Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/07/14

Iowa moved back into first place behind two excellent pitching performances from Eric Jokisch and Dan Straily and the big bats of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Mike Olt. Tennessee picked up two wins with Addison Russell staying hot at the plate and Felix Pena delivering a shutout performance.

Kane County just keeps putting wins on the board. Shawon Dunston Jr. and Chesny Young led the Cougars offense while Paul Blackburn and Jen-Ho Tseng had good outings. Daytona posted a win while struggling to get hits as a team. And Boise took a break for the All-Star Game.

Editor’s Note: Monday’s report will cover games from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday’s report covers games Monday through Wednesday. Late Games by the Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs will be carried on the following report.

Short Season-A Boise Hawks (28-23)

Boise had Monday off for the All-Star break and returns to the field Thursday against Salem-Keizer with Josh Conway scheduled to take the ball for the first game of the second half.

Six Boise Hawks were selected to participate in the Northwest League All-Star game in Eugene on Tuesday night … Justin Marra, Jesse Hodges, Trevor Clifton, Danny Canela, Rashad Crawford and Mark Zagunis.

PrintThe All-Star Game ended in a scoreless tie after ten innings. By league rule, the game could not continue past ten innings. Five of the six Hawks that were named to the roster participated in the game. Mark Zagunis went 1-for-2 with a double and Rashad Crawford went hitless in three at bats. Danny Canela was 0-for-2, Justin Marra also went 0-for-2 and Jesse Hodges was 0-for-3.

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Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (72-43)

Monday’s game in Peoria was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the first inning due to heavy rains. Kane County and Peoria each scored a single run in the first inning. Duane Underwood started for Kane County and gave up a run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Underwood gave up a double and a bunt single to the first two batters he faced. After C.J. McElroy swiped second base, Juan Herrera grounded out to Danny Lockhart at second that allowed a run to score. Underwood struck out Justin Ringo swinging before the game was suspended.

Shawon Dunston Jr (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) scored in the top half of the first inning after doubling to start the game. Chesny Young (2-for-4 with a RBI) singled Dunston in.

The Cougars and Chiefs picked up the suspended game Tuesday afternoon and Kane County took the loss 4-1. With Duane Underwood unavailable, Mark Johnson turned to Jen-Ho Tseng to start the suspended game. With a runner on third and one out in the first inning, Carson Kelly homered to left off Tseng, closed the book on Underwood and gave the Chiefs’ pitching staff all the runs they would need. Tseng did not give up a run over his next six innings and finished the night allowing one run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Michael Heesch gave up a run on a hit and a walk in the eighth.

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The Cougars bounced back in the seven-inning night cap and beat Peoria 4-1. Ben Wells was very good and gave up one run on four hits with a walk and no strikeouts in six innings. Tyler Bremer picked up his 11th save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning.

Shawon Dunston Jr. (2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base) and Chesny Young (2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored) led the way for the Cougars offense and Jeffrey Baez (1-for-3 with a home run) hit his first home run with Kane County in the seventh inning.

Dunston led off the game with a single to left and moved up ninety feet on a single by Young. Ben Carhart reached on an error that allowed Dunston to score from second base. Young advanced to third on the play and stole home with Jeimer Candelario at the plate. The Cougars added to their lead in the fifth after Dunston reached on a two-out single, stole second and scored on a single to center off the bat of Chesny Young. Jeffrey Baez capped the scoring in the seventh with his first home run.

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Kane County beat Peoria 4-2 Wednesday behind five solid innings from Paul Blackburn. Blackburn surrendered two runs on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings. Jose Arias pitched three innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts and Tyler Bremer struck out two in the ninth to pick up the save. Cougars’ pitching struck out 12 Chiefs Wednesday in Peoria.

Victor Caratini (0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored) led off the second with a walk and moved to second on a one out single from Jeimer Candelario. After a Jeffrey Baez (2-for-4 with a RBI) single loaded the bases, Kevin Brown (0-for-3 with a RBI) hit a sac fly to left that plated Caratini. Kane County took the lead for good in the fourth after Caratini led off the inning with another walk. With Caratini at second, Candelario singled him to third and Baez drove him in with a single to left. A wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed Candelario to scamper home. Trey Martin (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored) subbing for Shawon Dunston Jr., who left with the game with an undisclosed illness, doubled to start the fifth. After a sac bunt moved Martin to third, Ben Carhart hit a sac fly into center that plated Martin.

