After a gale wind caught a popup to middle area and sent it to right for a two-run double Friday, Kris Bryant pulled into second base with a smile on his face.
“Any hit within the show is successful in the show,” he stated with amusing Saturday morning.
Amazingly, it occurred once more Saturday when Bryant’s exhausting shot to deep middle within the fourth inning was a floor-rule double after middle fielder Jarrod Dyson lost monitor of the wind-blown ball and watched it bounce off the warning monitor and into the bleachers.
Bryant was again at third base Saturday, protected from the madness of the 30-mph gusts that made right area an adventure when he performed there Friday.
“I used to be out there in right area considering, ‘Please don’t hit the ball in the air,’ ” he stated. “Often on these days you hit the ball low, hit it on the ground. But (Friday) in case you hit the ball in the air you didn’t know the place it was going to go. You saw it with a couple of the opposite guys — Willson (Contreras) hit one which had the other middle fielder (Ketel Marte) screaming.
“It was in all probability a type of games the place the wind affected the ball more than some other recreation I’ve been in. We’ve achieved it before. It’s straightforward to complain, but we now have to cope with it here in April and Might. You by no means know the place the winds are blowing or what the temperature is going to be. The most important thing is to use it to our benefit because we’ve finished it earlier than, and being from Arizona they’re used to enjoying indoors and don’t know exactly how you can do it.”
Bryant went 1-for-3 with a walk Saturday and has reached five occasions within the last two days. However he’s hitting .239 with only one residence run in seventy one at-bats.
“He had good at-bats all recreation,” manager Joe Maddon stated. “I appreciated the stroll, he labored actually onerous for his stroll. … I assumed he seemed pretty good.”
Bryant is confident the outcomes will come if he continues to work, although he admitted he was uninterested in being requested concerning the sluggish start.
“I’ve been by way of this before,” he stated. “I’ve been down this street. It’s straightforward to complain. It’s not going to do anything. I control my angle and my effort and my swing. I simply attempt to put myself in position to sq. up the baseball. That’s all I can do.”
So he feels good?
“I really feel great,” he replied. “I give all of it I’ve acquired and at the end of the day I can sleep at night time understanding I’ve tried my greatest.”
Maddon has been sending his gamers the lineup three days prematurely this season after having advised them the day before previously.
However with the unpredictable Wrigley winds, wouldn’t it make sense to attend to ensure his greatest defensive outfield have been in place Friday and Saturday? Maddon admitted he was “a bit of bit concerned” Friday and stated climate often can have an effect on his considering.
“It might, but I’m nonetheless working off the offensive aspect right now, and we might make the defensive adjustments within the…