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"AP sports I'm David Schuster the weather is cooling down but baseball's postseason continues to heat up Three games were contested on Friday and we began to New York where the Cleveland guardians rallied for a four two victory over the Yankees are Tom Miriam has more The yanks jumped out to a quick two zero lead on Sean Carlos Stanton's two run first in the home or off Shane Bieber But Bieber settled down after that enabling Cleveland to tie it at two with runs in the fourth and 5th innings The latter on a med rosarios Homer The guardians then wanted in the tenth with two blue pits followed by Josh naylor's RBI double to send the series back to Cleveland all even More excited to go back as a team set it again on this plane ride and just kind of enjoy the moment enjoy the win today and then get locked back in tomorrow That series now moves to Cleveland for game three It was game three in Philadelphia where the Philly scored early and often they beat Atlanta 9 to one Michael Longo has the details Philadelphia took control of the game on a three run home run by Reese Hoskins That was later followed by a two run home run by Bryce Harper Harper drove in three runs for the films who are one win away from advancing to the national league championship series This is what it's all about We have an opportunity to clinch at home We have an opportunity to come out and hopefully strike first Aaron nola picked up a second postseason when Spencer strider took the loss And out in San Diego the Padres defeated the Dodgers two one they lead that series two one off the field sad news with the passing of Hall of Fame closer Bruce Sutter who succumbed to cancer at the age of 69 suter played for the cubs Cardinals and braves he was a 6 time all star a Cy Young award winner and won the World Series with St. Louis in 1982 To the NHL were Detroit shutout Montreal three zero Tampa Bay 5 two over Columbus Winnipeg four one over the rangers College football SMU defeated navy 40 to 34 and a couple of top ten matchup Saturday number three Alabama at number 6 Tennessee and number 5 Michigan hosting ten Penn State I'm David Shuster AP sports
Phillies lose 5th straight, Cubs sweep season series 6-0
"The Phillies playoff chances continue to teeter following their 5th consecutive loss two zero against the cubs Patrick wisdom doubled twice and drove in a run Say a Suzuki was two for three as the cubs completed a three game sweep in which they limited the fills to three runs Winning pitcher Javier Assad allowed 5 hits and 5 scoreless innings Keegan Thompson tossed one hit ball over three innings for his first save of the year Ranger Suarez lost for the first time since June 29th allowing two runs in 7 hits over 6 frames I'm Dave ferry
Peterson tagged early, Mets fall to Cubs 6-3 and get swept
"Chicago Cubs completed the three game sweep over the mets with a 6 to three win Metz started David Peterson walked the game's first three hitters and was knocked out in Chicago's 6 run first inning Obviously I put us in a big hole and it's unfair to ask those guys to try and dig us out of that bullpen did a great job They didn't score another run Despite the loss the metro man in first place in the national league yeast a half game up on Atlanta who lost to San Francisco Pete Alonso did hit his 35th Homer met 89 and 55 Chicago 61 and 82 Mike thank you so New York
Mets come up empty for deGrom and lose to Cubs again, 4-1
"The lowly cubs beat the first place mets for the second night in a row at city field four to one Adrian Sampson who entered the game with a lifetime record of 8 and 19 out pitched Jacob de Grom shutting out the mets on just two hits over the first 6 innings Sharing the man with him that is always done is very cool but at the end of the day I think he has more pressure on him to perform rather than me The cubs got to the ground and have solo home run to lead off the second inning and then piece together two more runs of three hits in the fourth for a three zero lead After de grand party after 6 innings David Boney Homer doff Seth Lugo four four zero nothing cubs lead Tom Arian New York
Dodgers clinch playoff spot -- for real this time
"LA Dodgers down to Arizona 6 nothing to clinch a playoff spot Mike trope built it a home run in his 7th straight game one shy of a major league record in the LA angels 5 four lost to Cleveland Houston said nothing over Detroit as framber Valdez tossed a complete game shut off for the Astros The NL central race the Chicago Cubs beat the New York mets 5 two the Met stranded ten men on base for manager buck showalter We just couldn't cash in a lot of opportunities We had that was frustrating for us because we created some opportunities with some very advanced just couldn't catch them in Myths remain a game and a half ahead of Atlanta the braves lost to San Francisco three two Bol bietz Ethan and two run Homer left the
Cubs hound Bassitt, beat NL East-leading Mets 5-2
"The cubs scored runs in the second third and fourth innings on their way to a 5 to win over the mets It was Rafael Ortega's solo shot that started off the onslaught for Chicago in the second with Javier Assad throwing 6 innings of one run ball and picking up his first major league win Manager David Ross viewed it as a complete team victory Really good offensive performance there good approach I'll facet there early on gives enough and then javi blocked it in really nice job him They left a lot of guys on base New York stranded Ted runners on bass and Chris Bassett went just four endings in his start for the mets Christian Arnold New York
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"AP sports I'm check free but first American man to reach the U.S. open semifinals in 16 years Francis tiafoe moved ahead with a straight set win over 9th seated Andrei rubley in front of a very boisterous crowd in New York the 22nd seated TFO will play his final match on Friday Honda baseball Aaron judge hit another one His major league leading 55th home run in the New York Yankees extra inning 5 four win over Minnesota the Yankees also took the nightcap 7 to one Tampa beat Boston won nothing St. Louis used a two run double by Tommy Edmond in the 9th inning to come back and beat Washington 6 to 5 It's definitely one of the best experiences I mean to see all your teammates running out to you and just celebrating that win especially after we all grind them together for the first 9 days of that game The card was extend they're leading the NO central to 9 and a half Toronto wins at Baltimore four to one Atlanta beat Oakland 7 to three They stay half a game and back of the New York mets who swept the double header at Pittsburgh 5 to one and ten nothing Jacob de Grom goes 7 strong innings in game two And execute pitches To have some good defense behind me and then the guys put up a ton of runs for me Kansas City B Cleveland two to one Chicago White Sox 9 Seattle 6 Houston for Texas three and extra innings VLA Dodgers down San Francisco 7 three Clayton Kershaw with the first 6 innings says the Dodgers are priming themselves for the postseason But also try to win the games and sometimes those mirror each other and other times they don't So it's a little bit more challenging at times for our team But for me personally it's just when the game and pitch well and get ready for the playoffs Philadelphia down Miami four three San Diego for Arizona 6 three Colorado beat Milwaukee 8 four the drawers continue to slide behind the wild card leaders their four out Cincinnati over the Chicago Cubs Detroit down the LA angels Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson still without his desired contract extension Jackson is entering the final year of his deal with the ravens and the NFL season lifts the lid tonight with the Super Bowl champion LA rams hosting buffalo Check Freeman AP sports
Pujols reaches 695 HRs, Mikolas goes 8 in Cards' win vs Cubs
"The Cardinals down the cubs two to nothing without Pujols hitting a two run pinch hit home run in the 8th inning off of cubs relief pitcher Brandon Hughes It was his second pinch hit long ball of the season As a matter how you do it whether you start a pinch it or it just doesn't matter I think at the end of the day it's to be able to contribute for this ball club However I can That's 16 homers this year and 695 in his career miles Michael is now 11 and ten after giving up two hits over 8 innings The cards have won four straight and sit atop the NL set your division might Reeves St. Louis
Paul Goldschmidt hits 34th homer as Cardinals beat Cubs 8-4
"Yadier Molina delivers a pair of hits and drives in three as the Cardinals beat the cubs 8 to four to pick up their third consecutive victory We haven't fun Winning is fun right We're waiting good with pitching good and playing good defense We're doing a we're doing them all right now I mean right now we're playing good baseball So my dad was a Paul Goldschmidt Tommy Edmond and Tyler O'Neill go deep for the red birds who continue to sit atop the NL central Adam Wainwright wins on the mound the law goes to drew smiley Mike Reeves St. Louis
Montgomery stays unbeaten with Cardinals, blanks Cubs
"Jordan Montgomery is now 5 and O with the Cardinals after tossing 6 plus innings in the red birds 8 to nothing win over the cubs that left they allow 7 hits while striking out four Anytime I can put up zeros for the team is great I'm just trying to go out there and go deep in the game and save some of our relievers so they can have a night off and get as many outs as I can I'll be Edmond hits a three run home run in large new bar adds a two run blast for the NL central division leaders who have won 23 of their last 30 games Mike Reeves St. Louis
Reyes, Hoerner help Cubs beat Blue Jays 7-5, avoid sweep
"Zach McKinsey had two hits and friendville Reyes belted a solo home run as the Chicago Cubs down the Blue Jays 7 5 at roger center McKinsey's triple part of a three run four hit third off starter and losing pitcher Mitch white while reya's 13th home run of the season came off white in the 5th The first to about he drove me a lot of sliders away But you can notice that the second page was middle in Toronto got a three run home run from Alejandro Kirk and a two run shot from Kevin BGO and will Rodriguez one and out of the pen while Rowan wick picked up his 9th save John leathery to run
Chinese think tank: Virus curbs must change to help economy
"A Chinese think tank has disagreed with the ruling Communist Party's severe zero COVID policy saying kerbs that shut down cities and disrupt trade travel and industry must change to prevent hits on the economy The unbound research center isn't being specific but says president Xi Jinping's government needs to focus on shoring up sinking growth It's noted the U.S. Europe and Japan are recovering economically after easing anti disease curbs economists have warned China needs to boost growth that has sunk to 2.5% over a year earlier in the first half of 2022 the antivirus cubs are widely expected to stay in place at least until after a Communist Party meeting this fall at which she is likely to break with tradition and award himself a third 5 year term as leader I'm Charles De Ledesma
Cardinals' Goldschmidt has 2 HR, 5 RBIs in 8-3 win over Cubs
