Do All Roads Lead to Losses?

The I-Cubs headed to Memphis late last week with a road record that was the envy of their parents and a magic number of nine. Had they swept the four-game set with the Redbirds, they’d be returning home tonight with a chance to clinch their quarter of the PCL and lock in their spot in the divisional playoffs. Instead of the broomers, alas, they were doomed and got broomed.

Not even 1st inning homers on consecutive days by none other than Dinger Dan Descalso and contributions from demoted and divorced big leaguers the likes of Almora and Zobrist could stem the Memphis tide. It crested yesterday with a 14-2 flash flood that finished off an aggregate 35-10 sandbagging there on the banks of the Mississippi, not quite 300 miles downstream from boring St. Louis. Hmm…maybe DD, AA & BZ were enough to infect the team with a C-Cub case of roaditis.

Still, the ICs sit pretty pretty. A seven-game lead with 15 to play isn’t mathematically insurmountable but effectively, it is. Except the last four games of the regular season are versus the Memphisians, here in Des Moines, where the record is only 28-31 (compared to 38-28 on the road, even after the Memphis massacre). The local park sits at the fork of two rivers but combined they’re no match for the Mighty Miss. Since the spring monsoons they’ve receded to sandbar and puddle levels.

Probably best to finish whittling that nine down to zero before the Labor Day weekend.

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David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch

i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.

Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...

Expect the Cubs to move-up several position players and pitchers from Tennessee to Iowa for the PCL playoffs to replace Iowa pitchers & players recalled by the Cubs when rosters expand on 9/1. (Zack Short has already been moved-up from Tennessee to Iowa to replace David Bote). 

I am reminded of when Ryan Theriot was called-up from AA to MLB in September 2005 to replace Ronny Cedeno after Cedeno suffered a season-ending thumb injury, and some writer asked Theriot if he would have rather stayed in West Tenn and help lead the Diamond Jaxx to the Southern League Championship or sit on the bench in Chcago, and he said:  

"Are you nuts!!!??? The only reason you play in the minor leagues is to get to the big leagues. The minor leagues are the minor leagues." 

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  • crunch 2 hours 53 min ago (view)

    s.souza 1/1m finalized.

    could be up to 3m after performance and non-IL (injury list) incentives.

    it seems he'll be giving rest to schwarb/heyward vs lefties at a minimum.  it will be interesting to see him play OF this spring to see how much distance he can cover (and on back-to-back days).

     

  • crunch 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    cubs signing jeremy "smoke 2 joints" jeffress

    1/850K

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Cubs minor leaguers in Mesa are wearing the new Nike jerseys, which look the same as the previous Majestic unis (blue Cubs jersey with red names and numbers outlined in white), except for the Nike "swoosh" insignia on the upper right front of the shirt.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 39 min ago (view)

    The "Under Armour Performamce Center" (UAPC) at the Cubs facility in Mesa in now called the "Chicago Cubs Performance Center" (CCPC). All references to Under Armour have disappeared. 

     

  • Hagsag 14 hours 30 min ago (view)

    It's great to start getting reports from the Instructs. Keep them coming Phil!

     

  • bradsbeard 20 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Since the deal isn't official, I wonder if the Cubs will wait until camp opens to finalize the deal and then put him on the 60 day IL as soon as it's available (assuming it's a major league deal). That doesn't really make sense in light of their luxury tax maneuvering though. If he's gonna miss a third of the season they'd probably only offer a minor league deal I guess. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Cory Abbott, Ben Hecht, Ryan Lawlor, and Brailyn Marquez were in a separate group on Field #3, so they may be prepping for NRIs to MLB Spring Training.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 27 min ago (view)

    And Max Bain threw (long toss) at Instructs this morning, too. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 28 min ago (view)

    I can positively confirm that Jerrick Suiter (1B-OF selected by Cubs from Pirates in Minor League Phase of last month';s Rule 5 Draft) is indeed being converted to a RHP. I saw him throw long-toss this morning at Instructs. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 28 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.

    Choplick was the 14th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of the U. of Oklahoma in 2015, and he was released by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training 2019 (never got higher than AA). 

    I saw Choplick throw (long-toss) at Instructs this morning and he is one huge dude (6'9 250+). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 34 min ago (view)

    the entire cubs offseason has been "wow, this guy was good 2-3 years ago, but didn't play or sucked in recent past."

    houston finished using their trash can and the cubs are rooting around in it looking for players.

    speaking of...it's taken MLB longer to figure out bryant's service time complaint than the entire astros cheating scandal.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    "Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs."

    okay.  sure.  congrats and good luck.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player...

     

  • Charlie 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Good for Nick. Good luck to him and the Reds improving his defense. That park should very much play to his offense.

    Interest in Gennett is strange. If you are going to pick up a bench infielder at this point, shouldn't it be someone with SS chops?

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    nick castellanos to the reds, 4/64m...opt out after 1 year.

    meanwhile, on the cubs front...

    "Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs continue to have interest in free agent Scooter Gennett. "

    wtf...

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    There seemed to be a least an tacit understanding between ownership and fans during the rebuild that we as fans should support the organization when it was intentionally underspending and tanking. When it was time to be competitive, you know when the greatest core of Cubs players in my lifetime are in their prime, ownership would make the most of that window. That doesn't appear to be the case with the team shedding around $40 million in salary. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    in all honesty, the team is spending a healthy amount that i only jokingly complain about...but...it was not just fans talking about the extra perks the new revenue streams and tv contract would open.  it was ownership and front office at points in the past bringing it up.