The three days at Coors Field didn’t exactly the way the Cubs hoped. Joe Maddon’s team was able to win of the three games. After giving Friday’s extra innings game away twice, the Cubs picked up a win on Saturday behind Mike Montgomery, Trevor Cahill and big hits from Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero. Sunday’s game was handed to the Rockies before it had a chance to really get started.
Even with the rough series in Denver, the Cubs will begin the work week owners of the best record in baseball (78-45), 33 games over .500 and 12 games in front of the Cardinals in the NL Central. And with the Nationals losing to the Braves, the Cubs lead the Nationals by five games for the top record in the National League.
Kris Bryant stayed hot at the plate, put his name in the history books and then briefly took over the home run lead in the Senior Circuit.
Kyle Schwarber updated his progress at the end of the homestand.
Jason Heyward got the weekend off and the Cubs made several roster moves … well, actually there were six made on Friday.
Kyle Hendricks did not pick up a win at Coors but he became baseball’s ERA leader on Saturday.
And down on the farm, Jeimer Candelario kept streaking as he prepares for a likely call-up when the roster expands next week.
Here are all of the headlines from the last three-plus days to get you caught up while the Cubs prepare for three days in San Diego with the Friars …
Kris Bryant’s Really Big, Historical Day
Kris Bryant etched his name in the history books during the series finale against the Brewers. Bryant went 5-for-5 with a double, a pair of home runs, scored four runs and drove in five runs.
For a player that many keep trying to find weaknesses for while claiming is overrated, Bryant puts up the numbers and his performance is being ranked historically among the best to ever play the game … and this is just his first full season in the big leagues.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/19/16
Tom recapped all of the action and roster moves down on the farm. The Emeralds tied a record before breaking it the next day. Dylan Cease dominated on the mound. Duane Underwood Jr. is making his way back to the Smokies before the end of the season. Both Chesny Young and Jeimer Candelario keep producing at the plate.
Click on the link to get caught up with what happened down on the farm.
The Daily CCO: On the Road Again, Roster Moves Coming? And Other Cubs News
With the Cubs set to start a nine-game, three-city road trip on Friday night in Denver, rumors and reports started surfacing Thursday night that Rob Zastryzny and at least one other non-40 man roster player were on their way from Iowa.
The Cubs did call up Rob Zastryzny and Felix Pena and placed John Lackey and Hector Rondon on the DL.
Maddon gave Jason Heyward a vote of confidence the day he was benched for four games.
Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero made headlines after Jake Arrieta struggled and issued a career-high seven walks.
The Daily Report includes an update on what is now called the Tommy La Stella drama. C.J. Riefenhauser was released. And of the news, notes, links, rumors and This Day in Cubstory are of course included.
Jeimer Candelario Homers Again, Extends On-Base Streak to 25 Games
Jeimer Candelario has stuck to the process, and the numbers he’s put up in the PCL are finally making everyone that follows the Cubs happy.
Minor league numbers are often misread. If the numbers are great, the narrative is positive. If the numbers are bad, well the prospect/player is never going to reach his projections. The process is the key and Candelario should be better prepared mentally to handle the big leagues in September.
Report includes video and all of the awesome numbers that Candy has put up.
Cubs Call-Up LHP Rob Zastryzny and RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa – Place RHP John Lackey and RHP Hector Rondon on 15-Day DL – Transfer RHP Dallas Beeler and RHP Aaron Brooks to 60-Day DL
The Cubs made six roster moves before Friday’s opener in Denver. The Cubs called up LHP Rob Zastryzny and RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa, place RHP John Lackey and RHP Hector Rondon on the 15-Day DL and transferred RHP Dallas Beeler and RHP Aaron Brooks to 60-Day DL.
Click on the links for all of the details, Cubs plans and numbers.
