Coming home – after a marathon loss against an arch rival to cap off a sweep – could have gone a couple ways for the Cubs.
They could have been so down and physical tired that they were steamrolled by a hot club that was well-rested. Or, as it actually played out, the Cubs could have performed like the Cubs and the Marlins … like the Marlins.
It was a three-game sweep for the Cubs, just what they needed to reestablish some footing, and put them in a good place to continue beating up on beatable competition this weekend against the White Sox.
And for the individual Cubs, the series was quite a boon to their statistics.
Consider that in yesterday’s SINGLE game, alone …
- Anthony Rizzo went 3-5 with two 2Bs and a HR, taking his line from .190/.268/.310 (61 wRC+) to .210/.282/.371 (80)
- Kris Bryant went 2-4 with a 2B and a HR, taking his line from .284/.415/.550 (162) to .292/.417/.584 (170)
- Addison Russell went 3-3 with a 2B, a HR, and 2 BBs, taking his line from .241/.308/.324 (73) to .261/.336/.378 (96)
- Willson Contreras went 3-5 with two 3Bs and a 2B, taking his line from .230/.315/.354 (85) to .246/.326/.407 (100)
- Albert Almora went 3-4 with a BB, taking his line from .275/.327/.385 (96) to .295/.350/.400 (108)
- Jose Quintana went 6.0 IP, allowing just 5 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, and adding 5 K, taking him from a 4.99 ERA and 4.67 FIP to a 4.42 ERA and a 4.31 FIP
Those jumps have me cracking up. May the Cubs face the Marlins at home more often.