For nine years Jason Kipnis always entered through the home clubhouse at Progressive Field when getting ready to suit up as a member of the Cleveland Indians. On Tuesday, that changed. The two-time All-Star who joined the Chicago Cubs over the off-season returned to the ballpark he called home for his entire pro career on Tuesday prior to the Indians opening up a quick two-game series in Cleveland.
GOOD STARTS: Despite Tyler Chatwood allowing eight runs in 2⅓ innings Thursday, Cubs starting pitchers rank third in the majors with a 2.83 ERA (24 earned runs in 76⅓ innings). Tonight’s opponent, Cleveland, leads the majors as its starters have posted a 2.24 ERA thus far. KEEPING ‘EM HITLESS: Jeremy Jeffress has held opponents hitless in 18 at-bats spanning 6.0 innings thus far.
In MLB, cardboard cutouts are all the rage. After having their weekend series against St. Louis postponed due to the Cardinals’ COVID outbreak, the Cubs found themselves with some unexpected time on their hands. They used it for target practice.