The Chicago Cubs have righted the ship after a two-game losing streak to the San Diego Padres in a doubleheader. The Cubs used the long ball to beat the Bucs 9-4 in the series opener.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a 24-hour rule on celebrating wins. The same applies to losses, and it was fitting they had a day off after dropping both ends of the doubleheader against the Padres–it gave them 48 hours to move on. The Cubs were able to touch-up Francisco Liriano for three home runs–a three-run shot by Addison Russel, a two-run home run from Kris Bryant and another three-run home run from David Ross.
The “new and improved” Jason Hammel was impressive again as he lowered his ERA to 1.77 while receiving a nice round of applause when exiting the game. Outside of his physical appearance–Hammel made a few changes to his delivery which have paid great dividends. His physical change will show in the second half where the past two years he’s struggled.
Jake Arrieta has become the Kardashian’s of baseball. Everywhere you look, there he is. From no-hitters and PED allegations to his upcoming free agency, it’s all about Jake. Arrieta won’t be a free agent till after the 2017 season but you wouldn’t know that by reading the sports pages. everyone has an opinion of what he’s worth–and if the Cubs will be willing to keep him.
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‘Putting a price tag on Jake Arrieta’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Matt Bush makes his MLB debut after release from prison’ – Yahoo Sports
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