Cubs 3, Yankees 0

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OSS: Where’s this Jameson Taillon guy been all season?

Three up:

  1. Jameson Taillon threw eight innings on one hit ball against his former team, walking two and striking out four. Taillon has been a cipher all year, mixing in great pitches with meatballs with no discernible pattern. It’s too early to tell if he is breaking the trend of ree agent pitcher signings that can’t get it together for the ~18 months following signing with the Cubs. Small sample size may apply, YMMV, etc. etc.
  2. Cody Bellinger had a big day, going 2-3 with a walk and a homer, and scoring two of the Cubs three runs. He was easily the offense’s WPA leader on the day.
  3. Patrick Wisdom of all people contributed to multiple big plays on offense today. He quietly returned from his bout of David Patton Disease on Independence Day, and could get back into the mix if he has another hot streak.

Three down:

  1. Seiya got reverse-squeezed by the home plate ump in this one as his bizarre slump continues. At least he did manage to get *a* hit today.
  2. Wisdom was involved in the action in many ways, including pulling off the Ryan Theriot special by getting thrown out at third base on a grounder to short while trying to advance from second base. Always nice to get a reminder of the trope namer.
  3. To get all Jerry Seinfeld for a second, what’s the deal with all the ex-Cubs on the Yankees roster (dying laughing). Rizzo and Gleyber, sure, but it’s been weird seeing all sorts of ex-Cubs minor league randos pop up on major league rosters like Billy McKinney or DJ LeMaiheu*. Guys like Jay Jackson, Paul Blackburn, and Dylan Floro are appearing around the league.

    *Despite winning an MVP award, Josh Donaldson will always be just some rando in my heart of hearts, a throw-in as part of the Rich Harden trade that would never amount to much.

Next up:

Drew Smyly takes on Gerrit Cole at 12:05 CT, in what might be a slightly tougher matchup for this Cubs offense.

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  1. Perkins

    Immaculate Grid 96 7/9:

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    Wasted a guess thinking Dave Stieb had won 20 with the Jays. Watch the Cubs blow up Cole today because baseball.

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  2. andcounting

    Perkins,

    I blew up my grid after learning Edwin Encarnacion never played for the Giants. I just kept guessing Edwins until it was over.

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  3. andcounting

    This is one of those games the only way the Cubs could have won was if I’d bet on the Yankees.

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    Rice Cube,

    The only thing I can’t tell for certain is if he’s guessing well or recognizing location and pitch type better, but the trend on plate discipline has been super encouraging.

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  5. BVS

    Immaculate Grid 96 7/9:

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    Not a single one of my answers was matched by more than 14%. Would have had middle left if I’d picked the other shaggy haired starter in my head.

    What’s the appropriate behavior for discussing answers here?

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  6. andcounting

    BVS,

    I for one have no desire whatsoever to maintain competitive integrity by avoiding spoilers. I can’t remember 80% of player names anymore so I need all the unfair help I can get.

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  7. Perkins

    BVS,

    I have no issue with people discussing spoilers if others are okay with that. I picked Jeff Samardzija for SFG-OAK and had forgotten about his molestache and soul patch. (dying laughing)

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  8. Perkins

    Immaculate Grid 97 7/9:

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    KC is my Waterloo. Apparently Lorenzo Cain did not have a 30 SB season there, and I wasn’t about to waste another guess.

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    berselius

    I’m surprised Jonathan Villar was only 2% for the Beers SB guy – he’s the guy I always assumed would go HAM on the bases whenever Lester started.

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    berselius

    Immaculate Grid 97 6/9:

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    berselius

    Seeing Nelson Cruz on one of the squares reminds me of another guessing MVP for this game: Matt Stairs.

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    berselius

    Perkins,

    I got it with Johnny Damon, from his pre BoSox days and my fantasy baseball playing days. I would complain that I think most people cheat but it’s probably the case that they all play FLB (dying laughing).

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  13. Rice Cube

    Rice Cube:
    Did Hendricks not throw before the 30 second in-between batter clock was done?

    Ah, Boog says the issue was he didn’t finish all the warmups by the time the batter clock started for the bottom of the inning and that’s why the auto-ball was assessed.

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  14. BVS

    Rice Cube,

    Channeling his inner Pinnella (sp?).

    For awhile I was anti-roboump. Go back 5 or more years here and you’ll see such comments from me.

    But MLB refuses to do anything about bad umpiring behind the plate and I’ve seen enough. Bring in the cameras and robots.

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  15. BVS

    So Cubs finished the week 4-3 against two teams with winning records and in the WC race.

    That’s not terrible.

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  16. Perkins

    berselius:
    Has anyone been able to tell if the Nationals category also includes Les Expos?

    Yes, older versions of the same franchise count. I haven’t had the opportunity, but you should even be able to use the Seattle Pilots for the Brewers.

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  17. Rice Cube

    Rice Cube,

    13) Cubs: Matt Shaw, SS, Maryland
    One of the better pure college hitters in the class, Shaw earned Cape Cod League MVP honors last summer, then posted a 1.142 OPS with 24 homers and 18 steals for the Terrapins in 2023. He played mostly shortstop in college but moved around a bit early and while playing on the Cape, with most thinking second base is the best home for him long-term if he stays on the dirt. More >

    They compared him to the Rays Brandon Lowe 🤔

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  18. Rice Cube

    Consensus for the next pick (comp for Willson), Jaxon Wiggins from Arkansas, is he’s probably underslot coming back from TJS but will be an upside play like Cade Horton

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  19. Perkins

    Immaculate Grid 98 8/9:

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    So apparently Bob Feller didn’t strike out 3000 batters.

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  20. BVS

    Immaculate Grid 98 6/9:

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    I’m not very good at this, (dying laughing).

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    Perkins,

    2,500+. I was so confident in that one and I rage-clicked other Bobs for the two guesses I had left. Pretty frustrating because that one seemed immaculatable.

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    berselius

    Rough one for me today

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    berselius

    Rice Cube:
    I thought the time stamps were in Central but I could be wrong

    Too lazy to look but I’d bet the timestamps are set to CST, not CDT, rather than mountain time.

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