June Sweep--Cubs 5 Cardinals 1

June has not always been a kind month to the Chicago Cubs. However, the 2019 vintage has enjoyed flipping the calendar over to June with a sweep of the Cardinals. The Cubs appear to be escaping the May doldrums they suffered through with a 6-3 start to the month and 6-1 in their last seven games. The season series trend of the home team dominating continued as the Cubs were able to pull away in the middle frames. Shaky defense and decision making kept the Cardinals in the game, but at the end of the night the Cubs maintained their percentage points lead in the Central for another day.

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Kyle Hendricks set the Cardinals down in order to start the game. Adam Wainwright did not retire the side in order and lost Kyle Schwarber on balls to start the game. Kris Bryant singled on a line into left to move Schwarber to third. Schwarber scored on Anthony Rizzo's grounder to Paul Goldschmidt. That was the first of three straight groundballs to end what was a very promising inning with just one run lead.

Then Kris Bryant had an inning he would like to forget. Marcell Ozuna hit a smash grounder that Bryant made a nice diving snag to the right side but he then airmailed the throw into the stands to turn an out into a runner on second. Dexter Fowler hit a terrible sacrifice bunt right back to Kyle Hendricks but Bryant didn't run to cover third for some reason. The Professor was forced to settle for the out at first base. Kolten Wong then hit a dipping liner right at Schwarber. The ball bounced over the sliding, slugging left fielder allowing Ozuna to tie the game and Wong to reach second. Hendricks retired the next two batters to keep the game level at one.

The Cubs singled in the next three innings against Adam Wainwright, but each time were unable to break the deadlock. In the second, Waino was able to pitch around the one out single to Jason Heyward after Hendricks sacrifice and Bote's fly out. In the third, Rizzo grounded into an inning ending double play and Carlos González was caught stealing to end the fourth inning.

Hendricks was able to match Wainwright zero for zero while also pitching around trouble. Hendricks gave up singles and in the third and fourth inning. A beautiful throw and tag play erased the fourth inning single by Ozuna. The Cardinals best chance to take the lead occurred in the fifth inning. Hendricks retired the first two hitters, but Adam Wainwright pounced on a hanger for a two out double. Waino moved to third on Matt Carpenter's single, but Paul DeJong grounded out to Bryant who remembered how to throw after that brief lapse which ended the frame.

The Cubs also threatened in the fifth inning. Jason Heyward hit his second single of the night to start the inning, and he was moved into scoring position by Hendricks. David Bote hit another very hard single that resulted in Heyward scoring the winning run. Kyle Schwarber hit a double to score Bote. Wainwright had to leave the game with hamstring tightness. Giovanny Gallegos entered the game and retired all five Cubs he faced.

Paul Goldschmidt finally remembered that he is Paul Goldschmidt facing the Cubs by doubling to start the sixth inning. Ozuna flipped a single into left to advance Goldschmidt to third. Dexter Fowler hit a groundball right to Rizzo who was amused by Goldschmidt attempting to score on the play. Rizzo fired a strike to nab the Cub killer at the plate for the first out of the inning. Hendricks would retire the next five Cardinals he faced to leave the game pitching seven innings without allowing an earned run.

Carlos Martinez used to be a very intimidating foe, but the Cubs managed to extend their lead in the two innings of work from the former Cardinal ace. Tyler Webb started the seventh by retiring Jason Heyward, but was pulled for the young, hard throwing righty once Maddon opted for Albert Almora Jr. as a pinch hitter. Almora hit a groundball that clanked off of Matt Carpenter's glove allowing him to reach on an error. Carlos Martinez's error moved Almora into scoring position and he advanced to third on Bote's ground out. Kyle Schwarber hit a ringing single back up the middle to score Almora making it a 4-1 score. CarGo hit a two out home run into the basket in the eighth inning.

Steve Cishek worked around Paul Goldschmidt's one out single in the eighth inning. Carl Edwards Jr. was given the ninth inning once CarGo played *screw* the closer. Kolten Wong drew a base on balls to start the inning and the collective rising of Chicago's blood pressure. Edwards recovered to get a fly out from Harrison Bader before punching out rookie catcher Adam Knizner. However, Edwards walked José Martínez and that would be it for Edwards. Pedro Strop faced Matt Carpenter who hit the first pitch right into the teeth of the shift. The ball got past a diving Anthony Rizzo, but Javy was right there to throw to Pedro for the final out of the game. The Cubs sweep the Cardinals, but can't extend their division lead since the Pirates were useless this weekend.

