REVENGE! It’s on the minds of Cubs players and fans alike, I’m sure. Back on June 30th, 2016, the New York Metropolitans proceeded to take four straight games from the Cubs of Chicago, IL. Following that abysmal series, the Cubs limped into the All-Star break winning only two of their next seven games. It was... Read more »
Things feel back on track, don’t they? And look, they won a game that wasn’t a blow out! (Can we stop talking about the narrative that the Cubs don’t win close games? Because this game was just that.) Great starting pitching, timely hitting, and a solid bullpen…better smelling than freshly baked cookies from your grandma.... Read more »
This is a battle I know all too well. In fact, given my extensive personal history of watching a lot of high school games from some of the closest seats in the house with a uniform on, I feel I am perhaps extra qualified to delve into this topic, and it might explain my interest... Read more »
Yep, totally supposed to do this last night. But as the faithful readers of my hockey blog know, sometimes things just get away from me at night. Especially when I attend the event, and especially as fascinating of one as last night was. Yes, a 1-0 game might not interest most, but Jason Hammel staring down what might be the NL's best pitcher so far this year certainly holds the attention of most of us.
When this week started, looking the most brutal week of what's been the hardest part of the Cubs schedule, seeing Kershaw and Greinke at the top probably had most Cubs fans in a bargaining state. Let's maybe get one of these, or just split the series with wins on the back half of it, and if we finish the week 3-4 that really won't be the worst thing in the world when things get easier in July. Well, the Cubs beat both of them, and now have a chance to kickstart this season into a frenzy. Yeah, I know, baseball doesn't work that way, but you know how you'll feel if the Cubs come out of this week 5-2 or something.
Let's get to the minutiae, shall we...
So among other new experiences, I got my first foul ball while at a baseball game. Sort of. The odd thing was that I wasn’t even in the stadium. My wife and I left an inning early because we had to get back to Phoenix in time to have dinner with friends. As we were... Read more »
Javier Baez is making quite the leap forward in terms of prospect status. After barely sneaking in some top 100 lists at the start of the year, Baez is now considered among the top prospects in the game just one year after being drafted. Baseball America ranked Baez as MLB’s #25 overall prospect. The likelihood... Read more »
Patience seems to be the buzz word when it comes to the Cubs this season. It starts with a development plan that stresses time, patience, and learning the “Cubs Way” when it comes to prospects and young players — at every level of the organization. Here are some examples of what I mean… The Majors... Read more »
If you’ve been following my minor league reports, you know that Luis Valbuena has been mashing AAA pitching. Not just this year, but for the past few years. There is no doubt he can hit at that level. The question has always been whether the 26 year old infielder can hit at the major league... Read more »
According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, The Cubs fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo Tuesday and replaced him with minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson on an interim basis. Although personnel has a lot to do with it the Cubs rank near the bottom in nearly every offensive statistical category. Out of 16 teams,... Read more »
The hitting star of the day isn’t even with an affiliate…yet. Javier Baez is raking down at extended spring training. Lucky for all of us, we have AZ Phil at The Cub Reporter to keep track of game stats. As far as the full season players go, the prospect with the biggest day was Matt... Read more »