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Summing up Kris Bryant’s First Two Weeks in the Big Leagues

May 4th, 2015 at 11:21 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Chicago Cubs’ top-prospect, Kris Bryant made his much-anticipated Major League debut a little more than two weeks ago and he has been fantastic… just not in the way that we all thought. Those of us who are dreamers had envisioned a Disney channel-type debut in which the 23-year-old would go 4-4 with a game-winning home run and those of us who are more realistic had envisioned an impressive power display at some point. Both groups, however, are still waiting for the “real Kris Bryant” to show up, though. The Cubs’ rookie third baseman has played in 15 games (67 plate appearances) this year and has yet to hit his first big league home run – probably the longest home run drought of his life!

Bryant’s lack of long balls does not dampen his impact on the Cubs’ lineup, though, as the team has gone 8-7 since his promotion and Bryant is among the team leaders in runs scored, runs batted in and on base percentage:

.ave

.obp

.slg

RBI

R

.278

.418

.370

11

7

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Where is the Real Edwin Jackson and What Have You Done with Him?

May 4th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Remember the Edwin Jackson who led the league in losses (18) in 2013? Remember the guy who put up a 6.33 ERA in 2014 over the course of 140.2 innings? Apparently he is lost and some imposter is posing as Edwin Jackson on the Chicago Cubs’ 2015 roster. This imposter has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen and, by the numbers, has actually been the best pitcher on the Cubs’ staff.

Pitcher

G (IP)

ERA

WHIP

.oba

W-L

Jackson

6 (9.0)

0.00

0.778

.171

1-0

(Stats per Cubs.com)

In addition to posting a perfect ERA, Jackson is rocking an impressive 9:1 strikeout to walk ratio and has resembled the 2009 version of himself that earn a trip to the all-star game.

Now, don’t get it twisted, nine good innings hasn’t erased the anger and frustration of the last two years, but in a season where the Cubs’ middle-relief corps has been anything but reliable it’s nice to see someone getting the job done on a regular basis.

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Ramirez, Brewers Best Cubs in Series Finale

May 3rd, 2015 at 5:07 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Aramis Ramirez has always been a fantastic hitter at Wrigley Field. Over the course of his career Ramirez has hit .307 (686 hits) with 127 home runs in 612 career games at the Friendly Confines, most of which coming during his eight-plus year tenure with the team. However, since departing for Milwaukee, after the 2011 season Ramirez has struggled against the Cubs, regardless of the venue:

Games

.ave

.obp

.slg

HR

RBI

98

.231

.294

.364

10

48

But Ramirez broke with tradition today, going 2-3 with a home run and three runs batted in in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-3 win over the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs dropped two out of three to the Brewers this time around and will head into a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis this week before heading up to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers again over the weekend.

The Cubs haven’t looked like themselves these past few games, making errors and failing to come through in the clutch, something that needs to change soon. The month of May will be a critical one for the Chicago Cubs as 13 of their first 17 games are against division rivals and could dramatically impact the division standings.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Claim RHP Varvaro from Boston

May 3rd, 2015 at 4:19 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer added yet another former Red Sox player to their roster today by claiming Anthony Varvaro off waivers, according to WGN. Varvaro, 30, is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA on the year out of the bullpen for the Boston Red Sox but has cooled off from his hot start recently. The right-hander began the year with just one earned run surrendered in his first 7.1 innings but has allowed at least one run in each of his last three outings.

In a corresponding move the Chicago Cubs have designated Joseph Ortiz for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Ortiz, 24, was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in eight relief appearances (five games finished) for the Iowa Cubs (AAA).

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Cubs’ Rookie Russell is Heating Up

May 2nd, 2015 at 11:30 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Chicago Cubs' second baseman, Addison Russell hit his first big league home run in yesterday's 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers and it looks like he's finally starting to turn it up. The 21-year-old got off to a slow start last week when the Cubs promoted him, highlighted by his 0-5 debut, in which he struck out three times; however, Russell has now hit safely in four consecutive games and has logged five RBI's during that streak.

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