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5 Things Cub Fans Need to Know for August 4th

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1. The Cubs won on Sunday to cap off a series win against the Dodgers – I didn’t think we’d get the series win going into Sunday’s game, considering that Edwin Jackson was on the mound. When you rank dead last in the NL among qualified starting pitchers, you don’t garner much confidence. Jackson was decent and was able to give us six innings of work. Going forward, the plan has to be to ride Jackson over the 100 pitch mark each and every start, regardless of the result. The results of the games going forward are meaningless and right now it’s more about eating innings and giving the young arms in the bullpen some rest down the stretch until reinforcements arrive in September. At that point, Renteria will be in hog heaven as he’ll be able to carry a 15 man bullpen. He can over-manage the crap out of some late inning September situations.

Starlin Castro got the “day off” to rest, but still managed to make a pinch hit appearance late. Stuff like that drives me insane. Give the guy a true day off. Don’t play him. Let him just take some time to clear his head and make art with John Baker.

2. There are still names who could be leaving before September 1st – Just because July 31st has passed, it doesn’t mean the Cubs are 100% done dealing. Trades can still happen, but it takes a little more work. At this point, a player would need to clear waivers before being eligible to be traded. Looking at the list of guys on the roster, there are a couple names that stand out to me as potentials: Jackson (if for some reason someone thinks they can fix him), Carlos Villanueva, and Nate Schierholtz are all names I could see potentially having some interest if a team feels they can get them on the cheap (they can) and that they can fix them (they can’t).

3. Arismendy Alcantara can pick it – If you missed the game, he made a dandy play going to the shortstop side of the diamond on Sunday.

4. Jed Hoyer is still keeping Javier Baez in AAA – Or at least that’s what they are saying. It’s just a matter of time before Baez is called up. Honestly, I could see it happen Friday when the Cubs return from the west coast trip to start a home stand. It’s a weekend series against the Rays and it would make a great time to get him up here to drum up interest. Then, a few weeks later, you call up Jorge Soler and let the two show what they have for the remainder of the season. The problem for Baez is that he’s not on the 40 man roster, which means someone has to be cleared off to make room for him. Soler is already on the roster, so the call up for him would be easy.

5. Minor Matters – Since being acquired from the Athletics, Addison Russell has played 25 games for AA Tennessee and has hit 8 home runs. He’s hitting .295 / .333 / .566 over that time and my guess is that he’s close to being promoted to AAA Iowa to get a taste there before the end of the season.

  • Chuck

    If anyone out there needs any more proof that Castro should not be the Cubs SS going forward, this is it. If you freeze the video right as they show the IF going for the ball you can see that AA has about 30 to 40 percent more ground to cover than Castro and he still gets to the ball and throws a strike to 1B while moving the wrong direction. Castro gave up on the play after taking a bad angle.

    I like Castro. I would like him more at 2B. There is, simply, too much legit SS talent coming up to keep this farce going.

    • Eddie Von White

      Agree

    • Noah_I

      Castro wasn’t playing shortstop on Sunday. He had the day off and Valaika was playing shortstop. With that said, when Russell is ready, I agree that Castro should move if the reports of Russell being an above average to plus defensive shortstop are correct.

      • Dork

        I was surprised to see Valaika at short, I would have thought AA would move over actually. Valaika did a decent job though,I did not realise he was this versitle he had been mainly playing 1B at Iowa.

      • Noah_I

        I think the Cubs are only really looking at Alcantara at 2B and CF in terms of 2015 plans, so my bet is that the Cubs just want to see him at those positions without throwing a position they aren’t considering him at into the mix.

      • Chuck

        Apologies to Mr. Castro. That being said, I stand by my assessment of his ability at SS.

      • Noah_I

        I agree, he’s a below average shortstop, but the only prospect who would pretty clearly be better there is Russell, and he’s the furthest away of the current Big 4 (along with Bryant, Baez and Soler).

      • Noah_I

        I agree, he’s a below average shortstop, but the only prospect who would pretty clearly be better there is Russell, and he’s the furthest away of the current Big 4 (along with Bryant, Baez and Soler).

  • Chuck

    If anyone out there needs any more proof that Castro should not be the Cubs SS going forward, this is it. If you freeze the video right as they show the IF going for the ball you can see that AA has about 30 to 40 percent more ground to cover than Castro and he still gets to the ball and throws a strike to 1B while moving the wrong direction. Castro gave up on the play after taking a bad angle.

