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BREAKING NEWS: Daytona Cubs are on the Move

September 16th, 2014 at 4:23 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Cubs have officially agreed to move their A+ affiliate to Myrtle Beach, SC and will join the Carolina League. The agreement will keep the Cubs A+ affiliate there through the 2016 season. The Chicago Cubs had been partnered with the Daytona Cubs for 22 years.

The current Myrtle Beach club is the Pelicans but it is unknown if the Cubs' will keep the name.

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A Huge Bounce-Back Start for Travis Wood

September 16th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

The highlight of the Chicago Cubs’ 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds last night was Anthony Rizzo’s walk-off blast, but lets be sure to give, starting pitcher, Travis Wood his due, as well. Wood turned in a gem, allowing zero runs on just three hits over six innings and lowered his ERA on the season from 5.03 to 4.86.

It has been a rough year for Travis Wood but he is, very quietly, turning it around here in the last few weeks of the season. Last night was Wood’s third performance in which he has gone at least six innings and surrendered zero runs in his last seven starts, and he now has an ERA of 4.27 in his last ten starts, which includes his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he gave up seven earned runs in just 1.2 innings.

Wood’s Stats since joining the Chicago Cubs.

Year

W-L

ERA

WHIP

Starts

IP

2012

6-13

4.27

1.20

26

156.0

2013

9-12

3.11

1.15

32

200.0

2014

8-12

4.86

1.52

30

168.2

(per cubs.com)

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Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 16th

September 16th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

1. Announced this week, Kris Bryant and Jen-Ho Tseng have been named the Chicago Cubs minor league player and pitcher of the year for 2014. Bryant hit .325 with 43 home runs, 114 RBI, 34 doubles and 15 steals between AA and AAA, while Tseng, 19, went 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA, a 0.867 WHIP in 19 games (17 starts) for the Kane County Cougars (A) in his first professional season.

2. Anthony Rizzo came up big in the Chicago Cubs 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds last night. Rizzo hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning; his 31st long ball on the year and his third career walk-off (according to baseball-reference.com). Not to shabby for his first game in three weeks!

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Kane County Cougars Win MWL Championship

September 16th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

We have been following the Kane County Cougarsplayoff run for the past week and on Saturday they won the Midwest League championship thanks to a 7-2 victory over the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians affiliate) in game two of the three-game series. The Cougars finished the playoffs with a perfect 7-0 record and finished the year with a cumulative record of 98-49, the most wins by any major league or minor league team in 2014, and a 43-win improvement over their 2013 mark. On top of setting a new franchise wins record, the Cougars set new franchise records for: longest win-streak (13 games), team ERA (2.85) and home record (54-17). Additionally, the Kane County Cougars became the first class A team to reach 10,000 fans in the history of minor league baseball. The mark was reached this season due, in large part, to the 415,571 fans who came through Fifth Third Bank Ballpark during the regular season this summer (the 23rd most in all of MiLB and more than most AA and AAA ball clubs).

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New Place, New Man: the Emergence of Felix Doubront

September 15th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

For Chicago Cubs’ fans who are familiar with Felix Doubront, these last two weeks have been excruciatingly nerve-wracking. Doubront has gotten off to a hot start with the Cubs and many of us are waiting for it to hit the fan, but he has showed no signs of slowing down. Doubront picked up his second win of the season with the Cubs this weekend when he threw six shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and snapped the Cubs’ seven-game losing streak.

Since making his Cubs debut on August 30th, Doubront has resembled the man he was during the Boston Red Sox 2013 playoff run rather than the man he was for most of 2014.

Year

W-L

ERA

WHIP

IP

K/BB

2013 Post-Season (BOS)

1-0

1.29

0.86

7.0

4/3

2014 (BOS)

2-4

6.07

1.60

59.1

43/26

2014 (CHC)

2-1

1.50

1.11

18.0

6/4

(Stats per Cubs.com)

Doubront’s success still feels a bit surreal but he wouldn’t be the first pitcher do a complete 180 after finding a new home. Here are some other pitchers who have had notable turnarounds after a mid-season trade:

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Pre-Trade

Post-Trade

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