"Paul Goldschmidt hit two home runs and drove in 5 as the Cardinals defeated the cubs 8 to three Goldschmidt has a great chance of winning the Triple Crown as he leads the national league in average RBIs and second in home runs If anything happens and you know I'll be great and if not that's great too and for me just try to take it day by day try when I said literally just help us win we're in the race trying to win the division so that's where all my focus is and like I said if anything happens it is what it is Tommy Edmond and Corey Dickerson chipped in with three hits each with Dickerson at one point having ten straight hits over three games The Cardinals took three out of 5 in the series David Schuster Chicago
Zach McKinstry homers as Cubs beat Cardinals 7-1
"Zach mckinstry and Nico Horner were two of the cubs hitting stars in a 7 one downing of the cardinals that gained street belted a two run Homer and had three RBIs while Horner had three hits Jan Gomes drove in a pair for the cubs who have split the first four games of their 5 game series Lars nubar homered for the red birds and Corey Dickerson went four for four The cards dropped to 17 and 5 in August Rowan wick got 5 outs for the win after Luke Farrell had his first cubs appearance since 2018 Miles Michaelis took the loss I'm Dave ferry
Pujols homers as Montgomery, Cardinals blank Cubs 1-0
"Jordan Montgomery went the distance on a one hitter is the cardinal shut off the cubs one nothing Montgomery has been brilliant since coming over in a trade from the Yankees I try and stay confident all the time It's hard in baseball as roller coaster so try and forget this after tomorrow Like I said just keep every bullpen I'm working on something and then when I get to take the ball and compete and just try and make pictures Offensively Albert Pujols hit yet another home run his 6th in the last 7 games and number 6 93 for his career He also went deep against the 449th different pitcher in his career that ties Barry Bonds for the top of that list David Schuster Chicago
Keston Hiura homers twice as Brewers beat Cubs 5-2
"Kesten hero hit a pair of home runs as the brewers rallied by the cubs 5 to two rowdy teles also went deep but it was William damas sac fly the provided the game winning run Colton Wong scoring on that sack fly I think it was just good to get this win The last game of this series and heading into LA so I think right now we're getting down the crunch time and everyone matters and so I think it was used for us to get that win and makes it hope we'll take that momentum and tell it The wind snapped the two game losing skid for the brewers who continue to chase St. Louis and the NL central David Shuster Chicago
Contreras, Cubs keep rallying, edge Brewers 6-5 in 11th
"The cubs picked up their 5th straight win by downing the reeling brewers 6 5 and 11 innings Wilson Contreras slammed the two run Homer in the 5th inning and ended it with a single bit scored Rafael Ortega Milwaukee took the lead in the 11th on an RBI grounder but Patrick wisdom doubled home automatic runner Nico Horner to tie it The brewers were won out from a 9 inning victory until Nick madrigal singled home wisdom to tie it It was madrigal's third single of the game Woolly adamus belted a two run Homer that put the brew crew ahead three two in the 8th inning I'm Dave fairy
Morel, Wisdom homer, Cubs top Brewers for 4th straight win
"Lots of offense as the cubs defeated the brewers 8 to 7 5 home runs in the game with the lead seesawing throughout but the cubs scored last to make it four straight victories Nick madrigal led the way with three hits and two runs scored I would run this team out there with anyone right now You know we're playing some good baseball We just got to keep it going And yeah we got to stay one game at a time can't get ahead of ourselves but yeah we're playing some good ball right now The cubs have also won their last four series while the brewers continue to chase St. Louis in the NL central David Schuster Chicago
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"Interest at wintrust we know true fans show their team pride every chance they get with cubs checking bill score cubs debit card. So you can show your support every time you pay open today at wintrust dot com slash cubs. Weekly one hundred dollars required to open member. Fdic it's rare drew robinson now. That mental health advocate for the san francisco giants drew. We were talking just right before this. I can you give our listeners. A little bit more detail about what your role is and how you interact with the players and with the organization. So i'm looking up to be a mental health advocacy role for the giants working with our mental health and mental skills team and we. We kind of saw what was happening with me. Being made i come back and be on the on the sacramento late team. Because i was talking so openly about self care and therapy and south of things it kind of like spurt. Some more players the reach out to our team psychologists and just kind of start addressing things in the more healthy way and the more maintenance type way because i was just bragging basically about a home all the benefits that i was getting from it so Once once i was done playing the giants were just just so amazing that they offered to be my job But i'm just. I'm so grateful to be able to go around to all of our other. Teams are finally affiliates and even come up to the big league team. That's from time to time and just kind of just kinda share on the lessons. I learned from my experience. And some of the things that i realized i was doing. Maybe unhealthy and just maybe trying to help guys enjoy baseball in a little bit. Better way like baseball's fun as it is but if you could enjoy even more why not. So that's kind of where i come into play and hopefully i'm able to do that by sharing some of the advice and some of the lessons i learned through pretty unfortunate incident that i went through in your story so powerful i remember reading the espn jeff passan's article about it and just being so moved by it as well. I guess in that regard to is that the same response you hear a lot. I imagine you hear a lot of emotional reaction to your story in your journey to this role with the giants. Yeah definitely it's it's been a pretty powerful what eighteen months or so now. It's like. I said i'm just grateful one just to be here And to be able to come out of it with tree potest positive perspective And that's led me to share this story openly and it's also allowed a lot of people to feel comfortable talking about things which for me it helps because the more i talk about things and more healing because as forced me to talk about things forces me to to get a better understanding. 'cause i'm not explaining and i'm not merely understanding that much side. I'm forced to get a clear understanding of what's going on inside of me. What spurred me certain points in my life and just kind of get a better understanding what's going on within and then that also can kind of see. The spark people's is because they are starting to talk about things for the first time. And i'm just honored to be in a position to hope people feel comfortable enough to talk about some things as long on the lives and like i said that's something that i held back from doing for so long so i i'm able to be medicine to give someone comfort and talk about things. It's just such a powerful thing and it's a really cool thing to to witness experience because that's something like i said i wasn't strong enough to do. So how do the interaction players originate. I guess you go up to them. They come up to you today. Maybe talked to a coach or kind of intermediary and and then you kind of like you know maybe not sit down in an office like therapist or anything but with your perspective with your playing history and stuff too is an easy bit of credibility to hey takes down the guy's arm armor. Maybe you're like they're a little bit more able to be open with you right away. Is that kind of what you fell to one hundred percent so once interactions and conversations just happened naturally where it'd be during shaggy during batting practice or we weren't playing that day sir adventure talk about things or even sometimes we go like go to differ ruin and talk about things. It's just been like. I said it's been cool because it's that comfort and i think i think the separator too because i played baseball that they feel comfortable that no they feel comfortable with me because they know that i notice like be an shoes which unfortunately sometimes it's the disconnect whether it's valid or not Talks with their busy might not feel calm. You don't think they know exactly what you're going through. Which like i said. I don't know if that's valid or whatever it is but being able to talk to them about what it's actually like to go through baseball lifestyle and try balanced regular lifestyle outside of it and just find that middle ground of peace. I think that's where the separator isn't why people feel players feel more comfortable talking to me. And like i said i i'm not professional so not experienced like advice or whatever. I'm just kind of being another person talking to another person and that's all that needs to happen. That's where i found the power and the strength in this whole this whole experience. And i'm like i said i'm just grateful that people feel comfortable talking about it and then can start their own process with it. Do you think now is a good time in the game to for this. Because i mean we know you know a generation or so before multiple generations before that it was just the. You didn't talk about mental health. You talked about physical. You're in the lineup all the time. You didn't worry you know it's tough it out. It was get through it all that. Do you think maybe now. The generation of players and the focus on mental health and society in general is kind of this perfect area to be able to to help guys through and players are being able to be more vulnerable rather than just be the tough guys in the professional athletes. Go on the field. Yeah it's one hundred percents. There's this is it's time like there's just so many factors that go into sports nowadays anyways so not comparing ariza or anything but being able to give your all and tough it out during the game and then kind of escape and go back to your family and i have to deal with social media and deals media and all these things it just there's other factors that can weigh on guys minds in a different way nowadays so like i said i'm not comparing areas at all and there's i think i should have been doing back in the day to because it only helps. That's what i'm finding is. It only helps it to be in a better place mentally. So if you're a little distracted because you're thinking about something that happened in your morning or you're dealing with some like family stress or some kind of something that gave you a high level anxiety before the game starts that kind of takes away from your little a little bit of your focus. So if you're not fully focused to perform then your then your stats might slack a little bit. So why not. Give yourself the best opportunity to succeed in. Sometimes i think that's taking time to balance your your physical working your mental work. And like i said i think it's it's just a it's something that's important and it's it's kind of like the thing like why not. Why wouldn't you been a cool interaction. And you have to get into specifics. But with like more through one of your conversations cy guy maybe practice. What you guys have talked about or has come up to you and ben like think so much drew for the conversation. Like i've been able to to think about something a different way is. There have been anything like that. That stood out to you that it was like. Wow like you know. I.
