The Daily CCO: The Outstanding Arrieta and Other Cubs News

Jake Arrieta was pretty good once again Tuesday. Arrieta took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Billy Hamilton. Arrieta gave up two runs on three hits in the seventh after shutting down a Reds offense that was clicking on all cylinders, and then some, since Joey Votto was activated from the disabled list.

Arrieta said after the game that he was gassed when he took the mound for the seventh inning after running the bases in the bottom of the sixth. Arrieta led off a long inning, in which the Cubs scored two runs, with a walk and was on base for a majority of the inning. Arrieta scored when Homer Bailey plunked Starlin Castro with the bases loaded.

Jake Arrieta completed seven innings for the third straight start and he is 3-0 in his last five starts with a 1.14 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed four runs on 20 hits with five walks and 38 strikeouts in his last 31 2/3 innings.

Anthony Rizzo

During an interview on 670 The Score last week, Theo Epstein revealed Anthony Rizzo worked out with Joey Votto in the off-season. Joey Votto downplayed his relationship with Rizzo when he was asked about it Tuesday night. And according to a report from ESPN Chicago, Rizzo did as well.

Anthony Rizzo said that he, Votto and Padres’ pitcher Casey Kelley worked out together in Sarasota and he got to know Votto “a little better off the field.”

Rizzo was being labeled as Votto-light earlier in the season due to his improved approach at the plate, similar to that of Joey Votto. Rizzo was asked about the comparison to Votto Tuesday night and he said “it’s an honor.”

According to the ESPN Chicago report, Rizzo does not take much satisfaction in walking. “I don’t really take pride in walking … I don’t really want to walk. I’d rather drive the ball in the gap. But if I get a free pass, I get a free pass. It just depends on the situation. It really comes down to me swinging at the right pitches, and it I don’t get them and I have to walk, then I’ll walk.”

Anthony Rizzo is making his case to be at the Mid-Summer Classic at Target Field according to a report from ESPN Chicago. And the improvements Rizzo has made at the plate this season have been done in a lineup with not much around him other than Starlin Castro.

And Anthony Rizzo’ 17 home runs is the most by a Cubs lefty through the team’s first 75 games since Billy Williams hit 23 in 1970, plus, as the Sun-Times pointed out, nine of Rizzo’s 11 home runs since May 8 have given the Cubs a lead and one tied the game.

Jason McLeod

The Padres have asked the Cubs for permission to interview Jason McLeod for the GM job in San Diego. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Padres plan to interview A.J. Hinch, Fred Uhlman Jr. and Omar Minaya, who are running things in San Diego right now. Former Marlins’ GM Larry Beinfest is also on the Padres’ list.

Along with Jason McLeod, the Padres have asked permission to interview Billy Eppler (Yankees), Mike Hazen (Red Sox), Thad Levine (Rangers), David Forst (Athletics) and Mike Girsch (Cardinals).

Rosenthal reported other interviews are also being requested and the Padres consider it a longshot to have the GM in place before July 31 but it is possible that the Padres identify or hire the new GM by the end of July.

Nick Cafardo reported Tuesday that Andy MacPhail is looking to get back into the game and would have interest in the Padres’ job.

The Padres have received permission to talk to two candidates. Corey Brock did not report which two candidates that Ron Fowler has been given permission to speak with but he did say the process is underway in San Diego.

Kane County Cougars

Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were at the Kane County game Tuesday night. According to reports from Kevin Druley, Hoyer and McLeod met with the Cougars new owner, Dr. Bob Froehlich. The Cubs and Cougars are discussing Player Development Contract extension that would keep the Cubs Low-A affiliate in Geneva. Dr. Froehlich said last week that there’s not a higher priority for him than maintaining the affiliation with the Cubs.

The Cubs and Smokies announced a four-year extension on their PDC earlier this month.

News and Notes

Eli Whiteside cleared waivers Tuesday after being designated for assignment Sunday. Whiteside was assigned to Triple-A Iowa. The I-Cubs currently have two catchers on the roster in Rafael Lopez and Luis Flores, plus Yorvit Torrealba is in Mesa preparing to play after he signed a minor league contract with the Cubs.

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Emilio Bonifacio has not begun baseball activities yet and there is not a timetable for when he will return. Rick Renteria said Bonifacio “was making progress” prior to Tuesday’s game.

Rick Renteria said Jeff Samardzija deserves to be on the NL All-Star pitching staff.

