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Pirates 5, Cubs 4 (4/23/15)

OSS: Get well soon, Grimm and Ramirez Three up: Tough to find much that particularly stands out. 1. Kris Bryant had a perfect day in CF, going 0-0 on fly balls hit to him. He also drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth, in an inning where it felt like the Cubs should have gotten a lot more. 2. Addison Russell got his first career RBI on a double in the fourth inning. 3. Hendricks...
Via Obstructed View
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Polanco, Pirates rally for 5-4 win over Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gregory Polanco got three hits, including a go-ahead single in the seventh inning off Cubs reliever Phil Coke to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over Chicago 5-4 on Thursday. Josh Harrison hit his second double of the game when Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, making his first start in center field, took a roundabout path on a flyball. That set up Polanco's hit. Sean Rodriguez...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Starlin Castro Saves Cubs After Disaster 9th Inning

Everything was going the Chicago Cubs’ way Saturday against the San Diego Padres. I mean everything. Even after a Matt Kemp two-run home run in the first inning, Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks shut down San Diego’s offense in the next five innings. Miguel Montero, who didn’t do much at the plate prior to the game, hit two big home runs through the wind. The first gave the...
Via Sports Mockery
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Padres 6 (4/18/15)

OSS: Bullpen not sharp, but Cubs pull it out in extras against Kimbrel. Three Four up: 1. Kris Bryant waved at two sliders to start the game, then managed to turn the PA into a walk. He reached base five times today, with three walks and two bloopy singles. He #Respected180 by going to second on his first hit of his career, a bloop that scored the Cubs second run. 2. Miguel Montero...
Via Obstructed View
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Small Sample Size or Not, Bullpen Picks Up Where They Left off.

The Chicago Cubs have only played two games this season, but the bullpen has been very impressive in their only chances. Opening night, five relievers combined to throw 4.2 innings of two hit, shut out ball in which they struck out five and walked only two. Most impressive might be the job Phil Coke did when he came into a tough spot in the fifth inning. With two runners on, he struck...
Via World Series Dreaming
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Cubs 0 (4/5/15)

OSS: Cubs waste 3 lead-off doubles and lead-off single against Wainwright Three Up: 1. Phil Coke was clearly the best player on the team yesterday. He came in to a very dicey situation (2nd and 3rd, two outs), and stranded them both. The game could have very easily gotten away from the Cubs there, but Coke locked them out. Great first game by Phil. 2. Pedro Strop cleaned up a nice...
Via Obstructed View
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Drive to 25: Cubs Roster Update

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdown marker on the sidebar that tells us we’re about a week away from Opening Night.  You probably also know that Fallout Boy and the Chicago Cubs will be performing for you live from a construction zone, but that’s just the way it is and Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has already prepared his players for that scenario (oy...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Phil Coke To Minor-League Deal

The Chicago Cubs have signed left-handed relief pitcher Phil Coke to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big league spring training, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com,  the Cubs will pay Coke $2,250,000 with the possibility of making $900,000 in incentives if he makes the major-league team.  In 58 appearances during the 2014 campaign...
Via Baseball Essential
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs add Phil Coke to bullpen competition in spring camp

  The Chicago Cubs agreed to a minor league deal with Phil Coke on Thursday, adding the veteran reliever to the competition for a lefty specialist in their bullpen. A person with direct knowledge of the situation said Coke is planning to join the Cubs' major league camp on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. FOX Sports...
Via AP on Fox
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Game(s) thread – first day of Spring Training

Today’s lineups! At Giants (radio via Giants on mlb.com) La Stella, 2B Denorfia, LF Alcantara, CF Soler, RF Castillo, C Bryant, 3B Schwarber, DH Valaika, 1B Russell, SS Turner, P Vs A’s (Len and Mick on mlb.com) Fowler, CF Rizzo, 1B Castro, SS Montero, C Baez, 2B Coghlan, LF Olt, 3B Sweeney, DH Lake, RF Wood, P Random stuff Rizzo batting second? I love it, even if I think...
Via Obstructed View
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

AP source: Cubs reach minor league deal with LHP Phil Coke

MESA, Ariz. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the situation says left-handed reliever Phil Coke has agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. Coke is expected to join the team's major league camp on Friday. Coke made 62 appearances for Detroit last season and finished...
Via AP on Fox
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Let's Play Two!

