I’ve still got mixed, unsettled feelings about that Padres series. Grateful the Cubs won at least one? No, not quite that. Feel cheated that they didn’t win two? Not quite that, either.
Friday, April 17
- HAPPY KRIS BRYANT DAY!
- … and it was mostly a happy day until the Cubs gave up a couple homers and lost to the Padres.
- Bryant’s final minor league at bat, by the way, was this homer.
- In the wake of Bryant’s promotion, Luke wrote about the Cubs’ new top prospect, Addison Russell.
- In bummer news, Neil Ramirez went to the DL, together with Mike Olt.
- If not for that Olt injury, by the way, the Cubs would have waited a few days to promote Bryant.
Saturday, April 18
- In case folks were still stewing about those two homers that lost the Friday game – as I was – I took a little solace in knowing that it’s not like the ump blatantly blew the non-strike-three calls on the pitches before.
- A round-up of things from Bryant’s debut, which was impressively defensive.
- The Cubs got decent news on Ramirez and Justin Grimm, but less great news on Olt.
- Luis offered his in-person take on the feeling at Wrigley on Friday, with Bryant in tow. “It feels different.”
- The Cubs survived a bullpen implosion, and wound up beating Craig Kimbrel in the 11th inning.
Sunday, April 19
- The Cubs’ walk-off video, Bryant’s first hit, and a discussion of how impressive that win was.
- In roster moves, Jacob Turner went to the 60-day DL (with a shoulder issue, not an elbow issue), Gonzalez Germen joined the big team, and Matt Szczur went back to Iowa.
- The Super-Sized Sunday Bullets. Lots of stuff in there.
- Luke wrote about the tricky small samples of early-season minor leagues action.
- The Cubs lost a disappointing series finale to the Padres. But at least they got a hell of a highlight out of it from Jon Lester and his glove.