Baseball is back, and the Cubs just finished their opening series in Miami by splitting with the Marlins. The Cubs started the 2018 season with a bang as Ian Happ took the first pitch deep. After a quick 4-1 start for the Cubs, the Marlins made a quick effort to tie it up. But the Fish came up short as the power of Schwarber and Rizzo was too strong. Cubs took game 1 with a score of 8-4.
Game 2 of the season wasn’t a thriller of any sort. It was just a long baseball game. The Cubs used any pitcher they could up to the 17th inning, but the night life in Miami must’ve took a toll on the Cubs as their offense was quiet. Miguel Rojas laces a 2-1 single to center for a Marlins 2-1 win.
Yu Darvish made his debut with the Cubs Saturday night, but it wasn’t exactly pretty. Darvish gave up a quick 2-run homer in the 1st inning that was quickly answered with a Schwarber bomb in the 2nd. Darvish was pulled after giving up 5 runs in 4.1 innings, which called on Cubs hitters to do their part. After playing for 17 innings the night before, I guess both teams wanted to play 10 this time. The Cubs didn’t joke around for long as they put up a 4 spot in the 10th to win it 10-6.
You could say one guy showed up to play Sunday afternoon, but it was only for 4 innings. Jose Quintana makes the start in his first full season with the Cubs and comes out firing through 4 innings, not allowing a hit. The no hitter was quickly broken after the Marlins scored 5 runs in the 5th. The Cubs offense was nowhere to be found. Marlins split the series with the Cubs, taking game 4, 6-0.
Player of the Series
I was so impressed by watching Addison Russell this series. After a tough season in 2017, you could already see his improvements moving into this season. Addi showed what he could do on both offense and defense. Russell went 5 for 14 with 4 walks in this series. If you’ve been watching, you have to be impressed with the way he looks at the plate. He’s been patient while knowing the zone. The only thing I’m worried about is his arm. He can obviously get the ball to first but, after his shoulder surgery and all, I’m scared about the possible re-injury. I can’t fall to anything, but I’m happy with Addi’s start.
Who needs to improve
This pains me to get on Willy like this, but I just have to do it. I know it’s early. I just see Willy being lazy about things so far. This goes for all ends. Contreras went 4 for 17 with 7 strikeouts this series. It seems like he’s been taking batting tips from Javy the whole offseason. He’s just not working counts at all. It’s hard to get on him about catching, but you can tell he’s stabbing at balls in the dirt instead of blocking them. Like I said, it’s early. I just don’t want to see Willy getting lazy.
Play of the Series
This was my first recap so I’m not sure what else to add. I was thinking of doing Pitcher of the series or something like that. If you have any ideas on how to make this better, please let us know on Twitter (@1N2W_). Thank you!