Friday was another frustrating loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis. The Cubs had a lead, could not hold on and fell to 1-4 at Busch Stadium this season. The Cubs are 2-5 in the seven games with the Redbirds and have been outscored by a total of nine runs (33-24).
Anthony Rizzo called Friday a “tough loss.”
The Cubs are not hacking it against the Cardinals right now. And Joe Maddon is right it is more mental issue for his team than a physical one.
“We’ve lost several tough games in this ballpark. We have to get over the hump and it’s more of a mental hump than a physical hump,” Maddon said. “Our guys can play with these guys. I know their record is better but there is a long way to go. We’re gonna get it done here.”
The Cubs will enter play Saturday night 9 1/2 games behind of the Redbirds in the division, still leading the pack for the second NL Wild Card.
Jake Arrieta pointed out the Cubs “have more than enough time to put together some good stretches to minimize that number a bit” and “it starts here.”
Half of the Cubs next 12 games are with the Cardinals. Anything short of winning the next two games is going to make the tough task of catching them even more difficult.
Jorge Soler, as has been the case for well over a week, is getting close to starting a rehab assignment according to multiple reports.
Soler tested his ankle on the field prior to Friday’s game. Soler ran the bases for the second straight day in what was said to be “one of the final steps before going on a rehab assignment.”
The Cubs will see how Soler feels Saturday and that will determine the next step. Reports suggested if he feels okay, he would be ready to start a rehab assignment.
Kris Bryant responded Friday to the rumor that a hangover was the reason he had to leave Thursday’s game early and not the flu-like symptoms the team said was why he had to take himself out of the game.
Bryant told Mark Grote, “I think if you know the type of person I am, you know what I believe in. I trade would have been more believable.”
Bryant explained to the beat writers that he started feeling bad in Minnesota. And what he was feeling was similar to the allergies he dealt with last summer while he was playing with Double-A Tennessee.
The Cubs believe the cramping in Tsuyoshi Wada’s shoulder is “isolated to the deltoid” according to the Sun-Times. According to reports Friday, Wada did not have an MRI on his shoulder or “any other precautionary tests.” The shoulder has not responded but the team thinks he will be okay if he skips one start through the rotation.
With Monday’s off day, the Cubs can push him back and keep the other four starters on regular rest. If Wada is not placed on the DL prior to Saturday’s game to make room on the active roster for Donn Roach, look for a reliever to be sent down to Iowa.
Cubs Rumor Links Corner
• Cubs will make starting pitching a prior at the trade deadline according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Cubs’ pitching needs more urgent as Tsuyoshi Wada’s injury lingers according to the Sun-Times.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Mike Olt went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Iowa’s loss to New Orleans on Friday night. Olt also committed his second throwing error. Olt is 3-for-13 with a double, a home run, a walk and five strikeouts in four games for the I-Cubs.
• According to a report from Jim Salisbury, Ryne Sandberg “was not a beloved figure in the clubhouse” and he had “trouble connecting with the players.”
• Jesse Rogers explained with the lack of starting pitching depth, the Cubs turn to Donn Roach.
And last, but certainly not least, Anthony Rizzo told ESPN Chicago that he was okay after being hit Friday for the 15th time this season. Rizzo had his forearm wrapped and said it was only a bruise. Rizzo is not expected to miss any time. Rizzo took another one for the team, but Lackey’s fastball appeared to be thrown with a purpose in mind.
This Day In Cubstory
2012 – Cubs released Shane Lindsay
2011 – Cubs released Bobby Scales
1996 – Cubs traded Ismael Villegas to the Braves for Tyler Houston
1994 – Cubs beat the Pirates 2-1 as Randy Meyers recorded the 200th save of his career. Myers was only the third lefthander to reach the mark
1992 – Cubs acquired Kal Daniels from the Dodgers for a PTBNL. Cubs sent Mike Sodders to the Dodgers on July 28 to complete the trade
1975 – Daryle Ward, born
1970 – Jim Edmonds, born
1968 – Cubs purchased Gene Oliver from the Red Sox
1967 – Cubs traded Arnold Earley to the Astros for Marv Breeding
1951 – Cubs farmhand Boyd Tepler filed a $450,000 suit against baseball, the Chicago Cubs and William Wrigley citing an arm injury he suffered in 1944. His suit contended that negligent coaching allowed him to continue with flaws in his pitching motion that resulted in damage to his arm and the end of his promising pitching career.
1930 – The largest crowd in Wrigley Field history (51,556) saw the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 7-5, on Kiki Cuyler’s 10th inning home run. There were 30,476 Ladies Day guests and 1,332 pass holders. The paid attendance was 19,748.
1887 – Rookie pitcher George Van Haltren walked 16 batters, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch as Boston beat the Chicago National League Ballclub 17-11 at West Side Park. King Kelly, playing for Boston, walked five times.
1884 – Larry Corcoran pitched his third no-hitter as the Chicago National League Ballclub beat Providence 6-0 at Lakefront Park.
This Day In Baseball History
1940 – To honor the lyricist of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jack Norworth Day was celebrated at Ebbets Field. Norworth and his partner Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, had never seen a game when they wrote the song in 1908.