After watching three weeks of the Chicago Cubs bungle their way to a 6-9 record, it was nice to see them be the bunglees for a three game set where they played host to the New York Mets. The Cubs took all three, including a 16-4 curbstomping Wednesday night and
Let’s get right to this:
The Cubs offense. Sure, the Mets gifted them with two errors Tuesday and another four on Wednesday. But Wednesday’s offensive barrage was done the good old-fashioned way, lots of guys getting hits and keeping the line moving. The final mushroom stamping was a Javy Baez grand slam. But they won Tuesday night’s game without a home run, and scored 12 runs without Baez’s dong. After living & dying with the home run for 15 games, it was nice to see this.
The Cubs bullpen. They survived a highwire act by Craig Kimbrel (He was downright Mitchlike) Tuesday night and another one by Dan Winkler on Thursday, escaping bases loaded situations both times. But the bend-but-don’t-break thing seems to be working for now.
There’s still a lot of swing-and-miss happening. 34 Ks in 3 games. On top of that, as great as it was to see the hitters moving runners around on Wednesday, when Jake Marisnick led off the 8th Thursday night with a triple in a tie game, stranding him there was inexcusable. So the offense might be better, but let’s pump the brakes on declaring it fixed.
I don’t think anybody has ever been happier to see Chicago from the window of a plane leaving town than Mets third baseman J.D. Davis. He had a couple tough days at third base with two errors and a couple other misplayed balls. He sat Thursday night, which was probably more for his own sanity than out of any offensive necessity.
Next up, the Milwaukee Brewers come in for three games, and the Cubs need to win one to make it a winning homestand.