Righting The Ship
BRAVES 1 @ CUBS 7 – After a frustrating three game losing streak that caused me to question all that is good in life (being in contention will do that to you), the Cubs corrected their course and got back to winning ways in game one of the series with the Braves. I watched most of the game, but shut it down in the 7th. At that point, I felt like the game was in hand enough with a nice lead that I could safely go to bed. I was happy to wake up to see I was correct. Is it just me or does it feel like this is a completely different team when Jake Arrieta is on the mound. It’s almost like we go into the game expecting to win and expecting to win easily. I feel know fear when he takes the mound, which is why I think I need to start him in game 163 if we get to that point. Once again he tossed a quality start, going six innings and not allowing a run. He was tested early, but out of any jam he got into. It’s fun to watch him pitch. My only disappointment with last night was the slight lack of pitch count efficiency. It would have been nice to see him go seven or eight innings to take some load off the pen, but I’ll take the result nonetheless.
Offensively, the bats continue to be good and Dexter Fowler continues to get on base. That joker is sporting a crazy high OBP, one of the top in all of baseball, since the All Star Break and is a big reason for this offensive success.
Lots of Awards Coming?
The more I look at it, there is a chance the Cubs could be taking home a lot of hardware when all is said and done. Arrieta is 4th in pitcher WAR in the NL, so he’s at least in the discussion for the Cy Young. Anthony Rizzo is 6th in WAR as a hitter. While he probably won’t have a shot at the MVP award, it’s not out of the possibility that he could have a hot month and a half and things could happen. It’s possible. Throw in Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber to the Rookie of the Year conversation and then Joe Maddon into the Manager of the Year award running and you’ve got a lot of potential, but that’s not all. What about Theo and Jed? There is a lot to smile about right now.
The Cardinals won last night, but what else is new. At this point, winning the division seems like a lost cause. Pittsburgh and San Francisco play each other this weekend, so I don’t know who to root for. The Pirates won game one, which allowed us to keep pace with them while raising our lead on the Giants to four games. I guess I’ll take that.
A New Arm Enters The Organization
The Cubs are trying to add veterans down the stretch who could possibly help in some way. Trevor Cahill signed a minor league deal with the Cubs and will head to the minors. He’s 27 years old, so it’s a lottery ticket, but we’ve seen what the Cubs have done with lottery tickets in the past. This will be his third team this season, so it’s not likely, but you never know.
What’s On Tap?