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Steele’s Wonderful Begin, Iowa’s No-Hitter and Stroll-Offs, Davis’s MVP, and Different Cubs Bullets

Day Two of the MLB Draft looms this early afternoon, and we’ll have far more coming. The Cubs went with lefty Jordan Wicks final evening within the first spherical, and Bryan took his deep dive this morning. I believe you’ll be pleased with the Cubs’ decide, particularly at 21. Rounds two by means of ten start as we speak at midday CT. After which we get the House Run Derby tonight! It’s day!

•   Yesterday’s rainout meant the Cubs completed their first half having not gained a sequence for a month. They’re 44-46, 8.0 video games again of the Brewers, and tied with the Cardinals for third place within the division. Jed Hoyer strongly intimated the choice to promote had been remodeled the course of the 11-game dropping streak, however even in the event you had been hedging and thought perhaps a terrific homestand may stave it off, that didn’t occur. So it’s full pace forward on what most likely must be a reasonably dramatic motion of short-term gamers, and can most likely speed up this week after the draft, when groups transfer again into that mode.

•   Justin Steele’s first “begin” – he’s sliding again into the rotation at Iowa to get stretched out to maybe make some large league begins within the second half – went exceedingly effectively:

•   Going 3.2 innings on simply 56 pitches some actually robust pitch effectivity for a strikeout man (do the mathematics on notching 5 strikeouts over that stretch, and it’s effectively completed). Giving up no hits definitely helps, and that gained’t all the time be the case. I consider that’s the place the sinker must come into play as third/4th pitch to get some groundball contact at occasions. I’m nonetheless on the fence about Steele’s finest position going ahead – I’ll admit, I used to be on the practice to transform him to the bullpen final 12 months – however there’s no motive to not use the remainder of this 12 months to see how he appears. Furthermore, you kinda need him to get uncovered a bit bit as an enormous league starter (Keegan Thompson, too) so that they have extra data to work with for his or her improvement within the offseason. Hitters weren’t fooled once I did X, they had been leaping throughout me once I did Y, perhaps I ought to re-shape pitch Z, and so forth and so forth.

•   That Steele begin got here as a part of a 7-inning no-hitter, along with Scott Effross and Dillon Maples, AND it got here as a part of a walk-off win, AND it was considered one of TWO walk-off wins for Iowa yesterday:

•   Maples, by the best way, continues to be there at Iowa on a rehab task, the place he can keep one other two-ish weeks earlier than he must come again to the large league roster, hit waivers, or have his rehab task prolonged (although it’s not trying like there will likely be a believable motive to hunt an extension). That timing goes to be fascinating as a result of, absent another bullpen injur(ies) popping up the place Maples will simply take a spot, the Cubs would possibly wish to wait till an inevitable commerce or two occurs after which Maples comes up. After all, the flip facet of that’s in the event you wished Maples to return again quickly, make a couple of appearances, after which attempt to commerce him. There’s most likely a group or two on the market keen to guess on the intense arm expertise, and for the Cubs, they may already know they don’t wish to use a 40-man spot on Maples all offseason.

•   In the meantime, Brennen Davis gained himself an MVP along with his two-homer Futures Recreation efficiency:

•   There’s nonetheless a CBA to be negotiated, so don’t take something as sure, however USA Immediately reviews that the present expectation is that full, nine-inning doubleheaders will return in 2022 within the new CBA. The attainable rub there’s that gamers might push to maintain seven-inning doubleheaders if they like the remaining, however we’ll see. For now, MLB prefers full video games again.

•   Pablo Lopez broke a Jim Deshaies file, and HE WAS NOT HAPPY (simply kidding):

•   Outdated pal alert:

•   Rea, 31, headed to Japan over the offseason, and it’s trying like choice, not solely as a result of he’s carried out effectively, but in addition as a result of it’s not sure he would’ve seen a lot large league time this 12 months with the Cubs in the event that they’d saved him on the 40-man roster in any respect. The Cubs bought a money fee for the switch, Rea bought more cash than he would’ve made within the States, and he will get to pitch his approach into presumably an excellent higher contract within the NPB going ahead. Win-win-win, and right here’s hoping he retains cruising.

•   Elsewhere, although, the KBO is shutting down for every week as a consequence of a number of optimistic COVID circumstances on a number of groups:

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