Cubs 4 @ White Sox 5 (Box Score)
THE CHAPMAN TRADE – Yesterday I mentioned that because I didn’t know the details of the trade, I couldn’t give my opinion on if I liked it or not. Now we know that it was Aroldis Chapman going to the Cubs for Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren, and Rashad Crawford. I saw a lot of buzz on Twitter yesterday when the news came out that it was a 4 for 1 deal that the Cubs overpaid, but let’s break it down for a minute.
Torres is a 19 year old shortstop with a huge ceiling. He ranks #24 in the pre-season MLB top prospects list by MLB Pipeline and has been considered the # 1 guy in the Cubs system many experts. In other words, he’s got a lot of potential. However, the fact remains that he’s 19, plays shortstop, where the Cubs already have two very talented people capable of manning that spot, and is probably 2-3 years away from the majors at best. As much as Cubs fans complain, this was someone the Cubs could afford to part with.
When you look at the rest of the guys, what are you frustrated with losing? McKinney? Since having knee surgery, he’s not been the same player this season and is probably a 4th outfielder on a Major League roster at best. It’s like losing someone like Matt Szczur. It’s depth. Warren came from the Yankees anyway, and while he may have figured into the plans as a potential member of the rotation in the future, he wasn’t producing this year. Crawford is a throw in. Essentially this trade is Torres and some scrubs for Chapman. It’s in no way a “blockbuster”, but it helps this team get better this year, which is the goal. The goal this year is to win the World Series. That’s what Theo and Jed are trying to accomplish and I’m all for it.
The other issue of the domestic violence has been a sticking point for a lot of people and they feel like it’s horrible to root for someone who has this in their history. My feelings on that are this, and pardon the religious aspects. People sin. They sin every day. I do, and you do. We all do. I don’t know the exact details of what went down that day, but the fact of the matter is that it happened, Chapman has asked for forgiveness and served his suspension. His girlfriend has forgiven him and they are still together. It’s time to move on and play baseball. It’s the same way I feel about Ray Rice. Give the guy a tryout and let him try to play football again.
ARRIETA IS NOT BACK? – If you look just at the box score, you’ll come away thinking that Jake Arrieta had a bad outing, but the fact is, he really didn’t Yes, he gave up four earned runs, but he really was in command most of his start. Todd Frazier got him for a three run homer that made it look worse than it was. I wasn’t “happy” with the start, but I’m also not going to get up in arms and say things like “See, I told you that start post All Star break was a fluke.” or “Jake’s broken…it’s time to panic”. I never know if the Cubs fans on Twitter are serious when they post stuff like this, but I would imagine they are since Cub fans are a fickle bread. The fact is, I’m not worried about Jake. He’s going to be just fine.
DID JED KEEP OUR RECEIPT? – New acquisition, Mike Montgomery, got into his second game as a Cub and grabbed himself a loss in the bottom of the 10th. That’s two straight outings he’s come in and given up a run. I mentioned in the post where he came over that I was a little skeptical of the trade, but that losing what we lost to get him didn’t bother me. I didn’t trust Montgomery to be the savior from the left side in the pen, which adds to why I’m so excited that we went out and got Chapman. Montgomery can definitely be a useful piece in that pen, especially to spell someone like Travis Wood who has been giving it all he has, but he’s not going to be the shutdown guy, I don’t believe.
THE RIZZO SUBSTITUTION – Maddon has a weird way of doing things sometimes and you either love it or hate it. Most of the time, I like it, but last night I found it odd. In the 9th inning, with the go ahead run on 2nd base and two outs, Maddon pulled Anthony Rizzo off of 2nd for a pinch runner in Szczur. That leaves no true first baseman on the roster to take the field in the bottom half of the inning and potentially into extras. It didn’t make sense. Rizzo is a good baserunner and Szczur doesn’t bring that much more speed to the table to make it worth it to lose the defense and bat that Rizzo brings to the table. I didn’t like the move. We didn’t lose because of it, but it made no sense to me.
PERFORMANCES OF NOTE
- AAA – Mark Zagunis (LF) – 2 for 3, 2 R
- AAA – Jordan Pries (SP) – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- AAA – Felix Pena (MR) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- A-Adv – Yasiel Balaguert (1B) – 3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
- A – Eddy Martinez (RF) – 2 for 3, HR, 4 RBI