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Cubs Pitchers Doing Something They Haven’t Done in 114 Years and Other Bullets

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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:

  • 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:

  • Five years of El Mago:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • The South Bend Cubs were down 6-0 but came back to win yesterday (though Zobrist ultimately went 0-3):

  • Podcasting:

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.

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.