While You Were Drinking 2014 Game 100 (SD at CHC)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending 100 games watching awful baseball and your starting centerfielder getting suspended for 25 games.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (44-56) defeated the Chicago Cubs (41-58) by a score of 8-3 in the second game of a three game series at Wrigley Field. Ian Kennedy...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Future of Olt

Yesterday, after nearly four months of a disappointing season, Mike Olt was sent down to Triple A Iowa to make room for Tsuyoshi Wada. I have to admit, since hearing that the Chicago Cubs received Olt in a trade for Matt Garza from the Texas Rangers, I was pretty excited. He was a legitimate third base prospect, something the Cubs had been lacking or a long time. Granted, he had...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs option Mike Olt to Triple-A

The Chicago Cubs optioned third baseman Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa late Tuesday to make room on the roster for Wednesday night's starter, Tsuyoshi Wada. Olt had been with the Cubs since making the team out of spring training, but he struggled at the plate and struck out 84 times this season, including three Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres before he was demoted. He...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

DFP: Welp, It Begins

Update Your Depth Charts Darwin Barney —> DFA Emilio Bonifacio —> Activated from the DL Tsuyoshi Wada —> Cubs Arismendy Alcantara —> Time to play Mike Olt —> Iowa Jorge Soler —> Iowa Albert Almora —> Tennessee Jacob Hannemann —> Daytona Moving Too Late The Yankees acquired Chase Headley yesterday for Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula (maybe...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Jul 23

Yesterday I took several stabs at the $20,000 first prize in what was a very top-heavy prize structure, but ultimately I came up short. My best lineup on the day finished 200th-of-5,647 and yesterday’s Official Lineup finished 704th-of-5,647 (pictured below). Our starting pitchers were great and Neil Walker was a nice lineup differentiator, but the rest was a little too ho-him...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: Tsuyoshi Wada Recon Opportunity

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Padres (43-55) at Cubs (40-57)

Since leaving for my summer travels*, the Cubs have gone 2-10, pushing their run differential from around even to today’s -38. Oh well, at least the Cubs minor league bats have been hitting. I chatted with a Padres fan at a SFO bar who was glum about his team and seemed to think the Cubs beat up in them recently (not really, they split a series in SD back in May). We both agreed...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stream Pies: 7/22/14

Tsuyoshi’s WorldPhoto Credit: Cake6 At “Stream Pies,” we are serving up gooey loads of knowledge. Here, we’ll provide invaluable streaming advice on SPs who are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. We list the options in order of best option to “least-best” option (with the strongest recommendations starting at the top for that particular day). Wednesday...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: All-Stars, Cycles, Promotions, and Rehab

As it pertains to the major league team, the biggest news on the farm are the rehab assignments of Emilio Bonifacio (AA Tennessee) and Kyuji Fujikawa (Low A Kane County).  As both work their ways back from injury, we may be inching closer and closer to the return to Chicago for these two players. The AAA All-Star Game was played on Wednesday night, with 3 I-Cubs on the PCL squad…pitchers...
Via World Series Dreaming
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: Debuts and Returns

This past week has been one noted, mostly, by some of the existing minor league players making debuts with the big league club.  Tsuyoshi Wada, Kyle Hendricks, and Arismendy Alcantara all made their ML debuts this week in Cincinnati. Alcantara got the call when Darwin Barney went on paternity leave and has been an instant spark plug, scoring the winning runs in both Thursday’s...
Via World Series Dreaming
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wada, Mighty Good Man!

Tsuyoshi Wada hit the majors leagues yesterday, so let's talk about the new Yu Darvish! Actually, that's Masahiro Tanaka. Okay, let's talk about the new Hiroki Kuroda! That's Ryu. Uh, the new Cubs pitcher that I'm excited about? That's Arrieta. The new pitcher that autocorrect tries to change his first name to tsuris? By the by, is my autocorrect anti...
Via Razzball
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday Live: Reds vs. Cubs

Welcome to Reds Gameday Live! GAMEDAY INFO Opponent: Chicago Cubs Where: Great American Ball Park TV: FOX Sports Ohio Starting Pitchers: David Holmberg (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00 ERA) GAMEDAY CHAT
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds racking up wins

The Cincinnati Reds are tied for the best record in the NL over their last 25 games, and the wins could keep flooding in with the Chicago Cubs in town for a few more days. The Reds will aim for two more victories in Tuesday's doubleheader as the clubs continue a five-game set at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati (46-42) is 17-8 since June 11, matching Pittsburgh for the top...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs prospects review: Wada, Hatley, Bruno, Silva

