The Ultimate Boteversary, Bote's Quietly Solid Year, Hot Bats, Hot Wick, and Other Bullets

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The Ultimate Boteversary, Bote’s Quietly Solid Year, Hot Bats, Hot Wick, and Other Bullets

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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:

  • 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.
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  • Speaking of hot lately and power:

  • And speaking of HOT HOT HOT:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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