If you missed it, the Cubs DFA’d Brad Brach to open up the necessary spot for Cole Hamels. That’s a “big boy” move for the front office, which is nice to see.
- There was a time in his career when Jason Heyward was not comfortable leading off, and he was honest about that. So when Joe Maddon wanted to try him there this year, the manager made sure to talk to Heyward about it first. Heyward’s comments on the move, which obviously he’s handling just fine, are freaking awesome (Cubs.com): “It’s about me wanting to make the most of my time playing baseball. Whatever works best for whatever team I’m on, I’m going to try to do that. And right now, that’s what they feel is best, so let’s go. It’s not look around and see what works best for me. If it can be done, try and get it done. I just asked Joe to be patient with me. Just give me a shot and here we go.”
- Thing is, we’ve all long thought that – in a total vacuum – Heyward would make sense as a leadoff hitter for this team, particularly against righties. He takes great at bats, doesn’t get outside himself, and he’s been getting on base at a .354 clip this year (the team overall has a dreadful .284 OBP out of the leadoff spot!). But with the success Heyward was (FINALLY) having down in the order, and with his past comments about leading off, I just didn’t think it was going to work as a move. Good on Maddon and Heyward (so far) for making it happen.
- Also, Heyward is one of the best right fielders in recent memory, and he’s happily sliding over to center field more frequently – where he’s not quite as effective – to accommodate newly-acquired Nick Castellanos. Heyward is a vet on a huge deal, and he’s just going to do what it takes to help.
- I would make a joke about celebrating the loud outs, but really, that *is* a good sign for Zobrist – apparently he sent one to the wall:
The #SBCubs received the help of the 2016 World Series MVP last night in a 2-1 walk-off win over West Michigan! Ben Zobrist reached base once and made a couple loud outs in his first rehab game.
— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) August 3, 2019
- I loved this moment, and not just because it concluded a Cubs win:
For whatever reason, Kyle Ryan's final pitch yesterday is cracking me up. I guess it's the combination of how far left he gets, how the pitch is actually outside but looks like it's about center (easiest pitch to frame ever), and how the ump stabs the batter. pic.twitter.com/t4Bhw1fV6h
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) August 3, 2019
- This is a great read from Sahadev Sharma on how pitchers work the Cubs – and how too many of them can be worked the same way, making game-planning/execution a lot easier – and I might have to come back to it later on as we anticipate the changes the Cubs might make in the offseason:
How pitchers exploit the Cubs’ offense and why their deadline additions (and Ben Zobrist?) could be the elixir https://t.co/tSDj9kuQTN
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) August 3, 2019
- Awesome news right here, because it means the injury clearly was not actually linked to the elbow:
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) August 3, 2019
- Carl Edwards Jr. said his farewell, and I do hope it all clicks for him in San Diego:
- New obvious Javy shirt:
- A smokeless grill, a DIY router kit, and more are your deals of the day at Amazon today.
- Not landing Melo at the time was probably OK, but some of what he has to say is telling:
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) August 2, 2019