2018 Cubs – Fifth Ten Games

I’m currently writing this after the Cubs finished their 70th game of the season.  I’m trying to get caught up on things while still maintaining some variety in the blog.  Also, as I’m writing this, I have another 1.5 weeks in India, and one of the few positives about it is that all the hotel time makes it easy to post blog posts more regularly.

I appreciate anyone taking the time to read this stuff still.  Before I left, I acquired a ton of new cards, and I have a ton from before that still need to be shown.  This kind of post is a nice and easy way to get that done.

Pulled from a box of SC I bought at the NSCC

Win #23 – Lester – Not a long outing, but an effective one.  Jon tallied 6 innings, 1 hit, 8 K, 1 BB, and 1 earned run on a homer. That reduced his ERA further to 2.52.  Oh, and he drove in a run on a sac bunt.

Tough to tell, but this is the holo version

Win #24 – Heyward – This is for the second game of a doubleheader.  After losing the first game in 11 innings, the Cubs bounced back to win 10-0..  Heyward was 2-4, and drove in 4 of those runs.  His 3RBI triple really put the game out of reach.

Probably struck out

Win #25 – Baez – Batting 3-4 on the day earns him the game honors.  He had one RBI on a solo homer, but that’s only because Schwarber hit a 2-run bomb right before that.

Easier to tell this is the holo

Win #26 – Hendricks – Kyle hasn’t been amazing this year, but still respectable.  On a day where only one extra base was hit by the Cubs (yet we still scored 6 against SF’s 2), Kyle gave the team 7 innings, and 7 Ks against 2 hits, 1 run on a homer, and 2 BB.  His 3.16 ERA may not be as good as Lester’s but still not bad.

Love the reflection in the shades

Win #27 – Baez – Almora was 3-5 on the day, but Javy’s 3-run shot in the 4th turned the game around. He went 2-5 with those 3 RBI giving him 42 on the year, which might have still kept him as the NL leader at the time?

There need to be more purple cards

Win #28 – Mike Montgomery – Mike was getting start in Yu Darvish’s DL stead, He only went 5.2 innings (probably to ease him into starting), but Mike gave up no runs, only 2 hits, 0 walks, and recorded 5 Ks for a great fill-in start from a guy that definitely wants that role. He was also 1-1 at the plate in a Cubs blowout. By the way, this is the “Rizzo slide” game and in my opinion, it was not clean.  Don’t bother arguing with me, though, because I don’t care enough.

Through 50 games, the Cubs were 28-22 and found themselves 4.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central.  Winning 6 out of 10 is nice, but you have to have a few better stretches than that to really contend.  Let’s see what the next 50 will bring, 10 games at a time.

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