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Five Things Cubs Fans Need To Know – 7/8/14

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As you start your Tuesday, here are the things you need to know as a Cubs fans to make sure you can talk Cubs around the water cooler. Then again, do people still do that? Nonetheless, here are your five things for this Tuesday morning.

1. The Cubs lost the opening game of a five game series with the Reds at Great American Ballpark last nightEdwin Jackson took the mound, which usually means an automatic loss, and pitched a little better than normal Jackson. By no means do I say he had a good game, but he was respectable and kept us in the game through six innings of work. It was the combined two inning effort of Blake Parker and James Russell that put the game out of reach as they allowed five earned runs. Justin Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan both continue to hit, especially Ruggiano. He’s got his split line up to .290 / .365 / .473 and has been an interesting surprise this season. At this point, he may have more value than someone like Nate Schierholtz on the trade market.

2. There is a double header today, but rain is in the forecast – A quick check of weather shows rain all day, including a 2-3 hour window right before game two. I’ll be surprised if both of these games get played two without any delay or even get played at all. It’s already a makeup game, so you’d like to see us get them in, but I’m not hopeful. My guess would be the issue will come with the first game as most of the heavy rain is scheduled for this afternoon. A long delay in that game would seriously mess up the start time of the second game since they have to clear the stadium and re-admit new fans.

3. Starters from the farm are coming – The probable Cubs starters have been filled in on their website. We’re scheduled to see the Major League debut of both Tsuyoshi Wada and Kyle Hendricks as well as a second edition of the Dallas Beeler experiment. I’m excited to see what all three bring to the table. If I had to predict, I’m looking for Hendricks to have the best outing among the three.

4. Down on the FarmJavier Baez hit his 14th home run of the season for the Iowa Cubs. I continue to believe he’ll be the odd man out among the core three shortstops in the organization that is traded for front line starting pitching. Newly acquired starting pitcher, Dan Straily made his Cubs debut and tossed five innings, allowing four runs (all unearned) and got the no decision. Jorge Soler also hit another home run, his second in two days since returning from the DL. It’s easy to forget about Soler because of the injuries, but when he’s healthy, he’s a legit prospect.

5. Listen to Joe talk about the state of the team on ESPN Radio is Des Moines – I was on as part of my regular appearance on their afternoon show and talked about the current team as well as what we can expect going forward. You can listen to the spot here. It’s about a 12 minute listen and I’d love feedback in the comments section on it.

That should get you set for your day in Cubs. Remember to check back this afternoon as Noah will be chiming in with what the recent trade means for the farm going forward.

  • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

    Wow those playoff odds have dropped like a rock, ha. All kidding aside, I had a realistic expectation that we would at least hover right below .500 this year, maybe even finish with 80 wins? But hey, look on the bright side, NFL training camps open in a few weeks, GO BEARS.

    • Dork

      I predicted a win total of 74 but hoped for some upside. That looks like a pipe dream now. Honestly with the April the cubs had it was not going to happen. I am interested to see what the 3 new starters do, but I have doubts too. That pit in the stomach feeling.

  • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

    Wow those playoff odds have dropped like a rock, ha. All kidding aside, I had a realistic expectation that we would at least hover right below .500 this year, maybe even finish with 80 wins? But hey, look on the bright side, NFL training camps open in a few weeks, GO BEARS.

    • Dork

      I predicted a win total of 74 but hoped for some upside. That looks like a pipe dream now. Honestly with the April the cubs had it was not going to happen. I am interested to see what the 3 new starters do, but I have doubts too. That pit in the stomach feeling.

  • PLCB3

    If you’re a regular, why aren’t you posting the tapes here?

  • AC0000000

    If you’re a regular, why aren’t you posting the tapes here?

  • Dork

    Does anyone else think that Olt might want to go down to Iowa and work on becoming a corner outfeilder?

  • Dork

    Does anyone else think that Olt might want to go down to Iowa and work on becoming a corner outfeilder?

  • Dork

    I listened to the Iowa game last night after the cubs blew up. More interesting at this point.

