It was a rather busy weekend for the Chicago Cubs. From the action on the field to the rumors about which player the front office could select in the first round of the draft and which players the Cubs may be interested in to improve the big league roster, there wasn’t much down time over the last four days.
Counting the late victory Thursday in San Diego, the Cubs went 2-3 in the five games over the extended holiday weekend. Joe Maddon received a complete game effort from Kyle Hendricks in the finale in San Diego.
The Cubs posted one win in three games at Chase Field and finished the road trip with a 3-3 record. An argument could be made the Cubs could have, and should have, won at least five of the six games. The weekend wrapped with another one-run game. The Cubs lead the majors in one-run games. The Cubs managed a Kris Bryant homer on Memorial Day.
Hendricks Keeps the Padres in a Haze for First Complete Game Shut Out – Cubs 3, Padres 0
Kyle Hendricks pitched a gem in San Diego and became the first Cubs’ pitcher to go all the way this season.
Kyle Hendricks worked very well with Miguel Montero, did not shake off his catcher and was in total control from his first pitch until the last one for out No. 27.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/22/15
The Cubs affiliates stumbled at the end of last week. Chesny Young stayed hot at the plate. And Myrtle Beach received another good outing from RHP Jonathan Martinez.
There was a scary collision between Albert Almora Jr. and Bijan Rademacher. Almora Jr. avoided the DL and returned to the lineup Sunday. Rademacher was placed on the DL and no word on how long he could be out.
Rambling as the Cubs are Finding an Identity
Brian’s weekly ramblings focused on the Cubs’ winning record, the MVP candidate at first base, Kris Bryant, the managing style of Joe Maddon and more info from Best Pal Stats Inc.
The Daily CCO: Hendricks Goes All the Way, Starlin Castro and Other Cubs News
Kyle Hendricks talked about the game he will never forget. Hendricks earned his first win against the Padres last season and his first complete game shutout in the bigs also happened against the Padres.
Starlin Castro has cooled off since a good start to the season. And his mistakes in the field and at the plate continue to fuel the ‘Trade Castro’ fire.
Jacob Hannemann took home play of the week honors.
Updates on Neil Ramirez, Yoervis Medina, Mike Olt, Felipe Paulino and Scott Boras’ thoughts on the Cubs are included … plus This Day in Cubs History.
Ricketts Family Purchases Three Additional Rooftop Buildings
The Ricketts family bought three more rooftop buildings and is close to purchasing another one. The Ricketts family owns six of the buildings under Greystone Sheffield Holdings.
Cubs Reportedly Looking at RHP Rafael Soriano
The front office is exploring ways to upgrade the bullpen. The Cubs have discussed RHP Jonathan Papelbon and according to his agent, Scott Boras, the Cubs have shown interest in RHP Rafael Soriano. Boras held court with the media while he attended Thursday’s game at PETCO Park.
Soriano is keeping in shape in the Dominican Republic. And according to Boras, the Cubs are one of several teams that have kicked the tires on Soriano.
Cubs Bullpen Strikes Again – Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4
The Cubs started a three-game series at Chase Field with a tough loss. After scoring two runs in the top of the 10th on run scoring hits from Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro to take a 4-2 lead, Hector Rondon pitched to Paul Goldschmidt with two outs, runner on second and first base open. Goldschmidt predictably hit a two-run homer, tied the game at four and the Cubs lost 5-4 in 13 innings.
Cubs Reportedly Interested in Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard
The front office is interested in INF/OF Ben Zobrist and RHP Tyler Clippard according to Jim Bowden. The Cubs’ interest in Zobrist should not come as a surprise. Joe Maddon wanted Zobrist added to the roster in the off-season. The Cubs lost out on Zobrist and could make another run at him before the deadline.
Tyler Clippard would help the backend of the bullpen, but he’s not going to come cheap, at least based on what relievers went for last July.
The Daily CCO: Ramirez Doesn’t Appear Close to a Return, Olt Took BP and Cubs News and Rumors
The Cubs’ pen has struggled for the most part since Neil Ramirez went on the DL. Ramirez is working his way back in Mesa. But he doesn’t appear close to reporting to a Cubs’ minor league affiliate for a rehab assignment. Mike Olt took batting practice and is looking forward to helping the big league team win games.
Includes all of the news and links as well as This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs’ Minor Leaguers Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber Played Longball
Javier Baez is hitting home runs and so is Kyle Schwarber. Baez could help the Cubs at some point this season. And Joe Maddon didn’t rule out Schwarber being called up this year.
What It Could Cost the Cubs to Sign Rafael Soriano
Chris took a look at what it could cost for the Cubs to sign RHP Rafael Soriano. The easy answer is money, but Chris ran the comps.
RIZZO! – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 6
The Cubs picked up a rare win at Chase Field after Jorge Soler doubled in two to tie the game in the eighth and Anthony Rizzo hit a mammoth three-run homer in the ninth. The Cubs outhit a shaky outing from Jake Arrieta and another error by a young infielder.
The Cubs did not quit and scored five runs in their last two at bats.
Baseball America’s Third Mock Draft Has Cubs Selecting RHP Jon Harris
Will the Cubs take a pitcher in the first round? The draft is less than two weeks away and two of John Manuel’s first three mock drafts have the Cubs selecting a college arm. Jon Harris has good stuff, with a questionable ceiling for a first round pick.
The safe money, for now, is on Andrew Benintendi if he is still on the board when the Cubs are on the clock with the ninth pick.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Certain Kyle Schwarber is Staying Behind the Plate Long Term and Other News
The question surrounding Kyle Schwarber is not will he hit in the majors, it is where will he play in the field? The Cubs believe Schwarber will be the team’s catcher, he just needs more work. He has only been in the system for 11 months.
Anthony Rizzo put the Cubs on his back Saturday night … and his teammates sang his praise.
Updates on Pierce Johnson, Javier Baez, Dallas Beeler, and Bijan Rademacher are included. RHP Blake Parker is back with the Cubs on a minor league deal but is rehabbing at the Cubs facility.
The Cubs returned RHP Anthony Varvaro to the Red Sox and all of the news, notes, links and This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Leave Arizona with a Loss – Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3
The three-game series at Chase Field ended with a loss. And if the Cubs did not pitch to Paul Goldschmidt twice and if he did not hit a two-run homer and drive in three runs, Sunday would have been one of those games a team losses over the course of a long season.
Maybe, just maybe, the Cubs will not pitch to him at Wrigley in September.
Miguel Montero and Chris Coghlan homered for the Cubs runs. And the six-game west coast trip wrapped up with a 3-3 record.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/25/15
There are several interesting arms in A-ball in the Cubs’ system and Duane Underwood was among those that had good outings over the weekend. Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara hit a couple of home runs and Frank Batista keeps impressing.
The Daily CCO: Patience with Soler, Kyle Schwarber and Cubs News on Memorial Day
Jorge Soler is having a good season that many are disappointed in. Soler is not happy with the way he’s played and is working on being more consistent in the field and at the plate.
The Cubs remained in Buster Olney’s top 10. Matt Szczur is day to day and Albert Almora Jr. returned to the Smokies’ lineup. And Mark Zagunis is quietly having a good season.
Includes all of the news, notes, links and an informative This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Out Solo Homered – Nationals 2, Cubs 1
Tsuyoshi Wada allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings, and Justin Grimm gave up another run in the sixth. The Nationals hit two solo home runs, one off Wada (Denard Span) and the other off Grimm (Wilson Ramos).
The Cubs managed a Kris Bryant home run on a day the wind was blowing out at Wrigley.