Instead of planning for a celebration, the Cubs were tasked with trying to find some answers for a bullpen with a plethora of question marks. The Cubs were in the lead, but wait, there's more.
Then there's Hector Rondon, who has elbow inflammation - though no structural damage - and has been shut down indefinitely. Pham's 21st home run of the season and second in as many days gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. He does have 187 of them, but wins are not easy to come by for a starter, and you want every one of them. After Lackey let Baker know about that called ball, he surrendered an RBI single that gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. It looked like three might turn to two in the games-back column. It was their most runs scored in any three-game series since June 1-3, 1987 at home versus the Astros (40). "If he gets through tomorrow, probably the best-case scenario might be he gets in the Milwaukee series and St. Louis and maybe the last weekend".
Anybody can agree that the call on the 5th pitch there isn't great. Martinez will try for better results next week in Cincinnati. Sep.
"I think it's kind of a Murphy's Law type thing right now with our 'pen". Let's talk about it in the comments.
Lackey allowed two runs on three hits in his shortened 4 2/3-inning outing.
Their starting shortstop has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with a strained right foot and plantar fasciitis. He is scheduled to work out today. Chicago logged eight hits and four walks with Kris Bryant going 3-4 with a homer, two RBI's and two runs while Jon Jay, and Alex Avilia both driving in runs and scoring. Yes, he should have exerted much more self-control, but at this point asking that from him is much like asking the Earth to stop rotating. The sixth inning at Wrigley today showed that. "We'll figure it out from there".
YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 2 Didi Gregorius hit a tiebreaking two-run home run and drove in four runs, leading New York over visiting Baltimore for its fifth victory in six games. You deal with the reality. "You look at ways to fix it". That romp revived the Cubs who, just one inning earlier, had suddenly lost starter John Lackey and cleanup hitter Willson Contreras when they verbally swarmed umpire Jordan Baker. The Cardinals have had at least five players greatly exceed expectations to change the course of the 2017 season which until a couple of months ago seemed headed directly to the dumpster.
"A lot of different factors, dealing with a less-than-ideal set of circumstances for the short term", Epstein said. He proceeds to then scream at Baker and toss his catcher's mask.