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Cubs SS Starlin Castro Making a Statement

September 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro is making a strong statement through his play as the 2014 season enters its final weeks. We discussed last week how Castro is poised for a strong finish, but this past week he has proven that he can put up more than just numbers.

After returning from the bereavement list on August 26th, Castro made a critical mental error in not running out a possible extra-base hit off the centerfield wall in the Cubs’ loss to the Cincinnati Reds on August 27th. Mental lapses like this one have plagued Castro since he broke into the big leagues, but since that night Castro has recorded a hit in every game he’s played in and has gone 9-23 (.391). Additionally, Starlin Castro has been carrying the team since Anthony Rizzo injured his back on August 26th. Since Rizzo went down, Castor boasts an eight-game hit steak, three home runs and a .387 batting average.

Starlin Castro knows that, even at just 24 years old, he is one of the leaders of this Cubs team. He knows that all of the younger players are watching him and he has vowed to set a great example for those kids, per an article by Carrie Muskat, and he has come through on his promise.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Officially Announce September Call-Ups

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:29 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: The Chicago Cubs officially announced their September call-ups today. Per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, The seven players are RHP Brian Schlitter, RHP Dan Straily, LHP Eric Jokisch, RHP Arodys Vizcaino, LHP Zac Rosscup, OF Junior Lake and C Rafael Lopez.

Jokisch and Lopez are the only call-ups with no prior major league experience.

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Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 2nd

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

1. Entering play today, the Chicago Cubs (62-76) are 11.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers (73-64) in the National League Central standings. However, over their last 100 games, the Brewers have been just one game better than the Cubs; Cubs, 49-51, Brewers, 50-50. Per @thecubsreporter.

2. Jorge Soler doubled twice in yesterday’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving him four (in addition to three home runs) in just five big league games. Jorge Soler has now recorded an extra-base hit in each of his first five major league games, making him just the third player in the last 100 years to do so, per D.J. Short of NBC Sports.

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Soler’s Hot Start Just One of Many for the Cubs This Season

September 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 yesterday and, rookie, Jorge Soler turned in another stellar performance. Soler went 2-4 with two more doubles, moving his average to .526 and his extra-base hit total to seven on the year. Soler’s hot start is just one of many incredible debut performances put on but various members of the Chicago Cubs organization in 2014:

Player

First # games @…

.ave

HR

X-base hits

Schwarber

5, A-

.600

4

6

Soler

5, MLB

.526

3

7

Soler

7, AA

.522

5

7

Alcantara

5, MLB

.391

1

5

Baez

3, MLB

.286

3

3

Bryant

6, AAA

.208

5

5

No one likes change and it’s common to struggle at first when in a new environment but clearly the Chicago Cubs organization has figured out a solution to that problem. But getting off to a hot start is something that Jorge Soler has done often this year. In addition to his hot starts in the MLB and at AA, Soler also went 7-12 with two doubles and a home run in his first four games in rookie ball after coming off the DL in late June.

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September Call-Ups Set to Join Cubs

September 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

September is now upon us, which means it’s time for September call-ups. The Chicago Cubs plan to bring up a total of seven players but most of them won’t join the team until tomorrow, at the earliest, as the Iowa Cubs’ end their regular-season today. They did not make the playoffs.

We will have to wait and see who the other six call-ups are but RHP Blake Parker was with the team for today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Parker, 29, has seen limited action in the big leagues this year after being one of the Cubs’ best arms out of the bullpen in 2013.

Year (MLB)

Games

IP

ERA

.oba

K/BB

2013

49

46.1

2.72

.220

55/15

2014

10

13.1

6.08

.264

15/4

(stats per cubs.com)

Parker hasn’t been able to find his footing in the major leagues this year (he has pitched in the majors in every month except for June), but he was lights-out in AAA. In 35.2 innings, Parker converted 25 of 27 saves and posted an ERA of 1.77.

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