Needing a Win for Sanity, Quintana's Blowup, Chavez's Significance, Javy's Dinger, and Other Bullets

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Needing a Win for Sanity, Quintana’s Blowup, Chavez’s Significance, Javy’s Dinger, and Other Bullets

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Here we are. The day before the (hopefully 40-hour) Blogathon begins. I’m going to time the start tomorrow morning so that the last thing I do in the final hours of the Blogathon is cover the Cubs-Pirates game; heck, I’ll probably live stream a lot of me watching the game delirious and incoherent.

  • To that end, I need Cubs-Cardinals tonight to go at a breezy pace (a tall ask, given that it’s an ESPN game) so that I can get to bed at a reasonable hour and try to squeeze in as much sleep as possible. I stole some extra hours overnight this past night, but now I’ve got that thing where you have a horrible headache after sleeping too long. Not how I’m wanting to feel the day before I have to go 40 hours straight.
  • Also not how I want to feel: afraid that the Cubs will be in second place for the entirety of the Blogathon. The schedule this year suuuuucks for Blogathon purposes, because the Cubs play at night just before it begins, and then don’t play again until the very end. That means if – God forbid – the Cubs get swept by the Cardinals tonight, and the Brewers sweep the daggone helpless Giants day, the Cubs will spend the whole Blogathon behind the Brewers. Well, unless the Brewers lose tomorrow night to the Dodgers, but now we’re getting down the road a bit. Short version: FOR THE GOOD OF MY SANITY, PLEASE WIN TONIGHT, CUBS.
  • Jose Quintana’s 51-pitch first inning was the longest inning of his career (per Quintana). He had no command whatsoever, and the Cardinals punished him for it. The fact that it came after a 121-pitch outing that, itself, came after he was semi-shelved for nearly two weeks over the All-Star break with shoulder fatigue … well … I sure don’t like the way it feels.
  • In any case, there was no suggestion after the game from Quintana or Joe Maddon that he’s not feeling well, so I guess you just have to – for now – chalk it up as one of those crap innings that happens, and turn the page.
  • Good trade so far: Jesse Chavez has pitched 8.0 innings, allowing no runs, four hits, one walk, and striking out nine. His 0.2 WAR already is as much or more than Yu Darvish, Tyler Chatwood, Luke Farrell, Randy Rosario, and Brian Duensing.
  • I am a big fan of this Javy Baez homer from yesterday – Miles Mikolas was trying to go inside on 0-1, he misses over the plate, and Baez simply puts a strong swing on it, slightly off time, and still hits it hard enough to send it out the other way. When you’re hitting homers like this, it’s a very strong sign that you’re just seeing the ball very, very well:

  • Javy’s 3.6 WAR is currently tied for the 5th most in the NL. He is – and should be – a legit MVP candidate. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED:
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  • Anthony Rizzo has a new friend:

Anthony Rizzo with Dexter Fowler's new baby!

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  • Whoopsiedoodle:

  • Somehow, this is even more embarrassing than that:

  • The Dodgers … were wearing … T-SHIRTS! *GASP* for batting practice?!? Somebody alert the queen! If that had been parody, I would have called it too on the nose to be funny. But somehow, it’s real.
  • Kiké Hernandez nails it:

  • Today is one of the best anniversaries in Cubs baseball history – Happy John Baker Day:

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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.