AAA Iowa 2, El Paso 1 Game Recap In a welcome site, Rob Zastryzny returned to the mound for Iowa for the first time since suffering a lat strain on May 15. Getting Zastryzny right down the stretch will not just be a key for Iowa but provides much needed left handed depth for the... Read more »
John Lackey continued the Cubs second half trend of not allowing any damage in the first inning. Lackey hit Jose Abreu with a pitch after a lengthy battle with Melky Cabrera, but escaped with just the one base runner. Ben Zobrit started the Cubs offense with a leadoff double down the left field line. Carlos... Read more »
Trade deadline is next Monday afternoon, so let’s not waste time with my usual clever introductions. OK, fine…”clever”. Clever-ish? Cubs Notes The Cubs had a scout in attendance for Justin Verlander‘s start again last night according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck. It’s probably worth noting that Verlander was throwing to another Cubs target in catcher Alex... Read more »
Even with the most basic understanding of the law of averages, it would have been easy to see that it was unlikely for the White Sox to lose today. The longevity of a baseball season resists inertia, and even very bad teams sneak a win away from the good ones. The Cubs have been red... Read more »
AAA Oklahoma City 9, Iowa 3 Game Recap Iowa blew another late lead. This time the bullpen was not entirely to blame. Starter Aaron Brooks breezed through the opening six innings, taking a 1-0 lead into the 7th. Oklahoma City erupted for four runs in the inning before Brooks gave way. Iowa clawed back with... Read more »
I don’t know about you, but when I lived in Chicago, I avoided this series like the plague. It tends to bring the worst out in people. Some of the worst insults I’ve ever heard people hurl at one another have happened during the Crosstown Classic. I remember being a little kid and walking through... Read more »
Last season for another website, I produced a piece on what looked like an exciting new double-play combination for the Cubs, Carlos Sepulveda and Andruw Monasterio. While Sepulveda opened the season with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, he has been out since early May with an injury. Only 20 years old, Monasterio was held back in extended... Read more »
Pregame: I’m obviously excited for Quintana’s Wrigley debut, but I’m really even more excited to see him take an at-bat. Give me a hit. That’s all I want. Also, I’m going to have to stay off twitter for this game. I don’t want any GoT spoilers. Top 1st inning Baez error on groundball: That’s,... Read more »
The Cubs-Sox series enters a new phase this week. As any of you who have read my missives here over the past three years know, I've never really bought into a "rivalry" between the two teams for fanbases. They're in different leagues, and to me the Sox have almost always been just a team that plays on the other side of town. Sure, the behavior of both fanbases toward each other can lead one to get a little tense or annoyed, but overall it's not something I get in a twist about. I have too much bile for St. Louis to really have much for any other team.
And now neither set of fans really have much to lord over each other. The Cubs have won, it wasn't all that long ago that the Sox did, and both have become something of a model for other teams lately on how to run an organization...
The swing of emotions in the past 24 hours of Cubs baseball has been incredible. It is a lot better feeling being on this part of the swing. Jon Lester pitched an easy two innings to start the game. Lester received a little help from the umpire in the second inning. Jedd Gyorko hit a... Read more »