Anthony Rizzo had two more hits Saturday in the 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks. And it was Rizzo’s bloop single in the fourth that led to the three-run rally. Rizzo tied Kris Bryant for the team lead in homers and RBI with a solo shot in the eighth inning, No. 13 on the season. Rizzo has four extra basehits (two home runs, two doubles) in his last six games after going from May 14 to May 30 without an extra base knock.
Rizzo is 6-for-13 in his last four games with a double, two home runs and two walks. And his home run Saturday was projected at 415 feet, which is his third longest of the season according to Daren Willman.
For the season, Anthony Rizzo is up to a .251/387/.524 slash line with 11 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs for a .911 OPS. Rizzo has more walks (34) than strikeouts (28) and he’s driven in 40 runs while scoring 34 in 54 games.
The Cubs Family
Saturday was a very good day for the Cubs Family.
Not only did the big league team beat the Diamondbacks, but all four affiliates won their games. And South Bend swept a doubleheader.
Triple-A Iowa shutout the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) 4-0 at Principal Park. Double-A Tennessee took care of the Jackson Generals (Seattle Mariners) 2-1 thanks to a two-run homer from Cael Brockmeyer in the seventh inning.
High-A Myrtle Beach beat the Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals) by a final of 6-2. Jason Vosler and Yasiel Balaguert both homered.
And at Four Winds Field, South Bend beat the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) twice. Game one by a final of 10-3 with Ian Rice and Matt Rose smacking home runs. And in game two, Ian Rice went yard again in a 2-1 victory over West Michigan.
Cubs Theme Trip
The Cubs hit the road Sunday following the series finale with the Diamondbacks. The Cubs have a nine-game trip with stops in Philadelphia (June 6-8), Atlanta (June 10-12) and Washington DC (June 13-15).
The theme of this road trip: ‘The Jon Lester Tribute to the NBA Finals Road Trip’
The Cubs will wear track suits with their nicknames on the back. The Cubs are looking to have a “basketball team look” according to the report from ESPN Chicago.
Once the Yankees decide to move LHP Andrew Miller, Brian Cashman’s phone is going to blow-up. There is not a single contender that could not use Miller in their bullpen. The Cubs have been connected to Miller. The Rangers are believed to be extremely interested, and Jon Daniels has the players in the system to overpay to acquire him.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Giants “have discussed internally a run at Yankees’ Miller.” Rosenthal reported Miller would be a perfect fit for the Giants. Rosenthal is not sure the Giants would part with the organization’s top pitching prospect, RHP Tyler Beede.
John Harper thinks the Yankees should ask the Rangers for Joey Gallo and settle for Lewis Brinson or possibly Jurickson Profar. From the Nationals, according to Harper, a realistic asking price might be Victor Robles or Erick Fedde or Reynaldo Lopez. The Dodgers could send Frankie Montas or Cody Bellinger to the Yankees for Miller.
As for the Cubs, Harper thinks either Ian Happ or Albert Almora Jr. would make sense for Miller.
Around 16 months after choosing the Padres over the Cubs, James Shields has ended up in Chicago anyway, but on the South Side. The Padres traded Shields, and a lot of money, to the White Sox on Saturday for RHP Erik Johnson and INF Fernando Tatis Jr.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox will receive about $31 million of the $58 million owed to Shields if he does not opt out of his contract at the end of the season. If Shields stays with the White Sox, he will cost them $27 million, or $9 million per season for the next three years.
The Padres are a mess and A.J. Preller has the support of ownership, at least for now. As Jeff Passan pointed out, the Padres could have really used the draft pick, and slot money, they surrendered last year for Shields. The Padres forfeited the 13th pick in the 2015 draft to sign him.
Joe Maddon is a big fan of James Shields and pushed for him to sign with the Cubs. Maddon explained to Comcast SportsNet what the Sox are getting with Shields.
The Padres reportedly talked to other teams about Shields before making the deal with the White Sox. According to Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox, Orioles, Tigers and Dodgers also expressed interest in Shields.
