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 time till now – I do not assume I used to be doing something higher or smarter – however I lastly received bitten by mosquitoes final evening. The itches certain are satisfying while you scratch, however I do not significantly need 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 may inform how comfortable 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 part about Contreras and what he brings *EXCEPT* his catching potential (and the concept 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 blokes you’ve got determined are the perfect on the receiving, the game-calling, the changes, no matter (the issues which can be apparently issues across the league about Contreras behind the plate), and they’re your important 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 every week (which has additional worth!), and in any other case splits his time between first base, DH, and perhaps left discipline on a really uncommon event.
  • The Cubs do not have first base locked down because it is, and with Patrick Wisdom taking part in there this week, it is clear the Cubs are pondering forward about inner choices. In flip, I’m simply pondering 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 common, and (2) with far more spin than common. The two are correlated, so it is potential he found out a bit of one thing together with his mechanics to get a velo increase (which helped increase the spin), or it is potential it was simply a kind of days the place he was actually feeling his physique. But it is cool when you’ll be able to see a efficiency like that, see how poorly the batters had been faring, and then test the information 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 position 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 consider the *finest* model of Wick is their finest man for the ninth inning. Whether he could be that finest model of himself constantly sufficient to carry down the position, 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 keep in mind, he appeared unbelievable out of the gate, however then truly kinda struggled by way of his first 18.0 huge league innings (4.50 ERA). Over his final 13.0 innings, because the starting of July, his ERA has been simply 0.69.
  • Nick Madrigal had a few 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 nice with him getting a good quantity of taking part in time the remainder of the best way in order that the Cubs can have extra info heading into the offseason. But there is no lifelike ultimate 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 not like the others, the Pandas are, nicely, it is of their title, and did this:
  • The Rockies claimed Dinelson Lamet off waivers from the Brewers, and because the Cubs would have had precedence over the Rockies, meaning the Cubs handed.

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