While Waiting for Phat Adbert

The Iowa Cubs are 2-6 out of the gate. The winning percentage will surely climb from the nadir of .250, but the place in the standings? Maybe not. The Cub-board isn't completely bare, but the big bone Chicago has to throw at their poor fans here in Des Moines this season is still rounding into form at EXST in the desert.

Meanwhile, exactly one player on the currently active I-Cub roster has homered in the first eight games. David Bote, an INF with some promise, has managed two. Jacob Hannemann is fun to watch play CF and run the bases, but the rulebook still prohibits stealing first base and his OBP so far is merely .154. Mark Zagunis is thought to be of at least big league 4th OF potential, a hitter with a discerning eye, but even early on, it is not good to have more walks (5) than hits (3 - all singles).

On the mound, Underwood, Tseng, Hancock, and Maples, in particular, bear watching, but if any spotlight is to shine on the farm system this summer, it will be for Alzolay to steal it, and, unlike Hannemann, he does not even have to reach base. He only has to get here. I will be waiting.

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Maybe you can fix this, Steve? Tried editing w/ Chromebook & Mac but what shows on the site does not in the edit template - sorry - story of my cyberlife...

Mike, it was doing funky things for me too last week, but then corrected itself. The site has a mind of its own.

have you tried jiggling the handle?

18 year old pitching phenom bartolo colon took a no-hitter into the 8th for TEX.

crazy.

18.2ip 11h 2bb 17k, 3er he's gonna be good.

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  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 25 min ago (view)

    RHP Kelvin Abreu (April 2019 IFA - Venezuela) had his contract voided and he has been released. He spent his entire pro career (four months) on the Restricted List.  

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 34 min ago (view)

    I didn't watch the game, but I see that Lester got knocked around despite a significant headwind from CF. That's a rare feat.

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 7 min ago (view)

    I think it's becoming increasingly likely that the Cubs will not exercise Lester's 2021 $25M option after next season (paying the $10M buy-out instead and direct the remaining $15M elsewhere). The 2021 $25M option automatically vests if Lester throws at least 400 IP over the course of 2019-20, but that isn't going to happen.

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 28 min ago (view)

    It's the Polar Bear in an Arctic Snowstorm all white uniforms. Burn 'em! Bring back the unis from the Little League Classic. They actually looked sharp.  

     

  • Eric S 16 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Thru seven innings, Cubs have one hit (by Nick C, of course) - this after somehow winning yesterday’s game with a total of two hits. Clearly it’s time to fire Chili Davis again

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Feel bad for the patrons at Wrigley this afternoon - seeing Strop in the fifth inning is a bad sign. At least the weather is nice

     

  • JustSayin' 19 hours 10 min ago (view)

    The buzz on Riley Thompson is that he did what many pitchers do, just way too blatantly.  The opposing manager asked the umpire to check Thompson's glove because he was "going there every time" and the ball was "snapping" when it came out of his hand.  It was a ten-day suspension.  That is supposed to cost you two starts but South Bend uses a six-man rotation so Thompson only missed one.  Kudos to Buddy Bailey and the SB staff for navigating Thompson's absence effectively, with a lot of pitchers being asked to change or expand their roles over these two weeks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    South Bend RHSP Riley Thompson has been reinstated from his suspension. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released DSL Cubs #2 RHRPs Keiber Arredondo and Kleiber Carreno (both IFA signed post-2016 DSL season out of Venezuela). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    cubs sweep!

     

  • Eric S 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Woo Hoo!!! Cubs win a crazy one!  KB with another late inning, game winning homer - good stuff!

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    schwarb set the cubs team record for fastest to 100 by a cub a bit less than a week ago.  bryant would have won a couple MVP awards in a row the past couple years.

     

  • Eric S 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    That was a good send by the butterman - great throw by Yaz Jr

    Try as he might, Eddie Vedder can’t find da butterman

    Thanks. I’ll show myself out now

     

  • Eric S 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    200th home run of the season by KB probably would have set some kind of record too

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    the inital graphic was KB #200, but i was like...hold on...

    it was technically true in the loosest sense of the phrase.

     

  • Eric S 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    That would have been pretty cool if it had been KB’s 200th home run in less than five full seasons!