Lotta Wins, Young’s Big Moment, McKinstry is Good Now, Thompson’s Rehab Outing, Pujols Feasts on Meatballs, and Other Cubs Bullets

Going all the best way again to mid-July, the Chicago Cubs are 28-25. It sucks that they don’t seem to be in a playoff race, however I imply, this is good things. There are optimistic indicators right here! The Cubs might wind up ending the second half with a profitable file.

  • Jared Young, making his huge league debut at age 27, obtained his first profession hit yesterday, and completely savored the second. I like this:
  • Young’s teammates again within the Iowa Cubs locker room erupted in cheers when he obtained that hit, based on Alex Cohen.
  • Zach McKinstry, who tripled and homered yesterday to produce the offense for the Cubs, could also be discovering his footing. Consider that he was 0-for-his first 5 video games with the Cubs. Since then? He’s hitting .253/.301/.460/110 wRC+. For a utility man who can play all of the corners and second base, that would not simply be OK, that’d be superior. It’s solely 94 PAs, although, and he has but to point out the flexibility to hit at this stage within the huge leagues over any form of sustained interval, so I’ll be actually cautious earlier than absolutely shopping for in. That mentioned, if he stays even league common the remainder of the yr, preserving him on the 40-man this offseason will probably be a no brainer. It would possibly already be.
  • Keegan Thompson threw 45 pitches in a profitable rehab outing tonight for the Iowa Cubs:
  • I’d tentatively not anticipate TOO many extra rehab outings for Thompson if he is already at 45 pitches, since I do not assume the Cubs are planning to stretch him again out to 80+ earlier than the tip of the season.
  • I believe we’re imagined to see Adbert Alzolay again as quickly as at the moment. And Hayden Wesneski is beginning at the moment! Fun issues!
  • wow MLB groups are basically jockeying to have business rights in worldwide areas, and I believe this is going to grow to be a a lot greater story quickly:
  • Not in any respect onerous to think about the Cubs wanting – for instance – Japan to be considered one of their markets, which might incentivize them so as to add EVEN MORE Japanese stars…
  • Marcus Stroman is speaking up the youthful gamers on his crew, getting an opportunity to point out what they’re able to, and I’ve gotta consider he is wanting ahead to subsequent yr:
  • Cardinals followers obtained very mad at me for this tweet:
  • I used to be *not* implying some form of conspiracy. I *was* implying that Pujols has been lucky to get a load of meatballs recently on which to feast (or at the very least that it has FELT that option to me after I see the highlights). Go get 700. It’s an amazing story. Whatever. I used to be simply stating what a hilariously terrible pitch this was. Maybe as completely dangerous as it will probably get.
  • Such an amazing partnership:
  • I used to be not conscious that this was taking place, and it is fairly jarring:
  • Overall with the Padres to this point, Soto’s ISO is simply .121, which is fairly a bit under the league common (.150). He nonetheless takes so many walks and strikes out so little that his total slash line is above common (.210/.376/.331/114 wRC+), however good lord that is not that hitter you are buying him to be. Looking at his batted ball metrics, although, it needs to be a complete lot of dangerous luck in there, as a result of he nonetheless appears to be making actually good contact total.
  • … the Padres ought to in all probability dump him after the season for nothing and the Cubs would take him, I suppose.
  • This Mets fan didn’t like me having fun with the failings of the Mets this week in opposition to the Cubs:

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