Well. This weekend happened, and it included things. Many of which you probably don’t want to be reminded. But, well, this is a weekly thing now, so in case you did happen to miss anything or want to re-live a couple awful losses …
Friday, May 8
- Zack Greinke is expected to opt out of his contract after this season, which would add to the huge pile of projected free agents.
- Luis wrote about the pace of play so far in baseball this year, including the shrinking length of games.
- Cubs prospect Billy McKinney is on an absolute tear, and hit a walk-off homer.
- I wondered if a 3-1 series loss to the Cardinals last week was a “fair” outcome given the underlying performances. It was.
- Michael looked at the latest notable items from around baseball, including the rapidly diminishing MLB presence in Venezuela (Cubs are still there, though).
- The Cubs built a lead and hung on late to win Friday night’s game in Milwaukee.
Saturday, May 9
- A look at the Cubs’ homers from Friday, and the extreme hustle play by Kris Bryant that helped save the win.
- The Cubs managed to get Anthony Varvaro through waivers and outrighted him to AAA Iowa.
- The Mets are calling up one of the biggest pitching prospects in baseball (literally and figuratively), and he’ll face the Cubs on Tuesday.
- Apropos of his homer that would come later in the day, I noted a couple articles that dug into why there’s no reason to worry about Kris Bryant’s lack of power production.
- The Cubs lost big to the Brewers, resulting in David Ross pitching a scoreless inning of relief.
Sunday, May 10
- At least the morning started with happy thoughts – watching Kris Bryant’s first big league home run.
- We talked about the pitching-sized elephant in the room. The Cubs have, you know, pitching problems.
- And Luke looked at the Cubs’ upper minors for potential relief help.
- The Cubs took the Brewers into extra innings, but that doesn’t earn them any points. They lost in 11, dropping to .500.