The post-elimination lineup tonight could really be something. I hope for some fun, in addition to all the things I’m hoping for in the final four games.
- The Cubs’ current eight-game losing streak is their longest since late 2012, the first year of the rebuild. Appropriate, perhaps. But also, good lord what a collapse this has been.
- Post-elimination, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see Anthony Rizzo again this season. Kris Bryant is already out, and he’ll now stay out. Javy Baez might pinch run, like he did last night, but really only if he asks for it, I reckon. Craig Kimbrel is also probably done.
- Nick Castellanos was awfully bummed last night about the Cubs’ elimination, which is understandable and sad. The dude just wants to win, and just wants to play in the postseason:
A frustrated Castellanos on Cubs’ elimination pic.twitter.com/0A5GcBttsm
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) September 26, 2019
Castellanos: "I wish I could've done more."
Really, not much more he could've done since being acquired by the Cubs.
"I mean, the point is that I wanted to play in the playoffs, man."
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 26, 2019
- I very much hope the Cubs stay involved in his free agency talks, though, as I explored this week, finding that right price level for him is going to be really tricky.
- Ian Happ knocked a dinger last night, which was nice to see for a variety of reasons:
- It’s been a rough year for Happ, who was a surprise demotion to AAA to open the season, and then he was there until well into the second half of the season. But what I have loved to see is not only that he now has an above-average line (.240/.314/.480, 103 wRC+), it’s that the things the Cubs wanted him to improve upon have shown progress, and have done so without completely torpedoing his results:
- It’s worth remembering how little minor league time Happ had, and how he only just turned 25. A switch-hitter with his natural power and speed is a guy you really, really want to “get right.” Whether he remains with the Cubs into next year or not, the under-the-hood progress this year is encouraging (very much unlike the under-the-hood YIKES stuff that was emerging at this time last year).
- With his 40th appearance last night, the Cubs’ club option on David Phelps bumped up to $5 million from $3 million, assuring that it will not be picked up. I still like him as a possible returning for this bullpen next year, but not at $5 million.
- I’ll need to read this several times today, because Jon Lester tends to sum up these situations well:
"At the end of the day, winning's winning and that's what I show up for. This season sucked."
Postgame Q&A with Jon Lester: https://t.co/pJIgJj3VnQ
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 26, 2019
- The one that sticks out is Lester’s response on Joe Maddon, the manager who arrived with the Cubs just before he did: “Man, I can’t say enough positives about what Joe’s done just flat-out for this organization. Up until here recently this year, I think we led MLB in wins and that’s a testament to him. We broke a 108-year curse — however you want to call it, streak. I think no matter what happens, if he continues here, gravy. I think if he doesn’t, he should be revered as a legend in this town for a long, long time. What he did for this organization, you talk about a rebuild, you talk about signings, you talk about all that stuff, he was the first guy to write his name on that paper. He believed. Him believing made other people believe. So, what he’s done not only for this organization, but for this city, is huge. Hopefully, like I said, that’s above my pay grade, I don’t make those decisions, and I’m sure they’ll sit down and talk about it.”
- No matter what happens in the coming days, I have no doubt that, over the years ahead, Maddon absolutely *will* be revered as a legend.
I love (and hate, obviously) seeing all of this stuff stacked up like this. But it is such a huge part of the reality of this 2019 Cubs team. Buttload of talent, but also buttload of this: https://t.co/3vbqtbRFPR
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 25, 2019
- Also, woof – this hurt to go back and read:
Looking back, I should have trusted my gut more back on April 4: https://t.co/wocvBwEzWz
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 26, 2019
- I’m sure it won’t ultimately matter, because an extension will get done, but I didn’t realize Dodgers President Andrew Friedman was a free agent after this season:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 26, 2019
- Amazon launched a big revamp of their Alexa-attached products, including new products and also will be offering Samuel L. Jackson as a new Alexa voice, cursing optional. That is not a joke.
- Michael talks to David DeJesus:
Ep. 4 of Michael Cerami's Podcast is here!!
And it's David DeJesus time! A real-life former big-leaguer! A former Cub! I'm not gonna lie, this was very cool for me … I hope you like it!
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) September 26, 2019
- Joking, but also kinda serious:
— Brett Taylor (@Brett_A_Taylor) September 26, 2019
- Am I allowed to think this is kinda nice:
- Emotional memory:
- Come on, people:
When you bring his son or family into it, yes you’re crossing a line. Stick to your overused overrated and Harper sucks chants if you’re really that loser that goes to a game to heckle someone. Phillies fans might boo him but they don’t bring his 4 week old son into it. Classless https://t.co/NVj3ixyrPY
— Kayla Harper (@kayyharper8) September 26, 2019
- Bulls signing, Bears injuries, Trubisky likes to get yelled at:
The Bulls have signed a former big-name prospect to a camp deal: https://t.co/6pRgCJFrh5
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) September 26, 2019
The Bears are breaking opponents, and trying to get over their own breakage. https://t.co/6DKuRx889F
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 26, 2019
Mitch Trubisky On Getting Yelled At By Matt Nagy: “I Love It”https://t.co/wJUUqBTjnf
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 25, 2019