    I like Castro. I would like him more at 2B. There is, simply, too much legit SS talent coming up to keep this farce going.

    • Eddie Von White

      Agree

    • Noah_I

      Castro wasn’t playing shortstop on Sunday. He had the day off and Valaika was playing shortstop. With that said, when Russell is ready, I agree that Castro should move if the reports of Russell being an above average to plus defensive shortstop are correct.

      • Dork

        I was surprised to see Valaika at short, I would have thought AA would move over actually. Valaika did a decent job though,I did not realize he was this versitle he had been mainly playing 1B at Iowa.

      • Noah_I

        I think the Cubs are only really looking at Alcantara at 2B and CF in terms of 2015 plans, so my bet is that the Cubs just want to see him at those positions without throwing a position they aren’t considering him at into the mix.

  • Noah_I

    On the two prospects mentioned: I still don’t think Baez is coming up this season. I just don’t see the Cubs burning the service time, and, even with him being smoking hot since the start of July (.300/.360/.675), his K rate has still been 24.3% over that period. Which would be great to see if he could do in the Majors, but I’d like to see him continue this over the last month of the Triple A season, and then give him some time off before maybe sending him off to play in one of the Caribbean Winter Leagues for a month or so.

    I also don’t think it’s likely that Russell will be called up to Triple A this season. He only has 162 plate appearances at Double A, and doesn’t have the age/contract factors that led to Soler’s quick promotion (Soler is 2 years older and must be on the Cubs’ active roster by opening day 2016, before Russell even needs to be placed on the 40 man roster). Also, while Russell has been hitting for power and average with Tennessee, it’s not like his line (.293/.333/.566 with a 4.8% walk rate and a 21% K rate) is close to what Soler put up there (.415/.494/.862 with a 15.2% walk rate and 19% K rate). Russell appears to more be hammering mistake pitches, which is a good sign in its own right. But Soler appeared to just not be challenged by Double A pitching. My bet is Russell remains with Tennessee through the end of the season, then goes to the AFL before starting 2015 with Iowa.

    • Chuck

      I am concerned that Baez is the bust in this group of uber-prospects. His K rate is alarming and I would keep him in AAA until that gets under control or trade him before the shine wears off.

      • Noah_I

        I agree on Baez having the highest bust potential, but the K rate has been trending the right way every month since his incredible cold streak to start the season ended. From opening day to 5/16/2014 (which is the best date for the end of the cold streak) his K rate was 36.9%. From 5/17 to 6/30 it was 29.5%. And from 7/1 to present it has been 24.3%.

        But when you start with about 150 PAs at 37%, it’s near impossible to get that number below about 28% for the season. I’d just like to see Baez continue what he has been doing for the rest of this season.

        The one good thing: a lot of prospects, particularly the ones with the ability to put it all together, start walking less and hitting for less power when they start focusing on reducing Ks because they start swinging more meekly and making weak contact with pitches they shouldn’t swinging at. Baez’s walk rate has remained steady, and his power has increased.

        However, I agree, that Baez would be my first choice to be the big prospect going the other way in a major trade.

        I actually think it’s more likely that Almora is the bust, but I’m not even sure he even fits the description of an “uber-prospect” anymore. There’s a non-zero chance that Almora never sees the Majors.

      • Aaron Dickens

        So your thoughts are so far from the truth.. Who is coming up to play against Colorado? Hmmm, Baez.. Also, you will be wrong about Russell too.. The kid has already adjusted to AA, I live 13 minutes from Smokies Park.. Bryant is the only one who will not get the call, just because he is a legit Super 2.. Baez was an ’11 draftee, so he has spent the required 2 yrs down low.. Bryant will break camp with the Cubs after Spring Training, he’s too good to pass on and we plan on being in the hunt next year after we splash the cash this Winter!! Cubs will be playoff bound next year barring injury or an unforeseen steller performance from another club, but we should be fighting for the Central Title in 2015.. Go Cubs!!

      • Noah_I

        Unobjective homerism is fun and all, but not meaningful analysis. While I’m hopeful for the 2015 team and believe it will be an exciting team, the number of teams that have made the postseason relying on such a large number of players with such limited MLB experience heading into the season is very, very small.

        On Baez, I have about five comments below where I clearly state that I was incorrect about Baez coming up. I made those comments about not believing Baez would be up before the news hit, and clearly my opinion on that was wrong.

