No More Protests, Yelich's Rough Stretch, Another Reliever Injury, and Other Cubs Bullets

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No More Protests, Yelich’s Rough Stretch, Another Reliever Injury, and Other Cubs Bullets

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I remain so enthralled by ‘Andor.’ I’m just so impressed by the quality of the show. It’s like HBO-quality story/character/dialogue/atmosphere execution, and it’s a demonstration of how good things can be in the ‘Star Wars’ universe if you just let talented people (Tony Gilroy, in this case) do THEIR kind of show against a Star Wars backdrop. I don’t even think you would have to enjoy Star Wars to like this show.

  • Are you a big fan of MLB teams “protesting” a game? That thing where a team could, after a brutal mistake by an umpire, send in an official protest to the league and then have … nothing at all happen? Well, guess what: it’s gone now. As noted by J.J. Cooper in a review of the latest rules, protests are now prohibited by MLB. Can’t happen. The new rule is extremely thorough: “Protesting a game shall never be permitted, regardless of whether such complaint is based on judgment decisions by the umpire or an allegation that an umpire misapplied these rules or otherwise rendered a decision in violation of these rules.”
  • In other words, an umpire could straight up call strike three on the first pitch of an at bat to end a game, and that’s that. Game is over. No protest. Umpire might be disciplined – a one-day, paid suspension, and an order to wear uncomfortable socks for 48 hours – but the game final stays final.
  • How often does this actually come up, though? The last time I can even remember a game where I felt like the Cubs even COULD have solid grounds for a protest was that time Jason Heyward was ruled to have run inside the baseline and caused interference. It was a terrible, terrible, incorrectly-applied call, but even that one, the Cubs still won the game! So no protest anyway! And that was the only one I could think of that was THAT blatantly wrong. That was five years ago. (OK, but I did just make myself angry again reading about that one. The Cubs really did get screwed on that call.)
  • Oh, we know you’ve been there, buddy:
  • OK, so I’m just poking fun at Christian Yelich, and that’s unkind since he was the one who was already being thoughtful and self-deprecating. That said, since we’re on the subject of Yelich, I think it’s fair to note his 2022 season and the broader context. Yelich, who’ll play next year at 31, hit .252/.355/.383/111 wRC+, which is not bad, but obviously is not close to what he was at his peak. A peak that got him a $215 million contract that runs through 2028.
  • Since signing that deal, Yelich has hit just .243/.358/.388/108 wRC+. Before his explosion in 2018, his first year in Milwaukee, it’s notable that Yelich hit .290/.369/.432/122 wRC+ – better than the last three years, but a somewhat similar profile, at least compared to 2018 and 2019 when the guy posted a freaking .304(!) ISO. I know it became a half-joke of a conspiracy theory, but when a guy’s production changes THAT dramatically for two years, built almost entirely on an enormous increase in home runs at a new home ballpark, it’s going to look suspicious – especially when that home run binge ends IMMEDIATELY as soon as the league implements protocols to further curb allegations of sign stealing around the league.
  • Anyway, the Brewers better hope Yelich bounces back in a big and surprising way into his 30s, because otherwise they’re stuck with a slap-hitting left fielder who plays terrible defense and is paid like a star for the next six years. He was barely more than a 2-WAR player this year. Might wanna get those lights fixed at AmFam Field …
  • Yet another key reliever turned up with an injury just before the start of the LDS, and it’s Tyler Matzek getting Tommy John:
  • That’s pretty funny:
  • The puck for the Blackhawks dropped last night, and as far as I’m aware, they did exactly what they were supposed to do: they lost to a good team despite showing quality effort.

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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.