Astros Go Up, Umpire Complaints, Ross Presser Today, Pirates a Mess, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Astros Go Up, Umpire Complaints, Ross Presser Today, Pirates a Mess, and Other Cubs Bullets

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The Astros smoked the Nationals again to go up 3-2 in the World Series as they head home to Houston. Given that the road team has dominated virtually every game in the series, maybe that’s not a good thing.

In any case, Gerrit Cole maxed out, Max Scherzer had to sit out, and the Astros’ bats blew up.

Today is an off-day in the series, and it resumes tomorrow night, with Stephen Strasburg trying to save the Nationals’ season against Justin Verlander.

Meanwhile …

  • Even as the Astros dominated last night on both sides of the ball, the strike zone came in for fiery takes, because it was terrible:

  • The reality is that electronic balls and strikes are coming. The Commissioner wants it. More and more players want it. The technology is getting better and better. We may not seen an ENTIRELY electronic zone right away – perhaps it’ll be a tennis-like quick review system for challenges – but some version of it is coming as soon as the next few years. Indeed, it might be part of the next CBA after 2021.
  • Hey, lotta great Deals of the Day at Amazon today, including Instant Pot, fancy watches, weights, toys, and more. #ad
  • With David Ross set to be announced today at 11am CT in his introductory press conference, time kinda ran out on me to share a few pre-introduction bits that I wanted to get into. So here they are, quickly, Bullets-style. First, no, I really don’t think David Ross or his former teammates are going to have a problem with him being in charge:

  • A look at David Ross’s book for insights about his managerial style (and more reminders that, when it comes to the game, he isn’t the soft teddy bear some think):

  • I agree that Ross won’t be a singular draw to Marquee, and that the new network wasn’t any additional reason to hire him, but he might afford the network a few more content opportunities than Joe Espada would have:

  • Hero:

  • In one Pirates offseason, Clint Hurdle was fired, then not fired, and then fired again. Now, GM Neal Huntington was fired, not fired, and is fired again:

  • Bear in mind, the Pirates have also canned their president, replaced him with a hockey president, and they are in the middle of a managerial search process.
  • Once the Pirates finally have their new structure in place, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rapid teardown. Ownership will absolutely support it because money, and new front offices like to put their fingerprints on things.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.