The Cubs got a complete game performance from Cole Hamels in their 7-1 win over the Reds on Thursday night. I went solo on this episode of Locked On Cubs to talk about that, Javy Báez‘s big homer, and much more. I recapped the game in the first segment before looking ahead to today’s matchup and reminiscing about great Cubs mid-season deals of the past.
In the second segment, I looked at that great Báez homer and had some fun with audio of great and memorable home runs of Wrigley Field history. In the final segment, I briefly looked at the NL Central standings and the important games Friday night.
Cubs lose a frustrating game to the Brewers
The Cubs came into the their three-game set with the Brewers playing well, but they didn’t play so well on Monday night. Cole Hamels had another solid game, but the offense couldn’t hit Zach Davies in his return from the DL and several small errors doomed this game. The Cubs lost, 4-3. Sean Sears and I talked about that, today’s game, and a crucial decision by Kris Bryant on the last play of the game.
In the second segment, we talked more about Hamels vs. Davies and some comments from Hamels that were … interesting. In the final segment, we talked about the NL Central and cast our unofficial NL MVP ballots.
Javy Baez is having a special season
On today’s show, we’ll quickly go over the weekend games and highlight the excellent pitching from Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, and Jose Quintana this weekend. In the second segment, we’ll preview this week’s series with the Brewers and talk a little about Javier Baez‘s season and why it’s so special.
And finally, we’ll wrap the show taking a look at the NL Central and I have a few notes on new Cubs catcher Bobby Wilson.
Cubs win in Atlanta, but lose Jason Heyward to injury
The Cubs had a short layover in Atlanta on their way to Philadelphia, and they picked up a win against the Braves. Mike Montgomery was excellent for the first few innings but ran out of gas in the fifth, giving up four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts. The Cubs’ bullpen — even Brandon Kintzler! — combined to shut the Braves down the rest of the way, and Chicago pulled off a 5-4 victory. Sean Sears and I talked about that in the first segment, then looked ahead at tonight’s game against the Phillies.
In the second segment, we talked about a variety of little topics: The Bobby Wilson trade, Kris Bryant, Terrence Gore, and Jason Heyward‘s hamstring injury. To finish things out, we talked about the NL Central and updated the standings. I even did some math to explain just how hot the Cardinals would have to finish the 2018 season to win the division.