The Cubs pulled off the series win in Arizona, which gave them a 3-3 road trip out west. Would you rather have seen 4-2? Of course. But when you head out west to play a crummy team and a good team, going 3-3 is not a bad outcome, however you get it.
If you missed any of the headlines …
Friday, August 11
- The Cubs and Cardinals will play a special “spotlight” game next year.
- Theo Epstein talked about what the Cubs deserve, the additions they’ve made, and much more.
- Luke dropped the top eight in his midseason Cubs prospect list, which proved to be an incredibly difficult group to rank.
- Potentially huge news for the Cubs (among other teams in the IFA penalty box): Shohei Otani may not come to the States this offseason after all.
- Luke wonders where aces really come from.
- How the Cubs move forward after a big injury and other bullets.
- The strike zone seems to be shrinking at the bottom, which could cause problems for three Cubs pitchers.
- The bad news dropped on Friday, with Willson Contreras out at least 4 to 6 weeks.
- The Cubs beat the Diamondbacks to kick off their weekend set.
- Kyle Schwarber and Alex Avila went back-to-back to support the effort.
Saturday, August 12
- Cubs outfield prospect D.J. Wilson is putting together a good year, and made a crazy catch.
- Kris Bryant describes his pinky injury as “brutal,” but he’s still doin’ work.
- Fun to see: Javy Baez scoring from first base on a single (despite a stop sign at third base).
- The Brewers definitely aren’t giving up, as they just traded for Neil Walker.
- The Cubs dropped the middle game in the series against the Diamondbacks, as the bats couldn’t get going.
Sunday, August 13
- Playoffs aren’t looking great for many Cubs minor league affiliates.
- The Cubs weren’t happy about the final call from Saturday’s game as they tried to rally, the infield defense is suffering, and other bullets.
- Of note to future free agent prognosticators and playoff schedule surmisers, Bryce Harper suffered a horrible-looking knee injury that may have not been that bad.
- The Cubs took down the D-Backs in the finale, giving them their first series win in a while.
- In the game, Kris Bryant continued an absolute tear that saw him retired just twice in the entire series.