I watched a documentary on Stephen Spielberg last night. If you have HBO, I'd highly recommend it. I personally had no idea he was so successful so early into his career. That's impressive. Jaws is what launched him into the mainstream. It's also what completely ruined any chance that I'll ever swim in the ocean. I know that the statistics say that I have a better chance of meeting Tupac or having an ACME anvil fall on my head, but I am certain I'd be one--the one dummy who goes out to swing in the sea for the first time and loses their leg, or arm, or entire middle half. It'd be me.
I'm good on land. It's where they play baseball.
The Almost Sweep:
If the Cubs sweep the Cardinals last night, I think it puts St. Louis on a course with being sellers at the deadline. I know that may seem like a stretch to say since we're still a month away from the All-Star game. But I just get the sense that this team is hanging on by a thread. The offense just isn't there like it has been in years past and their bullpen is being held together by a young kid name Hicks. A sweep would've been devastating to take at home. But that didn't happen. The Cubs offense was nowhere to be found and the third time through the order, once again, proved to be the downfall for Quintana. But the series is still the Cubs. And that's not nothing.
It was a big week for the NL Central. Prior to the Cardinals series, the Cubs were in Milwaukee to take on the first place Brewers. The Cubs also were shutout. Twice. It was a really frustrating series to watch at home. Not only because of the lack of offense by Chicago, but because the Brewers are so annoying. It's not one particular thing, it's just the fact that we can't seem to get over that hump of being in first place for more than a day. The Cubs are the better the team. The offensive, defensive, and pitching stats will tell you so. But there the Cubs are, in second place to a team from Milwaukee.
Jason Heyward homered:
No analysis here. I just felt that it needed to be written down so that we all could read it and smile.
I'm excited for the next couple of weeks. First, the Cubs take on the Dodgers at home for a quick homestand. Then it's off to face the lowly Reds in Ohio. Then a quick trip to the West Coast to face the Dodgers. The 2018 Dodgers, however, are not the same Dodgers the Cubs have seen in years past. And they're definitely not the Dodgers we saw make it to the World Series last year. No Kershaw. Injuries have plagued Justin Turner. And Matt Kemp is somehow one of their best offensive players (what year is it?). It'll give the Cubs a chance to potentially get on a good little run. The Brewers on the other hand take on the Pirates and Cardinals next: no gimmes there.
Let's see if the Cubs can put together a little run before the ASG.