The Cubs begin the first full week of the second month of the baseball season with the best winning percentage (.739) in the game after finishing April with a 17-5 record, tops in baseball. And the Cubs have the biggest run differential in the game (+78) after outscoring their opponents 139-61.
Even with Sunday’s game not going the Cubs way, Joe Maddon’s team maintained their lead in the NL Central and the top spot in Buster Olney’s power rankings.
The Cubs had fun after Sunday’s extra innings loss to the Braves. With the big week ahead against the Pirates and Nationals, the Minimalist Zany Suit Trip to Pittsburgh keeps the next three days in early May in proper perspective.
Joe Maddon’s team is 11 games above .500 and playing good ball while having fun on and off the field.
Minimalist Zany Suit Photo Links
As was expected, the suits the Cubs wore to Pittsburgh were outstanding. Click on the links for pics of the Minimalist Zany Suit Trip from Comcast SportsNet and other outlets.
- Joe Maddon
- John Lackey
- Matt Sczcur
- Kyle Hendricks
- Kris Bryant, Addison Russell
- Anthony Rizzo
- David Ross
- Henry Blanco
- John Mallee, Gary Jones, Chris Bosio
- Justin Grimm, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, David Ross
- Jake Arrieta
And here are more photos from the Tribune.
Above Photo – @Cubs
Kris Bryant was back in the lineup Sunday, batted third, played left field and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a RBI. Bryant downplayed the ankle injury prior to the game, which was backed up by Maddon starting him in left field.
Bryant worked with trainer P.J. Mainville on the field Sunday testing the right ankle that kept him out of Friday’s lineup. Joe Maddon anticipated after Saturday’s rainout Bryant would be able to play Sunday.
Bryant said he did not tape his ankles Thursday like he typically does.
“I didn’t do it the last three or four games because I was feeling good,” Bryant told the beat writers. “But then of course something happens. The baseball gods were telling me I need to continue to tape my ankles.”
News and Notes
• The Tribune reported the Cubs hope to shift into higher gear on trip to Pittsburgh.
• Tony Andracki posted five things we learned about the Cubs in the first month of 2016.
• According to Matt Snyder, Ben Zobrist is staying put at second, passing super utility torch to other Cubs.
• Comcast SportsNet reported tough tests for Cubs with Pirates and Nationals looming.
• Cubs start May off on the wrong foot with extra-innings loss to Braves according to Comcast SportsNet.
• According to the Tribune, Cubs showed some fight in 10-inning loss to Braves.
• Ken Rosenthal posted facts and fiction from the first month of the MLB season. And according to Rosenthal, it’s a fact an all-Chicago World Series isn’t farfetched.
• Bob Nightengale explained how the Nationals swept the Cardinals after rubbing ex-pitcher’s ears.
• The Cardinals are 1-8 against teams with winning records this season and have been outscored 42-19 by the Pirates, Cubs and Nationals. And the Cardinals are two games under .500 at home for the first time since April 20, 2011 according to Bob Nightengale.
• Jon Heyman provided an update on Tim Lincecum. Jeff Passan confirmed Heyman’s report that Lincecum will have a showcase Friday in Scottsdale. Passan said he’s heard “teams are eager to see how his stuff looks, word is it’s been quite good.” Heyman added the Giants, Padres Orioles and up to 20 teams are expected to attend the showcase.
• Shelby Miller is feeling the pressure of the blockbuster trade according to the Score.
This Day in Cubstory
2008 – Cubs granted free agency to Juan Mateo
2005 – Cubs signed free agent Trent Hubbard
2005 – Cubs released Angel Echevarria
2001 – Cubs released Brian Banks
2000 – Kerry Wood returned to the mound and pitched in his first game in close to 19 months following elbow surgery. Wood gave up a run on three hits in six innings in the Cubs 11-1 win over the Astros.
1986 – Cubs signed free agent Terry Francona
1985 – Jose Ascanio, born
1976 – Jose Cardenal recorded six hits (four singles, a double and a home run) and drove in four runs, including the game winner, as the Cubs topped the Giants 6-5 in 14 innings at San Francisco.
1975 – Cubs traded Burt Hooton to the Dodgers for Eddie Solomon and Geoff Zahn
1958 – Down 7-0 after six innings, the Cubs rallied and beat the Braves 8-7 on two Moose Moryn homers. The winning home run came off Dick Littlefield in the ninth inning at Wrigley Field.
1956 – Third baseman Don Hoak struck out six times in a 6-5 loss to the Giants in 17 innings. The two teams used 48 players, 25 by the Giants and 23 by the Cubs.
1954 – Keith Moreland, born
1950 – Cubs purchased Lou Klein from the Reds
1948 – Cubs purchased Jeff Cross from the Cardinals
1948 – Rookie outfielder Hal Jeffcoat hit two doubles in the eighth inning and the Cubs scored seven runs in route to a 13-4 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. Peanuts Lowrey went 4-for-5 and Bob Chipman picked up the win in relief.
1917 – Hippo Vaughn and Fred Toney of the Reds pitched a double no-hitter for nine innings at Wrigley Field. The Reds won the game 1-0 on two hits in the 10th inning. Jim Thorpe drove in the only run of the game.
1901 – The Orphans purchased Rube Waddell from the Pirates
1899 – Gale Staley, born
1896 – Bill Piercy, born
1886 – Larry Cheney, born
1876 – Ross Barnes hit the first home run in National League history, an inside the park homer off Bill Cherokee in Cincinnati in a 15-9 victory over the Reds.