Good morning, frents!
So the Cubs have lost 11 straight games for the second time this year and it's barely a news story this time because that's what happens when you trade away all your stars and nearly your entire bullpen.
Also, there's this guy named Justin Fields.
Yankees 5, Sox 3
Marlins 4, Cubs 1
Sky 87, Storm 85 (OT)
Fire 1, Columbus 0
NC Courage 1, Red Stars 0
Cubs at Reds (6:10, Marquee)
A's at Sox (7:10, NBCSCH)
For starters: 😍
Greatest preseason game ever?
I'm not certain any exhibition can be labeled as 'great', so let's just go with the preseason game that kept our attention the longest.
For that, we have Justin Fields to thank. The Bears rookie quarterback excelled in his onfield debut, shaking off a slow start to lead two touchdown drives in the second half of Saturday's 20-13 win over Miami.
A rookie QB describing the pace of the NFL as "actually kind of slow" while being praised on Twitter by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is something that happens all the time, right?
I don't have to tell you that it doesn't in Chicago.
Fields completed 14-of-20 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown while rushing five times for 33 yards and one score before a gleeful Soldier Field crowd that filled about 70 percent of the seats.
Let's get to the bullet points:
- All of the usual "it's only preseason" caveats apply, though feel free to remind any non-plussed Packers or Vikings fans that Fields was also primarily throwing to Rodney Adams, Riley Ridley and a Javon Wims who has not regressed at all in the "I'm going to make things as difficult as possible for my own QB" department. Fields was also working behind a mess of an offensive line that had to sign 39-year-old Jason Peters after the game because Teven Jenkins might be 2021 for Chris Williams. These caveats are a two-way street.
- The thing that stood out about Fields is just how comfortable he looked. We'll see if he stays as cool under center once these games count, but we saw him throw from both the pocket and on the run while also using his legs to make outrunning the bottom half of the Dolphins depth chart look easy. He did not look 22 years old.
- Here are all of his plays in one handy YouTube. I've already watched that one clip of him beating the entire Dolphins defense to the edge about 73 times so far. For the past decade, we've wondered what it might be like to have a Russell Wilson or Kyler Murray stretching the field and keeping defenses honest. Now it looks like we might finally have that guy and ... update ... it feels freaking great.
- ut will Matt Nagy know how to use Fields like Pete Carroll does Wilson or Kliff Kingsbury does Murray? No one expected the Bears to empty the playbook in the preseason — something that might end up hurting Andy Dalton as he tries to make his own case — but it'll be interesting to see how Nagy handles the sports car once he gets it out on the open road.
- We couldn't wait to see Fields on the field. Now that we have that, our wish list is seeing him do his thing with Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, David Montgomery and the top tight ends.
- Some might say that Fields needs to show more over the final two preseason games to really take the job away from Dalton. And that's probably right given Nagy's pledge for Dalton at the start of camp. The reality, however, is also this: There's nothing Dalton can do over the next two weeks to not have most of the Bears fanbase calling for Fields before Week 1 even starts. Nothing Fields showed us on Saturday gives us any reason to doubt the ceiling we've set for his potential.
Next: The Bills and old friend Mitch Trubisky come to town on Saturday for exhibition No. 2. Trubisky played two series in Buffalo's opening games and only attempted two passes.
Chicago t-shirts: BreakingT has new designs for Justin Fields and Tim Anderson's walkoff last week. Check them out here.
News and results
So what are the odds the Sox can hold their ALDS or ALCS home games in Iowa if they meet the Yankees? The Sox finished their season series against New York 1-5 with the lone win coming at the Field of Dreams.
- Saturday's 7-5 loss had all the drama of Thursday's game with a Jose Abreu homer tying it with two outs in the ninth. But Liam Hendriks gave up two earned runs (plus the ghost runner) for the Sox to fall in extras.
- Sunday's 5-3 defeat was just a sloppy one. The Sox made three errors, grounded into three double plays and issued eight walks. Their lead in the AL Central is still 10 games, but there's plenty to tighten up over the last month and a half.
Next: The A's come to Sox Park for a four-game set. Dallas Keuchel (7-6, 4.51) vs. former farmhand Frankie Montas (9-8, 3.98).
This is not a reprint! This post-deadline Cubs matched the losing streak that sparked the selloff with a winless weekend in Miami. Get ready for possible history this week: The longest losing streak in club history is 14.
- The Cubs went 1-5 against the Marlins this year, despite them not being as good as the Yankees.
- Today in twists you didn't see coming in 2018 or last week: Jake Arrieta is being mentioned as a possible replacement for the injured Yu Darvish in the Padres lineup.
Next: Three in Cincinnati. Justin Steele (2-1, 2.95). vs. Wade Miley (9-4, 3.00) kicks things off.
An 87-85 overtime win over Seattle isn't a bad way to return from the 36-day Olympic break. The Sky are 11-10 and have 11 games left in the regular season.
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