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chase fieldTravis Wood makes his first post-All Star break start, so all those fancy “most in the first half since 19xx” stats go out the window, and now he can make new ones.

(Bro hug alert, in effect.)

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (44-53) at Arizona Diamondbacks (51-48), 8:40 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (6-6, 2.79 ERA, 3.57 FIP)

versus

Patrick Corbin (11-1, 2.35 ERA, 3.17 FIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Adam Eaton, LF

2. A.J. Pollock, CF

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Cody Ross, LF

5. Eric Chavez, 3B

6. Martin Prado, 2B

7. Wil Nieves, C

8. Didi Gregorius, SS

9. Patrick Corbin, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Junior Lake, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Cody Ransom, 3B

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Cole Gillespie, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Jed Jam Band

    Brett, what you have listed for Wood is his xFIP. Not a big deal, but I thought I’d point it out.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Baez with another HR.

  • Mr. P

    Some good stuff on the state of the minor league system on the lead off man tonight. I think they have done this a couple times now so hopefully we get to look forward to this for every game that is on WGN.

    • baldtaxguy

      I agree, very cool segment. Alcantara is impressive.

  • Tobias

    Brewers traded K-Rod to Baltimore for Nick Delmonico who was rated the #5 prospect in their system according to MLB.com. Does this set the market for Gregg?

    • Vegas Cubs Fan

      I was thinking the same thing and took a quick look. Gregg is 3.5 years older, so that factors in and K-Rod has a longer track record as a closer, at least based on consistency. That said, maybe Gregg nets an organizational top 20 prospect based on the fact he does have a similar save conversion rate (K-Rod around 84% and Gregg around 81%) from a team that really needs a veteran arm for late in the game. Just my thoughts…

      • Tobias

        I was thinking more about it and I would not be surprised on a top 8-15 prospect, but that could change depending on how Grilli’s MRI goes. I would believe with Pittsburgh being so close to making the playoffs since the days of Mike LaValliere that they might be willing to overpay slightly for someone like Gregg especially if they can get Schierholtz also.

        • Vegas Cubs Fan

          That’s reasonable I think, particularly given the Pirates situation and almost a must if we give Schierholtz in the deal. I wouldn’t mind seeing someone like Nick Kingham or Tyler Glasnow for Gregg and Schierholtz.

      • ClevelandCubsFan

        Yeah don’t forget the supply just went down, which might drive price up a tick.

        • Deacon

          Need to move soon then. Don’t dawdle for a week to get overwhelmed when Grilli is only out for 15days. The Pirates need Gregg now!

  • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

    Great start by Pierce Johnson today… he’s really pushing to start in AA next year, not to mention make most if not all prospect top-100 lists.

    • baldtaxguy

      Agree. ERA down to 2.33, very nice, seems like he’s on pave to earn the promotion.

      • baldtaxguy

        “pace”

    • Jp3

      Love that he’s looking like a stud, any chance he gets a cup of coffee in Tenn this year?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Not impossible, but I would tend to doubt it. More likely, I think, he finishes up this year in Daytona and pitches in Tennessee to open next season.

        • AD

          What are the odds that Vitters is called up if Soriano gets traded?

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Eventually, pretty good I’d think, but maybe not right away. The Cubs might opt to let him get used to left a bit more in Iowa.

            Or not. I think they will want to see how Vitters handles it this year, though, because I can easily see Vitters doing nicely (not All-Star, but decent) in left. Particularly in a platoon role.

            • Feeney

              What’s Vitters best case scenario at this point in his career? Still a chance to be an every day player when healthy? Or is a platoon the best bet?

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                Still a chance to be an everyday player. He put up some quality numbers for Iowa last year as one of the youngest hitters in that league. That’s a pretty good sign.

                I don’t see perennial All-Star potential or anything of that nature, but he could definitely be a solid addition to a major league line up and hold his own in left.

                • Feeney

                  Is left the only other spot? Does he have the tools, I know he reportedly has a strong arm, for right?

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                    He could play first, but I don’t see him replacing Rizzo. Arm is good, but I don’t know that right field is the best option.

      • http://Cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

        My guess would be no simply because he’s only made 5 starts in High-A so far. Plus the jump to AA is probably the most difficult jump in the minors, so the Cubs may want to be doubly sure he’s ready. I could be wrong, though.

  • Jp3

    Yeah I think we should tell the Yankees to pound sand. They want us to pay and receive nothing, meh other than we’d like to give the kids a look see we don’t have any real motivation to move him since we’re paying anyways AND he’s producing. Your move Cashman

    • Tommy

      Cashman has been known to cling to his prospects, much the same way our FO is probably going to be. Can’t blame him, but I doubt Hoyer is going to pull the trigger on any deal that isn’t bringing us back something worthwhile.

  • Mark S

    What did Dale get ejected for? Can’t watch the game.

  • deej34

    The ump has a big strike zone. Ransom threw his bat after a K and the ump stared him down as he walked to the dugout. Dale popped up in Ransom’s defense.

  • Chris

    Anyone else see Castro taking a lot more pitches out of the zone? I feel like he’s starting to be more patient, however, if it’s fastball 1st pitch he will crush it.

    • Feeney

      I’ve been liking Lake’s approach. Haven’t seen every at bat so far but he seems to be aggressive early and then pretty patient. I’ve seen him work a few 0-2 counts back to 2-2 or 3-2. That will lead to some strike outs but if he wants to be aggressive early I like that he can still work a deep count if he needs to.