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High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (52-59)

Sunday’s game that was suspended after just seven minutes in Clearwater that was scheduled as part of a doubleheader on Monday was cancelled. Rains did not let up and both the nine-inning suspended game from Sunday and the night cap, seven-inning game was cancelled Monday afternoon and will not be made up.

The Daytona Cubs were finally able to play a game and not only did the team collect a hit but the D-Cubs put runs on the board and topped Clearwater 3-1.

The D-Cubs snapped their scoreless drought in the eighth inning after Jacob Hannemann (2-for-5 with a runs scored and a stolen base) reached with a one-out single to right. Hannemann stole second and advanced to third on a Marco Hernandez (1-for-4 with a run scored) single. Kyle Schwarber (0-for-2 with a run scored and two walks) walked to load the bases. Dan Vogelbach (0-for-3 with a SF RBI) tied the game at one with a sac fly that plated Hannemann. Rock Shoulders (0-for-1 with three walks) walked to reload the bases. And Billy McKinney (1-for-4 with a double and two RBI) doubled to right to plate Hernandez and Schwarber with the go ahead runs.

Rob Zastryzny pitched a good game and surrendered one run, in the first inning, on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings. Stephen Perakslis picked up the win after tossing three scoreless innings and Zack Godley notched his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

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Daytona was blanked again Wednesday night and lost 4-0 to Clearwater. The D-Cubs managed only two hits and continued to struggle as a team offensively. Kyle Schwarber (1-for-3 with a double) and Billy McKinney (1-for-2 with a walk) collected the two hits after McKinney broke up Clearwater’s no-hit bid in the eighth.

Juan Carlos Paniagua had another rough outing and surrendered four runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Paniagua served up two home runs that accounted for three of the four runs. Austin Kirk walked two and struck out one in 2.2 innings. Michael Jensen surrendered a hit with a strikeout in an inning of work.

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Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (56-58)

Tennessee beat Pensacola Monday night by a final of 3-2. The Smokies scored all three of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings and the Smokies pen kept Pensacola off the board in the final three innings.

Eduardo Figueroa got the start and tossed five innings while allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Lendy Castillo, Hunter Cervenka, P.J. Francescon and Frank Batista pitched the final four innings without allowing any runs.

The Smokies were down 2-0 going into the bottom of the fifth and Taylor Davis (3-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI) cut the deficit in half with a solo homer to right center. Charles Cutler (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) walked to start the sixth and moved up to second base on a single by Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored). Taylor Davis delivered again. Davis doubled to right and plated both Cutler and Ha.

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Tennessee shutout Mobile 5-0 Wednesday. Felix Pena pitched 5.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. Pena allowed just three hits before turning the game over to the bullpen. Tony Zych, Andrew McKirahan, P.J. Francescon and Frank Batista gave up three hits and no walks in relief of Pena.

The Smokies broke up a scoreless game in the third inning. Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI) doubled in Luis Flores (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) and Addison Russell (2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a RBI and a run scored) delivered a two-out double that plated Chen. The Smokies added a run in the sixth. Russell walked to start the inning and scored on a double from Lars Anderson (1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a RBI). The Smokies put the game out of reach with a two-run ninth inning. Charles Cutler (1-for-1 with a run scored) led off with a single to center and moved to second on a single from Chen. Anderson worked a two out walk to load the bases and Christian Villanueva (1-for-5 with two RBI) delivered a two-out, two-run single into left that plated Cutler and Chen.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (62-56)

Iowa shutout the Storm Chasers Monday behind a tremendous outing from Eric Jokisch and jumped back into first place with the 6-0 victory. Jokisch scattered five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings before handing the ball to Marcus Hatley for the ninth. Omaha did not square up Jokisch and managed only singles off the lefty.

Iowa jumped out to an early lead after Logan Watkins (1-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored line) singled with one out in the first and moved to second when Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, a stolen base, two runs scored and two walks) walked. Watkins swiped third with Olt at the plate. Mike Olt doubled to center and plated both Watkins and Bryant. Iowa added three runs in the fifth after Matt Szczur (1-for-5 with a run scored and two stolen bases) singled and stole second. Logan Watkins walked and was on the backend of double steal with Bryant at the plate. Bryant doubled to left and plated Szczur and Watkins. Bryant stole third. Jorge Soler (0-for-3 with two walks) worked a two-out walk and a wild pitch with Josh Vitters at the plate allowed Bryant to score.

Iowa capped the scoring in the eighth after Vitters singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Elliot Soto (1-for-3 with a RBI and a walk).

