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Monday, April 29, 2019

MLB roundup: Zobrist, Cubs outlast D-backs in 15 innings

Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and Ben Zobrist broke a tie with a two-run double in a three-run 15th inning as the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 6-5 victory on Sunday in Phoenix.

Tyler Chatwood, the Cubs’ seventh pitcher, doubled to the fence in right-center field with one out in the 15th inning off Matt Andriese (3-2) and took third on Albert Almora Jr.’s single to center.

Zobrist, who entered the game in a double-switch in the 11th inning, doubled into the right field corner and took third on the throw to home, which failed to beat Almora. Bryant followed with a sacrifice fly.

David Peralta singled with two outs in the 15th off Kyle Ryan before Christian Walker doubled, and pinch hitter Caleb Joseph hit a two-run single to make it 6-5. Cubs right-hander Allen Webster entered and got Nick Ahmed to fly out to the warning track in left field for his first career save.

Thread’s open- if there’s something you wish to ramble about, go right ahead.

 

QLE Posted: April 29, 2019 at 04:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, diamondbacks, extra innings

Friday, March 01, 2019

Cubs have found a winning formula for Ben Zobrist

The Cubs believe they’ve found the right mix to getting the most bang for their buck out of Ben Zobrist.

The aging veteran is extremely valuable to the team given his positional flexibility, switch-hitting ability and polished plate approach, but the Cubs learned the hard way in 2017 that Zobrist needs rest to keep him healthy and spry throughout the long, grueling season.

Zobrist played in 128 games in 2017 but was plagued by a wrist injury for most of the year, hitting only .232 with a .693 OPS. But he returned to finish second on the 2018 Cubs in position-player WAR (Baseball Reference) behind only MVP runner-up Javy Baez.

*Considers going with either a Panama Lewis or a David Ortiz reference; realizes that either one could get him in a world of trouble here*

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs

Monday, January 21, 2019

Cubs have considered trading Ben Zobrist

The things folk do to duck the luxury tax….

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, luxury tax

 

 

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