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.