CSN to air four-straight nights of championship clinchers

CSN to air four-straight nights of championship clinchers

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PRESENT FOUR CLASSIC CHICAGO ALL-STAR MOMENTS BEGINNING SUNDAY NIGHT!

Network to replay four Championship Clinchers featuring the 91 Bulls, 98 Bulls,10 Blackhawks and 05 White Sox over four-straight nights (July 10-13)

Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide its viewers with four-straight nights of classic All-Star Moments in Chicago sports history during MLBs annual All-Star break featuring the championship clinchers of the 91 and 98 Chicago Bulls, the 10 Chicago Blackhawks and the 05 Chicago White Sox beginning Sunday night, July 10 at 7:00 PM.

Beginning Sunday, July 10 at 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will kick off its All-Star Moments classic championship-clinching game replay schedule with a trip back to 1991 when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls finished off the LA Lakers for their first NBA title. Other games throughout the week include the Bulls championship clincher against Utah from 1998 (Mon, July 11 at 7:00 PM), the Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship clincher versus Philadelphia (Tue, July 12 at 7:00 PM) and the White Sox 2005 World Series championship clincher against Houston (Wed, July 13 at 7:00 PM).

Note Comcast SportsNets All-Star Moments programming line-up beginning Sunday, July 10:

SUNDAY, JULY 10 at 7:00 PM
1991 NBA FINALS, Game 5: Bulls at Lakers (from 61291) Scottie Pippens game high 32 points, along with ten assists from Finals MVP Michael Jordan and ten key, late fourth-quarter points from John Paxson help propel the Bulls to their first NBA title.

MONDAY, JULY 11 at 7:00 PM

1998 NBA FINALS, Game 6: Bulls at Jazz (from 61498) In one of the most memorable games in NBA Finals history, Michael Jordan (named Finals MVP for the sixth game) hits the immortal game-winning shot with 5.2 seconds left. Jordan scores 45 points in his final game in a Bulls uniform.

TUESDAY, JULY 12 at 7:00 PM

2010 STANLEY CUP FINAL, Game 6: Blackhawks at Flyers (from 6910) Patrick Kanes thrilling game-winning goal in OT brings the city of Chicago of Chicago its first Stanley Cup championship in close to 50 years. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews earns Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 at 7:00 PM

2005 WORLD SERIES, Game 4: White Sox at Astros (from 102605) World Series MVP Jermaine Dye singles in the only run of the game as the South Siders sweep their series against the Astros, ending an 88-year championship drought.

The 2011 MLB regular season resumes on Comcast SportsNet on Thursday, July 14 as the Cubs host the Florida Marlins (7:05 PM first pitch) and the White Sox resume second half play on Friday, July 15 as they travel to face the division rival Detroit Tigers (6:05 PM first pitch).

Viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, 247 for the very latest White SoxCubsBlackhawksBulls news, game previewsrecaps, Insider blogs, videos and much more.

CubsTalk Podcast: Reacting to Kyle Schwarber's demotion and Mike Montgomery on his evolution

CubsTalk Podcast: Reacting to Kyle Schwarber's demotion and Mike Montgomery on his evolution

Tony Andracki, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson react in real time to the breaking news that Kyle Schwarber was demoted to the minor leagues. Plus, the trio play around with expansion drafts and who the most indispensable players on the Cubs are.

[RELATED - Inside the numbers on Schwarber's season-long struggles]

Patrick Mooney also goes 1-on-1 with Cubs swingman southpaw Mike Montgomery about the lanky lefty’s role and how he got here.

Check out the entire Podcast here.

Inside the Numbers: Kyle Schwarber's season-long struggle

Inside the Numbers: Kyle Schwarber's season-long struggle

The struggle is real for Kyle Schwarber.

The Cubs demoted their slumping slugger Thursday morning, sending Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa at the same time they put Jason Heyward on the disabled list. 

Let's break down the numbers behind Schwarber's season-long struggles:

.171 

Schwarber's batting average, which was the lowest among qualified hitters in Major League Baseball by a whopping 17 points (Alex Gordon — .188).

In the new age of baseball, batting average has become almost completely useless in telling the story of a hitter's value, especially with home runs flying out of the ballpark.

