I’ve decided that I won’t be mentioning the Cubs’ newly acquired closer in my posts. Now, Jake Arrieta? Yeah, I’ll talk about him. Yesterday was one of those games where even though the Cubs could do everything right, they still lost 4-1 to the Seattle Mariners. Arrieta, who hasn’t given up a home run since July 25 the longest by a Cubs pitcher since 1947.
“I had a lot of ground balls and got outs early in counts,” Arrieta said. “That’s the game plan, to stay on that path and keep building off that. We’ll be in a good spot if I do that.”
Jason Heyward continued his improved play by going 1 for 3 and has reached safely in 19 of his last 23 games. Those extra practice swings are paying off.
The Cubs lost the game only because they were doing the right thing, sure it was due to the aforementioned new closer blowing a save but Kris Bryant was trying to steal home when he was called out. Now, that’s the way to play ball. When teams play the small ball, they’re going to win championships and end curses.
“I knew he tagged me,” Bryant said. “As I was sliding, I thought my leg was straight enough to touch home plate. It looked like I missed it and then got it after my foot passed by.”
Give Bryant an A for effort because that’s the way the Cubs will eventually win.
“Looking back on it, I could’ve slid head-first, but that’s one way to get hurt,” Bryant said. “I thought I had my foot in there. That would’ve been cool, because that’s a play we don’t ever get to do. We practice in Spring Training and it looked like it was working. It would’ve been cool to be safe. Good play all around.”