Don't Pitch to Baez Ahead 0-2, that Bizarre Rizzo Play, London, and Other Bullets

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Don’t Pitch to Baez Ahead 0-2, that Bizarre Rizzo Play, London, and Other Bullets

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As the other guys can attest, I was extremely diligent about applying and re-applying sunscreen in the bleachers yesterday, because it was an especially bright and sunny day. The rub is that a day later, it becomes very clear the little spots here and there that you missed. The top of my right hand looks like I’m wearing a red glove.

  • The Cubs-Cardinals series in London next year is officially official, taking place June 13 and 14 at London Stadium.
  • As soon as we said a word about Javy Baez’s struggles since his heel injury, he just took the heck right back off, as he does. So that’s good. And he destroyed another 0-2 pitch yesterday in the first inning, which has become a specialty of his:

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  • If you missed the very bizarre play yesterday that saw Anthony Rizzo thrown out at home, here it is in all its confusing splendor:

  • That was just a bad confluence of factors, and also a mistake by Rizzo. The ball is not actually dead just because it hit the security guard, and Rizzo slowed considerably when he saw Marcell Ozuna putting his hands up to point out that the ball had hit the security guard. Then, thinking he could score just in case the ball was not dead, Rizzo took off for home, at which point Ozuna threw an absolutely perfect hopper to home. No one was telling Rizzo to slide, because it felt like it wasn’t even a real play, so he was tagged out as he ran by. If he slides, he’s safe. If Ozuna stops, Rizzo is safe. If Ozuna’s throw isn’t perfect, Rizzo is safe. Yes, Rizzo goofed by not just running hard the whole way, but it was also a pretty bizarre situation where I have trouble really getting on a guy. If he’d just stopped at third and stayed there (as though it were a ground rule double), no one would have criticized him, so I’m not gonna blast him for trying to sneak a just-in-case run.
  • Such a cool tracking shot of the Cubs’ win yesterday:

  • Offense still strong at the top:

  • On the minor league transaction front, Jim Adduci wound up clearing waivers and headed back to AAA Iowa. He homered in his first game back, of course.
  • Thanks to his excellent glove, 19-year-old prospect Luis Vazquez has been made a rover in the farm system this year, filling in at whatever level needs a shortstop. Despite his age, the current assignment is AAA, where there was a rash of injuries that necessitated his arrival. He may or may not ultimately emerge as a legit prospect – David Bote did after being in this role – but this is still very fun:

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