The Cubs’ hot ways continued today, as they swept away the Astros. Seriously. That’s an actual sentence that I can type, and it’s all accurate.

Travis Wood remains one of the hottest starters in baseball, and the Cubs’ bats did just enough against Wandy Rodriguez to lock down the win. Carlos Marmol got another Marmol-esque save (i.e., not perfect, but some nasty Ks), but a save just the same.

David DeJesus was pulled late for Tony Campana (after himself coming in late as an apparently defensive sub), so we’ll have to keep an eye on that one. Hopefully it’s just a minor injury thing, or nothing at all (or a trade…?).

  • Toby

    I believe fans forget how young Torreyes is. The kid is only 19 so there is time for him to develop. I’m not down on Sappelt, but he might end up being a prospect used to facilitate one of the trades the Cubs will end up doing in order to bring back a better package. I believe that the T.Wood/Marshall trade is a win for both teams.

    • Kyle

      People get way too caught up on A-ball slash lines. Torreyes has improved his walks, his power and maintained his amazing contact rates. He’s had some abysmal BABIP luck and possibly wasn’t hitting enough line drives early, but he’s adjusted and is raking of late. He’ll be a top-100 prospect by the pre-2014 lists.

      Cubs crushed that trade. If the Reds are happy with Marshall, fine, but that trade will get its own chapter in the Cubs’ version of Moneyball.

      • Toby

        I’m curious about something, but do you believe all these new sabermetric statistics have people overthinking a player? For example: I think WAR can be a misleading statistic because a player still has to go out and perform. Randy Wells has a career WAR of 6.7 according to baseball

        • DocPeterWimsey

          What WAR detects and what traditional performance metrics miss is that Randy Wells pitched very well for two seasons (2009, 2010), not just one (2009).  Too many traditional stats are team stats (e.g., wins, RBI, etc.): and a player performing well on a bad team will fare poorly in those.

          So, it is not overthinking, but changed thinking.

    • Brett

      He’s one of the youngest players in the Florida State League.

  • Zach R.

    It looks like Marmol is back in his closing role for now. Looked pretty good the past week.