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Jeff Frazier was 0-3 with a walk. Who is Jeff Frazier? Exactly.
Nobody did much of anything but Watkins was 1-3 with a BB. Starting 2B in 2014!
Yet another rain out
Pin Chieh Chen went 2-4 and stole his 30th base of the year. Despite some decent OBP and speed skills it hard to see much of a future for this guy as he is just too small to hit with any authority. Yao Lin Wang continues to make his case for our best SP prospect as he struck out 7 in 6.1 IP while giving up a pair of runs. Wang continues to average more than a K per IP.
Tayler Scott continues to have a sparkling ERA down in Boise and after last nights 5 IP 1 ER performance it stands at 1.88. The problem is that he isn't striking anybody out while doing so and now has 39 K's in 62.1 IP. I haven't seen any reports as to what he throws so its hard to make too much of this just yet but its something to keep an eye on. Marco Hernandez was 1-3 with a BB.
BEST OF MAXIM
This is getting old.
Cubs personnel are disappointed that Alfonso Soriano won’t waive his 10-and-5 rights to go to the Giants. The outfielder doesn't want to play in a colder climate that could adversely affect his hitting.
If this is true, why can't the Cubs just shut up about it? Sure, they'd probably try to trade him, but what ******* good does it do to leak...
Diory Hernandez went 1-5. Who is Diory Hernandez? Exactly.
Jae Hoon Ha was 2-3 with a BB and has really been on a hot streak for the last few weeks. Ha also gunned down a runner at the plate. Junior Lake went 2-4 and is hitting .286. Trey McNutt pitched a clean inning out of the bullpen. I wonder if we will see him in September.
Two months ago, Dale Sveum said this about shortstop Starlin Castro, who forgot how many outs there were on a potential double play ball:
“It’s something that’s obviously unacceptable at any time,” Sveum said Monday.
“Whether we could have turned the double play or not is irrelevant to not knowing how many outs there are in the most important part of the game. These...
The Chicago Cubs made a huge investment in their future by agreeing with Starlin Castro on an seven year contract that guarantees him 60 million dollars. The contract includes an option on 2020 that could be worth 16 million dollars. It includes a guaranteed buyout of one million dollars should the Cubs not want to give him the 16 million. All told, the contract averages...
MILWAUKEE Dale Sveum looks a little older now than he did the last time he returned to his former place of employment, his face dotted with salt-and-pepper stubble that appears to be turning more salt than pepper on this Monday, 120 games into his first season as manager of the Chicago Cubs.
He's experienced a handful of ups and myriad downs in his first season at the helm...
He grew up a Cubs fan just like his dad did. As a kid his dad would sit him down in front of the TV, turn on WGN and the two of them would spend a summer day with Harry Caray. It was a ritual as a kid, but then he got older and friends and girls and other things got in the way. He grew up and he didn't watch as much Cubs baseball with his dad as he used to. He didn't watch...
News broke this weekend about Starlin Castro signing an extension with the Cubs for seven years and $60 million, with an option for the eighth year. I was waiting for the details of the deal (specifically, yearly salaries) before posting about it, but then news came out that it would take a week or two for the contract to get finalized.
The AAV of Castro's extension...
It’s really interesting writing this Stock Watch update each week. I start off with no clue of who I want to write about. After digging through the data and looking at a few different statistics, the story of what I want to write about lays itself out for me. Getting to this point is a test of patience and gets harder as the weeks progress, especially because the available players...
I wandered down to the ballpark yesterday. Nothing better to do.
Two years ago at about this point of the season Iowa and Memphis hooked up with a division title and playoff spot on the line. Yesterday they took the field a combined 64 games below .500.
Standing out in the center field picnic concourse I gazed across the street at what remains of the Des Moines River after a...
Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.
Effectively Wild Episode 25: "The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns"
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Somehow I thought the Brewers were closer to .500 than this. By Pythag they should be a 59-61 team. The last time they were at .500 was back in April, though they spent much of the next three months hovering around four games below the that mark before reeling off a seven game losing streak just before the trading deadline. I'm sure their GM appreciated that when it came time...