Anthony Rizzo nominated for Clemente Award – Pretty cool for Rizzo as it’s one of the greatest honors in baseball to win the Clemente Award. Rizzo is the Cubs nominee for said award and has put together a nice season on the field and off the field. The average isn’t there at .229 but a line of .229/.325/.420 isn’t to shabby nonetheless. Rizzo has been a big hit with the Cubs fan base as he hosted a cook-off for cancer on August 14th. CSN Chicago provides us with a great synopsis of the event.

Edwin Jackson Argument – The 16 million dollar man was unhappy that Dale Sveum pulled him after 76 pitches only pitching four innings. Jackson was pulled for a pinch hitter as Sveum wanted to tie the game at two by hoping to score the runner from third. It’s been a disappointing season to say the least for Jackson as he was the backup plan to Anibal Sanchez after his agent got greedy. I was happy to see him go since the rosters expanded I wanted to see extended looks of our recent call-ups Rosscup, Cabrera and Raley. With the season lost it doesn’t hurt to pull Jackson as he has been struggling mightily all year. Many regard his stuff as top 15 potential in the National League. He has never lived up to that potential or sustained success for a full-season.

Darwin Barney’s Fielding Percentage – Barney still is leading national league second baseman in fielding percentage at .993. The reigning National League Gold Glove winner at second base has provided stellar defense once again for the Cubs. Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins lead the MLB at .994 which surprised me at first. Anthony Rizzo is second in the National League at .996 behind Paul Goldschmidt and should get consideration for the award. The Cubs have shored up their infield defense with Rizzo and Barney and at some points Starlin Castro the mental errors still exist but the defense has improved overall.

Former Cub Andrew Cashner pitches a Maddux – After being traded for Anthony Rizzo both players will be closely watched by Cubs’ fans to see what each player turns into. For the Cubs they saw the opportunity to land a premier 1st Base prospect and felt that even giving up Cashner was worth it. As mentioned above Rizzo has turned in some nice seasons for the Cubs and finally played a full-season this year at 147 games to date. Cashner last night pitched one of the gems of the season as he pitched nine innings of one hit ball against the playoff bound Pirates. What’s more amazing is the efficiency in which he pitched walking no one and only throwing 97 pitches retiring the minimum after Jose Tabata singled in the seventh. If you want more information on all Maddux type of games I would highly recommend this link.

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Rob Willer is a marketing student, with a Spanish minor and certificates in interactive marketing and professional sales, currently attending Northern Illinois. He also works for the College of Business and Social Venture Partners Chicago as a marketing intern. He started following the Cubs in the 1996 season and was a bat boy for the 2004 and 2006 Spring Training seasons. Connect with Rob on Twitter @Rob_Willer or via e-mail.