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.

Misc Notes

  • 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.
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail