I was on production and missed a week of so much good baseball.
Some giant home runs.
Anthony Rizzo off the "d" on the Budweiser sign in the same game that Albert Almora hit his first Grand Slam.
Yesterday Kyle Schwarber led off the Reds game with a massive long ball, and later Byrant and Rizzo would do the same.
Not enough, though.
The Reds came back late.
Cub pitching is... you ever flown a plane?
One time a friend of my father's allowed me to take the controls of his plane for like 5 minutes flying from Butte MT to Prescott, AZ.
He's a retired fighter pilot, I'm an art guy.
He told me to "keep it pointed at that rounded peak".
Which I did, but I never stopped moving the stick.
The plane would point 2 degrees east, I'd move the stick and then it would be pointing a little west.
I overcorrected each time the plane moved, and it made for more of a circus ride.
Chuck could nudge the stick a little and let go, and then the plane would stop it's correction pointed right at the rounded peak.
So let's just say that overall the pitching feels like Chuck's flying and not me, but it needs a nudge.
I felt horrible for Cisheck after he gave up the homer to Eugenio Suarez in the top of the 9th.
It seems like Cisheck is the guy coming in almost every game in a big situation.
So... Stop can't get back fast enough, and I hope all the talk of getting more help through free agency or a trade is true.
Playing the Reds is one thing, but next week the Cubs will be playing the Astros - the cream of the AL - at Minute Maid Park.
It'll also be the last 3 games of 16 straight for the Cubs.
That is going to be tough, and if the Astros just kick sand in the faces of the 'pen it would... not sit well.
But the Cubs are on top of the Central and the Big Boys on the team are playing serious ball.
Let's see what happens one game at a time, today it's Yu Darvish, and he could not pick a better time to go deep and give the pen a little rest.