That was a mighty nice weekend, wasn’t it? So much fun, and so much to discuss …
Friday, May 6
- Clearing things up from Dexter Fowler’s first ever career ejection.
- Make-up dates and plans for the Cubs’ two rainouts last month.
- Forget Jake Arrieta – OK, no, don’t ever forget Jake Arrieta – but the Cubs sure do win a lot when Kyle Hendricks is on the mound.
- Even coming into Friday’s game, in which Ben Zobrist starred, he was crazy on fired and had played hero on Thursday.
- The Cubs named their organizational pitcher and player of the month.
- The Cubs’ bats blew up and they beat the Nationals 8-6 on a great day to hit. That included four homers – two for Ben Zobrist, one for Tommy La Stella, and one for Anthony Rizzo.
- Friday was the 18th anniversary of a certain very special Kerry Wood game.
Saturday, May 7
- South Bend has some intriguing bats, including Eddy Julio Martinez, who homered.
- John Lackey’s unique style and Ben Zobrist’s crazy hot streak were among the topics in Saturday’s Bullets.
- The Cubs are making a push for the right to sell booze at the plaza coming on the west of the park.
- The DRA statistic is back for 2016, which means there’s another way to look at the Cubs’ pitching staff.
- Dexter Fowler has changed his defensive approach significantly this year, and it’s paying off big time.
- The Cubs pulled away late from the National to win again on Saturday.
- What proved to be the game-winning hit was this Addison Russell double off the glove of Bryce Harper. Also in the game, Kris Bryant hit a 423-foot blast right into the teeth of a stiff wind.
Sunday, May 8
- The big league team is winning at a crazy clip, but how about the rest of the farm system?
- Neil Ramirez returned to the Cubs, and Spencer Patton returned to Iowa.
- Mother’s Day Bullets, including thoughts on Mike Trout trading, Ryan Kalish succeeding, and Jake Arrieta cruising.
- Luis took a fascinating look at how the Cubs’ pitching staff has been so successful, which has necessarily involved both skill and luck.
- And the Cubs came back to beat the Nationals 4-3, completing a four-game sweep, on a walk-off Javy Baez homer in the 13th. It was glorious.