Abbott and Castillo, Alzolay’s domination, Ortega’s flight, the fall of the Padres, and other cubs balls
I had been waiting – deeply anticipating – “The Many Saints of Newark” for a long, long time. Maybe that was part of the reason it disappointed me, or maybe it was because I just wanted a different story than the one we got. There were some good songs, of course, and the things about how James Gandolfini’s son plays a young Tony Soprano incredibly well is absolutely true. But I just felt like, as a movie, it ended up being a hazy mess. Too many disparate threads in too little time. Either it had to be tightened considerably, or it had to be a limited series. Again, a lot to like if you were a “Sopranos” nutcase, but not quite your own advantage.
• It was a hell of a “Cory Abbott start” last night, with a few strikeouts, a lot of work in the zone, a lot of work below the zone and two fastballs that ended up in the middle that were kicked out. for dingers (and the other two hits were also mid-level). The last line was a hit, but if the two shots weren’t solo, that obviously changes quickly.
• For the most part * it localized pretty well, but what you need to see is less uncompetitive throws as it goes up, and a few other fast balls that have been fouled get just a little higher in the area to turn into puffs:
• Abbott, who just turned 26, finished the season on a hot streak in Iowa (after a brutal and brutal spell for most of the year), and that might be enough to keep him on the roster 40 players during the offseason, despite a crack. I tend to wonder how the fastball-slider combo would play in relief (everyone could play a little bit, and with that awesome arm lunge, I could see him become a crazy performer), but I understand why the Cubs mostly wanted to keep going. to start him this year since he was the best pitcher of the year during the last full season of the system. But next year could be the time to make the switch. I can see a little league pitcher over there; I’m just not sure if I see a starter in a big league.
• Adbert Alzolay since his return from the injured list as a reliever of several innings: 17.1 IP, 1.56 ERA, 1.89 FIP, 28.8% K, 1.5% BB, 48.8% GB. That’s not to say that it should be his role next year – you still want to see if he can improve against lefties and become a true mid-rotation starter – but he continues to show that his floor is a good one. very good multi-sleeve. reliever.
• I remember this game very well, and it’s funny to think how extremely different the circumstances were:
Through @EliasSports, RHP Cory Abbott and C Erick Castillo are the first Cubs teammates to make their first MLB starts in the same game since September 14, 2017 (Jen-Ho Tseng throws at Taylor Davis against Mets).
– Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 2, 2021
• At that point, with the Cubs in the thick of it, Tseng had just been named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year and had to be on the 40-player roster anyway. ‘Next year. So Joe Maddon and the Cubs wanted to take the opportunity to fend off all the other starters per day, while also seeing if Tseng could possibly finish one of those surprise late season contributors among the minors. Meanwhile, Willson Contreras had just come back from a long hamstring strain, so he was on extra time off. Thus, the departure for Davis and Tseng. Not a COVID epidemic this time!
• What’s crazy about Abbott and Castillo’s debut (yes, yes, make your jokes) is that they did this too:
Who is the first ? Abbott & Castillo.
Each had their first career success today. This makes them the first modern-era Cubs teammates (since 1900) to get their first shots on their first MLB start in the same game. Per Elias, again.
– Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 2, 2021
• This was not factored into the final tally, but what about Rafael Ortega’s ultra-relaxed circuit flight:
The most relaxed home run flight you will ever see. pic.twitter.com/jJ1d0IyPOm
– Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) October 2, 2021
• You could say the Padres suffered one of the biggest season meltdowns – especially compared to expectations and effort – in modern history:
The Padres had a share of the best 54-game MLB record this season, and have now missed the playoffs
This is the 2nd most games in a season that a team that missed the playoffs had the best MLB record, as there were multiple WC spots per league (2012)
h / t @EliasSports
– Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 26, 2021
• Best baseball record to guaranteed final below .500. The Cubs really destroyed them with that series in Chicago, didn’t they?
• More information on the Padres disaster – how did it get to this point, where they are going from here, and how teams like the Cubs probably did well to deal with the Padres when they were bumping into one another. little :
– Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 1, 2021
• I bought him a few shirts, although I was muttering under my breath that he should want Cub or bear stuff:
The little boy pushed me to buy him some Carolina Panthers gear (wut? Why?), So I’m just browsing Fanatics, and they have a sitewide sale right now (including Cubs gear ), so that’s a plus: https://t.co/wxCUQkPa9C pic.twitter.com/kmtqhkw0R0
– Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) October 1, 2021