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Brett Jackson had another Brett Jackson kind of game going 1-4 with and walk, SB and strikeout. Vitters was 3-5 with his 5th SB of the year and got his BA back up to .300. No idea if these two are heading up for tonights game vs the Angels but Chris DeLuca was speculating that it might be the case.
Logan Watkins got two hits in 4 AB's last night including his 5th HR of the year. Watkins will probably be heading up to Iowa next season and still looks to be a decent prospect for a utility kind of role. Zach Rosscup threw 5 innings and allowed 1 ER while striking out 4 and walking 2. New Cub Jake Brigham had a rough outing giving up 2 ER in 3 IP. He walked 3 and struck out 2 batters.
Not a bad start for Christian Villanueva, in his first game as a Cub he hit two home runs and drew a a walk. Ronald Torreyes continues his revival going 2-3 with his 6th HR and drawing a walk of his own. He has a .900 OPS over the last two months. AJ Morris threw two shutout innin...
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Well, after an extremely quiet week, I am not sure what to ramble about … any ideas?
The team looks different, I am not sure who is going to pitch, and well, the last two months of the season shall be interesting, as it is going to get ugly … very ugly.
By Brian McCabe
So lets get to it.
Demp, don’t lie. We all know what happened. Just tell the truth. Remember, as...
Alfonso Soriano was waiting around the phones prior to Tuesday’s MLB Trade Deadline, just wondering whether or not he would be traded to a contender. The 4 PM deadline came and went, and Soriano remained in blue pinstripes. But it was not because he didn’t want to leave.
The 36-year-old outfielder is still owed $44 million over the next two plus seasons. That is...
The Greg Of Rohan celebrated his arrival to a more age appropriate level by hitting 2 HR's in 4 AB's. Rohan is 26 so he's probably the new Brad ******* Snyder! but still he has 19 HR's this year across three levels. Brett Jackson did Brett Jackson things hitting 3-5 with a triple and a strikeout. Yesterday rumor was that the Cubs brass is going to meet with Dale...
Starlin Castro has established himself at the big league level and he's going to get better. How much so? Who really knows, but even if he never got any better, he's still an above average shortstop currently making league minimum.
Anthony Rizzo hasn't established himself as Castro has, but he's more than shown in his first couple months with the Cubs that he belongs...
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
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Dejan Kovacevic reports that Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano refused to waive his no trade clause to accept a trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kovacevic mentioned that he didn’t know how far talks went, or if they started at all, but that Soriano didn’t want to play in Pittsburgh.
Soriano turned down a few other teams, including refusing to go to the San Francisco Giants...
Ejections are rather commonplace during baseball games. Players get ejected. Managers get ejected. Even bench coaches and fans can be ejected on rare occasions. But the ballpark announcer? That's a new one. Daytona Cubs PA announcer Derek Dye was ejected by umpire Mario Seneca on Wednesday, after Dye played "Three Blind Mice" on the stadium speakers following a questionable...
Soriano’s power remains alive in his age-36 season. The sixth-year Cub owns a .499 slugging percentage thanks to 19 home runs and 22 doubles in 359 at-bats for a .226 ISO. This year, the hits are falling in as well, giving him a solid .272/.322/.499 line, enough for a 113 wRC+. Although his 2.9 WAR is inflated by an extremely iffy +12 UZR, he’s having a productive...
The Texas Rangers made a move for a starting pitcher just minutes before this year's non-waiver trade deadline, sending prospects Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Ryan Dempster. Lone Star Dugout takes an in-depth look at the deal.
The Pirates had a 1-run lead late in yesterday’s matinee finale with the Cubs, but a 5-run eighth inning gave them enough to secure an 8-4 win for back-to-back wins at Wrigley to win the series. That gives the Buccos 60 wins on Aug. 1 – they didn’t hit 60 last year until Aug. 22.
The Cubs took the lead early off of a solo homer by their stud short stop, and one of the only...
The main piece aquired in the Ryan Dempster trade was 21 year old Christian Villanueva. Villanueva was signed as an international free agent out of Mexico by the Rangers in 2008 and just recently turned 21. He's played the entire season in High A.
His first season in the US was in 2010 in the AZL. Over 210 plate appearances he hit .314/.365/.431. That was good for a .370 wOBA...