Cubs Pitcher Matt Swarmer Drops Six Bombs To Yankees

Matt Swarmer

Matt Swarmer
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The Chicago Cubs are important because they give the fine folks of the Windy City an excuse to drink and eat hot dogs during the day. Other than that one year, this season isn’t much different from most others. They are 23-35, 10 games behind the division leading the St. Louis Cardinals, and nine games from the last wildcard spot.

Basically, it’s another clock-running situation where fans only have: milestones to celebrate hoping none of the losses are so embarrassing.

About that second part.

Starting pitcher Matt Swarmer, who has been in the bigs for less than two weeks, had a rough time in the Bronx during a 8-0 loss Saturday in the hands of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and like three other Yankees. Judge hit two solo shots against Swarmer, who gave up a record six solo homeruns, including back-to-back jacks in the fourth inning. Stanton’s homer (119.8 mph) reached his own score for the hardest hit baseball in the league this season.

Except Swarmer himself is trolled by half awake baseball Twitter…

… David Ross caught a bum by association …

…and so was the jaded Cubs fan who runs the team’s Twitter account.

Swarmer became the 10th-ever pitcher to allow six blasts in a single outing and set the franchise mark for allowed home runs. He shouldn’t feel so bad, though. Half of those nightmares came this century, and there are 23 other pitchers dating back to 2016 only those who have allowed five home runs in a game, including guys like Gerrit Cole, David Price and Zack Greinke.

Hey Matt, at least you didn’t give up No. 7 and it came on a beautiful Saturday in Chicago. I’m sure everyone had enough boxed meat and beer running through their veins that they forgot the cubs were in New York this weekend.

Judge’s two home runs extend his league lead to 24, and set him on pace for something like 783 this season. But I’m sure he’ll cool off. Batting practice weekend at Yankee Stadium presented in part by David Ross and the Chicago Cubs ends Sunday.

Lightning Beat Rangers, Advance to Third Consecutive Stanley Cup Finals

Steven Stamkos scored both of Tampa’s goals in a series-clinical 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday to send his team back to the Stanley Cup Finals. New York’s Frank Vatrano tied the game with Stamkos in the penalty area for the hook at 13:07 in the third period, but that equalizing goal only lasted 21 seconds. The Lightning forward was one of the receiving ends of a superb set-up from Nikita Kucherov and with a little help from his left leg, he was able to get the puck past New York goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin.

The goal was judged and confirmed when the refs decided that the puck from Shesterkin’s glove, off Stamkos’ leg and into the net was enough of a fluke to fuck the Rangers.

It’s fair to ask if Stamkos should even have been there. I think the Zapruder movie is his spit on Alexis Lafreniere at the end of a fight in Game 5, it was just grainy enough for the league office to say, “Uhhhhhhhhh,” until the puck fell in Game 6.

Either way, Tampa is the Colorado Avalanche’s problem as the two go head to head in the Stanley Cup Finals starting Wednesday.