Everybody Is Gonna Want Gerrit Cole, MLB Denies De-Juicing the Balls, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Everybody Is Gonna Want Gerrit Cole, MLB Denies De-Juicing the Balls, and Other Cubs Bullets

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The NLCS kicks off tonight in St. Louis, with the Cardinals hosting the Nationals, who have long been my favorite Major League Baseball club. Did you not know?

  • The Astros punched their ticket to the ALCS last night behind another dominating Gerrit Cole performance, and plenty of power. That is such a silly good team, and it’s going to be a fun series against the Yankees starting tomorrow night. The Cubs will just have to wait to interview bench coach Joe Espada (and maybe Yankees special assistant Carlos Beltran) if they really want it.
  • Speaking of the win, the baseball lust for Gerrit Cole grows so much:

  • I really do expect he breaks records in free agency, with David Price’s $217 million guarantee the floor. Would the Cubs really commit that much to a starting pitcher? When you look out a couple years at what they have (or not) in the rotation, I’ll make a big, fat strong argument that the Cubs *should*, but only one team is going to get Cole, and about 10 teams are going to seriously pursue him. More on him when his season actually ends. Just … take it easy on him, Astros.
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  • The Cubs and Pirates really represent the two sides of the question on whether it’s better to have loved and lost or to have never loved at all:

  • I don’t expect the stamp is to blame, so either the analysis was a fluke (it was such a dramatic and instant change, though … ), or there are inconsistencies in the batches (for reasons MLB doesn’t appear to know), and the batch(es) grabbed for the postseason happened to be slightly different than many of the ones we’d previously seen data for. That seems pretty plausible, no? If so, at some point, when more batches cycle in for the LCS/World Series, maybe we see juiced balls again? What an unfortunate story this whole thing is. Just fix it, people. Preferably before the 2020 season begins, and preferably in a way that is predictable, so you can inform teams that things will be back to the 2015/16 environment.
  • Speaking of that era, memories:

  • Every win in that series was so special, man. You had the Game One Lester gem and Javy homer, you had the Game Two offense provided by Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood, and then you had that crazy Game Four comeback. Heck, even the Game Three loss was an incredible game (remember Kris Bryant tying it in the 9th with a homer, and then the game goes 13 innings?).
  • Padres pitcher Jacob Nix allegedly broke into a house and got tased through a doggie door and I just don’t even, man:

  • Fun for Bulls fans (and only fun):

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