The NBA Draft is this week, which will necessarily mean the potential for significant maneuvering. The basketball fans among you will want to keep tabs over at our Bulls coverage.
- Although his results are still not as strong as you might expect, Kyle Schwarber is doing one thing as well as anybody in all of baseball:
Interesting bit on Kyle Schwarber: he's tied with JD Martinez for the least soft contact in all of baseball. Just seems like he should be getting better results than he has been. pic.twitter.com/VAaCydj86U
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) June 17, 2019
- The least soft contact in all of baseball. So why isn’t Schwarber netting better results than his .233/.327/.470 (102 wRC+) line? Well, he could stand to have a little more hard contact – medium contact isn’t that much better than soft contact – and he could improve on his 27.6% K rate. But for the most part, it just looks like bad luck. That .265 BABIP is the biggest culprit, and Statcast suggests it could/should be a whopping 37 points higher based on his quality of contact. Imagine a Schwarber line that popped to something like .265/.360/.510 if he were just getting the balls to fall that he deserves? Those would be the best numbers of his career.
- … a lot of it is the shift, of course, as Schwarber does seem to do a lot of his groundballing right into the shift. Schwarber has a great groundball rate overall, so that’s good, but when a disproportionate volume of the ones you do hit turn into outs, that’s going to depress your BABIP. (But, how about this? Schwarber’s BABIP is actually higher when he’s facing the shift (.277). Again, his overall very low BABIP just has to be bad luck.)
- After losing his bat – AGAIN – repeatedly last night, the Dodgers made fun of Addison Russell, as they should, because it’s beyond ridiculous at this point:
Anyone need tape? pic.twitter.com/w0XtajomUP
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 17, 2019
- Figure it out before you hurt someone with a flying bat.
- Speaking of Russell, after a little mini-hot stretch, his performance at the plate has eroded significantly, bringing his line down to .230/.296/.379. Over the last 2+ weeks, he’s gone just .150/.217/.150 with a 28.3% strikeout rate and a -7 wRC+. His original trip to Iowa was supposed to be conditioning him for the season, but I wonder at what point he might need another trip to try to get back on track at the plate without costing the big league team.
- If you missed the news this weekend, Craig Kimbrel is off to join the Iowa Cubs:
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) June 17, 2019
- The King will survive us all:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 17, 2019
- Not only did Lester Strode serve in the Cubs organization in various roles from 1989 to 2006, he’s been the team’s bullpen coach ever since, lasting through FIVE managers: Lou Piniella, Mike Quade, Dale Sveum, Rick Renteria, and Joe Maddon.
- Man, how unlucky has Tyler Chatwood been with specific respect to his 25.0% HR/FB rate:
Tyler Chatwood has produced 99 batted balls, only 2 of which have been barreled. 2% ranks 4th in the NL. 1.3% barrels / PA ranks 3rd in NL.
— Cooper (@RushingBaseball) June 17, 2019
- I did the podcast thing:
⚾️ Cubs woeful road trip
⚾️ What's the latest with Cubs injuries
⚾️ Previewing the series with the #WhiteSox
— The Athletic Chicago (@TheAthleticCHI) June 17, 2019
- A new and powerful Obvious Shirt:
BRYZZO HITS DINGERS.
— OBVIOUS SHIRTS (@obvious_shirts) June 16, 2019