Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

jake arrieta cubs roadThe Wife does these insane workout classes on the regular, and she’s got me into them on the irregular – which is to say, I haven’t been in a couple weeks, mostly due to my recent Chicago trip. I’m going to a class this morning, and I’m expecting to be destroyed. Pray for Mojo.

  • The NL Player of the Week, naturally, is Jake Arrieta. When you allow ZERO runs over 16 innings while striking out 20 and giving up just 4 hits and 1 walk … yeah, you’re gonna get recognized. It’s the third time Arrieta has won the award this year. As I wrote yesterday, I think Arrieta’s latest should have given him the lead for the Cy Young award.
  • Speaking of which: Zack Greinke gave up two earned runs over 7 innings last night to the Giants – he pretty much always goes almost exactly 7 innings in each start – while striking out 7 and walking 3. It’s a perfectly fine start, but it actually increased his ERA slightly to 1.68, and won’t really help him in any of the advanced metrics too much.

  • You’re welcome in advance: a certain hero has started collecting the many missives of those who doubted The Plan and the Cubs front office over the last few years, and the results are often quite hilarious. They load randomly, so you can have some fun.
  • Starlin Castro is as hot as it gets, and everyone loves clapping to his walk up song (CSN).
  • Dale Sveum spoke with Patrick Mooney about how he sees the rebuild in Chicago progressing, perhaps faster than he expected (and that’s even two years after he was fired, mind you). Like Rick Renteria, who was fired last year to make room for Joe Maddon, Sveum had a big impact on the rebuild, even if he’s no longer part of the organization as it bears fruit.
  • And another from Mooney, as folks are starting to come around to the idea that Kris Bryant could be a short-term guy in center field after this season, bridging the gap from Dexter Fowler – who’s likely to get long-term, big bucks elsewhere – to a youngster like Albert Almora. With others on the roster who can also play center field (Javy Baez? Austin Jackson on a short-term return deal?), the Cubs could just try and mix and match out there in the outfield for 2016.

  • If you missed Chris Denorfia’s walk-off blast last night, you can see it here. And I have trouble believing this, but here’s the quote from on the shot: “According to Elias, Denorfia’s blast was the first pinch-hit, walk-off home run in extra innings of a 1-0 game in Major League history.”
  • Kerry Wood helps out in the community in a really meaningful way.
  • Scoreboard Watching earlier today, if you missed it.
  • Start planning your trip for next season:

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