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  • Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
    Author: billybucks
    8 hours 16 min ago
  • Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
    Author: billybucks
    8 hours 59 min ago
  • JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A. Corey Black and Jeimer Candelario (and Pierce Johnson) are first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible after this season and so getting reps in the AFL will help the Cubs decide whether to add them to the MLB 40-man roster in November (if there are even any doubts at this point). Black has a golden arm but he has had control issues forever and he needs more experience working out of the bullpen (he was moved to the bullpen during the 2015 season). He was a starter because he featured a 96 MPH fastball, a plus-change, a curve, and a hard slider, but his size (5'11 175), nervous energy, and max-effort delivery plays better in relief. Candelario will soon replace both Mike Olt and Christian Villanueva as the Cubs #1 3B prospect. (With the year he has had at Myrtle Beach and Tennessee, Candelario has played himself back into the Cubs Top 10 Prospect List). Willson Contreras is eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) post-2015, but the fact that he has been assigned to the AFL means at the very least he has agreed to a 2016 minor league successor contract (can't be officially signed until 9/15), but he is a lock to be added to the 40-man roster anyway. Playing in the AFL will get him more experience catching MLB pitching prospects than he got at Tennessee. Like Candelario, Contreras has played himself into the Cubs Top 10 Prospect list with his breakout 2015 season at AA, and he is certainly the Cubs #1 catching prospect right now. Mark Zagunis was drafted by the Cubs as a catcher out of the U. of Virginia in the 3rd round of the 2014 Draft and was tried in RF at AZL instructs post-2014 (and looked great out there) before moving to RF full-time at Minor League Camp last March, and while he has been overshadowed by other more well-known prospects (Schwarber, McKinney, Almora, et al), Zagunis is absolutely a legitimate MLB prospect. He is a line-drive hitter with an outstanding eye at the plate and excellent strike-zone judgment, and he has above-average speed, too (he was compared to Jason Kendall when he was a catcher). and he is an OBP machine. Zagunis is not Rule 5 Draft eligible, but the Cubs may expect him to move fast through the system and want to challenge him by assigning him to the AFL. It would really help his cause a lot if he could play CF adequately (he has played CF every now & then), but he is still learning to play RF. Cael Brockmeyer was given an NRI to Spring Training with the big club this past February, and so the Cubs must like his receiving skills and work-ethic. The Cubs moved him back & forth from one affiliate to another (wherever he was needed) during the course of the 2015 season, and they wouldn't do that unless they thought he was mature enough to handle it. Some people think that at 6'5 Brockmeyer is too tall to be a catcher, but I think he will probably end up as an MLB back-up C-1B type. He is on the Mesa Solar Sox "Taxi Squad," so he will only be allowed to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays, unless there is an injury to one of the other catchers and he gets elevated to the full-time status. Like Zagunis and Zastryzny, Brockmeyer is NOT Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2015. The only real surprise (to me) among the Cubs players assigned to the AFL was RHRP David Garner, because I thought a more-advanced reliever like P. J. Francescon, Matt Brazis, Michael Jensen, Tayler Scott, or James Pugliese would be the more-likely choice. Garner actually began the season at Extended Spring Training because of his struggles at Minor League Camp, but he got it together fairly quickly, and had a nice year out of the bullpen, first at South Bend and then (especially) later at Myrtle Beach. Garner is a two-pitch pitcher who features a mid-90's heater and a plus-curve. He is NOT Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2015.
    Author: Arizona Phil
    12 hours 56 min ago
  • Author: blockhead25
    13 hours 57 min ago
  • Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
    Author: billybucks
    14 hours 33 min ago
  • Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
    Author: blockhead25
    14 hours 37 min ago
  • No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game. Oh well...at least SF has been cooperating so far -- lost 2 of 3 to the Cards and the first 2 to LA (c'mon Kershaw!) I fear this is what we should expect from Hammel now -- he hasn't been good for a while. This could be one nasty stagger to the finish line. Great comic relief by Javy against Chapman -- tying run at the plate, and he swung so hard he knocked himself over!