In a nice bit of serendipity, the Cubs start off the Cactus League schedule with a doubleheader..of sorts. Split squad action on the "road" versus San Francisco and a home game versus the revamped Oakland A's. The home game will start with this: Fowler, Rizzo, Castro, Montero, Baez(2B), Coghlan, Olt, Sweeney (DH), Lake(RF) and Travis Wood on the mound. The Giants will see La Stella...
Via Cub Reporter
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Steal A Surprisingly Still Available Lefty

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Chicago Cubs and lefty reliever Phil Coke have agreed to terms on a minor league contract. Source: Coke to #Cubs on minor-league deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 5, 2015 Coke, who reportedly turned down at least one major league deal this offseason was surprisingly still available, which allowed the Chicago Cubs to sign...
Via Sports Mockery
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs sign reliever Phil Coke to minor league deal

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America Relief pitcher Phil Coke held out for a major league deal this winter but with no offers coming has accepted a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. The former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher drew interest from multiple teams but none of them were willing to guarantee him a big league salary for the 2015 season after he posted a 3.88 ERA...
Via Tireball.com
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Does Phil Coke to the New York Mets Make Sense?

Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images) As all 30 major league teams enter the hot weather and grind of spring training, teams are still looking to add improvements wherever possible. Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers...
Via The Sports Journal
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Coke holding out for major league deal

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Phil Coke is hoping to land a major league deal this offseason. Coke, 32, finished last season with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP during 58 innings of work. The left hander continues to look for a big league deal even as comparable relievers in Joe Thatcher and Matt Albers have accepted minor league deals with...
Via Tireball.com
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Market for second tier relievers still developing

While many of the big names have come off the market, the names of second tier relievers are starting to be talked about as Spring Training rapidly approaches. Joe Thatcher, Peter Moylan and Joe Beimel are three relievers who have been in talks with teams recently though no deals have come for any. Thatcher is said to have fie or more teams seeking his services accordin gto Chris...
Via Tireball.com
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Tigers’ acquisition of Shane Greene

It’s becoming clock work that the Tigers, Yankees and Diamondbacks get together for a three-team trade in the offseason which usually works out very well for Detroit while New York and Arizona enter into a take it or leave it scenario. Last time we saw these teams get together, Tigers fan said goodbye to fan favorite Curtis Granderson who was shipped off to the Yankees but in return...
Via The Majors Detroit
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Lefty Reliever Trade Targets For Mets

One of the Mets biggest stated needs this Winter is acquiring a second lefty to pair with Josh Edgin in the bullpen. Unfortunately the free agent market of Joe Beimel, Craig Breslow, and Phil Coke are nothing to get real excited about. The Mets also have some unproven options that are on the 40-man roster including Dario Alvarez and Jack Leathersich. Alvarez has great stuff, but...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Some Solid Lefty Reliever Trade Targets For Mets

One of the Mets biggest stated needs this Winter is acquiring a second lefty to pair with Josh Edgin in the bullpen. Unfortunately the free agent market of Joe Beimel, Craig Breslow, and Phil Coke are nothing to get real excited about. The Mets also have some unproven options that are on the 40-man roster including Dario Alvarez and Jack Leathersich. Alvarez has great stuff, but...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Want To Acquire A Lefty Reliever Sooner Rather Than Later

The Mets expect to sign or trade for a left-handed reliever by the end of the Winter Meetings, a team source told Mike Puma of the New York Post. With Josh Edgin already assured of a bullpen role, the Mets are looking for a second lefty to pair with him next season. Reportedly, they are targeting a low cost reliever on a one-year deal and Puma named Phil Coke, Joe Beimel and Craig...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: relief pitchers

We end the free agent primer series with a look at possibly the most overpaid market in baseball today – relief pitchers. A top-tier reliever can make more money than a back-end starter, despite 70 innings a year being considered “a heavy workload”. This winter will be no exception, as there are some relievers out there that seem like they’re going to be getting a lot of...
Via Bloguin Best
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: relief pitchers

We end the free agent primer series with a look at possibly the most overpaid market in baseball today – relief pitchers. A top-tier reliever can make more money than a back-end starter, despite 70 innings a year being considered “a heavy workload”. This winter will be no exception, as there are some relievers out there that seem like they’re going to be getting a lot of...
Via The Outside Corner
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tigers drop series finale against the Royals but take 2 of 3 on the weekend

The Tigers couldn’t complete the weekend sweep of the Kansas City Royals after today’s 5-2 loss but came out with a big 2-1 series win against their last threat in the AL Central race. Rick Porcello — who normally owns the Royals — labored through 3.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 9 hits while working through jams on more than one occasion. Porcello would eventually be replaced...
Via The Majors Detroit
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.151: Tigers at Twins

Scherzer went from Marvelous Max to Maddening Max in the span of a few batters last night, and a rare BB BB start by Joba Chamberlain opened the door for those pesky Twins to tie the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the 8th. Phil Coke did okay, but the savior last night was Kyle Ryan, who came in and immediately induced an inning ending double play. Three pitches and two bombs later,...
Via Tigers Weblog
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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