The Chicago Cubs were hoping for a bounceback game from Brett Anderson. The got one out from him as he left in the first with back tightness–but his performance was the real reason. The winds of change may be coming.
For the second consecutive day, the Chicago Cubs lost to the New York Yankees. This time, the Yankees didn’t need any late dramatics as they scored five in the first and were in control from there. Brett Anderson followed his worst start of the year with, well, a worse start. He left the game with back stiffness. But let’s be honest, he should have been out of the game well before then. Miguel Montero did continue his hot start at the plate and pitched a scoreless inning while he was at it.
The Cubs bullpen continues to evolve, as Rob Zastryzny was called up and Matt Szczur was DFA’d. The Szczur move was somewhat expected. He’s a great teammate and player, but the Cubs are very aware he isn’t going to make it through waivers. After optioning Justin Grimm to Triple-A Iowa and calling up Felix Pena, it’s safe to say the bullpen situation is a fluid one as of now.
Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of one of the greatest individual performances in Cubs history. Kerry Wood‘s 20 strikeout performance. I was 18 years old and watched the Cubs religiously. Wood was larger than life. And on that day, he made a usually dangerous Houston Astros lineup look like an overmatched little league team.
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