Random Reference
It is June 9. The Cubs now have a 5.5 game lead over the Cardinals who are below .500 again thanks to the Cubs. It feels a bit like this to gloat at this juncture of the season, but it doesn't make it any less fun.

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  • Great recap!

  • Great timing to sweep STL. This was a confident week. Cubs acted like they are a badass team. And Kimbrel’s signing has been a positive mental boost to them.

    Hendricks is simply a stud.

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    Kyle Hendricks, your table is ready.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Every fifth day.

    #CyYoung

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Unfortunately, I think HyunJin Ryu has the jump on Kyle. I think Kyle can do even better and put the pressure on Ryu, but that dude has a 1.35 ERA with 71 K's and only 5 BB's. Kyle's gonna win one or two of those before his career is over though...

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Retrospectively, I decided to check the tape on Hendrick's season and I'm super impressed with his 74 K's and 14 BB's. Kyle's WHIP of 1.11 is still a ways away from Ryu's 0.775.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Ryu is having a great season. Most of his rates and peripherals are at career-bests, but he is capable if he can stay healthy.

    Kyle got off to a slow start that has so far skewed his overall numbers. But he's on a roll, posting an impressive 1.99 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 50 K, 6 BB, in 58.2 IP over his last 8 starts, holding opponents to a .199/.234/.303 slash line. Hopefully he keeps it going.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I see no reason why Kyle can’t continue his domination. He makes it look effortless. Good point on Ryu needing to stay healthy. It’s been the big negative mark on his career.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Kyle's not going to catch Ryu's WHIP until he learns some control. If you're nowhere near the zone it doesn't matter how good your change-up is.

    For instance, Kyle's current BB% is at 4.1% He needs to get his BB rate closer to Jon Lester at...Wait a second, 5.7% is even worse. How about Darvish...nevermind.

    Kyle's pretty good.

    All kidding aside, it doesn't matter to me if Kyle wins the Cy Young Award. He has been very effective. That's what I like.

  • Nice sweepage! Be nice if we can sweep the Brewers when we play them too..

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    I know that Joe gets criticized for some of his moves and handling of the pitchers, but let’s give him credit for batting Hendricks 8th and Bote 9th. Not only that but Bote is playing more and Descalso less, and the more Bote plays the better he gets.
    He also was right in starting the 9th with CJ, but as soon as he got in trouble he got Stropy in there. Even he had his moments but he did his job and on that last play he got to first and Javy got to the ball and threw it to him. Sometimes life is luck—if Rizzo had touched that ball Javy wouldn’t have had a play and they get a run with the tying run coming up. But he didn’t and they didn’t and we won. A great sweep!!
    Go Cubs!!

  • I should've walked to the neighborhood bar and watched the game. Not often they show the Cubs out here. ESPN, Fox. Good job Cubbies!

  • In reply to LRCCubsFan:

    I know what it's like when can't watch a game even if you want to. Heck, even here in the Chicago area, I'm often not around a TV and listen on the radio.

    Not sure if you're aware or not, but MLB posts a highlight clip of every game on YouTube, usually 5-6 minutes in length. It's usually up a few hours after the game. I always check it out when I can't watch. Here's tonight's if anyone is interested and not aware:

    https://youtu.be/GpMhCr3ZUG4

  • Maddon on Schwarber best he has seen of him and is pleased with his change in his batting stance, that is news.

    Gonzalez on a minimum salary pickup, 4/17, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, .350 OBP, good fielding. Watch this place,

    Hendricks at 3.00 ERA, nice extension looking back.

    Cubs have 101 HR's but

    are tied for 5th in MLB with the NYY and 2nd in the NL behind the Brewers who have 112, Twins lead the MLB with 121 one up on the Mariners, Astros are 4th with 105. LA and Oakland have 100. 13 teams have over 90 HR's, better be able to club the ball in the MLB, 87 is the midpoint with the NYM and the ball is not juiced.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    The Brewers hit a ridiculous amount of HRs because of their ballpark.

