Third Time’s the Charm and Other Holiday Ramblings

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July 4, 2013 by Ryan S

I would first like to wish everybody a happy Fourth of July today.  ‘Murica! Enjoy all the baseball, beer and patriotism that you can.  Now let’s get into the good stuff.

  • The Cubs will send Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85 ERA) to the mound today against Dan Strailey (4-2, 5.00 ERA) in the rubber match against the A’s in Oakland.  The Cubs have won their past three series’, and are 7-4 in their past 11 games.
  • Starlin Castro is 10-33 (.303/.324/.424) in the first seven games since his rar day off.  It was his first game off in 269 games, and his first since Aug. 2011.  He’s still only walked twice in his past 23 games, but maybe he’s started to figure out how to hit again.  The Cubs are 5-2 in those seven games.
  • The Cubs have signed OF Eloy Jimenez and SS Gleyber Torres, the overall number one and three international prospects respectively.  So, yay, right?  They’re both 16, so we likely won’t see either of them until 2016 or 2017 at the earliest, but keep them in the back of your mind.
  • Matt Garza? Still a Cub. I haven’t heard much in the Garza rumor mill so far today, but I’ll post an update later on today with whatever news breaks and probably some speculation to go along with it.

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • At Triple-A Iowa, the I-Cubs have P Nick Struck, Brooks Raley, Barrett Loux and Guillermo Moscoso listed as the probably starters through Sunday.  Will that change? If not, who starts on Monday? My guess is Jake Arrieta (as opposed to Chris Rusin), who was the Orioles opening day starter in 2012 and has incredibly high upside if he can pan out.
  • In other news, it’s very possible that Arrieta, should he play well with Iowa, comes up and takes a spot in the rotation later this month when Garza gets traded (as he almost certainly will).
  • Arrieta is no longer a young prospect at 27, so he may not fit the Cubs’ future plans.  However, if he can play well this season with the Cubs, he could 1) become a fixture in the rotation for a 2014/2015 playoff run or 2) increase his trade value and become flippable this offseason or next season for some prospects.
  • The Cubs bullpen has been awful lately, losing the Cubs three games in their past 11.  The Cubs are 7-4 in that span, and three of those losses (the other being an Edwin Jackson start, duh) were the result of bad pitching in the back end of the game.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now, folks.  Have a good holiday (‘MURICA), and as always, Go Cubs!

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