The 23-Game Stretch is Going Very Well, Edwards, Gore, Chavez, and Other Bullets

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The 23-Game Stretch is Going Very Well, Edwards, Gore, Chavez, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs

The kiddos had a donut social at their school today, and I’m kicking myself that I only went for one Krispy Kreme when I could have had 10.

  • After last night’s win, the Cubs have already taken 12 games during this 23-games-straight stretch, which means that no matter what happens in the next six games, the Cubs will finish it with a winning record. That’s huge. Sight unseen, I probably would have said I’d be happy with 13-10 – now the Cubs have to win just once more to make that happen.
  • Meanwhile, with both the Brewers and Cardinals off, the Cubs extended their NL Central lead to 4.5 games over the Brewers and 5.0 games over the Cardinals (five over both in the loss column). The magic number is down to 18.
  • Of the second straight late win over the Nationals, hero David Bote told, “I heard the boos today. I love it. That’s fun. You love to play in those kind of atmospheres. It’s kind of like, ‘Let’s do this.'” Bote and Taylor Davis, of all players, drove in the Cubs’ two 10th inning runs.
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  • Carl Edwards Jr. struggled once again last night to find the strike zone (let alone put pitches where he wanted them within that strike zone). Good Carl is so overwhelmingly good that you’ve gotta keep throwing him out there so he can get straightened out by the end of this month – you need that arm in the playoffs. In the meantime … woof. It’s tough to watch a guy who can’t command a single pitch.
  • It was fun to see Terrance Gore out there doing his thing, stealing a base despite a great pop time and throw from behind the plate:

  • The Cubs are going to have to feel pretty darn good about their playoff bullpen to be able to carry Gore on the roster, but he’s such a uniquely valuable weapon in the right situations.
  • Kyle Schwarber made a pinch hit appearance last night, which figures to be a great sign on his back.
  • Super utility pitcher:

  • This is so awesome. Congrats to Stefan – you did an incredible thing for a great cause, and you’re gonna crush it:

  • Well-deserved:

  • This is awesome. Old friend Tony Campana tagging from second base and scoring on a deep fly ball. He was always really dang fast:

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.