Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Heyward homers; Carraway extends no-hit streak; Herz is lights out once again

DJ Herz (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

A quick note before I begin with the recap of last night’s action: I am going to be travelling all weekend so there may be no recaps the next few days. I will at least try to get out a cursory recap with some scores and stats, but no guarantees.

AAA

Omaha 8, Iowa 5

Top Performers

  • Jason Heyward: 2-3, HR (1), R, RBI (.400)
  • Jake Marisnick: 0-3 (.167)
  • Robert Stock: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K (L, 0-3, 4.60)
  • Trayce Thompson: 2-4, 2B, HR (3), R, RBI, BB (.275)
  • Ian Miller: 1-2, 3B, R, RBI (.195)
  • Vance Vizcaino: 1-2, R, RBI (.308)
  • Andrew Romine: 2-3, HBP (.200)
  • Jacob Olson: 1-3, HBP (.167)

AA

Birmingham 5, Tennessee 4 (Completed suspended game from 6/3)

Birmingham 1, Tennessee 0 (7 Innings)

Top Performers

  • Peyton Remy: 6 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 7 K (L, 0-1, 0.00)
  • Christopher Morel: 2-6 (.204)
  • Brennen Davis: 2-4, 2B (.250)
  • Erick Castillo: 1-3, R (.209)
  • Grayson Byrd: 1-6, HR (1), R, RBI, BB (.282)

High-A

South Bend 5, Lansing 4

Top Performers

  • Bradlee Beesley: 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, SB (1) (.316)
  • Bryce Windham: 1-3, 3B, R, RBI, BB (.200)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-4, 2 R, RBI (.222)
  • Jake Washer: 2-4, R (.205)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1-4, 3B, R (.323)
  • Chris Kachmar: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K (5.16)
  • Burl Carraway: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (W, 2-0, 3.12)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Burl Carraway extended his career-opening no-hit streak to 8.2 innings. The left handed reliever has walked 12 batters over that span, but has also struck out 15. He’s attempted to expand his repertoire beyond his plus fastball and curve to include a slider, which has caused some issues at times. I didn’t catch last night’s game, so I can’t tell you if that contributed to his two walks.

Low-A

Myrtle Beach SUSP (0-0 in T6th)

Game Recap

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: D.J. Herz was dominate last night.

Four innings, no hits, one walk, nine Ks. They’ve ramped his pitch limit up to 65, so we’ll start seeing him go 75+ soon, and with it he will be able to go 5-6 innings and begin qualifying for some wins.

The game was suspended in the top of the 6th, with a score of 0-0. Each team recorded just one hit.

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Infielders Luis Verdugo (.113/.130/.189 in 54 PA) and Ryan Reynolds (.211/.250/.337) were activated from the IL and got the start last night. Verdugo’s numbers are poor right now, but I’ve seen some impressive swings and at bats from him. He’s been a slow starter at every level, and while the lack of plate discipline (0 BB/22 K) should be noted, I think by the end of the year his May struggles will be forgotten. The 20-year old is a potential plus defender at 3B (and can pick it at SS too), and there is pop in his bat to go with it. He’s shown a willingness to use the whole field thus far as well.

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  • W's would be nice but development comes first. Some eye popping performances in the mix.

    I was really hoping there'd be a good PH opportunity in the 5th to get Davies out of the game. Didn't want to see him 3rd time through after struggling through 4. DP washed that away.

    It'd be nice to see Alcantara and Wisdom in lineup regularly. They're producing.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    I’m not inclined to equate what Wisdom and Alcantara are doing, at least not at this point. Wisdom has earned a longer ‘look’, but Alcantara still is an unknown. Players like Sogard have been earning his share of playing time. That is not a knock on Alcantara, but the Cubs are in first place - Alcantara can continue his development in Iowa to show his true value down the road.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    If Alcantara has an option for this year like Alzolay the time to find out what they've got is now. Sogard is 35 and not in their future plans. I like him too. But.

    A roster crunch is coming with no good answers. Nico came up when Joc went down. Heyward and Marisnick will replace Martini and Ortega. Bote, Duffy and Nico will be due to come back at some point.

