Contreras Plays Hero, Future Role Flexibility, Steele is Nasty, Madrigal Hits, and Other Cubs Bullets

I’m undecided how I averted all of it summer season till now – I do not assume I used to be doing something higher or smarter – however I lastly bought bit up by mosquitos final evening. The itches certain are satisfying whenever you scratch, however I do not notably wish to be doing all of it day for a number of days.

  • Willson Contreras performed hero yesterday with the game-winning homer in his “return” to Wrigley Field, which was simply completely scripted. You might inform how glad he was to be again:
  • I stated it earlier within the week, however let me say it much more explicitly: if the Cubs really love every thing about Contreras and what he brings *EXCEPT* his catching potential (and the thought of ​​committing to a catcher long-term in his 30s ), then there is nonetheless a smart association for bringing him again. Basically, you get the 2 catchers you need – the fellows you have determined are the perfect on the receiving, the game-calling, the changes, no matter (the issues which might be apparently considerations across the league about Contreras behind the plate), and they’re your foremost catchers. Contreras turns into that previous imagined model of what we thought Kyle Schwarber is likely to be for a minute: a man who catches about as soon as per week (which has further worth!), and in any other case splits his time between first base, DH, and possibly left area on a really uncommon event.
  • The Cubs haven’t got first base locked down because it is, and with Patrick Wisdom taking part in there this week, it is clear the Cubs are considering forward about inner choices. In flip, I’m simply considering out loud.
  • Couple extra bits of Wilson love:
  • Obviously the effectivity was not fairly there, however Justin Steele was simply nasty yesterday. Tied his profession excessive with 10 strikeouts, this time in simply 4.2 innings:

  • Not certain what, if something, drove it, however Steele was throwing his pitches (1) a lot quicker than traditional, and (2) with rather more spin than traditional. The two are correlated, so it is potential he discovered a little bit one thing together with his mechanics to get a velo increase (which helped increase the spin), or it is potential it was simply a type of days the place he was actually feeling his physique. But it is cool when you may see a efficiency like that, see how poorly the batters have been faring, and then verify the info and see a 1.7(!) mph bump on the slider, and a 200+ RPM bump on the spin fee. That was only a nasty, nasty, nasty slider yesterday.
  • It wasn’t a save scenario when he got here into the sport, so we nonetheless do not know for certain that he is the man who’ll get the decision, however Rowan Wick pitched the ninth to complete out the sport. He was my guess on the man the Cubs would favor to take over the nearer’s function for the remainder of the season, and I do assume that is who we’ll see if everybody has rested. He has clearly had his tough patches, however my sense is that the Cubs imagine the *finest* model of Wick is their finest man for the ninth inning. Whether he will be that finest model of himself constantly sufficient to carry down the function, say, into subsequent season, is a really open query. (Any probability the Cubs attempt to repair free agent Craig Kimbrel once more…?)
  • Meanwhile, Brandon Hughes is actually turning it on. If you bear in mind, he appeared improbable out of the gate, however then really kinda struggled via his first 18.0 huge league innings (4.50 ERA). Over his final 13.0 innings, for the reason that starting of July, his ERA has been simply 0.69.
  • Nick Madrigal had a pair hits yesterday, and it capped off his finest ten-game stretch of the season. A pair huge “howevers” there: (1) the ten-game stretch goes again to May 31, since he is missed a lot time, and (2) even on this “good” stretch, he is hit simply .294/.333/ .294/79 wRC+. I’m high quality with him getting a good quantity of taking part in time the remainder of the way in which in order that the Cubs can have extra data heading into the offseason. But there is no lifelike closing two months that make it so the Cubs really feel like they’ve second base locked down by Madrigal.
  • The Rocket City Trash Pandas, like each different minor league staff, can not get Cubs outfield prospect Yonathan Perlaza out. But in contrast to the others, the Pandas are, nicely, it is of their identify, and did this:
  • The Rockies claimed Dinelson Lamet off of waivers from the Brewers, and for the reason that Cubs would’ve had precedence over the Rockies, meaning the Cubs handed.

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