Javier Assad Was Outstanding, Homegrown Pitching, McKinstry Again, MiLB Playoffs, and Other Cubs Bullets

The playoffs begin immediately! Minor league playoffs, that’s. The South Bend Cubs open up their postseason collection at 6:05pm CT at house in opposition to Cedar Rapids. Luis Devers will get the ball in sport one, Porter Hodge in sport two, and Daniel Palencia in sport three, if needed.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans additionally open their collection at 6:05pm CT tonight, and they’re going to head to Charleston. Tonight’s starter has not but been formally introduced.

Go Cubs. Go Pelicans. Get some playoff expertise. Get some {hardware}.

  • It’s not the primary time this season we have seen homegrown Cubs pitchers taking part in key roles in a win, however I nonetheless wish to spotlight that final night time we noticed a completely homegrown beginning pitcher (an IFA signing, no much less!) cruise for six innings in his first high quality begin, and then a completely homegrown reliever got here in for a multi-inning end to the sport. We went YEARSSSS with out seeing that from the Cubs. I’m not going to take it as a right now, even when the Cubs are out of the race. This is gratifying, and it is one other good signal for the up to date participant growth program.
  • That beginning pitcher, Javier Assad, had his finest trying outing of the 12 months, and he is now appeared in nearly as many huge league video games this season (5) as he did at Triple-A Iowa (8). I point out that as a result of it is simple to overlook that Assad, 25, spent most of this season at Double-A earlier than the fast bumps up the ladder. That occurred as a result of he made enormous developmental strikes earlier than this season, and immediately had back-of-the-rotation potential, earlier than beforehand being extra of a man who was more likely to stall out at Triple-A due to an absence of stuff. It makes me marvel if he might get even higher with one other offseason of labor, now having had the expertise of going through extra polished batters at BOTH Triple-A and in MLB.

Assad was particularly good in opposition to lefties final night time, because of a nasty changeup and him actually having the perfect model of his cutter. Look at what Mets supervisor Buck Showalter stated (Cubs.com):

“As marketed. Really good cutter. That was the pitch for him tonight,” Mets common supervisor Buck Showalter stated. “He commanded that on each side of the plate. He established each side of the plate with all his pitches, and that makes it actually robust.

“It wasn’t as a lot one thing we did not do as one thing he did do. You might inform, he was staying down and working totally different planes within the strike zone. When you identify, you possibly can throw the ball to each side — particularly the cutter. It was nearly like a small slider, it had extra depth on it than most cutters do, and that is uncommon. It’s a superb pitch. We knew that coming in.”

  • In different phrases, final night time’s outing had all of the extra look of a man the Cubs must carry on the 40-man roster by the offseason with the intention to have him accessible as depth subsequent 12 months. I believe a part of the rationale he was known as up within the first place was to guage him exactly for that reason. He’s passing the take a look at.
  • Speaking of these 40-man selections, utility man Zach McKinstry positive is attempting to make a run to make sure he retains his job this offseason. After one other huge night time final night time, he is now above league common since August 9, the tip of his 0-fer to begin his Cubs profession. Not that you do not depend the 0-fer, in fact. Anyway, over that previous month, McKinstry is now hitting .256/.310/.423/104 wRC+. I’d suppose that if he does that the remainder of the best way, when you think about his positional versatility and pre-arb standing – plus no matter scouting the Cubs preferred about him when first buying – the Cubs are nearly definitely going to maintain him on the 40 -man and not threat shedding him in minor league free company.
  • I get that Jeff McNeil simply hits. I’m not making enjoyable of the outcomes. I’m simply saying, it appears to be like actually foolish:
  • But hey, if it really works to hit with a tetherball pole as a substitute of a baseball bat, perhaps some Cubs ought to strive it.
  • Marcus Stroman, bobble-head-haver-and-enjoyer:
  • Mike Trout has homered in SEVEN STRAIGHT GAMES:
  • Giants pitcher Zack Littell was clearly pissed at his supervisor Gabe Kapler for taking him out, however Kapler made positive to not reply in public, and then invited Littell again into the tunnel for a chat:
  • We get to see Jacob deGrom tonight. That’s enjoyable, proper?
  • Kind of a shocker from Sunday’s Bears win:

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