News and Notes
• Andy Haines, the Cubs’ Minor League Hitting Coordinator, has been really impressed by several of the top prospects in the system including Willson Contreras, Jeimer Candelario, Albert Almora Jr., Rashad Crawford, Donnie Dewees and Eloy Jimenez. For those that still follow the prospects, this is a must read report.
• Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant were the leading vote getters at their respective positions in the NL when the first update of the fan balloting was released. If the Cubs have all four starting infielders on the NL squad it would be just the second time in the history of the All-Star Game. The ’63 St. Louis Cardinals are the only team to have their entire infield start in the All-Star Game according to ESPN Chicago. The Sun-Times reported the next-generation Cubs capture fan attention, votes.
• No one hits Kyle Hendricks hard according to a report from Mark Simon. FanGraphs showed Kyle Hendricks is the NL’s best when it comes to contact management. And FanGraphs explained how Kyle Hendricks is exactly like Clayton Kershaw.
• According to Bruce Levine, fewer mistakes are leading to wins for the Cubs.
• The Marlins released RHP Edwin Jackson after he cleared waivers. Miami designated Jackson for assignment May 31. Jackson is now a free agent.
• RHP Sonny Gray will come off the DL and start for the A’s on Sunday according to John Shea. Gray has been on the DL since May 22, retroactive to May 21, with a strained right trapezius. The A’s wrap up the series with the Astros in Houston at the Juice Box. Oakland enters play Sunday six games under .500 (25-31) and in last place in the AL West, 8 ½ back of the Rangers.
This Day in Cubstory
2014 – Cubs selected C/OF Kyle Schwarber in the first round (4th overall pick) of the draft
2012 – Ryan Dempster won his first game since August 16, 2011, 18 starts, in a 10-0 victory over the Brewers. Dempster retired the first 15 batters he faced.
2008 – Cubs selected Andrew Cashner in the first round (19th overall pick) of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Ryan Flaherty in the sandwich round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Chris Carpenter in the third round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Josh Harrison in the sixth round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Tony Campana in the 13th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Casey Coleman in the 15th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Jeff Beliveau in the 18th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Logan Watkins in the 21st round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Sonny Gray in the 27th round of the draft, the player did not sign
2006 – Carlos Zambrano held the Astros hitless for 7 1/3 innings. Preston Wilson broke up the no-hit bid. Zambrano homered in the Cubs 8-0 victory over the Astros in Houston.
2001 – Cubs selected Mark Prior in the first round (second overall pick) of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Ryan Theriot in the third round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Ricky Nolasco in the fourth round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Brendan Harris in the fifth round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Sergio Mitre in the seventh round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Geovany Soto in the 11th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Luis Montanez in the first round (third overall pick) of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Bobby Hill in the second round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Todd Wellemeyer in the fourth round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Dontrelle Willis in the eighth round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Jon Leicester in the 11th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Jason Dubois in the 14th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Buck Coats in the 18th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Carmen Pignatiello in the 20th round of the draft
1996 – Sammy Sosa hit three home runs, drove in five runs and led the Cubs to a comeback win over the Phillies, 9-6.
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Dennis Rasmussen
1990 – The Red Sox released Bill Buckner
1989 – Cubs selected Gary Scott in the second round of the draft
1984 – Robinson Chirinos, born
1979 – Cubs selected Dave Owen in the 10th round of the draft
1974 – Cubs selected Scot Thompson in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the draft
1973 – Cubs selected Mike Krukow in the eighth round of the draft
1969 – Cubs selected Larry Gura in the second round of the draft
1925 – Cubs completed a triple play in the seventh inning against the Dodgers, first baseman Barney Friberg to shortstop Rabbit Maranville at Wrigley Field.
1916 – Heine Zimmerman stole home in the fourth inning of a Cubs 1-0 victory over the Braves in Boston
1885 – Second baseman Fred Pfeffer pitched a complete game victory, 7-4, over Detroit. Pfeffer struck out six and only two of the runs were earned.
1878 – Bill Maloney, born