    Crazy stat to add to the homer totals you've listed; The Twins have hit 81 HRs on the road this year.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Like hitting at Minute Maid Park. The balls fly out in a hurry.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    Schwarber had a rough time with the lead-off role his first time around, but really seems to be settling in now. From the lead-off spot this season, he's slashing .258/.349/.562 with 7 HR, 16 RBI, and 20 R in 23 games.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    His BABIP has "corrected." I think about a week ago I posted that his BABIP was really low when batting lead off but it didn't make sense because his Hard% and Soft% were really skewed. Like Javy he was hitting the ball hard and seldom soft (though more of Javy's softly hit balls were truning into hits due to much better speed). Now that he has had some success at the lead-off position maybe he can play a little looser.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I heard that it really pisses Schwarber off when people say he can't lead off. I love it when when cub guys make me eat crow after I'm critical.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Funny and self-deprecating. Well done.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I really like Kyle. Not sure he is a long term fix at leadoff. Just because he has a few games in a row doesn’t mean he can or can’t hit leadoff. What are his overall numbers as a leadoff hitter?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Try this link: https://www.fangraphs.com/splitstool.aspx?playerid=16478&position=OF&splitArr=19&strgroup=season&statgroup=2&startDate=all&endDate=all&filter=&statType=player&autoPt=true&players=&sort=-1,1

    If that doesn't work all I did was go to his fangraphs page into splits, select "Split Tool" (an AWESOME tool) and select "Batting Order" and "Batting 1st."

    If it takes too much time he has a .258/.349/.562 slash line, 28.3% K% and 13.2% BB%, a .291 BABIP and his Hard% is 45.2% and his Soft% is 6.5%. If you're not familiar with it a 6.5% "Soft % is REALLY low. For comparison, Javy Baez (who has a deserved reputation for hitting the ball really hard) ha a Hard% of 45.6% and a Soft% of 17.5%. Note: Schwarbers are as a lead off hitter and Baez are just his season stats.

    Short answer, while not a guarantee he will stay "hot" I think there is compelling reason to believe his production is DEFLATED this season rather than inflated by a hot couple of games. And Schwarbers lead off numbers are over 240+ PAs so SSS is less and less likely to apply. But what pressure there is is UPWARD pressure on the numbers.

    No, he is not a perfect lead off hitter. But he sees his share of pitches, is willing to take a walk to get on base, and can/will punish a pitcher who makes a mistake. He does K more than I'd like from a lead off guy and many of them are "looking." But I believe he can slash what he is slashing currently. And if that is true I wouldn't be opposed to getting a better lead off hitter, but I would also not be opposed to getting better at any position if one is available at a reasonable cost. But I can live with what we have at those positions. And I can live with Schwarber at lead off.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    If he can continue to perform in that spot it's huge. I've said this before but assuming Schwarber's good production at leadoff 1-5 is really dangerous to opposing pitchers. What it means in practical terms that if one guy in that 6-9 bunch is hot the offense is as potent as any in the league. If two guys in that group are hot watch the bleep out.

    It's really interesting how the top three offenses in the NL in the Dodgers, Cubs and Brewers have nearly identical underlying stats right down to the K% and BB%. the Dodgers top line numbers in runs scored and RBI are slightly better which leads to the higher WAR but sample size, if these clubs keep performing at these rates, should equal that out eventually. Pitching, on the other hand, leaves the Brewers out of that top group with the Cubs and Dodgers once again nearly identical except for BB/9 where the Dodgers are at at 2.27 and the Cubs are 3.23. My point with all this is that, while the Dodgers have the edge in record, these are nearly evenly matched clubs getting ready to head into the heart of the season. It's going to be a fun summer and the 4 game series this weekend will be intense.

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    In reply to TC154:

    Not that is matters but I believe that WAR isn't based on R and RBI but, rather OBP, SLG primarily. But I don't have the formula handy so I don't recall the weighting of them. Butt his is likely why the Dodgers have a higher WAR.

    As I said above now that Schwarbers BABIP has "corrected" I think he could potentially turn into a solid lead of guy with "some power."

