Check out some important information and interesting reads from the last week or so:
- The case for optimism for Andrew McCutchen can only get so optimistic.
- The case for pessimism rings a little too true.
- McCutchen was pulled in a double switch on Tuesday. He was upset — with himself for underperforming.
- Jameson Taillon wants to be an advocate for early detection of testicular cancer.
- Stephen J. Nesbitt penned a perfectly enjoyable piece on Francisco Cervelli’s pitch framing.
Around the NL Central
- Paul Sullivan wondered whether anyone could hit Wrigley Field’s center-field scoreboard in a game. This got me to these pieces from Bleed Cubbie Blue touching on Roberto Clemente’s legendary homer there. (What’s that? Those FanPosts are pretty neat? Well, try your hand here.)
- The Brewers are hitting few pop-ups and many home runs.
- The Brewers and Cubs had a rainless rainout in Chicago.
- The Cubs will likely need starting-pitching help, reminding Derrick Goold of the (non-playoff) 2016 Cardinals.
- Meanwhile, the Reds staff is operating in emergency mode.
- Old friend Charlie Morton found a little more in Philadelphia and Houston, and he’s been (what’s the word I’m looking for) electric for the Astros.
- I keep meaning to make time to read this; to be honest, I’ve yet to do so, but I wanted to pass it on. MLB Trade Rumors has a three-part series on the 1992 expansion draft, which just sounds like all kinds of fun.