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Analysis and Commentary
The bats get the glory, but the Cubs’ bullpen was just as important to yesterday’s win. Also: Todd Ricketts won’t join Trump administration yet, Cubs charity efforts, more.
How ugly would today be looking if the Cubs hadn’t pulled it off yesterday? Whew. Re-enjoy the fact that they did!
Here in the early going, there have been some hiccups for the Cubs, but they are not necessarily things that won’t course-correct.
How quickly the tide turns after a great win, eh? Also: Anderson’s start, Schwarber employee of the month, Thames’ breakout, much more.
One at bat is never enough to fully understand or evaluate a player, but last night’s did offer an example of some things worth discussing.
The last time the Cubs were under .500 this “deep” into the season was 2014. Some other “fun” facts …
Good early signs from Addison Russell’s bat.
How Bad Has the Cubs’ Bullpen Been, Really? Also Butler Results, Fowler Struggles, and Other Bullets
Overall, the Cubs’ bullpen has been middle-of-the-pack, and really it’s only a couple guys who’ve struggled. And even those have been just a handful!
For me, I focus mostly on the sum of those two numbers. Namely, that’s been only 12 Cubs games so far.
There’s at least a suggestion now that the drops in velocity we’ve seen from Cubs starters is not entirely unintentional.
Sometimes the wind helps the Cubs more than the other team, and sometimes it’s the reverse.
What Ben Zobrist lacks in raw power, he makes up for in not making outs. So, what does the math say about this atypical cleanup hitter?
Almora’s impact, Anderson’s day, the Hall of Fame wants Cubs gear, Rizzo’s beersplosion, and much more.
The Cubs also gave rings to Ernie Banks and Ron Santo.