- Keegan Thompson owns this year’s pirates. I mean, yeah, he did really well against a lot of teams, but the guy totally wiped out the Buccaneers – 22.0 innings, achieved only once. Yesterday was the most recent example of this, going as high as Season 7.0, allowing only two unearned runs, and four hits. He hit seven and did not walk.
- Thompson’s ERA in the season dropped to 3.16, which is 24% better than the league average. His FIP isn’t quite as good at 3.70 (8% better than the league average), but the call quality against him has been pretty poor this year (in a good way), so you’d expect some beating in the FIP. (I wonder how the FIP batting world will change when the shift is over. Obviously generating poor call quality will still be valuable, but will the variances diminish? The Cubs has focused a lot on those types of jugs over the past several years, with vintage Kyle Hendricks being the best of the best..)
- Of course, even Keegan Thompson knew what was going on yesterday:
- After the match, with warm applause, hugs and tears after the match, Wilson Contreras had nothing to offer but love for the fans and the team. Ditto Ian Hap. The fans in left field knew what yesterday might be like for Ian Hap, and he knows how important a fan relationship is:
- Contreras and Habe also understand their situation, and try to have the right attitude about what could happen next:
“When you have the opportunity to play for a team that competes and in that pursuit, that’s what we all want to do as baseball players,” Habb said, according to NBCSC. “It’s exhilarating. And if this happens to anyone here, it will be a real opportunity.”
“Trading with a team that competes is always a good thing,” Contreras said. “If the Cubs get a good deal for me to improve this team, they will. I would be more than happy to help a different team reach the world championship.”
- That’s definitely an element of all of this: If one or both are traded, I hope they’ll end up on a team doing a deep tour. At least give them that. I don’t mean it’s a good thing for a player when it’s traded – it’s a life-turner – but I appreciate knowing that they would be happy to compete in a place not in tank mode.
- Also, for Contreras: The trade means he’ll become ineligible for a qualifying bid, which could mean he gets $10 to $20 million more in free agency than if he kept Cubs and QO. So even if you love Contreras and want good things for him, there is a reason to root for the trade.
- More about Hub. People have given Michael a lot of blunders over the years for believing in Hap’s upside, so I think he’s justified in his mixed reaction/feelings:
- A really cool catch by Christopher Morell, and also a great job by Rafael Ortega being aware enough to give himself a chance to stand up and avoid a crash:
- After the finger, Seiya Suzuki hits .328/.366/.537/152 wRC+, with a 16.9% K rating. He only walks 5.6%, but he crushes the ball. His mods (on mods) seemed to be swinging more. It pays off.
- Cubs officially has McGwire in the organization:
- Being a prep arm, I thought Mason McGwire would require a little more aperture to sign, but that’s not much of an aperture. The Cubs have had some success finding introductory weapons in this range of draft in recent years (DJ Herz, Kohl Franklin, Jeremiah Estrada).