Kris Bryant injured the little finger on his left hand on a slide almost a month ago. At first it looked pretty serious, but KB missed only one game as a result. Since that injury he’s hitting .346/.398/.474 (27-for-78), but with just one home run. Over his last five games he’s 11-for-19 (.579).
"It's brutal," Bryant said about dealing with the injury, which he suffered July 19 in Atlanta sliding into third base. "Every day, it swells up. It's actually kind of annoying to go in the training room every day to do all this work just to feel good. Sometimes, you have to go through that."
I think sometimes we forget that almost every player has a minor injury like this that he plays through during the course of a long season. It’s remarkable that KB has hit that well dealing with that kind of pain. Hopefully, his power will return soon, but even without home runs, he’s been productive.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jay CF, La Stella 2B, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Caratini C, Schwarber LF, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Arrieta P
Peralta LF, Iannetta C, Lamb 3B, Goldschmidt 1B, Martinez RF, Descalso 2B, Marte SS, Blanco CF, Godley P
Jake Arrieta vs. Zack Godley
Today’s game is a pitching rematch of the game August 2 at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta threw well: seven innings, three hits, two runs (one earned), eight strikeouts. But Zack Godley was better: six shutout innings, and the Cubs lost 3-0.
The last time Jake pitched in Chase Field, April 10, 2016, he threw seven solid innings and also hit this monster home run:
I’d take another one of those today. Arrieta has a 2.18 ERA and 0.904 WHIP over his last seven starts. Godley has a 1.37 ERA and 1.017 ERA over his last three starts.
So how about Jake throws a shutout and hits a solo homer to win this one?
Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago.
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