gets. Jackson snapping the skid is as surprising as it gets. This season is going to be a roller coaster ride. Strap on your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a long season.
In three starts, Bailey has blown four leads already and has been unable to get beyond five innings. He allowed four homers during a no-decision to the Pirates Monday. The bright side? There were no walks and nine strikeouts.
Bailey leads with a four-seam fastball in the 93–96 mph range. He also has a two-seam fastball at 94-96. Bailey throws three breaking balls, his main one being a slider in the mid-high 80s and the other being a curveball in the upper 70s. Lastly, he throws a splitter in the mid 80s.
David Nail is the second-most played artist on my iPod. He’s got an easy voice and his tunes are pretty catchy.