Friday, December 2, 2022

Smyly’s Rehab, Rivas on Base, Wisdom’s Bat, Triantos Again, Bogaerts Spiked, and Other Cubs Bullets

May your 4th be full of hot dogs and fireworks and friends and family and reflecting on how we can try to keep working on this country, helping it better realize its potential for goodness. We can be doing so much better for each other than we have been.

  • Drew Smyly (oblique) is set to make his first rehab start tonight at South Bend, where you can presume he’ll be on a 50-ish pitch limit, as Marcus Stroman was last night at Iowa. Because of the nature of his injury and because of his much longer absence, you can also presume that Smyly will need multiple rehab starts before he would return to the big league team. Because a healthy Smyly could have meaningful trade value, the Chicago Cubs are going to do everything they can to make sure he’s completely good to go before bringing him back. The goal is going to be at least a few healthy starts before August 2. Anything more is a bonus.
  • Alfonso Rivas was on base three times yesterday, and he’s hit .326/.375/.395/117 wRC+ since his return to the big leagues. Back to emphasizing more contact and discipline over power, perhaps? It’s not exactly what you’d expect or look for from a first baseman, but sometimes you just have to be who you are. Ultimately, Rivas isn’t going to sustain a .433 BABIP, so even as this version of himself, he’d need to be taking a whole lot more walks (6.3%), striking out even less (27.1%), or hitting for more power (.070 ISO) to stay productive.
  • What’s amazing about this is that the nerds among us were talking last year about how, if Patrick Wisdom could just manage to keep the K% under (a still-gaudy) 35%, he’d be fantastic. And it’s exactly what he’s done:
  • Jason Heyward is still resting his knee but has not received an MRI (AP). Nick Madrigal and Frank Schwindel are expected to take BP off of Daniel Norris tomorrow as all three are rehabbing.
  • Hate to see this for Xander Bogaerts, but – intentional or accidental – he’s covering a whole lot of the base:
  • Bogaerts said after the game he knows Willson Contreras didn’t spike him on purpose, and he also says he wasn’t trying to block the base on purpose. Just an unfortunate thing that happened.
  • James Triantos homered AGAIN:
  • That’s three straight games with a homer for the Cubs infield prospect, who has hit .326/.396/.651 the last two weeks, while hitting four of his five homers on the season. Just a hot stretch, or did he and the Cubs figure out how to help him tap into some more power? Triantos plays this full season at just 19, so you wouldn’t even necessarily expect much in the way of power production, but these last two weeks sure have been tantalizing. Combining Triantos’s ability to barrel the ball on a line with some opportunistic power? That would be quite a beat.
  • The Giants – 8.5 back in the NL West, but only 2.0 back in the Wild Card race – have lost starter Anthony DeSclafani for the rest of the season:
  • Jackson Frazier with another long dinger (numbers at Iowa, overall, are still quite bad, but it’s a start):
  • Hey, an old friend reached a major milestone:
  • Riggleman, 69, managed the Chicago Cubs from 1995 to 1999, and has also managed the Padres, Mariners, Nationals, Reds, and now the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League. He won 726 games as a big league manager, and he’s been with the Mustangs only this season, so either he has won about 800 games this year, or they’re including every game he’s ever been a part of …
  • Craig Kimbrel took a rocket off the back and proceeded thereafter to blow another save for the Dodgers. It seems like he’s going to be OK, but you do wonder how much longer the Dodgers go before they consider a change in the closer role. It’s kinda sad, to be honest (but something something David Robertson trades something something).
  • Jacob deGrom’s first rehab outing looked pretty deGrom-like, as he was touching 100 mph and striking out everyone:
  • An interesting – suggestive? – signing for the Bulls:
  • I just laughed for a minute straight, tears in my eyes:

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