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Edwin Jackson had a good/crappy night
For the first time, Jackson looked like the pitcher the Cubs were expecting when they signed him to a four year deal. He hit 97 on the Sox gun (which Len and JD suggested may have been a little hot) with his fastball. Though the game ended up getting rained out, his pfx numbers are still in the brooks database (at least for now). Jackson came out firing mostly fastballs, throwing 21 four-seamers to 12 sliders/sinkers. Apparently the gun was right on – pfx has his fastest pitch clocking at 97.91, and he averaged 95 on both his sinker and four seamer. I've been worrying about his velocity all year, which as been ~1.5 mph less on all of his pitches, so this is a great sign. Too bad we couldn't see him go deeper into the game.
RIP Dr. Lewis Yocum
Famed sports orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum passed away this week from liver cancer. He was working right up to the end, and did the diagnosis on Roy Halladay's shoulder just a few weeks ago. Cubs fans know Yocum best through the injury saga of Mark Prior's bum shoulder, though it was James Andrews who eventually opened him up and proved that Prior was indeed pitching through a serious injury and shutting up all the people who thought he was soft and making it up.
Impact of the International Draft on the scouting community
Baseball America's Ben Badler discusses the impact of the draft on international scouting. The short version: a lot of people will lose their jobs. I do wonder if it will cut down on corruption. The players themselves will be just as screwed, money-wise, but as Badler points out the tradional street-wise networking types will have much less of a role in the system.
Arodys Vizcaino: pretty much done for the season
Vizcaino was having some elbow discomfort in his throwing sessions recovering from TJS. After the dreaded visit to Dr. Andrews, who performed his surgery, he was diagnosed with a calcium buildup and underwent debridement surgery. He won't pick up a baseball for another six weeks, and certainly won't pitch with the big league club this year. The good news is that all of his ligaments look just fine.
Wrigley Tyrano-Vision update
The Cubs hung mockup panels about the size of the new video scoreboard and the large ad in RF with cranes yesterday to get an idea of how much of the rooftops' views would be obstructed.
(h/t to Bleacher Nation reader @JeremySchermak on the pic)
The rooftops made a non-statement statement in response to the test plugging their own signage plan.
Remember Junior Lake? I had forgotten about him too. He broke a few ribs late in spring trianing and has been completely off the radar. He was supposed to be back around now, but Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register hears that he's probably still a month away. Josh Vitters is also back on the DL with a rib injury, so Ian Stewart is off the pine again.
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Shawon Dunston Jr and Brad Zapenas collected three hits a piece, Francisco Sanchez stroked a two-run single and a double, and Loiger Padron tossed three innings of one-hit shutout ball, as the Cubs edged the Athletics 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa, AZThe game was pre-planned as a ten-inning contest so that all of...
Cranes fill the streets around the Wrigley Field Bleachers this morning as the Cubs mock-up their proposed advertisements. They started in right field with an ad for "FFFFFFFFFFFF" (surely Budweiser in the future) and boy, it is large. The purpose of the mock-up is to show the City and the rooftop owners how these signs will impact the views in and plenty of folks are...
"The Dioner Navarro Game?"
Navarro demolished White Sox pitching to the tune of 3 HR and 6 RBI yesterday. In his only PA in which he didn't hit the ball into the stands, he drew a walk and later came aroudn to score with the help of a Matt Lindstrom wild pitch and a single by pinch hitter Ryan Sweeney. Navarro raised his season wOBA from .271 to .365 in a single game...
James Sneed roped a two-run single and Ryan Dalton followed with an RBI single to highlight a two-out three-run rally in the top of the 3rd inning, and Tyler DeLoach tossed 3.2 IP of one-hit shutout ball with seven strikeouts, helping the Angels defeat the Cubs 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa, AZ. Junior Lake (fractured...
With all the doom and gloom surrounding this year's offense and the intense focus on Castro and Rizzo, Luis Valbuena's fantastic season seems to have fallen through the cracks. Valbuena currently has a line of .248/.361/.421* on the year, good for a .339 wOBA and about 1 WAR through two months of the season. What the hell?
*Today's game, in which Valbuena homered, will...
Iowa Cubs 3 @ Nashville Sounds 4
Of course, the I-Cubs would lose to the Astros of AAA.
No one really had a great day. I can tell you who had a bad day: Brett Jackson. He was 0-3 with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Dave Sappelt had a double and a walk, and that was the best day from any Cub. Logan Watkins was 1-5, and Ian Stewart took advantage of his start with a 0-4, 3 SO performance...
If you have Travis Wood on your fantasy team, you are a lucky duck. For real! Travis Wood has been the bargain of bargains at the fantasy starting pitcher slot this season. Even I, a man with a certain fondness for Wood and fantasy crush on the entire Cubs rotation, could not, would not, have predicted the start that Travis Wood is having. The thing now, from the fantasy...
Kyuji Fujikawa was signed to be Carlos Marmol's eventual replacement as Cubs closer. Now, just 12 innings into his stateside career, the right-hander needs Tommy John surgery.
Fujikawa left his May 26 outing against the Reds with what the Cubs were hoping was a forearm strain -- the same injury that cost him a month on the DL earlier this season. Fujikawa told reporters...
This isn’t the most exciting news…unless you’re Kevin Gregg. In that case, prepare to have some statistics to back up your quest to receive a new contract next year because Kyuji Fujikawa is now out for the season. Kevin Gregg, you may now scream “Huzzah!” Brought in by Boy Genius Jed Hoyer to be a cheap and effective replacement for the carnival show that is Carlos...
Over the course of the past three seasons, Dioner Navarro has played in no more than 64 games in a season. Now healthier, Navarro reaffirmed his presence by slugging three home runs in the Chicago Cubs‘ 9-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.Navarro would start his game off with a solo homer in the second inning, followed by a two-run shot in the fourth that would...
Javier Baez hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th to give Daytona a 7-5 win over the Tampa Yankees. LHP Chris Rusin (Iowa) and RHP Kyle Hendricks (Tennessee) both made quality starts to help their teams to victories. Kane County fell to the Quad Cities in a rain shorted game. Plenty of roster activity.
After three miserable games against their crosstown rivals, there wasn't much left for the White Sox to say.
''We just got beat in all facets of the game,'' White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. ''They were just the better team in every area.''
Cubs pitcher Travis Wood hit a grand slam off Jake Peavy and the White Sox lost 8-3 on Thursday...
With all the bigwigs looking down from the rooftops (Owner - Tom Ricketts, President of Business Operation - Crane Kenny and (strangely) former head of marketing - Wally Hayward), the Cubs mocked up the proposed Jumbotron at Wrigley Field. It's difficult to get a true handle on exactly how big this thing will be (they only had tarps hanging on opposite ends of a pole) but...
Let’s get it out of the way. Kyuji Fujikawa is broken and needs to be fixed:
Cubs announce Fujikawa will need Tommy John surgery.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) May 29, 2013
Hoyer on Fujikawa: “It is unfortunate but it is the nature of pitching. We’re hopeful he’ll come back.”
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) May 29, 2013
We’ll build him bigger, better, stronger…maybe...
The Chicago Cubs hope a rainy night didn't dampen their momentum.
The Cubs, who have long struggled against the Chicago White Sox, will go for their second straight win over their crosstown rivals and third consecutive victory overall on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cubs (20-30), leading 2-0 in the third inning of Tuesday's contest, appeared poised to secure at least a tie...