Hamels Official, Holland Against a Righty, Inside-the-Parker, and Other Bullets

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Hamels Official, Holland Against a Righty, Inside-the-Parker, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs

I’m still wearing it a bit, with the residual effects of the Blogathon making me really slow this morning. I want to lay back down.

  • As hoped and expected, Cole Hamels will make his return to the Cubs’ rotation on Saturday, officially. The 35-year-old lefty missed a little over a month with an oblique strain, and returns to a 2.98 ERA. The Cubs covered his absence reasonably well, but it’ll still be nice to have him out there.
  • Presumably, Hamels’ return will require the bumping of a reliever, and assuming the Cubs don’t want to option Rowan Wick at this point (they shouldn’t), it’ll be a really interesting call to see who is moved out if there isn’t an injury.
  • Speaking of the bullpen, Derek Holland – about whom we said incessantly that he’s as brilliant against lefties as he is terrible against righties – was brought into a jam to turn around Matt Wieters last night, and promptly gave up a three-run homer to the righty. Sigh. The explanation:

  • The explanation didn’t quite square with a comment Maddon had made just before the game about it being “big boy time,” and he could no longer get guys in there for developmental purposes. I suppose this doesn’t quite count as that, but it also wasn’t really a great reason to use Holland in that situation.
  • Like the big league team, the I-Cubs were one-hit last night, but at least for them, it was an inside-the-park homer:

  • Not bad thinking here, as it’s not entirely unfair to the players at issue, and also preserves flexibility for years ahead:

  • The rub in the plan, though, is that Bote is probably your big league back-up shortstop right now. If he goes down, your in-game back-up is … Garcia at that point? Tony Kemp?
  • Speaking of Kemp, I’m a fan immediately:

  • And speaking of Garcia, his path to a more competitive future is pretty clear:

  • This is hilariously too perfect:

  • Big Mack fan:



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.