Whoa boy, okay. A lot of thoughts today. First of all, that’s a good solid win from the Cubs with contributions up and down the lineup, in the bullpen, and even from the starter Trevor Williams after a so-so start. The win tilts the overall series in Chicago’s favor and brings the Cubs back over .500.
Williams outing didn’t start particularly well, with a back-to-back homers in the first, but he really settled in after that and managed to get through 4.2 innings without any more damage. At that point David Ross went to Justin Steele, who dominated for 1.1 innings, before being removed from the game with hamstring tightness after running the bases (that is a HUGE bummer, but something we covered earlier, so I’ll leave it there for now).
The rest of the bullpen was nails today, as they have been, with Ryan Tepera (1.0 IP, 3Ks), Andrew Chafin (1.0 IP), and Craig Kimbrel (1.0 IP, 1H, 3Ks) combining to allow just one baserunner over the final three innings.
Happ hit two homers today, first giving the Cubs the lead and later extending it. They were his 5th and 6th homer of the season and his fifth homer in seven games. His strikeout rate is still elevated, but Happ is now officially an above-average overall offensive contributor (104 wRC+). And with both Jason Heyward and Jake Marisnick on the IL, I’d say that turnaround is coming at exactly the right time.
Good day. Good win. Go Cubs.