Hey, so that was a really good weekend, eh? Fresh off the memory of last weekend, which saw the Cubs swept by a division rival, this weekend it was the Cubs doing the trick.
Friday, September 15
- Anthony Rizzo has already tied his career high in homers, with 32. He’s been there twice before.
- Joe Maddon said he’d talked to Wade Davis about multi-inning appearances, and it didn’t take long for him to be used that way.
- Thoughts on the offensive breakout of the Cubs, and the so-so debut of Jen-Ho Tseng.
- The amount Shohei Otani could get this offseason is even lower than folks have been suggesting, which makes you wonder if he’ll really be coming (or if the Cubs have a shot).
- A myriad of injury updates for the Cubs, including a couple in the bullpen.
- Bits from around the league, including a certain returning National who could impact the Cubs’ likely first playoff series.
- The Cubs rode a big inning to a game one blowout of the Cardinals. Javy Baez showed off his persistent smoothness on D.
- Mid-game, though, the big story was a set of ejections for John Lackey and Willson Contreras after they blew up at the ump.
- Joe Maddon, Lackey, and Contreras discussed the blow-up after the game.
Saturday, September 16
- It was the one-year anniversary of the Cubs clinching, which was also my youngest daughter’s first birthday, and so I took the opportunity to share with you some things we’re going through.
- Kris Bryant may not be driving in a ton of runs, but he sure is scoring them.
- The Cubs remain on an offensive tear, of the kind they haven’t seen in literal decades.
- Willson Contreras received a two-game suspension for his actions on Friday, which, ridiculous.
- The Cubs won the second game of the series against the Cardinals, and even got a pinch-hit home run from Addison Russell in his return to the Cubs.
Sunday, September 17
- Among Sunday’s Bullets, I didn’t realize just how much the Cubs had dominated the Cardinals since mid-2015.
- Willson Contreras’s appeal was decided rather quickly, and his suspension was reduced to one game – a game he was likely going to be sitting anyway.
- And the Cubs won the final game of the series despite a late game-tying homer by Dexter Fowler. Kyle Schwarber hit his 27th homer of the year in the game.