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Five Things Cub Fans Should Know For Monday

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1. Arismendy Alcantara is making a case to stay – When Darwin Barney went on paternity leave, we were told that Alcantara was going to be recalled for the two days and then sent back down. The weekend is over and he’s still here and he’s still hitting. I just don’t see a point in sending him back now. As guys begin to get traded as we get closer to the non-waiver deadline, fans are going to need things to be excited about. They need a reason to watch the team. Having Alcantara on the team gives them a chance to see a glimpse at the future.

2. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez competed in the Futures Game – Why the game is not the showcased event on Sunday night before the All Star game is beyond me. This is an example of where I think MLB misses the mark. They miss opportunities to market their future stars and showcase them. It’s as if they are just so arrogant to think that there will always be interest in the sport and they don’t need to market. Nonetheless, both Bryant and Baez competed in the game. Baez went 1-for-2 with a two run home run in the 6th inning to give the World team a 2-1 lead. Bryant went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and walk.

3. Post All Star break pitching rotation announced – The Cubs announced that the weekend series following the break would feature Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, and then Jake Arrieta. The next two slots were not announced. My guess is that it will be Tsuyoshi Wada and Kyle Hendricks based on their outings. Dallas Beeler struggled and Dan Straily has been so so in AAA since being acquired.

4. Trade Rumors have quieted – Don’t get too bummed. My guess is that we’re going to see things heat up after the break. Even GM’s need a little time off.

5. No Cubs in the HR Derby – I’m OK with that. Anthony Rizzo expressed interest in the spot, and it would be cool to see him represent, but that park is a tough park for HR hitters from the left side. I’d rather him not participate and risk not hitting any. Just get the video camera out and enjoy the show. My money is on Yoenes Cespedes to repeat.

  • Chuck

    I believe that Alcantara is the “real deal” in the sense that he can be a starting lineup player for a contending team. My guess is that he sticks at CF because Castro or Baez or another of the 27 SS prospects the Cubs have winds up at 2B.

    • Noah_I

      Long term I agree, Alcantara is likely in CF. If he stays up (and he should), I’d expect him to split time between 2B and CF until Baez is called up at some point early next season, with either Olt or Lake going down to Iowa. Or the Cubs could just carry a 7 man bullpen, but I do see some appeal in getting at least one of Lake or Olt every day PAs, although I think neither are MLB caliber players.

  • Chuck

    I believe that Alcantara is the “real deal” in the sense that he can be a starting lineup player for a contending team. My guess is that he sticks at CF because Castro or Baez or another of the 27 SS prospects the Cubs have winds up at 2B.

    • Noah_I

      Long term I agree, Alcantara is likely in CF. If he stays up (and he should), I’d expect him to split time between 2B and CF until Baez is called up at some point early next season, with either Olt or Lake going down to Iowa. Or the Cubs could just carry a 7 man bullpen, but I do see some appeal in getting at least one of Lake or Olt every day PAs, although I think neither are MLB caliber players.

  • Doc Raker

    I agree on Alcantara, keep him up as long as he is hitting.

    Not to interested in the HR derby, that football fool Chris Berman usually does the broadcast and he has that contrived “back, back, back, back gone” call. He does the call in such an unnatural way, I can see him at home thinking up what his HR call should be and then practicing it. Notice that even after the ball reaches the stands he will still be saying “back,back,back” at times just because it’s his call. Chris Berman is a baseball fool and should not be allowed anywhere near a baseball park without buying a ticket.

    I was forced to listen to Len Kasper on Sunday. How do you people stand him? He never talks about what the pitcher is doing and what the hitter is thinking, looking for and adjusting to, never. Poor DeShaie’s, an ex pitcher who does have some good baseball insight, stuck in a booth with a guy who can’t have a conversation about pitch selection if his life de Lolapalooza.

