Arizona Diamondbacks v. Chicago Cubs, game 1.
8th inning, 2 out, Kris Bryant on 3rd.
Chip Hale calls for Ben Zobrist to be intentionally walked to get to Addison Russell.
Russell doubles, 2 runs score.
Same inning, still 2 out, Russell on 2nd.
Chip Hale calls for Miguel Montero to be intentionally walked to get to Javier Baez.
Baez doubles, 2 runs score.
Arizona Diamondbacks v. Chicago Cubs, game 2.
Ben Zobrist on 3rd, Jorge Soler on 2nd.
Chip Hale calls for David Ross to be intentionally walktd to get to Jason Hammel.
Hammel singles, 2 runs score.
Cubs 6, Intentional walks 0.
To be fair, he also called for one that worked, but that one's not any fun.
What's fun is the Cubs continuing to kick ass.
They've won 9 of their last 10.
Their run differential is +142.
The next best is Boston - at +70 a game less than half of your favorite team.
15 of the top 20 (ERA) starters in the National League are on teams other than the Cubs.
That means 5 of the top starters are... Cubs.
It's possible that around 4 Sunday afternoon the Cubs will have 40 wins.
If that happens, it'll be win #40 on June 5th, game 55.
In 2008, when the Cubs won 97 games, they reached 40 wins on June 8th, game 64.
But come on, dude - that was a freak year.
Far more normal would be 2006, when the Cubs won 67 games and they reached 40 wins on July 27th, game 101.
It's the greatest summer of my life.
Yours too, I bet.
And why am I so confident about Sunday?
This guy Jake Arrieta is pitching.
For the Cubs.
You know that guy, right Chip?
Just some friendly advice - don't go walking anybody to get to Jake.