The Chicago Cubs have claimed Conor Mullee off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 8:58 am

The Chicago Cubs have claimed 28-year old righty reliever Conor Mullee off waivers from the New York Yankees.  Mullee pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Yankees last year in his first taste of the show and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He also pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Yankees in which he was 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  He gave up only 23 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his 37 2/3 innings in the minors, which is undoubtedly what caught the Cubs’ eyes.  He will get a shot to win a bullpen job in 2017 spring training.

The Chicago Cubs had way more heroes that goats in the 2016 World Series!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 8:53 am

The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series with solid starting pitching and a lot of clutch hitting!  The Cubs and Indians scored 27 runs apiece in this series!  The Curse of the Goat is now history!  The Cubs are World Champions for the first time since 1908!

It sure seemed to me that announcer Joe Buck had the hots for lefty swinging DH Kyle Schwarber.  Schwarber made an amazing recovery from a torn ACL in April, to not only play in the World Series, but to rake at the plate!  He played in 5 games in this series and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .971 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBI and amazingly 1 stolen base!  Backup righty swinging catcher David Ross made the most of his P.T. in this series.  He played in 3 games in this series and he was 2 for 5 (.400 avg, 1.429 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI!  Righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler played in only 2 games in this series, but he was 2 for 5 (.400 avg, 1.300 OPS) with a triple.  Lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo probably should have been the MVP of the World Series over Ben Zobrist.  He played in all 7 games of this series and he was 9 for 25 (.360 avg, 1.084 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBI and a stolen base.  Switch-hitting LF Ben Zobrist played in all 7 games in this series in which he was 10 for 28 (.357 avg, .919 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI.  Righty swinging 3B Kris Bryant also had a solid series at the plate.  He played in all 7 games in this series and he was 7 for 26 (.269 avg, .887 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Lefty swinging backup catcher Miguel Montero might have had the biggest hit, when he knocked in his only run in Game #7 in the 10th inning to extend the Cubs’ lead to 8-6!  Montero played in 4 games in this series and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler did a solid job of jump starting the offense at times, as he cranked a leadoff homer to open Game #7 in this series for the Cubs.  Fowler played in 7 games for the Cubs in this series and he was 7 for 30 (.233 avg, .725 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Righty swinging shortstop Addison Russell cranked a grand slam and he knocked in six runs in the Cubs’ huge win in Game #6 of this series.  Russell played in 7 games for the Cubs in this series and he was 6 for 27 (.222 avg, .637 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 9 RBI.

All of the Cubs didn’t hit in this series!  Righty swinging 2B Javier Baez had a rough time in this series.  He played in all 7 games and he was only 5 for 30 (.167 avg, .433 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  He whiffed an amazingly awful 13 times against 0 walks, as he often looked helpless at the plate.  Lefty swinging RF Jason Heyward helped with the glove and his arm defensively in this series, but he didn’t hit a lick (as usual).  Heyward played in 6 games in this series and he was 3 for 20 (.150 avg, .300 OPS) with 0 runs, 0 homers and 0 RBI.  He also whiffed 5 times against no walks.  But, he did steal 4 bases in this series….which is impressive, seeing how he wasn’t on base too much.  Righty swinging catcher Willson Contreras also had a rough time in this series.  He played in all 7 games for the Cubs in this series and he was only 2 for 19 (.105 avg, .438 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  The Cubs were a combined 61 of 245 (.249 avg, .720 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 8 homers, 27 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  They walked 22 times against 64 whiffs in this series.

The Cubs’ starting pitchers were rock solid in this series.  Righty Jake Arrieta was the best of the bunch.  He started 2 games in this series and he was 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He only gave up 5 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 15 batters in 11 1/3 innings in this series.  Lefty Jon Lester got the most work of the starting pitchers for the Cubs in this series.  He worked in 3 games (2 starts) in this series in which he was 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He gave up 13 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 16 batters in 14 2/3 innings in this series.  Righty Kyle Hendricks pitched solid in this series, despite quick hooks in both games by manager Joe Maddon.  Hendricks started 2 games in this series and he was 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Righty John Lackey started 1 game for the Cubs in this series and he was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  The lefties did most of the heavy lifting in the bullpen for the Cubs in this series.  Lefty closer Aroldis Chapman pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in this series and he was 1-0 with 1 save, a 3.52 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.  Lefty reliever Mike Montgomery pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in this series and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 1.93 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  Chapman won Game #7 and Montgomery saved it for the Cubs!  The Cubs’ pitchers combined to go 4-3 with 2 saves, a 3.43 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in this series!

 

 

Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs was named the MVP of the 2016 World Series

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 3 November 2016 at 6:25 pm

35-year old switch-hitting Ben Zobrist moved to left field in the post-season to open up second base for Javier Baez.  But, his biggest contribution was being a clutch hitter in the World Series, especially in Game #7!  He was 0 for 4 coming up to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game and he laced a double that knocked in the run that gave the Cubs a 7-6 lead!  Miguel Montero followed him with an RBI single, which was needed also, as the Indians scored a run in the bottom of the 10th.  Zobrist was named the MVP of the 2016 World Series last night!  He played in 7 games in the 2016 World Series for the Chicago Cubs and he was 10 for 28 (.354 avg, .919 OPS) with 5 runs scored, a double, a triple and 2 RBI.

