Meet the new set up man of the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 11:46 am

28-year old righty reliever Hector Rondon has been bumped out of his closer gig after the Chicago Cubs picked up Aroldis Chapman in a deal with the Yankees.  It will be interesting to see how Rondon handles being the set-up man.  Drew Storen imploded last year when he was replaced as the Nationals’ closer at the trade deadline when they dealt for Jonathan Papelbon.  The Cubs hope that Rondon pitches in the 8th inning the way he has pitched in the 9th inning the last few years.  Rondon has pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-2 with 18 saves, a 1.86 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP.  He gave up 23 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 49 batters in his first 38 2/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.  Rondon has now pitched in 221 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 13-11 with 77 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Rondon is already #6 in Cubs’ history with his 77 saves!

The Chicago Cubs send Tommy LaStella to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 11:35 am

The Chicago Cubs have sent 27-year old lefty swinging 2B Tommy LaStella to AAA.  LaStella has played in 51 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 31 of 105 (.295 avg, .846 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  He has now played in 84 games in his two years with the Cubs and he is 49 of 172 (.285 avg, .800 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He didn’t deserve to get sent to the minors and he will be back with the Cubs later this year.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Clayton Richard

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 7:06 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 32-year old lefty reliever Clayton Richard for assignment.  Richard pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 6.43 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.  Richard gave up 23 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his 14 innings pitched for the Cubs this year.  Richard pitched in 48 games (3 starts) in his two years with the Cubs and he is 4-3 with 1 save, a 4.47 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  The Cubs needed Richard’s roster spot to make room for Aroldis Chapman.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 25 July 2016 at 7:59 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 28-year old lefty closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees for 19-year old righty swinging SS Gleyber Torres, 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rashad Crawford, 21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Billy McKinney and 28-year old righty reliever/starter Adam Warren.

Chapman pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Yankees this year and he was 3-0 with 20 saves, a 2.01 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  Chapman has given up only 20 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 44 batters in his first 31 1/3 innings this year!  Chapman has now pitched in 355 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 22-20 with 166 saves, a 2.16 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Chapman has given up 189 hits and 163 walks while whiffing 590 batters in his first 350 1/3 innings in the show!  He is an awesome closer and this deal shows that the Cubs are All In in 2016!

Chapman didn’t come cheap though, as Torres was the best prospect the Cubs had coming into the 2016 season according to Baseball America.  Torres played in 94 games in A-ball this year for the Cubs and he was 98 of 356 (.275 avg, .791 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 9 homers, 47 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  McKinney came into this season as the Cubs’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America.  McKinney played in 88 games in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 75 of 298 (.252 avg, .677 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 1 homers, 31 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Crawford was not considered a big time prospect coming into this year.  He played in 83 games in A-ball this year for the Cubs and he was 84 of 329 (.255 avg, .713 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 3 homers, 30 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  Warren came to the Cubs last off-season in a deal with the Yankees for Starlin Castro.  Warren pitched in 29 games (1 start) for the Cubs this year and he was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Warren gave up 31 hits (7 homers) and 19 walks while whiffing 27 batters in 35 innings for the Cubs this year.

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.

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