Watching Starlin Castro limp off the field was like watching a prized race horse snap a leg out of the gates. All right, there’s nothing more tragic in sports than seeing that but you know what I mean.
So, how good are the Chicago Cubs? Without Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, the soon to be mighty Northsiders poked holes in the sides of the Milwaukee Brewers’ kegs in a 7-1 lopsided victory.
Arismendy Alcantara, the “Quiet One” of the rookies, rocked a two run home run extending his season total to eight. The Cubs have now helped the Brewers lose seven in a row. Oh boy, I’d hate to be in that management’s office in November.
“I think he hit it better than me, he made better contact than me,” Welington Castillo said of Alcantara. “He’s a small guy but he’s got pop — he’s a strong guy. Everybody sees him as small and little, but he’s really strong. He’s been hitting way, long homers, so that doesn’t surprise me.”
Pitcher Jake Arrieta continues to hold onto that “Ace” status collecting his second win in his last six starts and received tons of run support with the win, even Ryan “Give us back that MVP” Braun gave props to Arrieta.
“You never want to fall behind, but especially against a pitcher of his caliber,” Braun said of Arrieta. “I think he’s established himself as one of the best pitchers in the National League. He’s really good — throws above average probably four different pitches. So you certainly don’t want to fall behind to a guy like that.”
Aw shucks Ryan, now hand over that award. Seriously, this Cubs team is definitely not the same club that started the season. There’s a lot more run support, the pitching has settled into a groove and they’re knocking out those home runs. Gosh darn it folks, the Cubs are starting to look like winners.