Tommy LaStella is raking for the Chicago Cubs in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 6:40 pm

27-year old lefty swinging infielder Tommy LaStella is raking this year for the Chicago Cubs!  LaStella has played in 21 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 18 of 52 (.346 avg, 1.039 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  He has also walked more times (6) than he was whiffed (5) so far this year as he is totally locked in at the plate right now.  LaStella has now played in 54 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 36 of 119 (.303 avg, .864 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  If LaStella keeps raking like he is right now, Joe Maddon is going to have to find more ABs for him.

The Chicago Cubs purchase the contract of Alex Sanabia

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 11:08 am

The Chicago Cubs have purchased the contract of Alex Sanabia from the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League.  Sanabia has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Toros this year and he was 5-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors back in the 2013 season for the Miami Marlins.  Sanabia has pitched in 28 games (24 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 8-10 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  He will start his career with the Cubs in AAA-ball.

The starting rotation has been downright awesome for the Chicago Cubs!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 6 May 2016 at 7:39 am

The Chicago Cubs‘ starting rotation has been awesome so far this year.  They have a combined record of 18-4 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP so far in 2016!!!!   30-year old righty Jake Arrieta is off to a great start and he wants to win back to back Cy Young Awards!  He has already thrown a no-hitter this year!  Arrieta has started 6 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6-0 with a 0.84 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP.  He has only given up 20 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 43 innings this year!  32-year old lefty Jon Lester has been excellent at the Cubs’ #2 starter this year.  He has started 6 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 1.58 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  He has only given up 33 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his first 40 innings pitched this year.  The Cubs paid big bucks for 37-year old righty John Lackey over the winter, and he has been their “worst” starter so far this year.  Lackey has started 5 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He has worked 33 1/3 innings so far this year for the Cubs and he is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  33-year old righty Jason Hammel is right at home for the Cubs.  He has started 5 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He has given up 21 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 25 batters in only 29 innings so far this year.  The Cubs tried all winter to trade for a 5th starter to replace Kyle Hendricks in the rotation.  He has started 5 games so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He has given up 23 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his first 29 innings this year.  As long as these five guys stay healthy, the Cubs have to feel good about winning every day/night!

The Chicago Cubs place Neil Ramirez on the Bereavement List

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 5:06 pm

The Chicago Cubs will be without 26-year old righty reliever Neil Ramirez, as he has been placed on the Bereavement List.  Ramirez has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty reliever Spencer Patton to replace Ramirez while he is out of action.  Patton has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with 4 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  Patton has only given up 5 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his first 10 innings in the minors this year.  Patton has pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (5/8/2016) – The Cubs have activated Neil Ramirez off the Bereavement List.  They have also sent Spencer Patton back to AAA.  Patton pitched in 1 game for the Cubs this time around and he didn’t get any outs while giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 run (it was earned).

The Chicago Cubs place Matt Szczur on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 9:52 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Matt Szczur on the 15-day disabled list due to a mild hamstring strain.  He has played in 21 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 11 of 30 (.367 avg, 1.041 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This is a bad break for Szczur, as he was playing the best baseball of his major league career!  The Cubs have called up 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Kalish to replace Matt Szczur on the active roster.  Kalish played in 20 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 21 of 57 (.368 avg, .980 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Kalish last played in the majors in 2014 with the Cubs.  Kalish has played in 146 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 93 of 380 (.245 avg, .643 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Felix Pena is off to a good start in the minors for the Chicago Cubs in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 11:51 am

26-year old righty reliever Felix Pena is looking good in AAA-ball for the Chicago Cubs.  He has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.54 WHIP.  He has only allowed 4 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 20 batters in his first 13 innings in AAA-ball, as he has been dominant this year.  Pena has now pitched in 150 games (78 starts) in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 27-35 with 4 saves, a 3.77 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  If Pena keeps pitching well in AAA, he could get his first shot at the show later this year for the Cubs.

Adam Warren has been lights out this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 11:47 am

When the Chicago Cubs dealt Starlin Castro to the Yankees for Adam Warren, it made more than a couple of people blink an eye.  But the trade opened up 2B for manager Joe Maddon to get one of his Tampa guys back (Ben Zobrist).  Warren has been proving his worth so far this year for the Cubs.  He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP.  Warren has only given up 2 hits and 4 walks in his first 9 innings for the Cubs this year and he has 10 whiffs!  Warren has now pitched in 155 games (20 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 15-15 with 5 saves, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Warren can work in short or long relief and he could move into the rotation if the need arises for the Cubs in 2016.  He is a perfect fit on a Joe Maddon pitching staff.

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.

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