Game #7: Chicago Cubs 8, Cleveland Indians 7 in 10 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 11:36 pm

The Chicago Cubs have won their first World Series since the 1908 season!  Ben Zobrist got a go ahead RBI double in the 10th inning and Miguel Montero followed that up with an RBI single that proved to be essential, as the Indians scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning!  Dexter Fowler (3 for 5 with a run scored, a homer and a RBI) and Kyle Schwarber (3 for 5 with a stolen base) led the way for the Cubs with the bats in this game.  Kris Bryant (1 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored), Anthony Rizzo (1 for 3 with a walk, a run and a RBI), Ben Zobrist (1 for 5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI), Willson Conteras (1 for 2 with a double and a RBI), David Ross (1 for 1 with a solid homer), Miguel Montero (1 for 1 with a RBI) and Javier Baez (1 for 5 with a solo homer) also pitched in with the bats in this game for the Cubs.  The Cubs combined to go 13 for 39 (.333 avg) with 4 walks and 5 whiffs.

The Cubs didn’t pitch well tonight…..just a tad better than the Indians did.  Kyle Hendricks was so-so as he worked 4 2/3 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 2 batters.  Jon Lester followed him in this game and he worked 3 innings in which he gave up 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 4 batters.  Aroldis Chapman was next up and he was pretty awful, working 1 1/3 innings in which he gave up 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 2 batters.  He was the winning pitcher in this game thanks to Ben Zobrist and Miguel MonteroCarl Edwards started the 10th inning and he worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit, 1 run (it was earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 1 batter.  Mike Montgomery worked the final 1/3 of an inning and he got Michael Martinez of the Indians to ground out to Kris Bryant to earn the save!  The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in 7 games to win an epic World Series in 2016!

Game #6: Chicago Cubs 9, Cleveland Indians 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Chicago Cubs jumped the Indians early last night and the pitching staff made it stand up!  Addison Russell led the way for the Cubs with the bat, as he was 2 for 5 with 1 run scored, a double, a grand slam and 6 RBI!  Kris Bryant (4 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a solo homer) and Anthony Rizzo (3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI) also brought their whopping sticks to the field last night!  Kyle Schwarber (1 for 4 with a walk and a run scored), Ben Zobrist (2 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored) and Javier Baez (1 for 4) also pitched in with the bats for the Cubs last night.  The Cubs combined to go 13 of 39 (.333 avg) with 3 walks and 6 whiffs.

Jake Arrieta was far from perfect last night, but he was more than good enough!  He worked 5 2/3 innings for the Cubs last night and he gave up 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned) and he walked 3 batters while whiffing 9 of them.  He was the winning pitcher for the Cubs!  Mike Montgomery was next up and he worked 1 shutout inning in which he allowed 1 hit and 1 walk.  Aroldis Chapman was next up and he worked 1 1/3 innings in which he allowed 1 hit, 1 run (it was earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 1 batter.  Pedro Strop worked 2/3 of an inning and he didn’t give up any runs despite giving up and hit and walking one batter.  Travis Wood got the last player out for the Indians in this game.  The Cubs have now tied up the 2016 World Series with a Winner Take All game tonight in Cleveland!

Game #5: Chicago Cubs 3, Cleveland Indians 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 31 October 2016 at 8:09 am

The Chicago Cubs got some key hits and they got good pitching to stay alive in the 2016 World Series last night!  Jon Lester turned in another solid start as he worked 6 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 0 walks and 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 5 batters.  Lester was the winning pitcher for the Cubs in this game.  Carl Edwards was next up and he worked 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit and o runs.  Aroldis Chapman then came in an he slammed the door!  Chapman worked 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 runs and he whiffed 4 batters to earn the save for the Cubs!

Kris Bryant led the way for the Cubs offensively last night and he was 1 for 3 with a run scored, a homer, a walk, a stolen base and a RBI.  Anthony Rizzo (1 for 3 with a run scored, a double and a walk), Ben Zobrist (1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored), Addison Russell (2 for 4 with a RBI), Jason Heyward (1 for 4 with 2 stolen bases) and Javier Baez (1 for 4) also pitched in offensively for the Cubs last night.  David Ross played in his final game at Wrigley Field last night (he is retiring after the World Series) and he was 0 for 1 with a RBI.  The Cubs were a combined 7 for 30 (.233 avg) with 3 walks and 14 whiffs in this game.  The Cubs are now down 3-2 to the Indians in the 2016 Series as it shifts back to Cleveland.

