Baez to Debut Today for Peoria

I’m excited about this, you should be too.  The Chiefs announced that Baez will join the team today, I’m guessing that Baez will be in the starting lineup at short.  The 2011 first round draft pick of the Cubs tore the cover off the ball in extended Spring training and was rewarded with a bump to Peoria instead of going to Boise.  Exciting ballplayer here, we’ll keep you posted on his progress.

– George


May 28, 2012 – Lineups!

A very Happy Memorial Day to you and yours and a great big thank you to all the troops serving and who have served to allow us to enjoy wonderful days like today.  MLB honors the troops by scheduling the Cubs and Padres to play eachother, I’ll apologize on their behalf.  Travis Wood takes the ball today looking to end the misery that is a 12 game losing streak.

Blod prediction?  The Cubs won’t tie today.

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Will Venable, CF
2. Chris Denorfia, RF
3. Yonder Alonso, 1B
4. Carlos Quentin, LF
5. Chase Headley, 3B
6. Nick Hundley, C
7. Everth Cabrerra, 2B
8. Andy Parrino, SS
9. Jeff Suppan, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Joe Mather, CF
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Darwin Barney, 2B
8. Blake Lalli, C
9. Travis Wood, P


Thanks, go Cubs!
– George

5/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.

Daytona – rained out
Tennessee – day off


The Chiefs did everything but win against Wisconsin as they surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth to lose 3-2.  Michael Jensen was outstanding on the mound for the Chiefs as he went six strong innings only allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out eight.  Jensen’s ERA drops to 2.77 on the season, but he settled for a no decision.  Taiwan Easterling was responsible for the majority of the Chiefs offense as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI in the losing effort.



The biggest news out of the Iowa game was of course about Anthony Rizzo, but not for what he did with his bat.  Rizzo was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning leading many to speculate that he was on his way to Chicago.  The news was much worse however as Rizzo actually exited the game because of a sore right wrist, hopefully that is nothing serious.  The I-Cubs keep on winning though as they beat Memphis 5-1 behind a strong effort from Chris Volstad.  Volstad improved to 2-0 with the win as he went seven strong innings.  Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, Luis Valbuena, and Josh Vitters all had two hits in the victory.  Carlos Marmol had an encouraging outing as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out the side.

Thanks for reading,
– George

May 28 – 30; vs. Padres – Series Preview

San Diego Padres Logo - (Home) Padres in yellow lowercase with San Diego in brown

There is the potential to see some really bad baseball at Wrigley to start the week as the Padres are in town to take on the Cubs.  These are two of the worst, if not the two worst teams in baseball.  If anything the Padres could present the perfect opportunity for the Cubs to break out of their 12 game losing streak.  Above all else the Cubs need to hit, it’s obvious, the main reason for the Cubs horrendous slide is the offense.  The Padres are actually worse offensively than the Cubs, that doesn’t mean much because the Cubs just faced a team that was the worst in the league and they lit up the scoreboard (Pirates).  The Cubs only need one win, once they get that I assume they will fall back in line with playing .500 baseball, but at this point who knows when this streak will end, hopefully tomorrow, full preview/breakdown after the jump, go Cubs!

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Let the Rizzo Madness Begin?? [UPDATE]

Lots of rumors swirling right now, but it sound like Anthony Rizzo could be on his way to Chicago, here are the tweets from Iowa Cubs….

Interpret that how you want, we will keep you up to date with the latest as it happens. Go Cubs!

[UPDATE]  Iowa Cubs now reporting that Rizzo tweaked his wrist on a swing, and is now day-to-day….things cannot get worse for the Cubs, this is absurd.

– George

And The Beat Goes On, Cubs Streak at 12

The losses are just running together at this point, add this one to the pile as the Cubs were never really in this one.  Garza came into this game awful on the road, he lived up to those expectations by tossing five horrendous innings.  He gave up six runs, five earned while walking only one (bonus!) and striking out six, he gave up three home runs.  Rafael Dolis continued his audition for the Iowa Cubs bullpen by giving up two runs on two hits with two walks without retiring a hitter.  Before the game Dale Sveum said that Dolis would no longer be the closer, not like we noticed really because when was the last time the Cubs needed a closer?  James Russell and Shawn Camp will get opportunities to close games if the situation ever arises again.  Once again the Cubs did nothing for the majority of the game with the bats until the game was decided then they went to work.  Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s, and that was really it.  The Cubs were only able to get four runs across the plate on seven hits.  They only managed two hits in six inning off of Cy Young candidate Erik Bedard who came into this game at 2-5 on the season.  Twelve straight losses, two more to tie the all-tim Cubs record…  have to shoot for something right?  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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