- Here are the batting averages of Chicago's starting nine from yesterday's game, plus the three players used as pinch hitters:
.273 / .264 / .264 / .272 / .206 / .168 / .138 / .143 / .091 / .225 / .184 / .256
Y'all, this team can't hit.
- James Russell has failed to get an out in five of his 20 appearances so far this season, including yesterday's game and his most recent appearance prior to that. One out of every four times he's called upon, he makes things worse, and then leaves. He has more blown saves (2) than he has earned holds (1). He has a WHIP of 1.58 (12 H, 7 BB in 12 IP). He's in the bottom 30 among pitchers when it comes to getting hitters to swing at pitches thrown outside the zone. Jose Veras is 2nd on that list, Grant Balfour is first (5.49 ERA, 8.24 BB/9). Fangraphs' two statistical projection systems currently estimate Russell to be worth about -0.5 wins above replacement by year's end. He's been worth -0.3 so far.
- But hey, those MINOR LEAGUERS!
Javier Baez is now hitting .229/.289/.433 for the season. Since May 17, when Baez homered and walked in the same game, Ednel is hitting .426/.431/.851, with eight doubles and four home runs in 12 games.
In that same span, Arismendy Alcantara has gone 12-for-37, good for a .324/.405/.730, with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 home runs. He also has just 9 K, and 5 BB.
And then there's Kris Bryant. In his last 31 plate appearances (7 games), Kris Bryant has 12 hits -- including 3 doubles and 3 homers -- 9 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Yes, that's just 3 ball-in-play outs in 31 tries. That's a .545/.677/1.091 slash line, a 1.768 OPS, and a .750 BABIP.
- One more thing, from the minors again: as bad as Tennessee's pitching has been, Iowa's rotation has been that good and then some. It's silly to combine the stats of Eric Jokisch, Chris Rusin, Kyle Hendricks, and Tsuyoshi Wada, but screw it, let's just look: those four have a combined K/9 of 8, a BB/9 below 2, and a WHIP of 1.14. And, new addition Dallas Beeler (born in 1989) has looked very sharp, outside of one shellacking against the Nashville Sounds.
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