Cubs Are Season-High 7 Over .500, Almora and Happ, Mets Ravaged in Time, and Other Bullets

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Cubs Are Season-High 7 Over .500, Almora and Happ, Mets Ravaged in Time, and Other Bullets

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We’ve got some crazy early reservations this morning for some kind of ‘Beauty and Beast’ breakfast thing, or maybe it’s ‘Frozen.’ I don’t remember. I just go where I’m told, and then try to eat as much bacon and eggs as I can find. But that said, because of the early start, I’ve gotta fly through these Bullets. Oblige me …

  • Hi there. The Cubs have relatively quietly won four of their last five, and gone seven games over .500 for the first time this season. Sure doesn’t feel like it, does it? Coupled with the Brewers’ loss last night, the Cubs have shrunk the NL Central gap to 3.5 games, but just one game in the loss column. Not that I’m looking obsessively at things like that in late May. Ha. Ha. Ha.
  • We did not get an update last night on Yu Darvish’s MRI, which, I’ll be candid, has me feeling more nervous. As does this:

  • Even if the ultimate news isn’t the biggest and scariest kind, it does seem very likely that missing multiple starts is now to be expected.
  • Michael dropping some thoughts on the Twitters:

  • I know that Happ was the beneficiary of five intentional walks during that stretch, but even if you take those out, his walk rate would still be over 21%. The broader point here is that both Almora and Happ are still killing it at the plate. And although Jason Heyward had a nice night last night, and has some modestly interesting peripherals going on, he’ll probably continue to lose time to Almora and Happ.
  • The Cubs play the Mets this weekend, and they have just gotten absurdly ravaged by injuries, with Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores, and A.J. Ramos all going down within a two-day span to start this week. Moreover, it’s not a sure thing that rehabbing players Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, or Anthony Swarzak will be back by this weekend. So, that series is suddenly looking like a rare must-win-three-of-four-or-it’s-embarrassing kinda series.
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  • As expected, Joe Maddon was ticked that MLB said the Anthony Rizzo slide was illegal after the fact, and he remains confident that he’s right about the goodness of the slide (ESPN). He also said he’d be feeling this same way if it had happened to Willson Contreras or Chris Gimenez, and I do believe him on that front – Maddon has consistently hated the slide rules from thing one, on all sides. I wish the rules were more clear, but overall, I’ll just disagree with Maddon – I appreciate that they are designed to protect players from unnecessary injuries.
  • Doug Glanville’s perspective on the whole thing:

  • Speaking of Rizzo, he’s now once again a solidly above-average hitter:

  • Sounds like the Cubs got to hang onto Efren Navarro after he was DFA’d:

Author: Brett Taylor

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