I love these new stats that come courtesy of some cool measurement technology.
Like exit velocity.
You've seen it used when someone really smacks the ball.
Last night both Kyle Schwarber and Alex Avila hit homers that went over 440 feet, and while I've no idea what the exit velo of these hits were, I do know that some guys on the wrong team hit homers, too.
John Lackey actually pitched really well last night.
He got Paul Goldschmidt to ground into a double play in the 1st, and then in the 4th struck him out with a gorgeous outside off the plate darter that Goldschmidt missed by a mile.
But in the 6th, Lackey threw a mistake over the middle and Goldschmidt went the other way with it, up over Jason Heyward's glove and into the bullpen.
And that's when I measured Lackey's Emotional Exit Velocity at about 107 - 108 MPH.
He was peee-oh-ed.
It was the second long ball he'd given up.
And when Joe Maddon came out and took the ball from him, and he was even more pissed.
You and me?
I think we were okay with it - the Cubs were still up by 2 and Carl Edwards needs just these kinds of situations to make friends with his confidence again.
Of course he walked the first guy, but then Daniel Descalso hit into a double play.
It was 5-3 in the 8th when Javier Baez, Ian Happ and Jon Jay all knocked in runs and it ended up 8-3 Cubs.
And that is one fantastic Friday night of baseball after the non-fantastic game Wednesday when Willson Contreras pulled a hammy.
I felt just like this after the last Diamondback series when the Cubs opened with the 16-4 laugher and then proceeded to lose the next two.
Tonight will be Jon Lester and... just saying the Cubs need to win a series.
The Cards have won 7 freaking straight, and the division is seriously bunched up with the Cubs at the top, then the Cards 1 back and the Pirates and Brewers 3 behind.
"Fasten those seat belts," said Pat Hughes.