After a whitewashing the night before, the Chicago Cubs offense answered the call by scoring 12 against the Detroit Tigers to split the two-game series with a 12-2 win. Jake Arrieta was sharp through four, but ran into some trouble in the fifth and sixth as the Tigers Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run that cut it to 6-3. But the Cubs answered with three-run shot from Miguel Montero to go along with another three-run home from Chris Coghlan earlier in the game.
The Cubs will return to Wrigley tonight as the right-field bleachers will be open, and home sweet home will be full of fans in the bleachers. The Reds are playing better baseball, but it was against the Phillies, so it’s hard to judge if they’re improved or not.
A bad April, followed by a spectacular May, leading into a bad June. Who is the real Jon Lester? Did the Cubs pay too much? Are he and his contract a bust? It’s way too soon to be having that conversation. For this year, or the contract as a whole. Free agency can be a difficult beast to tame, but calling Lester a bust is ridiculous. There’s a lot of season left, and a lot of years left on the deal to prove he’s not one.
The All-Star game is essentially for the fans. It’s a chance to voice your vote for your favorite players. Well, Chicago, you’re letting your Cubs down. Anthony Rizzo is having a sparkling year but continues to fall in the rankings. There are indeed flaws in the voting system, but there’s no excuse for Rizzo to be so far behind in the polls. It’s time to make your voices heard and put Rizzo in the All-Star game next month.
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