Stroman and Defense, Happ’s Power Surge, Checking in on Traded Relievers, Rizzo Gets Screwed, and Other Cubs Bullets

I’m so unhappy. The ‘Better Call Saul’ finale was nice, and lived as much as all of the hype in my thoughts. But now it is over. More than that, the entire BB/BCS universe is now over after eleven seasons and a film. I cherished all of it. And now I’m unhappy.

  • It’s a bummer that Zach McKinstry, who’d in any other case regarded good thus far defensively, biffed twice in the fifth final evening to finish Marcus Stroman’s evening early. Without both of the 2 errors, Stroman not solely will get by the fifth, however possibly even cruises by six. I suppose what issues is that, general, it was one other evening of Stroman principally trying like Stroman, and settling into what you’ll count on/hope for him to be in 2023: not an ace, however a man who just about provides you a stable 5/6 innings each single time (and even higher when the protection does its half).
  • Meanwhile, David Ross apologized to Stroman (94 pitches) for taking him out one batter too early in the fifth, after Mark Leiter Jr. (who’s been actually good in aid) got here in and gave up a two-run double. Stroman appreciated it (Cubs.com): “Yeah, he got here as much as me after the sport, for certain,” Stroman mentioned. “He let me know that he needs he would’ve left me in. That’s big. Obviously, I need to [stay] in the second But yeah, the truth that he recognized it and let me know proper after the sport, that simply exhibits [who Ross is]. I like Rossy. Rossy’s the person, and I’ve loads of respect for that man.”
  • On our podcast yesterday, Sahadev Sharma and I have been speaking about – amongst many different issues – Ian Happ’s diminished energy manufacturing this 12 months (which appears to be associated to his improved contact charges, because it’s all sort of a steadiness). Happ’s then-.160 ISO was extraordinarily low for him, and could be a way more noticeable problem if his big .354 BABIP wasn’t floating the general line. Specifically, we have been speaking about the way you’d need to see a little bit extra energy down the stretch from Happ, hopefully paired with holding the contact amount the place it has been That’s the place you’d see the true breakout from Happ: the facility comes again, however the improved contact sticks round.
  • And then Happ went out and homered twice final evening:

  • In one August recreation, Happ bounced his ISO from .160 (simply above league-average) to .173 (solidly above league-average). It’s nonetheless decrease than the place he is been for his profession (.215), however something approaching .200, for him, goes to help actually stable general manufacturing.
  • Fun reality on Happ’s homers from NBC: “Ian Happ hit his eleventh and twelfth residence runs in the primary and fifth for the Cubs β€” making him one in every of simply six switch-hitters in historical past with at the very least 11 homers in every of his first six seasons (additionally Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, Ruben Sierra, Jose Cruz Jr. and Mark Teixeira).”
  • So? Happ’s subsequent homer would be the a hundredth of his profession.
  • Franmil Reyes has raked over his first 5 video games with the Cubs, and though the outcomes could not all the time be this excessive, he certain does hit the ball laborious:
  • Like I’ve mentioned earlier than, I really feel dangerous for the participant in this example, however I do not really feel remotely dangerous for the Mets, who determined to not be extra aggressive:
  • If you have been curious in regards to the three different relievers the Cubs dealt … Scott Effross has been dinged by the lengthy ball in his first 6.0 innings with the Yankees (4.50 ERA) however has in any other case been stable, Chris Martin has been precisely pretty much as good for the Dodgers as his peripherals mentioned he could be (2.45 ERA over 7.1 innings), and David Robertson has but to permit a run in 5.0 innings for the Phillies.
  • Old good friend Anthony Rizzo, who will get hit by pitches on a regular basis, bought known as for leaning into one:
  • I understand how it seems to be, however my take on loads of these has all the time been that you simply’re asking a hitter to ALWAYS correctly diagnose a pitch INSTANTLY to know that it is not a fastball coming in the back of his leg, as an alternative of a slider that’s going to interrupt again over the within edge. I imply, that is LITERALLY the entire level of the pitch: to confuse the hitter! And then you are going to punish him for probably being confused? Unless the pitch was legit going to be in the strike zone – it did not fairly appear to be it – I do not see how one can name Rizzo again to the plate on these.
  • Rizzo was, uh, not completely satisfied:
  • The Yankees would lose that recreation, dropping them to simply 11-21 over their final 32 video games (and they’ve gained simply twice in their final 12 video games). They nonetheless lead the division by 10.0 video games, although, so I do not know that they’ve any cause to panic.
  • Two could-have-been Cubs:

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