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"Out Role as well so like just to be able to do that at least and possibly start as well. I just think these two guys are going to be a big part of the twenty twenty two staff will. Tony hit the nail on the head. Justin stealing kim thompson. Both of those cats no doubt about it they will play a huge pivotal role when it comes to david. Ross is either his rotation or the bullpen next season. Both those guys look into all hands on deck in another guy who looks to be huge when it comes to that winning piece of the puzzle albert house a lot. We've seen him with some mild success as a starter. We saw him the other day. Come out and get four innings. Save the first of his career. And i don't know about you but i really like a double coming out in that in that bullpen type role. Yeah he flashed that late last season. Too i remember relief outings against the pirates and also the white sox where i think one of them had like seven or eight strikeouts in a foreign expanded was really kinda debut in that slider that new pitch that you worked on at the alternate side. So yeah i think ally has has certainly proven the ability to come out of the bullpen and get guys out Like you said a little bit of a question. Mark as starter. He had some ups and downs and he was by injury. A little bit too You know you have listerine at a hamstring. You just miss some time. That impacted his ability to kind of hit the ground running and keep that consistency. Moving every five days the cubs also were Were careful about his innings this year coming into this season so they knew they were always gonna want to monitor. How many bullets he threw all year. So yeah you know i. I do think he's capable of doing both. I think he has the possibility of sticking in the rotation but the big question. Is you know when he a game and teams can lineup against him with a bunch of left hitters. We saw the way fill the phillies mixed and matched every field earlier this year. And we've seen every other team basically that he's starting against come up with a ton of left handed hitters and if he comes out of the bullpen teams can't do that. They can't game plan for that. So you know co were just talking about the possibility of an opener for him. Before this todd chesser cubs could do get creative. I think they just have either option at their disposal for either way just has to get left out. And that's going to be a major a major issue a major point of of focus for him. This offseason heading into twenty twenty. One thing i want to go back and look i wanna i wanna ask our guidelines brzezinski. I know he has. He has fingertips on the pulse of all the video. I wanna know if ally when it comes to his delivery lefties versus righties. Does he pitch from the same side of of the slab to both because some some guys which things up if they have a problem with lefties and they're pitching from the right side as a righty. It means that the ball's coming in that way and that left it's almost as if they appear to have more time to pull the trigger because they see it just a little bit longer than if you pitch from the left side to lefties. Then you're you're trying to go essentially away from them just a little bit more than i. I'd be interested to see about that. Because i know some guys they'd like to stay in the exact same spot other. It's almost like a hitter. Some hitters they adjust depending on who. Who's on the mound like okay. I'm going to step in this part of the batter's box. I'm gonna move up just a little bit. Move back move out. And everything is fluid. And there's other guys who are very static and they stick to one one mindset and one approach and setup so that would be interesting to me. I'm a you're at the games all the time. And you see these guys know each and every single day and it's a little bit easier maybe to pick up when you're there in person. Have you noticed anything about about. That comes at advertise allies. Were off his delivery his his approach when it comes to left because one thing he does do is give up the long bond. Those guys in the left-hander batteries bots yet. I honestly. I don't know i've been trying to go back as you were talking about a trip back in my head and thank and to be honest. I have no idea. I don't know a few lines up differently. Or if that's something that here pitching coach. Tommy hot Associate pitching coach. Mike roselle if that's something that should have discussed at all. So i'm not sure i know with advert. It's definitely some some pitch sequencing. And just the way. His stuff moves compared to lefties left. He's pick them up a little bit more but that slider was a dynamic pitch for him but if he if his command isn't there he leaves right down the middle of the plate. That's where he's getting. Hit or is foreseen fastball. Like that's kinda that if they run back right in the left handed hitter sweet spot. That's part of the problem has been part of the problem this year. So i know he's been trying to throw a changeup. You've been trying to work in that singer and two seamen and all these different things to just counteract those issues so they've been focusing on all year but i don't know specifically about where he lines up on the rubber. Yeah well one thing that. I would love to see from eyebrows i know. He loves the slider. He likes to rely on that. But sometimes he gets beat with that pitch. I'd like to see him if he's going to get beat. Get beat with that ninety. Five ninety six ninety seven mile an hour fastball. Because at the end of the day velocity it is king and you know that's why we see team stock up on guys who throw hard because they always say you don't have to throw hard to get out that's true you don't but it sure helps. It's like like everyone that says like you don't have to have a big drive off the team to be good golf. Necessarily i mean you. You could be like a guy who hits it. You know to to fifty to sixty and you can score. There's no doubt about that. But if you're hitting it straight off the tee and you're hitting bombs three fifty three sixty. I mean you take all those par-fives out of the equation. So i feel like distance on the golf course as translatable as velocity is on the pitchers. So hopefully we're gonna see renounce ally trust in that fastball and then let everything else gets set up by him pinpointing in hidden spots with the gas. Because that's what i'd love to see when you have a young live arm like he does go ahead. Throw that fastball. Challenge the hitter in the batter's box. Let him know. This is what this is. What's coming. I dare you to go out there and hit it. We'll see him with like a max. Scherzer adjusted burland mindset as the years on full. But either way we're going to continue a little more baseball talk after this. Plus we're going to pick things up with the football chatter because bare essentials. It is back in session on marquee sports network guys top there. Dan hampton well. It's a pleasure to have them back in studio. But we're gonna take a quick commercial break with a word from our sponsor wintrust but after that will tony you caught up with drew robinson. He's a member of the san francisco giants for an office. He's a mental health advocate. And we won't want to miss that so stick around the first a word from.