Game #4: Cleveland Indians 7, Chicago Cubs 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 7:34 am

The Chicago Cubs were feeling good about themselves when they scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead on the Tribe, but it was all downhill from there!  John Lackey started and he was so-so working the first five innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 1 walk and 3 runs (2 earned) while whiffing 5 batters.  He was the losing pitcher for the Cubs in this game.  Mike Montgomery was next up and he had a rough night working 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit, 2 walks and 1 run (it was earned).  Justin Grimm was even worse, working 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit and 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 1 batter.  Travis Wood worked 1 inning in which he gave up 2 hits (a 3-run homer to Jason Kipnis of the Indians), 1 run (it was earned) and he whiffed 2 batters.  Hector Rondon finished up this game by working 2 scoreless innings in which he gave up no base runners while whiffing 2 batters.

Dexter Fowler did his part for the Cubs last night, as he was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a double, a homer off of Andrew Miller and 1 RBI.  Anthony Rizzo (2 for 3 with a double, a stolen base and a RBI) and Jason Heyward (2 for 4) also pitched in with big bats last year for the Cubs.  Addison Russell pitched in as he was 1 for 4 in this game.  Kris Bryant had a really rough night as he was 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 brutal errors.  The Cubs are now down 3-1 in the 2016 World Series and face elimination from here on out!

Game #3: Cleveland Indians 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10:40 pm

The Chicago Cubs wasted a good effort by their pitching staff and defense tonight, as they couldn’t hit a lick against the Indians’ pitchers.  Kyle Hendricks didn’t have his best stuff, but he didn’t give up any runs in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound despite giving up 6 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 6 batters.  Justin Grimm finished up the fifth inning for the Cubs by working 2/3 of an inning, giving up no runs.  Carl Edwards pitched a scoreless 6th inning, but he didn’t pitch well in the 7th inning, as he was the Cubs’ losing pitcher in this game!  He worked 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run (it was earned) while whiffing 1 batter.  Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop and Aroldis Chapman worked a combined 2 1/3 scoreless innings to give the Cubs a chance to come back late in this game, which they didn’t.

The Cubs just couldn’t mount much of an offensive attack in this game.  Jorge Soler led the way on the Cubs with his bat as he was 2 for 3 with a triple.  Dexter Fowler (1 for 4), Anthony Rizzo (1 for 4) and Ben Zobrist (1 for 4) also pitched in for the Cubs with the bats in this game.  The Cubs were a combined 5 for 33 (.152 avg) with 1 walk and 8 whiffs.  The Cubs are now down 2-1 in the 2016 World Series to the Cleveland Indians!

Game #2: Chicago Cubs 5, Cleveland Indians 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 10:34 pm

The Chicago Cubs jumped on the Indians in this game and they never looked back!  Anthony Rizzo (1 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 2 walks and a RBI), Ben Zobrist (2 for 4 with a run scored, a walk and a RBI) and Kyle Schwarber (2 for 4 with a run scored, a walk and 2 RBI) led the way for the Cubs’ offense in this game.  Dexter Fowler (1 for 5), Kris Bryant (1 for 5 with a run scored), Javier Baez (1 for 5) and Addison Russell (1 for 4 with a RBI) also pitched in with the bats for the Cubs in this game.  The Cubs’ hitters combined to go 9 for 37 (.243 avg) with 8 walks and 8 whiffs.

Jake Arrieta started this game and he was outstanding for the Cubs, working 5 2/3 innings in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 run (it was earned) and 3 walks while whiffing 6 batters.  He was the winning pitcher for the Cubs, as he didn’t give up a hit until the 6th inning!  Mike Montgomery was the next pitcher in for the Cubs in this game and he worked 2 shutout innings in which he gave up 2 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 4 batters.  Aroldis Chapman slammed the door, working the last 1 1/3 innings in this game in which he walked 1 batter and whiffed 2 without giving up a run!  The Cubs have now tied up the 2016 World Series at 1 game apiece as it shifts to Chicago starting on Friday!

Game #1: Cleveland Indians 6, Chicago Cubs 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 3:05 pm

The Chicago Cubs never had much of a chance last night against the Indians, who jumped them in the first inning and never looked back!  Jon Lester wasn’t his usual self last night as he worked 5 2/3 innings in which he gave up 6 hits (a homer), 3 runs (all earned) and 3 walks while whiffing 7 batters.  He was the losing pitcher for the Cubs last night.  Pedro Strop and Travis Wood combined to work a scoreless inning after Lester left the game.  Justin Grimm didn’t pitch that well, working 1 inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs (both earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 1 batter.  Hector Rondon worked 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 2 hits (a 3-run homer to Roberto Perez of the Indians) and 1 run (it was earned)!

Ben Zobrist was the only guy really locked in at the plate for the Cubs last night as he was 3 for 4 with a double!  Willson Contreras (1 for 2 with a double), Kyle Schwarber (1 for 3 with a double and a walk), Javier Baez (1 for 4) and David Ross (1 for 3) also pitched in for the Cubs offensively last night, but it was way too little to even score 1 run!  The Cubs combined to go 7 for 34 (.206 avg) at the plate with 2 walks and 15 whiffs!  The Cubs are now down 1-0 in the 2016 World Series to the Cleveland Indians!

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