  • Rebuilding

    Rizzo has changed his stance and moved much further from the plate

  • Feeney

    I am going to be in Vancouver BC Canada on August 3rd. That Sunday the Boise Hawks will be in Everett Washington USA. That’s about 80 miles away. I think I am going to have to go see Bryant in person.

  • ssckelley

    Bryant is off to a tough start. He has struck out both times so far, one with the bases loaded.

    • ssckelley
      • ssckelley

        Bryant is up

        • ssckelley

          And another strikeout

          • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

            It sounds like the strike zone is little wide in that game…

            .@BoiseHawks 4, Eugene 0 (Mid 4) – two-run single by Lockhart… Bryant K’s looking on pitch off the plate #replacementumps

            .@BoiseHawks 2, Eugene 0 – Hawks take advantage of four walks to plate 2 in 3rd…Bryant takes strike three with bases loaded (way inside)

            • ssckelley

              Yes, been a lot of called third strikes. A Boise player just got tossed for throwing hit bat after a called strike three.

            • Mr. B. Patient

              Can’t be that wide. Maples hasn’t walked anyone.

              • Augiepb

                I like what u did there

          • ssckelley

            Bryant on deck, Hannemann having a nice game 3 for 3.

            • ssckelley

              And struck out swinging, 0-4 all strikeouts.

              My nightmare came true when I called a 1-10 start.

              • hansman1982

                Which means he is a complete bust prospect!

                • ssckelley

                  Don’t need him anyway, we got Olt!

            • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

              And he’s got the golden sombrero.

              • ssckelley

                What do you call 5 strikeouts? He did it again.

                • cubchymyst

                  An Ostrich, because you just want to bury your head in the sand

                • cubchymyst

                  [img]http://nysaflcio.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/head-in-sand.jpg[/img]

                  • cubchymyst

                    way to big, but at least the head in the sand made it.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Gordon Wittenmyer ‏@GDubCub 4m
    Do Cubs have the next Yasiel Puig?http://bit.ly/11cTk35

    Going too far with the Lake stuff.

    • Jed Jam Band

      Yes, this is quite a bit too far.

      • BT

        Maybe people went to far with the Puig stuff. I’m not saying Lake is as good as him (actually neither is Wittenmeyer if you read the article), but Puig has really come back to earth the last 3 weeks or so.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    This sums up the White Sox season perfectly

    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2952565/lolerror.gif

  • Josh t

    Haha this is hilarious

  • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

    Seems to me like the Cubs have hit a lot of hard liners right at D-Backs fielders in this game.

  • mick6x

    Wood should have been pulled three batters earlier, oh how I despise Rondon!

  • willis

    Rondon doing what Rondon does. This is about to be a laugher.

    • mick6x

      To think some thought Sveum’s management was bad!

    • willis

      :) It’s too easy to predict with him. He just isn’t any good.

      • mick6x

        He gives them a better chance than Marmol did ( which isn’t saying much but Marmol threw a complete clunker for LA earlier).

        • willis

          Yeah, that’s not saying much. Rondon looks overwhelmed mostly when throwing. He should only be used in mop up type situations or DL’d. He needs to grow.

          • mick6x

            I completely agree, I’m just so damn done with this bullpen. I wish I knew the numbers on how many games they have lost this year. Keep putting them out there the next draft pick depends on it. Such a shitty silver lining!

          • mick6x

            Damn you Grateful Dead!

  • mudge

    This rule 5 thing is against the interest of the fans. Who are never represented when these sorts of rules are made. The people who fund the whole deal.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Not sure how the rule 5 draft impacts the fans?

      • mudge

        They have to keep him in the ML squad is my understanding.

        • Serious Cubs Fan

          The Cubs should just fake an injury with Hector Rondon and put him on the 60day DL. Mystery Rule 5 injury

          • mudge

            It’d be easier if Rondon always sucked. But sometimes he throws a decent inning or two. Still think it’s nuts not to have a second lefty option in the pen. Anyway. Junior Lake has the most hits in first 5 games of any Cubs rookie since 1916. But don’t get excited and embarrass the community. We’re all too hip for that shit around here.

    • Dustin S

      Last year’s rule 5 Lendy Castillo is having a god awful season all the way down in Kane County. He pitched in a KC game I went to a few weeks ago and I couldn’t believe he was on the big league roster last year and actually pitched in Wrigley. I know he had some potential when we grabbed him so I’m not sure what happened, but he looks way overmatched in low-A now.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Loving seeing trade chips like Nate Schierholtz do well before the deadline. Up that value a notch

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    The Giants have released Heston, MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo reports

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Chris Heston seems like a good low-risk minor league FA signing type of pitcher the Cubs would like to sign. Came into the season a Top 20 prospect prospect in the Orioles organization. Doesn’t throw hard and not having a great year but could be an off year.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=heston001chr

    • ssckelley

      They designated him for assignment, probably just to clear a spot on the 40 man. The Cubs are getting to a point that their 40 man spots are to valuable to be making moves like this.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Lake really doesn’t want to go back to Iowa.

  • Clark Addison

    If Lake’s average drops by 100 points, will he still be rookie of the year?

    • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

      Maybe if he ends up hitting .445, but that’s probably what it will take. There’s no precedent for someone coming up as late as Lake and winning the award.

  • William

    The Lakeness Monster strikes again!

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