    Interestingly I was looking at his mlbpipeline pre-draft scouting report. They had him as a "60" hitter. My suspicion is that this score was based on an assumption that teams wouldn't dramatically shift him. Imagine if all those hard ground balls to a 2B in short RF were against a standard alignment. He'll probably never be a .300 hitter. But if he can slash .250/.350/.450-.500 I'll take that. And I don't see that as an outlandish slash line.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    That's what I thought too but the Cubs OBP is .342, Dodgers .345 SLG Cubs .455, Dodgers 4.62 even wOBA is Cubs .337, Dodgers .340. None of those small differences should make a 4.8 WAR difference which led me to the top line production numbers. I have no real idea though.

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    In reply to TC154:

    There are some other factors. I just checked the WAR formulat on fangraphs. There are a couple of other things that might explain it. For instance, a "positional adjustment" depending on where each team gets their production it might skew things. Something like that.

    To me WAR needs to have a "tolerance" like we have at the manufacturing company I work at. If two players have really similar WAR (4.1 vs 4.4) they are probably pretty similar. But when two guys are vastly different (2.1 vs 4.5) I don't care how important you think the guys "unquantifiables/intangibles" are, the guy with a 4.5 is just plain better. Maybe not talent wise but production wise.

  • Ball is definitely juiced

  • In reply to mcoley32:

    I agree, Pat.

  • Off topic, but the Eugene Emeralds opening day Roster is out.

    I’ll let Michael post the full roster, but there’s a few guys worth noting on it. Pitchers Kohl Franklin (2018 draft, HSer) & Jeremiah Estrada (2017) amongst others. Jake Slaughter & Reivaj Garcia. A lot of other IFAs round out the roster as well.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    since we are off topic, anyone planning on going to London next year for the Cubs-Cards series? Norway, you in?

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    It's out of my budget unless I win the trifecta.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    MLB will prolly blackout the game.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    My wife said maybe we could plan a trip around it. And, She brought it up, not me...

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    My wife and daughters are all in.........with a side week long trip to Paris as part of the deal. This will be one expensive series to attend!!!

    You can sign up at mlb.com to receive notices when the tickets go on sale. I am suprised there are still a lot of tickets still available for the Yankees/Red Sox games.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    I'm a UK Cubs fan in Birmingham and will try for tickets I was annoyed but not surprised they made this years gamesYankee/RedSox checked prices but they were very expensive particularly when you add on accommodation in London withWorld Cup Cricket games on Prices and packages seemed as much tailored to US fans making a vacation of it

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Yes we are planning on going. Us and another couple that we met in Mesa. Maybe as we get closer the admins for the site could have a separate thread and perhaps we do a meetup. We will be defending champs I hope.

  • "Carlos Martinez used to be a very intimidating foe..."

    Yes he was. Even some other current Cardinals used to be intimidating. I'd even say Jack Flaherty should be another one of them. But this Cubs team of the last 4.5 years just doesn't succumb to the pressures of this rivalry anymore. The times certainly have changed now that we can actually have confidence in the Cubs beating the Cardinals. The Cubs don't have to play STL again until July 30th. Since it will be in that boring city down south (and yes, I can do without ESPN playing that angle up so much), hopefully the Cubs can flip the script and the road team will take the next series.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    It all started right about the time when Soler launched a bomb in STL when the Cubs began to take hold in the NL. Len Kasper’s call of that HR was one of the best ever — “You better get used to it!!!!!”

  • 3 on the road in Colorado followed by 4 in Chavez Ravine against the Dodgers. This will be a long and hard week for the Cubs as they play their last 7 of 17 in a row without a day off. Hopefully the sparks fly for CarGo in his return to CO. It would be nice to have some good momentum going into the Dodgers series. I'd be happy if the Cubs can take at least 4 of the 7 on the road trip.

  • How about a little fun after sweeping the DirtyBirds?

    The Cubs are on a Jon Lester-themed road trip to Colorado. Lots of teammates dressed in cowboy hats and blue jeans.

    Rizzo went in a different direction. No one ever questions his cajones. He went with cowboy boots and Stars and Stripes shorts, carrying a six-pack of beer and a box of fried chicken.

