Found July 10, 2013 on
World Series Dreaming:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Before I start, let me point out that I’m sitting in my room listening to Pat Hughes call the Angels’ shellacking of our beloved Boys in Blue. But I’m still an eternal optimist, and if I need to look at current trends to feed that optimism, then so be it.
Last year at the All-Star break, the Cubs were 33-52. Barring a dozen runs in the next 2 innings tonight, they’ll be 40-49 with a 4-game set at Wrigley with the Cardinals left until the break.
Admittedly, not all trends are so promising, Starlin Castro is struggling to get his bat going in 2013, and no Cub with enough at bats to qualify is hitting better than .262 (Soriano of all guys, go figure), but Nate Schierholtz has been outstanding in the first half, and I honestly see some good things out of Rizzo as well.
Aside from the offense showing some (albeit miniscule) signs of life, the Cubs farm system is building some serious strength, with 3 of the top 20 prospects in baseball signed. And who can forget about the rotation?
BEST OF MAXIM
The Chicago Cubs and the city have reached an agreement that allows the franchise to build an electric Jumbotron above the outfield walls in Wrigley Field.
Major League Baseball fans, especially Cub fans, keep up with the Matt Garza rumors that fly around the Internet and TV/radio shows and seem to change a number of times each day. However, more Cubs are on the trading block even after the team has already traded away four players. In addition to Garza, here are two other Cubs who have increased their trade value and likelihood of...
First, I'd like to apologize for the extreme lateness of the JOT today. Usually, I bang them out at work (I get here an hour early and write it). Today that didn't happen because I was very busy all day. It'll probably happen again tomorrow. Perhaps someday this will actually be my job, but I'm probably several years away from that happening, if ever.
Alfonso Soriano has been known to be a streaky hitter throughout his career. Generally he starts the season slumping up the hoo-hah, which leaves fans disgruntled and wanting the 37 year old to retire. But when the weather heats up, his bat does as well. Just look at last season. He didn’t hit a home run until the month of May, and ended up with 32 of them by season’s end.
The month of July continues to shape the upcoming trade deadline and the first week has been heavily favoring the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago is in the midst of a four game winning streak but remain eight games under .500 and out of the playoff race in a super competitive NL Central.
This combination implies the Cubs are still steadfast deadline sellers but its players are maximizing potential...
An agreement to install two new electronic signs at Wrigley Field has been reached between the Chicago Cubs and the city of Chicago. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously approved of the deal in a vote Thursday evening, making the signs one step closer to becoming reality.
The proposed Jumbotron in left field would be 5,700 square feet in area, while the right field advertising...
The Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement with the city that would allow the team to build a left-field Jumbotron at historic Wrigley Field while adding another sign in right field, the team announced Thursday.
The city's landmarks commission, which must sign off on any changes to historic structures, was meeting Thursday afternoon to approve the deal.
If accepted, the Cubs...
Third baseman Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms on his first professional deal. As being reported by the Chicago Tribune, Bryan is to receive $6.7 million in signing bonuses.
He brings a big, powerful stick to the Cubs organization and barring any uncorrectable flaws or injuries, he should have a solid career in the major leagues. Bryant was the #2 overall selection...
Chicago Cubs center fielder Brian Bogusevic exited his team's July 4 game, but he could possibly play again on Thursday, July 11, as the Cubs begin a four-game series with their rivaled St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.
Bogusevic is the third Cubs center fielder to miss time due to injury, but at least he has so far avoided the...
The Chicago Cubs may soon see Scott Baker for the first time this season. Baker has been on the disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery and a muscle strain suffered during the spring. However, he finally looks poised to return to the active roster. It would be the first time th Cubs see him in uniform since signing him this past offseason. Patrick...
NEVER A BAD TIME
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was able to accomplish a rare feat: he was ejected from a game after it already had ended.
The Chicago Cubs' planned $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field has won the approval of another city commission and the support of the local alderman -- all but assuring the project will go forward.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the proposal to renovate Wrigley and develop nearby property. The plan includes putting an...
I’m really kidding about that headline if you failed to read past that. This is a wonderful story linked from DNAInfoChicago:
Pearl Jam — the socially conscious rockers from Seattle who play at Wrigley Field July 19 — pledged to donate a portion of ticket sale revenue to the tiny after-school art program Ward founded on the Far Southeast Side 12 years ago.
Plus, the Cubs —...
Chicago closer Kevin Gregg may be on the Detroit Tigers’ radar as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. But what about starter Matt Garza, who, like Gregg, will be a free agent after this season?
ESPN’s Jim Bowden, formerly the GM for the Reds and Nationals, suggests a package deal that sends Garza and Gregg to the Tigers for Avisail Garcia, Rick Porcello and 2012 second-round...
I should be in bed after getting home from tonight’s surprisingly easy Cubs victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, but I’m still on a bit of a high. No matter the record, it’s always fun to go to the ball park and watch my favorite team, and it’s extra fun to watch them play well and win. Yes, the Cubs are still far back in the division and wild-card races, and yes, they’re...