The Chicago Cubs place Miguel Montero on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old lefty swinging catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day D.L., retroactive to April 25th due to a back injury.  Montero has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 48 (.208 avg, .649 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Even though Montero hasn’t started hitting yet, the Cubs are going to miss his bat while he’s gone.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty swinging catcher Tim Federowicz to share time behind the plate with 39-year old righty swinging Dan Ross behind the plate until Montero returns to action.  Ross has played in 8 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6 for 23 (.261 avg, .780 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Federowicz has played in 11 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 33 (.303 avg, .930 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has played in 89 games in his first four years in the show and he is only 48 of 247 (.194 avg, .547 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.

Jason Hammel has been lights out so far this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 1:21 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel has been lights out so far this year for the Chicago Cubs.  Hammel has started 4 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He has only given up 16 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 22 batters in his first 24 innings so far this year, which are eye popping numbers.  Hammel has now pitched in 52 games (all starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 21-12 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Hammel appears to have found a home with the Cubs, as he is pitching the best baseball of his career for them.

The Chicago Cubs release Jonathan Pettibone

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 9:32 pm

The Chicago Cubs have released 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone.  Pettibone didn’t pitch for the Cubs in the minors this year.  He had shoulder surgery in both 2014 and 2015, so the Cubs were just taking a flier on him this spring.  He has pitched in 20 games (all starts) in his two years in the majors and he is 5-5 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Cubs moving forward.

Dexter Fowler sure looks happy to be back with the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 11:34 am

30-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler was a free agent over the winter and after not finding a deal to his liking, he re-signed with the Chicago Cubs.  Boy does he look happy about it so far.  He has played in 17 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 23 of 61 (.377 avg, 1.172 OPS) with a National League leading 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has also walked 13 times so far this year, giving him an utterly amazing .500 OBP!  He played in 156 games for the Cubs last year and he was 149 of 596 (.250 avg, .757 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 17 homers, 46 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  The other benefit to re-signing Fowler was that the Cubs could move Jason Heyward back to RF…where he belongs.

Jake Arrieta tosses a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 9:22 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta was brilliant tonight in Cincinnati as he threw the second no-hitter of his Major League Career!  He threw 71 of his 119 pitches (59.7%) for strikes tonight, as he did walk 4 batters while whiffing 6.  He also helped himself with the bat as he was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored!  Arrieta improved to 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP.  Arrieta had little problem concentrating on the task at hand as the Cubs were running up to the plate against Reds’ pitchers.  The Chicago Cubs won the game 16-0 to improve to 12-4 on the season.

Here is a look at some of the guys that had big games to back up Arrieta on the mound tonight.  Kris Bryant was in full beast mode for the Cubs at the plate tonight as he went 4 for 6 with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs!  Ben Zobrist also had a monster game at the plate as he was 3 for 5 with 1 run scored, 1 walk, 1 double, 1 homer and 3 RBIs!  Veteran catcher Dan Ross isn’t known for his bat, but he was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  Anthony Rizzo was only 1 for 6 on the night, but he scored 2 runs, cranked a homer and he knocked in 3 runs.  Dexter Fowler (2 for 5, 3 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 double and 1 RBI) and Jason Heyward (2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks) set the table at the top of the order for the Cubs’ offense tonight!

It was truly a night to remember for the Cubs and their fans!

Neil Ramirez continues to roll for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 8:51 am

26-year old righty reliever Neil Ramirez continues to roll for the Chicago Cubs.  He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 72 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 4-3 with 3 saves, a 1.76 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He has only given up 42 hits while whiffing 71 batters in his first 61 1/3 innings for the Cubs, but his only wart is his 25 walks.  Imagine how good his numbers would look if he tightened up his control a little bit!  Ramirez came to the Cubs in the deal that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers.

The Chicago Cubs activate Javier Baez from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 2:41 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 23-year old IF/OF Javier Baez from the D.L. Baez played in 4 games in AAA on a rehab assignment for the Cubs this year and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .733 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Baez has played in 80 games in parts of two years with the Cubs and he is 58 of 289 (.201 avg, .598 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 10 homers, 24 RBIs, 6 stolen bases and an amazingly awful 119 whiffs!  The Cubs have sent Munenori Kawasaki to AAA-ball to open up a spot on the active roster for Baez.  Kawasaki played in 2 games for the Cubs this year and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  Baez should give the Cubs some thump off the bench in 2016.

The Chicago Cubs lose Eric Jokisch on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 9:01 am

The Chicago Cubs have lost 26-year old lefty starter/reliever Eric Jokisch on waivers to the Miami Marlins.  Jokisch pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Cubs this year in AAA-ball and he was 0-1 with a 16.62 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He pitched in 4 games (1 start) for the Cubs in 2014 (his only taste of the majors) and he was 0-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  He has pitched in 141 games (117 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 48-41 with 1 save, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs moving forward.

Kris Bryant is off to a slow start this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 9:06 am

24-year old righty swinging Kris Bryant had a great rookie season for the Chicago Cubs in 2015.  He played in 151 games for the Cubs last year and he was 154 of 559 (.275 avg, .858 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 26 homers, 99 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  It wasn’t all peaches and cream though, as he did whiff 199 times last year.  He was the N.L. Rookie of the Year last season and he was an All-Star and finished 11th in the MVP voting.  Bryant had a rough time in the post-season for the Cubs, as he appeared in 9 games in which he was 6 for 34 (.176 avg, .684 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 12 whiffs!  Bryant is off to a very slow start with the bat for the Cubs so far in 2016.  He has played in 7 games for the Cubs so far in 2016 and he is 6 for 30 (.200 avg, .573 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  The Cubs need Bryant to pick up the pace at the plate as soon as possible.

Jake Arrieta is off to a blazing start in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 2:33 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is off to a blazing start in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs.  He has pitched in 2 games (both starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.  He is also 1 for 3 (.333 avg, 1.667 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs so far this year, as he is helping himself at the plate!  Arrieta pitched in 33 games (all starts) last year for the Cubs and he was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  He won the N.L. Cy Young Award in 2015 and he was #6 in the voting for the MVP Award.  He led the Major Leagues in wins (22), complete games (4) and shutouts (3) in 2015.  He also led the N.L. in games started with 33 of them in 2015.  Arrieta is off to a great start as he tries to win back to back Cy Young Awards.

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