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1137932328733499392?s=19

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That link you left didn't work, but I found the pics. Rizzo's is so classic with the fried chicken and beer!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I pull everything off my phone and sometimes those mobile links are different than desktops. It works for me with a direct copy/paste but not when I plug it into a web search.

    Speaking of the Red Sox and chicken and beer days, Big Papi was shot tonight at a nightclub in his hometown in the Dominican Republic. A gunman allegedly shot him point-blank in the back. The bullet passed all the way through his body and into the leg of his friend. He's out of surgery and stable, expected to make a full recovery.

    The gunman was "subdued" by fellow nightclub patrons and beaten so severely police can't question him until he recovers.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah, I was saddened when I heard the news about Papi. Glad to know he should be okay. Unfortunately the link didn't work on my laptop or cell phone. Just get a message that the page doesn't exist.

  • 5-1.......not the most popular score in St Louis today.....

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Maybe not the most popular on some definitions. But it seems common enough for them.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Nice.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Although after Buck/ Wain doing the lets' go blues on national tv...........

    Both losing did amuse me.

    Go Bruins for game 7! I don't want to hear SC champions Blues next year.

  • I having trouble believing that the Cardinals will be able to turn their season. I am predicting that they will miss the playoffs this year. Of course, I could be wrong, but their roster is both a little old and a little young.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Clearly it wouldn't make me sad but they do look like a better team than Milwaukee to me top to bottom, at least on paper. Of course going 11-22 after a 20-10 start is not exactly proving that out. If they're 3-5 games below .500 at the ASB are they buyers or sellers?

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    In reply to TC154:

    I never count the Cardinals out. They have a great organization--I can't the Pulford pronunciation down on the printed page--and somehow bring up players who were 10th round picks and succeed at the major league level. That's one reason it's been so gratifying to beat them the last 4 years.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The worm has turned.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Sellers, they need to shuck some deadweight.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    Just out of curiosity what "deadweight" do you see? The only one I see might be Jedd Gyorko (oddly I could see there being a small market for a veteran on the last year of his contract if they want a buy-out next season). With Fowler they'd have to pick up a good chunk of his contract. Andrew Miller? That might be a tough sell.

    But I assume you had someone(s) in mind.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I hate to say it but, yes Fowler, and Gyorko. Damaged injury prone Miller, Wainwright, and dare I say, long in he tooth Molina(I know won't happen).

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    In reply to 44slug:

    I could see a market for Wainwright going to a contender. Veteran presence. A guy on the last year of his contract. If they are sellers someone like Ozuna could be an interesting option for them to trade. A guy in the last year of his contract for a selling team they might as well get what they can for him.

    I can imagine Molina retiring before he puts on a different uniform. And he is signed for next year. But you point out, won't happen.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Fowler is not a great player, but he's still an above average run producer with a wRC+ of 107 and with about $35 mil still owed on that deal he's not someone they can really move. Miller is pretty bad but they have no choice but stick with him as well with $29 mil left on that deal. Brett Cecil's dead weight hurts them and, yeah, Gyorko does them no favors. The thing is nothing there helps them improve. Shedding salary doesn't help them really at all. If they're going to be sellers it has to start with Ozuna and Carpenter. Ozuna would help a team in the hunt and someone would roll the dice on Carpenter. Then they would probably look at Carlos Martinez, where they'd have to eat money but maybe no a ton, as someone would absolutely take a chance on him either as a pen piece or a BOR starter with upside. Those three guys would net them some near ready prospects if they go that route.

    The Cardinals have no easy answers to fix this and, looking at it honestly, are a pretty good team if some guys start to perform. I still think push comes to shove they finish ahead of Milwaukee because, while they don't have quite as good an offense, they have better pitching. The Cardinals are in a place a lot of teams get to, they're good but not championship caliber and no real path to get there That said let's not write them off too quickly, after all they swept our boys a week ago.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Could be. I think it would depend on the WC standings. That's a crowded race with realistically 6-7 teams vying for 2 spots. If it were me I'd sell but with the change disallowing waiver deals in August it's a tough sell to that loyal St. Louis fanbase to give up in July. Again though, I don't think they're done yet. It's hard to believe their pitching stays this bad.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    Imo, the Cards are like Bryce Harper. Overrated. Don't get me wrong, they have a lot of nice qualities but the team isn't assembled correctly and they're missing a couple key components. KB is correct when he said they're boring. No swag, desire, etc. in that clubhouse from what I can see. Especially Shildt. He's pure vanilla.

