By: Alex Patt
The Chicago Cubs have dealt with mother nature the last week, seeing the series finale against the Braves postponed as well as the opener of the Cardinals series. Eventually they played 2/3 scheduled games vs. the Red Birds and were able to get all three games in at Colorado despite the not-so-great forecasts.
Overall the Cubs went 3-2 as the bats have come to life behind Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. at the top of the lineup. Baez leads the NL in RBIs (23) and is second in slugging percentage (.736). In Colorado he batted .438 with seven RBI and two home runs. Albert Almora Jr. sparkled both offensively and defensively. Not only did he make multiple diving catches, he batted .467 with two RBIs. He is currently slashing .327/.377/.510 on the season.
Probably the scariest moment was in the first inning of the series finale in Colorado when Kris Bryant was hit in the face in the first inning by a 90+ MPH fastball. He somehow stayed on his feet and did not suffer a concussion after testing. It was a very odd game after that in which Baez and DJ LeMahieu got into it after Baez tried to block him from stealing signs on the bases, Jason Heyward losing a few flyballs in the brutal sun-light and the game ending on Nolan Arenado being out at the plate on a wild pitch after a review.
The Cubs scored 27 total runs in that series and gave up 17. Jose Quintana gave up four in 5.1 innings, Kyle Hendricks gave up three in 5.0 innings and Yu Darvish pitched four scoreless innings until things unraveled in the fifth inning as five runs scored off him with two outs.
After an off day Monday, it is off to Progressive Field to play the Indians. First time since that memorable night on November 2nd, 2016.