Stop asking if the Cubs are back. That’s been a season-long talking point every time something that seems big at the time happens, constant wonder over what can snap the Cubs out of it and get them back to their expected place of dominating the division and looking like a World Series contender. But it’s been pretty plain up to this point that one game hasn’t made that drastic difference fans are looking for. All those “Cubs back?” inquiries have only been met with the same kind of play that’s kept the team middling all season. Flashes of brilliance have come and gone, and still the Cubs turned in a sub-.500 first half and remain just a few games ahead of their division rivals from Milwaukee
It was a great catch, but it wasn’t the greatest we’ve ever seen. However, we haven’t seen many catches as gutsy as than the one made by Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar against Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant on Sunday. Bryant appeared to have extra bases in the bag on a deep drive to center. But Pillar made a tremendous leaping grab, crashing into Wrigley Field’s famed ivy … and the brick wall behind it.
After a brief resurgence, the Orioles starting rotation returned to bad form on their current home stand as the Birds lost four of six games. Jeremy Hellickson continued to prove why people questioned the trade that brought him to Baltimore last month. Hellickson has pitched to an ERA of 9.19 in his last three starts. The five home runs he allowed in Friday's series opener against the Angels were particularly alarming. The following day Kevin Gausman did his best Hellickson imitation by serving up four long-balls in the 5-1 loss. Gausman lasted just four innings giving up five earned runs, four walks and six hits. Chris Tillman’s season of misery got even worse yesterday when he made his first