    That means 3 other guys gotta go. If Alcantara and Wisdom are still raking???? Don't know. But I'd guess '22 will play into the decisions.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Nico and Duffy are keys to the long term success of this line up. I like Wisdom' s sledgehammer bat, but it's not the tack hammer finishing nail missing ingredient one provided by Matt Duffy. Hoerner is a spark plug and adds an overall new 'baseball player' feel to our mundane core. Sogard stays as a veteran top bench piece and pitch hitter from the left side. Our depth needs to step up til then. Alcantara and Wisdom' s day will come down the line. Bote?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Long time Duffy fan. Question remains can he stay on the field? I've been very impressed with Alcantara's approach. And he can motor. At some point he's going to jump on that first pitch. But I like the patience. Very SSS but .333 behind in the count. And he's looked every bit the legit switch hitter.

    They looked like contenders in May. But the rotation is obviously being exposed again. Not a clue how that can be addressed in '21. And Alzolay can't be asked for more than 140 innings max. Riding that pen 4 to 6 innings regularly for another 4+ months just isn't realistic.

    On the bright side tonight's game is earlier. ;-)

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Yup, the rotation isn't a much, but one guy at the top could change all that. Sergio most likely isn't going to replace Nico, so I hope he has an option back down. We do not want to lose him. He looks to have a future, maybe here.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    We will see what Jed comes up with soon. It's not impossible that it could be guys from what was considered the regulars, dare I say maybe even the core. Surprise us!!

  • I have a feeling that when the midseason prospect rankings come out, Ryan Jensen and DJ Herz are going to get a lot of notice.

  • Kazmir has been good at AAA in a SSS. Like our lineup tonight.

  • Looking like a short night for Jake. Too many non-competitive pitches. Too many 3 ball counts.

  • Ross has clearly decided to concede this one in the 2nd inning. The joys of May are about to be replaced by the realities of this rotation.

    Oh well. Fun while it lasted. Let the kids play.

  • Shame on you Rossi, leaving Jake in the second that long. What manager leaves his pitcher in the game that long, struggling to find the zone.
    Its sad to watch a once great pitcher struggling like Jake.
    Two outs from Rizzo from junk yard pitchers batting in the third slot?
    Is it Alfonso Rivas time yet ?

  • Rizzo fouling off balls 5-6 then grounding out on ball 7 certainly didn't help. Multiple chances for 2 on with 1 out.

    But ya, Jake didn't have command out of the gate and it was clear early in the bottom 2nd he had nothing. Combined with his last outing there's reason to be concerned.

  • So I’m thinking soon they move up Jensen to AA & Herz up to high A. What more does low A do for him? Unless there is a logjam of “top talent” ahead of these 2, but these are top 30 prospects, Jensen top 10. We lost Tyson Miller, although he’d fallen some in the rankings. There should be some maneuverability within the org.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Some promising arms in the system. Here's to hoping they can develop a 1 & 2.

    Good time to remember deGrom was a 9th round pick. Woodruff 11th round. Never know.

  • This road trip could get ugly and we knew that was a possibility. Jake has really been wild and throwing a ton of pitches early in his starts. That second inning was a disaster. We need a W.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I thought I heard Arrieta said after the game, he hasn’t felt well. He felt weak. Hummm.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    He hasn't been very good since April. And even then was looking like a guy that needed to battle to get through 5 on fumes.

    Which is fine for a #5. Truth is the Cubs cut bait with him at the right time.

    My bigger concern is if they were starting a 5 game playoff series they have #3's and #5's at best. Maybe they're holding Marquez back in the event he catches fire they'll have big arm when needed?

    Problem will be getting there with this rotation. I can't imagine Alzolay still pitching in October. They'd have to skip starts and limit him to 9 or 10 more through September.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Cory Abbott has been called up. Jake is on a short leash.

