The early game and a good bit to get to this morning have pushed the Bullets into borderline Pre-Gamin’ territory …
- With one swing, Jon Lester gave up three runs in the first inning yesterday, and it would have been easy to be disheartened … if he were less of a confident veteran. Instead, Lester put his head down and went to work, dominating the Marlins for six innings thereafter, and giving the offense an opportunity to get back into the game. In some ways, I appreciate a performance like that more than one that is simply dominant from the get-go.
- Some highlights of Lester’s performance, with the interesting note from the Cubs:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 25, 2017
- More good news on Kyle Hendricks, who threw yesterday, felt good, and will throw again today (Gonzales). Here’s hoping he feels good again, and then can move on to the next step – presumable some more involved pitching off the mound.
- Javy Baez had a great game going the other way yesterday (including the decisive two-run double), and that’s something he and Joe Maddon want to see more of (ESPN). Overall, Baez’s numbers are down slightly from last year, but he’s had a nice two week stretch: .355/.375/.581.
- I dug into Ian Happ’s hot June a little more, noting that the high strike problems he previously faced have been fading.
- ESPN trolling the hell out of the Marlins and their fans: “The crowd of 25,448 was the largest at Marlins Park since May 13. Some spectators cheered for the home team.”
- It doesn’t sound like Ben Zobrist will be back in time for the Washington Nationals series, which begins tomorrow (CSN). After playing through a wrist injury for nearly three weeks, Zobrist will now have been on the DL for at least two weeks before coming back, hopefully, sometime at the end of this week. I’ve gotta believe everyone involved wishes this had been handled differently. In the future, if a 36-year-old switch-hitter has sufficient discomfort in his wrist that he can’t bat from one side of the plate, put him on the dang disabled list.
- Jason Heyward still figures to return to the Cubs this week when his DL stint is up. Mark Gonzales reports that Heyward (hand abrasion) has been able to take swings.
- Brett Anderson is headed to AA Tennessee for a rehab start.
- Luke looked at the kick-off of the Cubs’ rookie ball team in Arizona.
- Big sale on a dual wall-charging cube today at Amazon. It’s a lightning deal, though, so apologies in advance if it’s gone by the time you click on this. Another Deal of the Day appropriate for summer: a cooling mattress pad.
- Also, a Fanatics sale today, with 25% off:
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