The Cubs dropped only their second series of the year this weekend. Here’s hoping you watched on Saturday, but not Friday or Sunday. As for the rest of the weekend, here’s what you may have missed …
Friday, April 28
- Ian Happ’s eighth homer was a grand slam.
- Wrigley Field continues to change, as does the neighborhood around it.
- If you were wondering, an update on the Kris Bryant service time grievance situation.
- It’s never a bad time to enjoy a Willson Contreras throw from his knees to a Javy Baez tag.
- Looking back on Anthony Rizzo’s development path, with a special nod to the 2013 Cubs.
- Among Friday’s MLBits, the Marlins might not actually be sold to the Bush/Jeter group, the Mets are a mess, and more.
- The Cubs didn’t allow a run after the first inning, and scored four themselves (including a Kris Bryant Green Monster-clearer in his first Fenway at bat) … but they still lost.
Saturday, April 29
- What’s going on with the starting pitching, eh?
- Among Saturday’s Bullets: looking back on Arrieta’s outing, Bryant’s checked swings, and more.
- The Cubs went down early again, but pulled off the comeback win.
- The Nationals’ road got a little tougher as they lost Adam Eaton to an ACL tear.
Sunday, April 30
- Dylan Cease struck out 10, as Luke checked in on the farm system.
- The win on Saturday was more full than most of fun and interesting pieces to check in on.
- Theo Epstein’s return to Boston yielded at least one funny story, and John Lackey’s return to Boston yielded at least one angry Lackey.
- The homer party from Saturday’s game totaled 1245 feet of dingers, and provided fodder to check in on where the Cubs stand.
- Although Kris Bryant smacked another homer on top of the Green Monster, the Cubs ultimately dropped the rubber match late to the Red Sox.