Kimbrel's Milestone, Bryant's Slump, Central's Fun, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Kimbrel’s Milestone, Bryant’s Slump, Central’s Fun, and Other Cubs Bullets

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On my way to Chicago today (right field bleachers tonight, let’s be friends!), and I didn’t time my stop well enough to get you these Bullets before mid-day. My bust. And I’m also kinda flying through them so I can get back on the road …

•   Craig Kimbrel had an extra bounce in his step last night for the save over the Mets – literally, he was doing more post-pitch bouncing than usual – and maybe it’s because he was hyped to move into the top ten all-time:

•   Kris Bryant got on base last night ahead of Javy Báez’s homer, so that was good, but otherwise his night was reflective of his entire June so far: slumpy. He’s hitting just .156/.224/.244 for the month, which looks to be a combination of a slight uptick in strikeouts, a little less great contact, and also some bad luck. The Cubs have also been facing a stretch of really good pitching, which probably hasn’t helped (and also won’t let up for another 10 days or so). Sahadev Sharma got into it with Bryant:

•   There’s a whole lot in there, but pitchers have been nibbling Bryant more and more, and he initially has responded by expanding his zone. Ever an adjuster, I would expect an uptick in walks coming Bryant’s way.

•   Anthony Rizzo, his family, and his foundation are getting some deserved recognition:

•   Something something Rizzo did not get deserved recognition last night because his 105.0 mph, 103.0 mph, and 101.6 mph batted balls all turned into deep outs something something. Combine it with his out to the wall against Jacob deGrom the night before and Rizzo has had some bad batted ball luck lately to go with his power surge. Clearly, he is seeing it well and feels good physically.

•   Old friend Victor Caratini walking one off against old foe Amir Garrett is all right:

•   Charlie Morton almost no-hitting the Cardinals is all right:

•   The Rockies beating up on Brandon Woodruff is all right:

•   Candy, humidifiers, underwear, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon. #ad

•   Watch yourself around Miguel Cabrera:

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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.