Jake Arrieta pitched his way into the history books Sunday Night and ended road trip with a truly dominating performance. Arrieta didn’t just pitch a no-hitter, he no-hit the Dodgers. Arrieta faced two over the minimum with 12 strikeouts on 116 pitches, 80 for strikes.
Jake Arrieta will be named NL Pitcher of the Week on Monday and cemented his National League Pitcher of the Month for August award.
Here are the headlines from the last three days packed with all of the news, notes and roster moves that pale in comparison to Jake Arrieta’s No-No against the Dodgers.
From the Wire: Cubs Acquire RHP Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for PTBNL or Cash
Shortly after the series wrapped in San Francisco, the Cubs announced RHP Fernando Rodney had been acquired from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The Cubs made the low risk-high reward deal with Seattle to add depth to a relief corps that is in need of help.
The Cubs optioned LHP Zac Rosscup to Iowa and designated RHP Brian Schlitter for assignment to make room for Rodney on the roster.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report- 08/28/15
RHP Oscar De La Cruz put together a dominating performance for Eugene. John Andreoli and Javier Baez kept rolling for Iowa and Willson Contreras has stayed hot at the plate. And lefty Tommy Thorpe had an excellent outing for South Bend.
All of the details from the end of the week are included in the Down on the Farm Report.
The Daily CCO: Off to La La Land, Cubs Add a Veteran to the Bullpen and Other News and Notes
The Cubs struggled on the mean streets of San Francisco but were off to Los Angeles to continue the always wonderful trip to the West Coast. Fernando Rodney was set to catch-up with the Cubs on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
As it turns out, Dexter Fowler’s injury was a lot less severe than reported. Fowler was back in the lineup by Friday despite the reports stating he could miss time. Dan Haren admitted he has not held up his end of the bargain with the Cubs. And Javier Baez extended his hitting streak with the I-Cubs.
Report includes updates on Tsuyoshi Wada and Corey Black, plus all of the news, notes and links … and This Day in Cubs History.
Starlin Castro Reportedly Cleared Waivers
A week after Jon Heyman reported the Cubs placed Starlin Castro on waivers, Heyman confirmed Castro had cleared waivers. The Cubs will not sell low on Castro and are not expected to trade him this season. Multiple reports have suggested the front office could try to move him during the winter.
Too Much Swing and a Miss – Dodgers 4, Cubs 1
A day after facing Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, the Cubs had to deal with Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles … and it didn’t go too well for the offense. Kershaw had one of his best starts of the season. Kershaw struck out 14 and Dodgers’ pitcher totaled 15 strikeouts in nine innings.
Anthony Rizzo hit a mammoth homer of Kershaw for the Cubs’ only run. Jason Hammel was very, very good for five innings and lost it in the sixth.
Cubs Host Reds and Diamondbacks During Upcoming Six-Game Homestand
Cubs return to Wrigley Monday for the first of three with the Reds. After a much-needed day off Thursday, the Arizona Diamondbacks make their annual trip to the old ballyard. #WeAreGood T-Shirts will be available.
For all of the details of the upcoming homestand, click on the link.
The Daily CCO: School was Back In-Session and Cubs News
Joe Maddon wasn’t concerned about the Cubs lack of offense against Clayton Kershaw. Maddon pointed out his young guys received an education this week.
Fernando Rodney made his Cubs debut. Duane Underwood Jr. was activated from the DL. Jason McLeod was linked to the GM’s job in Seattle.
The Cubs added Jared Porter to the front office, according to multiple reports. Porter was the pro scouting director for the Red Sox.
The Cubs ratings are exploding. Nathan Barnett was named the Carolina League’s Broadcaster of the Year.
Report includes all of the news, notes, links, Manny Ramirez’s impact on the organization and This Day in Cubs History.
Scott Boras Says Cubs Have Not Approached Jake Arrieta about a Contract Extension
Scott Boras attended Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. And the Cubs’ beat writers caught up with Jake Arrieta’s agent. Boras said the Cubs have not approached him about an extension.
The Cubs have two years of club control left on Arrieta … and with the way Scott Boras talked, an extension with the Cubs is unlikely.
Cubs West Coast Woes Continue, Drop Fourth in a Row – Dodgers 5, Cubs 2
The Cubs scored a run on a sac fly foul out and a balk and Jon Lester took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. The Dodgers jumped on Lester and he left the game before recording an out in the inning.
The Cubs issues with runners in scoring position continued. And the offense could not capitalize on multiple opportunities to give Lester breathing room.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Set to Call-Up Javier Baez Tuesday as Part of First Wave of September Additions
Joe Maddon said Saturday the Cubs will be calling up players from the minors in two waves. The first, on Tuesday when the roster expands, is expected to include Javier Baez, Emilio Bonifacio and Quintin Berry.
Maddon talked other possible call-ups and roster additions for September.
Trevor Cahill had another good outing. Chase Utley talked about the trade from Philly to Los Angeles.
Report includes all of the news, notes and links … and This Day in Cubs History.
Mark Johnson Named Carolina League Manager of the Year, Two Cubs Prospects Year-End League All-Stars
A year after the Midwest League and Baseball America tabbed Mark Johnson the best manager in Low-A Ball and in the minors, the Carolina League named Johnson its Manager of the Year.
Mark Johnson is a rising star in the managerial ranks and has played a big role in the player development side of the organization.
OF Mark Zagunis and INF/OF Chesny Young received a year-end All-Star nod from the league.
- Mark Johnson Named Carolina League Manager of the Year, Two Cubs Prospects Year-End League All-Stars
Amazing Jake! Arrieta No Hits the Dodgers – Cubs 2, Dodgers 0
Jake Arrieta shut down the Dodgers in their park, faced two over the minimum and recorded a season-high 12 strikeouts.
Kris Bryant cracked a two-run homer in the first inning and gave Arrieta all of the run support he would need. The Cubs collected 13 hits and did a good job of squaring up the baseball for the first time in four games.