Weekend Catch-Up: Beating the Cardinals, Reliever Rumors, Darvish, Lucroy, More
Hey, I’d say that was another pretty great weekend in the Cubs’ world, eh?
It wasn’t a sweep of the Orioles to kick off the second half, as last weekend was, but it was a series win over the Cardinals, which came despite a bullpen implosion in one of the games. I will totally take that.
If you missed anything …
Friday, July 21
- Our Friday got quite a jumpstart with a surprising new rumor: the Cubs have reached out to the Rangers on Yu Darvish.
- Friday’s Bullets included hype for the Cardinals series (and some trolling).
- The latest from the Lukewarm Stove, including bits on Britton and Gray.
- The qualifying offer value is going up, and what that means for the league and the Cubs.
- Controllable lefty relievers are on the Cubs’ trade radar.
- An utter implosion in the 8th inning doomed the Cubs against the Cardinals.
- Although there have been talks, there has reportedly not been progress between the Cubs and Rangers on Yu Darvish.
Saturday, July 22
- Rumors have the Cubs connected to many, many more relief targets.
- And Luke reminded folks that Hug Watch continues in the minor leagues.
- Saturday’s Bullets include thoughts on a disaster inning, Carl Edwards Jr.’s control problems, and more.
- His miracle healing powers continue, as Kris Bryant missed only one game with his finger injury.
- Tommy La Stella returns to Iowa, as Felix Pena comes up.
- The Cubs fell behind 2-0 in the 8th inning … and then scored three in the bottom of the frame to win.
- The game-winning run came when Kris Bryant scored from first base on what was essentially a single by Anthony Rizzo.
Sunday, July 23
- The Rangers reportedly had a key talent evaluator watching the Iowa Cubs, and it may be related to a pursuit of Jonathan Lucroy (if not Yu Darvish).
- Lester’s dominance and tribute, as well as a six degrees of Juan Pierre in the Sunday Bullets.
- The Cubs made it official on the return of Kyle Hendricks, and he’s set to start today.
- Thanks to a sixth inning Willson Contreras homer, the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-3 to pull off the series win.
- And coupled with another Brewers loss, that means the Cubs finished the weekend tied for first place.
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