Found June 07, 2012 on Obstructed View:
PLAYERS: Trey McNuttMatt Loosen
TEAMS: Chicago Cubs
Iowa No Game Smokies Trey McNutt had a decent start working 5.2 shutout innings. He walked 4 and struck out 3 batters. His ERA remains find but man oh man his secondary stats are ugly. Daytona Matt Loosen struck out 6 in 5.2 IP. Matt Szczur hasn't played in over a week and I have [...]

Soriano set to be Cubs' DH at Minnesota

In one way, interleague play resumes at just the right time for the Cubs. Chicago opens a three-game weekend series Friday at Minnesota. Manager Dale Sveum likes the idea of having an extra hitter, with the designated hitter in use for the games at American League parks. He's even more happy that left fielder Alfonso Soriano will move into the DH spot for all three games this...

The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by Westinghouse

Iowa Everyone pretty much sucked. Smokies Jae Hoon Ha went 2-3 with 2 walks and is now hitting .278. Logan Watkins 2-4 with a pair of walks as well. Eric Joksich went 7 IP allowing 0 ER and striking out 1 batter. Daytona Austin Kirk had a nice start striking out 7 in 6 IP. [...]

Handling Starlin Castro

The other day in San Francisco Starlin Castro lost track of the number of outs and failed to complete the second half of what may or may not have been a double play. As you'd expect, Dale Sveum was quite unhappy about it. "It's something that's obviously unacceptable at any time," Sveum said. "Whether we [...]

Twins try to take advantage of woeful Cubs

Chicago Cubs starters pitched poorly in their last visit to Minneapolis, but chances are they could fare better in the franchise's first visit to pitcher-friendly Target Field. The Cubs will make their first trip to the Minnesota Twins' current home Friday night in the opener of a three-game series between two of baseball's worst teams. Chicago (19-38) was swept by...

2012 Cubs Draft Tricker Tacker

16th ROUND (494): Michael Hamann, RHP R/R, 6'3 170, 21 years oldU. of ToledoCOMMENT: College Junior... went 3-5 with a 5.80 ERA for Rockets in 2012, allowing 89 hits in 76 IP (14 GS), with 29/55 BB/K... Had disappointing junior year after being mainstay of the Toledo starting rotation freshman & sophomore seasons... was a member of National Honor Society in HS... was selected...

Dempster open to trade

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is definitely a throwback baseball player. With Cubbies struggling, Dempster has gone public in saying that he is open to a trade. He’s willing to do whatever it means to help the Cubs succeed even if it means he’s not there. Which is pretty impressive as he’s a player with 10-and-5 rights. “I think I would be doing everybody...

Do or Do Not, There Is No “Try”

Oh, look, Starlin Castro went and did something stupid. Surprise, surprise. And, oh, look, Dale Sveum and the Cubbies brass talk the talk, but eschew the walk while doing something quite similar to twiddling their collective thumbs — thumbs that tend to be stuck in proverbially unpleasant places. Hmm. Haven’t we been here before with Castro? Yes. Hmm. Haven’t we heard the...

Cubs draft manager Dale Sveum’s kid

In this job market, nepotism rules. Yesterday the Chicago Cubs selected third baseman Rustin Sveum, son of Cubs manager Dale Sveum, in the 39th round (1,184th) out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hey, it’s not what you know, but who you know right? Last year, the Cubs drafted Shawon Dunston Jr. so again it was “family business.” Overall, the Cubs selected...

The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by MasterCard

Iowa Brett Jackson was 1-3 with a double and is now batting .262. Josh Vitters was 2-3 with a walk and Rizzo went 1-3 with a walk of his own. Chris Volstad struck out 7 in 7 innings pitched while allowing 3 earned runs.  Smokies Logan Watinks was 2-4 with a pair of walks and [...]

Brewers 4, Cubs 3(10)

Norichika Aoki homered twice, including off Casey Coleman to lead off the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. The former Japanese batting champion entered the game with one homer, an inside-the-park homer on April 20. Aoki was mobbed by his teammates at home plate. Corey Hart hit a game-tying RBI double in the eighth for the...

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (19-38) at Minnesota Twins (22-34)

The Cubs will face one of their main rivals for the #1 pick in the draft. Since 424's been on vacation I'll post a mini reverse standings to see how things are currently shaking out Team L-W GB San Diego 39-19 – Chi Cubs 38-19 0.5 Minnesota 34-22 4 Seattle 33-26 6.5 Oakland 32-26 7 [...]
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