Phew, what a weekend. Not only are the Cubs on a little mini win streak, but the first round of the NBA playoffs has been, in a word, awesome. In recent years, the first round of the NBA playoffs have been dreadful. Poor play, weak storylines...but this year, we've got all of the intrigue. Lebron was down 2-1 to the freaking Pacers coming into Sunday! Anyway, it's fun. I'm a huge NBA fan and am trying to gather those who were displaced following the Jordan years. Come back. We'll welcome you with open arms.
Javy Baez has been talked about a lot so far in 2018. I love it. Because as Jared and I discussed on the most recent episode of The Den Podcast, we think he's finally arrived. And it's glorious. But on Sunday, it seems like anyone not a Cubs fan was lambasting him for the decision to stand in front of Rockies third baseman, DJ LeMahieu while he was on second base. Here's the rundown from Yahoo sports:
While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
Here's the thing, if the umpires want to tell Baez to get set before the pitch is thrown, fine. But for the Rockies and everyone else to be upset that Baez even attempted to block Lemahieu? That's ridiculous. Here's the one argument I keep hearing: "Sign stealing is part of the game! Change your signs!" Alright. But if stealing signs is part of baseball, why shouldn't preventing others from stealing signs also be part of baseball? Neither of which is the actual game of baseball as it's written. So what's the difference?
A Win Streak
Sure, the winning is fun. But I'll simply take being able to complete series at this point. Before the Rockies series, only two complete series had been played for the Cubs in 2018. Stupid weather.
I don't think the Rockies hitting of Kris Bryant in the head was at all intentional. And I'm glad the the Cubs didn't retaliate. It's just not their thing. And, really, it shouldn't be anyone's thing. But while tempers flared in Denver this weekend, I'm happy to see that cooler heads prevailed when it came time to playing the game. There's not spot in this sport for beanballs.
Albert Almora made not one, not two, but three incredible defensive plays over the weekend. With the struggling Happ relegated to the bench for the time being, Almora has made the most of it both in the field and at the plate and now has a wRC+ of 146 for the season.
Filed under: Myles' Monday Meltdown