Minor News and Notes

Albert Almora went 3-for-5 with a home run Tuesday night. Almora is riding a six-game hitting streak and has multi-hit games in three of his last four games. Almora is 10-for-27 over his last six games with a double, a home run and a walk.

Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, a walk and two strikeouts Tuesday night. Schwarber is 6-for-15 with two doubles, one home run, two walks, three strikeouts and 11 total bases in five games with Kane County … .400/.500/.733/1.233.

This Day In Cubstory

2013 – Cubs released Ian Stewart

2010 – Carlos Zambrano was suspended indefinitely after throwing a tantrum in the dugout that involved Derrek Lee at the Cell. Zambrano blamed Lee for the White Sox scoring six runs on him in the first inning.

2010 – Edwin Jackson no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays. The D-Backs beat the Rays 1-0 and it took Jackson 149 pitches to complete nine innings

2007 – A distraught fan jumped onto the field and charged the mound toward Bob Howry after he blew an 8-3 lead to the Rockies at Wrigley Field. The fan made it a few feet from his intended target before security guards tackled him. Howry picked up the victory after Alfonso Soriano hit a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. The Cubs won the game 10-9.

1998 – Sammy Sosa broke the Major League record for home runs in a month. Sosa hit his 19th longball in June and passed the mark set by Rudy York of the Tigers in August of 1937. Sosa ended with 20 home runs in June of 1998.

1982 – Paul Maholm, born

1978 – Aramis Ramirez, born

1967 – Ernie Banks hit two home runs to back rookie Joe Niekro’s three-hitter in the Cubs 8-0 win over the Astros

1950 – Hank Sauer drove in four runs with two home runs and two doubles and Roy Smalley and Phil Cavarretta hit homers as the Cubs beat the Phillies 11-8 at Shibe Park.

1949 – Hank Sauer hit a second inning home run for his fourth home run in as many days and his fifth in the last six games. Sauer led the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Giants at Wrigley Field.

1939 – Cubs purchased Bill Nicholson from the Senators for $35,000

1937 – Augie Galan became the first switch hitter in Major League history to hit a home run left-handed and right-handed in the same game. The Cubs beat the Dodgers at Wrigley Field 11-2.

1930 – Gabby Hartnett drove in seven runs, including the game winner in the ninth inning by hitting two singles and two homers as the Cubs beat the Phillies 13-12 at Wrigley Field

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  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Good to see Almora is turning things around. Hopefully Schwarber gets to Daytona and starts next year in AA.
    I think as soon as they bring up Bryant they won’t hold back on Schwarber next year if he shows he is ready.

    • Theboardrider

      I think Schwarber will be on the fastest track of them all. Not necessarily because he’s the most talented, but we will have improved and briging him up will have a bigger impact. If we were in the thick of the race and needed a 3rd baseman right now I think Bryant would be up soon.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Not really worried about Bonifacio coming back besides the fact they can’t trade him injured.
    No one is going to trade for Ruggiano.
    Hopefully someone wants Barney and Schierholtz.
    They could bring up Alcantara I. The outfield/2b an Watkins.

    • redlarczykg

      What ML team, other than Theo’s Cubs, would want Baker, Barney, Coghlan, Ruggiano, Schierholtz or Sweeney? None!

      • Larry Schwimmer

        I agree with you Red…I don’t understand my fellow CUB fans who are always suggesting that the CUBS trade away players that have performed poorly for the CUBS? Do you think these GMS just fell off the “turnip truck?” The players who are mentioned would be lucky to be “thrown in” — in a bigger deal. But no one is going to “deal” for them. And…when they’re released, other teams will do what the CUBS did: They’ll pick them up for free. But pullllllllease…stop suggesting that THEO “trade” players that have no value. It’s not going to happen.

        • Denver Mike

          I’m not saying the return for either was great, but other teams wanted DeJesus and Campana, and neither of them were any better than the scrubs listed above. I don’t even necessarily disagree with either of you, but why act like it’s an absolute certainty that it will never happen? It’s like everyone wants to be Stephen A. Smith and exaggerate everything like they’re preparing for a segment on First Take.

          • triple

            Ummmm, I’ll take “Why have I stopped watching ESPN” for 500 Alex.

          • Denver Mike

            Haha, now that made me laugh.

            I hate to be a complainer, but it’s also making it difficult to engage in construction conversation on the CCO as well. Call it the “ESPN syndrome” but with all of the over-the-top exaggerations and outlandish commentary, most times I don’t even bother to respond. I’d much rather read a well-thought argument that completely contradicts my own beliefs, than I would thoughtless drabble and pot-shots (even if it’s an opinion I would normally agree with).