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"I think there will be the cubs impression as well yet. He's shown well had a good minor league season. A twenty six not old by any standards anymore in the major league so are this is a guy that we could take a strong look at spring training at ross. In the you know the coaches help evaluate where he might fit in again Will he be a part-time center fielder to start the year of could he be with ortega platooning in centerfield. While brennan davis Gets his chaps finally in the minor leagues and we see him ascend toward the end of the season to the chicago cubs. These are some of the exciting things that companies look forward to next in india. Like bruce was just saying. It's i think it is incomplete two and the cubs fan. The cubs certainly wanted to see more from her rossiya. That's why they call them up. You're dealt with injuries in the minor league season early in the years. Well so he just hasn't quite been on the field as much as as the organization would have liked obviously would have been really interesting to see how the last three weeks played out as he got. Drew start against lefties in some right handed. Starters played three outfield spots in and just continue to show what he could do with the bat. But right now from what little you've seen andean and everything grew said. Where do you think. Michael might fit on the twenty twenty two cubs. I'm of with bruce words yet. It is a little bit incomplete you know. He's definitely earned at least know spring training. Invite and getting the look and spring training to see you know what kind of what he can do there Because there were there was w the flashes right to homerun he had underway of. Was i mean you know that was. That was a shot like that was that was hit really really hard really far and then obviously defense like you mentioned it in a box part when he did that. Mike oh my gosh. She's like. I can't believe he just caught that like i was incredible We've seen the flashes and and there's definitely potential there. I mean he. I think it was it was either. Tommy birger alex cover the iowa cubs mentioned you know. Had he been healthy he probably would have been one of those guys. I got called up after the trade deadline and probably would have been with the cubs. You know this whole second this whole after the trade Deadline but he was hurt. That's what we saw here with with the cubs. Yeah we saw the flashes and then he got hurt in aaa iowa. He's he was hitting three. Oh six so. There's definitely the back can play at least the aaa level. So it's you gotta get that look at the major league level which he he never really got. Ready came up with the angels was played. Played some with the angels. But i think he's only had like one hundred at ads in the major leagues like that's such a small sample size for anyone to judge whether or not he's a major league and and i'm with you bruce as twenty-seven-year-old twenty six is very young so he is very very young and and can smell definitely still definitely has some some years ahead of them all right..
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"And andy martinez and guys. We've really seeing the cubs. Play the role of spoiler lately eh. one eight of their last night. They had that pretty epic. Seven game win streak. That was really on. The backs of french wendell's clutch hits. But bruce i'll start with you as we look at this team and playing the role of spoiler. We heard jason heyward say wednesday night. How much fun. It is to play that role to be teams. That are really have to win to get into the playoffs roost. What is your take on that in. Just i don't want to say the lack of pressure because there's always a little bit of inherent pressure in playing the big leagues but to be this role where you don't have a ton on your shoulders you get to go out and just have fun and play free. Well that's the good news and the bad news right. The good news is is that you are seeing a bunch of guys that are just playing ball and and enjoying playing together and people getting in the first opportunity extended time on the field. Like the swindles. Like the wisdom's like your tegas to guard their show that they're very good professional ballplayers and Not having to look over their shoulders to see one the manager is going to take him out or if they're gonna put him back in against their starting ball players in the major leagues with the chicago cubs. One of the story franchises in baseball. And they are absorbing it and taking every advantage in the world with it but with that comes e reality that There is that weight offers shoulders of people because of the fact that you're not expected to win. You're not playing for anything. Other than being a spoiler however you are playing for the a for the remainder of your career and trying to impress people that you are an everyday player in the big leagues in the east should be respected in that mode. So from at all I think cub fans should be really enjoying this looking forward to these guys continuing to make an impact of this last month of the season. The great unknown is still out there. Beyond the what happens after the season with this group idia i know before will really after the trade deadline Have talked about how at some point. We could see this cubs team relaxing. Playing the role of spoiler I don't think we ever really expected this. I don't want to speak for you here. But winning eight of nine to three against a good team You know i i know. The twins in pirates are towards the bottom of their divisions as well. But just what if what is your take away. Any of looking at the way the cubs have played. Just what is impressed. You the most watching these last this last week and a half or so in the season. Be thinking andy. Green at A couple of days ago he said you know these guys never quit You know there are always putting up there at bats in the night It just wasn't noticed because some of those games you know. They're down thirteen to three and then you know they end up losing thirteen to seven. And you don't score four runs in the ninth..
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"Really open is an instructional league. I'm sure the cubs got wind of that. He's been great this year. Misses first full season pro ball. He rocketed double a he had time to. Trade was like a ninety six to nine or ninety one to nine strikeout-to-walk ratio. he's throwing the mid nineties. Harder slider obviously strikes and and he might be the guys. Quiet outside of greg dyke men who they got chafing traded to just got called up. But but but you know. I think get more upside than and he might be the next guy up lesson forgetting somebody because they acquired somebody guys take you might be the closest to the big leagues of everybody else. Acquired sticking with a little bit of those lower level guys down the complex projectable bodies. Something that i've heard a lot in relation to a lot of these cubs prospects reginald prosciutto casey's probably a little more advanced body wise. What kevin qatar who they acquired in the resort traded his six foot six and could probably add twenty pounds. Would notice a lot of these guys. Christner nana's as well. There's been some video kicking around him. Finally that we haven't really seen on the public side. A lot of these guys are toll and have the ability to add weight. And i'm wondering how that changes the evaluation of a prospect guys end and how hard that is to project a guy. Yeah i mean. I think it's mean scouts are more experienced doing that. We are you factor that in. I mean you kind of project with the guys get you guys get bigger. They sometimes loosen speed to see. You have to factor that in. But yeah i mean most of your your your high upside young guys are going to have projectable bodies because if they were you know physically maxed out at nineteen. That's probably not a good thing but like qatar is a guy to you. We haven't talked about yet. He was so young. I'm thinking back. The cove throws off my ass. I think he was signed in wanna say eighteen and he was super young in eighteen. Classy to wait. I think a couple of weeks after july two when the pure assigned pre-open to sign zini turns sixteen till mid july. So he was. I think the youngest player who played in the us league in two thousand nine hundred and he was in what was the gulf coast. League is now floor complex league. He was sixteen when the season started. And he's still you know so he was three years ago i think he's just barely nineteen years old and he opened the season at eighteen. Did he hasn't played above the complex level yet and he's got to be cost tools cross aboard be. I mean he's exciting appreciative. Who's off to a great start in an seems weird saying acl but in the acl. Switch hitter you're gonna grow into some power. I think with him. You wonder and i think most people project him at third base. Although it's easy to say that about big young shortstops they're gonna to the position but if he puts on twenty or thirty pounds strength price will bid and be more of a third baseman..
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"One hundred dollars to open Jim welcome in. We appreciate the time Joining us on the cubs. Weekly podcasts. Here as we we look at this cubs farm system just over the last eight to nine months really sense that you darvish traded with the padres and then going into the trade deadline in the draft to you as you look at this system. How much different does it look now than it did. About a year ago at the same time you radically different. I haven't counted up. I would bet on our top thirty prospects list which were kind of the process. Revamping again now that we're after the trade deadline after the sidelines to draft. It's gotta be Even close to half the list of guys who weren't in the organization a year ago which is pretty crazy. I mean you see that. Obviously cubs made a lot of trades in when it happens the the farm system gets an influx of talent but they definitely Talented system last months in jim is. We're putting together our top twenty lists which is gonna come out. I think thinking about a week or so We've been kind of sorting through a lot of prospects in. I do kind of interesting that the cubs acquired a lot of talent below the aa level. I think if you look at most top twenty's imagine around seventy five percents of those guys. Probably don't have experience. Double air. Above brand davis. Miguel admire the to jump out as having that experience. But do you think this was an initiative by the cubs and if so what do you think the advantages organization of lining up all prospects. I don't know if you is something definitely. So i mean going back to yu darvish. I'm sure if the potters said hey would you take. Cg abrahams near the they would they would take a c. j. d. abrams weather top guys. But i think if you have confidence in your ability to scout like pro scouting and i think everybody each team price does feel pretty good about that. You could probably get.
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"Our in house prospect expert and we talked to mlb pipeline senior writer. Jim kelly's a later in the pie. Just breaking down really. We're going in depth on the cubs. Farm system in this entire podcast. Last time we talked to you guys the trade deadline we know how that heads obviously Nine players were traded seven in two days or the dare to leading up to the deadline but also a lot of young players coming into the system in so we brought lansana in jim later to just break down what the cubs guided returned the trade deadline and where this system is moving forward and and land. You're gonna have this marquee sports network. The midseason top twenty prospect list. That's gonna be hidden a website very soon just overall for you as you look at this this kind of macro look at the cubs farm system. What are your main takeaways. As you were putting together this list. I think my principal takeaway is that. There's a lot of talent that is kind of coerced around the same timeline. Where all very young and below kinda double aa. We all know about brennan davis miguel and some of these other guys killing the acquired in the chris. Brian trade rain pitcher from the giants. Who's gonna shoot up on lists but a lot of talent that is all lined up a really young over projectable. You're gonna see a lot of body changes. I think over the next year or two. And i think the takeaway is that prospects in the system are going to be something that i think anyone is going to have to keep their i on 'cause there's going to be so much new information coming in as we instruction guys get back from injury potentially some arizona foley guys might hit out there hopefully a brother marquez or something if he can heal up and see him live and i. It's just something that is going to be very relevant. I think to the cubs features to keep tabs on these lists than even as you go site to site like. We're going to have a list. I think it's gonna be very different than other sites and the reality is like. That's because a lotta these guys around the same time line and they all have very interesting tools with very different levels of variability..
