With the Cubs’ win last night and the Rockies, Twins, and Indians losses, the Cubs’ “lead” in the Second Pick Sweepstakes shrunk to 1.5 over the Rockies, and 3 over the Indians and Twins.

  • The Cubs have officially re-upped with Boise, signing a two-year extension of their player development agreement, which will keep the Hawks as the Cubs’ short season low-A minor league team through 2014. The other two deals that are up this year are Low-A Peoria and High-A Daytona. The former is expected to switch to Kane County, and the latter is expected to remain the same.
  • Dale Sveum reiterates that the boner the other night on the run that didn’t score was Dave Sappelt’s and not Starlin Castro’s. “It’s not on [Castro] at all,” Sveum said, per the Tribune. “Yeah, you want everybody to sprint 100 percent through home plate, but not when it’s a complete no-brainer where there’s no play at home [or] anywhere else. It’s a non-play, basically. It’s a sacrifice fly deep enough in the left-center field gap, and that’s by no means Starlin’s fault for shutting it down five feet in front of home plate.” Maybe that’s why Sappelt went 3 for 3 with a walk last night. He knows Dale is on him.
  • Phil Rogers looks at some of the scheduling quirks that developed by virtue of the 15-teams leagues, starting in 2013.
  • Travis Wood is battling for a 2013 rotation spot, but I doubt anything short of four consecutive no-hitters to end 2012 will lock up a spot. Although the Cubs aren’t going to go out and get Zack Greinke this Winter, I do think they’ll add quite a few pitchers to compete for rotation spots next year. Only Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija will enter 2013 as locks for the rotation.
  • Carlos Marmol has saved 18 of his last 18 opportunities, and with one more, he’ll have 20 on the year. That would make him just the¬†fifth pitcher in Cubs history with three straight seasons of 20 or more saves, joining Lee Smith (1983-87), Bruce Sutter (1977-80), Ryan Dempster (2005-07) and Randall Kirk Myers (1993-95).
  • How would things have been different if Jim Crane had bought the Cubs instead of the Astros? Maybe not much different.


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