So, it’s very, very late. Or it’s very, very early, depending on your perspective.
Things have more or less gone quiet, but we crazies who are still/already up need something enjoyable to occupy our time. Might I suggest to you this extremely enjoyable read from Jesse Rogers on Cubs position players as pitchers? Obviously there have been a whole lot of Cubs doing it lately, and they’ve had fun with it (and so have we).
Funny tidbit: Victor Caratini was nervous pitching to Paul Goldschmidt because he was a little afraid he’d get wrecked by a comebacker (understandable), so Willson Contreras suggested he pitch very slowly to give himself time to run backwards after the pitch. Caratini declined to take him up on the idea because he didn’t want to look silly. At least Contreras credited Caratini with having the best stuff among the Cubs’ position player pitchers.
As far as results have gone, you gotta say that Ian Happ has been the best of the group, pitching a full, scoreless frame. Anthony Rizzo shares Happ’s 0.00 ERA, but that was just one out. Tommy La Stella (6.75) and Victor Caratini (9.00) have much higher ERAs, but each has pitched more than an inning. Chris Gimenez – who has actually pitched many times in his career – brings up the rear with a 27.00 ERA in his inning of work.