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Hard Contact, Rookie of the Year, Punishments Going Forward, and Other Cubs Bullets

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In a normal year, today would be all frenetic and crazy and I’d have trouble putting together these Bullets because the Trade Deadline was coming in a few hours. This year, today figures to be frenetic and crazy and I’ll have trouble putting together these Bullets because another team has positive COVID tests throwing more of the season into upheaval. I have no idea what happens now after positive test(s) on the Cardinals. But I have to power through these Bullets in the meantime …

•   When you think about the possible competition this year, Nico Hoerner really does have a pretty good shot at winning Rookie of the Year if the season is completed:

•   Currently, Hoerner’s slash line is a very exaggerated version of himself, down to the super high batting average and OBP that is actually slightly lower thanks to no walks yet and a sac fly: .389/.368/.444.

•   It isn’t retroactive, obviously, but we’ll just assume the Astros were all suspended and stripped of their title and what-have-you:

•   Joe West had to leave yesterday’s game after being struck by a bat behind home plate, but it wound up keeping him out for only a few innings – he got stitched up and eventually came back to umpire at third base.

•   If this included all players with at least six batted ball events, then David Bote would be right up there near the top, too:

•   The Cubs also have the 4th highest hard contact rate in the Majors so far this year, though the top four teams (Cubs, Yankees, Padres, Angels) are all clustered together around 50%.

•   Some background on the greatest home run in Wrigley Field history:

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•   Old friend:

•   Happy bunt-aversary:

•   Not sure if the game will actually happen, but watching this time lapse is still pretty awesome:



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.