Don Elston was a solid pitcher for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 23 July 2016 at 12:49 pm

Righty reliever Don Elston was a pretty good pitcher quite a while ago for the Chicago Cubs.  Elston pitched in 449 games (15 starts) in his 9 years with the Cubs and he was 49-54 with 64 saves, a 3.70 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Elston gave up 701 hits and 327 walks while whiffing 518 batters in his 754 2/3 innings for the Cubs.  Elston made it to the All-Star team for the only time of his career back in 1957, in which he worked in a N.L. leading 65 games (0 starts) in which he was 10-8 with 14 saves, a 3.32 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He gave up 77 hits and 46 walks while whiffing 82 batters in his 97 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 1957.  He had the best year of his career, however, in 1958.  In 1958, Elston pitched in a Major League leading 69 games (0 starts) in which he was 9-8 with 11 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 75 hits and 39 walks while whiffing 84 batters in his 97 innings for the Cubs last year.  Elston is still #7 in Cubs’ history with his 64 saves!  He is also still #4 in games pitched (449) and #47 in strikeouts (518) in Cubs’ history!

The Chicago Cubs acquire Mike Montgomery from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 7:13 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Mike Montgomery and 26-year old righty starter/reliever Jordan Pries from the Seattle Mariners for 23-year old lefty swinging 1B Dan Vogelbach and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Blackburn.

Montgomery will work out of the pen for the Cubs.  He pitched in 32 games (2 starts) for the Mariners this year and he was 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He gave up 49 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 54 batters in his 61 2/3 innings for the Mariners this year, which are impressive numbers.  Montgomery has now pitched in 48 games (18 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 7-10 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Pries pitched in 20 games (12 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Mariners this year and he was 7-3 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has given up 99 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 83 batters in his 84 innings in the minors.  Pries has now pitched in 106 games (93 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 40-24 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Pries isn’t much of a prospect.

Vogelbach came into this season as the Cubs’ #25 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 89 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 97 of 305 (.318 avg, .972 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 16 homers and 64 RBIs.  Blackburn came into this season as the Cubs’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 18 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  Blackburn gave up 96 hits and 26 walks while whiffing 72 batters in 102 1/3 innings in AA-ball this year.

Make no mistake, Mike Montgomery is going to help the Cubs this year and beyond…..but they paid full price for him.  Vogelbach has been killing the ball in AAA, but he is blocked by Anthony Rizzo, which probably made is easier to deal him.  But, Blackburn is no slouch of a prospect in his own right.

Kyle Hendricks has been pitching great this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 6:04 pm

No one could have seen this coming, but 26-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks has the best numbers of any starter on the Chicago Cubs right now!  It’s true!  He has pitched in 18 games (17 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 8-6 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Hendricks has given up only 78 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 89 batters in his first 104 2/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year!  He has the lowest ERA and WHIP of any of the Cubs’ starting pitchers right now!  Hendricks has now pitched in 63 games (62 starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 23-15 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Hendricks keeps up the good work moving forward.

The Chicago Cubs activated David Ross from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:23 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 39-year old righty swinging catcher David Ross from the 7-day concussion disabled list.  Ross has played in 43 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 25 of 107 (.234 avg, .790 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 23 RBIs.  He has also whiffed a pretty awful 31 times so far this year, while walking an impressive 21 times.  To make room on the roster for Ross, the Cubs have sent 35-year old lefty swinging infielder Munenori Kawasaki to AAA.  He has played in 3 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .667 OPS) with 1 stolen base.

The Chicago Cubs place Trevor Cahill on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:18 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 28-year old righty reliever Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list due to right patellar tendinitis.  Cahill has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Cahill has given up 33 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 41 innings pitched so far this year.  The Cubs have activated 32-year old lefty reliever Clayton Richard from the D.L.  Richard has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP.  Richard gave up 21 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 12 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year, so he was getting hit hard this year.  The Cubs hope that Cahill only has to miss a couple of weeks.

Joe Nathan is looking good in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:12 pm

41-year old righty reliever Joe Nathan is recovering from the 2nd Tommy John Surgery of his career, but he is close to ready to pitch for the Chicago Cubs!  Nathan has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.39 WHIP.  Nathan has only given up 3 hits and he hasn’t walked a batter while whiffing 8 batters in his first 7 2/3 innings in the minors.  Nathan has pitched in 777 games (29 starts) in his first 15 years in the show and he is 62-34 with 377 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Nathan is #8 in Major League history with his 377 saves and he has been an All-Star six times so far in his career!  Nathan could give the Cubs’ bullpen a nice boost in the near future.

Dan Vogelbach is crushing the ball in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 6:26 pm

23-year old lefty swinging 1B Dan Vogelbach came into this season as the Chicago Cubs‘ #25 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has played in 84 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is 89 of 285 (.312 avg, .973 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 15 homers and 60 RBIs.  Vogelbach has now played in 495 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 515 of 1,784 (.289 avg, .874 OPS) with 278 runs scored, 75 homers, 319 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Vogelbach is blocking at 1B in Chicago by Anthony Rizzo, but he could be prime trade bait later this month.

Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:56 pm

30-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs has been selected to the All Star team for the first time in his career.  He will miss the game due to injury.  Fowler has played in 64 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 69 of 238 (.290 avg, .881 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Fowler has now played in 1,003 games in his first 9 years in the show and he is 944 of 3,516 (.268 avg, .787 OPS) with 580 runs scored, 72 homers, 319 RBIs and 120 stolen bases.

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:52 pm

24-year old righty swinging 3B Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star.  Bryant has been an All-Star in both of his first two years in the show!  He has played in 86 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 94 of 329 (.286 avg, .962 OPS) with a N.L. Leading 73 runs scored, a National League leading 25 homers, 65 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Bryant has now played in 237 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 248 of 888 (.279 avg, .896 OPS) with 160 runs scored, 51 homers, 164 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Bryant is just scratching the surface of his potential with the Cubs!

Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 12:47 pm

22-year old righty starting SS Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs has been selected to the All Star team for the first time in his short career.  Russell has played in 83 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 69 of 291 (.237 avg, .731 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 11 homers, 51 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Russell has now played in 225 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 184 of 766 (.240 avg, .710 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 24 homers, 105 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Russell is just warming up, as his career is just starting.

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