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54 minutes ago, fathom said:

Lester gave up 14 hard hit balls today (95+ exit velocity) and went 7 shutout innings.  That's almost impossible to imagine. The Cubs defense is insane again.

And besides today, Lester has been incredible this year.

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1 minute ago, soxfan49 said:

And besides today, Lester has been incredible this year.

Babip gods are loving him though, as I read he's allowing hardest contact of his career this season.  That defense is great thought outside of the guy their fans think is their best defender.

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Speaking of the Cubs I read an interesting story at the Awful Announcing web site this morning.

Story said that with the AT&T / Time Warner merger approved. It is now expected that company is going to be a player for the Cubs broadcasting rights starting in the 2020 season.

Story said the AT&T company already owns three RSN's (Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain and Southwest) doing Pirate, Rockies and Astros games.

They would form a new RSN just for the Cubs if they got their rights and would give them partial ownership.

If nothing else, the story said, having AT&T as a player could drive up the price to keep the Cubs on NBC Sports Chicago.

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9 hours ago, Lip Man 1 said:

Speaking of the Cubs I read an interesting story at the Awful Announcing web site this morning.

Story said that with the AT&T / Time Warner merger approved. It is now expected that company is going to be a player for the Cubs broadcasting rights starting in the 2020 season.

Story said the AT&T company already owns three RSN's (Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain and Southwest) doing Pirate, Rockies and Astros games.

They would form a new RSN just for the Cubs if they got their rights and would give them partial ownership.

If nothing else, the story said, having AT&T as a player could drive up the price to keep the Cubs on NBC Sports Chicago.

AT&T is also the owner of DirecTV...fwiw, that was a big sticking point in the LA Dodgers broadcast rights fiasco, where most local fans couldn’t even see the games despite the billions spent on that particular deal.

http://adage.com/article/media/doj-accuses-t-directv-collusion-l-a-dodgers-rights/306601/

 

Under an accord valued at $7 billion to $8 billion, Time Warner Cable became the primary distributor of the Dodgers' SportsNet LA channel and set about pressing other pay-TV providers to charge all of their regional subscribers more than $4 a month apiece for games. That's more than the New York Yankees charge for the YES Network, according to researcher SNL Kagan.

DirecTV, Charter, Dish, Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T's U-verse cable service and Cox all refused.

Edited by caulfield12

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Maybe someone can articulate a bit on these Schwarber is improved fielder articles. I saw that he let a ball bounce off him and a runner attempted to score on the misplay last night. Baez took the relay and gunned down the runner at home. He gets credited with an assist and then his WAR goes up .3 just for that? It seems he is being rewarded for taking bad routes and angles. Runners take the extra base because of his miscues and naturally some get caught. Is this accounted for in the fielding metrics?

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On 6/20/2018 at 4:31 PM, soxfan49 said:

And besides today, Lester has been incredible this year.

Incredible? Velocity is down, strikeouts are way down, walks are up, he's no longer getting groundballs, and he's giving up the hardest contact of his career. He's just been bailed out by their amazing defense and getting very lucky on balls in play, he's been completely average this year.

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On 6/20/2018 at 4:34 PM, fathom said:

Babip gods are loving him though, as I read he's allowing hardest contact of his career this season.  That defense is great thought outside of the guy their fans think is their best defender.

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jon-lesters-high-wire-act/

Here you go. 

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WTF happened to Quintana since the calendar hit 2017? Seems like a completely different guy that he was from 2012-16 with the Sox. The Sox are so incredibly lucky to have acquired Eloy and Cease for him. It seems ridiculous in retrospect. 

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26 minutes ago, Tony said:

I mean, the Cubs are still the class of  the NL, the White Sox are terrible. Why the shock?

Seeing him get one swinging strike all game against a non-pitcher is shocking though. And you will love this, but their fans were concerned about his decreased velocity.

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On 6/29/2018 at 7:50 PM, fathom said:

Seeing him get one swinging strike all game against a non-pitcher is shocking though. And you will love this, but their fans were concerned about his decreased velocity.

The teams combined for 60 runs in 3 games.  It was the ultimate Wrigley series with the heat, humidity, and.slight wind.

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This year's Cubs team reminds me of some of those 1990's Indians teams. Great offense, and they do a good job beating up on 4th and 5th starters and blow games open when teams bring in their 7th and 8th relievers. But come October you're not able to do that, and this year they don't really have a pitching staff built for October, and their bullpen doesn't exactly put fear in people's eyes either.

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On 6/7/2018 at 6:45 AM, LittleHurt05 said:

And that's the night the Cubs clinched their 4th straight division title.  We can only hope the Sox rebuild is close to that successful.

That was premature. Today the Cubs clinched the division

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1 hour ago, LittleHurt05 said:

That was premature. Today the Cubs clinched the division

They're going to win that division by 10 games. Brewers shouldn't waste prospects for a team that has so many holes.  Hopefully Dodgers get some good players at the deadline, as those are easily two best NL teams.

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