It was a very good Labor Day weekend for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks at Wrigley before hitting the road and winning game one in St. Louis behind Dan Haren.
Joe Maddon wants his team focused on one day and one game at a time. And he would be happy with a string of one-game winning streaks right now as the Cubs look to nail down a spot in baseball’s post-season tournament.
Jake Arrieta and Kris Bryant were recognized by Major League Baseball for their excellent performances in August. And Albert Almora Jr. and Oscar De La Cruz were named the organization’s Minor League players of the month.
Ryne Sandberg spent time at Wrigley after a meeting with Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein.
Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler are working their way back from injuries to help the Cubs for the stretch-run. And the Cubs went yard lots of times in four games.
Here are all of the headlines, and a few videos, from what was a very busy five days for the Cubs as the team equaled its high-water mark of 22 games over .500 while improving their standing in the NL Wild Card race. The Cubs moved to within two games of the Pirates and increased the lead for the second Wild Card to 8 ½ games over the Nationals. The Cubs are 7 ½ back of the Cardinals in the division.
Cubs Month in Review – August 2015
Chris looked back on the Cubs’ best August in seven years. Chris highlighted what went right as well as what didn’t. To no surprise Jake Arrieta was the top pitcher on the staff. Kris Bryant led the offense, while Dexter Fowler was pretty good, too.
It you missed this report, click on the link … it is a very good read.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Don’t Lose Ground in the Race, Updates on Soler and Schwarber and Other News
While lines were being formed at the nearest bridge after the Cubs dropped two of three to an underachieving Reds team, the Cubs lost zero ground in the NL Wild Card race.
Jorge Soler was expected to swing a bat on Friday. Soler said he will play again this season.
Report includes all of the news, links and This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Minor Leaguer RHP Carlos Pimentel Named PCL Pitcher of the Year
RHP Carlos Pimentel turned in an excellent year in his second season in the Cubs’ system. Pimentel was named the top pitcher in the hitter friendly league. Pimentel pitched his way into call-up consideration prior to the deadline. The Cubs should try to keep him in the organization this winter with the lack of pitching depth near the top of the organization.
Report: Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein Met with Ryne Sandberg
A report from the Sun-Times stated Ryne Sandberg is moving back to Chicago and he had lunch earlier in the week with Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein.
Mending the fences with Ryne Sandberg is the right thing for the Cubs’ brass after the way he was pushed out by the previous regime. How Sandberg may or may not fit in the organization moving forward is unknown. But at least the door appears to be opening again after it was slammed shut five years ago.
Cubs Name OF Albert Almora Jr., RHP Oscar De La Cruz Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August
OF Albert Almora Jr. really turned his season around in the second half and has quieted the negative talk about his future. Almora Jr. earned the Player of the Month award with a sensational August. RHP Oscar De La Cruz is finally getting the recognition he deserves and should be viewed as one of the top young arms in the system.
- Cubs Name OF Albert Almora Jr., RHP Oscar De La Cruz Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August
Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant Earn National League Pitcher and Rookie of the Month Honors
MLB announced Thursday the Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Month for August in the National League … and the Cubs took home two of the three awards.
Jake Arrieta was the unanimous winner of the NL Pitcher of the Month while Kris Bryant had an excellent month among the first-year players.
CCO Fantasy Baseball: Week Twenty – CCO Playoffs are Coming
Tony’s weekly look at Fantasy Baseball focused on the playoff picture in both CCO leagues. Jake Arrieta and Kris Bryant were the big performers of the week from the Cubs on the mound and at the plate.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/04/05
Pitching performances from Justin Steele and Oscar De La Cruz highlighted the end of the last full week of the minor league season. Offensively, Chesny Young and Willson Contreras stayed hot.
For all of the action in the minors before the final weekend of regular season minor league ball, click on the link.
Rambling About Meaningful Cubs Games in September
The popular Rambling column returned after a short hiatus. Brian shared his thoughts on the Cubs push for the playoffs, Jake Arrieta’s no-no, Austin Jackson, the Sausage King of Chicago and he reminded all of the readers about two of his pre-season predictions.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Improve Standing in Wild Card Race, Bryant More Time in the Outfield? And Other News
Not only did the Cubs get a much-needed break on Thursday, Joe Maddon’s team also gained ground on the Pirates while the Giants’ slide continued.
With Jorge Soler out, Kris Bryant is expected to see more time in one of the corner outfield spots when the Cubs face a left-handed starter. If Bryant is in the outfield, the Cubs infield will likely consist of Addison Russell (SS), Starlin Castro (2B) and Javier Baez (3B).
Carl Edwards Jr. returned from the DL. James Russell reported to Iowa after being DFA’d.
Report includes updates on Duane Underwood Jr., Willson Contreras, news, notes, a new home for David Kaplan and This Day in Cubs History.
- The Daily CCO: Cubs Improve Standing in Wild Card Race, Bryant More Time in the Outfield? And Other News
Russell and Rizzo and Baez, Oh My! – Cubs 14, Diamondbacks 5
Jon Lester was good enough for the five innings he was on the mound before the offense took over. Addison Russell homered twice and the Cubs scored eight unearned runs in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo smacked his second career Grand Slam and Javier Baez hit a two-run shot.
