Has Arrieta gotten just a little too cross-fire?
Category: Analysis and Commentary
Eddie Butler couldn’t get a feel yesterday, and it resulted in an outing as ugly as the conditions.
Will Happ stay? Will he start every day? What happens to the other infielder-outfielders? Also, the way Lester gets past the yips, and much more.
On a tough night to pitch, Kyle Hendricks did what we know he can do. Also: Butler’s style with the Cubs, Schwarber’s apology, Bryant’s bat, and more.
Great play by Russell and Rizzo, but was the overturn actually the correct call?
Contreras has been behind the plate for a league-leading 19 wild pitches. How much that tells us or how much is his fault, well, that’s debatable.
The Cubs hit another four solo homers last night, about which you’ll never hear me complain. But some crooked dingers would be nice, too.
It was a bad night to pitch, and Lackey did reasonably well, as he has all year. Updates on Bryant and other Cubs’ health.
A temporary fill-in, cup-of-coffee call up? Maybe that’s what it was this weekend for Ian Happ, but it’s getting more difficult to say that.
When Cubs prospect Ian Happ hits the ball in the air, he succeeds … and he hits the ball in the air a lot.
When you go at bat by at bat, Schwarber has actually performed very well over this stretch. I know how that sounds. But seriously, look.
Just because it’s possible that this Cubs team is very good and the start is not predictive doesn’t mean it’s not also possible there are bad signals.
Eddie Butler is staying in the Cubs’ rotation, and I can’t wait to see his pitch mix on Friday.
I know, I know. You hate that headline. It’s not an excuse for poor play. But it is something to dig into.
A quieter story of the Cubs’ struggles this year, but no less important. Are they really just significantly worse defensively?
Was Jake Arrieta actually good yesterday? Hasn’t that been the troubling question all season?
It really stunk how the slide rule hurt the Cubs yesterday, but I’m not ready to throw out the rule entirely.
Your eyes did not deceive you: that was a really impressive outing by Butler.
Do we call that one The Willson Contreras Game? I tend to think no, but it was a great night nevertheless.