This season seems like the kind of year that you can start off every post with,” Kris Bryant pulled through to—” and it would garner attention. Last night was no different in the Chicago Cubs come from behind winner 9-8 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
When both Len Kasper stated that these kind of victories would seem less likely last year, Starlin Castro chimed in by saying,
“Talking with Chris Coghlan, we said we wouldn’t win that game last year or the year before,” Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said. “We quit last year. If we were losing after seven innings, we quit. Now, we never quit. If we get extra innings, we play hard, we never quit.”
To go one further Starlin, this year you’re not quitting after two outs and heading to the dugout. Whatever you did in the offseason, it’s working. It’s fair to say that you’re having a pretty good year this year.
Going 3 for 5 last night including a homer and an incredible hop and bounce over third base that is the kind of play that can only happen in little league, Starlin Castro was all over the game.
There’s also the kind of fear that would make Nolan Ryan shake in his shoes if he were to face Jorge Soler, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. I mean if they’re this good now, imagine in the middle of the summer when they’ve had a chance to gel? We need a nickname for the trio.
“The strength of our lineup is that we believe anyone can do it at any time,” Anthony Rizzo said. “We’re really happy with the way we’re grinding out at-bats early. We’re making pitchers work — that’s what we want to do every time, every at-bat be stressful for the pitcher.”
When people would ask me what are the odds of the Cubs this year and I told them they are going to be special, they can’t believe it. Maybe I’m being over optimistic, and it’s still early, but you have to admit that the Cubs are looking good. They’re a 1/2 game out of first and it might be April still but that looks awesome to me.
Addison Russel had a rough debut but if he’s anything like Kris Bryant, well, good times ahead indeed.