  • Aramis Ramirez is not one to get caught up in the being too sensitive crowd. So when he says Bob Brenley has an issue with bias toward Latin players, it carries some credence. I do hope though, that Bob doesn't lose his job over it, but put him on notice.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I don’t think Brenley deserves to lose his job over what he said. But Brenley constantly roasted Aramis, while Brenley was announcing in Chicago. There can’t be any love lost, at least from Ramirez end, I can understand that.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I've enjoyed Brenly over the years. But he gets carried away and crosses lines a bit too regularly. He has to stop that.

    As for Ramirez he had a lot of leg problems. I preferred the jog to 1st as opposed to the DL. He knew his body a lot better than Bob or anyone else.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Ha! My son noted and, that if he were managing ARam, he would fine him for busting it to first.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    That's funny.....Interesting rumblings out there. Reports say Abbott is being called up.

    Jake to the IL? Abbott is scheduled to start for Iowa tonight. He could piggyback with Stewart tonight and take Jake's next start Friday with normal rest?

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Looks like Wieck optioned to cover Abbott.

  • Good chance Heyward and Marisnick are going to be activated too. They're with the team taking BP. It'll be nice to have MLB bats on the bench again. Not to mention their 2 best OF gloves.

  • Nothing personal. Sogard is a useful PH and bench guy. I really wanted to see Alcantara face a TOR MLB starter.

  • Well,
    At least Rossi didn't wait until S.F. scored 6 to pull Stewart.
    Is it a coincidence that with Rizzo back, the Cubs started losing ?

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Theoretically they still have a chance.

    I'd say their rotation is being exposed.

  • C'mon Jed! Sign these guys!!! You could've penciled Javy in for 3-4 K's before the first pitch.

    Just hilarious. 2 hits through 6. Wisdom and Stewart.

    Maybe some late inning heroics?

  • Maybe Hendricks can have a good outing?

    Smokies in a crazy one tonight. Davis is swinging it.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Let's hope Hendricks can be our stopper. I was thinking 3 of 7 would be a pretty good trip to the West. We can't afford to just go belly up. One win at each series will probable keep us afloat.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    It feels like April. Starters can't keep us in the game and only scoring on homeruns.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I guess one of the things about this team and pulling for them is how easily fans (me) get discouraged. They lose a couple three games and It immediately seems hopeless. I never feel confident that these guys can answer and hang. Since 2016 something appears to be missing. Maybe it is that drive that says we are going to make this happen. I ask do they want it bad enough?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    They're back.....

    1 starter has lasted 4.1 innings over 3 games. And Davies shouldn't have made it that far. So I wouldn't call that getting discouraged easily. More of a reality check. The rotation as constructed to start the season will not take them to the post season.

    Everyone available should be given a good look. Abbott, Stewart and even talk to SF about a trade for Kazmir. He was DFA'd yesterday. Settled down nicely after the quick strike. 30 pitches, 3 K's no BB's. Stuff looked good after the first few hitters.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    It is easy to get discouraged. Cubs have not added to this roster for a few years now. Cubs let Schwarber walk, & then traded Darvish.

    The rotation, & OF are they playoff caliber? Happ .186, Heyward .177, Pederson .234.

    Brewers rotation is looking very good. Woodruff, Burnes, & Peralta right now are all pitching like playoff caliber starters.

    If the Cubs go for it this year- that mean this off-season Cubs will need to retain or replace 1B, 3B, SS, LF, & maybe add a DH. Is it time for a new RF starter this off-season?

    We all know this team was built to sell. Some of the low level pickups, bullpen, & Cubs minor league players have brought excitement to this team.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I knew what direction this team was designed to head toward, but I hate throwing in the towel. I think that Jed hedged his bet enough to try to compete if everything fell right. I'm going to try to hang onto that stretch hope for just a little bit longer. It's not going to bother me when a bunch of the 'regulars' move on.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I hope the Cubs start dealing away players by early July. If the Cubs can take the hit in the media. Isn't it the best thing for the Cubs to do, start dealing every free agent with value?

    Since the Cubs maybe found some money to potential add players, maybe just include that money in trades to try to fetch a better return during the 2021 in season sell-off?

