The Cubs swept the doubleheader Friday and improved to 24 games over .500 for the first time this season. Saturday and Sunday, however, did not go well for the Cubs. Joe Maddon’s team did not play complete games either day and while there were positives, the bottom line is the Cubs lost two games to a Phillies team that have not won that many against the rest of baseball this year.
On the pitching front, Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks had very good starts Friday. And three relievers might have improved their stock with Joe Maddon. Travis Wood and Trevor Cahill combined on six scoreless innings on Sunday and Clayton Richard was excellent in relief of Dan Haren on Sunday.
Kris Bryant became the Cubs’ all-time rookie leader in RBI over the weekend. Kyle Schwarber hit three homers in two games. And this year’s rookies have hit 61 home runs, the highest total all-time by Cubs’ rookie class. The 61 longballs hit by the Cubs rookies rank as the sixth most in National League history (2006 Marlins, 112; 1958 Giants, 85; 1999 Marlins, 77; 2007 Diamondbacks, 66; 1972 Giants, 63).
With the second loss in as many days, the Cubs slipped further back of the Cardinals in the division, the Pirates in the Wild Card race and the Giants gained a game. The Cubs are 6 ½ games behind the Cardinals and four back of the Pirates. The Giants moved to within 7 ½ games of the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card.
Cubs Make Changes to Front Office, Hire Jared Porter as Director of Pro Scouting
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made a significant change to the front office when Jared Porter decided to leave Boston for the Cubs’ Director of Pro Scouting job. Joe Bohringer shifted to a scouting position within the organization.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/11/15
Myrtle Beach evened the series with Winston-Salem on Thursday and won it on Friday to advance to The Ship. Tom recapped the first two games, with the second including an excellent performance from Brad Markey.
Rambling about the Cubs with the Wild Card in Sight
Brian talked about the Wild Card, shared his thoughts on the Cy Young award and got down to the Brass Tacks with pitching stats. And he questioned a much-maligned trade in the only way he can.
The Daily CCO: Doubleheader Friday, Cubs Shift the Rotation and Other News
A rainout on Thursday meant a doubleheader for the Cubs on Friday in Philly. And it wasn’t a day-night doubleheader. The Cubs and Phillies went old school to open the series.
Joe Maddon and Chris Bosio had to shift the rotation due to the rainout and doubleheader. Maddon really likes Kris Bryant in the outfield and he could see more time in one of the corner spots down the stretch.
The Cubs announced the start time with the Pirates for Sept. 27. And a former Cubs’ skipper is back in the news. Report includes all of the news, notes, links and This Day in Cubs History.
Extra Basehits Back Jake Arrieta in Game One of Twin Bill – Cubs 5, Phillies 1
The traditional doubleheader in Philly on Friday started with a win behind Jake Arrieta. The Cubs scored all five runs on extra base knocks. Doubles by Austin Jackson, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell gave the Cubs four runs and Starlin Castro hit a long home run.
Jake Arrieta picked up his 19th win of the season after allowing on run over eight innings, his first earned run in nearly a month.
Schwarber and Bryant Smash Three Homers, Cubs Sweep Doubleheader – Cubs 7, Phillies 3
Kyle Schwarber smacked home runs in consecutive at bats on the first pitch he saw each time. Kris Bryant hit a mammoth two-run shot and six of the seven runs the Cubs put on the board were on extra basehits.
Kyle Hendricks had a good outing, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Hendricks gave way to the bullpen after a much-needed quality start. Hector Rondon had to be used to clean up Fernando Rodney’s mess in the ninth inning which had an impact on Saturday’s game.
The CCO’s Short-Season Player and Pitcher of the Year for 2015 – Chris Pieters and Oscar De La Cruz
With the minor league season ending earlier in the week, Tom focused on the four players in the Cubs’ system that put together the best seasons on the field. Prospect status only goes so far, it’s the performance that matters.
Chesny Young and Ryan Williams were named the CCO’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. On Saturday it was time for the Short-Season nods. Chris Pieters has shifted well from the mound to a position player and the year Oscar De La Cruz put together has not been recognized by a large portion of the mainstream media.
The Daily CCO: Soler Rehabs with Myrtle Beach, Pelicans Advance to Championship Series and Other Cubs News
Jorge Soler played his first rehab game Friday night with Myrtle Beach and helped the Pelicans advance to the Carolina League Championship series.
Kris Bryant had a huge Friday and broke the Cubs’ rookie RBI record set by Billy Williams in 1961. Bryant is pretty good with RISP and especially with RISP and two outs.
Jake Arrieta is having an historic second half. Starlin Castro keeps producing in his new role. Report includes all of the news, notes, links and This Day in Cubs History.
- The Daily CCO: Soler Rehabs with Myrtle Beach, Pelicans Advance to Championship Series and Other Cubs News
MLB Pipeline Tabs Kyle Schwarber Position Player Prospect of the Year
Kyle Schwarber has put together an excellent first full year in professional baseball. Schwarber started the season in Double-A, made his Major League debut, sent to Iowa, won the MVP award at the Futures Game, recalled to the majors and mashed a bunch of home runs.
MLB Pipeline announced its player and pitching prospect of the year and the Cubs’ C/OF Kyle Schwarber took home the honor.
Two-Out Free Passes Cost the Cubs – Phillies 7, Cubs 5
Saturday night and the bullpen game did not go as planned for Joe Maddon. Travis Wood and Trevor Cahill combined on six innings of shutout ball and allowed three hits. Justin Grimm lost the strike zone in the seventh. A two-out walk and an Anthony Rizzo error opened the door for the Phillies to score five runs.
The Cubs tied it with four in the eighth before another two-out free pass gave Cody Asche a chance to excessively pimp a two-run homer off Hector Rondon.
Cubs Prospect Willson Contreras Makes Baseball America’s 2015 All-Star Team and News from the Farm
Willson Contreras is garnering the attention he deserves. Baseball America was the latest to recognize the season he put together. Contreras won the Southern League Batting Crown as his offense has caught up with his defense.
Christian Villanueva, Trevor Clifton, Carlos Pimentel and other news from the farm system are included in the report.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Gained and Lost Ground in the Standings, Pedro Strop and Other News
Saturday wasn’t all bad for the Cubs. Even with giving another game to the Phillies, the Cubs inched closer to the Cardinals in the division.
Pedro Strop has become a lightning rod for the fans. Strop has been much better than his public perception with one obvious exception. Take the time, look at the numbers and Strop is pretty good against all of the teams not from St. Louis.
Joe Maddon and Chris Bosio shifted the rotation again due to the wonderful weather in Philly. Report includes all of the news, notes and links, plus This Day in Cubs History.
Not Sunny for the Cubs in Philadelphia – Phillies 7, Cubs 4
The Cubs had a bad day Sunday and gave the game to the Phillies. Dan Haren was rocked over the first three innings before Clayton Richard righted the ship and slowed down the Phillies.
Offensively, Chris Coghlan almost singlehandedly kept the Cubs in the game. Coghlan had four of the eight hits and the poor approach against Aaron Harang proved costly at the end of the day.