        Beyond that, you seem to have a misunderstanding about how Super 2 status works. Super 2 status has no relation to how many years a player spent in the minors, but instead relates solely to Major League service time. Baez coming up now, if he doesn’t return to the Minors, means he is past the Super 2 deadline for this season and will hit arbitration after 2017.

        A player who has Super 2 status is a player who has a specific amount of MLB service time and enters the arbitration process early. Here’s a very basic version of service time considerations, making presumptions that a player will stay in the Majors after his initial call up.

        A team earns an additional year of service time if they hold a player down in the minors for the first two weeks of the season, they gain an additional year of service time before the player hits free agency. If they call him up between that date and the Super 2 deadline, which hits in late June, the player is a Super 2 player, gaining an extra year of arbitration. If the player is called up after the Super 2 deadline but before the end of the season, he isn’t a Super 2. So a player can achieve Super 2 status whether they spend no time in the minors or 10 years in the Minors.

        So for Bryant, if he is up with the Cubs on Opening Day 2015, he reaches arbitration after 2017, has 3 years of arbitration, and then reaches free agency after 2020. If Bryant is up with the Cubs between about April 15 and the Super 2 deadline in late June, he’ll reach arbitration after 2017, have 4 years of arbitration, and reach free agency after 2021. If the Cubs hold him down past the Super 2 deadline, he reaches arbitration after 2018, has 3 years of arbitration, and then becomes a free agent after 2021. My guess for Bryant is the Cubs go with the middle option. He’s in Iowa for the first couple of weeks of 2015, then up with Super 2 status.

        In regards to Russell, his numbers at Double A are not anywhere near as impressive as Bryant’s were. How many PAs did Bryant have before being sent up to Iowa? How many PAs does Russell have in Tennessee? And, as I said, Soler is not a good comp to Russell because of his odd contract status.

        Finally, please, for the sake of the children, never say the phrase “splash the cash” again. Every time you say that phrase, a kitten is swallowed up by the earth right in front of her child owner, who has no friends aside for that kitten.

      • Agreed. We’re a “shoot the loot” group at VFTB.

      • Sean Powell

        Noah, you’re playing with fire here. Don’t engage this guy. I made that mistake on Twitter the other day. So glad to see he’s found our little site! Dude is a troll of the first degree…or just ignorant…(probably both)

      • Agree, Sean. And bitter about his lot in life to boot. A triple threat!

      • Seymour Butts

        Can we please get back to dick jokes!

      • Noah_I

        I agree on Baez having the highest bust potential, but the K rate has been trending the right way every month since his incredible cold streak to start the season ended. From opening day to 5/16/2014 (which is the best date for the end of the cold streak) his K rate was 36.9%. From 5/17 to 6/30 it was 29.5%. And from 7/1 to present it has been 24.3%.

        But when you start with about 150 PAs at 37%, it’s near impossible to get that number below about 28% for the season. I’d just like to see Baez continue what he has been doing for the rest of this season.

        The one good thing: a lot of prospects, particularly the ones with the ability to put it all together, start walking less and hitting for less power when they start focusing on reducing Ks because they start swinging more meekly and making weak contact with pitches they shouldn’t swinging at. Baez’s walk rate has remained steady, and his power has increased.

        However, I agree, that Baez would be my first choice to be the big prospect going the other way in a major trade.

        I actually think it’s more likely that Almora is the bust, but I’m not even sure he even fits the description of an “uber-prospect” anymore. There’s a non-zero chance that Almora never sees the Majors.

      • Aaron Dickens

        So your thoughts are so far from the truth.. Who is coming up to play against Colorado? Hmmm, Baez.. Also, you will be wrong about Russell too.. The kid has already adjusted to AA, I live 13 minutes from Smokies Park.. Bryant is the only one who will not get the call, just because he is a legit Super 2.. Baez was an ’11 draftee, so he has spent the required 2 yrs down low.. Bryant will break camp with the Cubs after Spring Training, he’s too good to pass on and we plan on being in the hunt next year after we splash the cash this Winter!! Cubs will be playoff bound next year barring injury or an unforeseen steller performance from another club, but we should be fighting for the Central Title in 2015.. Go Cubs!!

      • Noah_I

        Unobjective homerism is fun and all, but not meaningful analysis. While I’m hopeful for the 2015 team and believe it will be an exciting team, the number of teams that have made the postseason relying on such a large number of players with such limited MLB experience heading into the season is very, very small.