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"I think is a huge part of this in with all this to everybody. We talked about it bit before. They're coming off covid seasons right. A lot of these guys didn't pitch last year and live games. They threw a lot of innings and bullpens or live. Vp's against their teammates but nothing in actual competition so in talking with jensen and the under you're talking to max A little bit later as well but just how were they. Working through that from georgia's perspective. How does he Maximize the amount of throws and limits. The amount of throws at these guys have with the analytics. And then i guy like jensen and and pitchers like him in bain. How do they make the most of their time in between keeping them fresh making sure that their workload isn't to advance this year. When last year was in some ways a loss season in terms of workload. Yeah i think that comes back to what i was talking about with. Bain where he's super tapped into the data side and he has the third party facility outside of the team that he works with in a in a really strong capacity and i'd argue almost probably teaches at to some extent but he's he's a very different individuals. So i imagine when. I talked to bain. I'm going to hear that he didn't see this as a problem. All you probably saw it as an advantage to some extent being able to literally focus in on say increasing velocity having a very targeted goal without the pressure of having to go out there every day on the mound and perform so. I think that actually might have been a benefit. But i like jensen. It's a bit of an interesting conundrum. Because he's not a soto guy maybe doesn't have the best understanding what he's doing in the off season but i would argue that jensen has fueled to be able to kind of to some extent And the other thing is i mentioned talked to george. Like jensen's hit every single one of his player development goals whether that be the slider shape. Or whether it'd be the curveball shape so it's almost it's a bit of like a hands off approach. You almost wanna take with a guy like that. Because he's been so successful at every level that there's no real need to inundate him with a lot of stats in a lot of data and everything. That could potentially complicate what happens in his head when he steps between the lines. And you don't have that real time feedback of data to some extent. Yes so land last one for me. That is What are your development goals. You know when you're down in south bend and are they hooking you up. Are you going to throw in front of the rep soto and try to develop the shape of your slider at all. Coming up yeah. I'm hoping improve the the hip shoulder. Separation a little bit. Actually i don't know about my mobility right hips a little bit tight so i got to be careful with that. I don't i don't even want to give you the velocity number that you probably see if i got on the map it would probably be below sixty miles per hour but No i hope it's above that. I really hope it's about that or my much much at baseball days. Have gone for nothing but Yeah we'll see maybe up the raft soda here at a bit. We'll see how do sounds good. Well i know we need to get coal right out there for sure. Insists he can throw ninety. I think we need to put him to test. So at some point we'll We'll definitely throw them out there. But lance thanks for other knowledge appreciate it had fun south. Bend thank you tony. All right. that'll do it for this week's edition of the cubs. Weekly podcast presented by wintrust. There was lance brasow. Ski breaking down the southbound arms and dame cubs vp of scouting. Talking about the two thousand twenty one draft love a lot more cubs prospect content and marquee sports network dot com as well as our app. Thanks as.
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"Are able to have with them. Pre-draft it's so difficult to to find players that have overcome true adversity on the field. Because the subset of guys that were looking at up top You know been successful most careers and so you know especially in some out of high school kid. You know these kids now. Historic numbers and But the reality is they all should be performed really well At at that level. So it's it's difficult to You know to talk to a player that's had especially younger player that said real adversity on the field and had to fight through that. But that's the number one thing that we're looking for You know because once they get into professional baseball they're gonna have adversity whether it's right away and and just you know not you know playing up to the competition immediately or whether that's You know sometime down the road with an injury and having to fight through that So i think trying to really put our finger on when a player has experienced adversity. And if and how you overcame in Is is one of the most important. If not the most important thing that we're looking for when we're assessing makeup of a flare you mentioned james. Franco's to the second round pick with a guy like that who is in highschool dominated competition like you said but was it two way player. How you take that into her. Come to in terms of drafting and we obviously seen shohei ohtani. Does i know he's a unicorn here but like just in general like is there. A thought is dreaming hit. This guy could be That we were florida putting him in a box. Like drafted james as beijing now hunters that process going through. Yeah it's really a question because You know one thing you ask yourself when you're looking at a player in person is okay. What am i missing And i'm constantly asking myself that over and over again When i'm on the field okay. What what what. I missing about this guy. Where can i be wrong And one of the things that popped in my mind with james. This is a really good pitcher that i ended up seeing him twice On the mound. Which was not by. Design because microphones was to seem defensively. So i could get a better chance to evaluate that but You know it's it just probably speaks to. How good of an all around player is that. His coach You know and that you know james that matter consistently wanted to be out there on the mound when it counted but You know to your question. I think you know ask myself. Well how good of a pitcher izzy. And i think he you know clearly. We like his bat better than his arm. But you know. That's one of the questions that i think came up and ultimately where we landed on that on that front was that you know is bad is potential impact that and i think we certainly prefer a position player But you know that was one of the things that i think came up and then you know in addition to that it's just get. It was difficult to actually see him. Play the field You know there's a limited college or high school baseball season for him But i think looking back on it we had scout coverage at maybe every single game james. Play this year Which is which is pretty difficult when you're looking at a high school prospect You know especially one that you know that you know kinda were season was as late as is james's voice In in the season but You know one of the things that in james case in particular that really helped our valuation was Was a workout that we had with him at our myrtle. Beach facility. And you know we timed it so get enough time. This season ended so that he could recover And then we're able to get them out on the field at myrtle And and really get a feel for him defensively and get comfortable with that Ultimately i think we we were comfortable enough obviously to to take with our second pick. So what's the approach. Then here you mentioned when we talked to you a couple of days ago jordan wicks. He's already thrown quite a few innings like almost one hundred this year. Just a with these guys or james coming off just such a weird year last year not necessarily normal high school season. What's your approach with. All of these guys may be moving forward and and how they fit in whether playing a little bit of pro bowl this year just kind of resting in gearing up for next year. Yeah i think were were still digesting that now and you know we're not going to know the the know even the near term plan with some guys until we just until they pass their physical and you know until they're able to You know Get a sense for what their true workload was you know. Sometimes we're not totally sure what they've been doing between their into their season the draft And and so. I don't think we have a great feel for that at this point and we'll we'll give it some time until And let the intake process. Play itself out But i'd be surprised if these guys you Particularly the arms are young. Go immediately to any kind of full season team. I think we'll take our time Do an evaluation of them in the pitch lab You know obviously development will then determine dictate what needs to be done from there But i think you know. I think we'd prefer to err on the side of Just being sort of patient and cautious with these guys first season out just because it like you said it was coming off More of a you know an untraditional type of Know season and and blasting is rushing these guys out there and get them hurt less one here then. I know you were selected in this draft but guys from last year. That five picks starting with at howard. How has everything been going with him. How much do you kind of look at like ads. run this year. I m professional ball in in just how last year's draft class has played out this. Yeah i mean. I think i'm excited about it has been i mean. Have actually now having been a see him on the field You know it. It's hard not to get excited about know. Clearly he's still adjusting to the level of league and i think from an offensive standpoint. It's to be expected and dully understandable. You go from essentially playing you know your junior season and You know a high school in chicago to your next level of competition is in your full season able And you know to but if you go if you actually see them in person you know he's he's not getting overmatched And and he's all his at bats are competitive he's hitting the ball hard You know he's contribute on the basis these showing off offices stellar love And he looks the part out there and it's So yeah i. I'm as as i think we've ever been And you know he's He's just he's right on draw and i think just continuing to how some patients with him as is is the right approach and i think our media has done a great job there Will you dan thank you so much. Appreciate all the insight in the draft and thanks for joining the podcast. Thanks guys take care at wintrust. We know true fans show their team pride every chance they get with cups checking you'll score cubs debit card. So you can show your support every time you pay open today at wintrust dot com slash cubs weekly one hundred dollars required to open member. Fdic so we just heard a little bit from dan kanter talking about the cubs draft and in their first round pick was really impressive yet. A great college resume jordan wicks. The left handed pitcher but he also was really impressive in terms of his interview with And talking with media a little bit and He's a guy that's trying to get pretty much. The same spot where ryan jensen is right. Now where you are in south bend. Maybe we see wicks their next year as well but you jensen is a guy that he wants to follow in the same footsteps. I imagine oh absolutely. I think keeping here is that wicks is gonna have a little bit of an advantage. Jensen went through the covert season. Where most of the training was done remotely in two thousand twenty. Obviously now he's finally back to a full season high level baseball against competition. That is in line with his age and i imagine still a little bit of an advantage running through probably not full season by the end of this year potentially in two thousand twenty two into four wednesfield out here in south bend and gracing the mand Very excited for him as the lefty. Jensen's alrighty this team has developed some pretty admirable pitching prospects in the last couple of years after having.
