Cubs Blank The Brewers and the Jason Hammel Stock Continues to Rise
Sometimes I just don’t understand this team. We can crush it and score eight runs and then get crushed and score one or two. Why can’t we put together a good streak of like five or six in a game? Nonetheless, here were the highlights.
- Anthony Rizzo hit not one, but two home runs to take the team lead with 10. I predicted Mike Olt would lead the team in this category at season’s end, so he needs to get out there and take back the lead.
- It was an odd day as not only did Darwin Barney do something of value, but so did Chris Coghlan and John Baker. Strange.
- Jason Hammel pitched like an ace, which is nice as we turn the calendar to June and open the door for the beginnings of early trade talks. I could see Hammel dealt before the end of the month if Theo and Jed get aggressive.
- Wesley Wright returned from the paternity leave list only to see Hector Rondon be put on it as his wife gave birth to a baby boy on Friday.
- I had a post go live on ESPN.com on Friday discussing what we should expect from each slot in a pitching rotation in terms of WAR. I was quite surprised at the results, especially at the back end of the rotation. Take a look at it here.
- Gordon Wittenmyer took some time out of his day of hating the Cubs ownership to highlight 8 outside the box thinking misses in the Cubs history
- This nugget comes from Carrie Muskat’s blog: “Since May 12, the Cubs bullpen has a 1.96 ERA, giving up 12 runs over 55 1/3 innings.” I told you this pen would be good.