Blue Chip Stocks:
Cole Hamels: Hamels continues to dazzle in a Cubs uniform, as he logged a complete game on Thursday against the Reds, surrendering only one run and recording seven strikeouts in the process. In five starts for the Cubs, Hamels owns a 0.79 ERA over 34 innings, and unless he implodes during this final month of the regular season, I think it’s safe to cement him as the Cubs ace going into the playoffs.
Javier Baez: Javy added to his MVP resume this week, going 11-for-26 with three homers and eight runs batted in. He also hit a 481-foot bomb, the second longest home run in all of baseball this season. In my completely unbiased opinion, El Mago is the leading candidate for NL MVP with one month left to play.
Anthony Rizzo: Tony had a huge week at the plate, recording nine hits in 21 at-bats, with six of those hits being for extra bases. In addition to the three home runs he hit, Rizzo also walked four times, leading to an OPS of 1.500 and a wRC+ of 272 this week. Since June 1st, Rizzo is batting .295/.384/.502.
Daniel Murphy: Murphy has already proven to be another fantastic addition by this Cubs front office. Murphy played in five games last week, recording a hit in all of them, and recording two hits in four of those games. He is a professional hitter in the truest sense of the word, I think Joe Maddon has his leadoff hitter for the rest of the season.
Kyle Hendricks: Is Cyle Hendricks back? Since the start of July, Hendricks owns a 3.38 ERA (2.69 FIP) over 11 starts, and more importantly, he has only allowed four home runs in over 66.2 innings. This week, Kyle went seven innings in both of his starts, allowing only two runs in the process.
David Bote: The legend of David Bote continues to grow with each passing week. He only had four hits this week, but three of them were for home runs, including another walk-off homer on Friday. In just 127 plate appearances this year, Bote has accumulated 1.6 fWAR, matching that of both Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell.
Brandon Kintzler: I think we’re starting to see why the Nationals traded Kintzler in the wee minutes before the trade deadline. Kintzler has given up seven runs in 11 appearances as a Cub, recording an 8.59 ERA in the process. To be fair, that number is inflated by the four runs he gave up in Saturday’s win against the Reds, but Kintzler has been underwhelming thus far.
Buy: Players’ Weekend needs to be more than just a weekend. Players’ Weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the season, mainly because the players are able to express what’s important to them. From custom cleats to wacky colored bats, Players’ Weekend is everything baseball should be. If baseball wants to continue to attract younger fans, they should think long and hard about loosening uniform requirements for players. Two immediate examples that come to mind are Ben Zobrist’s black cleats and Willson Contreras’s arm sleeve. Allowing player’s to express themselves would be good for the game.
Should MLB loosen uniform restrictions?
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