Kris Bryant is raking for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 12:22 pm

24-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Kris Bryant has been awesome in his second year for the Chicago Cubs!  He has played in 147 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 170 of 576 (.295 avg, .951 OPS) with a Major League leading 117 runs scored, 38 homers, 99 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Bryant has whiffed 147 times so far this year, but he has also walked 70 times for the Cubs in 2016.  Bryant has now played in 298 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 324 of 1,135 (.285 avg, .905 OPS) with 204 runs scored, 64 homers, 198 RBI and 21 stolen bases.  He has been an All-Star in each of his first two years with the Cubs and he was the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2015!  Bryant keeps getting better and that has to scare opposing pitchers more than a little bit!

Dee Fondy was a decent 1B for the Chicago Cubs a long, long time ago

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 3:07 pm

Lefty swinging 1B Dee Fondy was a solid player back in the day for the Chicago Cubs!  Fondy played in 783 games for the Cubs in his seven years with the team and he was 872 of 3,055 (.285 avg, .745 OPS) with 372 runs scored, 66 homers, 327 RBI and 66 stolen bases.  His best year came way back in 1953 for the Cubbies.  He played in 150 games for the Cubs in 1953 and he was 184 of 595 (.309 avg, .835 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 18 homers, 78 RBI and 10 stolen bases.  Fondy is still tied in batting average in Cubs’ history with a .285 mark!  He is also still #46 in SLG (.422), tied for #35 in triples (44) and he is still #41 in homers (66) in Cubs’ history!

The Chicago Cubs deal Josh Collmenter to the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 8:53 pm

The Chicago Cubs have dealt 30-year old righty starter/reliever Josh Collmenter to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.  Collmenter pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He gave up 13 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 9 batters in his 16 innings in AAA-ball for the Cubs.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Cubs.

Jake Arrieta continues to roll for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 9 September 2016 at 7:08 am

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta continues to roll for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.  He has pitched in 27 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 16-6 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  Arrieta has only given up 115 hits and 67 walks while whiffing 168 batters in his first 174 innings pitched so far this year.  Arrieta leads the National League in wins right now (16) and he led the Majors in wins (22) last year when he won the Cy Young Award.  Arrieta has now pitched in 94 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 52-19 with a 2.43 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  The Cubs are going to follow Arrieta’s lead when he’s on the mound!

The Chicago Cubs DFA R.J. Alvarez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 7:22 am

The Chicago Cubs have designated 25-year old righty reliever R.J. Alvarez.  Alvarez pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the A’s and Cubs this year in which he was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  Alvarez has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  This is absolutely no loss for the Cubs moving forward.

UPDATE:  (9/10/2016) – The Cubs have lost R.J. Alvarez on waivers to the Texas Rangers.

Jorge Soler came off the D.L. swinging for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 2 September 2016 at 1:38 pm

24-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler started this year slowly and then he got hurt.  But, since he has come back, he has been raking for the Chicago Cubs.  He has played in 72 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 48 of 193 (.249 avg, .787 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 10 homers and 27 RBI.  Since August 1st, Soler has played in 22 games for the Cubs in which he is 19 of 63 (.302 avg) with 8 runs scored, 5 homers and 14 RBI.  As long as Soler keeps raking, he’s going to find his name in the Cubs’ lineup quite a bit moving forward.

The Chicago Cubs call up Tommy LaStella

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 7:30 pm

The Chicago Cubs have called up 27-year old righty swinging infielder Tommy LaStella.  LaStella played in 51 games earlier this year for the Cubs in which he was 31 of 105 (.295 avg, .846 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBI.  LaStella has also played in 14 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year in which he is 14 of 48 (.292 avg, .754 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBI.  To make room for LaStella on the roster, the Cubs have sent 28-year old righty reliever Spencer Patton to AAA.  Patton has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  Patton could get another shot with the Cubs in September when the roster can expand.

The Chicago Cubs release C.J. Riefenhauser

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 8:50 pm

The Chicago Cubs have released 26-year old lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser.  He pitched in 29 games in Rookie+AAA-ball this year in which he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 4.71 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Riefenhauser gave up 18 hits and 19 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his 28 2/3 innings in the minors this year for the Cubs, so he was really, really wild.  He has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Cubs moving forward.

Jody Davis was a rock solid catcher for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 10:07 pm

Righty swinging catcher Jody Davis was a rock solid player for the Chicago Cubs.  He played in 990 games in his 8 years with the Cubs and he was 834 of 3,318 (.251 avg, .729 OPS) with 350 runs scored, 122 homers, 467 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He also played in the 1984 NLCS against the Padres (which they lost 3-2).  Davis played in all 5 games of the NLCS in 1984 for the Cubs and he was 7 for 18 (.389 avg, 1.202 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Davis was a two time All-Star with the Cubs and he also won a Gold Glove Award while playing with them.  His best year was not one of his All-Star seasons!  His best year for the Cubs was in 1983, when he played in 151 games in which he was 138 of 510 (.271 avg, .795 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 24 homers and 84 RBIs.  Davis is still #18 in Cubs’ history with his 122 homers!  He is also tied for #48 in SLG (.416), #31 in games played (990), tied for #43 in doubles (159), #39 in RBI (467) and #42 in walks (307) in Cubs’ history!

The Chicago Cubs call up two pitchers for first shot at the show

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 19 August 2016 at 3:54 pm

The Chicago Cubs have called up 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny and 26-year old righty reliever Felix Pena.  Zastryzny has pitched in 24 games (23 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has given up 117 hits and 51 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 135 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  Zastryzny has now pitched in 73 games (68 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 17-16 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He will work in long relief for the Cubs.  Pena pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 3-4 with 3 saves, a 3.41 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Pena has given up 46 hits and 23 walks while whiffing 81 batters in his first 63 1/3 innings in the minors this year.  Pena has now pitched in 179 games (78 starts) in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 29-39 with 7 saves, a 3.79 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  It will be the first taste of the show for both of these guys.

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