So the Chicago Cubs have the Washington National’s number. Yesterday, the Cubs beat the Nationals 6-3 but it was the play of Chris Coghlan that changed the landscape. He cracked one out into right field during the fifth inning with nobody out, the game tied and the bases loaded. You couldn’t have scripted it any better.
“I’ve been saying it all along, I know we can play with the big boys in the league,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “But you’ve got to prove it. We’ve played less effectively against teams that have been struggling this year. We’ve played well against teams that are doing well.”
Now, if they can only string a few together against the Brewers of the league, then they’ll be in business.
Hey, how about the play of Kris Bryant? Not that he needs any questions regarding this outstanding rookie but he continued to play extremely well and like a veteran to boot, yesterday, he scored twice.
“Well, the big thing is pitch selection, controlling the strike zone,” Maddon said. “He’s done a really great job with that. There will be moments where he may chase for an at-bat or two, but he’s able to bring it back in order. And you’re seeing the year he’s having based on the fact that he’s really increasing his plate discipline.”
Another thing I noticed was the amazing pitching of Jason Motte. I know, I know; he doesn’t get enough credit for the work he does but he was practically lights out yesterday throwing some heated mid 90’s scorchers across the plate.
“Leading up to this point, Ronny knew when he was pitching, Stropey had a good idea and everyone else was ready when the phone rang,” Motte said. “Today was today, and go out there next game and be ready to go.”
He kind of gets lost in the mix but yesterday was his day.
So the Cubs have the day off before taking on the Tigers in Detroit. I wish I could say Jon Lester should have a cake walk with this, but I’m starting to cringe every time he starts.