The Cubs made Wrigley look small on a day the wind was blowing in with four more homers at the old ballyard. The bullpen gave up runs late and continued to cause concern on what was otherwise a much-needed blowout for the Cubs.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Have Nats in the Rearview Mirror, Kyle Schwarber Update, Javier Baez and Other News
The Cubs took care of business early in the day and scoreboard watched Friday night. The Nationals jumped over the Giants in the NL Wild Card race as the Pirates were busy in St. Louis taking care of the Cardinals.
A third catcher could be added to the active roster while Fernando Rodney has improved his stock with Joe Maddon. And Carl Edwards Jr. nearing a call-up was included in the updates. Rafael Soriano was released.
The Cubs are planning to honor Aramis Ramirez during the Pirates series at the end of the month.
Report includes the news, notes and links plus This Day in Cubs History.
- The Daily CCO: Cubs Have Nats in the Rearview Mirror, Kyle Schwarber Update, Javier Baez and Other News
Willson Contreras is a Post-Season Southern League All-Star and News from the Cubs Farm
Willson Contreras has rocketed into the top 10 prospects in the Cubs’ system. Contreras has taken a big step forward offensively this year while maintaining his defense behind the plate.
Pierce Johnson finished his season with a very good outing. Gleyber Torres collected his first hit with Myrtle Beach. And several Cubs’ prospects landed on Baseball America’s best tools lists for the season.
All About Arrieta – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 0
Jake Arrieta followed up his no-hitter with a gem against the Diamondbacks. Arrieta and Hector Rondon shut out the high-flying Arizona offense while their teammates did just enough against Robbie Ray and the Diamondbacks’ bullpen.
David Ross drove in the first run with a groundout and Dexter Fowler homered for the Cubs only two runs.
White Sox Claim INF Mike Olt off Waivers from the Cubs
The Cubs designated INF Mike Olt for assignment to make room for OF Austin Jackson on the 40-man roster. The White Sox are searching for solutions with their position players and took a chance on Mike Olt.
The Sox announced Saturday they claimed the power-hitting third baseman off waivers from the Cubs.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Maintain Lead, Gain Ground in NL Wild Card and No No-No Hangover for Arrieta
Jake Arrieta did not slow down after his no-hitter and shut down the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on Saturday. Arrieta mixed in a devastating change-up and has given hitters something else to think about.
Dexter Fowler continues his impressive second half. And Willson Contreras inched closer to a batting title.
Jeimer Candelario has thrived at the Double-A level at the plate and showed off his glove work.
Report includes all of the news, notes and links plus This Day in Cubs History.
A Bryant Blast, A Miggy Slam and A Cubs Sweep – Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 4
Kris Bryant tied the game with the longest homer in the Majors this season, a 495-foot blast that hit high off the left field scoreboard. Miguel Montero went oppo for a Granny against his old team and Jonathan Herrera added a solo shot as the Cubs completed the three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.
Kyle Hendricks limited Arizona to one run over five innings before Joe Maddon went to his pen. Justin Grimm did his job and Trevor Cahill was left in too long on a day with the wind blowing out. Pedro Strop was touched up for a two-run homer in the ninth before recording the 27th out.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/07/15
The final weekend of the regular season in the minor leagues was about batting titles for Chesny Young and Willson Contreras as Myrtle Beach prepared for the post-season. And Carlos Pimentel stayed in the running for the PCL ERA title.
The Eugene Emeralds were eliminated from the post-season. South Bend wrapped up the home slate with a win and Iowa posted its 80th victory of the year.
The Daily CCO: Eleven Days in September, No Innings Limit on Arrieta, Albert Almora Jr. and Other Cubs News
After sweeping the Diamondbacks, the Cubs hit the road for 11 games in 11 days in three cities. The Cubs have a chance to improve their place in the standings with seven of those games being against the Cardinals and Pirates … and at the same time, must not overlook four games in Philadelphia.
Joe Maddon said the Cubs are monitoring Jake Arrieta’s workload but he is not on an innings limit.
Albert Almora Jr. was placed on the DL for the Smokies final two games of the year after making a sensational catch.
The buzz continued around the Bryant blast well after Sunday’s game ended. Carl Edwards Jr. was on the verge of making his big league debut.
Report includes info on Schwarber, Montero, Herrera and all of the news and notes, plus This Day in Cubs History.
- The Daily CCO: Eleven Days in September, No Innings Limit on Arrieta, Albert Almora Jr. and Other Cubs News
From the Wire: Cubs Recall RHP Carl Edwards Jr. and LHP Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs added two relievers to the active roster prior to Monday’s opener in St. Louis. LHP Zac Rosscup was recalled from Iowa for the third time this year. And RHP Carl Edwards Jr. was called up for the minors to make his big league debut.
With Edwards Jr. and Rosscup, the Cubs active roster stands at 32 players.
Fowler, Russell Ignite Cubs Offense, Haren Shuts Out the Cardinals – Cubs 9, Cardinals 0
The Cubs surprised the Cardinals by scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Dexter Fowler and Addison Russell homered and drove in six of the Cubs nine runs. Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero each drove in a run before Joe Maddon used his bench for the final three innings.
Dan Haren had his best start with the Cubs, seven shutout innings and Carl Edwards Jr. made his big league debut. The Cubs started the difficult road trip with their second win of the season in St. Louis (2-6).