Myles Monday Meltdown: All the plays

The Cubs took three of four on the road in Cincinnati this weekend, which is good. That's what you're supposed to do against a team that just isn't that great. There was a lot of drama, homers, and runs. So instead of rehashing everything in words, why don't we just enjoy some of the top plays (and not so top plays). Which one was your fav? Mine begins and ends with one word: Javy.

5/19: Happ's solo dinger in the 8th

 

5/19: Javy gets angry:

5/19: Happ hits Cubs 14,000th homerun in history

 

Cubs have the MLB's bullpen of the week:

5/19: Javy and Addi turn two

5/19: Heyward's triple

5/20: Holy Javy:

 

5/20: Schwarber loses his cool:

 

5/20: Schwarber and Baez hit dingers:

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  • We're going to see more bench-clearing incidents as players become more and more demonstrative after a successful performance. It's a trend as well as a symptom of the age, and it will get worse as players sort out what is "acceptable" and what isn't.

  • Here's my Monday meltdown...

    Why can't anyone bunt?

    First and second with no outs and the batter is not Bryant or Rizzo. Bunt them over so you have a better chance at getting a run.

    This drives me nuts in baseball in general. Guess its not manly to sacrifice. OK, I'm done.

  • In reply to ps577:

    Actually, in most cases you DON'T have a better chance at getting a run. That's what the statistics say. Still, I love to see a well-executed bunt in the right situation and sometimes just to surprise the defense. Schwarber laid down a beauty yesterday when the Reds pulled a shift on him. He could have crawled to 1st base!

  • In reply to ps577:

    giving up an out by bunting drastically reduces you chances of scoring a run then advancing the runners. runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs is about 1.5 run expectancy.. runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out has a run expectancy of 1.4... hence why no one bunts unless its a late game situation to get 1 run.

  • In reply to ps577:

    The traditional bunt is a very low probability play which is why it has been on the decline. That said using it to combat the shift has been fairly successful so it might be coming back a bit.

  • Actually, in his next AB after he homered yesterday, with the Reds playing a shift, Schwarber perfectly laid down bunt down the 3rd base line for a hit. We need to see more of that.

  • In reply to TTP:

    That was a beauty!

  • I have seen enough bad from this team to remain somewhat reserved about this season. The first game of the double header was pathetic. However, I've so much good on occasion that I'm all in with this team as well. Go Cubs!

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    The best bunter on the team is Jon Lester. Schwarbs did put down a great bunt but his was in a non-pressure situation. Lester usually bunts when everyone knows he's going to do it and he still does it successfully.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I believe you are underestimating Schwarber’s situation. He is bunting for a hit and must be really good at it or he is out. Lester is giving up an out so his attempt has much more margin for error. Bunting for a hit is as much a skill as a sacrifice.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Schwarbs was also taking advantage of the shift, which could impact they way the defense plays him next AB.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    I appreciate Schwarbs situation, but he has to only get the bunt far enough away from the pitcher and catcher and he's on first. I think it's a great strategy for all those who face the shift, Rizzo and KB included. Now I just mean once in a great while, I don't want them to give up their power. Actually, with Riz not hitting the ball now I wish he would do it now and then.
    Lester has a tough job--most of the time everyone is expecting the bunt and he has to place it in the right place and again hard enough so the runner on third can score. I do wish more players would be able to bunt but that's a lost art. It's like in basketball--the 3 point shot has taken over and few know how to shoot a 10 or 15 footer.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    A key difference is that when a batter bunts for a sacrifice, he doesn't expect to reach safely. In the time it takes to make the play, the runner advances. Pinpoint control isn't essential, as long as the ball isn't bunted where an infielder can make a play quickly enough to get the lead runner. Bunting for a hit takes more control, although, admittedly, when the whole infield is on one side of the infield it's a little easier! I agree, bunting is very nearly a lost art. Some great players used to read the infield and bunt for hits, or get the infield moving in and then chop the ball over them for a hit and sometimes a double. Lou Boudreau called it the "Butcher Boy."

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    I loved watching Rod Carew bunt. He was one of the hitters I made a point of trying to watch--even if he was in the "other" league.

  • Actually I love seeing runs scored on safety squuezes. There are practically no defenses against it. In obvious bunting situations you would think most pitchers would always try to throw high strikes with heat but......
    It is a lost art .....but doing it to get a hit against the shift gets you on base but loses opportunity for power. That then seems to favor the defense by both lowering the longhit totals and keeps hitters trying to hit into the teeth of defenses.

  • Happ deserves a lot of love from Cubs fans for his accomplishments in the Reds series: 5 hits in 11 ABs, 2 HRs, 9 walks(!), 5 runs scored. That is smoking hot!
    Even better than that, his offensive numbers for the month of May are .441/.667/1.107. The guy has quietly inserted himself as an offensive force on this team.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Great stats but both the series and May stats reflect 5 IBB and the month shows 23 k’s out of 49 official AB. I think Happ would get a lot more “LOVE” if he didn’t k almost 50% of the time
    Which is the result of SSS ? I’m guessing it’s the hitting not the k’s. Let ‘s see which one continues this week when he faces Cleve and SFstaffs. I hope i’m Wrong but my bet is the k rate stays the same and not the hitting numbers falloff.

  • In reply to stix:

    You count plate appearances, not at-bats, when calculating K %.
    So going by the ESPN splits for the month of May, Ian has 59 plate appearances and 21 Ks, which is roughly 35%. Still high, but not nearly as high as what you think.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    If that’s the way to calculate k%. Even you would have to admit his 5. IBB impact the calculation but even Happ would have a tough time striking out in those AB . So dropping those IBB makes it 23 k’s in 54 AB or about 40% kfactor.

    Give him his due no one else had the series he had in Cincy, but the 40% k rate in May might be an improvement from his mid 40’s for the year . Just imagine if could have cut the k’s in half and gots few hits, his numbers would be even better.

    I think Happ could be an asset but i’m not sure his k rate is improving. Let’s hope he figured something out because i’d Like to see him on a regular basis in the outfield (but the question is who does he replace )

  • In reply to stix:

    I agree his K rate is extremely high and a bit of a red flag. But we've seen young Cubs players dramatically improve their K rate as they mature. I think KB was over 30% his rookie year and Javy was pretty high at one time, too. I expect him to improve it a bit this year, and hopefully significantly in his 2nd and 3rd full years in the MLB.

  • Gleyber Torres just hit his 6th home run of the year and 2nd of the night. Repeat after me:
    "Cubs 2016 World Series Champions!"
    "Cubs 2016 World Series Champions!"
    "Cubs 2016 World Series Champions!"
    "Cubs 2016 World Series Champions!"

  • Here's a catchy line or two. The Cubs have 4 regular players now sporting an OPS above .850, 6 over .800, you know Rizzo will be joining that club eventually, and our two inconsistent starters both show signs of becoming excellent again.

    "Cubs 2018 World Series Champions!"
    "Cubs 2018 World Series Champions!"

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