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  • I'm sure she'll knock it out of the park.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 20 min ago
  • Nice article on Willson Contreras in the DesMoines Register

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/base...

    Cubster 2 hours 41 min ago
  • Julianna Zobrist will sing national anthem (Memorial Day) at Wrigley today.

    Tribune interviews her...

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

    Cubster 2 hours 45 min ago
  • Any word on Neil Ramirez?? Today is his 10th day where they have had to have done something with him, or are they not count today because it is a holiday??

    cubbies.4ever 4 hours 31 min ago
  • if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.

    #Bernie130orBust

    crunch 14 hours 3 min ago
  • I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.

    VirginiaPhil 14 hours 7 min ago
  • They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.

    John Beasley 15 hours 20 min ago
  • If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!

    (But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)

    Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.

    Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.

    VirginiaPhil 15 hours 28 min ago
  • RIP Zoobrest.

    crunch 17 hours 1 min ago
  • He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.

    Old and Blue 17 hours 31 min ago
  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 19 hours 27 min ago
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 20 hours 3 min ago
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 20 hours 59 min ago
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 22 hours 20 min ago
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 22 hours 54 min ago
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    It will be interestiing to see how the seven perform over the next ten days. 

    But whatever happens, Eugene should have one helluva starting rotation.  

    Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    BUT (big but) if he can stay healthy, Johnson is a legit MLB pitching prospect, either as a MOR starter, or possibly as a reliever (if he has stamina or durability issues). 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 1 day 17 hours ago
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    He's for sure had his issues with breaking pitches but I do think he's seeing the ball well this year. I think his issues have more to do with wanting to pull balls too much when he does swing which is Rizzo's problems too as the shift is killing him.

    johann 1 day 20 hours ago
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    let's not make some huge f'n thing about something that was noticed. a bit of criticism or something noticed isn't a call to DFA him or trade him for an infield rake.

    crunch 1 day 20 hours ago
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 20 hours ago
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    I think you may be the only one here worried about this minutiae.

    But of course you are entitled if it makes you feel good.

    I would LOVE to have a 60" HDTV at my place, btw! Waiting for them to get under $1k.

    The E-Man 1 day 20 hours ago
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    he's had 5 walks in his last 7 games (14 all season) and he's not swinging a foot over everything thrown low to him lately, but i wouldn't be so quick to call his eye and plate awareness excellent. he walked twice in a game on may 24th...the last time he walked twice in a game before that was august 4th, 2015. that's 211 PA between 2-walk games (though 20-ish of those PA were in games where he only got 1-2 PA).

    crunch 1 day 20 hours ago
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 1 day 21 hours ago
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 1 day 21 hours ago
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 1 day 21 hours ago
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 1 day 22 hours ago
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 1 day 22 hours ago
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 1 day 23 hours ago
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 1 day 23 hours ago
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 1 day 23 hours ago
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 2 days 45 min ago
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 2 days 1 hour ago
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Phillies @ Cubs  14:20 ET

    27.5 % 72.5 %

     

    SP: Jerad Eickhoff SP: Kyle Hendricks
    1. Odubel Herrera (CF)
    2. Freddy Galvis (SS)
    3. Maikel Franco (3B)
    4. Ryan Howard (1B)
    5. Cameron Rupp (C)
    6. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
    7. David Lough (LF)
    8. Jerad Eickhoff (P)
    9. Peter Bourjos (RF)
    1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
    2. Jason Heyward (RF)
    3. Kris Bryant (3B)
    4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
    5. Ben Zobrist (2B)
    6. Jorge Soler (LF)
    7. Miguel Montero (C)
    8. Addison Russell (SS)
    9. Kyle Hendricks (P)
    Transmission 2 days 1 hour ago
  • Phil, when will the Cubs start moving international players from EST to the Dominican for the start of the DSL season?

    diamondjaxx 2 days 2 hours ago
  • It was a nice barehand pick-up but he was close enough to 1st where he could underhand the ball to Bryant. The trouble he's had has been with the overhand throw. He's definitely working on it, but I don't know if that play was a good example of progress made.

    K Dub 2 days 5 hours ago
  • Phil, have you heard anything about the condition of Oscar De La Cruz's elbow? Has there been talk of a time table? Is he throwing?

    K Dub 2 days 11 hours ago
  • i was distracted for most of the game and also missed the first few innings.

    but yeah, any time he makes a good fielding+throwing play on D it's worthy of praise and a trip to pizza hut for a personal pan pizza and $1 worth of songs on the juke box.

    seriously, i'll take it.

    crunch 2 days 13 hours ago
  • BTW, CRUNCH, Lester made a nice bh pick-up and toss to Bryant. Did you catch it?

    He's been workin' on the D!

    The E-Man 2 days 15 hours ago
  • j.urias didn't have a good debut...

    2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp

    81 pitches. yow.

    crunch 2 days 17 hours ago
  • Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!

    The E-Man 2 days 17 hours ago
  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 2 days 18 hours ago
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 2 days 18 hours ago
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 2 days 18 hours ago
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 2 days 19 hours ago
  • So why don't the umps like Soler, or am I just imagining it?

    Rob Richardson 2 days 19 hours ago

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  • I'm sure she'll knock it out of the park.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • Nice article on Willson Contreras in the DesMoines Register

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/base...

    Cubster 2 hours 41 min ago view
  • Julianna Zobrist will sing national anthem (Memorial Day) at Wrigley today.

    Tribune interviews her...

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

    Cubster 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • Any word on Neil Ramirez?? Today is his 10th day where they have had to have done something with him, or are they not count today because it is a holiday??

    cubbies.4ever 4 hours 31 min ago view
  • if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.

    #Bernie130orBust

    crunch 14 hours 3 min ago view
  • I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.

    VirginiaPhil 14 hours 7 min ago view
  • They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.

    John Beasley 15 hours 20 min ago view
  • If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!

    (But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)

    Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.

    Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.

    VirginiaPhil 15 hours 28 min ago view
  • RIP Zoobrest.

    crunch 17 hours 1 min ago view
  • He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.

    Old and Blue 17 hours 31 min ago view
  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 19 hours 27 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 20 hours 3 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 20 hours 59 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 22 hours 20 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 22 hours 54 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago view