Realistic MLB Trade Deadline Scenarios

The parity across the MLB this season has been historically impressive, with arguably 24 teams in position as potential buyers in mid-June. As we steadily approach the All-Star break next month, we see a host of established veterans riding out the conclusion of their contract on soon-to-be, or constantly, rebuilding franchises. Keep on eye on the following names and realistic scenarios...
Via Next Impulse Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Emilio Bonifacio MRI shows strained oblique

Chicago Cubs center fielder Emilio Bonifacio had an MRI performed Friday after leaving Thursday night's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates when he injured his rib cage area while swinging at a pitch. The Cubs had already placed him on the disabled list before the MRI. The results came Saturday and confirmed what the Cubs had predicted: a right oblique strain. #Cubs Bonifacio has...
Via MLB Injury News
25 days ago  |  Discuss

From Bad to Worse

Just when you thought things could not get any worse for the Chicago Cubs, they did. Fresh off placing lead off hitter Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list with a rib injury, the Cubs may now be facing another devastating injury. Unfortunately, this injury affects one of the better aspects of the team, their young bullpen. Before you laugh, the Cubs young bullpen has been pretty...
Via World Series Dreaming
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Castro's 2-run homer enough to lift Cubs over Phillies

The loss of Emilio Bonifacio and the presence of lurking scouts will test the Cubs' focus leading up to at least the July 31 trade deadline. And they could learn Saturday whether they could be without the services of closer Hector Rondon for an extended period. Friday night, the Cubs responded with a series of encouraging developments leading to a 2-1 victory over the Phillies...
Via Pro Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Emilio Bonifacio, Ryan Sweeney

Chicago Cubs center fielder Emilio Bonifacio traveled back to Chicago from Pittsburgh Friday morning to have his rib cage examined more thoroughly. Bonifacio left Thursday night's game in the first inning with an injury to his rib area. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that the Cubs expect to put him on the disabled list Friday and call up Ryan Sweeney from the Minors to...
Via Sports Injury Alert
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs OF Emilio Bonifacio Injured, Exits Game

Posted to Brant Brown's GloveChicago Cubs OF Emilio Bonifacio was replaced by Chris Coghlan after having to leave with a rib injury. It looked like Bonifacio was in a great deal of pain, and a DL trip looks to be likely. More to come as details are officially announced. 19 total views, 19 views today The post Chicago Cubs OF Emilio Bonifacio Injured, Exits Game appeared...
Via Sports Mockery
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest Cubs Injury Comes at “Perfect” Time

Tonight, Ryan Sweeney is playing in his third rehab game with the Kane County Cougars, which will likely be his last one. Going into the game, the big question was who would be removed from the 25 man roster in order to make room for him. One of the obvious answers would have been an outfielder, who most likely would have been Chris Coghlan. Being the extra outfielder, along with...
Via World Series Dreaming
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Emilio Bonifacio leaves Thursday's game in 1st inning

On the game's second pitch Thursday night, Chicago Cubs center fielder Emilio Bonifacio swung hard and hit the ground hard as he grounded to Pittsburgh Pirates Jordy Mercer. Bonifacio appeared to have strained his side during his swing and needed help off the field. Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com tweeted the news just as it happened.Bonifacio has to be helped off...
Via MLB Injury News
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Lennie Merullo is a great interview

Cubs TV play-by-play man Len Kasper said it best about former Cubs player Lennie Merullo today:   Lennie Merullo best 7th inn. guest we’ve had in my 10 yrs here. No disrespect to anyone else but it doesn’t get any better than that. Wow. — Len Kasper (@LenKasper) June 7, 2014 The man is 97 years old and looks about 20 years younger, with his mind still as sharp as a knife though...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

This week in replay reviews (May 21st edition)

Because of the introduction of The Weekly Puig and The Week That Was, we went ahead and pushed our compendium of replay reviews back to Wednesday, where you can expect to find it from now on. I think managers are beginning to get accustomed to the whole replay thing now – we’re seeing fewer and fewer stupid challenges, but some are still oozing their way through the cracks. May...
Via The Outside Corner
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB The Show 14 First Impressions And Review

photo via:Flickr.com/blog.us.playstation/photopin.com *Before we get started keep in mind, I’ve had an Xbox 360 for the last few years and just switched over (or back if you will, considering I had a PS2, among other systems growing up) to PS4. With that in mind, the only baseball game I’ve played over the last 4 years or so is the MLB 2K series. Today I finally got my hands...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Lake homers, drives in six, Cubs rout Cardinals 17-5

ST. LOUIS -- Junior Lake homered, doubled twice and drove in six runs as the Chicago Cubs broke loose, routing St. Louis 17-5 Monday night and forcing the Cardinals to finish with infielder Daniel Descalso as a relief pitcher. The Cubs had totaled just four runs while getting swept in a three-game series at Atlanta over the weekend, and had lost seven of eight overall. Chicago has...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Team needs to look forward, not back following 5-2 loss to Diamondbacks

On a day all about celebrating the past, the Chicago Cubs should already be thinking future. The Cubs let a 5-2 lead slip away in the top of the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks and lost 7-5 on Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday, snapping their first winning streak of the season. Considering the torture their fans have been in, this was a fitting way for the Cubs to...
Via isportsweb.com
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Reds 8 (4/20/14)

OSS: Carl Newhouse isn’t a very good pitcher, and the Cubs as a collective aren’t a very good hitter. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo went 2-3 with 2 walks. It’s hard to ask for a lot more than that. 2. Emilio Bonifacio went 2-4 with a walk and a double. He also stole a base and was caught stealing. Bonifacio went ice cold after being red hot, so it was nice to see another good game...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Some Early-Season Macro Trends and Observations

We’re just over a week into the regular season, and many baseball memories – positive and negative – have been inserted into the history books. Ryan Braun‘s three-homer game, Emilio Bonifacio‘s rapid-fire succession of BABIP singles, Tim Hudson‘s sensational Giants’ debut, a bunch of aces being aces, and the Mets/Phillies/Angels, etc.., bullpen implosions – just […]
Via Fangraphs
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Team needs more than just Bonifacio to step up

Emilio Bonifacio is the change-of-pace player the Chicago Cubs need in their organization. He set a modern-day Major League Baseball record with nine hits in the team’s first two games of the season and after a 3-for-5 night in a 7-6 loss to the Pirates Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, Bonifacio has a .515 batting average. That’s impressive for a player who was designated for...
Via isportsweb.com
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Pirates 8 (4/8/14)

OSS: Despite a heroic performance by Starlin Castro, the Cubs give a winnable game to the Pirates (again). Three Up 1. How could it not be Starlin Castro? A three-run dinger in the 3rd tied it up, and a and a 6th-inning dinger brought the Cubs within 1. All told, Castro went 3-4, 4 RBI, 2 R. It was his first career multi-HR game and probably the best game of his career so far. Also...
Via Obstructed View OLD
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The first road trip of 2014

The Pirates play their first game of the year outside of PNC Park tonight at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, who we just so recently saw. Charlie Morton starts for the Pirates while Edwin Jackson goes for the Cubs. Emilio Bonifacio only went 3-for-12 in the Cubs’ three games against the Phillies, so his batting average is down to .500 on the season. First pitch tonight is at 8...
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Hot Hitters and Pitchers

There were plenty of fireworks in Period 1 of the fantasy baseball season. I could sit and discuss all of the big names, but what would you get from that? Absolutely nothing. Who I am going to list are those that are hot and are still riding the waiver wire pine in many leagues. Angel Pagan lead all the hitters with 33 fantasy points and he is still available in 31.2% of all ESPN...
Via FF Locker Room
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Don’t buy into Juan Lagares’ fast start

Early season stats are always fun.  When else is Emilio Bonifacio going to be hitting .542/.577/.625?  People know in general that there  is no chance in heck that Bonifacio will be able to keep up that torrid pace (and that other similar streaks will come to an end as well), but Juan Lagares’ early season successes have largely been met with cautious optimism. Perhaps it is...
Via Mets360.com
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Buy or Sell: Opening Week Surprises

We’re only a week into the season and, as usual, a bunch of guys have come out of fantasy obscurity to make notable impressions over the first 5 or 6 games.  Many of these guys may be just smoke and mirrors and will disappear back into the ether over the next couple weeks, but some of them could be the breakout stars that help proactive managers win fantasy leagues.Keep in mind...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap for April 4, 2014

I know Myles includes the Cubs, in part because they’re essentially a minor league team and in part because someone requested it. I’m not going to include them. It’s not because I have so much to say about the minor leagues. It’s because I just don’t want to write about them. Emilio Bonifacio? Seriously? No thanks. Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur was the leadoff hitter and he was...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – fun with small samples

You know it’s early in the 2014 season, because the following statements are all true. -Emilio Bonifacio leads the National League with a .688 batting average and four stolen bases. -Alejandro de Aza leads the American League with three home runs. -Casey McGehee, who didn’t even play in America last year, is tied for the major league lead in RBI with eight. -Cubs fifth starter...
Via The Outside Corner
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4/4/13

Did the Cubs Win? Cubs 3 @ Pirates 2 OSS: Hammel was nails all game, and Bonifacio + Olt provided all necessary offense. Three Up 1. Jason Hammel pitched a great game. He allowed 2 hits and a walk over 6.2 innings, fanning 5. Great start for Jason. 2. Emilio Bonifacio had a double, a single, and a stolen base. Dude hates to be on first base. He did have a throwing error. 3. Darwin...
Via Obstructed View OLD
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs hold on for 3-2 win

Manager Rick Renteria had a blend of rock, pop, jazz and salsa music playing in his office less than eight hours after the Chicago Cubs dropped a 16-inning game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Whatever it takes," Renteria said Thursday before the Cubs tried to salvage the final game of a three-game series. Despite left fielder Junior Lake wearing the wrong uniform top in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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