The Cubs have 13 games remaining on the schedule and the lineup should get a boost with the return of Jorge Soler, who is expected back Monday night for the start of the 10-game homestand. Anthony Rizzo was reportedly targeting Monday’s opener with the Reds as when he would be ready to play again. But reports late Saturday and Sunday have put Monday’s return in question.
Rick Renteria said Anthony Rizzo was doubtful for Monday, but the Cubs are thinking he could return at some point during the homestand.
The front office and coaching staff will continue their player evaluations over the next two weeks to try to gauge which players may or may not fit with the Cubs moving forward. Of the 13 games left this season, only three are against a team not playing for a spot in the post-season. So the Cubs young roster will get more than just September efforts from the Dodgers, Cardinals and Brewers.
According to multiple reports, the Cubs plan on sticking with a six-man rotation, at least for now. The Cubs would like to see Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront and Jacob Turner make their next scheduled starts when their turn comes back around.
The Cubs have not committed to which pitchers will stay in the rotation past the next six games. The Cubs have 13 games left this season, counting Monday’s opener against the Reds.
The Cubs would like for Eric Jokisch to make at least one start and Edwin Jackson is expected to return from the DL to make his final start of the season. Jackson threw a bullpen session Friday and could throw a simulated game in the coming days according to a report from Carrie Muskat.
News, Notes and Rumors
According to a report from Buster Olney, it could be a quiet off-season in New York because of what the Yankees spent in the past and what the Mets won’t spend.
According to a report from the Sun-Times, Russell Martin would make a perfect fit for the 2015 Cubs. Gordon Wittenmyer speculated it could take a three-year deal to sign Martin. And the Cubs are having internal debates on if Welington Castillo is the team’s catcher of the future. Nick Cafardo reported the Rangers “may dabble in the Martin market as it begins to rebuild its pitching staff.”
Tony Andracki spoke with Josh Vitters about the weight of being a Cubs prospect.
The home run Hector Rondon allowed Saturday night to Travis Snider was just the second homer hit off Rondon all season, the other one was hit by Devin Mesoraco on June 23 and it was a Grand Slam. The solo shot was also just the second earned run allowed by Rondon since the All-Star break.
According to Nick Cafardo, Cole Hamels’ agent, John Boggs will provide the Phillies with a new 20-team no-trade list for 2015 on Nov. 1.
The triple play the Pirates turned against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon was the first turned by the Pirates since April 12, 2009 against the Reds in Cincinnati. The Pirates had not turned a triple play at PNC Park, the last one by the Pirates in Pittsburgh came on Aug. 10, 1993.
Sunday was the first time the Cubs hit into a triple play since May 14, 2000 against the Expos in Montreal.
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The Cubs had another not-so-good weekend against the Pirates, but Javier Baez hit longballs in back-to-back games, Matt Szczur circled the bases for the first time in the majors and Felix Doubront had a very good outing.
The rumor mill is picking up as the season is winding down.
And certainly the biggest news of the weekend for the Cubs organization, The Kane County Cougars won the Midwest League Championship Series.
So here are the headlines with all of the news, notes and videos from a weekend that began with a little rambling.
- Rambling about the Cubs While Dreaming of Wild Card Births – Sept. 12
- The Daily CCO: Hammel Could See More Time with the Cubs and Other News and Notes – Sept. 12
- Report: Cubs Will Not Pick-Up Tsuyoshi Wada’s 2015 Club Option – Sept. 12
- Soler to Miss Weekend Series in Pittsburgh for Birth of Child – Sept. 12
- Cubs Did Not Renew Player Development Contract with the Cubs – Sept. 12
- Cubs Have No Answers for the Pirates – Pirates 7, Cubs 3 – Sept. 12 (Includes Video of Baez Home Run)
- Baseball America Recognizes Daury Torrez as the Best Pitcher in the Cubs System and Notes from the Farm – Sept. 13
- The Daily CCO: Rizzo Closing In On a Return and Other Cubs News and Notes – Sept. 13
- Cubs Trying to Get to the Bottom of Edwin Jackson’s Struggles – Sept. 13
- Doubront Tossed Six Scoreless, Baez and Szczur Homered and the Kids Snapped the Skid – Cubs 6, Pirates 4 – Sept. 13 (Includes Video of Baez and Szczur Home Runs)
- The Kane County Cougars are the 2014 Midwest League Champions – Sept. 14
- Chris Bosio Talks Cubs Pitching on Inside the Clubhouse – Sept. 14
This Day In Cubstory
2010 – The Cubs completed the first three-game sweep in St. Louis in more than 20 years. The Cubs topped the Cardinals 7-3 to complete the first sweep since June 12, 1988.
2002 – Sammy Sosa collected his 100th RBI of the season on a three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 6-0 shutout over the Reds. Sosa joined Mel Ott and Willie Mays as the only three players in National League history to drive in at least 100 runs in eight straight seasons.
1992 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Julio Zuleta
1971 – Burt Hooton struck out 15 Mets in his second big league start as the Cubs posted a 3-2 victory at Shea Stadium and completed a doubleheader sweep. Billy Williams smacked a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning for the winning run. Cubs won the first game 6-2 behind Bill Hands.
1970 – Ken Holtzman won his 15th game of the season in a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals. The Cubs moved into third place behind the first place Mets and Pirates.
1968 – Ernie Banks played in his 2,245th game in a Cubs uniform, surpassing Cap Anson’s Cubs record, as the Cubs blanked the Phillies 4-0 behind Ferguson Jenkins at Philadelphia.
1964 – Larry Jackson gave up six hits in a 6-1 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field. Jackson became the season’s first 20-game winner and posted a 24-11 record for the eighth place Cubs.
1930 – Hack Wilson hit home run No. 50.
1902 – Only 260 fans witnessed the first Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play as the Cubs beat the Reds 6-3 behind Carl Lundgren at West Side Grounds
2008 – Carlos Zambrano pitched a no-hitter against the Houston Astros at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Zambrano became the first Cubs pitcher to toss a no-hitter since Milt Pappas in 1972. The Cubs were playing the Astros, the home team, in Milwaukee as a result of Hurricane Ike. It was the first no-hitter pitched at a neutral site in big league history.
2006 – The Marlins sent James Adduci to the Cubs as part of a conditional deal
1965 – Bob Hendley beat Sandy Koufax 2-1 at Wrigley Field in the first match-up after Koufax’s perfect game. Hendley allowed four hits and a Billy Williams’ homer was the difference in the game.
1957 – Ernie Banks hit three consecutive solo home runs in a Cubs 7-3 victory over the Pirates in the second game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
1953 – Ernie Banks and Gene Baker joined the Cubs, but Banks would not make his big league debut for four more days. Banks and Baker watched the Cubs post their 10th straight win in a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Banks participated in batting practice and hit the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers.
1935 – Cubs move into first place in the NL with an 18-14 victory over the Dodgers. The Cubs posted their 11th straight win and the Cubs used a relief pitcher for the first time in 11 games.
1913 – Larry Chesney allowed 14 hits, the most ever given up in a shutout, as the Cubs beat the Giants 7-0 at West Side Grounds.
1907 – Solly Hoffman collected five hits and the Cubs totaled 12 runs on 19 hits off the Reds Andy Coakley in a 12-5 win at West Side Grounds. The two teams combined for 29 hits, all singles.
1905 – Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers, previously on good terms, engaged in a fist fight on the field during an exhibition game at Washington, Indiana after arguing over Evers taking a taxi to the park while leaving the other players in the hotel lobby. The two did not speak for the rest of their Cubs careers, despite playing brilliantly on the field together.