OMG: Ian Happ and Seiya Suzuki Go BACK-TO-BACK
What. How do I even? Where do I start?! On a night when the catcher homers and steals a base and the starting pitcher tosses seven innings of 2-run baseball against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, neither guy is the story. Instead, it’s the freshly extended Ian Happ and the 2023-debuting Seiya Suzuki stealing headlines.
First, Happ. Then Suzuki. Back-to-back. Cubs leading.
Earlier this week, Happ went 0-4 with a strikeout in his first game with the Cubs after signing a three-year, $61M extension. But he made up for it tonight. That home run extended the Cubs lead to two and came as part of a huge night at the plate, featuring a walk, a single, a double, and that homer. And the game isn’t over yet.
Happ’s overall slash line .333/.472/.595 (185 wRC+) is now among the top-10 highest in MLB. What an amazing start to his season it’s been.
Meanwhile … my friends SUZUKI HOMERED.
The guy we were most looking forward to seeing this season, who missed the first 11 games with an oblique injury … but also returned faster than expected, homered in his very first game of the season. That is just as positive as it gets. I am having fun.