Smyly ‘very happy’ to stay Cub, earns 1st victory for Wrigley originally published on NBC Sports Chicago
Drew Smyly said he thought there was at least a chance he could be moved before the trade deadline this year.
“I thought it was maybe 50-50,” the Cubs left-hander said Saturday.
Smyly hasn’t been in the rumor mill as much as some of his Cubs teammates last month. But as a guy capable of starting or replacing the one who won the World Series last fall, it’s obvious he could have helped a team in contention this season.
A trade never happened, however, and Smyly will stay with the Cubs for the rest of the season.
And he’s happy to still be here.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Smyly said of Deadline. “I’m very happy to be here and to stay here to help the youngsters and to be there to see our guys grow and gain experience at the major league level.
“We have a young squad, but like I’ve always said, it’s such a fun group of guys to show up and play with every day.”
Smyly made his first start since Saturday’s deadline and held the Marlins scoreless in 6 2/3 innings and 106 pitches – both season highs.
He allowed five hits (four singles) and one walk with four strikeouts.
One of those young guys Smyly alluded to — Christopher Morel — started a Cubs rally with a first single in the fifth. He came to score. Another, Nico Hoerner, went 3 for 4.
“Everybody’s hungry and everybody just wants to get better – win or lose,” Smyly said of the Cubs. “You always want to go out and win; it makes things more fun.
“But it’s always exciting to show up every day and play here at Wrigley Field, with these fans.”
Smyly said in the weeks leading up to Deadline that he was happy in Chicago, but also acknowledged that a trade would likely offer him the chance to compete in a pennant race.
He and his wife welcomed their third child three weeks ago, however, and Smyly said it would have been “chaos” had he been traded.
Staying with the Cubs ultimately earned him his first home win with the team, in front of the 36,787 fans in attendance Saturday.
This came nearly five years after his first signing with the Cubs; Smyly spent the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
“It’s great to get a win here. Playing here is so much fun, being the home player,” Smyly said. “To walk on this pitch every home game is really like no other. It’s an extremely fun atmosphere.
“Obviously we’re not having the best season and we’re quite behind in the standings, but you go there every game and every fan is supporting you, cheering you on, fueling up, and the energy is just better than anywhere.
“I was super happy today to be able to take that first win at Wrigley and come out on top.”
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