The Wife and I are getting another day date today (amusement park yesterday, helping at a Special Olympics event today), which is pretty awesome. We’re coming up on 13 years married, and I’m pretty darn grateful that we still just enjoy hanging out doin’ stuff.
Bonus for me, she puts up with me being an idiot all the time:
— Brett Taylor (@Brett_A_Taylor) May 31, 2019
- The Cubs are in yet another absurd stretch of no hits with runners in scoring position. Another 0-8 last night pushes them up to 0-fer-their-last-25. Super long streak? Yes. Uncharted territory for the Cubs? Nope:
The Cubs are hitless in their last 25 at-bats with RISP. FROM ELIAS: That's the 4th-longest such streak in MLB this season, but it's not even the longest for the Cubs. They had an 0-28 streak from May 9-12. The Cubs are the only team with two streaks of 0-25 or worse this year
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 1, 2019
- Some of it is flukey BABIP stuff, sure, but with this particular group of hitters, we’ve seen these stretches repeatedly, *AND* we’ve seen them consistently be one of the few teams that manages to hit worse in those situations than they do with the bases empty – thanks to shifting, holding runners, and pitcher stress, that should virtually never happen. Yet it happens to this group of Cubs often (by wRC+), including this year so far.
- And the two numbers are only even close because of walks – when you look at just batting average, which actually does kinda matter when you’re talking about runners in scoring position – it’s so ugly. The Cubs have the 11th best batting average in baseball with the bases empty (.246), but the fourth worst batting average in baseball with runners in scoring position (.239). The offense is still good overall, but man, they are leaving a whole lot of runs out there this year.
- Important reliever injury/rehab notes, with a very hoped-for-return from Pedro Strop tonight:
1. Barnette to AAA Sat, restarting rehab clock
2. Morrow still in flat-ground catch mode
3. Cubs still discussing next step for Strop
4. Webster & Cedeno rehabbing in AZ
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 31, 2019
- With the Cubs very well rested, it’s conceivable that last night’s heavy bullpen usage won’t impact tonight much, but it still would be nice to get a fresh arm in there – especially if that arm is Strop’s.
- As for Brandon Morrow, he started throwing on flat ground again 10 days ago, so hopefully he’s close to getting back on the mound, which would leave open that slight chance he’s back before the Trade Deadline. We don’t have any real sense of whether he’s close to getting back on the mound, though, and we long passed the point where the Cubs can count on anything from him this year. Planning must proceed as though he’s out or ineffective the rest of the way.
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- Something that sucks all the more about the missed call on Dillon Maples last night? It’s clear his command is improved as his confidence grows – this is from before the outing:
The very GIF-able Dillon Maples isn't interested in the reactions he gets from hitters. He's more concerned with the step he believes he took on Monday. On him and two other pitchers already in the Cubs org who could positively impact this bullpen in 2019. https://t.co/7HFLXKXZWe
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) May 31, 2019
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- Kris Bryant was lustily booed, as requested, on his arrival in St. Louis last night. And the Cubs had a lot of fun with it:
In St. Louis.
Nice that we’ve finally
Given locals something to do. pic.twitter.com/PKgbz2V5V0
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 1, 2019
— Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) June 1, 2019
- Poor Albert Almora. You’re gearing up for 104 mph, and Jordan Hicks does this to you:
Jordan Hicks, Unfair back-to-back Sliders. pic.twitter.com/lJasWON9Iz
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 1, 2019
Jordan Hicks, 95mph Changeup. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/MaH2zdKKQz
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 1, 2019
- I think the Cubs were hoping for a pulled groundball:
Cubs shift: 4 men on right side, Contreras the lone guy on the left side pic.twitter.com/ovRvRKlHPS
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) June 1, 2019
- Michael and Luis did their best to stay sharp for the post-post-game:
— OBVIOUS SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) June 1, 2019
- Notable, but unsurprising:
There have been more home runs in May than any other month in MLB history 💪 pic.twitter.com/udYPLDzN2R
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 1, 2019
- The White Sox part is meh, but this is otherwise fantastic:
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