Weekend Catch-Up: Cubs Take Two, Montgomery and Lester, Great Defense, More

The Cubs took two of three from the Pirates this weekend, among other things …

Friday, June 8

  • Among Friday’s Bullets, King Anthony, crazy interference, and how quickly the Cubs’ storyline can turn.
  • Tyler Chatwood and Joe Maddon see improvement in the pitcher’s performance, even if the results don’t show it.
  • Brandon Morrow has been fantastic all around, but he also flashed some defense.
  • Theo Epstein spoke about a range of topics, including the draft, upcoming trades, and more.
  • Dexter Fowler got more unfair criticism in St. Louis, and this time, his wife snapped back.
  • Shohei Ohtani has a UCL injury, which means he’s going to be out for a long time.
  • In other bits from around the league, the Mets may ultimately make Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom available in trade.
  • The Cubs opened up their weekend series against the Pirates with a 3-1 win. The game ended with Ian Happ’s third fantastic catch of the day.
  • Saturday, June 9

  • The arms have been getting most of the attention on the farm this year, but some bats are stepping forward.
  • Mike Montgomery’s third consecutive good start was also a very interesting one.
  • Kris Bryant is in a deep slump that most players would love, and other Bullets.
  • The Cubs shut out the Pirates, and Javy Baez closed it out with a fantastic catch going into the stands.
  • Sunday, June 10

  • Good pitching and draft signing updates on the minor league front.
  • I did some math on Yu Darvish’s plausible return timeline, and post-All-Star-Break is not out of the question.
  • Jon Lester did something historic in another brilliant start, and other Bullets.
  • The Brewers picked up Brad Miller in trade.
  • The Cubs won the series against the Pirates, but they lost the finale.
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