The Chicago Cubs don’t have anything to prove in the remaining 25 games of the 2022 season, but they’re planning to run into the schedule anyway.
The Bulls blew a ninth-inning lead on Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, but it was a beautiful day to play.
“What you would expect is heaven on earth, is promoted at Wrigley on a day like today,” Cubs writer Adrian Sampson.
Sampson allowed a run once in six rounds, but the Reds scored twice in the ninth inning from Mark Leiter Jr. to take the series among the non-contestants in the National Central League.
Watching the Cubs play the string while the Reds lose volleys in the sun, your mind tends to wander.
Here are eight random ideas on a lazy afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Meanwhile, the Reds have one player in Albert Almora. With Contreras as a free agent and Jason Hayward on his way out, Kyle Hendrix will be the only player left in the 2023 episode of 2016. Contreras is not left out for the rest of the season, But with a free agency on the horizon It’s best to rest his ankle until next year.
They tied that day 20,696 in a game against the Miami Marlins. As long as the Cubs get 15,000 fans or less heading through the turnstiles, they may also close the top deck and let everyone sit in the lower bowl, like the good old days in the early 1960s when no one expected them to compete.
hamilton record Five closing innings threw into relief Tuesday in his first appearance in the league. Wesneski threw 130 rounds into the New York Yankees system in 2021 and made 115 combined rounds this season in the Minors as well as the only appearance with the Cubs. He’s not in danger of being overused, and as long as he’s running five rounds, it makes sense to give Wesneski a start or two before the season is over.
Jason Stark of The Athletic said on the podcast: “The art of the game is really held secondarily, as it is the numerical component that everyone wants to promote. And with those who are promoting this – that is with all due respect – they don’t understand the game as much as they do the math.” .
Strong stuff, but it does make you wonder if Maddon will ever get another management job in a game run by Ivy League executives who believe so strongly in the importance of analytics.
And when Hap jumped on the wall below the left line on Thursday to try to catch a nasty fly off T.J. Friedel’s racket, just about everyone on the field had the same idea: What if Moises Allo caught that ball in the same spot in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series ?
They ranked 22nd in the home races with today’s entry. The Cubs bowlers started the day with the sixth worst run in the house allowed (83) and gave one extra to Kyle Farmer of the Reds. The contrast is reflected in their 29-40 record at Wrigley.
When Theo Epstein took over as Cubs president in 2011, he was asked if he would try to adapt the roster to the stadium.
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“Executives here have been thinking about these things for decades,” Epstein said. “Daytime games, Chicago nightlife, the way the stadium plays when the wind is blowing, it blows, the grass is cut, there is no sloppy area, and players have to deal with brick walls with fans on top of them being a big media market. … We are reinventing the wheel but we will try to be comprehensive and have a thoughtful approach to all issues.”
Epstein acquired or coined power hitters Anthony Rizzo, Chris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber in his first few years, and now Jed Hoyer says the Cubs need more hitters in 2023.
The wind has blown most of the time this year, negating the little power the Cubs have on the roster. According to team numbers, the winds blew only 25 times in 2022, including on Thursday, while it blew 34 games. There were 10 cross wind games.
It was not an easy question to answer, and during a long response he said, “That is not the standard I want to hold us to. The standard is really high here.”
This should always be the case. But if the benchmark was really high, the Cubs wouldn’t have made a list en route to a losing 94.
Thanks to changes made to the original schedule after the lockdown ends, teams will play the Home and Home series from September 30 to October. 2 in Wrigley and October 3-5 in Cincinnati.
If it’s like the first 13 matches, then these are the two series to miss.