Golly that Taylor Swift just knows how to churn out catchy tunes that get stuck in your head, doesn’t she?
- Rather than winning or tying the game, Kris Bryant’s homer in the 9th was merely frustrating window dressing for the loss, but dang, it was a beautiful freaking homer:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 7, 2019
- That’s the kind of pitch you desperately want to see Bryant be able to punish: something that isn’t out over the plate, he can’t fully extend his arms, and instead he’s gotta get around on it quickly and pull with authority. That’s never quite been his best power area (see, e.g., teams constantly trying to bust him way inside), but he obviously has plenty of power to abuse mistakes in there. He just has to be able to get around on it quickly enough – and on a meatball slider, he can and did:
Kris Bryant with a 111.4 mph HR, his hardest-hit batted ball of 2019.
It's his hardest-hit HR since July 16, 2017, when he homered with a 113.0 mph exit velocity, his hardest-hit HR of his career. pic.twitter.com/2eczEWkddm
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 7, 2019
- Speaking of which, the homer pushed Bryant’s ISO up to .226, which is actually higher than his rookie season (and obviously much higher than his injured year in 2018). He’s only 16 points shy of where he was in his healthy 2017 season. I’d say the power is back. Also, his overall line is up to .243/.380/.470 with a 130 wRC+. I guess I’d also just say he’s back.
- Anthony Rizzo also homered in the game, the 200th of his career, and look at where he’s climbed:
Worth pointing out that Anthony Rizzo recently passed Aramis Ramirez on the Cubs all-time WAR list for hitters (via FanGraphs). In the modern era, Rizzo ranks No. 7 behind Santo, Banks, Sandburg, Sosa, Williams, and Grace.
— Ryan (@RyanQDavis) May 7, 2019
- That’s some legendary Cubs company, but frankly, that’s right where Anthony Rizzo belongs.
- Daniel Descalso (ankle) pinch hit last night, though only at the very end of the game (not earlier, when he might have had to stay in for longer), so he must be feeling at least so-so.
- Kyle Ryan’s teammates have his back after his big gaffe last night (discussed here earlier). He’s important to the bullpen:
"He's gonna be a big part of this team as we go forward."https://t.co/gpT13jPFIH
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) May 7, 2019
- Taylor Davis out there talking like a grizzled veteran:
Taylor Davis praises Yu Darvish, emphasizes Darvish is on the verge of a breakthrough and takes personal responsibility: "The biggest thing for him is there are so many weapons … My job is trying to figure out that day, that hitter which of those weapons is working."
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) May 6, 2019
- Speaking of Davis, and the rapport he seems to be building, Victor Caratini started his rehab assignment last night with a hit and a strikeout at South Bend. It’ll likely be at least a few games before the Cubs would consider bringing him back, but Davis’s recent success, and skill behind the plate, almost certainly aren’t going to be enough to fend off a Caratini return (and the Cubs aren’t going to carry three catchers for any significant length of time). If nothing else, Davis has shown that he can probably be the third catcher that the Cubs are very much going to need this year.
- Important context note on AAA right now:
How juiced are things at AAA? Cubs have an OF – Johnny Field, real name – hitting a whopping .286/.343/.592, but that's a mere 118 wRC+. Yes, that slash line is just 18% better than league average.
Heck, Trent Giambrone is hitting .224/.291/.514 & that's 16% WORSE than average!
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) May 7, 2019
- I make pop culture jokes:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) May 6, 2019
- Amazon devices are on a big sale today, so make sure you peruse here.
- From the Bears world:
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) May 7, 2019