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"Right now in south bend getting a chance to look at some of that class eight cubs prospects down there lance. What's it been like to view some of these guys in south bend this week. It's been fantastic. I haven't been to minor league game and probably about over two years all my conversations that have been on the phone so i can't tell you how much i value being able to actually look at these guys face to face and have conversations about the game max payne ryan. Jensen hopefully co franklin at some point this year. All grace this mound and southbound four wednesfield down here very exciting team on the player development side and on the pitching side specifically and i got a pretty good look at it in the last couple days. Yeah and i know you talked as well with the player development coach george stephanopoulos. And we'll get into more in depth a little bit later on but lance just a little bit initially here. What were your takeaways from talking with. George and just how cool was that to be able to talk to one of the guys behind the scenes helping these guys developed to get to the big leagues. Here yeah no. It was a great conversation with iran about thirty minutes which i have to say. Probably one of the lowest conversations. I've had with a coach in a very long time. But he's an extremely intelligent individual comes from league baseball which is a third party training facility out in newport beach california Really good perspective of the game very good. Blend of being able to communicate develop relationships with players but also understand all the intricacies of pitch design and a variety of other topics that are integral to progressing talents. Like max payne and ryan jensen so are fantastic. Compensation is fantastic. And i'm excited to kind of talk more about it. Sounds good. I will first up. Let's actually hear from the cubs. Vp of scouting. Dan kanter vitz cubs head their draft this week and dan hopped don to shed a little light behind the scenes on on how it came to fruition for the cubs and how all twenty picks played out in his assessment. So let's hear from dan real quick. All right we're joined now by dan. Kanter fits the cubs. Vp of scouting. In dan this draft was very different than last year's draft. You guys able to be in the draft room in and have a lot of people there The covert restrictions last year was very different five rounds last year versus twenty this year. Can you just take us through the process leading up to the draft. What is that draft. Prep leg in the months and then kind of in the week before the draft right. So you know while we're not quite back to normal comes to sort of a traditional scouting season and then the way that we prepare for the draft. It definitely felt a little more normal this year than last year i think for robbie's reasons But no the one difference. This year was that we had this extra month You know where most of the seasons at ended And so you know comprised of us working out players of us doing interviews And then the major league baseball combine which was the last week before we actually brought out our spouse in chicago so you know while it resembled a traditional scouting season. Some ways were still. Some some added wrinkles miss last month that you know where we interpret data that maybe we weren't totally used to and were able to get a little more thorough. Look at some players You know via workouts and and and combine but then prior to the draft five days before the start of it. We had all of our scouts coming into chicago And really from nine in the morning till six or seven at night were were in there in the room discussing players Each day was you know whether it was right. Handed pitchers or shortstops. And you know we'd go around the room and every scout that saw the player Would kinda weigh in on them and then we'd make comparisons to other players And at times you know there'd be some heated debate which is good and which is what we certainly hope would happen You know it also provide an opportunity for not the folks in the front office whether it's research and development whether it's player development what you know also just hear how the scouts felt about players but then also to weigh in and debate players themselves so i think it was a really neat opportunity for the last. You know really week And primarily those five days before the draft for you know everybody in the office. Scouts included You know just to hear all the players that were considering that we're talking through but also to you know debate them in lineup. The board are the results The resulting kind of action from those conversation was maybe A magnet going in a different spot. Or maybe this player jumping this flare on our on our list so It was it was a really productive week a really fun week and you know i think everybody just was super thirsty. Just to get back into draft room and you know talk about players are here about players And you know so from that standpoint. Even though there was kind of those added wrinkles this last month In terms of just new data combine Once we draft room it started feel real and add more like normal ten more how this spouses is supposed to feel yes. So that's what. I was gonna kinda follow up on like you. Said the heated debates and everything. How important was that to get that in person and get the interaction with with everybody all in the same room versus like doom or teams calls because it would probably imagine had quite a bit difficult to last year to try to have those debates and instead of talking over each other like how important was it to get back in person face to face. I mean for me. I think it's critical You know i think you it's a process that we've you know. Detroit drew process over time. That we've squeak that we've gotten to a point where we feel like we know sort of the the best way to do it in terms of Eventually ranking players and to to not be able to do that you know last year. I think that was a big loss for for everybody So i i don't think you could understate how important is to bring everybody in the room and And and debate players. There's no substitute for watching and listening. And just seeing the energy of an area sky. I've talked about a player that that he really is convicted on And that's something that's really difficult to communicate and convey over over zoom it. What was the process of the combine like Because that's new right. This was the first year of it all so like what was that. Like from your guys perspective. I i don't really know much at all about it. I know imagine fans don't either what what was the combine mike so the combine was a week long event where it comprised of roughly three games from some of the top high school players. Not all of them And then in addition to that and perhaps even more important to that Was the medical portion where you know all the players kind of Were put through the ringer a full evaluation from not only our team doctors but other team physicians throughout the league and all information data was shared with every team They started to do some some diagnostic testing on sorta agility side on kind of you know which would fall into the high performance umbrella. You know as far as things that cory kennedy atom beard Have studied in in our more familiar with than than than we are but so there's a medical part. There was the strength and conditioning. Slash agility part And then that evaluative component you know where they actually put players on the field and the game But you know. I also think it was You know a format that probably may be tweaked a little bit next year and as the first year that the league was doing this. I think they probably learned a lot but You know there are also two things going on at that time whether that was. You know the cape cod league. Whether that was high school playoffs. I one of those days i was with actually are areas stab billy slope down in northern virginia. Watching james does win the state championship. So it wasn't the only thing going on at that time but it was definitely Something new.
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"Postseason seems like it has been decided by injuries. But that's been by acute injuries that have been during the postseason right. There's been a record number of all stars to miss a postseason game whatever else. I don't think we're quite in that boat yet in in baseball at. I think it's different if we get to the playoffs and you know there are multiple teams without their stars but at this point i think there are enough guys who are expected to come back at some point. I'm actually thinking of your crosstown rivals with the white sox. You know they may be getting loose. Robert de la jimenez back closer to the postseason or for the postseason. So he think. Until those things don't come to fruition. It's hard to say that it's necessarily deciding it at an. I also just think that you know with one hundred sixty two games. I i do think cream rises to the top especially with that. It's so many games that even if you are without a star you if you're the best team even without that player that will come through. I think And that's a little bit different when you're talking about other sports shorter seasons or whatever else sir as you've been watching baseball then for this again like the pretty much exact halfway point for most teams right now which storylines have stood out to you. So far that you've just really enjoyed watching and following the most. Oh my gosh. I mean the easy. Immediate anther has to be shohei ohtani. They know his starting. Yankee stadium did not go as plan but that doesn't even matter for this conversation. As far as i'm concerned. I mean he had two runs in any way to start the next day. He is absolutely incredible. Is leading the majors in home runs. And it's really cool because you know. I think we all remember when he signed when he came over from japan. And this is what it was potentially would. It could be rightly this was kind of the best case scenario and those don't always actually happen and it took a few years. He was really good as a pitcher in twenty eighteen but he did get injured. He wasn't really able to do both at the same time. He didn't get to hit on days when he pitched than in two thousand nineteen. He didn't pitch at all twenty twenty. He tried it. Didn't quite work. And now he's one of the best offensive players in the majors and also a really good pitcher who had a bad start the other night but a really good pitcher with an amazing amazing pitch with his splitter. And i just love how into it. Everybody is i it when he pitches and when he plays when he homers. He's one of those players where athletes in all sports or commenting on it. They're tweeting about it. And that's just a whole new level and i love to see that for baseball. Yeah i think it's absolutely great for the sport. Great brand just everything in the homerun derby like all of that but do another storyline. That kinda keeps my head is. We're talking that you know you're talking about the star or one of the stars in the league and then i find it interesting storylines this year with the guys that you don't know much about because of injuries were getting called up specifically for us. They know he just got hurt. during the brewers theories that patrick wisdom he's had a huge impact on the cubs and a lot of guys have come up from triple a. they're not the shohei otani but man of have they proven valuable for teams during when they've had injuries definitely and.
