With a horrific overall road record of 10-21, it’s nice to see the Cubs return home for their next series against the New York Mets. They currently have a 10-13 record at Wrigley Field, and are in desperate need of a W after suffering three shutouts in their past five games.
Like every other team in baseball, the Mets have a better record than their Chicago opponents. They have a .491 winning percentage and are 3.5 games back in their division (NL East). The Cubs sit 13 games back with a .370 winning percentage. More importantly, the Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 games and are looking to continue a three-game winning streak. Read More…
Larry from Pekin asked: How long does Samardzija stay in Chicago? And if he is traded what would you be looking to get in return?
Driscoll: Great question, and one that many other fans have been asking. In my opinion, there is no reason to wait to trade Jeff Samardzija. Yes, with our farm system developing three excellent hitters (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Albert Almora) pitching will become highly important. However, the Cubs can afford to to part with their ace. Especially if they can get some young talent in return, and despite Sunday’s game against the Brewers, the price for Samardzija should remain high. At the moment, it seems like the Baltimore Orioles are the leading team of interest. If this is the case, I would expect top arms like Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. Although snagging them both may be a little out of reach. I’d settle for Gausman with Hunter Harvey or Eduardo Rodriguez.
Kenny from Downers Grove asked: Do you see the Cubs bringing up Kris Bryant or Javier Baez or both in September to get them some big league experience before giving them a shot to make the opening day roster next year?
Driscoll: I see that happening for Baez, definitely, once all is well with his ankle injury. We see Mike Olt struggling primarily because of his inexperience. He is working hard to learn and make corrections, but Olt has not seen a majority of the pitchers he is facing. I think Baez has proven how excellent he is with the bat, smashing home runs of ridiculous length. However, there is nothing better than experience. With Rick Renteria’s strength in player development, I’d rather see Baez developed under him than in the minor leagues. Kris Bryant is another excellent player. In his past 7 games he hit three doubles, three home runs, and earned a .545 batting average. Both of these players would improve Chicago’s team. My only issue with bringing them up is defense. It is a little unclear where the Cubs will place them. I wouldn’t mind trading Darwin Barney, then place Baez at 2nd. Bryant is a little more difficult. I see him in right or left field, but bringing up Baez would be a little easier of a transition this season.
Jakub from Chicago asked: Why should I keep watching the Cubs?
Driscoll: Oof. You’re right, Jakub. It’s hard to watch a team that is consistently in last place. However, our farm system may entice you a little. It is among the best in baseball. Currently, the Cubs have seven players in the top 100 and three of those players are in the top 20. “There’s always next year” is a common phrase for any Cubs fan, but when these young players join Chicago’s roster a winning season next year may actually be a possibility. Hang in there!
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After another road series loss, there hasn’t been much positive chatter surrounding the Cubs. Despite a .500 predicted finish for this season, the Cubs are sitting at a .370 winning percentage and over 12 games back. It looks like loyal Chicago fans will be waiting yet another year for an average season, but MLB’s last place team still finds a way to keep it interesting.
The name topping charts today for Cubs and MLB fans is Jeff Samardzija. In just three innings, he went from the lowest ERA in baseball to 14th.
Jason Hammel joins Samardzija in names discussed, especially as the 2014 draft and trade season quickly approaches.
Also, Cubs have declared they will be scouting arms to bulk up their farm system.
Anthony Rizzo kept it interesting on Sunday after scoring his first game ejection. Rick Renteria, who has had his own fair share of ejections, must be so proud.
And the Rooftops vs. Renovations battle is heating up. Have Cubs’ executives found the two sentences to make their case?
Coming off of his ‘first win since last season’ high, Jeff Samardzija was quickly brought back down to earth after the worst of his 12 starts this season. Read More…