The Cubs took two of three from the Reds this weekend, and there’s plenty to catch up on if you stepped out …
Friday, April 21
- Thoughts on the velocity issues and Miguel Montero’s bounce back and much more in Friday’s Bullets.
- The Cubs reportedly engaged in talks with their young stars about extensions, and it didn’t get anywhere.
- There’s a new top Cuban prospect on his way, and the Cardinals are frequently mentioned.
- Luke dropped the next installment of the Top 40 prospects list, with catchers and corner infielders.
- Four of the top five best-selling MLB jerseys belong to Cubs players.
- The Cubs waited until the 9th inning and then extra innings to do it, but they came back and beat the Reds. The big blow was a three-run homer by Anthony Rizzo. Each of Javy Baez and Jason Heyward hit their first homers of the year.
Saturday, April 22
- That Friday comeback, the Cubs’ third in a row, made for an extremely improbable stretch for the Cubs.
- The Reds put some Cubs fans on their video board while making bandwagon quips, and, I’ll confess, I thought it was pretty funny.
- Ian Happ popped his seventh homer of the year at Iowa.
- The Cubs sent Tommy La Stella to AAA Iowa, after he returned from the bereavement list.
- Addison Russell is hitting the ball harder than any other Cub, and is one of the hardest-hitting hitters (?) in baseball.
- The Cubs came out on top of a high-scoring affair on Saturday, complete with three-run homers by Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo, as well as a grand slam by Willson Contreras.
Sunday, April 23
- Checking in with the Cubs’ minor league teams and their league standings, plus problems with a beach ball.
- The Cubs had some fun with their three-dinger day.
- Jake Arrieta’s start was something he hadn’t done since 2015.
- Kyle Schwarber as a leadoff hitter has been interesting so far, but he’s doing some things very well.
- The Cubs dropped the series finale to the Reds, but Anthony Rizzo hit another homer. He is extremely hot right now: