I never leave the car windows down when I park in the driveway. I mean, obviously. If the car is there overnight with the windows open, it’s easy pickens for rain, animals, and thieves. Yesterday, I did leave my windows down in the driveway, because I knew I was going to have to go back out on an errand in a couple hours, and it was hot out. Of course, the one day I do it is the same day The Little Boy decides it would be funny to chuck pots of dirt at the car. He wasn’t being malicious mind you. Just being a little boy. Except one of those chucks went straight in the passenger window. Dirt. Everywhere. D’oh. Never leave your windows down, no matter what.
- Among the three best regular season moments (non-clinching edition) in my memory, today is the one-year anniversary of David Bote’s perfect two-out, two-strike, pinch-hit, down-three, grand slam walk-off winner:
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 12, 2019
- Bote has been kinda unfairly maligned this season in my view, I presume because he never quite broke out and took the reins at second base when it was available, but that’s not what Bote necessarily is gonna be. He’s a solid utility guy (for cheap), who can hit .256/.346/.425 (101 wRC+) or better. That’s actually an improvement on last year, by the way, so the trend line is still holding. Moreover, going all the way back to May 21, he’s hit .270/.364/.441 (110) – for a utility guy, that’s just great. And over the last three weeks, he’s at .308/.438/.462 (143) – kinda seems like he’s working on improving his contact (18.8% K) and discipline (15.6% BB) even if, for now, at the expense of power. I dig it. That’s how the work should go, and then you can add the power back in.
- Speaking of hot lately and power:
Since August 1st …
Castellanos: .370/.408/.761 (196 wRC+)
Schwarber: .346/.500/.731 (212 wRC+)
Ian Happ: .370/.370/.889 (217 wRC+)
Yeah. That'll play.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) August 12, 2019
- And speaking of HOT HOT HOT:
Wick = Lit pic.twitter.com/ZrlULfhnSU
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 11, 2019
Rowan Wick in his most recent stint:
8.2 IP, 0.00 ERA
43.3% K, 10% BB
2 hits allowed (both singles)
— FullCountTommy (@FullCountTommy) August 12, 2019
- Back to school gear is among the Deal of the Day stuff at Amazon today.
- Hey, good for Jorge Soler, who is just crushing dinger after dinger:
Good for Jorge. pic.twitter.com/AYw5waB30t
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) August 12, 2019
- Soler is now hitting .259/.344/.555 (132 wRC+) on the year. Although he still can’t play defense, that bat always had monstrous potential lurking. May he continue to unleash it this week all over the Cardinals.
- This is just funny:
He is often credited for this quote. #Cubs 😄
“When I am hitting the ball, people say I am strong. When I am not hitting, they say I’m fat.” – Hector https://t.co/XbtlNeMXmd
— Doug Glanville (@dougglanville) August 12, 2019
- Speaking of Hector Villanueva, something must have happened: he had two fantastic years as the Cubs’ backup in 1990 and 1991 – his first two years in the bigs – then fell off a cliff in 1992, and he was out of the league for good after 1993. Per his Wikipedia, there really wasn’t any cataclysmic “thing” – he didn’t hit for a couple years, never got another big league chance, and wound up making his bones playing in international leagues.