The Super Bowl hype is just not as present this year. I’m not wrong, am I? I feel like I just don’t see it around as much as usual. Not sure if that’s a product of the teams involved or my own stage in life, but it’s not there. I’m still really looking forward to the game, though. Gotta get me some cheese sticks and wings or something …
- Derek Holland finds a job, and I have a memory:
Derek Holland is signing w/PIT, which reminds me of his most memorable moment in 2019 w/the Cubs – the nut-stomping, sweep-concluding, walk-off grand slam he gave up to Bryce Harper on August 15, which was the precise moment that confirmed 2019 was toast. pic.twitter.com/Oqdpupeb9N
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) January 31, 2020
- At the time it happened, that game felt a little more like it just flowed into what was going on at the moment: the Cubs were blowing a lot of games late, and they absolutely could not win on the road. But within a couple weeks, long before season entered its actual death throes, you started to look back at that moment as the clear beginning of the end. The Cubs had been up 3.0 games in the division when that road trip began, and Harper’s shot took them to a tie. From that series on, the Cubs finished the year 20-24.
- Related, remember how the Cubs won fewer games on the road than all other NL teams besides the Marlins and Rockies? Boy, that was something. I’d say that the Cubs could be a lot better in 2020 if they just figured out how to be consistent on the road, but I’m not sure you can count on winning a whopping 51 games at home again. Good luck with that weird issue, David Ross.
- MLB and MiLB are still fighting publicly, which is probably how it’s going to be all year as their agreement expires later this year. I think it’s a lock at this point that SOME minor league teams will be contracted and the draft will shrink considerably in rounds. The precise contours of what happens – and what kind of a raise minor league players get across the board (and whether some teams will up the ante even more for their players) – all remain to be seen.
- More El Mago cover show:
Hey Chicago, what do you say?@Javy23Baez and the @Cubs are on the cover of MLB The Show 20 today!
Order NOW: https://t.co/MLsBFtY6tI #MLBTheShow #MLBTheShow20 #NewEra #TheShow20 #TheShow pic.twitter.com/xORW1mLu1Z
— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) January 31, 2020
- More Astros dubiousness:
"Their strikeout rate plummeted – at a level unparalleled in the last 100 years. Their strikeout rate at home took an even more dramatic plunge…unlike anything we’ve seen in the last century."
Just posted: The eye-popping numbers of the 2017 Astroshttps://t.co/rloadPEwh6
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 31, 2020
- Pitches just shouldn’t move like this, and he was doing it at the end of his day. So special:
- Ah, what the heck, let’s just enjoy them all – just watch all the ridiculous swings and pants-pooping freezes:
One Filthy Moment: 109 seconds of Kerry Wood's stuff, the day was the nastiest pitcher of All Time. pic.twitter.com/TPIKN9tCLm
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 1, 2020
- The Phillies still come in for Kris Bryant mentions and you can see where they would have the need, but man, that rotation is in a scary state:
2020 ZiPS Projections: Philadelphia Phillies https://t.co/XvWKzZcZHK
— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) January 31, 2020
- That is to say, even if the Phillies had young pitching outside of their top pitching prospect in Spencer Howard, I don’t see how they could justify moving it for another bat.
- I laughed:
A Report Out of Miami Suggests Tua Tagovailoa’s Family Doesn’t Want Him to Play for the Lions https://t.co/DnHEQbZ7s4
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) January 31, 2020
- TVs, glasses, supplements, and ozone generators(?) are among your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. #ad