Cubs 6 @ Dodgers 4 (Box Score / Condensed Game)
I’m back from the meetup in San Diego. A huge shout out to the guys that joined us and made it possible for me to go. I can’t say enough about the generosity of Cap’n Obvious, Doc Raker, Sherm, Al Berg and even Caps. They were so gracious and I had a lot of fun hanging with them. Let me tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Caps without a shirt. Another big thank you to Jared, as well, for filling it with a couple posts while I was gone. My plan had been to post on Friday, but I got in late Thursday night because my red eye flight Wednesday got cancelled. It is what it is and we move on.
Around the All Star game, I felt it may be a two man race for the NL MVP between Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. As we move closer to the end of the season, it’s clear that Kris Bryant will be the winner and I am starting to think it won’t even be close. I’m absolutely amazed at his development and the fact that he is doing bigger and better things at every level every year. I would encourage you, if you’re not already doing so, to step back and really admire the talent on this team. There is a chance that when it’s all said and done, we could be watching some of the greatest players in Cubs history and it begins with Bryant. He talked to Jesse Rogers after the game about his two home runs late to give the Cubs the win.
It’s getting harder and harder to justify putting Jason Heyward in the outfield at all. He has had an improved week this week, but that’s not saying much. I really want to believe that he is just having a down year and that it’s primarily due to the fact that he’s switched teams, but he just doesn’t look good at the plate, and as good as his defense is in right, it cannot make up for the lack of offense. Eventually you have to give someone else a shot. If it’s me, I stick Ben Zobrist out there in RF and play Javier Baez at 2B and then Jorge Soler in LF with Bryant at 3B. Heyward can fill in off the bench and defensively.
Mike Montgomery got the start and didn’t look bad, but didn’t look good. His numbers are a little deceiving as I felt like he got into more jams than he should have, but was able to minimize the damage and keep the Cubs in the game. I think we’ve been spoiled this year watching our starting pitchers. It’s ridiculous how good they have been, so watching someone like Montgomery pitch as the 5th guy seems bad, but in truth, the 5th starter is usually garbage in a rotation. I’m OK with Montgomery in that spot for now so we don’t have to rush John Lackey back.
Is it just me or does it seem the Aroldis Chapman has been a little more hittable of late. While we were in San Diego at the game, he seemed to be taking a few mph off his fastball and even the Dodgers hit him a little. Personally, I’m hoping for two blow outs this weekend so he can get some rest.
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SP – Jordan Pries – 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K
3B – Jeimer Candelario – 3 for 3, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI
SP – Jeremy Null – 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
DH – Ian Rice – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
SP – Jose Paulino – 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K
1B – P.J. Higgins – 1 for 3, 2B, BB
SP – Pedro Silverio – 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K
3B – Wladimir Galindo – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI