This is your Cubs Stats, News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of November 15, 2021.
A Look at Cubs Pitchers Last Week
Joe Biagini has a record of 1-0 this past week and a 0.00 ERA. In a relief role, he has appeared in 1 games this week and he was not used as a closer this week.
This past week, he has been ringing up hitters with 6.00 strikeouts per 9 innings. He has yielded a 0.222 BABIP this week. Hitters are hitting .182 against him this past week. Hitters are swinging at his pitches that are out of the strike zone 29.2% of the time. He has a low strike zone swing rate, it is 52.9% and this means that hitters are looking at pitches in the strike zone, he is painting the corners well.
Alec Mills has a record of 0-0 this past week and a 4.50 ERA. As a starting pitcher, he has 1 starting appearance this week.
This past week, he has been ringing up hitters with 2.25 strikeouts per 9 innings. He has yielded a 0.25 BABIP this week. Hitters are hitting .286 against him this past week. Hitters are swinging at his pitches that are out of the strike zone 26.5% of the time. He has a low strike zone swing rate, it is 70.0% and this means that hitters are looking at pitches in the strike zone, he is painting the corners well.
Now onto the News, Rumors, and Commentary…
“Beyond whatever signings and/or trades the Cubs might make between now and Opening Day, which will change these figures significantly, we are staring into the abyss of a possible owners’ lockout of players once the current collective-bargaining agreement expires December 1. (We’ll talk about what the next CBA means to the roster when the time comes.) The next dates we need to keep in mind are: November 19: Minor league players must be added to the 40-man roster to prevent their being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft, December 1: The deadline for clubs to offer eligible players salary arbitration (or non-tender them, making the player a free agent), commonly called the “non-tender deadline”. The base luxury tax threshold will be assumed to remain at $210,000,000 until a new CBA is agreed to.) Players with Guaranteed Contracts Heyward $23,000,000 Hendricks $13,875,000 Miley $10,000,000 Bote $3,000,000 (2 options — expected to start the season on the IL) ============ TOTAL $49,875,000 ============ Arbitration Players (based off MLBTR Estimates) Contreras $8,700,000 Happ $6,500,000 (2 options) ============ TOTAL $15,200,000 ============ Note: The MLB minimum salary for 2021 was $573,000, so we’re going to assume that stays level, pending a new CBA agreement. A lockout would basically bring all roster business to a screeching halt, and presumably set up a mad dash to sign players in a very short period before Spring Training or whatever ramping-up period is decided on when the new CBA is (eventually) agreed to.”
“But Boras said that only 17 teams are even going to try in 2022 and while he didn’t name them, Gabe Lacques guesses which 17 teams Boras thinks are trying and which 13 have already given up. Earlier, Boras had said that the Braves won the World Series because other teams gave up. Michael Clair looks back at the best bloopers of 2021 and you get one guess which one was number one, although it’s hard to remember that that was this year. It’s his job to get MLB teams to spend more.”
“(2) — Baseball Reference. (2) 1945 – The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of Fame. 1968 – 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary “Ball Four.” (The picture is of Bouton at Waldenbooks, Woodfield Mall.) Common sources: (1) — Today in Baseball History. (4) — Baseball Hall of Fame.”
“The following are some of the toughest Top 30 prospect 40-man decisions, one for every organization: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Eric Pardinho, RHP (No. The 40-man roster was already full coming into the weekend, and the organization will have to take players off if they want to protect any of their five Top 30 prospects who are Rule 5-eligible this winter. 28) Chicago has only two Top 30 prospects eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, and Nelson Velazquez will almost certainly be protected as he comes off a stellar Arizona Fall League. However, Kelly has two above-average pitches in his low-to-mid-90s fastball and biting slider, and there could be a few Rule 5 teams willing to build on those and mold Kelly in their own way in a limited Major League bullpen role.”