Going into the 2017 NLDS between the Cubs and the Washington Nationals, expectations were that this series would be the most evenly matched of all of the incredible Postseason match-ups. That expectation is coming to fruition so far, just three games in. Continue reading
The trade that involved veteran catcher Alex Avila coming over to Chicago is making Theo Epstein look like a bigger genius than what we already knew he was. Avila will step into the starting role following an injury to hot hitting Willson Contreras on Wednesday. Continue reading
Late Sunday night, Theo & Co. completed yet another trade to improve the Major League squad in preparations for a Postseason run. After filling a huge need for a top of the rotation starter with the acquisition of Jose Quintana, there were two more items to check off the front office’s wish list for the 2017 trade season.
Those two items were a lefty reliever that can be plugged into high leverage situations and a backup catcher to give rising superstar Willson Contreras a day off here or there or to have in case of an injury. After trading for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, you could say that the front office has done everything they needed to do this trade deadline. Continue reading
What a day for the boys in blue. Tuesday night, after a game that saw three different Washington Nationals swipe a total of seven bases, Miguel Montero exploded in his interview with the media. He pinned the blame for the stolen bases on his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, who is known for being exceptionally slow in his delivery to home plate.
In the interview, Montero said “It really sucks because the stolen bases go on me,” and followed by making a jab at Arrieta, “Yeah, but my pitchers don’t hold anybody on.”
While no one is going to say that Miggy is lying, his 0-31 caught stealing record is not helping his side of the story. The main problem here is that Montero was basically throwing his teammate under the bus to the national media. The conversation could have and should have taken place behind closed doors. With Cubs fans all over still talking about what Montero had to say, a much more important voice hopped into the conversation early Wednesday morning. Continue reading
The first day of the MLB Amateur Draft saw the Cubs select three college starters. Brendon Little, Alex Lange, and Cory Abbott were they guys that heard their names called on Monday evening. The Cubs front office seemed to be going along with the plan to focus on pitching that Jason McLeod said they would before the draft began.
While day two of the draft was more than just college arms, the game plan seemed to carry into Tuesday. In total, five pitchers were selected while just three bats were called upon to represent the system by the Cubs.
While we are not going to cover these eight picks with the descriptions and detail like we did with Monday’s picks, we are going to give you a brief introduction to each of the draftees from Tuesday. Continue reading
Death, taxes, and the Chicago Cubs drafting a college bat in the first round. That was pretty much how it has gone for Theo & Co. during their time in Chicago. But that saying is no more after day one of the draft on Monday.
The Cubs had 3 picks in the first two rounds of the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft that aired on MLB Network and MLB.com, with the picks being 27th, 30th, and 67th overall. While there are still 38 more rounds to go on Tuesday and Wednesday, here I will take a look at the new talent in the Cubs farm system after Day One. Continue reading
Monday brought all sorts of action down on the farm, with Iowa providing most of the news updates.
First of all, Cubs closer Wade Davis was placed on the paternity list. To shore up the bullpen with Davis out, Dylan Floro was called back up the Chicago. This was his third stint with the Cubbies and it was a short one as Floro was sent back down on Tuesday to make room for The Machine to return. Continue reading