  • Dork

    I listened to the Iowa game last night after the cubs blew up. More interesting at this point.

  • Dork

    I would be surprised to see Baez traded. Any of the core really, I think they will move people around.

    • PLCB3

      I think some of our depth should be traded for Stanton. Look at what the Tigers gave up for Cabrera. At the time heralded prospects. But none of them have done anything of significance. Prospects are just that until they make it to the show.

      • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

        Amen to that, now hand me another slice of Felix Pie!

      • PLCB3

        Remember when we could have traded him for Brian Roberts but instead we traded him for garbage?

      • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

        yeah woulda been nice to have him around in 2007 or 08′, who know, might not have gotten swept out of the playoffs both years, maybe we would have one at least 1 stinking game lol

      • PLCB3

        None of the players Baltimore asked for Roberts were on the MLB team in 2008.

      • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

        Thats weird, I was looking at an old article I randomly found that seemed to indicate they were talking with Baltimore about a possible trade for Roberts back then, maybe it was just a bad article?

      • PLCB3

        We were. What I am saying is the trade talks fell apart because of who Baltimore wanted.

  • Dork

    I would be surprised to see Baez traded. Any of the core really, I think they will move people around.

    • AC0000000

      I think some of our depth should be traded for Stanton. Look at what the Tigers gave up for Cabrera. At the time heralded prospects. But none of them have done anything of significance. Prospects are just that until they make it to the show.

      • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

        Amen to that, now hand me another slice of Felix Pie!

      • AC0000000

        Remember when we could have traded him for Brian Roberts but instead we traded him for garbage?

      • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

        yeah woulda been nice to have him around in 2007 or 08′, who know, might not have gotten swept out of the playoffs both years, maybe we would have one at least 1 stinking game lol

      • AC0000000

        None of the players Baltimore asked for Roberts were on the MLB team in 2008.

      • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

        Thats weird, I was looking at an old article I randomly found that seemed to indicate they were talking with Baltimore about a possible trade for Roberts back then, maybe it was just a bad article?

      • AC0000000

        We were. What I am saying is the trade talks fell apart because of who Baltimore wanted.

  • Nick Kopke

    As far as Baez goes, his AAA numbers are very similar to his Daytona numbers last year so far in AAA. When they promoted him to AA he went off. I think a lot of it with him is mental. Having the ankle injury was not helping him either but I have a strong feeling if they promote him in August he will get hot. Some kids just need that mental confidence boost. It is obvious he really wants to be at the MLB level because he has that tatoo on his neck and most people with half a brain can figure out he was trying to swing his way to Wrigley. My point is, I really hope he is not moved for pitching. There is thunder in that bat and he is going to put it all together at some point. Something tells me the FO and him just are not on the same page. He may flourish in another situation somewhere else.

  • Nick Kopke

    As far as Baez goes, his AAA numbers are very similar to his Daytona numbers last year so far in AAA. When they promoted him to AA he went off. I think a lot of it with him is mental. Having the ankle injury was not helping him either but I have a strong feeling if they promote him in August he will get hot. Some kids just need that mental confidence boost. It is obvious he really wants to be at the MLB level because he has that tatoo on his neck and most people with half a brain can figure out he was trying to swing his way to Wrigley. My point is, I really hope he is not moved for pitching. There is thunder in that bat and he is going to put it all together at some point. Something tells me the FO and him just are not on the same page. He may flourish in another situation somewhere else.

  • Nick Kopke

    Soler really can be a good player if he can stay on the field. Teams where drooling at his workout before the Cubs got in there and snagged him. He seems to have a natural feel for the strike zone and he has a ton of power. He could really turn some heads if he can get 450 at bats consecutively at some point.

  • Nick Kopke

    Soler really can be a good player if he can stay on the field. Teams where drooling at his workout before the Cubs got in there and snagged him. He seems to have a natural feel for the strike zone and he has a ton of power. He could really turn some heads if he can get 450 at bats consecutively at some point.