The Cubs cleared some 40-man roster space and made room for a "clubhouse dude" by sending OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for 25-year old relief pitcher Matt Brazis. Ruggiano was acquired from the Marlins last offseason for Brian Bogusevic and put up an 111 OPS+ with an .846 OPS versus lefties in limited, albeit effective action. He can also handle all 3 OF positions which...
SEATTLE -- The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.
Seattle sent minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago as part of Wednesday's trade.
Ruggiano could be part of the solution Seattle has sought in right field. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs....
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The Chicago Cubs put outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the second game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Sweeney had to leave the Cubs' 3-0 victory on Tuesday with a pulled hamstring. Ruggiano hadn't played since last week because of a sore left ankle.
The moves opened a roster spot for outfielder and...
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August 27, 2014
Per David Kaplan on CSN, Jorge Soler is being called up and will join the team for this week’s series in Cincinnati. I’m guessing Justin Ruggiano will be put on the DL in the corresponding roster move.
It’s been a given for some time that Soler was going to be called up in September anyway, since he’s already both on the 40-man and signed to a big league deal, but this way...
CHICAGO (AP) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been scratched from the lineup due to left ankle soreness.
Ruggiano was replaced by Ryan Sweeney for Saturday's game against Baltimore. Sweeney got the start in right and also batted in Ruggiano's fifth slot.
Ruggiano is batting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 81 games.
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August 23, 2014
Chi. Cubs 3, Colorado 1
When: 2:20 PM ET, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Umpires: Home – Gerry Davis, 1B – Greg Gibson, 2B – Phil Cuzzi, 3B – Will Little
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Cubs 3, Rockies 1: Jake Arrieta worked seven strong innings as Chicago clinched a win in the four-game series over visiting Colorado...
I know that many of you are struggling with the question of whether life is worth living in the wake of yesterday’s Darwin Barney trade. Know that OVBlog is dealing with the same struggle. Hold fast, you patient ones. We will get through this together.
(Alternate theory: evil genius Brett is planning to shut down the entire Cub blogosphere tomorrow as part...
With a 42-61 record, the Cubs are now in last place in the National league, a half game back from their opponent this series. The Rockies actually started off the season fairly well, thanks to an All-World performance by marketing departmental bane Troy Tulowitzki, and were tied with the Giants for first place in the NL west on May 7 with a 22-14 record. Since then they have gone...
With the trade deadline being a week away, we may finally get to see some movement among players and teams. Among the players that could possibly be moved, Justin Ruggiano of the Chicago Cubs is a name that has been discussed.
According to Bruce Levine of 670 the Score in Chicago, the Kansas City Royals have shown strong interest in Ruggiano.
Ruggiano is a 32 year old...
Did The Cubs Win?
OSS: (one of the) 24-year olds homered twice, and the 22-year old homered once.
1. Anthony Rizzo now leads the NL in HR, and he is sneaking up on the ML lead. I thought Rizzo’s peak was a .250/.350/.500 guy, and he’s at .283/.385/.539 right now. Just enjoy the ride, however long it lasts.
2. Kyle Hendricks had a great stat line, but only a good game...
The All-Star break is upon us, baseball’s very own intermission. While I hardly ever consider the All-Star game a midsummer “classic,” it is not without its important purpose.
No, I am not talking about its impact on which league will have home field advantage during the World Series. I’m referring to the period of time it gives us to re-charge our batteries.
Your browser does not support iframes. Benches cleared after Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the top of the 9th of Thursday’s Reds-Cubs game following some tension between the clubs. Chapman struck out Justin Ruggiano to start the inning. Then he sailed a 101-mph fastball over the head of Nate Schierholtz on the first pitch […]
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On a pleasant Independence Day Friday morning, the Nationals took the field against a suddenly rampaging Cubs team. Chicago had just finished a three-game sweep at Boston, and enjoyed the same off day Thursday as Washington. Tanner Roark started against his home state team for the second time in a week, while looking for a different result. Instead, the...
Lately it seems like the Nats’ outfield have been making incredible catches all week. During today’s game, it was Denard Span with highlight reel catch. In the bottom of the fourth, Justin Ruggiano hit a fly ball to centerfield off Gio Gonzalez. Watch Span’s catch here:
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The Nationals got some good news on Thursday, with the activation of catcher Wilson Ramos. His rehabilitation now complete, Ramos joins the roster as things look brighter, Taking a series in Milwaukee early in the week should buoy the Nationals’ hopes this weekend in the Windy City. Putting Doug Fister on the mound to start against the Cubs...
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...
Chris Sale is a monster. Before the season, Jay(Wrong) gathered and tallied the 2014 Official Razzball Picks. And I have to state, at this point, my choices are making me look stupid so far: ROY = Nick Castellanos; Sleeper = Justin Ruggiano; Come Back = Mitch Moreland (although he does still have an elite fly ball and home run average distance); Bust = Jose Bautista, not; MVPitcher...
Varonex Cuevas drilled a two-run triple and an RBI single, Jesse Hodges reached base four times (HBP, 2B, 2B, and BB), scored two runs, and drove-in another, Alberto Mineo collected three singles and scored a run, and five pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter, as the Cubs overwhelmed the Angels 10-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #1...
Did the Cubs Win?
OSS: Castro makes a bad error in the first, atones throughout the rest of the game.
1. Justin Ruggiano set the table pretty perfectly, with a 1-2, 3 BB, 2B, 2 R game. You can’t ask for much more (except maybe not getting caught stealing).
2. Anthony Rizzo had a near-identical line, going 1-2, 2 BB, 2R. No XBH, but Rizzo (a perfect #2 hitter in a saber...
The Chicago Cubs have struggled all season and are19-30, nine and a half games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. But they had a strong showing last night with an 8-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants, who are 32-19 on the season. The Cubs, who are 10th in pitching and just 24th in runs scored, should be getting some help to the offense, as outfielder...
Given how it seems the Cubs usually do on their west coast road trips, a split with the Padres feels like a sweep. As the next series is against the team with the best record in baseball, they’ve got their work cut out for them if they want to continue to buck the trend.
wRC+: 80 (14th)
BSR: 1.7 (3rd)
SP FIP-: 85 (1st)
RP FIP-: 92 (7th)
UZR: 3.8 (8th)
Not a lot to talk about on Monday, as only five games were played & not a lot of moves were made. A few teams optioned players which will result in a few moves to recall or activate players today. As always, follow the links to read more on a particular transaction.Chicago CubsSent OF Justin Ruggiano on rehab assignment to Iowa (AAA) - Story by Kerry KauffmanMiami MarlinsReleased...
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday by the score of 3-0. The win improved the Cubs' record to 14-27 on the season. A major issue contributing to the poor start for the Cubs is an offense that is 22nd in the Major Leagues in runs scored. The Cubs hope the return of Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney, who are both on the disabled list, will help down the road...
Eloy Jimenez belted an RBI triple and Rony Rodriguez and Justin Marra drilled RBI singles to highlight a three-run 1st inning, Oliver Zapata, doubled, singled, and walked, and Erick Castillo smacked a pinch-hit solo home run, helping the Cubs defeat the Giants 5-3 on Field #5, and Kevin Brown tripled, singled, walked, and scored a run, and Roney Alcala (RBI ground out & a two...
Jorge Ortega tossed six innings of shutout ball, Tucker Neuhaus (Brewers 2013 Supplemental 2nd round pick) drilled two RBI doubles, singled, and scored a run, Edgardo Rivera reached base four times (a single and three walks), stole a base, and scored three runs, and Luis Aviles smacked a three-run home run, as the Brewers outlasted the Cubs 8-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training...