Kyle and Jed Birthday Fun, Reason to Bet on Lance Lynn, and Other Bullets

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Kyle and Jed Birthday Fun, Reason to Bet on Lance Lynn, and Other Bullets

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I see you, new ‘The Last Jedi’ spot, I see you. I see you, and I love you.

Look. Even as I remain someone who, especially in retrospect, was deeply disappointed with ‘The Force Awakens,’ I’m still extremely geeked for TLJ. My hope is that they’ll move on completely in this one from regurgitating familiar storylines and plot tropes, and take us along for an entirely new ride in a world that we love. That’s always been the potential of the additional moves outside the original trilogy. The prequels accomplished it, but sooooo many other flaws dragged them down, and they just felt wrong. Maybe TLJ will bring together that newness with the improved feel of TFA.

I guess you could say I’ve got … a new hope.

*pulls shades down, screams*

  • Hey, happy birthday to Kyle Hendricks, who gets the hilarious treatment from #AtCubs:

  • Hendricks is overcome:

  • It’s also Jed Hoyer’s birthday, so I’m imagining the two of them having a real rager of a combined birthday party.

  • Lance Lynn has been mentioned intermittently as a Cubs pitching target, and we aren’t necessarily the biggest fans. As a guy with enormous splits who has succeeded almost exclusively on contact management, I don’t love the idea that he’s pretty much a fastball-only guy headed into his 30s. That just feels like a recipe to start getting destroyed even more by lefties, and eventually, righties, too. Interestingly, Eno Sarris noticed that Lynn’s changeup (which would be a weapon against lefties, in particular) underwent the biggest change by velocity/movement in all of the NL in the second half. The rub? He threw it only 36 times and didn’t get a single whiff on it. That’s not good, and suggests he wasn’t commanding it worth a plop, even if it had great movement and good spread from his fastball. Maybe he masters it a bit more next year and really breaks out. It’s totally possible. But would you bet a four-year, $60 million deal on it?
  • Jeff Sullivan started down a rabbit hole, wondering about players who were better in team losses than in wins (it’s rare, of course, because in the aggregate, players tend to have performed better in wins – hence the win). That wound up taking him somewhere pretty unbelievable, and I don’t want to spoil it. I think you’ll find it’s worth the read.
  • If you missed it earlier, I wrote about why we obsess so much over Shohei Ohtani, and why – for that same reason – last night’s trades might not mean as much as we initially thought.
  • Oh, Michael:

  • This is fun:

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