The first ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 trailer is out! And it will require many viewings. I can’t decide if it makes me happy or sad to say “under two months!”
- With last night’s win, the Cubs reached three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the Phillies series at the start of this month. You know, the one that preceded the Yankees series in which the Cubs were swept, and then went on to lose seven of their next nine games. It felt then like the Cubs were about to go on a run, but Wade Davis was unavailable to close out that opener against the Yankees, Brett Garner took Hector Rondon deep in the 9th, and the skid started. Let’s not see that again.
- Speaking of Davis and 9th inning homers, the one he gave up last night netted his first earned runs of the season. It was also the first home run he’d given up since September … of 2015. Wow. We always talk about how many solo homers the Cubs have hit (and it’s egregiously unlucky), but how about this: the Williamson two-run shot ended a consecutive solo homer streak for the Giants at 19(!) in a row. My God.
- Anyway, Davis managed to pull it together enough – after a walk – to strike out Joe Panik on a 3-2 curveball. The Giants did not think it was a strike, and Bruce Bochy registered his frustration:
Bochy threw his phone after watching replay of final strike. Said it was a shame to lose on an obviously bad call.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) May 25, 2017
- Per Brooks’ PitchF/x tracking, the strike three was as borderline as it gets, right there on the edge of the zone:
- Thing is, that pitch is well within the “typically called” zone, and is also consistent with how pitches on that edge were called all night. Were the shoe on the other foot, I’d be angry, too, but I’d also be here writing something about how the ump was consistently calling that outside edge. It was one of those pitches that looked much uglier than it actually was (but that makes it hard to blame Panik for not protecting).
- The homer bumped Davis’s ERA with the Cubs up from 0.00 to 0.98, which is obviously still minuscule, but, humorously, is still higher than his full season number in 2015 (0.94). Something to shoot for.
- Three other big stories from last night’s game will be discussed elsewhere (I didn’t forget): that bad Jason Heyward call, Kyle Hendricks’ great night, and Anthony Rizzo’s recent homer binge (already got to that one this morning, actually).
- Speaking of those homers, they triggered Cubs bullpen dance parties, which are now a thing, but come with self-imposed rule (Cubs.com): they only do it if the homer is in the first five innings. Probably a little harder for everyone to break it down when guys are throwing right there there trying to get warm. I like dance parties, but I don’t want to see Carl Edwards Jr. worm himself right into a Brian Duensing fastball to the face.
- When the Cubs head out for their road trip after today’s game, the theme will be ‘Anchorman’, complete with Sex Panther cologne (CSN). It’s also a tribute to Tommy La Stella, whom Joe Maddon sees as looking like Brick Tamland from the movie, which, if you’re familiar … is … a … compliment? You know, I’m just gonna wait on this one and see what we see.
- Brett Anderson is headed to Mesa to continue rehabbing his back (Tribune). Extended Spring Training games are going on there, so if he needs game action, he can get it there in a controlled environment. If Eddie Butler has a good start today, that could go a long way towards not having to worry about rushing Anderson.
- Another way of looking at strength of schedule over at FanGraphs, and the Cubs show up with the fifth toughest schedule so far in the NL. Just FWIW.
- The Cubs won a couple awards:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 25, 2017
- They basically have to put this in slow-mo just so you can see Billy Hamilton:
This is Billy Hamilton scoring from FIRST base on a SINGLE to LEFT field. This shouldn't be possible. He's that fast pic.twitter.com/vzxQbj0mYi
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) May 25, 2017
- Interesting over at TYL for Bears fans who were not on board with the Mitch Trubisky pick: at least one pundit says, contrary to popular opinion, the 2018 quarterback class does not look great.
- Random, but very interesting Deals of the Day at Amazon today: 40% off New Balance gear, big sale on PuraSleep memory foam, and a four-port USB hub for just $5.