The school year is already getting close to an end, so I’m visiting The Little Girl’s class again today to help out with some math stuff. They do parent volunteers for various things, and I’m pretty grateful that my job lets me participate. And I can show of some math skills! Think the first graders want to learn about how to calculate BABIP and understand its relationship to hard and soft contact vis a vis xwOBA?
- The Cubs did most of their damage yesterday in the huge third inning, batting around, and recording their three outs only because of a sac bunt by the pitcher, a rocket sac fly, and an inning-ending fly out by the pitcher. When those are your outs, you know an inning must have gone very well.
- Speaking of which, enjoy the highlights from that eight-run outburst:
- That was a great deal of fun, and I move that the Cubs face a Marlins fly ball pitcher on a windy day for the majority of their remaining baseball games.
- The Cubs’ offense loves them some blowup games:
#Cubs: 7th game with at least 10 runs scored this season. Leads Majors.
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 9, 2018
With 10 runs on the board, the Cubs have now scored double-digit runs SEVEN times this season. They did it just ten times in their 2016 World Series season.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) May 9, 2018
- Oh, and the Cubs scored four runs after the one on Monday, so they’re totally cured of that pesky boom-bust cycle! They’re gonna score 80 on Friday!
- After all that, the Cubs are now only a game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central … and are in fourth place. Heh. It’s all bunched up right now, and then there are the Reds, already 11.5 games out.
- Jose Quintana velocity check: the lefty was sitting at 92 mph yesterday, which is down a half-click from last year, but holding steady on the improvement he saw after his first few unnervingly low starts.
- Justin Hancock, making his big league debut, maxed out at 98.9 mph yesterday, so no triple digits out of the gate. But he can get there, and he pairs the fastball with a nice slider. Like Luke Farrell, Hancock is a recent bullpen convert who clearly has at least two big-league-caliber pitches – that’s your starter kit for being an effective big league reliever. At that point, just how nasty those pitches can be and consistent command are what separates the guys who stick and the guys who wind up bouncing from hopeful org to hopeful org on the waiver wire. Hancock gave up a homer on a good pitch yesterday, and also a walk (that should have been a strikeout). A big league debut is tough for anyone, but I thought Hancock looked good and pitched appropriately to the situation.
- (I still like Luke Farrell, too, by the way. You are reminded that the game he “blew” before being sent down featured two strikeouts, an infield single, and a fly ball that left the park down the line but is actually something of a routine out 55% of the time. It wasn’t crushed.)
- Cubs job alert: player development analyst. Tell ’em Bert sent you.
- So far, Jake Arrieta is doing his thing and giving up NO hard contact, which is quite good. But if I’m a Phillies fan, I’m a bit nervous about his strikeout rate being so low (16.1%) and walk rate ticking up (8.8%).
- Oh you silly guys and your crazy shenanigans:
Bryant has been giving Rizzo shit all year for not hitting a double until hitting 2 Wed.
Rizzo: "My co-business partner over here has let me know I'm on pace for 0 doubles."
Bryant: "That was so fun joking around – he didn't have a double the whole first month!"
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) May 9, 2018
- More importantly:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 10, 2018
- Thermos, Macbook, blenders, drones – good Deals of the Day today at Amazon.
- And the MLB Shop is having a Spring Savings Event with a bunch of additional stuff on clearance – just some that stood out to me:
A spring savings event at the MLB Shop today means additional stuff just flipped to clearance: https://t.co/mmNAJ1eyZi
Some that stood out to me, but there's a ton of good stuff. pic.twitter.com/ZNQMzu1Uvf
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) May 10, 2018