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While you were glued to the PGA Championship, which was a tremendously good finish, there was Cubs baseball going on that afternoon. Let’s get to some news nuggets.

The Cubs won the battle, but lost the war over the weekend – It was a rare series against the Rays, a team that features a number of former Cubs on their roster and in their system. After losing the first two games of the series, the Cubs managed to claw out a win with a walk off hit by Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the 12th inning on Sunday behind one of the better starts by Travis Wood in a little while. At this point, series wins and even game wins are fairly irrelevant. What’s important for the last month and a half is the continued development of the young talent on this roster, starting with Javier Baez. I think you’ll see him struggle a little, as he always does at a new level, and then begin to figure it out right as the season is coming to a close. That should set him up nicely to be ready to go for the start of the 2015 season.

Two pitchers added and two subtracted – In case you missed it, newly acquired pitcher Jacob Turner was added to the active roster along with Neal Ramirez. To make room, Brian Schlitter was placed on the 15 day DL with shoulder soreness and Chris Rusin was optioned back to AAA. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Turner and even Ramirez. Both have the ability and the stuff to be in a rotation and with the Cubs needing starting arms to build around for the future, I’m curious to see if both will get a look at the rotation before the end of the season. My guess is Ramirez will not, but will potentially be given the opportunity come spring training. I could see Turner getting a few looks down the stretch. Lord knows he’s got to be better than Edwin Jackson, right?

Ryan Kalish was outrighted to AAA after clearing waivers. – He was designated for assignment early in the week, cleared waivers and has been removed from the 40 man roster. It’s not a big story, but I know there are those that think highly of Kalish. I never really thought much of him. My guess is we won’t see him in a Cubs uniform again.

  • Doug S.

    Golf?..uh-uh. Watched the Cubs game yesterday and enjoyed the outcome. Also watched the Jays marathon before and after the Cubs 12 inning, 4 hour game. Wild.

  • Doug S.

    Golf?..uh-uh. Watched the Cubs game yesterday and enjoyed the outcome. Also watched the Jays marathon before and after the Cubs 12 inning, 4 hour game. Wild.

  • Eddie Von White

    Way to write a nice neutral post.

  • Eddie Von White

    Way to write a nice neutral post.

  • Doc Raker

    What were those uniforms the Rays were wearing on Sunday? Did they actually wear those ugly uniforms at one time or where they from the days of a minor league team in Tampa Bay?

    Baez strikes out a lot and Len Kasper still bores me.

    • Sean Powell

      Those were “faux throwback” uniforms created to coincide with the Cubs 1988 throwback day. The Rays didn’t exist in 1988, so they designed a uniform that looked like what the Rays might have worn if they were around again. I really liked them – if you’re going to design a fake throwback, you might as well go all the way out and have fun with it. They were definitely influenced by the old Padres uniforms.

      • PLCB3

        They couldn’t use a minor league team from the time? When I was at the Cubs convention, they said they were playing the Marlins for a 50’s themed game and that the Marlins were researching minor league teams in Miami at the time for uniform ideas.

    • Doug S.

      Yeah, was wondering about those unis and looked it up. It was 80s day so Rays owner designed them somewhat based on the old Padres unis. “The uniform’s beltless pants and the jersey were light blue, complemented by yellow sleeves, trim and socks”
      Rays didn’t exist until 1998, so he felt they need something retro. They were awful but we got a win against them.

      • Doc Raker

        How contrived and hideous, I thought maybe there was some history behind a minor league team that was once in the Tampa area.

  • Doc Raker

    What were those uniforms the Rays were wearing on Sunday? Did they actually wear those ugly uniforms at one time or where they from the days of a minor league team in Tampa Bay?

    Baez strikes out a lot and Len Kasper still bores me.

    • Sean Powell

      Those were “faux throwback” uniforms created to coincide with the Cubs 1988 throwback day. The Rays didn’t exist in 1988, so they designed a uniform that looked like what the Rays might have worn if they were around again. I really liked them – if you’re going to design a fake throwback, you might as well go all the way out and have fun with it. They were definitely influenced by the old Padres uniforms.

      • AC0000000

        They couldn’t use a minor league team from the time? When I was at the Cubs convention, they said they were playing the Marlins for a 50’s themed game and that the Marlins were researching minor league teams in Miami at the time for uniform ideas.

    • Doug S.

      Yeah, was wondering about those unis and looked it up. It was 80s day so Rays owner designed them somewhat based on the old Padres unis. “The uniform’s beltless pants and the jersey were light blue, complemented by yellow sleeves, trim and socks”
      Rays didn’t exist until 1998, so he felt they need something retro. They were awful but we got a win against them.

      • Doc Raker

        How contrived and hideous, I thought maybe there was some history behind a minor league team that was once in the Tampa area.

  • cap’n realist

    for the record, I like the Turner move. I’ve been accused of just blanket hating everything the front office has done, and I just want you all to know that this is the type of low-risk/high reward potential move this franchise needs. I’m not optimistic that Bosio is the guy to turn him around, but maybe they’ll start him at AAA and Bruce Walton can get something done.

  • cap’n realist

    for the record, I like the Turner move. I’ve been accused of just blanket hating everything the front office has done, and I just want you all to know that this is the type of low-risk/high reward potential move this franchise needs. I’m not optimistic that Bosio is the guy to turn him around, but maybe they’ll start him at AAA and Bruce Walton can get something done.

  • Chuck

    So far my Baez assessment has been spot on. He has Kd in 40% of his plate appearances and has hit 3 bombs. However, I am re-evaluating his bust potential in my eyes. After seeing him in the minors a couple of times and watching him in the Bigs, I think he is going to be a star at 2B. He hits the ball HARD. He is up there trying to hurt the ball. Lets say he never really gets much better and is a .280 AVG hitter who strikes out a lot and hits 35 HR a season with a lowish OBP. That is borderline All Star numbers at 2B. Getting his kind of power from the 2B position is a godsend.

    • Noah_I

      The problem is going to be if he strikes out a lot more than 30% of the time, it’s going to be very hard to hit .280 long term (although Baez should post high BABIPs with how hard he hits the ball). I’m reasonably optimistic on Baez, but he’s also the farthest away from being a finished product of the current Big 4 (Baez, Bryant, Soler, Russell).

      On the other hand, shows how much raw talent that he has that he’s the farthest away from his ceiling, second youngest (only Russell is younger), and is the first to the Majors.

  • Chuck

    So far my Baez assessment has been spot on. He has Kd in 40% of his plate appearances and has hit 3 bombs. However, I am re-evaluating his bust potential in my eyes. After seeing him in the minors a couple of times and watching him in the Bigs, I think he is going to be a star at 2B. He hits the ball HARD. He is up there trying to hurt the ball. Lets say he never really gets much better and is a .280 AVG hitter who strikes out a lot and hits 35 HR a season with a lowish OBP. That is borderline All Star numbers at 2B. Getting his kind of power from the 2B position is a godsend.

    • Noah_I

      The problem is going to be if he strikes out a lot more than 30% of the time, it’s going to be very hard to hit .280 long term (although Baez should post high BABIPs with how hard he hits the ball). I’m reasonably optimistic on Baez, but he’s also the farthest away from being a finished product of the current Big 4 (Baez, Bryant, Soler, Russell).

      On the other hand, shows how much raw talent that he has that he’s the farthest away from his ceiling, second youngest (only Russell is younger), and is the first to the Majors.