- Thankfully it didn’t impact the outcome of the game, but the Cubs lost out on a run and the chance at a bigger inning in the 5th when Kyle Schwarber was called out at the plate on a Tommy La Stella chopper. It was one of those plays where the throw beat him, the catcher kinda looked like he might have applied a tag, and so the umpire’s instinct is to call him out. The kind of call you’d see before replay and not think too much about. Except we HAVE replay now, and the replay pretty clearly showed the catcher biffed on the tag and Schwarber was easily in safely. And yet … he was still called out? What the heck is the point of replay if you can’t get this one right:
#Cubs challenge call that Kyle Schwarber is out at home plate in the 5th; call stands, runner is out.
— MLB Replay (@MLBReplays) June 30, 2018
— MBDChicago (@MBDChicago) June 30, 2018
- Carl Edwards Jr. was sitting mid-90s in his rehab outing with the Iowa Cubs, which went about 20 pitches:
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) June 30, 2018
- Hopefully we’ll soon hear that he felt just fine, and then it’ll be a matter of whether he returns to the big leagues in a couple days, or gets one more appearance at Iowa just to be sure.
- Speaking of rehabbing, if you missed the news late last night, it’s an elbow impingement for Yu Darvish.
- Is the Addison Russell offensive breakout season finally here? Well, after yesterday’s grand slam, he’s up to .282/.354/.407 with a 107 wRC+, by far the best mark of his career.
- Congrats to El Papa:
- The Cardinals could soon get back their starting shortstop, as Paul DeJong is about to wrap up his rehab assignment. It could be just in time for them, as Yairo Munoz has fallen back to earth after a hot start in DeJong’s place.
- It is extremely impressive what Tim Tebow is doing as a professional baseball player at AA after not having played the sport for a decade, but his selection to the All-Star Game was a bit odd, as Luke points out:
Without contradicting overall point of "Eh, the Mets are awful so why not?," Tebow was odd All-Star selection. 37% strikeout rate, wRC+ barely over 100.
Hugely impressive for guy who didn't play for a decade, but not exactly what you think of when you think All-Star. https://t.co/l1HuERkWHy
— Luke Blaize (@ltblaize) June 30, 2018
- Much like his ascension in the minors, I think there’s a good bit of “he was selected because he’s Tebow” going on. And since the whole point is positive attention for the sport, I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing.
- It felt like this was true, and it is:
Most in MLB w/ MOB: 93
Most in MLB w/ RISP: 60 (Next closest is 50)
Most in MLB w/ bases loaded: 13 https://t.co/xIl3H0597m
— FullCountTommy (@FullCountTommy) June 29, 2018
- Obviously the Cubs get on base at a crazy pace, so you’ll have that, but still. It’s … frustrating to watch play out.
- There was a relatively significant amount of positive buzz around Anthony Bass when the Cubs signed him out of Japan this offseason (again, relatively speaking), and then again when he pitched in Spring Training. He was among the final contenders for a bullpen spot, but a lat injury in late Spring Training scuttled that, so he headed to AAA Iowa to put in his work until there was an opening at the big league level. He did, and he’s been one of the stickiest of the rotating relievers (that is to say, he came up and hasn’t been moved out), thanks in part to his lack of minor league options, but also thanks to his more or less perfect 12.0 innings of work so far. He’s struck out 12, walked none, and gets a ton of groundballs, which will always put you in good favor. He may be a guy.
- And if he can consistently locate his two-seamer like this, there’s not much hitters will be able to do:
- Apropos of Sammy Sosa’s continued denial of the PED stuff coming out yesterday, this is a pretty wild tale for the day, on Sosa’s incredible 20th homer of the month of June in 1998:
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) June 30, 2018
- Remember what that month was like, by the way? Dude just kept homering. Almost every single game, it was a matter of (1) which at bat he was gonna homer, and (2) how many he might hit that day.
- Great shots:
— MBDChicago (@MBDChicago) June 29, 2018
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