The Cubs made one trade Monday and while we're waiting for others to go down, I thought I'd change up the subject a little. So while we’re waiting for trades before today’s 5 p.m. CT deadline, let’s have a look at what several former Cubs have done since I last updated you on them last week. Three of these players were dealt at the deadline last year.
Feel free to use this thread for trade deadline discussion. Also, site note: Today’s Cubs game against the Cardinals begins at 6:45 p.m. CT, and normally I’d post the game preview at 4:30 p.m. for that starting time. With the trade deadline at 5 p.m. CT, I will instead post today’s game preview at 5:30 p.m. CT. Any trades that get announced after the deadline (as well as any earlier) will, of course, have front page coverage.
Javy has done pretty well over his last few games, batting .263/.364/.474 (5-for-19) with a double and a home run. He even drew two unintentional walks! His season OPS is now .645, the highest it’s been since May 10. Perhaps he’ll have a decent season after all.
This performance did not help the Tigers, who lost three of the five games Báez played in over the last week. He wasn't in Detroit's lineup Monday.
This might be a reason Javy has been hitting better lately:
Javier Baez might’ve made an adjustment to his batting stance. If you look at the left picture (opening day) Javy has his bat on his shoulder then would lift it right after the pitcher would lift his leg. In the right picture he kept his bat off his shoulder the entire at bat. pic.twitter.com/rxFjpm0x7s— . (@GoldGloveBaez) August 1, 2022
KB hit .353/.421/.471 (6-for-17) over his last five games, but without a home run. He still has not homered in Coors Field as a member of the Rockies in 26 games played there, and:
It's August 1st, 2022 and Kris Bryant hasn't hit a home run at Coors Field this season. He didn't hit one there last year, either. His last home run at Coors Field? May 9th, 2017.— 309_Baseball (@309_Baseball) August 1, 2022
In 42 career games in Coors Field, Bryant has hit just two home runs — the one mentioned above, May 9, 2017, the second game of a doubleheader, off Jeff Hoffman and August 20, 2016, also off Hoffman.
Well there’s your answer, Rockies — just import Jeff Hoffman to pitch against Bryant at Coors Field. Unfortunately for KB, Hoffman’s Reds have already made their only 2022 visit to Denver, and that happened in late April, when Bryant was on the injured list.
Speaking of Bryant injuries...
#Rockies manager Bud Black said Kris Bryant aggravated his plantar fasciitis today. They think he can play through it, but likely as the DH— Danielle Allentuck (@d_allentuck) July 31, 2022
Here’s the play on which Bryant might have done that [VIDEO].
He left the game after that play, and it’s looking more and more like this is going to be a lost season for Bryant. He has played in just 42 of the Rockies’ 104 games. Originally in Monday's lineup, he was a late scratch:
Kris Bryant has been scratched from the #Rockies lineup on Monday in San Diego.— Patrick Lyons (@PatrickDLyons) August 1, 2022
Garrett Hampson is now starting in CF as Grichuk shifts to RF and Blackmon to DH.
And, just like that:
The Rockies announced today that they have recalled infielder Alan Trejo and have placed outfielder Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) August 1, 2022
Rizzo has gone 5-for-16 with three home runs (.313/.476/.875) since the last update here, and our SB Nation friends at Pinstripe Alley were prescient in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game (check the timestamp):
Feeling a Rizzo bomb here— Pinstripe Alley (@pinstripealley) July 31, 2022
That gave Pinstripe Alley’s Twitter account an idea:
Time to buy a Mega Millions ticket https://t.co/maBvjb7ZkB— Pinstripe Alley (@pinstripealley) July 31, 2022
Too late, guys — someone bought the winning ticket in Des Plaines.
For Rizzo, that three-run blast was his 25th of the season and it gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead over the Royals, but they wound up losing the game 8-6. He hit his 26th Monday against the Mariners.
Schwarber keeps hitting home runs but not much else — he went .227/.250/.546 (5-for-22) over the last few games, but two of those hits were home runs.
Sunday in Pittsburgh, he hit one a very long way — oppo [VIDEO].
How far did that fly?
#Phillies 3 @ #Pirates 1 [T5-0o]:— Home Run Tracker (@DingerTracker) July 31, 2022
Kyle Schwarber homers (33): fly ball to LCF (solo)
Hit: 441ft , 111.6mph , 26° , OPPO
Pitch: 92.6mph Sinker (RHP JT Brubaker, 11)
Schwarber’s 33 home runs continue to lead the National League, four more than second-place Austin Riley.
Will Willson Contreras be added to the next edition of this series? “As always, we await developments.”