The Daily CCO: A Big Week for the Cubs at the Midway Point of the Season?

The Cubs hit the midway point of the season Monday night when the team opens a three-game series in Boston. Theo Epstein will not be with the Cubs on the trip to Chicago. Epstein has family matters to attend to, but Jed Hoyer will be with the team for their first series at Fenway Park since 2011.

The Cubs begin play Monday with a 14-13 record in June. If the Cubs are able to win the first game in Boston, the team will post a winning record in a month other than July for the first time under the current regime.

Sunday should have been the calm before the proverbial storm. It figures to be a busy week for the Cubs with the July 2 International signing period beginning in three days. The rumors are picking up and the Blue Jays are interested in more players on the Cubs roster than just Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Manny Ramirez will be introduced to the Des Moines and Chicago media Monday. Comcast SportsNet will carry Ramirez’s press conference from Principal Park that is scheduled to start at 2:00pm CDT. Manny Ramirez played in one of Iowa’s five games in Colorado since he joined the club Thursday.

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro will make a final push to make the All-Star team, plus will Arismendy Alcantara be named Player of the Week in the PCL or will Kris Bryant take home his first Triple-A award?

Minor News and Notes

There was a system sweep Sunday … Iowa won 2-0, Tennessee posted a 6-1 victory, in took 11 innings for the D-Cubs to walk-off with a 9-8 win, the Cougars won 9-7, Boise had a 6-2 victory and the AZL Cubs won 5-4.

Tsuyoshi Wada had a good outing Sunday. Wada threw 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball while allowing six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts on 99 pitches, 65 for strikes. Wada was recently added to the 40-man roster and is expected to be called up once a trade or two takes place to create an opening for him. Wada is 9-4 in 15 starts this season with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 99 innings, Wada has 101 strikeouts with 25 walks and he’s allowed 91 hits.

Ben Wells is trying to regain his confidence according to a report from the Idaho Statesman.

Kris Bryant’s hitting streak came to an end Sunday. Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 and is still batting .317/.391/.756 in 11 games with Iowa that includes three doubles, five home runs and a 1.147 OPS.

Arismendy Alcantara extended his hitting streak to eight games Sunday. Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a double. Alcantara has eight multi-hit games in his last 10 and is 19-for-41 over last ten games … .463/.489/.805 with six doubles, one triple, two home run, three walks, nine strikeouts and a 1.294 OPS. Alcantara is batting .349/.395/.560 with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and a .955 OPS over his last 28 games.

Javier Baez is improving. Baez walked again Sunday and went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Baez is hitting .368/.455/.474 over his last 10 games with six walks, four doubles, 11 strikeouts and a .928 OPS. Baez has four walks and three strikeouts in his last three games.

Kyle Schwarber went 0-for-4 Sunday but he still reached base with a walk. Schwarber is hitting .412/.512/.882 with four doubles, four home runs, six walks, seven strikeouts and a 1.395 OPS in 10 games with the Cougars.

Albert Almora went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a walk and a run scored Sunday. Almora has hits in nine of his last 10 games and is batting .356/.396/.467 over that stretch with two doubles, three walks, five strikeouts and a .863 OPS.

Weekend Headlines

Even with the team not playing Sunday, it was a rather busy weekend for the Chicago Cubs. And Dallas Beeler had a very good debut. Here are the headlines from the weekend that includes news, and rumors, you can use.

This Day in Cubstory

2006 – Cubs released Tony Womack

1999 – President Bill Clinton showed up in time to see Sammy Sosa hit his NL best 30th homer of the season in a 5-4 victory over the Brewers. Nine of Sosa’s previous 13 hits were home runs.

1998 – With an eighth inning home run, Sammy Sosa extended his Major League record for home run in a month. Sosa hit 20 home runs in June of 1998.

1994 – Cubs signed free agent Jose Nieves

1986 – Cubs traded Dave Lenderman and Dave Liddell to the Mets for Ed Lynch

1972 – Joe Pepitone rejoined the Cubs after a brief retirement and went 1-for-4 in the Cubs 4-3 victory over the Pirates. Rick Reuschel allowed two hits in 7 1/3 innings before leaving the game with a twisted ankle. Billy Williams drove in three runs.

1970 – Mark Grudzielanek, born

1964 – Doug Dascenzo, born

1956 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Jerry Kindall

1932 – The Cubs took the field at Wrigley wearing numbers on their uniforms for the first time. The Cubs were the last team to add numbers to the back of their jerseys. The Cubs topped the Reds 7-0

1909 – Cubs spoiled the Pirates opening of Forbes Field with a 3-2 victory in the new park.

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