If Jake Arrieta doesn’t win the Cy Young, I’m going to wear a Braves cap. That’s how confident I am about him winning the award. Last night, Arrieta and the Cubs delivered a beat down to the San Francisco Giants 8-5. The Cubs homered three times from the likes of Miguel Montero, Kyle Schwarber and…
Yes, Starlin Castro had a terrific game. He was a triple shy of the cycle. Yes, I know Starlin Castro!
“I think Starlin, what he did today, that’s a potentially nice sign for us,” said Maddon, “He really did look different and better today. Him and [hitting coach John Mallee] made a little bit of an adjustment and it looked like it played.”
If you didn’t know all ready, Starlin’s been filling in for Addison Russell who’s been away with his fiancee and the birth of their son (and future shortstop for the Cubs).
This is the kind of game that the Cubs have wanted and expected from the gifted Castro. Maybe, it’s just arrived in time for the post season.
“Sometimes those kind of moments make you strong,” Castro said. “This is my sixth year, [and I was] playing every day, but now it’s been really tough for me. I think it’s made me a little stronger. … I want to be a part of this team and keep hitting and play better.”
So, the Cubs have a potential Rookie Of The Year winner in Kris Bryant and a Cy Young winner in Arrieta. The Cubs have been arguably the best team in baseball since the All Star Break (Toronto Blue Jays, you can sit down for a second). They’re a young team and all Sports Illustrated covers aside, Hey, it’s regional, The Cubs are looking real good. Those promises made in the offseason are coming true.
“What I can appreciate is how well these guys are acclimating themselves to this kind of competition so quickly. That’s the most exciting part for me about our team, is how they’re able to make adjustments so quickly and be successful on a ballclub that is however many games over .500 and playing extremely well and being a huge part of what we’re doing here. I don’t think they put much thought into it, which is exactly the way they should be approaching it. Having that mindset allows them to come here and not necessarily feel pressure but come out here and play.” Arrieta said.