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Jorge Soler homered, Mike Olt hit a grand slam and Iowa held off Omaha in the series finale with the Storm Chasers on Tuesday afternoon. And Dan Straily picked up the victory in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Omaha.

Iowa scored in the first inning after Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored) reached with a two-out single. Jorge Soler (3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored) worked a full count that allowed Bryant to take off with the pitch. Soler doubled to center and Bryant scored. Iowa put the game away in the third after Matt Szczur (1-for-4 with a walk) worked a one-out walk, moved to second on a Logan Watkins (1-for-5 with a run scored) single and to third Bryant walked to load the bases. Soler singled in Szczur. Mike Olt (2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and four RBI) crushed a homer well over the wall in left and his grand slam capped the five-run third inning. Iowa added a run in the fifth when Jorge Soler hit his fourth Triple-A homer.

Dan Straily put together another good start and tied a season-high in strikeouts (9). Straily gave up two unearned runs on six hits with no walks in seven innings. Yoanner Negrin and Marcos Mateo could not throw strikes and Alberto Cabrera had to clean up their mess in the eighth inning. Zac Rosscup picked up the save by retiring the only batter he faced.

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Wednesday was an off day and Iowa opens a series with Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (15-18)

The AZL Cubs game Sunday against the Athletics was postponed but the rookies were able to get back on the field Monday and were thumped 10-5 by the Giants. Gleyber Torres went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored and Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Andrew Ely (3-for-5 with a home run) went yard for the fourth time and Roney Alcala (3-for-5 with a RBI) collected three more hits.

Ivan Pineyro made his fourth rehab outing and gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts while Jake Stinnett made his pro debut with two scoreless innings. Jefferson Mejia gave up five runs, three earned, on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in two innings.

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The AZL Cubs had Tuesday off and were scheduled to face the Reds on Wednesday night.

News and Notes

The Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs selected the contract of INF Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa, added Baez to 40-man roster and recalled Baez from Triple-A Iowa. Cubs activated RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day DL. Fujikawa was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and was removed from the roster.

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  • Tom U

    Thanks once again to Neil for covering for me while I’m on vacation with my family.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tom, you’re more than welcome. Tried to live up to the standards you set.

      • Tom U

        For once, I’m speechless. Thanks!

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Enjoy yourself Tom…

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Did we just claim Cole Hamels? I got an alert that says so…

    • cubtex

      I will post a couple of links and quotes on the 3 pitchers the Cubs got. Straily,Doubront and Turner. I know you always like links. The first for Straily is just about how he was performing this year. As I have said. I have no problem with adding depth….but that is what they are. They were all pitchers who were no longer of use to their former teams. This is not a Cole Hamels here. These 3 are change of scenery guys who should be used as depth.

      http://swinginas.com/2014/05/13/drew-pomeranz-proves-superior-dan-straily/

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Yep, he was down. Which worked out well for us. Hopefully we can get him back to the form he showed in his first season. He seems to be getting on track at AAA. Excited to see what the future holds for him. These buy low guys have really worked out well for us so far.

      • Tony_H

        Arrieta was down….no one is saying they weren’t down.

        Bryce Harper is struggling and there is ridiculous talk of sending him to the minors…..maybe they have no more use for him then.

        • cubtex

          so let me get this straight. You are comparing one Dan Straily with Bryce Harper? Thanks…you gave me a good laugh this Thursday.

          I am glad you are pumped up about Straily. He had given up the most HR’s in baseball at the time he was sent down to AAA this year. He has very average stuff. He is depth. Not great quality depth but depth. Straily was a throw in. Doubront was a dump and so is Turner. Who knows…maybe one might pan out. My wife buys scratch off lottery tickets all the time.

          • Tony_H

            You always connect things that are not meant to be connected. It was a way to show how ridiculous this thought is and that you can find an article to back up anything, even talking about sending Bryce Harper to the minors.

            I am not pumped about any of these guys except maybe Turner. But if one works out it will be very good. But Bosio has shown he is pretty good and getting something out of other peoples “dump”.

          • cubtex

            exactly. lets call a spade a spade. that is all I am saying. Turner is like a Casey Weathers. A 1st round pick who the team ran out of patience with and see no hope that he develops.

          • Tony_H

            And these guys get turned around by new pitching coaches that bring out their potential. He has way more potential than Doubront and Straily who are BOR pitchers.

    • cubtex

      Mike Redmond on Jacob Turner.

