If you hold down ‘option’ and click on your Wi-Fi icon on your Mac, you can see a bunch of info about the network, including the Tx Rate, which is essentially the speed your device is connecting to the router. I mention this because I just used it – while walking around with my laptop open like I was playing some giant version of Pokemon Go – to find the best place to sit at The Little Girl’s gymnastics building while I work. Nowhere else was working properly, so now I’m sitting … on the ground under a coat rack. BUT IT’S WORKING.
- My past self is still just blown away by this:
Go back to March and tell yourself that Dillon Maples would pitch 1/3 of an inning in a mid-Sept game. You'd say, "Yeah, I could see that."
Then tell yourself that the other 8.2 came from Cole Hamels, Jaime Garcia, and Jorge De La Rosa. pic.twitter.com/VMWKDiK6u8
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 15, 2018
- As for the ELITE setup man and ELITE closer last night, there are at least some reasons to believe Jaime Garcia and Jorge De La Rosa could be not-terrible down the stretch for the needy Cubs. For Garcia, he was not-terrible as a reliever this year when he dabbled in that role with the Blue Jays (opposing batters hitting just .160/.263/.300), and De La Rosa has actually been quite good with the Cubs (1.59 ERA, 2.39 FIP over 17.0 innings). I don’t think you can say these guys are definitely key playoff bullpen pieces or anything, but, given the injuries to Pedro Strop and Brandon Morrow, and the struggles of Brandon Kintzler, Steve Cishek, and Carl Edwards, I guess you have to see what a couple veterans can do.
- Speaking of Edwards, Joe Maddon isn’t ready to go away from him in big spots, because he’s still playing the longer game (Cubs.com): “I talk to him afterward, and I always tell him, ‘You can get anybody out.’ He’s going through a moment now, but you can’t run away from that. You look at the big picture. For us to be able to finish this off and go deep in the playoffs, he has to be a big part of that. You don’t sit him on the bench or run away from him, because you’re not going to do it without him.”
- It’s true that having GOOD Carl back would be enormous for the Cubs bullpen. But how many more leads will they blow in this critical stretch while trying to get him there? I agree with Maddon on this one, but I also acknowledge that it’s a really tough balance.
- It was nice to see Ian Happ – who has slumped in the second half with much of the rest of the offense – get a huge hit yesterday. Hopefully that’s a confidence boost: you got a meatball, dude, and you didn’t miss it.
- Victor Caratini has looked good lately at and behind the plate, and his playing time has bumped up accordingly (especially as Willson Contreras continues looking like a guy who needs a break). Caratini’s season line is still a modest .259/.318/.342 (81 wRC+), but just one week ago, that line was .241/.303/.305 (67). That’s a very hot September week.
- Kyle Schwarber is still dealing with back soreness, and had been hoping to be back in the lineup yesterday (Cubs.com). Hopefully he can be available again soon. Looks like he might be hitting in a sim game soon against a certain please-get-back-healthy-soon reliever:
#Cubs Morrow to throw sim game at Wrigley. Schwarber and Gore on the fields with bats so far
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 15, 2018
- Michael on Murphy:
During this rough patch for Daniel Murphy, the culprits seem to be …
– swinging at too many pitches out of the zone
– whiffing on too many pitches in the zone
– first pitch strike too often
– whiff% up
Given his particular skillset, you'd hope that wouldn't last long.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) September 15, 2018
- Behind the scenes:
Follow along as we periodically release our starting pitchers' routine Between Starts.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 14, 2018
- Punch me in the nuggets, man:
The greatest thing to happen to the #Stlcards was the #Bluejays’ rejection of the Cards’ trade proposal this winter for Josh Donaldson. They offered two players, a Jays official said, that included rookie of year candidate Jack Flaherty. The Jays turned it down.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 14, 2018
- What even the:
Home plate umpire Laz Diaz, totally normally, screamed at Dave Martinez to stop Bryce Harper from doing *something* in center field. Harper's silent responses of grabbing his cup and a subtle head shake is why he's a perennial All-Star. pic.twitter.com/SE7EEEhAqD
— Roger Cormier (@yayroger) September 15, 2018
Laz Diaz, after stopping play to scream at Bryce Harper all the way out in center field, barked at him on Harper’s way off, screaming “I know you can hear me!” And Laz is now staring Bryce down as he makes his way down the dugout. Wow.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 15, 2018
- Micro premium bluetooth speaker, you say? Interesting Deal of the Day at Amazon.
- Meanwhile, in the Bears world, we’ve all gotta turn the page from Week One:
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 14, 2018