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After a pep talk from Pedro Strop, Javier Baez hits his 25th HR in the Cubs’ 3-1 win - Chicago Tribune

It’s a building narrative.

Strop pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the Cubs’ 3-1 win over the Royals, and he also gave Javier Baez a pep talk during a 22-minute rain delay after the slugger was upset about his two early strikeouts.

“I was screaming to him,” Strop said. “ ‘Wake up! You got a game to play. You’re the man. The next two at-bats, watch. You’re going to get two hits.’ ”

Baez responded with a tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning against reliever Kevin McCarthy, and he added an RBI double in the eighth.

“After the rain delay, I went out there with a different attitude,” Baez said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:30 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 07, 2018 at 12:43 PM (#5722372)
Still wild to think that they got Strop AND Arrieta AND cash from Baltimore in that trade for Feldman and Clevenger.

Strop's got his outings where his command isn't there, but overall, he's quietly been a real reliable arm down in the pen since coming over in that deal.
   2. caspian88 Posted: August 07, 2018 at 01:00 PM (#5722387)
I was surprised to see Baez lead the NL in WAR.

If the Nationals and Mets didn't suck, I could see this being a year where a pitcher won the MVP due to a lack of exciting hitters.
   3. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: August 07, 2018 at 01:08 PM (#5722394)
If you don't think Javy is an exciting hitter...

...that's a different discussion than whether he'll end up deserving the MVP.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 07, 2018 at 02:00 PM (#5722439)
If only the Cubs could master the skill of giving game-winning pep talks other than during rain delays. Seems like something that they could work on.
   5. Zonk just has affection for alumni Posted: August 07, 2018 at 02:09 PM (#5722449)
East coast bias :-)

Despite hardly being an NL unknown - it's amusing to me how slow two basic Cubs storylines have been to spread beyond Cub nation:

First, of course, is Kyle Schwarber turning into a pretty good LFer... Debates can be had as to whether he's actually "elite" or not - but he's become a plus glove (and arm) in the OF.

Second is Javy Baez going from guy who does occasional amazing things to just being an all-around star. He's not the same player he was two years ago, either.

   6. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: August 07, 2018 at 03:20 PM (#5722512)
Why isn't Strop's nickname "Razor"?
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 07, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5722514)
Because P-Str is funnier to pronounce.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: August 07, 2018 at 03:41 PM (#5722526)
Razor because you strop a razor on leather?
   9. Walt Davis Posted: August 07, 2018 at 09:38 PM (#5722791)
#6 ... cuz it's pronounced "strope" (with the long o) ... and because nobody has stropped a razor in decades ... also cuz he's already stuck with the worst nickname in the majors ... Strop-y.

It's hard to imagine Javy needs a pep talk. And I'm not sure I mind him getting annoyed with himself about strikeouts.

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