The Cubs Are Still in First Place and Other Bullets

I forgot to mention yesterday that the Kickball season came to an end Wednesday night when we were bounced from the playoffs in our first game, despite having entered the playoffs as the number one seed (we were undefeated in the regular season). The team that beat us (7 to 4) hadn’t been at full strength the previous time we’d played, and it turned out that they were just damn good. Bummer.

  •  The Cubs’ 26-49 record to date is their third worst 75-game start in franchise history. The Cubs currently have a one game “lead” on the Padres for the worst record in baseball (tied in the loss column). The Cubs are 15 games out in the NL Central, but only 14 games out of the second Wild Card. Good thing they added that! How bad has this year’s club been? The 2011 team would be up by five games on this team. The Cubs have won just eight games in June, but, would you believe that’s not the worst in the Majors? The Marlins, so far, have won just six.
  • Josh Vitters was named to the PCL All-Star team as a reserve, after hitting .289/.340/.493 in 77 games so far this year.
  • A look at the similarities between the efforts to revamp Fenway Park, and the planned renovations at Wrigley Field.
  • In case you wondered why Blake DeWitt hasn’t played a whole lot since being sent back down to AAA Iowa (come on, you know you were wondering), he’s been battling a sore wrist.
  • Kerry Wood’s annual bowling fundraiser was Wednesday night, and, by all accounts, it was another success.
  • Andrew Cashner has entered the Padres’ rotation, by the way, throwing 6.1 innings last night against the Astros, giving up two earned, and striking out nine. Good for him.
  • MLBullets at BCB focus mostly on that … large Yasiel Puig deal from the Dodgers.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

39 responses to “The Cubs Are Still in First Place and Other Bullets”

  1. Jim

    Ohhhh you tricked me with that title.

  2. Chris

    Cashner had a no no through 6 innings. Tyler Colvin went 4 for 6 with a triple, a homer, and 5 RBI. Just saying…

    1. King Jeff

      Thanks for saying it, I am a fan of both guys and I hope that they do well except when they face the Cubs.

    2. bluekoolaidaholic

      Cashner’s last outing was good too. Looks like he may be the real deal after all. I guess we shouldn’t feel so bad about stealing Rizzo now huh?

      1. Brady

        After 4 starts when he gets injured we shall see.

        1. hansman1982

          or lets see what happens when he starts walking 4+ per 9 innings…

      2. gcheezpuff

        I don’t really think we stole Rizzo… giving up Cashner was significant, espececially considering how bad the Cubs farm is in regards to high level pitching talent and, besides his injury last year, Cashner always looked like the real deal. Rizzo may turn into an All-Star and franchise player, but Cashner may turn into a Cy young pitcher. We won’t know who won this trade for awhile, but we definitely lost the Stewart for Colvin trade. I just hope Rizzo is what everyone hyped him up to be.

    3. wilbur

      I hope Cashne is the real deal. Almost as much as I hope Rizzo is the real deal. I see the trade as qualty for quality …

  3. Spoda17

    I’m sure we will be debating who won the Rizzo v. Cashner trade in the next few years… Cashner playing pretty well…

    1. Luke

      It could easily be the case that both teams won.

      1. Fishin Phil

        Alot of people forget that win-win is a possibility.

        1. hansman1982

          I think for the negative nancy’s it will come down to our rotation/back-end of the bullpen. If Theo builds a solid rotation and 7-8-9 guys then noone will say a peep (provided Rizzo becomes productive), if they don’t then the pitchforks will come out.

      2. Chris

        I would agree with the Rizzo-Cashner trade. Win-win for both teams. Colvin for Stewart may be a loss. And giving them LeMahieu too didn’t help. David DeJesus isn’t a bad player, but I think I would have rather watched Colvin play RF/CF and LeMahieu/Valbuena/Cardenas/Vitters/Baker/DeWitt play 3rd this season. Not paying Stewart and DeJesus would have saved $5mil +. That’s 1 or 2 good international free agent signings.

    2. Featherstone

      Even if Rizzo only becomes a league average first baseman, I do that trade 10 times out of 10 in an instant. I loved Cashner, but his shoulder scares the hell out me.

