Bryant Hit His Hardest Homer in a Long Time, Rizzo's Cubs Company, and Other Bullets

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Bryant Hit His Hardest Homer in a Long Time, Rizzo’s Cubs Company, and Other Bullets

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  • Rather than winning or tying the game, Kris Bryant’s homer in the 9th was merely frustrating window dressing for the loss, but dang, it was a beautiful freaking homer:

  • That’s the kind of pitch you desperately want to see Bryant be able to punish: something that isn’t out over the plate, he can’t fully extend his arms, and instead he’s gotta get around on it quickly and pull with authority. That’s never quite been his best power area (see, e.g., teams constantly trying to bust him way inside), but he obviously has plenty of power to abuse mistakes in there. He just has to be able to get around on it quickly enough – and on a meatball slider, he can and did:

  • Speaking of which, the homer pushed Bryant’s ISO up to .226, which is actually higher than his rookie season (and obviously much higher than his injured year in 2018). He’s only 16 points shy of where he was in his healthy 2017 season. I’d say the power is back. Also, his overall line is up to .243/.380/.470 with a 130 wRC+. I guess I’d also just say he’s back.
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  • That’s some legendary Cubs company, but frankly, that’s right where Anthony Rizzo belongs.
  • Daniel Descalso (ankle) pinch hit last night, though only at the very end of the game (not earlier, when he might have had to stay in for longer), so he must be feeling at least so-so.
  • Kyle Ryan’s teammates have his back after his big gaffe last night (discussed here earlier). He’s important to the bullpen:

  • Taylor Davis out there talking like a grizzled veteran:

  • Speaking of Davis, and the rapport he seems to be building, Victor Caratini started his rehab assignment last night with a hit and a strikeout at South Bend. It’ll likely be at least a few games before the Cubs would consider bringing him back, but Davis’s recent success, and skill behind the plate, almost certainly aren’t going to be enough to fend off a Caratini return (and the Cubs aren’t going to carry three catchers for any significant length of time). If nothing else, Davis has shown that he can probably be the third catcher that the Cubs are very much going to need this year.
  • Important context note on AAA right now:

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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.