- Cubs Calling Up Rob Zastryzny and Felix Pena
- From the Wire: Cubs Place Lackey, Rondon on 15-Day DL and Select Zastryzny, Pena from Triple-A Iowa
Bullpen Blows Two Leads, Cubs Drop Wild Opener at Coors Field in Extras – Rockies 7, Cubs 6
Rain delayed the opener at Coors Field on Friday night for more than two hours. When the game got underway, the offense put runs on the board and Kyle Hendricks gave up just one run in six innings.
The bullpen struggled in the eighth inning again and coughed up the lead. The Rockies tied the game at five.
The Cubs took the lead in the 11th just to see the Rockies score two runs off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the inning.
The Daily CCO: Maddon Giving Heyward the Weekend Off, Cubs Rotation, Roster Moves and Other News
Joe Maddon said before the start of the series in Denver that the plan was to give Jason Heyward the entire weekend off. With the Cubs facing left-handed starters in two of the three games, Maddon thought it was the right time to give Heyward an extended breather.
The Cubs announced the changes to the rotation with John Lackey going on the DL. And details were provided of all the roster moves the Cubs made on Friday.
Tommy La Stella was scratched from Friday’s lineup due to the bruised foot he suffered on Wednesday.
Jeimer Candelario extended both of his streaks. And the Daily Report includes all of the news, notes, links and rumor, plus This Day in Cubs History.
Kyle Schwarber Updates Progress, Says Working Hard to Come Back as Soon as Possible
Kyle Schwarber talked to Mark Grote about his rehab and said everything was going as planned. Schwarber left open the possibility of playing again this year despite the fact the Cubs have said the goal is for him to be ready by Spring Training.
Montgomery and Cahill Combine on a Gem, Cubs Pound the Rock – Cubs 9, Rockies 2
Mike Montgomery and Trevor Cahill combined on a gem at the wonderful hitter’s park that is Coors Field. Montgomery and Cahill held the Rockies in check and the Cubs pounded the baseball with Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist both hitting home runs
The Cubs picked up a win in the middle game of the series. As it turned it, the Cubs only victory of the weekend.
Kris Bryant Takes Over NL Lead in Homers
Kris Bryant passed Nolan Arenado on Saturday night for the most home runs in the National League. Arenado went off on Sunday with two, three-run shots and retook the lead. But for a short-time, Bryant led the NL in longballs.
Report includes videos.
The Daily CCO: Mike Montgomery Settling In, Producing Results and Cubs Sunday News and Notes
Mike Montgomery was excellent on Saturday night and set the tone for the game. Montgomery took a no-hitter into the fifth and ended up allowing just one hit in 4 1/3 innings. Montgomery will get another start on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. The lefty has really impressed Joe Maddon.
The Daily Report is chock full of information with updates on John Lackey, Jack Leathersich, Cubs-Padres series, Jeimer Candelario, Aroldis Chapman and the Tommy La Stella drama.
Kyle Hendricks Now Owns the Best ERA in All of Baseball
Kyle Hendricks and his 2.16 ERA took over the top spot in baseball with Clayton Kershaw no longer eligible. Hendricks has put together an excellent season and is the top 10 in a lot of the pitching categories this season.
Giveaway Day – Rockies 11, Cubs 4
The series at Coors Field ended the way it started with the Cubs giving a game to the Rockies. For one of the few times this season, the Cubs were never in the game after just a brutal bottom of the first inning. The Rockies scored seven runs in the first and had a 10-0 lead before Jason Hammel left the game.
The Cubs barely resembled the team that has played really good ball for a majority of the season, especially on defense. Four different Cubs were charged with errors and there were a lot more mistakes made than show up in the box score.
Addison Russell went deep twice. Anthony Rizzo made the Rockies look really bad in the ninth inning. And Rob Zastryzny had a good outing.
Sunday was a dud. The Cubs will be just fine. But if anything, the series with the Rockies reminded everyone, including the team, there is a lot of ball to be played … and a lot of work to be done.