  4. RY34

    its hard to believe that any team is worse than us in any stat at all as shitty as this team has been so far!

  5. BD

    Are Stewart and DeWitt having Guitar Hero tournaments?

    1. Jeff

      They must be wacking off somewhere, both have sore wrists. I thought baseball players had no problems getting women??

    2. bluekoolaidaholic

      They should have a worthless piece of crap tournament, might even throw Baker and Wells into that mix

      1. RY34

        please dont leave super joe and coleman out of the tourney!

      2. Jeff

        If there was a Non-All Star game, the Cubbies would have a starter at every position with Wells getting the start!!

  6. Ari Gold

    Brett, your kickball team reminds me of my softball team last year and the ’08 Cubs. Sorry, I had to say it.

  7. mak

    Debating whether I’d make that same trade again today. Let’s assume for a second that Cashner can stay healthy as starter (admittedly, not at all a fair assumption, or even likely).

    On one hand, the Cubs have ZERO front end pitching prospects, and several hitting prospects.

    On the other, Rizzo probably fits the timeline better (isn’t detracted by inning played over the next two non-competitive years) and is a better bet to be a solid major leaguer for longer.

    Undoubtedly, this trade can be a win-win. But the question is, would you make it again today?

    1. DocPeterWimsey

      “Let’s assume for a second that Cashner can stay healthy as starter (admittedly, not at all a fair assumption, or even likely).”

      Assumptions regarding Cashner’s health are key as to whether you make this trade.  If you assume that he’ll stay healthy as a starter, then you do not make the trade.  But it’s not even that: if you think that the probability of him staying healthy is high, then you probably do not make the trade.  If you assume that it’s so low that he’ll wind up a reliever, then you make the trade.  Unless he’s Mariano Rivera, a reliever simply is not worth a position player or a starting pitcher.

      1. mak

        Absolutely. Good point.

    2. cubs217

      I recently learned Rizzo cant fly or even shoot lasers out of his eyes!!! Still though, I make the trade. Rizzo should be a solid everyday player and Cashner staying healthy is a HUGE assumption. Plus, lets not just look at the first few starts of a person and jump to conclusions, I remember thinking a certain young(ish), hard-throwing righty on the Cubs this year was destined for greatness and now Im not too sure.

  8. Rizzofanclub

    Yes b/c without him I could not be in the Rizzo fan club. Seriously I would do the trade 10/10 times. Its not everyday you get the option to get a player at this age that has the potential that Rizzo has. It was a good trade for both teams but look at it this way how many Pitchers are on the same level as Cashner in Free agency every year? A lot and how many above avg 1b like Rizzo are there? very few and they cost you ALOT of $$$. Look at how many good teams are without a 1b (Marlins and Dodgers come to my mind)

  9. Frank

    Brett,
    Trying to inject something positive by noting your kickball playoffs and even you get bounced from it. How bad of a year is this?
    Here’s something positive to think about. Even though they never mentioned it on Fringe, there’s a possibility that the Cubs in that universe were one of the greatest franchises in history. Too many world series titles to mention.
    Hey, it might not be true, but it’s something positive to think about this year.

  10. CubFan Paul

    it would be nice to see Vitters’ slugging % stay around that .500 mark for the rest of the season

  11. Josh

    I don’t know, I am happy we got rid of Cashner. I am tired of having injury prone pitchers on this team. Also Rizzo is the type of guy who can become a very good player here and is an everyday player.

  12. DocPeterWimsey

    “Injury prone pitcher” borders on being a tautology!  I am hard pressed to think of teams without them.

    1. Cubbie Blues

      It’s also a bit repetitive.

  13. rcleven

    When does the Marlin garage sale begin?

    1. Brady

      I don’t know but I see them moving to the AL for the 2015 season.

  14. Pat

    Record is actually 26-49 (as opposed to 29-46)

  15. aCubsFan

    FYI. The article link to the comparison between Wrigley and Fenway is a ‘bonus’ article in order to read it you have to register to be a ‘digital subscriber/member’ of the Chicago Tribune.