The Cubs (57-50) are again that risky contender, surging and back in first place in the National League Central in time to host the Nationals (63-43) at Wrigley Field for one of the season's most anticipated series - and quite possibly a National League Division Series preview.
"I'm not afraid to play any position", he said. He would then have to miss at least one game, but not more than three. But his pitch count was that low because he removed himself from the game after one inning with those neck spasms.
He hit a two-run shot halfway up the bleachers in right-center in the first and went the opposite way in the sixth, driving his 19th home run to left-center.
But two weekends ago, the Cubs had three separate start times for three games against the St. Louis Cardinals due to national TV broadcasts.
"He pretty much already gave me a warning to quit arguing balls and strikes", Wieters said.
John Lackey faces former Cubs Edwin Jackson on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon at Wrigley. But Arizona really gained an edge when four pitchers did their version of bobsledding, using chairs and leaning to the right and left, using their hands in sync to "steer" the vehicle properly. Saturday represented an opportunity, even if he wouldn't say it, to exact some revenge on an organization whose president blatantly remarked signing Jackson was "a mistake" - while Jackson was still on the Cubs roster with two years remaining on his contract. I will do anything for my team. He was overwhelming with a fastball in the mid-90s, his off-speed stuff still boasting so much life a month shy of his 34th birthday.
Fedde made his major league debut July 30, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in just four innings against the Colorado Rockies. But the stretch arrived too late, after a disastrous four-run first inning. Chicago had runners at first and second with nobody out, but failed to score. Jackson ate it. 2-1. Gio Gonzalez, who was supposed to start Saturday, is going on paternity leave. The highly touted prospect, who was Chicago's main return piece in the Chris Sale trade, is now batting.146 with 20 strikeouts in 15 games this season. "He grinded through the first inning, which was a long inning for him".
Then again, with a couple of well-placed pitches in a couple of key situations earlier, the Nationals might not have found themselves trying to finish off a comeback but instead a wire-to-wire victory.
"We started this series off the right way and, hopefully, gave ourselves a chance to win the series tomorrow", he said. Lobaton and Brian Goodwin managed to draw back-to-back, one-out walks, ensuring the tying run would step to the plate.
"We're facing good competition, especially with Washington".