With all the talk about the not so great record at home and the importance of this first series, HOW AWESOME TO COME AWAY WITH A SWEEP VS THE REDS!
2017 has been so much harder so far - by this time last year, the Cubs had 4 sweeps: 2 gamer vs Angels, 3 gamer vs Reds, 2 gamer vs Brewers (actually 3 - the middle game was rained out and Cubs won the makeup game 4-0 on Aug 16), 3 gamer vs Pirates, and 4 gamer vs the Nats.
This Reds series was more in line with last year - the Cubs outscoring Cinci 25 - 15, each game with crooked number early innings and headspinning freakouts by the opposing pitchers.
When you look at the replay of Javier Baez' excellent and monstrous grand salami, watch Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart.
Ohhh the agony of defeat body language, and it's only the first inning.
These games looked like those Cubs we got to meet last year and...
Don't you feel a hell of alot better?
It's the Milwaukee Brewers.
The oddly first place Milwaukee Brewers.
As a team they're 2nd in the NL slugging .466 (Cubs 10th at .401), 2nd in OPS at .792 (Cubs 11th at .731), and 1st in homers with 65 (Cubs 8th with 48).
The Cubs face Paolo Espino today, never thrown a Big League pitch... vs Eddie Butler who beat the Cards his first time out.
Saturday it's Chase Anderson (3.43 ERA) vs Jake Arrieta (5.44), Sunday Jimmy Nelson (3.86) vs Mr. Lackey (4.37).
All these numbers need to be corrected, and now is a fine time for that to start.
Last thing is Kyle Schwarber and his "Neighborhood Heroes" campaign.
The first line says: "Kyle Schwarber's father is a police chief, his mother is a nurse and his sister is in the National Guard."
That guy is so cool, and I predict his .361 slugging is about to go up.