Dexter Fowler has been a starter for 7 years now.
Not an All-Star guy but someone Management brought in as a kind of lead-off veteran guy on a team they knew was going really young.
He should be one of the guys to help the kids through the "rough patches" Joe Maddon told us were gonna come.
Like this one.
The Cubs are 4-6 over their last 10.
(If not for Kris Byrant's heroic 9th inning 2-run walk-off dinger Monday, it would be a game worse.)
But as you can see from the numbers up top, Fowler's been pretty hot since the break which coincides with this skidmark in an otherwise pretty awesome season.
That's called doing your job.
Nobody expects Fowler to end up with a near-1.000 OPS, but I sure wouldn't mind if this second half was alot better than the first for him, and this is a really nice start.
And this "rough patch".
How you holding up?
What if the Cubs don't make a move?
There are certain things that would be okay or even great that the Cubs could do, but right now I'm hoping Theo and Jed just keep their eyes on the big picture.
We all got excited this year about the prospect of getting into the playoffs.
And of course that would be great and may still happen, but if it doesn't?
Bummer, but it's not a gut wrenching heart-breaker.
This isn't the season to go all in and do a Billy Beane (weird that I think that way of him after last year).
But damn a starting pitcher would sure be nice about now...
One thing from BP.
They have a regular article called "What Scouts Are Saying".
Here's the lead in to the newest one:
"Kyle Schwarber. I just filed a report on him and said he has a slider speed glove. He can hit though. He’s the best bat I’ve seen all year."
I assume that means he has a little trouble catching the fastball.
But we all know what the last part means.
I'm still incredibly busy. Sorry 'bout that.