Mike Olt has been up and down so far in this young season but last night he found his groove knocking out a homer on his second hit of the season. Yup, we’ll take it. The Chicago Cubs have certainly got Pittsburgh’s number this season. They played them close in the last series and can go for the series win today. This would be a huge victory for the Cubs, morally and in the standings. With the win, it would put the Cubs one game under .500 and that’s not a bad place to be for these Cubs.
Adding to Olt’s home run was Junior Lake bashing one out into the stands. Sure, it’s nice to see Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro hitting, that’s their role for the club, but having guys like Lake, Olt and Bonifacio getting in on the action is a good sign for the team. They’ve played aggressive this season so far.
“You want to get the seven, 12, 100 hits that Bonifacio got,” Anthony Rizzo said, exaggerating slightly. “It’s a long season, we went through a long season last year, and you know two weeks aren’t going to make or break your season. It’s nice to rack up some hits early.”
With Mike and Starlin picking up their games this week, Olt might find that spot at third, perhaps a few more games will help, but it’s going to be interesting.
Another player that is vying for that, “Impact” player status is Jason Hammel who notched his second win of the season. Three hits over seven innings of work is not too shabby.
“I got my first taste of Wrigley, and I hope it’s much kinder next time,” he said. “When the wind is howling out you’ve got to keep the ball down, and I made three mistakes today, and they all left the yard. I think a couple of those are outs in other ballparks, but you still have to keep the ball down.” Hammel said.
The Cubs are onto something.