    Support Fire Len Kasper at firelenkasper.thoughts.com

    • Noah_I

      Are there play by play commentators who provide meaningful insight into what the pitcher is looking to do/what the hitter is looking to do? Stone in particular was great at that, especially when he was with the Cubs (he gets caught up in some of Hawk’s homerism with the White Sox), but he’s a color commentator. I don’t think that Kasper is the second coming of Vin Scully or anything like that, but he just doesn’t bother me, he does one thing I like (acknowledges modern stats) and doesn’t do one thing I hate (rampant homerism). I think it’s more that his whole era of announcer are very cookie cutter. They’re taught and trained the same way, instead of learning on the job the way Scully, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse, Jack Buck, etc. did, where they all developed their own style.

      Agree on Alcantara and the HR derby. Beyond how freaking annoying Berman is, I just have no desire to watch batting practice for 3 hours.

      • Doc Raker

        Yes 2 insightful broadcasters are Mike Krukow of the Giants and F.P. Santangelo for the Nationals. The difference is stark. When I watch a game I am thinking along with the pitcher, hitter and manager. Baseball is such a mental game of chess pitch to pitch, at bat to at bat and inning to inning, to simply report balls and strikes, hits and runs and isolated stats is just so superficial. The greatest game of baseball is so much deeper than what the count is. Len bores me to death with the greatest game of baseball. Cub fans deserve better.

        If you have MLB.TV or have the MLB package watch a live or archived Nationals game, you will understand the difference pretty quickly.

      • Noah_I

        Krukow and Santangelo are both color commentators, though. The play by play broadcasters, the people in the same role Kasper fills, are Jon Miller (who is no better than Kasper, in my opinion) and Bob Carpenter, who I’m unfamiliar with. I’m nor familiar with Santangelo, but yes, Krukow is a fantastic color commentator.

        For the Cubs counterpoint, while I think Pat Hughes is excellent, I think he’s at his weakest when he tries to make statements as to momentum shifts, with him always starting with something along the lines of: “Ron, you’d have to think that…”

      • Doc Raker

        Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo talk the game together while doing the broadcast. I understand FP is the color guy but Carpenter has a conversation with FP regarding all these strategic baseball insights.

        Krukow and Duane Kiper do much of the same but with a little more humor. Jon Miller is the radio guy.

        DeShaie’s will have some insight and it falls on deaf ears with Len. Baseball is such an intricate game people can enjoy it on many different levels but I enjoy it most when I think along the strategic level pitch by pitch. I just wish we had pair of broadcasters that can converse together at that level. DeShaie’s can , Len can’t. Fire Len is my solution.

  • Doc Raker

    I agree on Alcantara, keep him up as long as he is hitting.

    Not to interested in the HR derby, that football fool Chris Berman usually does the broadcast and he has that contrived “back, back, back, back gone” call. He does the call in such an unnatural way, I can see him at home thinking up what his HR call should be and then practicing it. Notice that even after the ball reaches the stands he will still be saying “back,back,back” at times just because it’s his call. Chris Berman is a baseball fool and should not be allowed anywhere near a baseball park without buying a ticket.

    I was forced to listen to Len Kasper on Sunday. How do you people stand him? He never talks about what the pitcher is doing and what the hitter is thinking, looking for and adjusting to, never. Poor DeShaie’s, an ex pitcher who does have some good baseball insight, stuck in a booth with a guy who can’t have a conversation about pitch selection if his life de Lolapalooza.

    Support Fire Len Kasper at firelenkasper.thoughts.com

    • Noah_I

      Are there play by play commentators who provide meaningful insight into what the pitcher is looking to do/what the hitter is looking to do? Stone in particular was great at that, especially when he was with the Cubs (he gets caught up in some of Hawk’s homerism with the White Sox), but he’s a color commentator. I don’t think that Kasper is the second coming of Vin Scully or anything like that, but he just doesn’t bother me, he does one thing I like (acknowledges modern stats) and doesn’t do one thing I hate (rampant homerism). I think it’s more that his whole era of announcer are very cookie cutter. They’re taught and trained the same way, instead of learning on the job the way Scully, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse, Jack Buck, etc. did, where they all developed their own style.

