The residual tiredness and bodily system wonkiness that arises because of the Blogathon is almost in the past. I think the older I get, the better I’m getting at the Blogathon process itself, but man, afterwards, it just takes so many days to get my sleep/eating/etc. back on a normal schedule. Almost there.
- For a team that has battled walk problems the last few years as much as my family has battled spinach pancake problems, these feats are just incredible:
#Cubs pitchers struck out 15 and walked none today:
– Most Ks by Cubs pitching in a 9-inning game this year
– Most Cubs strikeouts without a walk since 7/30/02
– Cubs starters have not issued a walk in six straight games for the first time since at least 1905 pic.twitter.com/6DyKazrkJs
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 4, 2019
- Also, consider that 8 of yesterday’s 9 innings were pitched by Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood! NO WALKS. That is something else. More on Darvish later.
- As for Chatwood, how about this: the current spread between his strikeout rate (20.0%) and walk rate (11.9%) is the largest of his career. His ERA- is 6% better than league average. He’s a perfectly solid and useful pitcher, especially given the way he’s swung in and out of roles. Who would have called that as any kind of certainty last year?
- Hey, how about Derek Holland getting through the heart of the Brewers’ order in a still tight game? That’s how it looks when he faces lefties. He’s really, really, really good against lefties.
- Yesterday’s four-hit game tied a career high for Anthony Rizzo.
- Keeping an eye on this, obviously:
Maddon on Kris Bryant's day off Sun:
"He's got just a little bit of a knee thing going on that I'm just being aware of. He's fine. Playoff? Yeah, he's playing today. But just watching him and talking to him, I thought it would be the perfect day to give to him today."
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) August 4, 2019
- Five years of El Mago:
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 5, 2019
- Obvious Shirts just got in its new “Road Gray” shirts, and it’s well-timed, because there’s a 20% off sale ENDING AT MIDNIGHT. So stock up. Free shipping, too. Use the code SWEEP when you check out.
- Apparently no one wanted Oscar De La Cruz on their 40-man roster:
Wow. Oscar de la Cruz clears waivers and is outrighted to Tennessee. According to AZ Phil, ODLC will be a minor league free agent at the end of the season. Will be interesting if both sides see value in continuing the partnership in 2020.
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) August 4, 2019
- Big talent. Great fastball. Little health. Not much swing and miss. PED suspension. I suppose that’ll do it. I could easily still see him having a future in the bigs as a reliever, though. A lotta good bones to start with.
- Miguel Amaya, impressing:
Amaya’s first oppo shot of the year. Last year Amaya fell apart after attending the Futures Game, but this season is hitting .288/.386/.492 since Cleveland.
Two facts that surprise me:
1. Amaya has higher wRC+ than Nico.
2. Amaya has higher 2019 wRC+ than in 2018. https://t.co/I52jwKC1s3
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) August 5, 2019
- The South Bend Cubs were down 6-0 but came back to win yesterday (though Zobrist ultimately went 0-3):
The Comeback Cubs strike again!
Read through how we came back to beat Great Lakes 8-6 with help of the 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist.
— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) August 5, 2019
Good cause, good fun:
- META: I am extremely careful and deliberate about banning anyone from the comments. I tend to think the market polices itself, so to speak, and it’s only when people really cross the line into violating the commenting policy (racist, homophobic, misogynist, personal attacks on family, etc.) that I’ve gotta pull the plug. Criticism around here doesn’t bug me, so you’re not going to get the boot for that (though if it’s dumb criticism, I might let you know … but if it’s good criticism, I will be properly shamed and try to improve). There was a dude in the comments that probably earned the boot a long time ago, but I was reluctant to do it as it seemed like he really needed this place as an outlet for whatever he was working through. Unfortunately, it just became too much, too personal, too reckless, and, at times, a little scary. I wish him well, but I’m sorry to the rest of you who were bothered by the roads he chose to go down in his comments. It was mildly amusing and ridiculous for a while, and then quickly it wasn’t.
- As always: thank you for flagging comments that cross a line. That’s one way to ensure we’ll see them – and with enough flags, the comment goes away.