I know I talk about the weather a lot. But man, it's going to be 80 degrees in Seattle today. That's insane. You know what's even more insane though? The fact that no one in the pacific northwest has air conditioning. It's just not a thing here. It's not a thing here because "it doesn't really get that hot" and "it's just not needed."
I'm calling bologna on that one.
Our hallway in our building has air conditioning. Think about that for a minute. Our hallway in our building has a/c. That means that when it gets hot, people in our condo building prop open their doors like a college dorm. And this is normal for this area! Not me, man. I lasted one summer without a cooling system. This year we are flying high with our LG 14000 BTU Portable A/C.
He's currently slashing .282/.318/.613. His wRC+ is 141. He's tied for 2nd in the MLB for RBI's at 36. Oh and he still does stuff like this:
— MLB (@MLB) May 12, 2018
That should be possible. This is like Jordan switching hands on a lay-up. He's sliding full force in one direction, sees the ball in the glove, changes direction, and then comes back to touch the bag. Think about being on a Slip N' Slide and at the end there's a donut. But you can't have the donut unless you stay on the Slipe N' Slide. Then someone stands over the donut holding a cobra. Now, not only do you have to make it all the way to the end for the donut, you've gotta navigate the fangs of a stupid cobra (and a jerk holding a stupid cobra) while still concentrating on getting that donut.
That's what Javy did though. That's how good he is. He's slip-n'-slidin'-donut-grabbin'-cobra-dodgin' good.
Every time this man has a crazy game like the one he did this weekend, I can't help but think of John. He saw something in Willy before any of us did, that's a fact.
Willson finished the game on Friday against the White Sox with 2 homers and 7 RBIs. Before that game he hadn't homered with being in Cleveland on April 24th. Then on Saturday, he homered again.
You can watch Maddon's comments on that crazy Friday game here:
Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Willson Contreras' 2 homers, 7 RBIs: 'It was just a matter of time.' (Paul Sullivan/Chicago Tribune)
Cubs are still currently forth in the NL Central. But first and forth place is only separated by a mere three wins. The problem? The Cardinals, Brewers, and Pirates are all winning too. In the last 10 games, the three aforementioned teams are 6-4. The Cubs are 5-5. And it doesn't look to get much easier with the first place (!) Braves as the next opponent.
The first game of this "series" is actually a make-up game that was supposed to take place on Jackie Robinson day (the two clubs will honor him this afternoon). The clubs will play one game at Wrigley before traveling to Atlanta for the regularly scheduled three-game set. The Braves have looked good so far this year, and this second time around against the Cubs they have their star prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. in the lineup (presumably).
Baseball is long. We all know that. But I sure would love a bit of help from the division right now. How about a mini losing streak over the next two weeks for everyone not named the Cubs? That'd be nice. Chicago is playing well, I think we can all see that. But I'm getting a little antsy. Talk me out of it.