- May 23, 2018
IMO MLB probably needs to set it's policy for teams like the Cardinals and Marlins. Will division standings be based on wins or win %. Or require a certain # of games played to be considered division champ.Cubs are flying home this afternoon. I'm guessing no games until Tuesday in Cleveland. St Louis is going to be lucky to get 45 in.
When there is an outbreak following players breaking protocols, those games need to be either cancelled and not counted, or they need to be forfeit. Personally, I favor forfeit. That's a very clear way to incentivize responsible behavior and encourage players and staff to hold each other accountable. That goes for teams like the Marlins and Cardinals, who broke off-field protocols, and potentially for the A's and Astros, should those teams suffer outbreaks as a result of today's brawl (although I sympathize more with the A's in that situation, neither side is innocent if an outbreak happens as a result).IMO MLB probably needs to set it's policy for teams like the Cardinals and Marlins. Will division standings be based on wins or win %. Or require a certain # of games played to be considered division champ.
The other option is to push back playoffs 7 days and insert a 7 day break in the first week of September for teams like the Marlins and Cards to make up games.
I would hate to see an extended break between regular season and playoffs to get make-up games in.
The Cubs signed Lester with the belief that he would be able to age gracefully. 2015-16, they got the kind of ace-level performance they wanted. I think it's becoming clear that his relative struggles over the last few years were part of the process of adjusting to his new reality. He can't beat guys with pure stuff anymore, and it took awhile to figure out how to pitch well without that. Now he seems to have figured it out.Lester seems to be recreating himself as a pitcher late in his career. I know it's just 3 starts in a weird season but he's getting outs without throwing a ton of pitches or having to strike guys out. I have been skeptical of Happ being a long term player on this team but Ross keeps putting him out there and he is producing so far.
What is crazy right now is the struggles of Bryant and Rizzo at the top of the order which are 2 of the best hitters on the team yet they are still scoring a lot of runs most nights.