Briefly Atop the Standings, Fun with Rizzo, Syndergaard Injury, and Other Bullets

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Briefly Atop the Standings, Fun with Rizzo, Syndergaard Injury, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs

To the fathers among you, and those with fathers even tangentially connected to your life: cheers.

  • The Cubs pulled back into a tie with the Brewers atop the NL Central standings last night thanks to their EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE win, and the Brewers blowing a 5-1 lead to the Giants out in San Francisco. These teams just feel like they’re going to be attached at the hip for a while yet – or at least as long as Christian Yelich remains a Barry Bonds clone, and Josh Hader’s arm is still attached to his shoulder.
  • There was no runner on second base, so Kenley Jansen couldn’t worry about Kris Bryant signaling pitch locations to Anthony Rizzo last night. Not that it mattered, as Anthony Rizzo crushed an inside cutter up:

  • You just wouldn’t think a big, hulking guy like Rizzo, hunched over the plate, could get in and around on pitches like that with so much authority. But, among many, many other offensive talents, that’s what makes Rizzo special. Rizzo continues to put together his best offensive season in a half-decade, and that homer was already his 19th on the season. He’s very much on pace to shatter his previous career high of 32 … which he’s done THREE times.
(Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
  • More fun with Rizzo’s game-winning homer:

  • From Javy Baez, on Father’s Day:

  • Noah Syndergaard’s next start was due to be against the Cubs this week at Wrigley Field:

  • Kris Bryant, king:

  • Brennen Davis is really popping this year after a number of excellent changes to his body and swing in his first offseason:

  • Gotta plug:

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.