Talk about a fountain of youth for the 37-year-old utility man.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
Bote is a whole lot of fun right now.
The Second-Half Cubs Have Been Extremely Good Over the Years, and You Can Largely Thank Joe Maddon for That
Joe Maddon knows how to manage a roster, how to maximize rest, and how to put players in a position to develop and succeed.
Baseball is gonna baseball, but sometimes it’s still nice to see the numbers beneath roughly matching the numbers on the surface.
When a guy starts dominating after making a major change to his delivery, it makes me very happy. Cubs knew what they were doing.
The Vexing Inefficiency of Cubs Starting Pitchers, Chavez Brilliance, Community Goodness, and Other Bullets
Be efficient, but don’t get crushed. That’s always the struggle. And Cubs pitchers have been especially bad at it this year.
Of course you feel bad right now, even after only two losses in a row. The broader context makes it entirely understandable. But also OK.
Yes, the Cubs need some more pitching. But games like last night will happen, so why not have some fun, right?
You down with OBP? The Cubs certainly are, because they are the best of the best by a mile.
Quite a rubber arm in action yesterday for Quintana.
Chavez is the new super utility pitcher for the Cubs.
Trading a key positional starter in-season is a huge risk in and of itself, but doing it for two question mark players? It doesn’t get much riskier.
The Cubs’ offense is so uniquely deep and strong.
The Cubs are making a prolific offense work without all the dingers, and with more balls in play.
Lester has had a great first half, but he’s gotten lucky too.
That may have been a more impressive first half than 2016.
The Cubs aren’t as homer-y as it feels sometimes. Also, Javy Baez has had a historic first half.
He’s the most exciting player in baseball.
I’m not sure the Cubs got exactly what they hoped for in this first year, but that doesn’t mean you’d undo the trade. (Or would you?)
The weird Central standings, where the Cubs are not in first, but also kinda are. Can Chatwood do anything tonight to ease your mind?
And Rizzo’s manager says he’s healthy.
Jose Quintana hurled six scoreless last night, and he needed it.
Having all the weapons back in the bullpen is just so huge.
Brewers Might Be Stingy with Prospects in a Machado Trade (And No, This Isn’t Comparable to Chapman)
The Brewers don’t want to part with a top-ish prospect for Machado, and they might not be wrong to hold the line.
Wild swings in performance this year for Rizzo have us all wondering what’s up.
Kyle Hendricks delivered one of the best starts of his career last night and it could mean a lot to the rest of his season.