    Tepera, Chafin, Davies, Pederson, Duffy, & others. Let alone the bigger name free agents. Whatever trade value they have ends at the end of July.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    Pederson is trending in the right direction. Last 30 games .282/ .341/ .823. I can see him back on the mutual option. He's a viable power LH bat. Marisnick in CF, Bryant in RF. That could play. If Heyward doesn't start rebounding to his career #'s and quick he has to be relegated to bench duty. Happ? Just going the wrong way again. Same there. I wouldn't mind them as PH bats starting once a week. See if they can earn more playing time.

    That said Marisnick has the same problem as Duffy. Staying on the field. And it wouldn't surprise me if Happ is a late bloomer. One of those 28-30 year old guys who finally figure it out. The tools are there. He has 2 more arbitration years.

    The rotation speaks for itself. The softest tossing in all of MLB. Auditions need to be begin. We don't need to see Abbott again until Friday when he should be taking Jake's start. See how Stewart rebounds. And I would like to see them go after Kazmir. They could use a lefty in the rotation.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Marisnick is hitting better recently, but his career MLB .230AVG-.283OBP with close to 2,000 MLB plate appearances.

    Anything could happen, Cubs are not running away with the NL Central. Multiple veterans are not having above average career years all at the same time. Bullpen stepped up and became a strength, a few others have too, but is that enough to avoid fire-sale?

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I've always liked Marisnick. Followed him with Houston. Bat never got over the hump. Then he had a nice showing with the Mets last year. SSS but nonetheless nice.

    Hence my joy when the Cubs signed him. Never know. With some guys an adjustment or 2 makes all the difference. One way to find out. Play him.

    Count me among those that are fine with a sell off. We've seen the collective group into their prime years. And frankly their post season numbers haven't been good.

    For me it's all about the $'s and even more so the years they're looking for. I'd like to see Contreras paired with Amaya next year. To me Bryant has the most long term upside. If they can get those 2 done reasonably I'm fine with it. If none that's okay too.

    Imagine Rizzo's tricky back at 34-36. When Javy starts losing his cat like reflexes. He's not good against top shelf pitching now. They wipe him out on 3-4 pitches pretty regularly. What's it going to look like then?

  • If you're not familiar with Yohendrick Pinango he's 19 now. Put up crazy numbers as a 17 year old in the Dominican Summer League in '19. I don't generally put much stock in that league but at 17 he became a daily look up.

    He's been heating up at MB after a slow start. His BB/K percentages are holding up. Now he's starting to show some power. Video of his 2nd dinger on Bleacher Nation. He doesn't appear to be 170lbs soaking wet anymore.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    You remind me of the pony tailed guy in good will hunting

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    I've heard that's a good movie. Did he like his chemicals in the 70's?

    More Sogard. Thank God. ;-)

  • They call him Mr. Wisdom.

    Kyle getting through 5 ain't gonna be easy.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Now that the Cubs have wisdom. Maybe they will unload at the trade deadline.

    What could you get for Bryant, Baez, Rizzo, Pederson, Kimbrel & Davies?

    I say unload and restart in 22'

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I would be curious to see what a 22' rotation of Hendricks, Alzolay, Marquez, Thompson, Stewart, Abbot & Steele could do.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    So what does a week or so of Wisdom make you think he’s the next Trevor Story. He could be Aquino and be a one month wonder. Same age as Bryant and 6 years less MLB time. Not sure he fits as a core player just yet. Maybe Cubs could trade him for the SP they need.

  • In reply to stix:

    Don't sell Wisdom short!!! Well Story is currently 1 year younger than Wisdom, & will be a free agent. Even if Wisdom ends up hitting .225, Cubs could use a rip and grip corner bat.

  • In reply to stix:

    Trade him ? He is the only one hitting ! I hope Wisdom is the real deal.
    The best thing about Wisdom is that he came from the Cardinal organization.

  • In reply to stix:

    Wisdom can't stay this hot, but I think he has a future in the show. My comp is Todd Frazier, once Patrick cools down. An org could do a lot worse at third.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Coming from someone who wanted to trade Bryant a few years ago when his return value was highest this will sound like a contradiction.