        On Baez, I have about five comments below where I clearly state that I was incorrect about Baez coming up. I made those comments about not believing Baez would be up before the news hit, and clearly my opinion on that was wrong.

        Beyond that, you seem to have a misunderstanding about how Super 2 status works. Super 2 status has no relation to how many years a player spent in the minors, but instead relates solely to Major League service time. Baez coming up now, if he doesn’t return to the Minors, means he is past the Super 2 deadline for this season and will hit arbitration after 2017.

        A player who has Super 2 status is a player who has a specific amount of MLB service time and enters the arbitration process early. Here’s a very basic version of service time considerations, making presumptions that a player will stay in the Majors after his initial call up.

        A team earns an additional year of service time if they hold a player down in the minors for the first two weeks of the season, they gain an additional year of service time before the player hits free agency. If they call him up between that date and the Super 2 deadline, which hits in late June, the player is a Super 2 player, gaining an extra year of arbitration. If the player is called up after the Super 2 deadline but before the end of the season, he isn’t a Super 2. So a player can achieve Super 2 status whether they spend no time in the minors or 10 years in the Minors.

        So for Bryant, if he is up with the Cubs on Opening Day 2015, he reaches arbitration after 2017, has 3 years of arbitration, and then reaches free agency after 2020. If Bryant is up with the Cubs between about April 15 and the Super 2 deadline in late June, he’ll reach arbitration after 2017, have 4 years of arbitration, and reach free agency after 2021. If the Cubs hold him down past the Super 2 deadline, he reaches arbitration after 2018, has 3 years of arbitration, and then becomes a free agent after 2021. My guess for Bryant is the Cubs go with the middle option. He’s in Iowa for the first couple of weeks of 2015, then up with Super 2 status.

        In regards to Russell, his numbers at Double A are not anywhere near as impressive as Bryant’s were. How many PAs did Bryant have before being sent up to Iowa? How many PAs does Russell have in Tennessee? And, as I said, Soler is not a good comp to Russell because of his odd contract status.

        Finally, please, for the sake of the children, never say the phrase “splash the cash” again. Every time you say that phrase, a kitten is swallowed up by the earth right in front of her child owner, who has no friends aside for that kitten.

      • Agreed. We’re a “shoot the loot” group at VFTB.

      • Sean Powell

        Noah, you’re playing with fire here. Don’t engage this guy. I made that mistake on Twitter the other day. So glad to see he’s found our little site! Dude is a troll of the first degree…or just ignorant…(probably both)

      • Agree, Sean. And bitter about his lot in life to boot. A triple threat!

      • Seymour Butts

        Can we please get back to dick jokes!

      • Nick Kopke

        Stanton is just fine with his huge K rate. If people give this kid a year to year and a half he will do some damage. My concern is the average baseball fan that really does not know much about the adjustment period these kids will face. Not 1 at bat against MLB pitching and people are allready saying bust along side with his name. Holly cow it is going to take all these kids time . He may strike out his first 10 at bats even!! It may take him, Soler, Brant and Russel time to adjust. Look at Bogaerts and Taveras. You do not see Red Sox and Cardinals fans screaming bust or anything close!!

      • Nick Kopke

        Not to mention it is a pitching season this year. Pitching is the best it has been in recent memory. I just hope Cub fansare realistic and do not smoke these kids if they struggle during the adjustment time. I am not expexting too much at least until 500 to 700 at bats. It took McCutchen about 1000 at bats to hit his true skill set at the MLB level. It took David Ortiz about 700 at bats to start becoming the David Ortiz we know today. Adam Jones of Baltimore is another example. It IS GOING TO TAKE TIME!!!

      • Chuck

        Baez has that type of K rate against AAA pitching. It will probably not improve against MLB caliber pitching. For hitters, I believe K rate is a huge indicator of MLB success if it is related to pitch recognition. If he can’t tell the difference between a fastball and a curve and a slider at the AAA level, what will he see a lot of at teh MLB level when teams have advanced scouts and such? Not very well.

        Baez AAA: K 30% of PA, BB 8% of PA
        Stanton MLB: 27%, 13%
        Ortiz MLB: 15%, 12%
        Dunn MLB: 31%, 16%

        He has a low walk rate and a high K rate. Not good.

        I’m not saying he sucks. I AM saying that he should stay in AAA until he is more ready. He is only 21 for crying out loud. Don’t rush him and ruin him. We have time.

