The weekend is over, the week is here. Catch yourself up on the former so that you’re not missing any conversational tidbits for use in the latter.
Friday, May 20
- Among other Bullets on Friday, a discussion about the best pitchers in baseball.
- Josh Reddick, plausible trade candidate, now has a broken thumb.
- The battle over the plaza at Wrigley Field continues.
- So far this year, Wrigley Field has been very unkind to hitters.
- Eloy Jimenez is breaking out in a big way.
- The Cubs’ playoff odds have increased by more than all but four other teams from the start of the year (and remember how high they were to start the year).
- The Cubs comfortably took out the Giants 8-1, but it came at the cost of a scary Jason Heyward injury.
Saturday, May 21
- Even if the Cubs lose an outfielder right now for a stretch of time (in the context, in this instance, of Jason Heyward’s injury), it still probably won’t be Albert Almora getting the call – not just yet, anyway.
- Jake Arrieta said he had his “B stuff” on Friday, but he looked incredible all the same.
- Also incredible? Jorge Soler had a fantastic night.
- We waited all morning and afternoon for word on Heyward’s injury, which was ultimately as good as anyone could have hoped.
- And because that meant the Cubs needed another position player for a little while, at least, they activated Matt Szczur from the disabled list … and had to DFA Neil Ramirez to make space.
- Fun with the Cubs’ homer party from Friday night (into Saturday morning).
- Jon Lester’s rough performance dug the Cubs an early hole from which they could not climb out … against Matt Cain?
Sunday, May 22
- Luke checked in around the farm system, where the Cubs had some comebacks and the South Bend Cubs are big-timin’ it.
- Jon Lester lasted just 2.2 innings on Saturday, but there are a number of reasons I’m not concerned.
- Luis discussed Hector Rondon’s further breakout this season.
- Checking in with two of the Cubs’ biggest upper level prospects, Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario – lots to discuss on each.
- If you were thinking of Sonny Gray as a Cubs trade target, he’s now on the DL.
- Madison Bumgarner and killer Giants defense kept the Cubs at zero last night.