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Alarmingly so. Some might say "fragile." Time to panic. Plus: Coffman In Vegas; The Cam Meredith Debacle; The White Sox Are The 2014 Cubs; Patrick Sharp, Thank You For Your Service; Lottery Bulls; and Schweinsteiger!
* Saget goes blue:
* Coffman: "Too many schmucks littering the place with their decrepitude."
* The Delano.
17:15: The Cam Meredith Debacle.
#Bears botched this badly but not because they didn't match. It's because they have a fundamental misunderstanding of RFA & tendering process. And now lose a talented young WR with no compensation. https://t.co/VsUwDE9Prb— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 11, 2018
And while the local fanboy media loved Ryan Pace's handling of Kyle Fuller's restricted free agency, the view was different elsewhere . . .
32:01: Lottery Bulls.
36:16: Are The Cubs Bad?
After recording but as I prepared these Show Notes, the Braves were pummeling the Cubs . . .
9-1, middle of the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/MfpL3bQ1zM— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 14, 2018
There's still plenty of game left today, but the last two days of Cubs baseball has provided zero evidence that this is a good team. Just an ugly, unpleasant brand of baseball being played right now.— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) April 14, 2018
cubs game are supposed to be fun, and almost always are. looks like a lot of suffering at wrigley today. fans, players, announcers.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 14, 2018
Oh, we were just talking about him . . .
And from 24 hours previously:
#Cubs have now been shut out three times in their first 13 games by three different teams. And 39 of their 58 runs overall have been scored in four games combined.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) April 13, 2018
* C'Mon Man.
* Sports Illustrated: Two Legitimate Baseball Brawls In One Day.
* New York Times: Angels Are Reborn, And Not Just Because Of Shohei Ohtani.
* Gerrit Cole, everybody.
From ELIAS/@SlangsOnSports: Gerrit Cole has 36 Ks through his first 3 games with the Astros, all this season--the most Ks for any pitcher in his first three games with a team since the mound was moved to its current distance in 1893.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 14, 2018
1. Cole 36
2. Randy Johnson, Ariz. 34 1999
* Justin Verlander, everybody. (Though I don't get that .320 thing.)
Astros 11-1 in Justin Verlander's 12 starts. He's 9-1, 1.69 ERA. Right-handed hitters batting .320 against him this season.— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) April 9, 2018
55:20: The White Sox Are The 2014 Cubs.
* Michael Kopech, everybody.
The Michael Kopech Watch is on.— ChicagoSports (@ChicagoSports) April 11, 2018
In his last 26 starts for Birmingham and Charlotte, the White Sox prospect has a 2.80 ERA over 138.1 innings with 180 strikeouts.https://t.co/ytKRDywwjX via @_phil_thompson pic.twitter.com/SsGNi68nU2
* FINAL: Zlatan 1, Fire 0.
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