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- Although there’s an expectation that, for now, temporary 6th starter Jake Arrieta will head back to AAA Iowa after his doubleheader start last night, I was impressed by his performance. Not only did he put up good numbers, but he looked good to those of us watching – well, good stuff, anyway. He didn’t miss as many bats as you’d expect with that stuff, but that may just be a matter of what he’s always struggled with: hitting his spots. All in all, a nice debut.
- You can read up on the Game One loss here, and the Game Two loss here. Both losses were of the giving-up-the-lead variety, and both losses came late. They sucked.
- It sounds like Junior Lake is going to see a lot of time in the outfield the rest of the way, regardless of what happens with other outfielders on the team or in the infield. That’s mostly as expected, if the scouting reports about his inability to stick as a starter in the infield are accurate. I’m not sure that his bat is going to carry him as a starter anywhere but center field, so we’ll see what happens with David DeJesus. If he sticks around, Lake may not get consistent starts in center field until offseason ball.
- Dale Sveum said, per ESPN, that pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino – last year’s deadline prize – is getting ready to throw, as he recovers from a clean-up procedure in his elbow (which came as he rehabbed from 2012 Tommy John surgery). Sveum cautioned that Vizcaino was a long way from pitching. I wouldn’t expect to see him in a minor league game until 2014. Hopefully he can throw in instructionals this Fall.
- Although Sveum, per Cubs.com, expressed concern over the number of pitches Scott Baker has been needing to get through innings in his minor league rehab starts, Sveum is not worried about Baker’s slow progress, mostly because the Cubs don’t absolutely need him to fill in after the Trade Deadline.
- Ed Sherman put together a fantastic read in the Tribune on the Cubs’ current TV situation, which merits much more attention and discussion than a Bullet, but today is Trade Deadline day, and I’ve been working on a comprehensive TV piece for months. I’m not going to get to it today, so, for now, check out Sherman’s piece. The WGN portion of the Cubs’ TV rights will be available for the Cubs to sell after 2014, and the CSN portion of the rights will be up after 2019.