We've seen alot of power lately.
Right now the Cubs are 3rd in NL homers.
Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Fowler, Montero...
And while I don't think anyone thinks of the Cubs' pitching staff as elite "power" pitching, there is definitely some heat there.
But this bases on balls thing is plain weird.
I mean, I don't have time to go back and check each of these, but I swear I've seen the Cubs lead the league in... errors... men left on base... even homers.
But for the life of me I do not ever recall a Cub team that leads the league in walks.
That's kind of a new model baseball team, don't you think?
And it's fantastic.
The Cubs have used more pitches (I imagine) and gotten more guys on base for free than any NL team.
And the result is kind of like a swarm of baserunners.
Extra pressure on opposing pitchers.
Plus, big guys who you don't think of as fast are stealing bases.
The Cubs are NL 4th in stealing bases, and like last night, Joe Maddon had Kyle Schwarber leading off.
Remember when Jake Peavy yelled at Schwarber the last time he played the Cubs?
Like for no reason, he's just a jabber mouth.
And last night Schwarber hits an infield single, Castro moves him to 2nd, and then he steals third without even a throw from Posey.
I LOVED THAT!
Yeah, the Giants won but Schwarber was like a bee buzzing around Peavy's head.
Anyway, weird and awesome with the walks.
Cubs lose to the Giants last night 2-4 and their 6-game winning streak is snapped.
(And why do people say any streak is "snapped" - wonder who thought that one up)
It's the first time the Giants beat the Cubs all year, and today (yes, day!) it's Madison Bumgarner.
Versus Dan Haran.
Then tomorrow it's Clayton Kershaw.
Versus Jason Hammel.
Nobody in their right mind expects the Cubs to win, right?
Well, my mind ain't right and it hasn't been for about a month.