      Agree on Alcantara and the HR derby. Beyond how freaking annoying Berman is, I just have no desire to watch batting practice for 3 hours.

      • Doc Raker

        Yes 2 insightful broadcasters are Mike Krukow of the Giants and F.P. Santangelo for the Nationals. The difference is stark. When I watch a game I am thinking along with the pitcher, hitter and manager. Baseball is such a mental game of chess pitch to pitch, at bat to at bat and inning to inning, to simply report balls and strikes, hits and runs and isolated stats is just so superficial. The greatest game of baseball is so much deeper than what the count is. Len bores me to death with the greatest game of baseball. Cub fans deserve better.

        If you have MLB.TV or have the MLB package watch a live or archived Nationals game, you will understand the difference pretty quickly.

      • Noah_I

        Krukow and Santangelo are both color commentators, though. The play by play broadcasters, the people in the same role Kasper fills, are Jon Miller (who is no better than Kasper, in my opinion) and Bob Carpenter, who I’m unfamiliar with. I’m nor familiar with Santangelo, but yes, Krukow is a fantastic color commentator.

        For the Cubs counterpoint, while I think Pat Hughes is excellent, I think he’s at his weakest when he tries to make statements as to momentum shifts, with him always starting with something along the lines of: “Ron, you’d have to think that…”

      • Doc Raker

        Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo talk the game together while doing the broadcast. I understand FP is the color guy but Carpenter has a conversation with FP regarding all these strategic baseball insights.

        Krukow and Duane Kiper do much of the same but with a little more humor. Jon Miller is the radio guy.

        DeShaie’s will have some insight and it falls on deaf ears with Len. Baseball is such an intricate game people can enjoy it on many different levels but I enjoy it most when I think along the strategic level pitch by pitch. I just wish we had pair of broadcasters that can converse together at that level. DeShaie’s can , Len can’t. Fire Len is my solution.

  • Doug S.

    1. One positive takeaway for me at the Braves series was watching Alcantara play. Other Cubs fans I spoke with are real big on this guy too.
    2. I would watch this game too.
    3. I’m OK with no more Villawhatever starting.
    5. You often see this event mess up a hitter. Rizzo’s got plenty of time later on to do this if he matures and his #s warrant.

    • PLCB3

      That’s why Jose Abreu declined to participate. Frank Thomas wasn’t happy that he declined. He’s like he needs to get his name out there.

    • PLCB3

      Trivia: Who was the first MVP of the futures game? I too would watch it if it was televised. MLB should forego Sunday Night Baseball the day before the all-star break.

      • Old Hoss Radbourn.

      • Doc Raker

        Who was the first MVP of the futures game? Cool Papa Bell.

  • Doug S.

    1. One positive takeaway for me at the Braves series was watching Alcantara play. Other Cubs fans I spoke with are real big on this guy too.
    2. I would watch this game too.
    3. I’m OK with no more Villawhatever starting.
    5. You often see this event mess up a hitter. Rizzo’s got plenty of time later on to do this if he matures and his #s warrant.

    • AC0000000

      That’s why Jose Abreu declined to participate. Frank Thomas wasn’t happy that he declined. He’s like he needs to get his name out there.

    • AC0000000

      Trivia: Who was the first MVP of the futures game? I too would watch it if it was televised. MLB should forego Sunday Night Baseball the day before the all-star break.

      • Old Hoss Radbourn.

      • Doc Raker

        Who was the first MVP of the futures game? Cool Papa Bell.

  • Joe Aiello

    “My money is on Yoenes Cespedes to repeat.”

    For those of you who gabled based on my pick, you’re welcome.

  • Joe Aiello

    “My money is on Yoenes Cespedes to repeat.”

    For those of you who gabled based on my pick, you’re welcome.