The Cubs just accomplished this season for the first time; a series win. Sure, it was over the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks with a humiliating defeat 9-2, but a win is a win just the same.
So, what about Mike Olt? He crushed the ball with a three run homer and making his case for a regular starter.
“We’ve talked about him gradually getting into that role,” Rick Renteria said of the third baseman. “Do I plan on playing him tomorrow? Yes. Everything is very calculated. I’m going to throw him out there and let him run with it a little bit. We’re still measuring everything, but he’ll be in there tomorrow.”
The Cubs are easing Olt into that everyday player. He’s not there quite yet, but so far this season, he’s proving that he can be the difference the Cubs need.
“I definitely did a lot of work to get myself ready and I feel I’m ready for the task and will build off the last couple games and go from there,” Olt said.
There’s another player in the Cubs lineup that is an unsung hero this year and that is Luis Valbuena. I don’t talk about him much but he’s providing a steady leadership that the Cubs sure can use. He went 2-4 yesterday in the leadoff spot. He’s getting the job done amidst the Anthony Rizzos and the steadily improving Starlin Castro, who by the way, made an awesome grab and throw to first base.
This is an important win for the Cubs because if they can sweep the Diamondbacks tomorrow, it can build the confidence when the Cubs face Milwaukee Friday. It won’t get any easier folks.
Today, the Cubs will be celebrating in style when Jeff Samardzija gets the ball and the Cubs will wear the Chicago Feds jerseys in commemoration of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday.