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Updated: 2017-06-14T09:15:02-05:00


What if unresolved injuries are behind the Cubs' woes?


Some comments by Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio could explain a lot. The Cubs are still in contention in the N.L. Central despite their .500 record. It seems odd that this talented team is playing so far below its 2016 level of performance, but pitching coach Chris Bosio might have given everyone a clue in his appearance on the Mully and Hanley show on 670 The Score this morning: What I saw from @kylehendricks28 yesterday was a very tentative guy, He's just not comfortable right now, he can't pitch with the pain.— Mully And Hanley (@mullyhanley) June 14, 2017 Oh, yes. You’d like to look at that one, of course [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. That homer just barely made it over the left-field wall — listen carefully and you can hear it clang off a metal railing. The final homer of the night for the Cubs was hit by Javier Baez [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Felix Pena served up back-to-back homers to Neil Walker and Lucas Duda in the ninth to cut the Cubs’ margin of victory from 13 runs to 11. At some point I’d expect Pena to be exchanged for one of the other relievers on the Iowa shuttle. Before Pena’s homer-happy inning, Justin Grimm had thrown a scoreless eighth and he has been outstanding since his recall: six appearances, seven innings, no runs allowed, 12 strikeouts (of 25 batters faced), 0.571 WHIP. Grimm has good stuff and if he’s harnessed his command and control as he did for most of 2015, he can be an excellent addition to the Cubs’ late-inning relief corps. In addition to the 15-hit attack, the Cubs drew nine walks Tuesday evening. That gives them 259, tops in the National League this year. That’s an average of 4.05 per game, a pace for 656, which would tie last year’s franchise record. Unfortunately, all these walks haven’t resulted in enough runs. The 14-run outburst brought the season total to 300, which is 4.69 runs per game, a pace for 759, considerably fewer than last year’s 808. Last year’s Cubs also led the N.L. in fewest runs allowed, and that’s also been a problem this year. The 2017 Cubs have allowed 292 runs so far, sixth-best in the league. I wish I knew how to figure this team. They’ve scored 22 runs and hit 10 home runs in their last three games, but won only two of the three because the offense mostly vanished in the third one (Monday’s loss). If this team can start putting these kinds of offensive explosions together on a more consistent basis, a long winning streak could happen. The Rizzo leadoff experiment is likely to continue, for a while at least, after he went 2-for-4 with the homer and a bases-loaded walk drawn in a really nice at-bat after he was down 0-2 in the count. The Brewers defeated the Cardinals in the second game of their doubleheader Tuesday night, so the Cubs still trail by one game, although they are even with Milwaukee in the loss column. They are ahead of the Cardinals by 1½ games in the N.L. Central. The Cubs will go for the series win Wednesday evening. Mike Montgomery will go for the Cubs against the Mets’ Matt Harvey. [...]

MLB Bullets is loaded with potential


The draft goes on. The Twins and Diamondbacks continue to thrive. A new name for Safeco Field? I always come close to losing my mind at draft time. After two days of coverage this year, I’m going to miss most of day 3 as I go see the doctor. (Actually, it’s pre-scheduled appointments for both me and my daughter.) But while there is some draft news in here, I’m saving most of it for the off-day on Thursday. I’ll give today’s Bullets a 45 with a future grade of 55. The Twins took high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the first pick in the draft. Here’s some information about this (hopefully) future major league star. Two players taken in the first four picks, Hunter Greene and Brendan McKay, are “two-way players” who both pitch and play a position. Both will be allowed to do both in the minors, although the Reds have made it clear they consider Greene a pitcher first. Chris Cwik thinks this could start a trend in major league baseball. At least it’s something different. Jeff Passan hopes that the selections of African-Americans Lewis and Greene could help sell the game to black youth. Alex Rodriguez got really excited when his nephew was taken in the second round by the Marlins. Grant Brisbee handed out grades for every first-round pick. What makes this a Brisbee product is that he handed the grades out before the draft was held. Cliff Corcoran finds the best player drafted by each MLB team. One guess which player drafted by the Cubs had the best career. Tyler Kepner looks at the ubiquitous 20-80 scale that scouts use. If you’re curious about what it all means and why they use it (tradition, mostly), here’s the place to look. Sam Miller looks at the Padres experiment this season as they loaded up on Rule 5 picks last winter. How is it going? Not great, but better than you’d probably have guessed last December. The Rule 5 players haven’t embarrassed themselves. Michael Weinreb noticed that interleague play turned 20 this month. He wonders why it was so controversial once and he talks with former commissioner Bud Selig. Al Pedrique, the manager of the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, says Gleyber Torres isn’t ready for the majors yet, but will be soon. Just keep looking at that ring, Cubs fans. Aaron Judge looks to be a heck of a ballplayer having a heck of a season. But Craig Calcaterra implores us to stop trying to turn him into the savior of baseball. Essentially, he’s the savior of New York sportswriters who want something interesting to write about the Yankees, and they really can’t tell the difference between the two things. Andrew Marchand wonders that if the Yankees have Judge, are they really going to go after a free agent Bryce Harper in two years? Yeah. Stuff like that. Ken Rosenthal reminds us not to overlook the “other Aaron” on the Yankees, Aaron Hicks. Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig hit a home run in Cleveland and then auditioned to be the new Mr. Met as he crossed home plate. Yasiel, you were having such a good year before this. Nationals manager Dusty Baker looked at his bullpen and said “We need some help, big time.” Glad he added the “big time.” The Nationals position players are starting to voice their frustration about their bullpen situation. Mike Lupica identifies what he thinks the problem with the Red Sox is: they miss David Ortiz. The Twins are the surprise team in baseball this year and as Peter Keating writes, their big turnaround this season started with their defense. Eno Sarris sat down with Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and looked at his “missing” home runs this season. That is, a lot of balls that he hit that should have been home runs but weren’t. This is a fantasy baseball column, but it’s a terrific question for regular baseball as well. Michael Beller asks what’s wrong with Pirates starter Gerrit Cole this season? Jack Magruder thinks manager Torey Lovullo deserves a lot of credit for the Diamondbacks turnaround this year. The butcher’s bill. Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernande[...]

Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 13


Zack Short walks it off for South Bend. The Pelicans magic number is 2. Iowa gets a much-needed win. Just two days until Eugene takes the field. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 8-4. Starter Casey Kelly went five innings and surrendered four runs on six hits. He had some control issues as he walked five (although one was intentional) and hit one batter. Kelly struck out three. David Berg relieved Kelly in the bottom of the sixth and pitched a perfect inning. He struck out one. Berg got the win when Iowa exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh. The big blow in that seventh inning was a three-run triple by Mark Zagunis. Zagunis was 1 for 5 and scored later in that inning. Victor Caratini hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth. It was his sixth this season. Caratini was 1 for 4 and was intentionally walked once. Caratini scored twice. Second baseman Chesny Young went 2 for 5. He had an RBI single and also scored a run in the seventh. Left fielder BIjan Rademacher was 2 for 5 with a double. Tennessee Smokies The Tennessee Smokies surrendered to the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 8-7. Preston Morrison threw the first five innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out one. Justin Hancock took the loss in relief when he gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth. The final line on Hancock was two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, all of which came in the eighth. He struck out one. Left fielder Charcer Burks went 3 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. First baseman Yasiel Balaguert went 2 for 5 with a two-run single in the sixth. He scored once in the fifth inning. Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 5 with a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Myrtle Beach Pelicans The Myrtle Beach Pelicans locked down the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 2-0. Adbert Alzolay continued his strong season with seven scoreless innings. Alzolay allowed five hits. He walked two and struck out five. Pedro Araujo threw two innings without allowing a hit. He did walk one and struck out four to get the save. Catcher P.J. Higgins hit his first home run since August 13, 2015 in the eighth inning. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and the one RBI. Highlights: src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> With the win, Myrtle Beach’s magic number for clinching the division first-half title drops to two with five games to play. If they clinch, it would be their seventh-straight trip to the postseason. That would tie a Carolina League record. (OK, four of those playoff trips were with the Rangers organization. But they’ve won two titles in two years as a Cubs affiliate.) South Bend Cubs Zack Short hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the 13th inning as the South Bend Cubs beat the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 3-2. Starter Manuel Rondon gave up two runs on just three hits over five innings. Rondon did walk four and he struck out three. After that, the South Bend bullpen threw eight scoreless innings. Jared Cheek threw two, Chad Hockin tossed two innings and Wyatt Short had three scoreless innings. Pedro Silverio pitched the top of the 13 and loaded the bases with one out on a single and two walks. But a line drive to second baseman Vimael Machin turned into an inning-ending double play and Silverio got the win. Short led off the bottom of the inning with a walkoff home run down the left field line. It was Short’s sixth home run. He was 2 for 5 with two walks. He scored twice. South Bend walked nine times in this game and Lansing walked eight. With the win, South Bend got to within a half a game of a wild card playoff spot. [...]

Cubs record, standings, upcoming schedule



Here you will always be able to find the most up-to-date information on who the Cubs are playing, when and where, and what TV channel you can find the game on.

Last game: 14-3 win over Mets

Next game: Wednesday, June 14, vs. Mets at New York, 6:10 p.m. CT. TV: CSN Chicago. Radio: 670 The Score.

Cubs 2017 regular-season record: 32-32 (20-15 home, 12-17 road)

Al's 2017 regular-season record: 22-13 (20-13 home, 2-0 road)

Cubs 2017 regular-season record on various TV channels:
WGN: 12-6
CSN: 14-16 (includes CSN+)
ABC-7: 4-5
Fox: 0-2
ESPN: 2-3 (not including games also on other channels)

Cubs 2017 regular-season record wearing various uniforms:
Home pinstripe: 19-14
World Series gold: 1-1
Blue alt: 7-8
Road gray: 5-4
Special event: 0-5
Throwback: 0-0

Cubs 2017 spring-training record: 13-18-5 (plus 1-1 in international exhibitions)

Al's 2017 spring-training record: 5-12-4 (plus 1-1 in international exhibitions)

Overflow thread 3: Cubs vs. Mets, Tuesday 6/13, 6:10 CT




Overflow thread 2: Cubs vs. Mets, Tuesday 6/13, 6:10 CT




Overflow thread 1: Cubs vs. Mets, Tuesday 6/13, 6:10 CT