      The Miami Herald quoted Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who didn’t give a glowing review of Turner: “It just came to a point where he wasn’t getting any better, wasn’t showing any improvement and we felt we couldn’t do anything more to help him.”

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Yep, I actually saw that one too. Which is perfect. I think that’s kind of how the Orioles felt about Arietta!

        One man’s trash is another’s treasure. I’m looking forward to seeing what Bosio can do with him. Electric arm, good stuff. Change of scenery and Bosio may be just what he needs to help him fulfill expectations.

        • cubtex

          it’s a no risk move. Marlins felt he has no future and no upside by keeping him on 40 man roster. Chances of him being a quality starter are slim…but it is no risk.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Yep, pretty much no risk. And they have a lot of young arms. Chicago is a place where he will likely be given a bit more time, and obviously he fits the mold that Bosio has had success with.

          • Tony_H

            No, they figured out they could no longer help him. Just like the Orioles figured out they couldn’t figure out Arrieta.

          • cubtex

            so Arrieta is a bona fide dependable starter now? I guess you missed last nights boxscore. He has always been like this.

          • Tony_H

            Look around the majors and find me a SP who doesn’t have a bad night……I will be waiting for you to find someone as I have Kershaw in fantasy and he had some bad starts at the beginning of the year and he is about as sure of a SP as there is out there.

            Factor in being in Colorado facing the same team back to back starts.

          • cubtex

            Arrieta has never pitched more than low 100 innings for a season Tony. Never. Why? Because he was ineffective. Let’s see him pitch a full season and look at his numbers at the end of the year.

          • Tony_H

            I agree and haven’t said differently. But if you had actually watched this guy, you will see he has been showing TOR stuff, start after start. (until last night)

          • cc002600

            Speaking of never having pitched a full season – sort of like Cashner ?
            :-)

          • Tony_H

            Bazinga!!!!!!

          • cubtex

            Cashner was never dropped to AAA because of sucking like Arrieta. Hahahaha. His has been health….and cutting his hand while hunting. lol

          • cc002600

            whatever the reason, if a guy can’t stay on the field, what does it matter ? He is useless.

          • cubtex

            lets see if Jakey can get to one season like Cashner had last year.

            175 IP 151 hits 3.09 ERA and 1.131 WHIP

            Do you think Arrieta can get there this year? I doubt it.

          • cc002600

            let him pitch half his games in the grand canyon (petco) and he would easily put up those numbers. Again, look at Cashner’s road splits and it just screams #4 starter. Sorry, not good.

          • Tony_H

            You are so funny when you get caught in your own words.

          • cc002600

            I find it funny that he keeps hanging his hat on 1 year for Cashner, that in all honesty is ok, but not incredible. And yet every other year he has has most of it of the DL. Can you say Mark Prior ???? I don’t care how much potential a player has, if he can’t stay on the field, what does it matter ????
            Just look at guys like CarGo and Tulo. To me, so overrated. They get hurt EVERY year.

          • Tony_H

            He is at 76 innings this year, the second most he has ever pitched in the majors, but he should be back in late August and get over the 100 innings mark.

          • cc002600

            Yea, wow. 100 innings. put him in HOF. I just still can’t believe cubtex is still arguing that he would rather have Cashner over Rizzo.

          • cubtex

            kind of like Arrieta this year? lol

          • Tony_H

            You were the one saying wait until a full season……

          • cc002600

            I never called Arrieta a TOR starter, and I’m not really comparing the two. But I sure find it interesting how you used the “never pitched a full season” criticism on Arrieta, and yet that’s the EXACT same thing we have been telling you about Cashner — which is FACT, not opinion.
            But somehow that doesn’t apply to Cashner, I guess :-)

          • Tony_H

            He will never admit when he is wrong. Not even when it is so obvious as in this case.

          • cubtex

            not hanging my hat. Tony was comparing Arrieta to Kershaw. Now talk about funny to compare a guy who has never been successful for a full season to one of the best in the game. Cashner has done more as a starter in 1 year than Arrieta has ever done and some are writing him in as a TOR starter.

          • Tony_H

            LOL! Connecting more dots that aren’t there.

            I NEVER compared Arrieta to Kershaw. I said find me a pitcher who hasn’t had a bad night and I gave you an example of the BEST pitcher who has had bad nights.

          • cubtex

            even putting Arrieta in the same sentence with Kershaw shouldn’t be allowed. It is like a quick IQ test. Which one doesn’t belong. Arrieta, Kershaw,Price,Wainwright. LOL!

