Edwards' Struggles Go Way Back, Pitching Infrastructure, Three Fun Homers, and Other Bullets

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Edwards’ Struggles Go Way Back, Pitching Infrastructure, Three Fun Homers, and Other Bullets

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Ah, spring soccer season is back, which means Saturdays fighting for a parking spot at the huge collection of soccer fields where every single kid in our city is playing soccer on Saturdays. Oh yes. I’m livin’ that dad life.

  • If the Cubs are serious about the “talent versus production” stuff – and the demotion of Ian Happ to open the season sure makes it seem that way – then there is absolutely no justification whatsoever to have Carl Edwards Jr. in the bullpen right now. Edwards has all the raw talent in the world, the makings of a truly elite reliever. But his production has been absolutely unacceptable for nearly a year now, and I feel like people don’t realize just how long and how bad it’s been: since MAY 12 OF LAST YEAR, Edwards has posted a 4.91 ERA, and a mere 23.1% K rate against a 17.2% (MY GOD) walk rate.
  • This is just not acceptable, and it’s made all the worse by Joe Maddon continuing to use Edwards as some kind of killer-dirty-inning-clean-up guy, and he’s not that. He hasn’t been that in years. It’s time for Edwards to work out his issues at Iowa, and they go far, far beyond the new delivery he worked on all offseason and Spring Training … before, oops, the league let him know that, yeah, obviously you cannot re-set your foot after you start to wind up, because that’s been a rule for multiple years and it’s awesome that some folks were paying attention.
  • UPDATE: Sure enough, Edwards is headed to Iowa.
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  • Speaking of some of that: I don’t think we’re yet in any kind of “blame” zone, but I think we always had our eyes on the massive turnover on the coaching staff over the past few years, which has featured three pitching coaches, the last of which is Tommy Hottovy, who himself had to vacate a critical role in the pitching infrastructure to be replaced by a new person. How much disruption is too much disruption?
  • OK, I need some positive things. How about this fun look at another Willson Contreras homer:

https://twitter.com/cachorros/status/1114363359359643648

  • And Daniel Descalso hit his first homer as a Cub, as he continues to rake:

  • Jason Heyward homered, too, late in the game, which is always nice to see:

  • That was not a terrible pitch at the bottom of the zone (too center cut, though), and I kinda don’t know how Heyward hit that one that far. It looked beautiful, though. It was 109.0 mph off the bat, and 408 feet. Just destroyed.
  • Speaking of contact quality, whatever you do, do not click on this link to look at the exit velocities from last night’s game unless you want to be terrified by how much rocket contact Jose Quintana (and Brandon Kintzler, too) was giving up. It’s scary.
  • I appreciate this perspective from Kris Bryant, and please please please let this be the prevailing and internalized assessment in the clubhouse right now (Cubs.com): “I’m disappointed. It’s not what we talked about in spring, where we wanted to get off to a great start, but it’s going to make our story that much better. There’s no time to put our head down or sit here and complain or whine or whatever. We’ve got so many games left. It’s kind of important to stay together here.”
  • Fancy blenders, light bulbs, and wallets are among your Deals of the Day at Amazon today.
  • TankSZN:

  • The Cubs have jokes, and BN Bears has some positivity:



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.