The Cubs have watched their 12 1/2-game lead in the National League Central shrink, but at least they will enjoy the All-Star break on a winning note.
Only 19 years old and in Class A ball, Eloy Jimenez must feel like he’s a long way from Wrigley Field. But he used an appearance in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday to showcase the two-way skills that could get him there quicker than you might think.
The Cubs won’t need their suitcases once they return from the All-Star break. Their next flight is Aug. 3 when they head west to Oakland for a weekend.
Jason Heyward has a little more freedom to do what he wants batting lower in the order, and it’s paying off for the Cubs’ outfielder. When he batted second this year, Heyward hit .240. In his last six games batting sixth, Heyward was 10-for-23 (.435) with two doubles, and triple.
Dexter Fowler, who has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain since mid June, did not have a setback after playing in one Minor League rehab game, but the Cubs outfielder did realize he wasn’t ready to play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.
For the final two games of the first half, the Cubs decided they needed a little more experience on the bench, and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Jeimer Candelario was optioned to Iowa to make room on the roster.
In the weeks leading up to the All-Star break, the Pirates and Cubs have trended in different directions. While Pittsburgh has won 12 of its last 15 games, Chicago has gone 13-20 over its last 33.
In 2008, when Joe Maddon was the manager of the Rays, the team lost seven straight games at the end of the first half. That year, the Rays got to the World Series.
Back when the Cubs were scoring runs like crazy for Jake Arrieta and it seemed as if the team never lost, an error or two didn’t affect things and they were able to overlook an ill-timed walk. That’s not the case lately.
The Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch, the team’s third-round pick in the 2016 Draft. Overall, the Cubs have signed 21 selections in advance of the July 15 signing deadline.
Jeimer Candelario is very happy to be in Pittsburgh this weekend. Candelario was picked to play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego, but then he was promoted to the Cubs. Given a choice between a Minor League All-Star Game or the big leagues, he’ll take the latter.
The scuffling Cubs had everything in their favor Friday night at PNC Park. Ace Jake Arrieta was on the mound, All-Star Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero each hit home runs. But the red-hot Pirates had other plans. David Freese and Sean Rodriguez each hit home runs and Pittsburgh scored four runs in the seventh inning, […]