    Author: billybucks
    14 hours 38 min ago
  • solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
    Author: crunch
    15 hours 31 min ago
  • Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
    Author: The E-Man
    15 hours 47 min ago
  • un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
    Author: crunch
    15 hours 52 min ago
  • DAT TIE THO.
    Author: crunch
    16 hours 5 min ago
  • Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
    Author: Simba63
    17 hours 24 sec ago
  • Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
    Author: billybucks
    17 hours 22 min ago
  • 5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
    Author: blockhead25
    17 hours 26 min ago
  • <p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers.&nbsp;</p>
    Author: WISCGRAD
    17 hours 29 min ago
  • Tony Four Sacks # 27
    Author: jacos
    17 hours 40 min ago
  • Hammel has k'd Votto twice. /baseball
    Author: jacos
    17 hours 40 min ago
  • Sore Ribs doesn't worry me too much. Getting a "precautionary MRI" has me assuming he is going to be out at least a few days, possibly more.
    Author: blockhead25
    18 hours 3 min ago
  • Maybe he got injured diving for the ball in LF? I really hope it's not code for a "strained oblique"....
    Author: billybucks
    18 hours 23 min ago
  • Our starting pitching kinda sucks for #3-5.
    Author: blockhead25
    18 hours 41 min ago
  • Schwarber out with "sore ribs" /sorry to interrupt the magic number talk
    Author: jacos
    18 hours 52 min ago
  • Schwarber stays back and hammers a 3-2 change-up that was down and away. Very impressive.
    Author: billybucks
    21 hours 29 min ago
  • And a good job to drive the ball to RF to advance the runner in the 8th. Encouraging.
    Author: billybucks
    21 hours 31 min ago
  • <p>It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now:&nbsp;http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
    Author: WISCGRAD
    23 hours 2 min ago
  • Is the magic number 25 or 26?
    Author: Rob Richardson
    23 hours 18 min ago
  • Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
    Author: Rob Richardson
    23 hours 31 min ago
  • Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
    Author: jacos
    23 hours 40 min ago
  • That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days. Regardless of what the other fellas said in the thread earlier, I was pretty encouraged with Baez. The violent swing seems to be much more under control, and he took more bad pitches than he swung at. There were two pitches in particular that I bet the other team thought he'd swing at. One game, and no hits, but I liked what I saw.
    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 38 min ago
  • I missed it. What did he do?
    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 45 min ago
  • extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
    Author: crunch
    1 day 9 hours ago
  • Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
    Author: billybucks
    1 day 9 hours ago
  • I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
    Author: billybucks
    1 day 9 hours ago
  • go cubs go
    Author: dcf
    1 day 9 hours ago
  • woooooooooooo
    Author: crunch
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • You know you like it https://youtu.be/2sSofokAIiw
    Author: jacos
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.
    Author: John Beasley
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • "woo." - pedro strop
    Author: crunch
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • schwarberry schwerbert guh...that's awful...nevermind.
    Author: crunch
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • Schwarbaceousness
    Author: dcf
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • der Kaiser! #13
    Author: jacos
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • SCHWARB!!@#!@!
    Author: crunch
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • Well Ross is out, so they had to bring in Rodney
    Author: jacos
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • these ties and leads being immediately pissed away is getting old
    Author: crunch
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • btw, Madbum vs Groin-key tonight
    Author: Cubster
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • KBI #82
    Author: jacos
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • This game is sucking brainless donkey dicks
    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • c.richard pitching in a game where the team is only down by 1? barf. ...2 batters, 0 outs, and 1 run later it's grimm's turn.
    Author: crunch
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • Be nice if someone other than the Ace was capable of a shutdown inning after the Cubs score. Can't even get the freaking pitcher out.
    Author: Eric S
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • ...and then he gives up a run, and the lead, on a single by the pitcher. still, 2 runs through 5 is good for him.
    Author: crunch
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • I was focusing on the mechanics of the swing, which was awful earlier. He looked ok up there that way.
    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 11 hours ago