      • Nick Kopke

        It is just who he is for now. No reason to keep a kid in AAA who hit .347 over his prior 34 games with 10 HR. He does not have a problem hitting pitches or sequences it is the fact he thinks he can hit anything. I see your point though but Springer is another who will just swing a lot. It took Stanton 4 years in the league to lower his chase rate and he still Ks a ton! Trout also has a very high K rate thisseason as he has become more of a power hitter. As bothSpringer and Baez mature their chase rates will go down. I have watched closely this past 7 games he swings at crap but then will come back and hit a line drive rockett to right field. He has also had 5 or 6 miserable at bats but bounces back. . It also is not such a bad thing because there really is not a scouting report other than trying tokeep the ball out of the zone. However, he is safe in the 2 whole protected by Rizzo at this point. If they move him down to 6 or 5 next season my concernwill be exactly what you point out.

      • Nick Kopke

        It is just who he is for now. No reason to keep a kid in AAA who hit .347 over his prior 34 games with 10 HR. He does not have a problem hitting pitches or sequences it is the fact he thinks he can hit anything. I see your point though but Springer is another who will just swing a lot. It took Stanton 4 years in the league to lower his chase rate and he still Ks a ton! Trout also has a very high K rate thisseason as he has become more of a power hitter. As bothSpringer and Baez mature their chase rates will go down. I have watched closely this past 7 games he swings at crap but then will come back and hit a line drive rockett to right field. He has also had 5 or 6 miserable at bats but bounces back. . It also is not such a bad thing because there really is not a scouting report other than trying tokeep the ball out of the zone. However, he is safe in the 2 whole protected by Rizzo at this point. If they move him down to 6 or 5 next season my concernwill be exactly what you point out.

    • Dork

      The cubs now can run out a lineup with 6 players that heve a wOBA over 325. My opinion is this is the standard. They need a 7th (plus catcher and pithcher). I don’t know if Valaika can be that 7th guy or not, it is nice to see the cubs give him a chance, he has had a solid year at Iowa. If not it would be nice to see if either Baez or Soler could be the 7th in what I would already consider a respectable line up.
      Schierholtz, Lake and Sweeny are wasted AB’s at this point.

      • Noah_I

        I wouldn’t really worry about who the Cubs are running out there to be the backup IF, with perhaps one qualifier: that the Cubs perhaps think that Logan Watkins cannot be a quality utility player at the MLB level. This is only an issue from a cost perspective, as the Cubs might have to spend a million or two to get that guy next season.

        Sweeney is going to keep seeing PT because he’s under contract for next season and plays good defense. He’s actually been much better recently as well. He’s at a .290/.343/.484 since 7/1, although in only 68 PAs.

      • Noah_I

        I wouldn’t really worry about who the Cubs are running out there to be the backup IF, with perhaps one qualifier: that the Cubs perhaps think that Logan Watkins cannot be a quality utility player at the MLB level. This is only an issue from a cost perspective, as the Cubs might have to spend a million or two to get that guy next season.

        Sweeney is going to keep seeing PT because he’s under contract for next season and plays good defense. He’s actually been much better recently as well. He’s at a .290/.343/.484 since 7/1, although in only 68 PAs.

    • Noah_I

      I am clearly very wrong on my first point here, per Sean’s message below.

    • Noah_I

      I am clearly very wrong on my first point here, per Sean’s message below.

  • Dork

    On a day that Jackson starts only 25 pitches by the bullpen, that is pretty good!

    • Doug S.

      Not to mention the monster day at the plate for Jackson.

  • Dork

    On a day that Jackson starts only 25 pitches by the bullpen, that is pretty good!

    • Doug S.

      Not to mention the monster day at the plate for Jackson.

  • Sean Powell

    Unless it’s a cruel hoax, apparently Baez is getting the call right now. I predicted he would get the call when the team was on the road (less pressure than playing your first game at home), and what better place is there to hit than Colorado? I just hope this is real. Like Rizzo in 2011, I think it would be good to have Baez get a taste of big league pitching, find out exactly what he’ll need to work on, start of in AAA again next year to work on those adjustments, and then come up for good in May/June ’15.

    • Chuck

      This seems like a rush to me. I am having Pie flashbacks. No need to rush anyone.

