There is a dude across the way at the coffee shop just STARING at me. I mean, like, I noticed it incidentally when I got up at one moment, and then I looked again, and he was staring again. So now I’m like addicted to peeking, and every time I look up, he’s just blank expression staring at me. It’s weird. I am not that interesting.
UPDATE as I write the Bullets: He got more coffee and moved seats. But I just looked … STILL STARING AT ME.
- The recent update to Defense Runs Saved – which makes Javy Baez look even more like a freaking stud – got me look at some of the other end-of-season defensive metrics, and that had me looking at the SABR Defensive Index, which is the total defensive metric used as a component of the Gold Glove award process. Take it all as a “for what it’s worth” kinda deal, but some things jumped out:
- Willson Contreras wound up just about neutral on defense, and it appears that includes pitch-framing?
- Kris Bryant was surprisingly negative, rating as the fourth worst defensive third baseman in the NL.
- Kyle Schwarber rated as solidly above-average in left field, and Jason Heyward, as you’d expect, was even more above average in right field.
- In center? Albert Almora rated as the second worst defensive center fielder.
- On Almora, the other advanced defensive metrics also rated him as strongly negative this year. Yes, advanced defensive metrics are far from perfect yet, especially for just a single year, but when they all agree? And when the eye test was not impressed? Something went deeply and completely wrong with Almora this year, as he was a disaster at the plate (though that goes back much further than this year), and apparently, also in the field. For a guy whose calling card MUST be his defense, the year could not possibly have gone worse. Almora is arbitration-eligible and is projected to get just under $2 million. I’m not sure he’s a non-tender candidate, but I’m quite sure the 2019 version of Almora isn’t worth a roster spot, much less nearly $2 million. The Cubs will have to do some serious soul-searching on the first first-round pick of this front office’s tenure.
- Former Cubs pitching coach, and much more recently former Yankees pitching coach, Larry Rothschild was without a job for about 15 minutes:
Larry Rothschild is the #Padres’ new pitching coach, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 8, 2019
- Not a bad idea for a Padres club with a rookie manager … which is similar to the Cubs taking former Padres manager Andy Green to be their bench coach under rookie manager David Ross. Musical chairs!
- Speaking of Ross and Green:
This is fun: the last time Ross and Green shared a uniform was April 20, 2008. Green scored twice from the leadoff spot. Ross homered. pic.twitter.com/Aa2R120zQ2
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) November 9, 2019
- Toys, toys, toys, and more toys are your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. Tis the season to stock up and such. #ad
- You can win a free, extremely comfortable Cubs hoodie:
— OBVIOUS SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) November 8, 2019
- If you missed some of the rumors yesterday: Willson Contreras has suitors apparently, and the Cubs may be prioritizing Whit Merrifield.
- Hooray! The Bears did something smart:
Logic Prevails! Bears Waive Mike Davis to Position Themselves For a Comp Pick https://t.co/kjIOjjx3PS
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) November 9, 2019