It was a long weekend in the Queen City for the Cubs due to the four-plus hour wait Saturday before the Reds finally decided to postpone the game. The Cubs took care of business in the two games that were played and left Cincinnati three games above .500 on the season (10-7).
The bullpen rebounded from a shaky series in Pittsburgh and helped keep the Reds hitless over the two games with runners in scoring position. After going 0-for-14 on Friday night with runners in scoring position, the Reds finished the two-game series 0-for-20 with RISP.
Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta didn’t exactly pitch to expectations. But the top two starters in the Cubs rotation both recorded quality starts.
Offensively, the Cubs received run producing hits from Jonathan Herrera, Chris Coghlan, David Ross, Miguel Montero, Addison Russell and Travis Wood even drove in a run.
The Cubs wrapped up the last weekend in April with a 10-7 record, the best start for the Cubs in seven years.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/24/15
A lot of runs scored in the Cubs’ system last week as Dan Vogelbach kept up his pace for the Smokies and made a case for a second straight Southern League Player of the Week award. Daury Torrez had a very good outing for the Pelicans while Iowa tried to regroup after all the roster shuffle.
Rambling About the Cubs While the Prospects Have Arrived
Brian rambled about the Cubs in his unique way. And it sounds like he really likes the Cubs new skipper.
The Daily CCO: Maddon’s Fixx for the Pen Could Be for the Starters to Pitch Deeper
After the Cubs didn’t take care of business on Thursday and win the series in Pittsburgh, the focus was on the bullpen and lack of quality relievers at Maddon’s disposal. The Cubs need for the starting rotation to give the team more innings.
Javier Baez reported to the Cubs’ facility in Mesa to get back into game shape. Baez is expected to return to Iowa Cubs by the end of the week.
LHP Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to make his third rehab start Wednesday while the Iowa Cubs placed LHP Drake Britton on the DL … plus all the links and This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – South Bend Cubs
Tom attended the South Bend Cubs Media Day and posted several photos in this report … and on Facebook from the event.
Resolution in Joe Maddon Tampering Investigation Expected Soon
Major League Baseball’s investigation of the tampering charges filed by the Rays for the Cubs hiring of Joe Maddon appear to finally be coming to an end. The Cubs have cooperated with the investigation as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer said the front office would. As Jon Heyman pointed out, if there was proof the Cubs persuaded Joe Maddon to opt out of his contract then the investigation would have been concluded a long time ago.
Cubs Step Up in Extras and Top the Reds – Cubs 7, Reds 3
The weekend started on the field with the Cubs beating the Reds in 11 innings on Friday night. The Cubs improved to 3-0 in extra innings games this season after Jonathan Herrera knocked in Anthony Rizzo with the go ahead run. Kris Bryant had a big game that ended in left field. And David Ross just missed a Grand Slam in the 11th inning.
Jon Lester settled in after a rough start. Lester struck out a season-high 10 batters and recorded his first quality start of the season. Gonzalez Germen and Zac Rosscup stepped up in Friday’s team win over the Reds.
Cubs Reportedly Set to Spend Heavily in International Market
Reports have suggested it for months. And Kiley McDaniel posted the Cubs plan to overspend on the International free agent market this summer. According to Kiley McDaniel, the Cubs have committed over $7.9 million to seven players with agreements in place. The front office found a way to exploit the system two years ago and apparently the Cubs are willing to pay the penalty to add talent to the system.
Cubs to Celebrate Wrigley Field’s Football History During Upcoming Homestand
The Cubs announced the plans for the upcoming six-game homestand. With the NFL Draft in Chicago this week, the Cubs are going to celebrate all of the football that was played at Wrigley Field.
Report includes promotions, guests and broadcast schedule for the homestand.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Playing It Close So Far This Season and Other News and Notes
These Cubs don’t quit and have been in just about every game they have played this season. Eight of the 12 games before Friday night had been decided by one run and five of the nine wins (at the time) came in their final at bat. And Friday night was the fourth time this season the Cubs won a game when trailing after six innings.
Daily report includes an update on minor leaguers Barret Loux and Rob Zastryzny … plus it was a very important day in Cubs history.
Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach, the Smokies Bash Brothers and News from Down on the Cubs Farm
Dan Vogelbach is hitting everything near him right now and is tearing up the Southern League. Vogelbach’s roommate, Kyle Schwarber is doing a lot of damage as well.
Duane Underwood took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a scheduled seven. And Dallas Beeler’s return didn’t go as planned, but he’s at least on a Triple-A mound again. C.J. Edwards was pretty good Saturday night while Albert Almora has more walks so far than strikeouts on the young season.
Includes videos of Dan Vogelbach and Kyle Schwarber going yard.
The Daily CCO: Batting the Pitcher Eighth and Other Cubs News
Joe Maddon likes hitting his pitcher in the eighth spot of the lineup and that is not likely to change any time soon. And the MLBPA could still file a grievance on behalf of Kris Bryant.
Report includes all of the daily links and This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Scratch Out a Sweep – Cubs 5, Reds 2
The Cubs offense did just enough against the Reds to complete the two-game sweep Sunday afternoon. Miguel Montero went yard, Addison Russell delivered a bases clearing double and Jake Arrieta pitched through two rough innings to pick up the win.
Starlin Castro turned in a game changing play in the infield and continues to impress this season.