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Rizzo Makes History, Cubs Go For Another Sweep, Rivera Grand Slam, and Other Bullets

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There’s a lot I want to dig into about yesterday’s game, but I’ve gotta apologize – family wedding stuff is shrinking my window of writing time this morning to about nothing (I don’t see a lot of these folks but once a year, so I’m gonna take advantage). I’ve gotta breeze a bit …


  • The Cubs go for the four-game sweep today against the Braves, after a three-game sweep of the Pirates. The Cubs pulled off back-to-back sweeps only one other time this season, and it was coming right out of the All-Star Break, when they swept the Orioles and then swept these same Braves. Yup: the Cubs are undefeated against the Braves so far this year, and can make it a clean 7-0 with a win today.
  • Big moment for Anthony Rizzo, who is in historic Cubs company:

  • The other Cub, for the record, is not who I would have guessed (Sammy Sosa). It was Hack Wilson, who actually did it four seasons in a row. (For a guy so well-remembered, and who holds records, Wilson sure had a very short peak.) Sosa and Billy Williams also each pulled off three seasons like that, just not in row.


  • Speaking of Rizzo, his recent blistering hot stretch has his season line up to .283/.399/.542, which is good for a 143 wRC+. He was 144 last year. And 145 the year before. Anthony Rizzo is both insanely good and insanely consistent.
  • The Cubs officially added outfielder Leonys Martin yesterday, while also activating Jon Lester from the disabled list. The former required a 40-man roster move, and the Cubs DFA’d lefty Jack Leathersich to make room for Martin.
  • You have to stretch to find a good streak for Jason Heyward these days, but he’s gone .342/.422/.447 since August 20. The issue there, though, is that the .105 ISO and .353 BABIP don’t inspire a lot of confidence that this will last beyond these 45 plate appearances.


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  • Rene Rivera can still hit lefties a bit, but he certainly wasn’t brought in by the Cubs for his bat, and certainly not against righties. But yesterday, on an 0-2 pitch from a righty, Rivera cracked his first career grand slam:

  • Best part? New Cubs reliever Dillon Maples was ready to get down:

  • The pitcher reaction on that one was also fantastic. *continue spinning, hang head in shame*
  • Speaking of pitcher reactions, this is cracking me up from the Nationals hanging on to beat the Brewers:

  • Niiiiiiiice:

  • It was cut day in the NFL yesterday, which means Luis has your first look a the Bears’ 53-man roster … which will change as soon as today when waiver claiming starts. The Bears open up in one week from today!
  • Great deal of the day today at Amazon on a bunch of outdoor goods – lots of stuff worth checking out.



Brett Taylor

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