But to put this average in perspective, Bill Bergen — widely considered the worst hitter in baseball history — hit .170 for his entire career, though he also posted a ridiculous .395 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) thanks to a .194 on-base percentage and .201 slugging.

38

In 2016, the lowest batting average for a qualified hitter was .209 by Danny Espinosa of the Washington Nationals.

That means Schwarber would've needed to raise his batting average 38 points just to meet Espinosa's mark from last season.

The last qualified player to hit below .200 in a season was Baltimore's Chris Davis in 2014 with a .196 average (but he also had a .704 OPS).

17

Like we said, baseball is a different game nowadays and batting average doesn't tell the whole story.

Despite his MLB-low average, Schwarber actually had only the 17th-lowest OPS in the game, ahead of guys like Albert Pujols, Tim Anderson, Carlos Gonzalez, Rougned Odor and Dansby Swanson. Fellow Cub Addison Russell is one point higher with a .674 OPS.

Schwarber helped his own case by posting a .295 on-base percentage (124 points above his batting average) and .378 slugging. 

13.8 

That's Schwarber's walk rate, drawing a free pass in 13.8 percent of his plate appearances. That's the exact same rate as Anthony Rizzo, who has a .393 on-base percentage. 

Only Kris Bryant is higher among Cubs regulars (15.7 percent) and Schwarber's walk percentage is tied for the 20th-best rate in the majors, ahead of Miguel Cabrera (13.2 percent) and Dexter Fowler (12.1 percent).

189

Schwarber was on pace to strike out 189 times over the course of a 162-game season. That would've come in as the fourth-highest whiff total of 2016, behind Davis (219), Chris Carter (206) and Mike Napoli (194).

But Schwarber has always been a big strikeout guy, whiffing 28.6 percent of the time in his career. That rate is at 28.7 percent in 2017. 

In 2015, Schwrber struck out 28.2 percent of the time and still posted an 842 OPS, so it's not like he can't be successful with this whiff rate.

-7/-7.7

The first number (-7 percent) is the increase in soft contact percentage from Schwarber's 2015 season (15.4 percent) to this year (22.4 percent). The second number (-7.7 percent) is the decrease in hard-hit contact from 39.7 percent in 2015 to 32 percent this year.

So Schwarber is simply not hitting the ball as hard overall this year, even though he's making contact at essentially the same rate.

.849

That's Schwarber's OPS in June, spanning 46 at-bats. He's only hitting .196 in the month, but he has a .327 OBP and .522 SLG thanks to four homers, three doubles and nine walks. 

The decent start to the month has helped raise Schwarber's season OPS from .627 to .673, but it was really the month of May that did America's Large Adult Son in: .120/.232/.337 in 83 May at-bats, good for a .569 OPS.

1.056 

In the first 12 games of June, Schwarber posted a 1.056 OPS thanks to a .250/.368/.688 slash line and four homers. It was that start that helped give Joe Maddon more confidence to move Schwarber around in the order, including hitting third Wednesday behind Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

But since that hot start to June, Schwarber is only 1-for-14 with a double in five games (four starts), sinking his season OPS 20 points from .693 to .673.

.104

Schwarber's batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for over a month, from May 10 to June 13. Schwarber racked up 98 plate appearances (84 at-bats) and had 30 strikeouts and six homers (which don't count toward BABIP), so he collected five hits in 48 balls put in play. 

Put another way: Schwarber had three singles in roughly five weeks of play (27 games). That's insanely bad luck, even factoring in the shift teams pull against the left-handed slugger, putting three defenders on the right side of the field.

During that stretch, Schwarber was an extreme three true outcome guy, with half his plate appearances (49) resulting in either a home run, a walk or a strikeout.

Schwarber's season BABIP is .193, a far cry from his .242 career mark. No other Cubs position player has a BABIP under .235 (Zobrist) on the year.

.221/.336/.456

Ending on a positive: This is Schwarber's batting line over the course of his career, including playoffs. That's a .792 OPS, even when factoring in this year's struggles. It also includes 33 HR and 81 RBI.

It also comes over 502 at-bats (590 plate appearances), essentially a full season's worth of action.