Amid the controversial decision to postpone Saturday’s game at Wrigley due to inclement weather, the Cubs came roaring back yesterday to thump the Brewers 13-6. I’m still scratching my head on the game being called when there wasn’t a drop of rain anywhere. The two teams have been trading barbs recently after suspicions that Brewer’s Eric Thames is taking PEDs. True or not, it’s an ongoing controversy that hopefully gets resolved.
Yesterday’s event saw the Cubs sending four souvenirs home with those lucky fans. The reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant hit two of them.
“This is where we made our hay last year, at Wrigley. We have not played that well here yet this year. I anticipate, expect that we will. We’ve done better in this homestand, but we’re still not playing our best baseball. I mean that was a nice, 13-run game, whatever, but my perfectionism comes into fundamentals of the game. That’s what I like to see.”
Thirteen run games are hard to come by, but yesterday’s double digit event marked the rare occurrence of the Cubs showing signs of their former selves; and they did it in style.
“I feel like the name of the game now is get on base any way you can,” Bryant said, starting to crack a smile. “Getting hit with two pitches is just as good as any other walk.”
It was the first Cubs player since 1913 to get two home runs and hit by two pitches. Now, if that isn’t a cool baseball statistic or what?
“I think we’ve picked it up in pretty much every aspect of the game,” Arrieta said. “Playing a little better defense, throwing the ball a little better as a staff. Obviously, we’re starting to click offensively from top to bottom. We’ve got a lot of guys who are contributing up in the order, and that’s what we’re doing when we’re at our best.”
If last season showed the baseball world of the power behind what the Cubs can do, then this season is a test of how good the Cubs can be when faced against opponents who are more prepared to how good the Cubs play.
“If you look at it to this point we just haven’t hit. We haven’t had … even one hot hitter for an extended period of time. We haven’t pitched to our [capabilities],” Maddon said. “We just haven’t played our game yet.”