Bad games happen, and yeah, for the Chicago Cubs, it’s happened a lot more than we’d like in this recent stretch. But as the first 81 games are done, the Cubs are still OK record-wise, and will work to address the issues that we’ve observed during their prolonged slump. Since there are 81 more games to go, there’s no need to feel too down because help is on the way, and barring that, the All-Star Break is right around the corner so there will be a few days off to lick their wounds and reset.
I noted that Montero was sitting 80-82 mph with one of his pitches hitting 84, which is pretty good for a guy who can’t throw out many baserunners and who isn’t actually supposed to pitch. The other fun thing was that he was pitching to his eventual replacement, Willson Contreras, and also got to face a pitcher who was pinch-hitting:
All told, Miggy threw 31 pitches, didn’t walk anybody, and limited the damage to four hits and a single run to save the rest of the Cubs’ bullpen in a major blowout. We have to commend Spencer Patton for wearing it for a few innings, and Joel Peralta also ate nearing two innings. Those two are likely going back to Iowa or elsewhere soon anyway so they were my preferred wasted arms in mop up duty. However, while Miggy’s performance wasn’t on par with David Ross‘ gems or John Baker‘s legendary game, but as long as he didn’t hurt his arm, he did the Cubs a huge solid in a game where they wanted to get it over with and get out of town. The 6.75 ERA probably won’t net him any awards, but this is a small sample, after all…
A few more innings and might have a chance at the CY Young #Cubs
— Miguel Montero (@miggymont26) July 3, 2016
We salute you, sir!
Cover Photo –> (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)