Who Takes Tonight's Solo Home Run? Also, This Cannot Continue and Other Bullets

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Who Takes Tonight’s Solo Home Run? Also, This Cannot Continue and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs

The flurry of news yesterday afternoon/evening plus a game that set yet another record – it bleeds into the morning. I am thus behind. My bad, amigos …

  • So, the Cubs have extended their modern record of consecutive games with only one solo home run as the entirety of the offense. It’s the kind of thing that is almost impossible to imagine any team ever replicating again, but we’ve passed the point of thinking it’s unfathomable that they could do it again tonight. PLACE YOUR BETS! WHO WILL THE SOLO HOMER GUY BE TONIGHT!!!
  • In all seriousness, it’s not going to happen. Because obviously Daniel Murphy is going to arrive, will contribute directly to the first non-solo-homer run the Cubs have had 50 innings, and we’ll all realize this was just fate giving us the business.
  • Being that he was the only guy who hit anything last night – and the fact that he remains the face of the positional group – Anthony Rizzo spoke to the media after the game, and it was a hopeful but sobering, stern but funny session:

  • Last night’s loss marked the first time in nearly two months that the Cubs have lost three games in a row. That’s actually kind of impressive, right? And if they win tonight, they continue their improbable streak of not losing a series for nearly four weeks, despite playing so “poorly.”
  • Sorry for using an Albert Almora picture on this one – it was too good not to use – because he actually had a couple hits and a walk last night.
(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
  • Speaking of the offense and the Murphy addition, the Cubs will have to make a roster move to accommodate him, and you can bet it’ll either be Addison Russell going to the disabled list or David Bote heading to AAA Iowa for 10 days.
  • It’ll be nice when the Cubs get this guy back in September (fingers crossed):

  • This might be crazy and fun to watch, but, no, no this is not going to happen:

  • Pinch-hitting – and only pinch-hitting – is a very hard job, but Tommy La Stella hasn’t been all that successful at it for a long time after a hot start:

  • Since June, La Stella is hitting just .211/.277/.250 with a 46 wRC+. You pretty much never see pinch hitters able to put up an average line, but you certainly want to see a lot better than that from a guy whose primary job is pinch hitting. I think La Stella still has it in him.
  • A little history:

  • Such an impressive and speedy Tommy John recovery for a pitching prospect who was right there on the cusp of top 5/10 consideration when he went down last year. Now, he’s headed to AA:

  • Steele is likely to return to AA to start 2019, but, regardless, he’s firmly on the 2019 radar now.
  • Speaking of pitchers on the 2019 radar:

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.