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La Stella is Dominating, Rizzo is Streaking, and Other Bullets

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With John Lackey on the mound and Rhys Hoskins doing unthinkable things, how many homers can we book for him today?


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In all seriousness, Hoskins hit his 10th homer last night in just 17 games. You are reminded that Kris Bryant did not homer at all until his 21st game.

  • After his two-homer game, Tommy La Stella is now hitting a ridiculous .310/.412/.571 (154 wRC+) on the season through 103 plate appearances. I know there is a contingent of the fan base that has never wanted to buy La Stella as a capable big league hitter in a starting role, but consider that he sports the following peripherals this year: 13.6% walk rate, 10.7% strikeout rate, .262 ISO, .300 BABIP, 19.2% HR/FB ratio, 33.3% hard contact rate. Of those, the HR/FB ratio (and thus the ISO) is probably not sustainable at that level, but the rest of the peripherals simply scream “this guy is a really good hitter.” I know the sample is not large (though he posted a 106 wRC+ last year in 169 PAs), and maybe he’d suffer after more exposure, but how can you ignore him at this point? He’s hit like one of the best bats in the entire lineup this year.
  • In fact, La Stella’s 154 wRC+ is tops on the Cubs.
  • For his part, La Stella knows he won’t stay THIS hot forever (Cubs.com): “It’s not going to go like this all the time. It’s rare when you feel like this at the plate, but I feel good up there right now. I want to keep it going.”
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  • Speaking of which, Anthony Rizzo’s two-homer game pushed his line to .275/.394/.526 (138 wRC+), and leaves him just two shy of his career high in homers (32). He’s on freaking fire, by the way – since the start of his player of the week show last week, Rizzo’s hit .426/.509/.787.

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  • How about this: Rizzo’s parents were honored as the Little League Parents of the Year.
  • It figures that Kyle Schwarber was about the only Cub to have a good night on Friday, and he was the only Cub not to have a good night last night. Baseball.
  • Kyle Hendricks had a *great* night, but we’ll get into that more later.
  • Another day, another injury for the Cardinals: Jedd Gyorko left last night’s game with a hamstring injury. I’m not about to feel bad for the Cardinals given all the injuries the Cubs are dealing with, but they’ve certainly been hit hard this season.

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  • This is a real tweet in 2017:

  • Javy is the best:

  • Cubs having some fun with the Phillies on Twitter:


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.