The Chicago Cubs took three out of five games in a series that resembled a 90-degree day in August at Six Flags. It was a wild ride folks, hope you’re strapped in.
- Monday, August 17th (Game 1): Cardinals 3, Cubs 1
- Monday, August 17th (Game 2): Cubs 5, Cardinals 4
- Tuesday, August 18th: Cubs 6, Cardinals 3
- Wednesday, August 19th (Game 1): Cardinals 9, Cubs 3
- Wednesday, August 19th (Game 2): Cubs 4, Cardinals 2
Missing: Chicago Cubs Offense
In game one of the doubleheader on Monday night, the Cubs seemingly forgot how to hit. The North Siders mustered up a measly three hits against a Cardinals pitching staff that frankly is not very good.
The one bright spot of the game was Ian Happ continuing to his stellar start to the 2020 campaign.
Kyle Hendricks pitched just okay before being pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Rowan Wick then came in and gave up a bases-loaded triple just out of the reach of a diving Albert Almora. That was all she wrote for the North Siders in game one.
We’re Going To Need A Bigger Bote
It was looking like all of Cubs nation was about to slam their hand on the panic button during the second half of Monday’s twin bill.
Through five innings, the Cubs had mustered up just one run while collecting a grand total of zero hits. After amassing three hits in game one and no hits through five innings, Cubs twitter had started to lose its collective mind.
Then the sixth inning came…
Willson Contreras hit a missile of a double to score Javier Baez, Jason Heyward walked, and then a Cubs hitter who has thrived in the spotlight stepped to the plate. Now batting, #13, David Bote.
David Bote injected life into Cubs fans throughout the world. With one swing of the bat, the Cubs were back!
Jeremy Jeffress came in with a stress-free 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to close out a much needed Cubs victory.
Yu Can’t Rush Greatness
I will continue to repeat myself time and time again, Yu Darvish is an ace and Ian Happ is an elite baseball player.
Both of these superstars contributed in a big way to a Cubs victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. The Cubs took down the rival foes 6-3.
Darvish improved to 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA while tossing six innings of one-run baseball.
Casey Sadler and Dan Winkler were both shaky out of the bullpen, but thankfully Rowan Wick came in and shut it down.
On the offensive side of the ball, Javier Baez may have found his stroke. The former MVP candidate ripped a double on Tuesday night, which was followed by a ball that most likely put a hole in the bleachers.
Ian Happ added a home run of his own in addition to another hit. The man legitimately cannot be stopped.
Pretty, pretty, pretty good company if you ask me.
This game completely dragged along but at least the Cubs walked away with a W.
Missing Once Again: Cubs Offense
The Cubs decided to once again leave their bats at home in the opener of the second doubleheader against the Cardinals this series.
They mustered up a whopping two hits while losing to the Cardinals 9-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
Ian Happ continued to rake, however.
I can’t repeat enough how good Ian Happ has been.
That’s all for the recap because this game sucked.
Is Craig Kimbrel back?
People are asking that question, and I think he might be. I think he might be.
Adbert Alzolay earned a spot on this roster tonight. He threw five solid innings, striking out six while only surrendering two hits.
Kyle Schwarber once put his rocket arm on display.
David Bote showed up BIG for the second time in a week. He delivered a clutch two-run single in the top of the seventh to set the stage for Craig Kimbrel.
I have previously trashed Craig Kimbrel on this here website. I demanded he be cut. I am here to tell you that I was wrong. It takes a man to admit his wrongdoings, and I apologize to you Craig.
Kimbrel closed out the game throwing 99 MPH heat accompanied by his nasty curveball. He looks to have figured out what made him almost unusable earlier this season. This could be HUGE for a bullpen in need of reliable arms.
On Tap Observations
David Ross seems to have completely gone away from fielding the best nine players every single day. Yes, there are a lot of games in a short period of time, but this season is a sprint. There is no reason that Josh Phegley and Albert Almora should ever be in the same lineup together, let alone hitting back-to-back.
The bullpen needs to be continuously worked on throughout the entire season. I am all for giving guys a couple of chances to see if they fit, but it is time to start rotating more guys from the minors to solidify the pen come playoff time.
David Bote is the ultimate team player and every day it continues to look like Theo got an absolute steal with his contract. Bote signed a five-year, $15 million pact last season. Just take a look at the numbers Bote is producing.
He is a guy that can play multiple positions and is a MONSTER bat off the bench.
I will continue to repeat myself about Chicago Cubs players that continue to perform at an exceptional level. Ian Happ has turned into a premier MLB baseball player. He should be hitting leadoff and playing centerfield every single day for the rest of the season. Don’t worry about rest for him, the kid is a ballplayer. He does not need any rest.
What’s On Tap Next?
The South Siders make a trip on the Red Line to Addison this weekend. The White Sox have been playing very good baseball as of late. This three-game series should be a doozy.
- Friday, August 21st: Jon Lester vs. Dallas Keuchel
- Saturday, August 22nd: Kyle Hendricks vs. Gio Gonzalez
- Sunday, August 23rd: TBD vs. Dylan Cease
For postgame reactions and analysis, be sure to tune in to the Cubs On Tap podcast on all major platforms.