Although he wasn’t pleased with his performance last night, Lester wasn’t too bad – and hasn’t been for a while.
Analysis and Commentary
Depending on your preferred defensive metric, Dexter Fowler is playing well — or poorly.
A couple of great reads on the how and why of Bryant’s season so far. Not that you needed more reasons to not worry, but here they are.
It’s easy to, anecdotally, grouse about the Cardinals’ luck on dribblers and the Cubs’ tough luck on line drives … but do the numbers bear it out?
I’m still not concerned, but I got curious: how many homers would we have expected Bryant to have by this point?
Maddon sent a powerful message to his young players.
How about a .375/.423/.750 line over his last seven games? That do anything for you?
Kris Bryant is going to strike out a lot, but history suggests that’s normal for power hitting rookies. And his walks are more than offsetting it.
Something was clearly just a bit off last night, and hopefully it doesn’t last. Also: Anthony Rizzo is a great guy.
Castro’s groundball rate is now the second highest in baseball, far out of whack with his historical approach.
Rizzo has become exceptional at the plate in every sense of the word.
Crazed baseball fandom can make for some difficult mornings.
It’s only May, but Edwin Jackson seems to have carved a role as a low-leverage reliever. And he hasn’t pitched poorly in his spots.
The Cubs have scored just three runs in their last 31 innings. These stretches will come and go.
Despite being homer-less, Kris Bryant’s placement in the order has changed the dynamic of the Cubs’ offense.
Lester kept the Brewers off balance, and didn’t get squared up much all day.
The Cubs’ playoff odds right now are in the 60% range. Sounds pretty good to me. You?
Looking back at line-ups from April 2012 should provide a new sense of perspective on what’s happening at Wrigley Field.