Jorge Soler's Power, the Sickness, and Other Bullets

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Jorge Soler’s Power, the Sickness, and Other Bullets

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soler batting mbdSo, here’s the situation: today is the “due date” for Baby Taylor. That doesn’t mean anything will happen today or even tomorrow (The Little Girl didn’t come until two weeks after her due date because apparently it’s cozy in there). But we’re on constant high alert.

In the meantime, The Little Girl is home with me today because she was puking all day yesterday and last night. I am feverish and generally unwell. The Little Boy is fighting off an ear infection. The only person in the house who isn’t sick is The Wife, and, as I said, you know, the baby thing. It’s all a bit of a mess right now, but the other end of it is going to be a healthy family and a new baby, so you’ll hear no complaints from me.

Bear with us if there are any coverage-related challenges in the coming days.

  • Speaking of sickness, it is apparently going around the Cubs’ clubhouse, as Jake Arrieta said he caught a touch of a cold on Saturday (The Athletic), and wasn’t feeling great come game time on Sunday (ESPN). He took it easy for most of the day Sunday, and it sounds like he thought he’d still be able to pitch well Sunday night – which he did, at least until he ran into trouble in the 6th inning, which ended his outing. I know no one will be eager to chalk up the 6th inning struggles to just a one-off sickness situation, since it seems like he’s run into command trouble around that point in the game the last several times out … but maybe that’s really all it was. I’m optimistic that Arrieta will be good to go when the playoffs come around, at least from a health standpoint, because the Cubs would seem to have done a good job saving bullets this time around (compared to last year, at least). It’s just going to be a matter of Arrieta executing when the bell rings.
  • Jorge Soler hit his 11th homer of the season last night, a muscle-flexing 106.5mph rocket that went 416 feet to left center. You can watch the video here and titter. I’d like to note that the bomb came on a 2-2 92mph fastball a few inches above the zone and on the outer third. It was a reminder of just how dangerous Soler can be at almost any moment, and also why you don’t necessarily want a rigid one-size-fits-all approach to which pitches a guy targets and in which counts. (Of course, you also don’t want to assume that, just because Soler hit this particular two-strike ball out of the zone so hard and so far, he would do it on every two-strike ball in that spot. Hooray for conflicting statements! (I’m just saying this homer is why you can’t necessarily say that every swing at a ball out of the zone in a two-strike count is a bad decision.))
  • Also, a fun bit about that homer:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.