January 24 2018

John Lackey and Willson Contreras get tossed

January 24 2018, 01:47 | Sammy Rose

But it's a step in the right direction.

They also happen to be playing their best baseball of the season.

Superstar Kris Bryant singles to center field.

The Cubs will have Monday off before starting a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.

The sirens from the fire engine provided a proper - and timely -backdrop considering the high temperature of Almora's bat of late. "That turned into some energy that we all needed".

The two current AL wildcard holders square off in an important matchup.

Martinez then walked Anthony Rizzo and gave up a base hit to Contreras.

And as for the defense, not just defense in regard to errors or non-errors.

Then, Matt Bowman enters.

The Chicago Cubs will try to extend their lead over the third-place St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday while left-handed starter Jose Quintana gets another chance to state his case for inclusion in Chicago's postseason rotation. Such innings that have been few and far between against the better pitchers in the league this season, at least when Chicago hasn't hit the long ball.

But Broglio was dealt in a six-player trade that he says never would have been approved today because players being traded now must get medical clearance. Rob Z. has got to pick it up. For stretches, they've played so bad that they weren't even fun to watch.

This year's version of last year's World Series champion doesn't have the luxury of making such arrangements. Earlier in the day, he had smacked a game-tying, three-run home run.

"Anytime you see your teammates going out like that and getting fired up, it's not a terrible thing".

My Redbird Daily colleague Adam Butler had a good point about the Bowman decision. That's going to be a crazy week. But Maddon is fond of dialing things down to boring whenever he feels it suits the moment.

The Astros locked up the AL West with a 7-1 victory over the Mariners. With a Rockies loss to the Padres, the Cardinals still only trail the Wild Card spot by four and a half games.

The difference in National League Central projections is that the Milwaukee Brewers are in this until the end. "He was solid with mechanics as well as sharing his sense of humor, which put the kids at ease". He threw a cutter across the middle that looked so much like a strike that Martinez started to walk back to the dugout before the pitch was even called. In 12 of his last 14 starts, he had allowed no more than two runs. A missed play in the field or two.

Whether suspensions are coming for right-hander John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras after angry fifth-inning outbursts remains to be seen. Kolten Wong came home for a 2-1 Cardinals lead. Adam Wainwright isn't close and Dexter Fowler's knee still isn't right. Can he reverse the trend?

MLB should be working to solve this issue. If not, a playoff-less October awaits the Birds again.

Not only is Russell back, but he's already at the top of his game. "It happens at this ballpark".

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