    I don't think they need to or should hold an all out fire sale. Kimbrel is signed for '22 and Pederson has a mutual option. As rentals the big 3 probably won't bring back what we'd hope for. Unless someone agrees to what Jed wants pass on low ball offers and take the compensatory picks if they don't re-sign. For reasonable years. Meaning not through their 36th to 38th birthdays. Maybe 37 for Bryant.

    I honestly believe they can fill all the vacancies and still compete for the division next year. It's also why I keep railing to see more of Alcantara, Wisdom and Marisnick when he's back.

    And I'm with you on the rotation. Some very intriguing possibilities there. It's why I'm so hesitant to move Kimbrel. The potential for a deep playoff rotation exists. To my eye this isn't even remotely like '12. I just don't see a crash and burn on the horizon.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    If the Cubs are in first place come the middle of July, no one is going anywhere. I also don't think Jed will deplete the farm for Mad Max. With the body of work produced from our bullpen, a middle of the rotation no. 3 could be enough. To win this will require a full year of team effort. It would make a great story for the great game of baseball.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    I look at it this way, what is the players trade value today? We all know the trade value is zero after the trade deadline passes for all Cubs pending free agents. The big three might get you three draft picks around the 75th pick if they leave as free agents.

    MLB teams hold onto top prospects. Cubs might have to settle again for younger prospects, & prospects outside of other teams top 6/8/10. I'm sure Jed will get the best talent he can if/when trades are made. We all know the lesser hype players can end up being the better players like Lemahieu, Hendricks, & Arrieta are extreme examples.

    What about Emilio Bonifacio, & James Russell to ATL for V. Caratini in 2014? Of course you are more likely to end up with a few more Mike Olt types coming back in deals?

    If the Cubs held a true fire sale with as many free agents traded as possible, they would end up with lots of controllable players/prospects.

    The free agent market this off-season once again should be a buyers market for players like Schwarber/Pederson/A. Garcia, & many other mid-level free agents. Who really knows what other teams will offer in dollars and years for Bryant, Baez, or other top free agents?

    Cubs ownership do they want to sign Bryant to a contract like 7 years $245 million that A. Rendon received from the Angels?

    Do the Cubs look like a playoff team?

    We all know this team was built to sell, and many of the players have been rumored to be on the trade market for multiple years now.

  • Watching the S.F. series is tough to watch. Three of the Cub core players are not hitting or carrying their weight at the plate. One
    player seems to think the Cubs should resign him this off season.
    Better start hitting first !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    It has been. But they're battling today. Kyle really bounced back nicely after early trouble.

    Now Baez left with a bad right paw. Didn't need that. I hope it was just a stinger. But it might explain some of the bad throws of late. I believe Ross made a comment about some issues he's been dealing with.

  • I know that it's just 1 of 4, but it feels like
    it was a must win.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Didn't it? Like there was something to prove.

    Everyone will rail about Wisdom's dingers but Kyle righting the ship and going 6.1 can't be overstated. Then there was Kyle's double. Happ's perfect throw home. Bryant's 9th inning catch. And of course Posey muffing a ball he catches at least 95 out of 100 times.

    Another team win. For whatever their shortcomings are they're anything but a one man band. If they can get healthy and cobble together a playoff rotation anything is possible.

  • Some of the ball-strike calls in S.F. series were pretty bad. On Sunday night between B.Sox-Yankees the home plate umpire
    made such a bad call, it switched momentum from N.Y. back to
    Boston.
    Maybe this will accelerate Mlb to finally add electronics
    to correct ball-strike counts.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    You are on a mission. I think it could happen in time. Before the pandemic I believe mlb was piloting electronic ump exercise somewhere, minors, fall league, or winter leagues? I'm not sure if it's still being done. Like the world we live in, the umpires are far from perfect. We will see. Seems like it should help, if accurate.

  • Bringing up players from the minors is a good way to go. The Cubs may have to step back temporary, but in the long run it will pay off. Trying to sign aging players is not cost efficient and its just a temporary fix.
    MLB has moved the Cubs up to ninth overall in power
    ratings today. Keep it up Cubbies.
    In my opinion, of the big three agents, the one with the
    most value is Kris Bryant. One is unreliable at the plate and another seems to have declining skills at the plate.