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"Into the last ninety games. Yeah tony how about you. Bruce leaks ally. Good point san how they've handled it so far in what looked like moving forward. Yeah for sure. I love bruce's point. I know he's brought it up in the past to just about the silver lining of injuries. Like ed rendell's light doesn't wanna have a blister you know. He's pitching law. Right up until the blister issue but the cubs were gonna monitor his innings this year. Anyway and now they have this kind of natural break where he can get back to one hundred percent physically and maximize the innings. They have starts that they have of him. Same with justice deal. We don't know yet still has a pretty lengthy injury history as well. We don't know how many innings he was gonna be able to go but as he kinda rehabs from this hamstring ear. He's been such a key part of the bullpen. That you really wanna see what he can do. Moving forward as we get into august. September and beyond the cubs gauge. Where they wanna go as well. So i think those guys are key key in thomson as well you know. I talked to thompson or two weeks ago. And he mentioned like just being able to rebound when he was a starter his whole career from polish the minor leagues. And now he's a guy that has to pitch you know every two or three days physically is a lot different for him so for these guys to figure that out in to be able to rebound recover. It is going to be really interesting to see you know. I think it's sustainable. What the cubs are doing but obviously health is is the big question mark here like the bullpen can keep doing what they're doing assuming they don't get to warn down. It's just a matter of whether they can stay healthy. Like bruce said over one hundred sixty two games when we have three plus months still here to play so that is the big question. Mark on there are guys that that could come up and help to We've seen bread wick. Well trevor mcgill your some of the other guys in the minor leagues as well but the The debt is going to be tested on a pitching front in the bullpen specific. It's just a matter of health right now. Yeah and with you. I think that will just have to see how things play out in. It seems like we were talking about. The health will be the question mark out the season now just how it is handled in finding way frankly you. I said the silver lining in that Will be interesting into spring. Full circle will be interesting to see. How the pitchers adjust to the crackdown on no sticky stuff to to summarize it because we'll see how that affects like bruce pointing ireland to like the bullpen speaking of the cubs. Bullpen coming up. You don't wanna go anywhere because tony. I don't know when you sleep. You also spoke to tommy nance earlier this week. We're going to hear more from talk about him. Coming up after his brief message from wintrust at wintrust we know true fans show their team pride every chance they get with cubs checking score cubs debit card. So you can show your support every time you pay open today at wintrust dot com slash cubs. Weekly one hundred dollars required to open. Fdic with your it up here finding success right away what you should be watched. Some of the veteran kind of embraced me. Like we've heard a lot about chafing and timberlake like that. Do you think that has made a major impact for you to contribute from square one here. It's definitely played a big role. I'd say coming right up and you know having the success immediately. I think cherie as a lot of years. Kind of coming to fruition like in terms of at version like all that stuff like i was super nervous. Alec debut like really good with myself talk and like this where you belong like the games the same here than it is anywhere else not too big of a deal out of it. I think carrying that through his help. Like in terms of like veteran guys like now moving forward like guys like to pair up to me in the bull ascom recovering asking what. My routines been lied. Because i know that's been one of the biggest Adjustments for me is like figuring out who takes in the minor leagues throw one day ninety five percent of the time. You're not throwing the next day. So i i can take a day the next day and then you know probably pitch that next day or two days later i like here. It's be ready be available everyday day. That's why you're here to be available for the team when they need it. So you know terms of lifting All the other daily routines like para chafe and all those guys like. They've been super telling you they do what they've done in the past and you know it's kind of like trying out different things like figuring it out for me with how different is that you touched on interesting point in terms of aaa or kind of pitch red shirt. You're getting difference pitching in those environments. I do do you. have you acclimated. You think the point you know. It's hey it's about winning whether it is getting ready for the next day or just getting out here. They're i guess. What's the difference physically mentally in those situations. I think he kinda learn so like being here. I learned very quickly perhaps necessarily need to do in terms of february. You hit so ingrained in your mind. When i'm in the bullpen. This many pitches be ready for the game whereas like came in forget which game was league gone pretty quick through like five or six again and i did that tells me and the other guys to. Poppy realized down the editor. Eight out here starts. It's more just get yourself locked in mentally mentally. I'm you'll before giving way more than i need to know. Car sinkers walls sliders. And if it's not throw more trust and then you put all that it'll be there when it comes down the competing to you with that with the fishes sliders you spend ribbing in innovation again like how do you make sure they have that field if you will get maybe fifteen pitches toward on the table and how you can talk about my along like. That's my always go so sometimes like we talk about like. I don't wanna say like mark has been like potter. It's like. I learned a grip that i throw throw now the only differences in his name. Sean had that competence never adele. All have it. it's a. It's a feeling if i miss. I know what to do.
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"The i cubs are struggling. Because you're taking away some very important pieces. Even the i cubs then like what we're seeing so the cubs to replenish and so the cubs are having do the same thing. So you're just going to see some moving parts to the i cubs but i really do think this is a really exciting time for this team. Yeah love that point that you just like you see why some of these guys are in chicago. I remember watching one of the early broadcast. And i'll contract was up there and forget exactly who it was but he was thrown like one hundred and one mile an hour and a concert just fighting it off. It was a late. You know eighth or ninth inning. I think that might have been like the camera may been home. Run game was against indianapolis. I remember vividly. It was a twelve pitch at bat. Yeah i'll off like three hundred mph fastballs. Yeah okay there you go. Yeah so. I remember watching that i was like. Wow this guy's got a pretty good quick switching. He's a switch hitter. I was thinking to myself. Like oh i could actually see a fit year in chicago couple of weeks later it happened so but you know same question to you. Alex what what do you think cubs fan should be tuning in here in looking at in these iowa cubs broadcasts. I i just think was so much volatility with the roster right now when it comes to injuries a week be talking about an iowa cubs roster right now but on thursday and friday that roster might be different. And you could be having guys who are option that are that are playing down near munich. Martini just was designated for assignment cleared. Waivers these in the starting lineup tonight. So he's a guy who was just up in the big leagues two days ago. Mean watch out. What if he gets out. What if he hits against right handed pitching and an injury happens that you could see him on the forty man roster once again That to me that's really interesting. And then some of the at bats in the lineup as elise was saying these strange gordon. The name that sticks out to me i mean. He's a guy with two gold glove all-star periods over thousand big games and he still has the speed that can change games Our last game in omaha. He walked in the first inning. Stole second stole third scored on a bunt speak and change games. And he's the guy that i mean you could talk about is diminishing skills or not hitting us high for batting average getting all basis much so when he gets on base he's able to change games just i would say single handedly but with every pitch with every swing He's a guy that with his pedigree with his background if he can get the bat going. I mean he's somebody that could certainly contribute in a big league of right now especially september october when you're in pennant race and you need a speed guy and somebody who could play to infield positions really well and hit a little power. I mean he's a guy that is is definitely his skill set is still there and i do not think that you know him. At thirty three years old passes prime. I think he's the guy if he can get hot as a big leaguer. So he's one of sticks out to me so The way things are going this year..
