Last night was the best that Kyle Hendricks can be … and it was really, really good.
Analysis and Commentary
Joe Maddon pulled Tsuyoshi Wada very early last night, but it was pretty clearly the right move – as it’s been all season.
The Cubs are among the top teams in pitch framing. They’re also among the top teams in getting framed against.
Castro has always shown an ability to adjust and rebound, at least. But that could take some time.
The big, strong righty is a hard-thrower who generates strikeouts and groundballs. What’s not to like? Other than the struggles this year, of course.
16 of the Cubs’ 19 quality starts this year have come from those three pitchers.
It seems like the strike zone frequently expands when Jorge Soler steps to the plate.
Lester was so very good yesterday, and it was just what the Cubs needed.
You know Torres has been impressive, but let’s really hammer home just how impressive.
The Cubs will have to make a decision soon on Wada’s future, and Wood’s current rough patch could impact that decision.
Yesterday we checked on the pitchers with ugly results. How are the batters doing in the most important situations?
If you assumed that the Cubs were having late-game difficulties because of an overly-used bullpen, you may be mistaken.
Baez is making subtle changes to his swing, and the results so far are positive.
If you thought you noticed something on this over the past few weeks, you were probably right.
Single, triple, homer. It capped off what’s been a great four-day stretch for Bryant.
It’s an interesting new way to evaluate pitcher performance.
Pedro Strop struggled in his last four appearances (prior to Sunday) as his fastball usage has gone down.
Although he wasn’t pleased with his performance last night, Lester wasn’t too bad – and hasn’t been for a while.
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.