Baez’s Futures Game BP and the Homerun Derby

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

The Homerun Derby starts tonight at 7 pm on ESPN. There are changes in the format this year, but I can’t explain them to you, since I have never payed close enough attention to know the way it used to be. That said, I am going to watch this year, mainly to see whether Giancarlo Stanton does anything amazing. Yoenis …

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A Closer Look At Kyle Hendricks’s Debut

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Kyle Hendricks was the “other” prospect in the Ryan Dempster trade behind Christian Villanueva. Ostensibly part of Theo’s “get an arm in every trade” mantra, scouts didn’t think that highly of him, but he showed good control in the minor leagues. Hendricks made his major league debut last Thursday for the Cubs. After a rough first-inning, he settled down and …

OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-14-14

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Since Brett is sick, with no Bullets for the first time in probably 50 years, it’s time to capitalize and steal some market share. I kid. Javier Baez went way deep in the futures game. Best part of that video is his playful jawing with Bryant as he rounds third. Hopefully his recent hot streak is the start of a …

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OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-12-14

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Did the Cubs Win? Yes. (h/t Aisle424) In Soviet Russia, Prospects Block You Yesterday in the comments it was suggested that perhaps it’s time to send Mike Olt back to AAA and see whether he can sort some things out there. Uncle Dave pointed out that Olt is more or less blocked at both AAA and AA by better prospects, …

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Aroldis Chapman vs. Mike Olt

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Aroldis Chapman is not a popular figure among Cub fans at the moment. He buzzed Nate Schierholtz twice on Thursday, and nearly drove our hero to fisticuffs after staring down the Cubs dugout in the ninth. I’m pretty relieved that no punches were thrown, because the Reds strike me as the wrong team to mess with, to paraphrase Ryan Braun*. Chapman …

Cubs 6, Reds 4

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Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Hendricks had an uneven first start (strike the 1st, it was very very good), but Alcantara played himself onto the team!!! Three Up 1. Arismendy Alcantara went 4-5 with 2 singles, 2B, 3B. He had an extremely good game, and afterwards, it was announced that he’s not going down right away. Hopefully Barney gets Wally …

Reds 4, Cubs 1

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Did the Cubs Win? OSS: Alcantara has an acceptable debut, but Cubs bats (besides Rizzo) fall silent. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo went 2-3, HR, BB. He now leads the Final Vote, and he really should win. He might be the best 1B in baseball this year. Pretty incredible what a difference in luck can make. 2. Welington Castillo went …

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OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-9-2014

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Happy Arismendy Alcantara Day! Of all the strange consequences for prospects under the current CBA, perhaps the strangest is this: the less potential a prospect has, the quicker he is likely to make the majors. If your goal as a prospect is to get to the “Bigs” as soon as possible, the sweet spot is being good enough to contribute …

Cubs Top 3 Prospects, by Position

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This is perhaps a fool’s errand. It’s hard to forecast where each player could play in the majors. To make this easier, I’m going with the OPTIMUM realistic projection of a player’s position (with one exception – Arismendy Alcantara, would be 3rd among SS but will almost certainly never play SS for the Cubs). I’ll note in the player bio …

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 14

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Trade season kicked off this week, so pour one out for all those unfortunate single-leaguers who lost Jeff Samardzija or Addison Russell. Jason Hammel owners get no sympathy from me, since they have been playing with house money. For mixed leaguers, the change in venues  from this week’s trades didn’t really affect fantasy values much. Samardzija and Hammel move to …