Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Anthony Reyes – It’s as though Reyes is a different pitcher since his late-July recall from the Minors. He’s taking a bit more of a grip-it-and-rip-it approach, getting away from a tendency to overthink things early in the year. Reyes needs to locate his fastball and throw it even when he has runners on base, then work off the heater with his curveball and changeup.

Sean Marshall – Marshall pitched well enough to win on Sunday in Colorado. He gave up three runs on five hits and avoided the big inning that often plagues pitchers at Coors Field. His biggest mistake was trying to go low and inside against Troy Tulowitzki in the fifth inning. The ball caught some of the plate and all of Tulowitzki?s bat, sending it into the left field bleachers.

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What To Watch For – The Cubs have had a hard time staying above water when they move into first place. It’s important for them to show that they can begin to widen the gap between them and the rest of the division. Sean Marshall hasn’t pitched out of the 6th inning since July 28th, so hopefully he can give the Cubs a quality start.

News and Notes

  • Donald Veal’s latest journal entry has been posted. This edition talks about the dog days of summer and the prospect of September Major League call-ups. (View Journal)
  • John Manuel of Baseball America took some time to do a draft chat the other day. Here were a couple of questions asked regarding the Cubs draft. (Source)

    What position do you see Josh Vitters playing for the Cubs? And how long before he is in the big leagues?

    For me, his best comp is Pat Burrell–amateur 3B, probable LF in pro ball, possible 1B.

    What was the reason for the delay of the announcement of Vitters’ signing until the last second? He wasn’t considered to be a tough sign.

    Seemed like they were waiting for Moustakas to announce; hard to come down on the Cubs for going over slot if Moustakas got $4 million, but at the same time, the Cubs wouldn’t have given Vitters $3.2 million had Moustakas signed for the $3.15 million slot that was assigned for No. 2.

    What do you think of the cubs draft overall, and is it possible for Vitters to make it to the bigs in less that three years?

    It’s solid, nothing extravagant, good college players, big Josh Donaldson fan and have really come around on Darwin Barney, just a winning player.

    Tracked Players Results

    Team Results

  • AAA – Iowa 5, Omaha 9
  • AA – Tennessee 2, Chattanooga 1
  • High-A – Daytona 4, Palm Beach 6
  • A – Peoria 4, Cedar Rapids 6
  • Short Season – Boise 3, Spokane 2
  • Arizona Rookie – Cubs 3, Mariners 8
  • Dominican Summer League – Cubs 7, Indians 6

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