Myles Monday Meltdown: Standings, Crowded NL Central, and Bote

David Bote

I was in Texas this past week visiting some family and playing golf. My grandpa is now 99 (!) years old. He still lives at home alone (with some help from caretakers) and has his whits about him. It's pretty incredible. I often think about what he's witnessed in his lifetime: two world wars (one of which he participated in), Watergate, television, internet, cell phones...the list could continue on an on. I'm not sure how one even processes all of that. But there he is, one year away from 100 years old.

The Standings:
When I was a little kid, I'd constantly be checking where the Cubs stood in the NL Central throughout the year. It didn't matter if they were good or bad, I'd always want to know where they stood. Unfortunately, the results weren't always favorable. But now, just look at this beauty:

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With the season starting to wind down, the Cubs find themselves in a great spot. Things can always change and collapses can always happen. But as it stands, we're looking pretty good. But I can't help but be reminded of 2015 where three (very good) NL Central teams made the playoffs. Do you remember? I bet you do. The Cubs went on to win against the Pirates in the Wild Card and then went on to beat their arch rival Cardinals in the NLDS. Remember??

Just take a look at the Wild Card standings as of this morning:

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That is one crowded field. And at the top? Two teams from the NL Central. This is going to be a fun final stretch.

Bote:
I'm sure that you've read about Mr. David Bote thousands of times since he hit his walk-off homer against the Reds on Friday. But indulge me one more time. What he's doing right now is incredible. Players coming up and having immediate success really isn't all that rare. But players coming up and remaining successful is far more uncommon. It's a game of changes and adjustments. Pitchers make adjustments. Batters have to make adjustments of their own. Then pitchers make more adjustments. Then batters have to make even more adjustments of their own. This process continues until we all die.

But Bote is doing this all on the fly:

This has been a lot of fun. Let's watch his bomb one more time.

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  • You didn't mention if your Grandfather is a Cubs fan, but the irony of seeing TWO World Wars and ONE Cubs World Series championship...

    I shake my head when I hear some uninformed wannabe sports journalist talk about the "weak" NL Central.

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    Could Bote win Player of the Week. From his walk off GS to his other HRs this week his average might not be up there but the timing of his hits and HR helped the Cubs win 3 games. Not bad for a mid-level prospect who turned into Superman once he crossed the white lines of Wrigley.

  • Father is 91, his brother is 95, father in law is 90, recently widowed his is living alone. They all have their wits about them.

    Bote reminds me of a SS/2B who was a throwin with the Phils and emerged as a 3B turned 2B. He has that it, that clutch response, level swing but also can drive that inside phat pitch. I see him getting the lion's share of work at 2B next year provided he is like this year. What does that mean? Extra assets.

    Cubs FO did the trick this July August shoring up the injuries with acquisitions of two HOF caliber players who are now rejuvenated for the another stretch run. I see the Cubs closing hard as all Maddon teams do finishing between 97 and 100 wins.

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    In reply to rnemanich:

    Congratulations on your long lived family--you have years and years to go.
    The only difference I see between Ryno and Bote is that Ryno was faster but the hands and big play ability is there. I am also impressed with Bote's ability to adjust to the pitchers ability to finding the holes in his swings.
    I wonder though if next year KB is not at 3rd but LF and that leaves Happ and Schwarbs future here up in the air. We also have Nico coming--maybe not next April, but how about next Aug or Sept? I love our depth and more is coming so the possibilities of trades is fascinating.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    It doesn't sound like you are leaving room for Bryce either

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    In reply to stv711:

    Bryce--I hadn't thought of him, or would you rather have Machado?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The Mets need offense. The Cubs need pitching. The Mets fans nor media will allow a full rebuild. I wonder if a package of Russell, Schwarber and Happ for DeGrom and another piece would work for both teams.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I don't think the Cubs would be interested in Manny Machado. Bryce Harper has made no secret he would like to team up with KB.
    I don't think Theo and company want to go over the line into luxury tax territory.
    The odd man out may be Addison Russell.

  • Its unbelievable that the Cubs stayed in first with a patchwork pitching staff. It looks like its all coming together at the right time. Thirteen teams passed on Murphy before he fell into the Cubs lap.Cole Hamels looks like he is reenergized playing for the Cubbies.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Ronvet69.....are you CubsWin09? Bolla alluded to that a week or so ago.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    No I'm not. I'm 70 years old , grew up five blocks from Wrigley and reside in Ventura County, Ca.
    This is one of the strangest seasons I've seen in all my years.
    I'm very critical of the many different strike zones this year. Pitch Trax has exposed how bad the calling of balls and strikes has become. What's worse is that MLB doesn't seem to think anything is wrong with this and refuses to improve MLB.

  • I agree with your umpire strike zone statement. I wonder what the acceptable percentage of missed ball/strike calls is acceptable?

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    That would depend on the game situation. What bothers me is when the zone can suddenly shrink or expand in the game.Different zones in a game , makes it very suspect.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    One of my favorite manager stories has it that Dick Williams was furious at the strike zone of umpire Eric Gregg. He is out arguing and then says................Eric.........your strike zone is as big as your arse. Williams promptly got tossed.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    I mentioned that the other day. For me it wouldn't be more than 2%. Any other profession that allowed a larger % of mistakes from it's employees wouldn't be in business very long--I discount weather forecasters of course.

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