          • Tony_H

            When you get proven wrong this is where you go, mocking others statements as dumb, stupid or in this case insulting me that my IQ must be so low to have typed this sentence.

          • cubtex

            it is not mocking. I just did one of those quick IQ tests for kicks that had 4 words and you were to pick which one didn’t belong..that is why I thought of this. wasn’t insulting your IQ and no where did I say you had a low IQ. I said it was like a quick IQ test. By the way…..138 was mine :) top 3%

          • Tony_H

            It was so nice while you were gone.

          • cubtex

            thanks. mighty great to hear from you everyday too.

          • Tony_H

            It can be nice, but you don’t need to keep going down this road, and throwing insults around. I have been working to stop any type of comments that people take as inflammatory and to eliminate the times that I was doing what you are doing now. You should try it!

            There was none of this while you were out of town or whatever you were doing.

          • cubtex

            Reading is a skill.

          • Tony_H

            You should work on it.

          • cubtex

            Have a great day and don’t let the words or actions of others effect your day!

          • Tony_H

            LOL!

          • cubtex

            that a boy. laugh. it is good for the soul. seriously dude. didn’t mean to insult you in any way. wasn’t mocking you. just disagreeing with you comparing Arrieta to a TOR starter. sorry if you took it any other way than a disagreement. Enjoy the day.

          • cc002600

            jeez. Do you have pictures of yourself on your desk too ? :-)

          • triple

            Ray, while you were out of town your proctologist called… he found your head!

            Hahaha… one of my favorite bumper stickers I’ve seen, and couldn’t resist.

          • cubtex

            caught in my own words? Where have I backpedaled or took foot out of my mouth. I believe I have always been consistent about Arrieta and what I feel about Cashner. Cashner is a TOR talent that needs to stay healthy and has never been as inconsistent with command as Arrieta. Arrieta has never put a full season together due to ineffectiveness. Try to follow along

          • Tony_H

            Cashner has never put together a full season!

            You then say we should wait until Arrieta pitches a full season before judging him.

            Why doesn’t the same thing apply for Cashner?

          • cubtex

            ok. lets meet in the middle. IF…and it is a big IF….IF Arrieta can get to 175 IP(like Cashner) with a low 3 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP…I will give him his props

          • Tony_H

            I could care less if you give him props!

            Stop insulting people on here and in this case me. I let the “try to follow along” comment pass without comment.

            Stick to talking baseball and not putting down others.

          • cc002600

            You are funny. Have you ever run for office ? Your spin has me dizzy.

            Remember, Prior was a TOR talent too. How’d that all work out ?

            Again, if you can’t stay on the field, “TOR talent” is meaningless.

            And oh, Cashner does NOT have TOR talent. Again, look at road splits

          • cc002600

            Tony, don’t you just love how 1 season of 175 innings and 3 ERA qualifies as being a “TOR” starter ? So here’s my question – does that mean Travis Wood is a TOR starter based on that ? :-) what a joke.

          • Tony_H

            Oh and I don’t think you have taken your foot of your mouth :)

          • Tony_H

            LOL! He nailed you, as he wasn’t comparing him to any of that, jut saying he has NEVER pitched a full season, so maybe we should wait until he does pitch a full season and see what his numbers are at the end of the season. Maybe in 2015, but I doubt it.

          • cubtex

            hahaha. see above. Jakey hasn’t come close to 175 IP yet. not even close

          • Tony_H

            Clayton Kershaw

            May 17th
            1.2 IP 6 H 7 ER 2 BB 3 SO

          • cubtex

            lol

          • Tony_H

            I was not laughing that night, I was actually watching that game and was screaming not to take him out before he has a chance to get back to 0 points for the night.

            All SP’s have bad nights, pretty much every year.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I posted an update in the Daily

    • cubtex
      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I read about him too. Same story as Turner. Maybe not quite as much potential. But I’m excited to see what we can do with him. Still got tons of life and career left in front of him.

        • cubtex

          so as you can see. All 3 are basically trash heap pickups. If they can get one of them to be serviceable that would be huge. Should they count on any of these 3 to be part of the future? God….I hope not. Then we are in for another 90 loss team.

          • Tony_H

            Big difference in bringing in these 3 guys and counting on them. They just put in a claim for Cole Hamels!!! Not that they will get him, but they are not counting on these 3 guys and are done looking to improve the rotation because they have these guys. Where have you seen that?

  • Kosta