Since long ago I regularly did improved Box Box performances, I need time to quickly get the right ideas for what I want to do, how the game plays, and then collect the work itself. It’s like my spring training for this. But what I didn’t expect to ruin, I put EBS in the Bulls category last night. So if you were wondering where it was last night, here’s where. My bust.
• Entering last night, all of baseball had only two players who had at least five goals and an average exit speed of 100.3 miles from David Bot (Giancarlo Stanton at 106.5 mph) and Jail Davis at 102.0 miles / year). That is, just as he is always at the level of the big league, Bot still knocked shit out of the ball. And then he did it in his one PA last night:
• If it looked like a bullet that flew in a hurry, it was because it was hit at 108.1 mph. He also walked 418 feet. This year’s sample, of course, is tiny, but we’ve talked about Bote before – he tears the ball as hard as someone on the cubs. And after he suffered a broken toe last year (which he suffered in the first series of the year and played), he was imperceptibly one of the best strikers on the team. He just got better. For example, from May 21, Bot got to .270 / .385 / .434 (116 wRC +). After a stellar break, it was .274 / .425 / .393 (120). After August 7, it was .310 / .482 / .452 (154).
• Yes, Bote swings a lot and lacks in his game, but he has no obvious splits, he has great strength, he makes pitchers work, he walks, and so on. The guy can hit. We knew it last year, and he’s showing it again this year. I understand that his main places will be third base (Chris Bryant) and second base (Nico Herner / Jason Kipnis), but the cubs must continue to find ways to put their bat in the lineup. Yes, you choose spots and still limit exposure where appropriate, but it can probably do more. Probably good.
• The Reds returned a couple of boys who came home yesterday, Mike Mustakas and Nick Senzel, who were detained for several days after self-report of symptoms (but otherwise tested negative for COVID-19). When asked about the situation, Chris Bryant received a good answer, and fears that the guys will not want to miss the game by self-reporting:
Chris Bryant said that today he thanked Mike Mustakas for following the protocols and saying when he was not well: “That’s how we will end the season.”
– Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) July 30, 2020
• Bryant is, of course, right. As we saw with the Marlins, the biggest risk for the season is when the virus enters the club and the team / players do not embrace it until it is too late and it spreads quickly. Testing will help, of course, but we know the limitations.
• Remember how I talked about attackers telling you what they see in the context of no one as much as blinking at Craig Kimbrel’s curve? Here’s what it looks like when attackers can’t tell the shit which step is out of the pitcher’s hand:
Sonny Gray, swing / Ks on sliders. pic.twitter.com/a0WHf6b8zv
– Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 30, 2020
• Anthony Rizzo is just so good at first base. You can try this scoop on Jewe’s studded throw 50 times, and 49 times you eat the ball in your face:
Crazy look at this choice from Rizzo at a million miles per minute from Javy pic.twitter.com/9G59mmDPMZ
– Aldo Soto (@ AldoSoto21) July 29, 2020
• The kids had fun making this GIF “catch” of Chris Brian to start the top three games:
Final: Red 12, Cups 7. pic.twitter.com/c2QhKA8md7
– Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 30, 2020
• Of course, Bryant missed a chance in an elusive four-time game:
Chris Bryant said he was “convinced” he had caught the ball in real time during the triple play. Then he threw, “I should have just thrown it on the second, and then he would have thrown it on the first, and then it would have been four outs.”
– Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 30, 2020
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– Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 30, 2020
• What was most interesting to me about Grand Nick Castellanos is how well it is illustrated that the stride may not look too badly insulated (96 mph four-way stitch is much higher than the 1-1 hit zone), but if you miss a mile ( had to be down and run inside), there is probably a reason why she should not have been there:
🎶 When I left, when I left,
You’ll miss me when I’m gone 🎶 # TakeTheCentral pic.twitter.com/XYBZTclV3L
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 30, 2020
• Cool balance from Tuesday:
From the Cubs: Baes notes became the 5th Cup since 1901 to collect 10 or more total bases in the game, the 1st since Dunston recorded 11 total bases 6/4/89 on STL (3 × 4 with 3B, 2HRs, 4 RBI). Other SS cubs with 10 or more bases in the game: Smalley (2) Banks (5), DeJeus
– Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) July 29, 2020
• Think about it and it will become clear:
To date, 72,190 runs have been registered to bring innings, which amounted to 72,190 IRB.
Now there were 72,191 runs home, and 72,192 IRBs from them.
– Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) on July 30, 2020