Today, we feature another handful of Cubs prospects, including one recently added to the team’s 40-man roster and another who, despite an injury that sidelined him for most of last season, is rapidly moving through the system. Let’s get to work. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada:  Wada, a dominant pitcher in nine years in the Japanese professional league from 2003 to 2011, was recently added...
Via The Sports Bank
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Pacific Coast League April Edition

Early in the season, there’s always an explosion of promotions and roster jockeying among teams, so it’s difficult to generate a list of players who we as a site are excited about following.  The most notable of these promotions was Jon Singleton, who was absolutely murdering baseballs in AAA and thus will not be featured on this list, but rest assured he would’ve been. ...
Via The Outside Corner
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Pacific Coast League April Edition

Early in the season, there’s always an explosion of promotions and roster jockeying among teams, so it’s difficult to generate a list of players who we as a site are excited about following.  The most notable of these promotions was Jon Singleton, who was absolutely murdering baseballs in AAA and thus will not be featured on this list, but rest assured he would’ve been. ...
Via Bloguin Best
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-18-14

Iowa Cubs Chris Valaika was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts and Logan Watkins was 1-1. That’s all the hits this team got. Maybe the Chicago Cubs offense is finally beginning to show in the minors. They’re all ready! Tsuyoshi Wada threw 8 very good innings. He allowed just 3 hits and a run (a home run). He walked 1 and struck out 5. Marcus Hatley would have gotten the save in the 9th if...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: 4/12 – 4/17

After slow starts in the first week for all but the Cougars (who remained red hot) most of the system has started to pick it up and win some games.  Just don’t look at Daytona.  The biggest headline of the week was the Javier Baez sprained ankle, which sent a collective chill through the fan base.  Other notes include Albert Almora‘s first High A home run and Kris Bryant...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wada fans 10 in win, 4/12 Cubs recap

For the first time this season, all four minor league affiliates were victorious as Daytona snapped a five-game losing streak behind an Albert Almora homer and 6+ innings from LHP Rob Zastryzny. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada fanned 10 in Iowa’s win, Kris Bryant launched a bomb for Tennessee, and Jacob Rogers smacked a three-run homer in Kane County’s victory.
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Wada Ya Gonna Do?

Tsuyoshi Wada fired five innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts, Javier Baez collected three hits and three RBI, and Josh Vitters ripped a solo HR and an RBI double, as the Iowa Cubs defeated the Salt Lake Bees (Angels AAA affiliate) 7-1 on Field #6, and C. J. Edwards and four relievers combined to toss a two-hitter and Rubi Silva stroked an RBI single and an RBI double...
Via Cub Reporter
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

OV Daily Facepalm

Weekend Roster Moves of note Darnell McDonald —-> AAA Chang-Yong Lim —-> Korea Tsuyoshi Wada —–> released Tsuyoshi Wada —–> re-signed to a minor league deal Neil Ramirez —–> AAA Javier Baez —–> AAA Jonathan Sanchez —-> AAA Casper Wells —-> AAA Blake Parker —–> AAA No real surprises here, except maybe Blake Parker, who was pretty...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #6

The Cubs hosted the Padres in a night game at Cubs Park in Mesa on Monday.  I guess people have to work or something in Arizona so they can’t just drop everything and go to the ballpark in the middle of the day. I read a fun article from Beyond the Box Score about Jeff Samardzija‘s pitching tendencies.  We’re still waiting to see whether the Cubs extend or trade him.  This...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #7

The Cubs used a power display to defeat the A’s on Sunday. I’m disappointed that Luis Valbuena didn’t really bat flip.  And then there was this defensive masterpiece by Darnell McDonald… He’ll get to laugh it off because the Cubs won. In other news, Starlin Castro got to play in minor league camp on Sunday and should be getting defensive innings soon. On the transactional...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs release Tsuyoshi Wada

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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Some Thoughts on Suk-Min Yoon

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Michael Stack Baltimore Orioles Writer At the tail end of an anemic off season, Orioles fans are gushing over the potential signing of KBO retread Suk-Min Yoon. Dan Duquette already got fleeced in one of his two Asian signings, making a sizeable contribution to Tsuyoshi Wada kid’s college fund. How Wada’s elbow got by the now infamous alien abduction...
Via TopSportsReport
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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