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.

The Chicago Cubs place two main pitchers on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 19 August 2016 at 3:47 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 37-year old righty starting pitcher John Lackey and 28-year old righty set-up man Hector Rondon on the D.L.  Lackey is on the D.L. with a strained right shoulder, retroactive to August 15th.  Lackey has pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 9-7 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lackey has given up 122 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 156 batters in his first 158 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  Rondon is on the D.L. due to a right triceps strain, retroactive to August 17th.  Rondon has pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-3 with 18 saves, a 2.47 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He has given up 29 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 51 batters in his first 43 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  The Cubs hope that Lackey and Rondon only miss a couple of weeks as they are both very important to the success of the team.

Jason Heyward is really stinking it up this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 18 August 2016 at 8:14 am

When the Chicago Cubs signed 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jason Heyward to a 8-year, $148 million dollar deal over the winter…..I started laughing to myself……because he isn’t that good of a player.  This was wasted money.  Heyward has played in 108 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 92 of 409 (.225 avg, .617 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 5 homers, 32 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Since the All-Star break, Heyward has played in 29 games for the Cubs in which he is 17 of 100 (.170 avg, .455 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  The Cubs are stuck with Heyward for the next 7+ plus seasons as no other team is going to want him with how much they are paying him.  So it would be nice if Heyward showed some signs of life the rest of the way in 2016.

The Chicago Cubs place Joe Smith on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 2:19 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.  He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Cubs since they dealt for him and he is 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA and a 2.73 WHIP.  Smith has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Cubs and Angels overall this year and he is 1-4 with 6 saves, a 4.14 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Smith has now pitched in 629 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 40-27 with 29 saves, a 2.97 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Smith only needs a couple of weeks off to heal up.

The Chicago Cubs activate Trevor Cahill off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 1:07 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 28-year old righty reliever Trevor Cahill off of the D.L. and he will be making a spot start today for them in the first game of a day/night doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers.  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.  He has given up 33 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 41 innings with the Cubs so far this year.  Cahill has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 2-3 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs sign Joe Thatcher

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 15 August 2016 at 12:42 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 34-year old lefty reliever Joe Thatcher to a minor league deal.  Thatcher has pitched in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year (for the Dodgers) and he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He gave up 14 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 15 innings in the minors this year.  Thatcher has pitched in 405 games (0 starts) in his first nine years in the minors and he is 11-16 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Lefty batters are only 114 of 492 (.232 avg, .645 OPS) with 12 homers, 45 walks and 176 whiffs against Thatcher so far in his Major League career.  If Thatcher makes it to the Cubs at some point this year, it will likely be as a situational lefty in the pen.  If never hurts to have guys like Thatcher in AAA.

Luiz Escanio of the Chicago Cubs gets suspended for 144 games!

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 8:52 am

24-year old righty reliever Luiz Escanio of the Chicago Cubs gets suspended for 144 games, due to his second PED suspension.  Escanio pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in Rookie-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 3-1 with 3 saves, a 1.45 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors with the Cubs (all in Rookie-ball) and he is 4-4 with 15 saves, a 3.07 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Escanio has given up 60 hits and 40 walks while whiffing 96 batters in his first 73 1/3 innings in the minors for the Cubs.  He is going to cost himself his career in baseball in the near future if he doesn’t straighten up soon.

The Chicago Cubs place Pedro Strop on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 8:34 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 31-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list due to surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee that he will undergo later today.  It will keep him out the next 4-6 weeks.  He has pitched in 50 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  Strop has given up 26 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 56 batters in his first 43 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year!  The Cubs have called up 27-year old righty reliever Justin Grimm to replace Strop in the pen.  Grimm has pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Grimm has given up 32 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 36 1/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.

The Chicago Cubs have signed Josh Collmenter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 8:48 am

The Chicago Cubs have signed 30-year old righty reliever/starter Josh Collmenter to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Diamondbacks earlier this year and he was 1-0 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 200 games (75 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 36-33 with 2 saves, a 3.54 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The Cubs will start Collmenter out in AAA.  He has had shoulder issues this year, but he can pitch when he’s healthy.  He could help the Cubs later this year.

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