OSS: Cubs magic number drops to Tony Campana.
- Jon Lester had another great game, pitching eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and just four baserunners. He lowered his ERA to second in the NL, behind teammate Cyle Hendricks. He was on pace for a Maddux in much of the early going, and is probably the favorite to start game one of the NLDS.
- Anthony Rizzo kicked himself out of the no homers club for the day, hitting two bombs against the Cardinals. One was off Carlos Martinez, who was quite effective at getting strikeouts today, and the other was off of Michael Wacha, who probably had some rust to knock off. It’s great to see Rizzo heating up for a game, it feels like forever (read: one week) since Rizzo went deep.
- Speaking of home runs and long periods of time, David Ross hit his ninth (!) home run of the season today, a bomb that went halfway up the berm in center. He’s now hit more homers this year than his last two seasons combined, and has been worth 1.6 fWAR on the year, which ill bump even higher after fangraphs updates with this game’s stats.
Three seventeen down:
- The Cardinals.
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