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"Slam cubs fans. No it at that. But morgan was the guy in the mount at that time But at least. I guess to to your point now when you talk a little bit earlier just about the guys kind of coming up in the cohesiveness between we saw hayward nick don their other guys going up to chicago just from your perspective in conversations. Why is it that. Do you think that guys have been able to to make that. I eighty as talked about it. And just thrive right away right off the bat in chicago. Yeah even asked me about that. The first time. I talk to him and he said because everything they do here is everything they are doing in chicago. That is something. They stress in spring training and start in spring training and the entire organization. Not even just the icons that all the way down every organization that is how they models things and even the way. He calls his games where he models his games. He wants to do it similar to how they're doing it in chicago so that these guys are ready and i think too. There's probably this hunger in these guys. Because of the way the last couple of years have gone and the minor league season like i said last year lack thereof and so I think there when you combine all of that the way. The cubs run their organizations. And then there's this dry within them that when they get up there they want to succeed in they see opportunity this year especially with the injuries they see. I mean look at patrick. Wisdom is doing he sees that open door and you take it and so every guy who who's up there is trying to do that Because they see that potentially with how things going could be a longer stay. Alex is that the same kind of perspective you've gotten to from from talking to guys that they see the opportunity and understand that it could be a opportunity for them to thrive. Absolutely i think wisdom is the perfect example. I mean he's a guy who's been in the big leagues two thousand eighteen thousand nine hundred and two thousand and twenty and very limited stints former supplemental first round draft. Pick twenty nine years old but a guy that you know he was in the alternate side. He played well obviously starts season in aaa and then if he plays well and if the opportunity presents itself he goes up to the big leagues nationally player of the week. Not all of you made a week for yourself. Among for yourself you've arguably made a career for yourself so i mean those are tangible effects. That happen in two weeks time so that you have sergio all contra that. Dfa the tigers an organization that is struggling with middle infield depth at twenty three years old claim by the cubs sent through waivers eke pass through. And then he's the guy said at the top of the order for the sit at the bottom of the order for the icu said more walks than strikeouts. Hit over three hundred played above average defense. And now he's up in the big leagues playing considerable time. You know playing. They're playing a short pinch hitting playing second. I mean there are players here. That are seeing guys that were here. Two weeks ago and didn't have a path to the big leagues. Get that pat to the big leagues and play really well. So yeah. there's definitely light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to that and i think players are recognizing that y'all contra has a really interesting guy 'cause like you just mentioned. He was acquired by.
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"I mean it was just pomp and circumstance. Front to back at the friendly confines. June second i will never forget. Yeah all around baseball to just wanted an incredible job. Mlb dinner with it you know bootleg second to none as far as how much awareness. He tries to drive home on their no. It looks like mr matt foley but top. I'm not boobs. Forgive me i'm not. I'm not saying that you live in a van down by the river. All saw was the top and and chris farley. His hair looked a little red right there. This is a gift from boot. Nice okay boone. Still go one of these. And i'm like like that shirt me. Got me one. But he does amazing work with project main street and everything he's done with all the families and helping people through this terrible disease. It's it's it's horrible what it does to people in how just to sit there and have your brain working but the rest of your body just create and like you said. It's one hundred percent fatal. It's there's there's people aren't getting cures for this in the fight to get cure strikeout. Ls is something boots determined to be a part of and be a big part of to support him as his friend. Just look at what. What lou gehrig said the day you know when he got up there and said i consider today i consider myself the luckiest man alive. Like here's somebody who's got a disease it's gonna kill him and he says that because he truly meant that because it is an incredible honor to put on a major league uniform. It is a gift it is. It is not a right the day you get done playing baseball. They keep playing baseball games. Baseball never stops for you. So you have for him in that moment to have the wherewithal on the understanding. Even though something tragic was happening that was going to eventually kill him. He truly understood that he was so lucky. To put a yankee uniform on and play the great game and for him to say that in that moment and now for major league baseball to recognize june second his as lou gehrig's disease for the rest of the time is so incredible and And really really fitting in. And i'm just glad that so. Much awareness was brought to it and and none bigger than boob and everything. He's done for marquees. Oh my god you know top to bottom. It was one of the best shows games. I saw just the amount of rape things were done. You know from first pitches to families in the stands and all the awareness raising money just in a special day man. It was really cool. Don't you how much you is there. Anything that jumped off the page to you. I just the the outpouring from everybody. That the t shirts the supporters the even people that are suffering from a ls that were in attendance and they were able to take things. In steve gleason was there. I used to cover the saints. Once upon a time to see. Steve gleason still here with us..
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"Wintrust commercial message is always good to get you bills paid and our before we hit the break we were talking about that digging with debt segment. We talked about you being able to stroll the basis at wrigley field. All by yourself. So you know what those come about what i really want to know about is your catcher and third base coach during those segments on producer. Extraordinaire coordinating producer exterior. I mean that guy right there. He's as good as it gets right. Yeah i mean nick seger. You talked about the today's modern ballplayers got to play every position. We see what. Chris ryan's do any point third centre-left now he's playing first baseball. Risks out. stieg's did at all i mean. He was multifaceted multi tool hito third base coach. Willie era asami going full. Get down on the grass. It was really really impressive. Flash in the those old high school skills and and it was pretty I was. I'm not gonna lie. There's a lot of people get out there. Salad catch you but stieg's did a pretty good job couple of rams horns a couple times. He knocked down like yet glove deal with teflon or something but other than that did a good job. Now you know it was. It was a ton of funded actually was an idea that brewed last year. That we thought about trying to do Especially with the pandemic going on no fans and when the team was on the road and colin games at home. Because we're not traveling you know working all those years in mlb network. We have studio forty two where we can go in and do live demos if something happens in a game. Let's go break that down and we got our studio across the street from field. What have we have an opportunity to go in wrigley and give fans exactly kind of what went on and so Team was in pittsburgh. Trevor williams to starting and just started with like all right. We we have a blank canvas. We don't know what's going to happen right now and kind of talked about what he might be going through emotion wise before the start of a game. You're more pitches than boom. He has a player. The backup third base backing up a simple tiny little thing that you see. Go wrong all the time. We're guys don't get there in a costume extra-base you know maybe both runners move up. Run scores whatever it. Is we get to do that. Then it was the sled bunce and getting buttons down and and then him running the bases and kind of like all the little things in a game that we get to do in little moments that we wanna show fans at home. That are happening. You know we always see the highlights. In the morning meals droughts homer elmer strikeouts. All the big moments in the game that the awesome defensive play. But there's all these little pieces that go on during a chess match of a major league baseball game. That was so much fun to give fans and and to be able to do that..
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"They didn't have no and it turns out that they're going to miss at least one of them again when they go back out there. But that's just the nature of the beast when you're playing during the season and you play teams close to each other and good for them like at the end of the day. They weren't facing slouches. Either you look at the numbers of each of those starting pitchers coming into the game. They got really good stuff. They're capable of striking a lot of guys out and the cubs put together great at bats. And that's taken carry your business at home and then now you're on the west coast. San francisco's in first place. They're playing great baseball. They're extremely well odor starting rotation end their bullpen. So they're gonna have their hands full. And then you know that the padres are not gonna forget one second. What just went on wrigley field. They're going to be getting ready. But i think the approach they take. Every day is just is exactly that today. it's only matters today. Don't make it bigger than that. Don't make it about a series. Make it about this game rate near and because of that. That's why you're seeing these winds just happen against really good teams which tells me the cubs are a really good team. They're not this isn't a flute. Were in june i now. And their continuing to play great baseball since april seventeenth and doing it in multiple different facets. And it's fun to watch so You know good for them for taking care of their businesses like we always talk to. It's like okay. Cool your face in the pirates right not a good team and you better beat them and they do that. They're facing such taking care of the plane down to the competition. They're playing above the lesser competition. And they're playing right there with the great competition at their face and then beat him so I just love where they're at right now. Look forward to keep him keep it going. How could you not love the way they're playing. I mean they're playing a brand new baseball that at the beginning of the season there was really no sense of identity. This is a team that was swinging for defenses and we sat around our marquee sports. Now we're studios tony and said if this team can just start putting the ball in play and doing the little things and that's what we're seeing right now. They're they're getting on base. The scoring runs. They're stealing bases. It seems to be a complete team effort in when guys go down in the injury bug. We've seen other guys to step right back up. It's been another link in the chain mentality and we saw how they struggled and scuffled just a little bit during the month of april but wants to turn may and they turn that calendar page. I mean they look like a completely different team so when it comes to that turnaround in may and then back into the month of june tony. What was the most impressive thing you. I think it's what you said right there at the identity. They resented a few days ago that the cubs feel like they're never out of game right now. They feel like they're always able to win each night. And they've proven that they went the almost the entire month of may without losing a game by multiple run. They were right in there. They had ninth inning rallies. Everybody on twitter wants to call them like fake rallies but they're not fake when you're able to come back and even if you don't tie game but you still score two or three runs the night new keep coming back it. It gives that believe in instills that belief in this team that they can come back..