Normally, a series with the Cubs would be a bigger deal, but coming off a huge sweep of the Cards, this series seems almost to be an afterthought. However well the Reds played against St. Louis, there is still room for improvement. Hopefully Aroldis Chapman's DL stint will allow him to work with coaches to figure out what caused him to go all Rick Ankiel on the mound.
While the Reds are on a high, having won nine of their last eleven contests and sit 6 games over .500, the Cubs have gone 7-5 in their last 12, and are still 4 games under. No Cubs starter has an ERA under 4, and while their bullpen has been decent, they haven't had too many leads to protect.
, he doesn't have the electric swing-and-miss stuff he used to, sporting a 6.27 K/9, the second-lowest mark of his career.I never really appreciated the impact of good defense until last season, and I think the old adage that "defense wins championships" might be onto something. It sure is nice not having to worry about seemingly routine grounders to short or line drives to right field, isn't it?
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