In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the focus on the draft you haven’t, the Cubs have managed to win four games in a row, and have a winning record at Wrigley Field. Could climbing out of the cellar in the NL Central be on the horizon? The Cubs are only 2 1/2 games behind the Reds for fourth place.
With a tip of the cap to Harry Doyle, the Cubs have played good ball during this homestand and Anthony Rizzo has been a big part of all four victories. Rizzo has scored or driven in the winning run in each of the Cubs last four games. And while the bullpen gave up the lead in two straight games, the relief corps continues to be one of the strengths of the team.
The Cubs have two games remaining on the homestand before the team hits the road for a three-city, 10-game trip through Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Miami.
Jake Stinnett and the MLB Draft
The Cubs have spent the first two days of the draft adding pitching to the system. And have used eight of their first 10 picks on pitching (five right handers, three left handers).
Jake Stinnett, the Cubs second round pick, and Maryland faces Virginia in a Super-Regional game on Saturday morning. The game begins at 11:00am CDT and can be seen on ESPN2.
The draft wraps up Saturday (12:00pm CDT) with rounds 11-40.
Minor News and Notes
Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored on Friday. Bryant has ‘struggled of late’ and is hitting only .389/.511/.889 in his last 10 games with three doubles, five home runs and a 1.400 OPS. Bryant has not hit a home run in four games.
Arismendy Alcantara collected two more hits Friday and is 4-for-8 with a home run in his last two games.
Javier Baez went yard on Friday, his eight home run of the season. Baez was 2-for-4 with a double and a home and is 8-for-29 in his last 10 games (.276/.313/.483).
And speaking of home runs, the Cubs and I-Cubs have not announced when Manny Ramirez will officially be joining the Cubs’ Triple-A team.
Arodys Vizcaino continues to be effective for the Smokies and picked up his first save on June 4. Vizcaino is still pitching every three games. With Double-A Tennessee, Vizcaino is 1-0 in 10 games with a 2.61 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP (three runs, six hits, three walks, 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings).
This Day In Cubstory
2012 – Starlin Castro became the 28th player to collect 500 hits before the age of 23 with a two-out single off A.J. Burnett in the fifth inning of a Cubs 12-2 victory over the Pirates at PNC. The 22-year, 167 day old Cubs shortstop reached the milestone in his 421st game.
2010 – Carlos Silva improved to 8-0 on the season, best start to a year for a Cubs pitcher since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967
2007 – Cubs selected Josh Vitters in the first round (third overall pick) of the draft
2007 – Cubs selected Josh Donaldson in the sandwich round of the draft
2007 – Cubs selected Darwin Barney in the fourth round of the draft
2007 – Cubs selected Brandon Guyer in the fifth round of the draft
2007 – Cubs selected James Russell in the 14th round of the draft
2007 – Cubs selected Andrew Cashner in the 29th round of the draft, player did not sign
2005 – Cubs selected Donnie Veal in the second round of the draft
2004 – Cubs selected Mitch Atkins in the seventh round of the draft
2004 – Cubs selected Eric Patterson in the eighth round of the draft
2004 – Cubs selected Sam Fuld in the 10th round of the draft
2004 – Cubs selected Sean Gallagher in the 12th round of the draft
2004 – Cubs selected Jerry Blevins in the 17th round of the draft
2003 – Kerry Wood beat Rogers Clemens and the Yankees at Wrigley Field
2002 – Cubs signed Ryan O’Malley
2001 – Cubs completed three-game sweep of the Cardinals and posted their 15th win in 16 games for the first time since 1945. The Cubs took a five-game lead in the division.
1998 – After winning six in a row over Atlanta (three games) and Florida (three games), the Cubs completed a three-game sweep over the White Sox. First time since 1918 the Cubs swept three straight series
1985 – Cubs move into first place with a 1-0 victory over the Pirates. Rick Sutcliffe picked up the win. Jody Davis hit a solo home run
1984 – Justin Berg, born
1982 – Cubs selected Shawon Dunston in the first round (first overall pick) of the draft
1982 – Cubs selected Gary Varsho in the fifth round of the draft
1980 – Cubs signed Henry Cotto
1977 – Cubs selected Randy Martz in the first round (12th overall pick) of the draft
1977 – Cubs selected Terry Francona in the second round of the draft, player did not sign
1977 – Cubs selected Dan Rohn in the fourth round of the draft
1968 – Cubs selected Paul Reuschel in the fourth round of the draft
1968 – Cubs selected Oscar Gamble in the 16th round of the draft
1966 – Heathcliff Slocumb, born
1966 – Cubs selected Joe Niekro in the third round of the draft
1966 – Cubs selected Rich Nye in the 14th round of the draft
1966 – Cubs selected Bill Stoneman in the 31st round of the draft
1950 – Cubs acquired Ron Northey from the Reds for Bob Scheffing
1948 – Cubs selected Gene Mauch off waivers from the Dodgers
1945 – George Mitterwald, born
1926 – The Cubs traded outfielder Joe Munson, infielder Maurice Shannon and cash to Indianapolis for infielder Henry Schreiber and outfielder Riggs Stephenson.
1911 – Heinie Zimmerman and Al Kaiser stole home in the seventh inning against the Dodgers. Cubs stole home 17 times in 1911, a Major League record
1906 – The Cubs scored 11 runs in the first inning off Christy Mathewson and Joe ‘Iron Man’ McGinnity and beat the Giants 19-0 at the Polo Grounds. Jack ‘The Giant Killer’ Pfiester threw a three-hitter for the Cubs