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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 and that Brett & Vitters might be on their way up. Personally I'm not a fan of it I think both need a full season in AAA. Let them finish out August then bring them up. Actually, what the hell do I know? Just call em up. Vitters btw was 1-3 wtih a BB and his 16th HR of the season.
Smokies Game 1
Is Trey McNutt starting or relieving? Does anybody know anymore? Last night he pitched 3 innings giving up 1 ER and striking out 2. Maybe we are just prepping him to be the swing arm and a younger version of Rodrigo Lopez.
Dallas Beeler & Brian Schlitter combined for a 7 inning shutout and Justin Bour hit a solo HR which was the only run scored.
Lendy Castillo is heading back after his bought with David Patton disease. Last night he started and went 4 allowing 3 hits and striking out 4 batters. Torreyes was 2-3 with a walk and has been outstanding over his last 200 AB's.
Dustin Geiger hit 2 HR's yesterday and drove 8 men in. Geiger has 13 HR's on the year but is sporting a .307 OBP. Baez was 2-5 with a 2B.
Xavier Batista has been pretty worthless this season but last night he picked up 2 doubles and his first HR. Both Vogelbach and Candelario hit 2-5 and Vogelbach is now hitting .355. It's encouraging to see him bat as well as he has this year. You would think he will get the starting job in Peoria next season.
AZL Game 1
Albert Almora finally had a nice game collecting 3 hits in 4 AB's and stealing his 2nd base of the season. Jorge Soler is showing off some good speed so far and swiped 3 bags including home. He had 2 hits in 4 AB's. Pierce Johnson made his professional debut last night giving up a pair of hits in his 1 IP but keeping the other team off the scoreboard.
Jorge Soler drew two walks in 3 AB's and scored both times he got on. Soler now has 4 BB's to 8 K's in 38 AB's this season. Some guy from the DSL named Loiger Padron struck out 6 guys in 3 IP to earn the W.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
Yasiel Balaguert laced a double into the left-centerfield alley and scored on a Ben Carhart single to get the inning started, and then ripped an opposite-field line-drive RBI single to right to drive-in Jacob Rogers with the final run of the frame, as the AZL Cubs sent 11 men to the plate and scored five times in the bottom of the 6th en route to an 8-2 victory over the AZL Royals...
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...
Back on Tuesday night, one Chicago Cubs fan had a rather big moment in his life goes absolutely horribly wrong.
He has planned to propose to his girlfriend named Erica with a message on the Jumbotron like many professional sports fans do.
The only issue was the folks with the Cubs put the message up while Erica was in the bathroom:
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According to Baseball America, the Cubs acquired 2 of the top 10 prospects moved at or near the trade deadline.
3. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Cubs. Chicago has very little advanced young pitching, so it was willing to take the sidelined Vizcaino and throw-in Jaye Chapman from the Braves in exchange for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. Considered untouchable a year ago, Vizcaino had a...
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...
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
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Dejan Kovacevic reported this evening that Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano told the Cubs he would not accept a trade to the Pirates.
Soriano would have been an intriguing trade target as he is still a very productive player and is signed through the 2014 season. He’s owed $18 million in each of the next two seasons, so the only way he was going anywhere was if Chicago picked up...
The Cubs recalled right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera and Chris Volstad from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher Casey Coleman. Cabrera has never appeared in the big leagues. He has a combined 4-1 with five saves and a 3.11 ERA in 36 appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this season. Cabrera originally signed with the Cubs as an undrafted free agent...
Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...
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...
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...
Final: Pirates 8, Cubs 4
WP: Jeff Karstens (4-2, 3.70 ERA)
LP: Travis Wood (4-7, 4.90 ERA)
Jeff Karstens held the Cubs to just one run over five innings and the Pirates offense busted out 13 hits and eight runs as the Bucs breezed to pick up the series win.
Karstens gave up a solo homer to Starlin Castro in the first inning, but settled in after that.
The Pirates countered in the...
Brad Lincoln Traded, Yinzer Meltdown Ensues. First Pitch: 2:20 PM EST Where to Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, WGN WGN might be the worst channel on television. Travis Wood, LHP (25) It would be wrong of me not to mention the fact that Wood allowed five homers in his last game. Yup five. [...]