Hamels Turned It Around, Cubs Interfere a Crazy Amount, Yelich Looks Dumb, and Other Bullets

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Hamels Turned It Around, Cubs Interfere a Crazy Amount, Yelich Looks Dumb, and Other Bullets

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The Cubs won a game last night, and I’m still enjoying that. Win again today, and the Cubs will be the very best 3-6 team I’ve ever seen.

  • Cole Hamels completely turned his start around last night. Through two innings, not only was he already over 50 pitches with a couple runs in, he was also getting absolutely lit up in the contact department:

  • He finally started getting some non-hard contact after that, and also picked up the strikeouts. By the time his night was over, he’d gone 6.0, with 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, and 5 K,  and he was doing this before his final pitch:

  • Oh, bonus, Hamels made Yelich do this, in what was, by far, his worst game of the year:
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
  • Exactly:

  • This was one of those things, when it happened again last night, that you just knew was absolutely crazy … but the question was how crazy. The answer? Very:

  • Speaking of very crazy:

  • In case you missed this part of Theo Epstein’s comments yesterday, it kind of fell into the background of the bigger picture stuff:

  • I think it’s interesting to see Epstein confirming what it seemed like from the outside: physically, Edwards is just fine, and even mechanically, he’s just fine. The only thing standing between him and being able to deploy his ridiculous stuff consistently and successfully is what goes on in his head, especially when things go a little wrong. How you best deal with that and get a guy to get out of his own head out there … well, get on it, Mental Skills program.
  • One of the best moments last night was a very quiet one: with runners on second and third and one out, in the later innings, the Brewers were clearly pitching around Javy Baez, with well-placed breaking pitches just off the outer edge. And, in that moment, Baez *let* them pitch around him, accepting his walk. That’s a developing superstar right there.
  • This seems very sustainable:

  • Michael got a chance to take in some of the new amenities at Wrigley Field:


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.