The big kids had their first day of school yesterday, and it passed without drama. They seemed reasonably happy when they got home and did the kid thing of not wanting to discuss any specifics. I guess I’d call that a successful debut.
- So, this is an (understandable) overreaction, right:
Better stop deluding ourselves into thinking this team has any chance at a championship. Holes all over the roster. Just being honest. Need to make major moves in the off season.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) August 15, 2019
- No one would characterize the Cubs’ chances at a title this year as anything other than “kinda poor,” but the reality is that they’re still slightly better than 50/50 to win the division. From there, who knows? Maybe they can beat the Braves in a five-gamer. Maybe they get crazy lucky/hot and beat the Dodgers again in the NLCS? And then maybe an asteroid hits the ALCS while it’s in action, and the Cubs are World Series winners by default. You don’t know!
- Kap’s point about seriously overhauling the roster in the offseason (being realistic about what an overhaul can look like) is a good one, though. Agreed. Have agreed for about 12 months.
- Hey, how about the Alec Mills quality start last night! Six innings of relief and just three earned runs! I joke only kinda, as it was a very useful performance for him to eat up those innings and leave the Cubs in a good place coming into tonight’s game. Indeed, he is very likely to be swapped out today for someone like James Norwood, which would leave the entirety of the bullpen with at least a full day of rest (all the more important given how many of the top guys are on the IL). JUSTIFY HIS SACRIFICE WITH A WIN TODAY, CUBS!
- Going forward, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mills has shown the ability to be a swing man for the Cubs heading into 2020, and we know how valuable that role can be. I hope he gets serious consideration for the bullpen next year.
- Jason Heyward, who was scratched last night, described his overnight knee pain as “sharp” pain in the front of his knee, but with no knowledge of how it happened, and feeling like it loosened back up well after he did his work yesterday (Cubs.com). He probably sits today against a lefty regardless, but I still get a touch nervous hearing about a don’t-know-how-or-when-it-happened health issue for a guy who is hitting .195/.313/.415 (90 wRC+) in August.
- It me Rage Fan:
- It’s very interesting to see all the progressions Nico Hoerner has been through in his development:
Nico Hoerner has ONE strikeout in his last 14 games, spanning 62 plate appearances.
He has 7 walks during that timeframe, during which he’s hitting 291/371/364.
Last night he notched 2 hits, incl a double, and swiped his 8th bag of the year.
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) August 15, 2019
- The lack of strikeouts might actually reinforce some of your concerns about Hoerner – yet another high-contact, low-slugging guy who will struggle with weak contact in the bigs – if it weren’t for the walks he was also taking. Being a high-contact guy is OF COURSE not a bad thing in isolation, particularly if you can pair it with good discipline. That not only makes you more likely to take walks, it also makes it more likely that, eventually, you can hit for more power (thanks to the ability to work counts and be selectively aggressive).
- This seems like an enormous number:
How good has @mamaya_9 been behind the plate this year?
— Myrtle Beach Pelicans (@Pelicanbaseball) August 14, 2019
- A reminder that Ben Zobrist joins the Iowa Cubs today, and after this weekend series, it’s still TBD how soon he could return to the big league club:
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) August 14, 2019
Late in a blowout, Nick Castellanos was not having it when the umpires didn’t agree that he’d fouled one off his foot. He does not have “give up” in him.
- I think Cara nailed it:
Trade everyone, literally everyone except Javy and Willy, for Mike Trout. Just have three players. They can all take turns, one can catch, one can pitch, the other play the field.
— Cara Cooper (@caramariecooper) August 15, 2019
- Jokes provide comfort for a second or two:
Cubs at Home versus Cubs on the Road. pic.twitter.com/OlfCaY4bwJ
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) August 15, 2019