Just three years ago, almost to the day, Cole Hamels was throwing the first no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years. Now he will be suiting up for the Cubs his next time around in the rotation. Late on Thursday night, the team agreed to trade multiple prospects for the four time All-Star. Continue reading
The MLB All-Star break is typically the time of year where we tend to see the bulk of the Minor League roster shuffle. At this point, organizations have seen enough and the small sample size alerts are thrown out the window. Half of a season at any particular level is normally enough time for the front office to decide on moving a guy up or down a level in the Minor Leagues.
The 2018 halfway point has been no different. In fact, over the last month or so, we have seen a flurry of roster moves from South Bend all the way up to Iowa. While the number of moves has been impressive, the names that have been moved may be even more crucial to the organization.
Below I’ll give you a rundown of all the moves that have occurred since June 23rd with a brief explanation of why the move is important.
The second half of the season kicks into gear on Thursday with the Cubs taking on the faltering St. Louis Cardinals and that means that we get to kiss the unofficial first half of the season goodbye. But man oh man what a first half it was! Statistically the Cubs have been the best team across the board in the National League, with a record of 55-38 (1st in NL) and team stats of 476 runs, 106 wRC+, .265 AVG, .345 OBP, .771 OPS, and a 20.8 WAR (all best in the NL). The team has proven to be able to hang with a pace that was set by the 2016 World Champion team, but for some reason, it just has not felt that way sometimes.