      • Sean Powell

        Not a rush if it’s part of his development plan. We’re not bringing him up counting on him to help us win games. Low pressure environment. Probably not here to stay. Get some ABs against MLB pitching, figure out what to work on in offseason/minor leagues, start next year in AAA. Worked very well for Rizzo. Baez might be the type of player that needs to be shown first-hand just how far he has to go to be successful at MLB level

      • Noah_I

        I think whether Baez stays or not depends on if Baez hits or not. If he hits, I doubt he goes back down since he’d have to stay in Iowa until early June to get the extra year of service time. If he struggles, though, yeah, I agree they’ll do the Rizzo plan.

        The other thing I’d say is that the Cubs have been pretty aggressive with Baez in regards to him showing the improvements they’re looking for. The call up from Daytona to Tennessee felt a little hasty as well.

        I’d just generally avoid comparing Baez to Pie, as well. Baez is a completely different level of prospect.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Agree totally Noah!!

      • Dork

        This is soo cool, I hope I think this in a week!

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Agree totally Noah!!

      • Dork

        This is soo cool, I hope I think this in a week!

      • Sean Powell

        Honestly, and I could be wrong, but I’m not sure Baez’s numbers the rest of this season will have any bearing on when he plays for the big club next year. I think this is all about development and part of the plan. Unless he just starts averaging a walk a game and strikes out at a 20% clip (and we don’t see this happening, do we?), I think he will go back down. I almost think that they are hoping he will struggle and use that as motivation to make the final tweaks he needs to make in order to get back and stay for good.

      • Nick Kopke

        Absolutely. They need to see MLB pitching and get used to it. There will be advanced scouts working on pitch sequences and tendancies from the start. Ifhe has to return to AAA in April so be it but I am thinking we see about .230 with 10 HR and a lot of K’s and I am o.k. with a 21 year old kid putting that up especially with pitching how it is this season. 700 to 900 at bats down the road there is a huge celing with this kid if people can be ppatient

      • Aaron Dickens

        Felix isn’t near the player Baez is.. My God, what kinda player do u think is similar to Javy? Nobody, his Bat speed is unregisterable.. So his mistake swing will still be an oppo Hr, hence Futures game.. The time is now!! Let him have the rest of the year, then he will know how to prepare for ’15.. Bryant is the only player along with Scwarber that wont be called up due to Super 2 status.. But after the Spring, we will have to keep Bryant, regardless of losing the arbitration years, just gonna have to pay the kid.. Baez will K a ton but when he holds a .250 avg along with 10-15 bombs at season end and does it in 2 months.. He will be a Star, We will have a Power Hitting infield, Rizzo-30+, Baez-30+, Bryant-30+, then 15-20 from Castro.. Thats the Shit!!

      • Aaron Dickens

        Felix isn’t near the player Baez is.. My God, what kinda player do u think is similar to Javy? Nobody, his Bat speed is unregisterable.. So his mistake swing will still be an oppo Hr, hence Futures game.. The time is now!! Let him have the rest of the year, then he will know how to prepare for ’15.. Bryant is the only player along with Scwarber that wont be called up due to Super 2 status.. But after the Spring, we will have to keep Bryant, regardless of losing the arbitration years, just gonna have to pay the kid.. Baez will K a ton but when he holds a .250 avg along with 10-15 bombs at season end and does it in 2 months.. He will be a Star, We will have a Power Hitting infield, Rizzo-30+, Baez-30+, Bryant-30+, then 15-20 from Castro.. Thats the Shit!!

  • Sean Powell

    Unless it’s a cruel hoax, apparently Baez is getting the call right now. I predicted he would get the call when the team was on the road (less pressure than playing your first game at home), and what better place is there to hit than Colorado? I just hope this is real. Like Rizzo in 2011, I think it would be good to have Baez get a taste of big league pitching, find out exactly what he’ll need to work on, start off in AAA again next year to work on those adjustments, and then come up for good in May/June ’15.

  • PLCB3

    Random thought: I was at Yankees-Red Sox this weekend, and every time the Yankees shifted for Papi, instead of Jeter going to right of 2nd, the 3B moved there, while Jeter stayed at SS. A guy sitting next to me thought it was the smart thing to do because he was like the guy on the left side is playing SS, you might as well have your actual SS playing there.

    • Noah_I

      A lot of teams are actually doing this, since the players who are shifting aren’t likely to have to move all that much, and your shortstop should be able to cover more ground.

      • PLCB3

        But when the Sawks shifted for Texieria, they moved the SS, and the 3B played SS. Other teams do this when they shift against Papi.

