If You Dare to Hope

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The Cubs have some work to do, obviously, but MLB did just release the postseason schedule:

I think the Cubs have a good shot at snagging at least one of the wild cards, but if they can somehow win the division, they’ll still likely have to play in the initial wild card round. Unfortunately MLB still can’t keep the World Series out of November, but the last time the Cubs were in the World Series they won in November, so that’s okay if it happens again.

Fun to note that the Wild Card rounds are sponsored by a tire company, the division rounds are sponsored by a travel company, the league championship series are sponsored by a loan company, and the World Series by a credit card. Diversification!

Here’s a date-by-date breakdown by the Rays beat guy:

And here’s Boob noting the scheduled off days which should help NL managers set their rotations more optimally:

Here’s hoping we can actually consider those off days come October.

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  1. Perkins

    ⚾️ Immaculate Grid 129 8/9:
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    Twins RoY was tough.

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    Rice Cube

    The hardest part was remembering which random pitcher was a Twins and a Pirates and then which Rogers twin as the actual Twins

    ⚾️ Immaculate Grid 129 9/9:
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  3. BVS

    Rice Cube,

    So for the hellofit I decided to try the turn of the century guys in the mlb article. Turns out that there’s a landmine there in that there was an NL Washington Senators team in the 1890s that didn’t become the AL Senators in 1901 and then the Twins. So that cost me 2 guesses, but the remaining guy that fit added .01 to the rarity score. Using Rich Hill doesn’t necessarily minimize rarity, (dying laughing).

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  4. BVS

    Today’s rabbit hole: A lot of RoYs have meh careers, but still some period of productivity after there rookie seasons. Even Mark Fydritch added a couple WAR to 9.5 WAR rookie season, though he’s mainly known as a one season wonder.

    But since 1970, Alfredo Griffen, Pat Listach, Joe Charboneau, and Butch Metzger all amassed more than 100% of their career bWAR in their rookie season. But Angel Berroa leads them all with a whopping 250% of his career WAR from his rookie year. Still made over $3,000,000 though.

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  5. berselius

    The Angelosi are cheap and thin-skinned, but I have to give Peter Angelos props for being against the 94 shutdown as a newly minted MLB owner, and refusing to field a scab team.

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  6. berselius

    ⚾️ Immaculate Grid 129 5/9:
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    Mostly just trying to get this done in under 3 minutes, so some WAGing (dying laughing).

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    Rice Cube

    Sometimes I’m not a total idiot (edit in progress)

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  8. BVS

    Was wondering about exCub and Boricua Nelson Velazquez:

    Best Royals OF on team now .241 .301 .412 .713
    Nelson Velazquez with Cubs .241 .313 .621 .934
    Nelson Velazquez with Iowa .253 .333 .469 .802
    Nelson Velazquez with Omaha 5 games, 1 for 19 with 1 walk.

    Come on Nelly.

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