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Jun 19, 2019
White Sox 3, Cubs 1: Eloy’s coming

White Sox 3, Cubs 1: Eloy’s coming

That was unpleasant. Not one word, you hear? Not. One. Word. I do not want to hear one single word this morning about the trade that sent Eloy Jimenez, among others, to the White Sox two years ago for Jose Quintana. Because no, two years ago you did not know that Jimenez would hit a two-run homer at Wrigley Field to defeat the Cubs 3-1 in the very first game he played against the team that originally signed him. The guy has talent. Stipulation granted. I am much more concerned today about two other things: Why could the Cubs not score more than one run off a guy who had posted a 6.27 ERA...
Jun 19, 2019
MLB Bullets is right on the nose

MLB Bullets is right on the nose

Max Scherzer breaks his nose. The umpires are angry about Manny Machado’s suspension. A look at life after baseball. The Padres are still on track. Nothing like a bad case of projectile vomiting to make you not care that the Cubs lost to the White Sox. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer broke his own nose when a foul bunt hit him during batting practice. There’s video at that link. Whether Scherzer will make his scheduled start today against the Phillies is now unclear. R.J. Anderson thinks that the NL East could soon be a two-team race if the Nationals and Mets don’t start winning...
Jun 19, 2019
Baseball history unpacked, June 19

Baseball history unpacked, June 19

Kyle Farnsworth’s greatest hit, and other stories ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as is often found in the wild. Today in baseball history: 1846 - Alexander Cartwright’s New York...
Jun 19, 2019
Minor League Wrap: Kimbrel shines in Cubs debut

Minor League Wrap: Kimbrel shines in Cubs debut

Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs neutered the Sacramento River Cats (Giants), 7-4. Colin Rea got off to a rough start as he gave up a run in the first and three in the second, but he settled down after that and got the win. The final line on Rea was four runs, three earned, on eight hits over six innings. Rea struck out five and walked two. Craig Kimbrel made his Cubs debut in relief of Rea and it only took him eight pitches to get through the inning. He got a fly out to center, a grounder to third and a strikeout swinging in his perfect inning. The radar gun in Sacramento had him at 96 mph. Dillon...
Jun 18, 2019
Cubs open Wrigley series vs. White Sox

Cubs open Wrigley series vs. White Sox

If you seek Tuesday’s game threads, look no further.
Jun 18, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox preview, Tuesday 6/18, 7:05 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox preview, Tuesday 6/18, 7:05 CT

There’s no place like home. I have a story for you this evening in place of the usual notes with which I’ve been beginning previews. 1997 was the first year of interleague play and thus the first time the Cubs had ever played the White Sox in a game that counted in the standings. I was at the first such game, played at the park then still known as Comiskey, June 16. (The Cubs won the game 8-3, though they lost the series two games to one.) The Cubs entered that series 27-40, on their way to a 94-loss season. The Sox had been expected to contend that year, but were also under .500 at...
Jun 18, 2019
The Cubs need better options at second base with Ben Zobrist on extended leave

The Cubs need better options at second base with Ben Zobrist on extended leave

The David Bote - Addison Russell - Daniel Descalso “platoon” isn’t going to cut it for a contending team. On May 8 Ben Zobrist took a leave of absence from the Chicago Cubs for personal reasons likely related to his marital situation. In order to compensate for his absence from the team the Cubs made a series of roster and lineup moves: Addison Russell was called up from Triple-A Iowa earlier than anticipated, Kris Bryant has played more than his fair share of corner outfield, Daniel Descalso has gotten a few more at bats than any of us are comfortable with and David Bote has roamed...
Jun 18, 2019
On Craig Kimbrel, Ben Zobrist and what the Cubs might spend at the trade deadline

On Craig Kimbrel, Ben Zobrist and what the Cubs might spend at the trade deadline

There’s still some money left for more acquisitions. As we all know, Ben Zobrist is on a personal leave of absence with no indication of when or if he will return. He’s been placed on the restricted list, and per this Yahoo article that was written before the signing of Craig Kimbrel, Zobrist’s salary does not count against the luxury tax calculation: Clubs do not have to pay players on the restricted list, but even if they do, the club can deduct that money from their luxury tax calculations. It’s boring accounting information, but bear with me here. Zobrist is due $12 million in...
Jun 18, 2019
2019 Cubs Draft: Who’s most likely to be a leverage reliever

2019 Cubs Draft: Who’s most likely to be a leverage reliever

The Cubs’ eighth-round pick this year could be a steal. Among the main requests of Cubs fans, when they hear about a new player, is “Can he pitch?” This refrain works best, apparently, when the player is a hitter. Nonetheless, in left-handed reliever and North Carolina-committed Davidjohn (“D.J.”) Herz, the Cubs added a prep arm that may well help the club as a reliever, if you're willing to be patient. His 95 mile per hour fastball and potential swing-and-miss slider are developing as we speak. When discussing a prep arm, the college commitment is a viable starting point. North...
Jun 18, 2019
NL Central update: The Cubs are within a half game of the top spot

NL Central update: The Cubs are within a half game of the top spot

A mere half game separates the top two positions in the division. Most of the changes in the standings this week took place at the bottom of the ranks, with the Reds finally climbing out of the bottom spot. The Brewers and Cubs continue to flip flop in the top spot, with only a half game between first and second place, meaning this week it’s really anyone’s spot to win. Let’s take a look at what led them here, and way lays ahead. Milwaukee Brewers 40-32 To start the week the Brewers had a short two-game series against the Astros which was split one game apiece. They then headed on...
Jun 18, 2019
On The Horizon: Cubs vs. White Sox series preview

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. White Sox series preview

The Cubs return home, which is good. The White Sox are better than they were last year. This will be a good series. As is my custom, I asked Brett Ballantini, managing editor of our SB Nation White Sox site South Side Sox, to write me about 200 words about the Sox for this series preview. In trying to limit himself to 200 words, he failed. I think you’ll enjoy reading the 1,150 words he did write. Well, let’s see, I remember last year comparing the torturousness of the 2018 Chicago White Sox to my neighbors committing crimes against nature, as they blitzkrieged our tranquil bow of a...
Jun 18, 2019
Cub Tracks throws from the side

Cub Tracks throws from the side

Steve Cishek’s natal anniversary, the Crosstown Classic, and other bullets Craig Kimbrel is gonna pitch today. Happy belated birthday to Lester Strode. Happy birthday, Steve Cishek! The White Sox are at Wrigley, minus Harrelson. Hey Hawk! Wrigley doesn’t like you either. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$] means limited views. Home-field advantage.#EverybodyIn https://t.co/2rJk0m091S pic.twitter.com/Dsak2S2ZQF— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 17,...
Jun 18, 2019
Minor League Wrap: Trent Giambrone homers in 4th-straight game to lead Iowa over River Cats

Minor League Wrap: Trent Giambrone homers in 4th-straight game to lead Iowa over River Cats

Iowa wins series in Sacto with another Giambrone home run. The Ems fall in Vancouver. Congratulations to Iowa Cubs pitcher Alec Mills, who was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week. He made two starts and went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. Also, Iowa second baseman Trent Giambrone made the MLB Pipeline Team of the Week, for obvious reasons. The rookie ball Arizona League started today. Generally I just provide a link to the box scores for the two AZL teams, although I will comment if something unusual happened in those games. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs beat the Sacramento River Cats...