      • Chuck

        I am not sure that is a true statement when the SS is Jeter. I think Jeter is a first-ballot HOF guy and I mean no disrespect, but his still a SS out of sentimentality than ability these days.

      • PLCB3

        But when you think about it, the 3B is playing SS on these shifts. Why not have the actual SS play there?

      • PLCB3

        I agree with you about jeter though. He shouldn’t be playing SS and he shouldn’t be batting #2. When the Yankees traded for A-Rod, Jeter should have been the one to move off SS.

      • Chuck

        I am not sure that is a true statement when the SS is Jeter. I think Jeter is a first-ballot HOF guy and I mean no disrespect, but his still a SS out of sentimentality than ability these days.

      • AC0000000

        But when you think about it, the 3B is playing SS on these shifts. Why not have the actual SS play there?

      • AC0000000

        I agree with you about jeter though. He shouldn’t be playing SS and he shouldn’t be batting #2. When the Yankees traded for A-Rod, Jeter should have been the one to move off SS.

  • Shit just got real.

    • Dork

      Is it time for the hope wood pitches hard tomorrow comments?

      • Seymour Butts

        Not quite. But if he gets a start in Boston on Patriots Day, it would be morning wood. I think we all know how hard that can be.

      • Seymour Butts

        Not quite. But if he gets a start in Boston on Patriots Day, it would be morning wood. I think we all know how hard that can be.

  • Shit just got real.

  • Nick Kopke

    They did make room and they called up Valaika instead. When I saw him instead of Baez Sunday I think I had a minor stroke. It is time for Baez to start his MLB learning process. It is baffling he is not up now since he has been mashing the last 3 weeks. I am worried they will only bring him up September 1 and then start him again in AAA next season.

    • Noah_I

      Baez was actually called up today. I wouldn’t be surprised if they waited until the Colorado trip to bring him up in a hitter’s heaven against the a team with a subpar pitching staff and a worn out bullpen instead of one of the better rotations in baseball and a pitcher’s park in Los Angeles. Try to get the kid some confidence to start.

      • Chuck

        I think it is too soon.

      • Noah_I

        I lean that way too, but the Cubs have been quick to move Baez up when his numbers over a shorter period of time (a month to a month and a half) have been very good, as opposed to waiting for his in season numbers to catch up. So I think they’re looking at the 24.3% K rate from 7/1 on. I think if Baez is able to keep the K rate under 30%, through the end of the season, he’s here for the long haul. If not, he’s back in Iowa next year.

        This is the other thing: If Baez is recognizing breaking pitches better in Iowa than he previously was, his continued progression may require him to see better breaking stuff in the Majors. Clearly I haven’t seen Baez hit enough in person to know if this is true, but it makes sense from a development standpoint.

      • Chuck

        I think it is too soon.

      • Noah_I

        I lean that way too, but the Cubs have been quick to move Baez up when his numbers over a shorter period of time (a month to a month and a half) have been very good, as opposed to waiting for his in season numbers to catch up. So I think they’re looking at the 24.3% K rate from 7/1 on. I think if Baez is able to keep the K rate under 30%, through the end of the season, he’s here for the long haul. If not, he’s back in Iowa next year.

        This is the other thing: If Baez is recognizing breaking pitches better in Iowa than he previously was, his continued progression may require him to see better breaking stuff in the Majors. Clearly I haven’t seen Baez hit enough in person to know if this is true, but it makes sense from a development standpoint.

      • Nick Kopke

        Lol I know I read it ten seconds after I wrote this! Great move by Theoyer

      • Nick Kopke

        Lol I know I read it ten seconds after I wrote this! Great move by Theoyer

    • Nick Kopke

      Apparently two seconds after I posted this he was called up go Cubs!!!!

  • Nick Kopke

    They did make room and they called up Valaika instead. When I saw him instead of Baez Sunday I think I had a minor stroke. It is time for Baez to start his MLB learning process. It is baffling he is not up now since he has been mashing the last 3 weeks. I am worried they will only bring him up September 1 and then start him again in AAA next season.

  • Darlin_Starlin

    Trade Rizzo. Danny V is going to be the savior of this team.

  • Darlin_Starlin

    Trade Rizzo. Danny V is going to be the savior of this team.

  • maryccubbie

    I think Starlin is a GREAT player. How about some backup for a very young player!!!!

  • maryccubbie

    I think Starlin is a GREAT player. How about some backup for a very young player!!!!