Cubs 6, Sox 3

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OSS: Kyle Schwarber had a big day.

Three up:

  1. ərber had eleven total bases on the day, courtesy of two home runs and a triple that just missed going over the fence. Aside from the fact that he was crushing it in general, it was great to see that two of those shots were to left field. He had been pulling the ball like crazy before his demotion, now he's looking more like the Schwarber of old.
  2. Jon Lester had a solid outing, allowing two solo home runs and five total baserunners in seven innings. Aside from the whole lack of first inning runs thing, it feels like the biggest difference from the first half is that the Cubs starters are going deeper into games again. Well, the good ones at least.
  3. Willson Contreras continues to be white-hot, reaching base three times and scoring twice in this game.

Three down:

  1. Uehara struggled a bit while mopping things up in the ninth, giving up a solo shot to Abreu. He's given up runs (all on homers) in three of his last six outings.
  2. Jon Jay had a rough day on offense, striking out three times and getting hit in the helmet in his only other PA. This was promptly followed up by a TOOTBLAN.
  3. The Cubs don't have four more games against this squad.

Next up: The Cubs head to Wrigley North to face the Brew Crew. It's nice to see this long quasi homestand as a balance to the stretch in June where the Cubs had just three home games in a span of three weeks.

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  1. dmick89

    I think the biggest difference is first inning runs allowed. All the first inning runs forced Cubs starters to throw a lot of pitches early leaving a lot more pitches to the bullpen.

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  2. cerulean

    Ryno: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_(gridiron_football_score)#Conversion_safety

    In college football and the NFL, a conversion safety could also be scored by the defense. To accomplish this, the kicking team would have to retreat all the way back to their own end zone. This is wildly unpossible; it has been hypothesized that, perhaps, such a scenario would involve a turnover on a two-point conversion attempt followed by a lost fumble before the defensive player reaches the end zone, with the ball finally being downed by the offense in its own end zone. While such a conversion safety has never been scored by the defense, it is the only possible way in which a team could finish with a single point in an American football game.

    Unpossible.

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  3. Randy

    Still not encouraged that we seem to live or die by the long ball. Faced with better pitching we’re not going to be able to just tee up wins like this. But it really was a good sign to see Schwarber going opposite field. Need to settle some of the other guys down, especially Javy. Every time he swings himself out of his shoes trying to be a homerun hero when we just need a hit he should have to scrub the bathroom with a toothbrush.

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  4. cerulean

    Rice Cube:
    David Price on DL again. Arms are scary investments.

    It seems the dermal layer around his elbow has gotten really thin, possibly as a result of inflammation in his amygdala.

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  5. cerulean

    Kyle Schwarber is perfectly competent in left field. UZR grades him out as slightly positive. DRS has him costing a run every fourteen games or so in the field. Statcast has him converting most plays of greater than 50% likelihood (and that still doesn’t account for the walls). He seems to my untrained eye to be getting pretty good reads and jumps and his arm has been strong. I don’t think it’s crazy to think that he might become an above average defender in left. Unlikely, but not crazy.

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  6. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Apparently Matheny said that Molina looks tired. I guess he was never an ACB reader.

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  7. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Too bad Hendricks isn’t pitching tonight, it sounds like the Brewers starter is his equivalent.

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  8. Perkins

    To day’s base ball squadron:
    Jay
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Contreras
    Heyward
    Almora
    Russell
    Baez
    Quintana

    Kind of surprised not to see War Bear in there after he’s been heating up, but I could see a soft tossing LHP giving him trouble.

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  9. dmick89

    Suter only recently moved into the rotation and his minor league career is only OK. Hendricks is actually younger and has thrown about 500 more innings at the MLB level. I agree that they’re somewhat similar, but he’s not nearly as good as Hendricks has shown he can be if he’s healthy.

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  10. Perkins

    Rizzo the Rat,

    Small sample, but this year he’s actually done a bit better against LHP. For his career he’s a bit worse, but still about average (101 wRC+ vs 108 wRC+ against RHP).

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  11. Rizzo the Rat

    Perkins,

    All hitters should be expected to perform worse against same-hand pitching, even if Jay’s split isn’t especially large. And Jay projects to be a below-average hitter overall.

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  12. Perkins

    Edwin:
    myles,

    That’s what happens when you cross The Mooch.

    The Mooch’s wife also apparently filed for divorce because of his boner for Trump.

    That’s actually a thing my wife and I discussed during the election season. If either of us had voted for Trump, it would have been impossible for one of us to respect the other ever again.

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  13. cerulean

    There has been so much winning for America lately. I’m getting a little tired of all the winning.

    And the cocksucking. There has been a bit much of that too.

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  14. cerulean

    dmick89:
    From what I’ve seen of Quintana, he gives up rockets all the time.

    You should stop watching; you’re obviously messing with his results.

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  15. cerulean

    Rizzo the Rat:
    Half of a good play there.

    Half a good play is like half a dog—which is to say, a hell of a lot messier than a whole dog.

    And two half dogs do not a whole dog make.

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  16. cerulean

    Random fan with sign:

    Paris, France loves the Cubs.

    Trump’s edit:

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania loves the Cubs.

    Pittsburgh’s edit:

    Bullshit.

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  17. Rizzo the Rat

    The Cubs are now up to 90 double plays grounded into this year. That’s second-most in the league behind the Braves.

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  18. Author
    berselius

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    Zobrist
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Contreras
    Schwarber
    Happ
    Heyward
    Baez
    Hendricks

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  19. cerulean

    Kyle spent much of the first half on the DL—he didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to give up a first inning run.

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  20. cerulean

    dmick89:
    I’m just surprised Heyward didn’t ground into two.

    I’m surprised Baez didn’t screw himself into the ground or split himself in two.

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  21. cerulean

    Rizzo the Rat:
    Baez is so talented. Just think how good he would be of he could hit.

    His problem has never been hitting—it’s his inability to lay off pitches he cannot hit well.

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  22. Berselius is too lazy to login

    I am generally pro-beard, but that is definitely not working for Almora.

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  23. Rizzo the Rat

    That third pitch was easily a strike, but it missed is spot by so much, the umpire had to call it a ball.

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  24. Rice in limbo

    I assume most of you have heard that John Arguello has passed. That was a major shocker to us on Cubs Twitter and in the blog universe. It’s hit a lot harder than I expected. Anyway, I don’t really have a point other than that he was a cool dude who happened to be really smart and he will be missed.

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  25. cerulean

    Rice in limbo:
    I assume most of you have heard that John Arguello has passed. That was a major shocker to us on Cubs Twitter and in the blog universe. It’s hit a lot harder than I expected. Anyway, I don’t really have a point other than that he was a cool dude who happened to be really smart and he will be missed.

    Yep. I heard it on the broadcast. I think Myles did too:

    Myles:
    Rest in peace, John.

    Fuck cancer.

    cerulean: Double Fuck Cancer.

    Cancer is the Lord Voldemort of animal cells: Immortality that kills.

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  26. cerulean

    Yu Darvish
    Darvish to the mystery team
    Yu Darvish
    Darvish to the mystery team
    The magical mystery team is coming to take Yu away
    Coming to take Yu away
    Take Yu away

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