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How About that Bullpen Performance? And Other Bullets

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carl edwards jr cubsIt would take a truly rare game for me to temporarily forget about the Trade Deadline, but that’s how it was last night, and even for a few hours into the morning.

I’ll step away from trade stuff for a little bit longer to bust out these Bullets …

  • There were so many positives from the bullpen in that one (which happens when the crew throws nine innings without allowing a run). Carl Edwards Jr. was untouchable in his two innings of work, striking out five. Mike Montgomery gave up a couple hits, but also struck out two. Pedro Strop went 1.2 solid innings. Travis Wood didn’t just make an incredible catch in left field, he also got out of a bases loaded, no-out jam without allowing a run. Aroldis Chapman was solid in a tie game. And Hector Rondon threw two beautiful innings.
  • With so many relievers presumably unavailable tonight, the Cubs may have to bring up someone from AAA (is Trevor Cahill ready to return from his rehab assignment? maybe Spencer Patton?) just for a little depth. If so, that could be the end of Brian Matusz, even after only one (unsuccessful) start.
  • You can read Joe Maddon’s many thoughts on the game here at You can read a nice recap from Sahadev Sharma here.
  • There were 30 combined strikeouts in that game, by the way. Even for a 12-inning affair, that’s a bit nutty.
  • Somehow (read: thanks to the Mariners) the Cubs scored seven runs on only three extra-base hits, none of them homers, and despite no player except Ben Zobrist having more than one hit. The Cubs had only 9 hits total in those 12 innings.
  • When a team comes back from a 6-0 deficit, including 6-3 in the 9th inning, the win expectancy chart looks crazy (that low point for the Cubs was a mere 1.6% chance of winning):

  • Not to be lost amid everything else (including his own tremendous catch), Willson Contreras busted his butt down the line in the 9th on a sure-thing double play ball to end the game … and he was safe. The rest was history.
  • Also, Anthony Rizzo played a tremendous defensive game at first base.
  • Also, Addison Russell did this:

  • Here’s where things stand on the Make-A-Wish fundraiser as of this morning:


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.