The Cubs have been flirting with a .500 Pythagorean expected record based on their season run differential, and this weekend the run differential really went nuts as Chicago and Milwaukee traded blowouts. So let's take a look at the silliness...
Cubs vs. Brewers at Miller Park
Friday, May 30 - Cubs 5, Brewers 11
I came home a bit late to this one and already the Cubs were down 5-0 after just one inning. Travis Wood wasn't sharp at all as the Brewers bats ambushed him early, and the Cubs offense didn't do much until it was way too late. Nate Schierholtz did hit a nice home run, so there's that.
Saturday, May 31 - Cubs 8, Brewers 0
Jason Hammel was superb in this one, going seven innings, scattering four hits, and striking out a season high eight opposing batters. He even got a rare hit! Anthony Rizzo provided enough offense before the Cubs tacked on some more late in the game.
Sunday, June 1 - Cubs 0, Brewers 9
In a season where we're all anxiously awaiting the inevitable trade of Jeff Samardzija, Jeff finally laid a stinker in the series finale as he only lasted three frames while giving up eight runs, all earned. His ERA raise nearly an entire run to a mere 2.54, so obviously he is now the most horrible Cubs pitcher ever and will never be traded (note the extreme sarcasm dripping from my typing fingers). Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch and then was ejected for angrily arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. A quick glance at the Gameday pitchf/x suggests that umpire Jerry Meals wasn't out of line. At least Junior Lake broke up the no-hitter. Justin Grimm, Brian Schlitter and James Russell closed out the laugher with Grimm giving up a solo homer. And thus the Cubs dropped another series and hold on to the #1 pick in the 2015 draft.
Next up: The New York Mets
Just an excuse for me to post this from one of my favorite Simpsons episodes...now which way to the welfare line?!
Cubs travel home from Milwaukee, get an off day, then host the New York Mets who are struggling as well (though not as poorly as our hometown heroes)...
Cubs vs. Mets, Wrigley Field
Three night games, wow!
Thursday, June 5
6:05 PM Central
Jacob deGrom vs. Travis Wood
TV = CSN
Let's see if they can regroup after the off day and take the series. Sure would be nice to see the W flag again.