          • Theboardrider

            Too many absolutes presented here as posts. We need to remember to add IMO before or after our posts in many cases. Nobody on here is an authority. I’m sure Neil would say the same thing about himself. Except for the fact that I imagine Neil has better sources than most of us. Many people present their opinion as gospel and it makes me wonder if it came from someone connected to the front office or another team’s front office. But the fact is it’s just drivel from an armchair quarterback. Same as my own…

          • Tony_H

            Board – I think just the opposite on the IMO. Every post is IMO unless you are quoting someone else and adding it tot the end is redundant. Somethings that people take as absolute is because of that. Nothing is absolute and nothing is for sure no different than using always or never is usually not right as well. Of course, all of this is just my opinion.

          • Theboardrider


        • Denver Mike

          Also, I’m really not trying to nit-pick so I apologize in advance, but I have wondered for well over a year why you capitalize CUBS, THEO, and every other proper noun all the time. It’s like you’re yelling at me or something, LARRY SCHWIMMER.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            the use of ALL CAPS is akin to Ricky’s lineups…you can question them all you want, but you may still never understand them.

          • triple

            You forgot “#snarky”

      • Denver Mike

        Yeah, why even try right?

  • Theboardrider

    One thing I notice about Schwarber is that as a young hitter, he’s not striking our excessively. That seems to be an issue with so many of our young hitters it’s nice to have another in the pipe that takes pitches. With he and Rizzo in an eventual Cubs lineup it will not hurt as much as it might to have young Bryant and Baez in there with higher K numbers. Castro doesn’t take a lot of walks but he’s not a huge strikeout problem and I don’t think Alcantra is either. If Baez and Bryant are our two middle of the order bats that K a lot but are surrounded by the others I think we can live with that.

    • Larry Schwimmer

      Do you think that it’s possible that Schwarber could so dominate Single A that he’d get a chance to move to Double AA this year?

      • Theboardrider

        Personally, in my opinion yes. I almost expect it.

        Certain players don’t really need anything less than AA. Similarly to some of the Cubans or other foreign players that come over. To me Schwarber is that advanced of a college hitter. With how quickly he was signed I don’t see why he wouldn’t get there. Bryant took right up to the deadline so when he started his pro career, Schwarber will already be a month and a half into his.

        I think Schwarber is a special bat. In some ways he may even be superior to Bryant. Not quite the prodigious power yet, but he does have plenty and he’s got a better eye. Schwarber could turn out to be a high OBP hitter. In college he had below a .400 only as a freshman and that was at .390. In college he struck out only about 15% of the time.

        To have the stats he did, with the dead bats they use in college points to a special hitter. Similarly to Bryant these two put up offensive numbers that just aren’t seen commonly in the college game.

        • J Daniel

          So maybe he was a great pick? Many questioned it and said they were just being cheap. Maybe a GREAT pick also because it allowed them yo pick couple others they might no have been able to sign without the money.

  • Denver Mike

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet or not, but Kris Bryant will be on the Waddle n Silvy show on ESPN1000 today at 3pm.

  • Denver Mike

    Our third round pick from last year, Jacob Hannemann seems to be turning it on of late as well. I can’t say I’ve followed him closely but I see his name coming up more and more often.

    • Theboardrider

      I’ve always liked him and think he’s intriguing. He was away from baseball during his mission so nobody has seen the best of him yet. Plus in my experience Mormons are very hard workers and tend to have good heads on their shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of crazy in some Mormons, but for the most part when they put their mind to something they become a success.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    wow..20 HRs in month of June for Sammy Sosa. I gotta try those Flintstone vitamins of his.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Players get injured all the time on Mlb.
    for those saying no one wants or would trade certain players.

    Believe it or not somebody will trade for Schierholtz. They won’t give a lot. But someone will. He’s a Left handed bat with a little pop that plays solid defense.
    Someone will trade for Barney if he’s available, not for his bat but his gold glove defense, and ability to play shortstop as well.
    Baker maybe too a team with injuries at catcher.
    Ruggiano I doubt anyone.
    Coghlan is probably staying I’d like to see more of him.
    He has hit better of late plays great defense has speed and was the national league rookie of the year. I’d like to see if he can get back to that form until at least he’s blocking someone who’s ready to come up. Or until they sign a top FA OF.
    Sweeney is signed through next season and hasn’t hit so no one will trade for him.
    If Valbuena is available someone would trade for him.
    I’m not saying they could or would get a lot for any of these guys just saying some are tradeable.