“There was no joy in Mudville that day” The Cubs fell short last night 4-3 to the Pirates. However, that being said, there were some great moments in the game including a real seventh inning stretch of sleet. Kris Bryant had an opportunity to play the outfield.
“Why not?” Bryant said. “I actually like center a lot better than the other two because you don’t have to deal with the hooks of a righty smashing one down the left-field line, or a lefty smashing one down the right-field line. It was cool out there. Center field is fun.”
There it is. the tone that was missing in a lot of last season and before, optimism. Now, speaking of optimism, let’s talk about Addison Russell. He notched his first major league hit last night. A drive up the middle, and even though it wasn’t a gamebreakinig connect, it’s out of the way and he can concentrate on other things.
“It feels really good to get that first one out of the way,” said Russell, “We’ll just have to see where we go from here.”
There was some bad news with Dexter Fowler. He was yanked after two innings due to a tightness in his groin. It could have been the weather or something else but it doesn’t appear to be too serious.
“We’ll see how it feels when I wake up Thursday morning,” Fowler said. “I stole a base and stuff after [he felt it]. It didn’t really bother me running too much. It just started tightening up a little bit.”
The Cubs are playing a matinee today and I’ll tell you, I would love to see MLB have more day games in April. It look pretty damn cold out there.
So then there’s Edwin Jackson. Who would have thought that he’d be pretty darn good in the pen? Yeah, I guess the cries for his head will stop because it seems like the pen is the place to be for him.
“Jacks is starting to take to it,” Maddon said of the right-hander’s switch after eight seasons as a starter.