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    In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I think this has more to do with Mike Matheny. He believed that you shouldn't have too much "fun" at work. In the right fit it would work well. Something like a veteran team like they had before with Holladay, Wainwright and Molina. But when the core of your team is young it can seem stifling to them.

    It seems to me like I remember Heyward commenting during the 2015 season that, even though the Cardinals won more games it looked to him like the Cubs were having "way more fun."

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    For me they have some talent but it’s the lack of high end impact pitching and well rounded multi dimensional players that stands out. This isn’t a very athletic or strong defensive team with carpenter at 3B. And when they use that defensive alignment then they have to play Wong thus sacrificing some offense to make the carpenter/goldschmidt tandem work. Bader as I’ve expected has seen some offensive decline from last years solid debut and Fowler just isn’t really an asset now that he can’t play CF. The pitching is fairly deep but there’s not much star talent as Andrew Miller hasn’t pitched to expectations, and Jordan hicks is more well suited to be a set up guy in the pen. Finally mikolas has regressed after outperforming his peripherals and the bottom of the rotation has question marks. Flaherty is really talented (love to have him) but I honestly expected better overall numbers from him with that stuff, although I think he can and will improve. Now don’t get me wrong the cards should improve in my opinion because they have players due for bounce back (carpenter, Flaherty, Miller maybe). But I just don’t see the multi-dimensional every day positional group that plays all 3 phases at an elite level: hitting, defense, and base running that I see from Chicago and Milwaukee (cubs chief division rival now IMO). I think the cards make somewhat of a run they’re too good to be under .500. But I think the cubs with kimbrel in tow have clearly separated themselves from them. And frankly even the series the cubs got handed to in stl they could’ve easily won after nice starts from darvish (6 inn 1 run) and Cole hamels (7 inn 1 run). Theres clearly a favorable gap in talent in the cubs favor to me

  • "No swag, desire, etc. in that clubhouse from what I can see. Especially Shildt. He's pure vanilla."

    That's what they are... Matheny wasn't Mr. Excitement, either.
    They just swapped one stiff out for a different one.

    No beer bet this year, it was replaced by a jersey bet... loser has to wear the winner's jersey for a day at work on the Friday after the season series is clinched.

    If the Cub win the next series, the Cubs would only have to win 2 of 7 to wrap it up. I'm confident the Cubs can hang on to a 3 game lead with 10 to play.

    Maybe I'll post a list and let y'all pick the jersey.

  • Well, this doesn’t make sense! The Cardinals should be in 1st place, no excuses! I mean, Adam couldn’t be wrong, could he?

  • Still love watching the Willy to Javy high light reel CS. With the Hendricks reaction... Javy didn’t even look putting the tag down. Ha ha! They are amazing & fun to watch.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Thanks for pointing this out milk stout I can honestly say I watched that replay 5 times lol. What an unbelievably efficient gun down they had no business getting Ozuna every aspect was executed to perfection. Espn showed willson had a nice above avg pop time to his release and he threw a perfectly accurate missile to javy. Javy letting the ball getting deep to the bag instead of snatching it too early allowed him to quick swipe Ozuna on one of javys patented ridiculous quick tags. I don’t watch other tandems as regularly but I don’t think you can execute a CS much better then that. Even Hendricks gave a wow after that one

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    ESPN announcers were trying to figure out what Willson was doing with the finger gestures afterward. During a subsequent interview, Joe told Buster he had not seen it. Maybe Willson was starting/ stopping a stop watch, maybe taking a picture, ...

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    In reply to DropThePuck:

    It looked more like a "camera" ("Picture for my baseball card" or "picture-perfect"). That was what I was thinking when I saw it.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    At 1st I thought camera but then maybe thought pop time... Maybe towards Borzello, the catching coach. I don’t know.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Whatever it was, Yadi Molina won't like it...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Good one Cliff... anyone ever notice how Molina’s always chewing on sunflower seeds and that the expression on his face and what looks like a lip quiver (just chewing seeds) totally makes it look like he’s on the verge of crying?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Ha ha!

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