Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

broken batThere are still a few hours left if the Phillies want to go ahead and trade Cole Hamels before he faces the Cubs this afternoon.

  • I don’t have a ton to add to yesterday’s loss that I didn’t already write in the EBS or in this morning’s “let’s talk about life” post. From a pure baseball perspective, it was a pretty simple thing: the Cubs failed repeatedly to come through with runners in scoring position, Jon Lester pitched well, Hector Rondon pitched well, Jason Motte’s high-contact approach finally burned the Cubs (but I still like him), and Rafael Soriano gave up a two-run homer on a meatball. Ballgame.
  • Oh, one thing I will say: stop hating on David Ross for the bases loaded bunt. It was a great idea, very nearly worked, and took a perfect play to get him. That was a fantastic decision and very good executive, David. Don’t listen to the haters on that one.

  • None of the players or the manager were too down after the game (Tribune), which is what you want, even if we the fans get all salty.
  • Another successful game at Arizona for Javy Baez, who played second base and went 1-3 with a single and a HBP (don’t worry, it didn’t hit his hand). Arizona Phil has a detailed write-up of Baez’s game, including a note that the only scouts he could identify were from the Red Sox and Rays organizations, and the Rays scout left as soon as Baez left the game. I recommend you take that only as background information and not immediately assume the Cubs and Rays are talking trade – remember: smart organizations are constantly scouting players all over the league to get as much information as they can for their player databases (in case the opportunity to get a player comes up at any point down the road). That’s all this might be.
  • Do young players wear down in the second half? Matt Trueblood checks it out, and … sometimes. Sometimes not. Sometimes they get better.
  • Ian Happ got a chance to take batting practice at Wrigley Field.
  • Jesse Rogers reports that Clayton Richard’s unique route to the minors does NOT except him from the 10-day recall rule, so he won’t be eligible to start for the Cubs on Monday or Tuesday after all. That means we’ll see either Dallas Beeler, Tsuyoshi Wada, or a new starter.

  • Oof:

  • That’s pretty shocking, but, then, given how rough the offense has been for nearly two months now, maybe it shouldn’t be. The offense is better this year, by the slash line, but I guess the offensive environment around the league must be up in that regard. Meanwhile, the Cubs’ .228 batting average with runners in scoring position is fifth worst in baseball – but that’s better than the .223 mark last year, second worst in baseball!

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