It was a rough weekend for the Chicago Cubs, both emotionally and on the scoreboard. The San Francisco Giants were in town, and that meant the return of Kris Bryant, but the Cubs continue to compete.
Bryant has continued to say all of the right things since being traded, and he is clearly appreciative of being traded to a team in a playoff race. The Cubs honored Bryant with a video tribute before the series started, but it was the former MVP’s new team that took all three games of the series.
The Cubs are now in Philadelphia this week for a matchup with the Phillies, and they are looking to play the role of spoiler. The Phillies still have a chance at an NL Wild Card spot, but they were looking to sweep the Cubs in order to gain some ground.
Chicago took the series opener by a score of 6-3, and then battled back to make things tight in the second game. It was the Phillies that came away with a 6-5 win in that game, but the Cubs continue to compete in the final weeks of the season.
This Cubs team has some serious holes on the roster, but you can’t fault their heart in these games. Credit David Ross for keeping his team playing hard, even if it won’t lead to many wins the rest of the way.
Wisdom Needs One More For Record
Patrick Wisdom has now tied Kris Bryant for the rookie home run record with the Chicago Cubs. Bryant went on to being named the Rookie of the Year when he accomplished the feat, and Wisdom should be in the conversation this season as well.
This has been a disappointing season for the Cubs in many respects, but Wisdom has been a bright spot that continues to be worth following. There are still some questions about this ability to play every day next season, but the Cubs owe it to him to at least give him the opportunity.
There is no way that anyone thought that a player would break the rookie home run record from Bryant so soon, especially a third baseman. Here is hoping that Wisdom is able to belt another home run at some point this season to put his name in the record books.
Brennen Davis One Step Closer
Once the Cubs decided to trade away the core at the Trade Deadline, it was immediately time to start focusing on the future. This is exactly what transpired when Theo Epstein was hired, as he promised that some talented players were on the way.
There aren’t a ton of big-name prospects currently in the Minor Leagues for the Chicago Cubs, but they do have a potential superstar. That player is Brennen Davis, and he is now just one level away from reaching the Big Leagues.
Davis was promoted to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, and everyone in the Cubs organization was wondering how that transition would go. It didn’t take long for Davis to give an answer as he blasted a pair of home runs in his first game in Iowa.
It’s still not a guarantee that Davis will be a member of the Cubs at any point in 2022, but he continues to get closer.