MVP – Jason Hammel (.306 WPA)
The Cubs finally put a winning streak together tonight beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2. Jason Hammel once again proved he was a great offseason acquisition stiffening the Diamondbacks for seven innings. He really knows how to pitch and has provided the young staff with great insight on how to pitch in certain counts and get out of jams. Hammel is 3-1 on the season and looks like a possible mid-season trade candidate if he keeps up this hot start. Justin Grimm provided Cubs fans with another great outing out of the bullpen. This has helped ease some of the pain caused by Jose Veras.
Grimm’s earned run average is under 1 at .84. Grimm had a very efficient outing of 18 pitches and 12 strikes which included a strikeout in his only inning of work. Overall the offense did an admirable job of hitting with runners in scoring position going 5 for 12 which is way above average for the Cubs this season. Mike Olt had a clutch two out three run homerun in the fifth that spelled the end for Brandon McCarthy’s night. Luis Valbuena really stood out at the plate seeing forty pitches over five plate appearances. He looked great in the leadoff role and really set the table for the rest of the lineup. Rizzo continued his hot play going 1 for 3 and registering two walks while seeing 34 pitches. Starlin Castro provided the cubs with not only offense but great play in the field providing a diving stop and throw to first in the seventh inning.