  • Remember when Burl Carraway was being touted on draft day 2019 as being “Major League ready”. Ben Leeper, 2020 undrafted FA, began this season at AA, Carraway at high A. Leeper has been promoted to AAA now. Crazy. Baseball.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Agreed ! If you follow MLB's mock drafts these past few months. The players have changed draft positions so many times, its a wonder to
    draft correctly. Some teams win, some don't !

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Gentle Ben is throwing strikes. Carraway is still walking too many. As Theo often said development isn't linear.

    Regardless to your larger point there's suddenly young pitching arriving and on the near horizon. It's like they're coming out of a covid time warp.

  • Oops, meant *2020 for Carraway, too. 2nd rounder Carraway, probably should be up in AA, maybe he will now that Leeper moved up. Pitching up & down this organization is looking pretty darn good.

  • I just read that Alcantara is OUT of options and Wisdom actually has multiple. Can't imagine sending Wisdom down anytime soon but without a Bote trade AND Sogard release, that's what they'll have to do when Nico and Duffy are ready. Cutting 24yo Alcantara sounds quite stupid.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    I think I just saw that Alcantara and Alzolay will qualify this year for a fourth year option due to the COVID shortened 2020.

  • In reply to stix:

    Check cub reporter.com for its coverage of the 40 man roster including option status.

  • In reply to stix:

    AZ Phil has your answer!

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    AZ Phil is 99% accurate on all the roster and rules interpretations. Any time anyone has a question on those matters, they should check out TCR. When I answer questions regarding them I almost always verify my information on there to be sure.

  • In reply to stix:

    Thank you!

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Stupid would be a polite way of putting it. Especially given he appears to be a legit switch hitter. He'd be gone in a flash. Arizona Phil is usually a reliable source. He opined Alcantara would fall in with the arbitrators decision that applied to Alzolay. But I've yet to see it noted anywhere. Wisdom has 3 remaining.

    Bote and Hoerner won't be back anytime soon. Sounds like Duffy is on the slow track too. Ross needs to find out what they've got.

    Next year it's 13 pitchers max. But with their rotation that 9th arm (Maples) has proven to be useful. On the bright side compared to what some teams are dealing with it's a good problem to have.

  • Thank you David Ross. The standard core lineup will not be seen tonight!!! ....At a minimum I prefer them split up. And Jake is back starting in CF!

    Contreras
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Wisdom
    Marisnick
    Happ
    Alcantara
    Sogard
    Alzolay

  • At this point, it's just a matter of getting a win in each series to avoid a complete disaster. I've lost count of the number of these swings to the west coast, that have turned promising season into uphill climb. I guess it's a test of the legitimacy of the teams changes. We will always wonder 'what if' had Jed not traded Darvish and Caratini, tho we didn't win anything with them either. So far, Higgins is an easy out and Davies has been hit hard. Maybe that will change. It's been fun watching our deep bench contribute and they will need to continue to do so until Hoerner and Duffy get healthy and stay on the field. I don't know what to say about the rotation except it's needs a shot in the arm from someone. Go Cubs!

  • In reply to 44slug:

    The rotation is obviously struggling again. And when mediocre rotations struggle it tends to get ugly. On the bright side the offense hasn't gone into complete hibernation. So that's encouraging.

    Maybe Davies and Jake can rebound. Run up Darvish's pitch count and hope for the best. They'll definitely be ready for a day off Thursday.

  • Welcome back Michael.

    Question. Stock has started and gone 4 innings his last 2 appearances. Somewhat impressively I might add. Any idea if there is anything more to this than just filling in because of call ups?.....Thanks

  • Ahhhh.Sandberg and Dempster. It's not worth it. I'll listen to the radio.

  • The Riz is 3 for 23 on the west coast trip! Ouch !

  • J.D. sure gets a lot of games off.

  • Big win! Sometimes those series where a team has to fight to avoid a sweep, like the one against a hot team like the Giants, bold well for the next series. The Cubs could still go 3-4 playing two of the best teams on the west coast. Even if they end up 2-5 it still indicates that this team is good and could be staying in the mix.

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