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Chicago Cubs MLB News - Cubs Baseball Blog Chicago Cubs MLB News - Cubs Baseball Blog 2013-10-01T23:56:24Z WordPress http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/feed/atom/ joelapinski <![CDATA[The Chicago Cubs fire Dale Sveum]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=952 2013-10-01T23:56:24Z 2013-10-01T23:56:24Z The Cubs have fired 49-year old manager Dale Sveum.  Sveum led the Cubs to a 66-96 (40.7%) record last year as they finished in last place, 31 games behind the Cardinals in the N.L. Central.  Sveum compiled a 127-197 (39.2%) record in his two years on the job with the Cubs.  It’s hard to blame Sveum too much for the Cubs’ woes on the field as they were outmanned on most nights.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[Jake Arrieta looked pretty solid for the Chicago Cubs this year]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=950 2013-09-28T15:36:37Z 2013-09-28T15:36:37Z 27-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta was pretty impressive for the Cubs after coming over as part of the return in the deal that sent Scott Feldman to the Orioles.  Arrieta pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He gave up 34 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his 51 2/3 innings for the Cubs, which are pretty impressive numbers.  He pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Cubs and Orioles overall this year and he was 5-4 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Arrieta has now pitched in 78 games (72 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 24-27 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[The Chicago Cubs lose Welington Castillo for the rest of the 2013 season]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=948 2013-09-20T19:59:22Z 2013-09-20T19:59:22Z 26-year old righty swinging catcher Welington Castillo will miss the rest of the season due to surgery on his right knee.  Castillo played in 113 games for the Cubs this year and he was 103 of 380 (.271 avg, .741 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 8 homers, 32 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Castillo has now played in 176 games in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 156 of 583 (.268 avg, .744 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 14 homers, 59 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Castillo had a pretty solid year for the Cubs in 2013.  29-year old switch-hitting Dioner Navarro will be the Cubs’ full-time starter the rest of the season.  He has played in 82 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 65 of 217 (.300 avg, .858 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 12 homers and 31 RBIs.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[Starlin Castro has been a huge disappointment for the Chicago Cubs in 2013]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=946 2013-09-20T19:56:01Z 2013-09-20T19:56:01Z 23-year old righty swinging SS Starlin Castro was a huge disappointment in 2013 for the Cubs.  He was #5 in the voting for the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2010 and he was an N.L. All-Star in 2011 and 2012…..so expectations were high for him this year and he let the Cubs down.  Castro has played in 152 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 152 of 629 (.242 avg, .623 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Castro has now played in 597 games in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 681 of 2,412 (.282 avg, .725 OPS) with 278 runs scored, 36 homers, 226 RBIs and 66 stolen bases.  The Cubs hope that Castro rebounds in 2014 and beyond.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[Anthony Rizzo is slumping big time in the second half for the Chicago Cubs]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=944 2013-09-18T12:21:07Z 2013-09-18T12:21:07Z 24-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo is having big time issues at the plate in the second half of the 2013 season.  He has played in 57 games for the Cubs in the second half of the 2013 season and he is only 44 of 214 (.206 avg, .687 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 9 homers and 21 RBIs.  Rizzo has now played in 149 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 128 of 563 (.227 avg, .738 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 22 homers, 75 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Despite his struggles at the plate recently, Rizzo is still leading the Cubs in runs scored (67), homers (22) and RBIs (75) in 2013.  He is a big part of the future, so the Cubs need him to finish strongly in the next two weeks and to improve in 2014.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[Travis Wood has been rock sold in 2013 for the Chicago Cubs]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=942 2013-09-09T15:55:06Z 2013-09-09T15:55:06Z 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Travis Wood has been impressive for the Cubs in 2013.  He has now pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 8-11 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He has given up 143 hits and 58 walks while whiffing 125 batters in his first 179 innings this year for the Cubbies, which are impressive numbers.  He even made the All-Star team this year for the Cubs.  Wood has now pitched in 54 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 14-24 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  The Cubs acquired him on December 23, 2011 in a deal with the Reds that sent lefty reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[The Chicago Cubs DFA Cody Ransom]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=940 2013-09-09T15:51:57Z 2013-09-09T15:51:57Z The Cubs have designated 37-year old righty swinging 3B Cody Ransom for assignment.  Ransom played in 57 games for the Cubs this year and he was 32 of 158 (.203 avg, .753 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 9 homers and 20 RBIs.  He has now played in 383 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 160 of 752 (.213 avg, .703 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs for the rest of the 2013 season.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[Kevin Gregg has been a godsend for the Chicago Cubs in 2013]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=938 2013-09-07T20:17:02Z 2013-09-07T20:17:02Z 35-year old righty closer Kevin Gregg has been rock solid for the Cubs in 2013.  He has pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-4 with 30 saves, a 3.05 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Gregg has given up 46 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his first 56 innings pitched so far this year for the Cubs.  Gregg has saved 30 of the 60 Cubs’ wins this year, so he has been a big part of the success that they have had in 2013.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[The Chicago Cubs DFA Cole Gillespie]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=933 2013-09-06T18:24:14Z 2013-09-04T18:40:54Z The Cubs have designated 29-year old righty swingnig outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.  Gillespie played in 25 games for the Cubs this year and he was 12 for 50 (.240 avg, .608 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.  He has now played in 78 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 38 of 169 (.225 avg, .630 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 3 homers, 20 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Cubs.

UPDATE:  (9/6/2013) - The Cubs have outrighted Cole Gillespie to AAA.

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joelapinski <![CDATA[The Chicago Cubs have claimed Daniel Bard off waivers]]> http://chicago.bloglockers.com/cubs/?p=931 2013-09-04T18:37:29Z 2013-09-04T18:37:29Z The Cubs have claimed 28-year old righty reliever Daniel Bard off waivers from the Red Sox.  Bard pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Red Sox earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Bard also pitched in 16 games in Rookie+AA+AAA-ball for the Red Sox this year in which he was 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP.  Bard has now pitched in 211 games (10 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 10-19 with 5 saves, a 3.67 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Bard has given up 193 hits while whiffing 252 batters in his first 257 1/3 innings in the majors, so he misses a lot of bats, but he has also walked 121 batters so far in his career and that’s way too many.  The Red Sox screwed up Bard when they tried to make him a starter.  I think the Cubs only view him as a reliever. This was a nice pitcher to take a flier on as no one questions Bard’s stuff.

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