January 20, 2021

FanGraphs Live! Friday: MLB the Show, Cubs at Padres, 2 PM ET (FanGraphs)

In this week’s MLB The Show 20 stream, featuring Paul Sporer, Ben Clemens, and Dan Szymborski, the Cubs and Padres head to the Polo Grounds at 2 PM ET.

In light of how unlikely it is that professional sports will be played in California until at least the end of summer, we’re relocating in both time and space to play this game at the Polo Grounds. Opened in 1890 to replace the previous, less famous Polo Grounds, it was the home of the (baseball) New York Giants for three decades and the New York Jets in the AFL for a few years. It was demolished in 1964, leading pitching Dick Donovan to quip, upon seeing the rubble, that there “must have had a helluva game there last night.”

The Cubs (22-23) struggled through the first quarter of the season but have rebounded of late with five straight wins after sweeping the Brewers and taking two of three from the reigning champion Nationals. Chicago is in third place in the NL Central, 7 1/2 games back, a sizable deficit but one that has steadily shrunk as the Reds have gone from 21-2 to 29-15 over the last three weeks. Eugenio Suárez still leads the NL in position player WAR, but Kris Bryant has been blazing hot and is now in…

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