Man, this season can't get any weirder.
60 game sprint, and we're down to the last week - a 4-game series against the awful Pirates, then the White Sox for the final 3 and all the games are away.
This is when you'd think the Cubs would be fine-tuning... figuring out what the roster will be once the playoffs start, who's replacing who in the bullpen, stuff like that.
Instead, there's some kind of odd hiccup.
David Ross pulls Kyle Schwarber after he misplayed the Twins' Jake Cave's double into a triple.
Ross prefers to keep his reasoning between the two, but also says that Schwarber always hustles.
Kyle spoke up...
He says he shouldn't have misplayed the ball, that he put Darvish in a bad place, and he'll learn from it and move on.
Here's Jordan Bastain's original article on Cubs.com.
Here's Brett Taylor's take at Bleacher Nation, where he just thinks there's something else going on... maybe Ross just trying to shake up Schwarber and/or the team.
From that artricle: "Isn’t it possible that Ross knows Schwarber so well that he wanted to take this opportunity to give him a kick in the pants because Ross thinks that might have a chance of shaking something loose in Schwarber over the final week and into the postseason?"
Maybe that's it, but man what a head scratcher.
I mean... this year's team is a headscratcher.
The big problem to overcome was the bullpen, right?
Instead, it's literally every core superstar just forgetting how to hit.
My buddy Oif texted me:
"Still amazed they ever win a game. Bryant... .197/.285/.303 + 2 homers. Rizzo... .212/.332/.386, Baez... .205/.242/.364, Schwarber... .190/.306/.393."
Okay so maybe Ross's actions do make a little sense?
And maybe we get to see the Schwarber who hit the salami in Cinci again.
Cubs 10, Reds 1?
Seems like it happened in May, but it was actually just 3 weeks ago.
Okay, besides David Ross's attempt, the Pittsburgh Pirates can surely help wake the bats, so...