IST: Cubs vs Angels

chibears55

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Don't take it out on the ump cause you swung at a bad pitch....

2 shots at getting run home from 3rd and they both struck out on bad pitches...

Surprise Javy didn't try to score on Heyward ball, was he standing on 2B to tag up
 

beckdawg

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So, I decided to look into heyward's starts tonight cuz i'm a nerd like that. I had a more lengthy post typed up but I know i tend to be wordy so I'll summarize. His triple slash is probably slightly unsustainable but stat casts has basically all his hitting metrics in the 82nd percentile or better which is really good. His walk rate is the best of his career which coincides with the highest hard hit rate of his career and the lowest k rate. My guess is all that is tied together. The thought there being pitchers are having to respect his power and he already had a good eye leading to more walks. That also likely leads to fewer k's because pitchers are more worried this year about being in the zone.

Simply stated, this is the best his bat has looked from the underlying metrics since his rookie year where he had a 134 wRC+. However that year he k'd 20.5% and this year thus far he's at 8.0%. Statcast basically expects him to have been a .320/.393/.510 hitter based on his results. For context, Goldscmidt last year hit .290/.389/.533 and was a 145 wRC+. When you add in he's a decent defender in a some what valuable position be it CF or RF if that sort of offense continues you're likely talking in the discussion for NL MVP.

Obviously there's a lot of season left and things could go wrong but given how things haven't worked out well for Heyward thus far I think it's worth celebrating just how good he's been thus far.
 

CSF77

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Baseball God's have blessed today's game with rain to prevent chuckwoid from ever pitching a first inning again.
 

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Baseball God's have blessed today's game with rain to prevent chuckwoid from ever pitching a first inning again.
Good call. This game needs to be postponed, along with every game that Bustwood is slated to start
 

Bo Racho

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Question for locals:
will the bars in Wrigleyville still be busy today? would it be worth going there to watch the Masters and other MLB games? (asking for friends who made the trip)
Thanks
 

zack54attack

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Question for locals:
will the bars in Wrigleyville still be busy today? would it be worth going there to watch the Masters and other MLB games? (asking for friends who made the trip)
Thanks

Yes, will still be a ton of people there brunching.
 
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