Travis Wood did not have it tonight, and the offense couldn’t seem to make their hits count. At least Junior Lake had four of ’em, so that was cool.

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  • @cubsfantroy

    Another nice outing for Parker. He has been doing better than I thought he would do.

    • willis

      Very much so. He’s impressive out there.

      Lots of hits. Even for the risp issues, 14 many hits and two runs? Yo.

    • Joepoe321

      Ya I always liked Parker he was performing well last season before going down with an injury was very disappointed looks like he is performing well again been solid in the bullpen

    • roaks

      Julio Borbon was DFA. The yank DFA thomas neal i think he would fit in nice with the Cubs only 25 and had solid AAA numbers

      • roaks


      • CubsWSchamps2016

        I just checked out Neal Thomas’s minor league # and they look good and looks like a fit but I read a scouting report saying some people think he’s a 4A player. I think he’s worth a shot but idk where there are at bats in the OF for him. Maybe we could try and stash him in Iowa if we pick him up and then try DFA’ing him

        • roaks

          ya id like to see the cubs try and grab thomas though. it couldnt hurt. with borbon DFA idk. This would of been perfect if David or Nate was traded last week

  • walterj

    How long has it been since Castro has had an error ?

    • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

      Physical or mental ?

  • Die hard

    Lake may qualify for ROY

    • Kyle

      I think Puig has a leg up on that award though.

      • Jed Jam Band

        I think Shelby Miller has two legs and a golden arm up on them both.

      • Die hard

        Should get some votes if gets 75 hits over next 50 games

  • Vulcan

    At least Junior Lake did well…

  • Rebuilding

    Hoyer just did a really interesting interview on WGN radio with Kaplan. They talked about how the run computer simulations to model player performance (similar to Diamond Mind who runs 10,000 simulation before every season) and how that affects the decisions they make. He said “a year or two from now if we see that we can compete we’ll put the foot on the gas”. They suggested that the computer program be called S.A.N.T.O. He also talked about Jimenez and giving a 16yo that much money – basically it’s a guess based on athleticism and intelligence. Said Junior Lake has surprised them. Got a question on Baez and said “sometimes those guys come a little faster than you think”.

    • Rebuilding

      Said Baez decisions were based on improving plate discipline. Looking to talk to Shark’s agent on an extension in the offseason

      • BlameHendry

        Wish I coulda caught that. Thanks for filling us in!

    • Rich

      The interview is up at wgn radio . Com

    • Dean

      http://wgnradio.com/2013/08/02/cubs-update-with-jed-hoyer-4/ Listening to Jed you just can’t help but get excited about the future of the cubs. Just kind of solidifies that feeling that the organization is in pretty good hands. Smart guys with a plan.

    • Jason Powers

      I caught that interview. The job they are doing with modeling performance goes with the renovation plan…wall street models of revenue streams, player performance, etc. To get a return on investment and determine weak points. Good start to progressing da Cubs….

  • Rebuilding

    Moscoso to start Sunday for the Giants over Zito

    • Jed Jam Band

      Pray for him to put up some good innings. Will increase our return.

  • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

    Sick of Borbon. The guy is batting exactly .200 and he’s made several mental mistakes on the base pads this year. Same thing happened in a 5-4 game in Milwaukee in early May. I had to witness it in person that day, and it was horrible. The guy can pull off a bunt once in a while, but I would rather see almost anybody else in his spot. His first 46 games with the Rangers back in 2009 are not indicative of what he’s got now. I’d rather have Campana back.

    • willis

      Easy there…but yeah Borbon is an enigma. Seems full of desperation and punching in the dark. So much talent, and so much wasted. Decent defense, lots of speed, a good arm…and just can’t put it together.

      I’m with you on the anybody else thing, they cut bait now I’m not torn up at all. He’s an ugly player at this point.

    • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

      How ironic…the Cubs just designated him for assignment.

      • willis

        That was all weird.

        • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

          Yes, yes it was. I wonder who will fill his spot. Maybe we’ll be looking at the waiver wire, and there’s also an opportunity to give Watkins a shot at 2nd base. .245 average isn’t attractive, but the guy knows how to take walks, and we can find out how good he is. Not likely a future plan, but why not give him a shot? He’s already on the 40 man, so we wouldn’t have to do any maneuvering other than putting him in the empty space on the 25 man. If he doesn’t perform and isn’t part of the future, we can either trade him or keep him unprotected from Rule 5 draft. Alcantara is going to be on his heels next year anyways, and he has a real shot at being the future Cubs 2nd baseman.

          • willis

            Either Bogusevic is ready to roll or Sappelt I would guess. Maybe Sappelt to give another RH bat? Neither one of them blows my skirt up but that’s my guess. Need to add a couple bench bats actually. Been playing short in that department for a few days.

            • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

              Considering Bogusevic spent so many years in the minors as a pitcher, I’m surprised at his abilities in the field and in the batters box. I think he still needs to tweak his mechanics, as he steps WAY too far towards the plate when he’s hitting, but he’s got a little pop, can field pretty well and is capable of swiping a few bags. I think Sappelt at his best is late career Reed Johnson, not Reed in his prime.

              • cubzfan

                If Bogs was a righty on the mound, he would have been drafted as an outfielder instead, IMHO. He was a pretty good hitter for the Green Wave (Tulane).

                • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

                  Possibly Thomas Neal? He just got released by the Yankees and he’s only 25. On and off power in the minors (this year only 2 home runs) but a .325 average with a .391 OBP. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nealth01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.typepad.com

                  • cubzfan

                    Good call. I wouldn’t be at all surprised, after looking at his history. Apparently a hard worker, struggled due to hand and shoulder injuries, and can play both corners decently. Like Darnell McDonald plus substantial OBP.

                    • Melrosepad

                      Personally, I hope Borbon gets through and goes to Iowa to replace Darnell there. I think he still has ability.

                  • roaks

                    i like neal. i dont think we could keep him though he needs ABs and we dont really have a spot for him unless we got him then DFAd him and stash him at AAA. some reports say he might be a 4A player though, but i see some possible upside with him.

    • Cyranojoe

      Ouch. I was a Campy fan, but that’s a burn.

  • Jed Jam Band

    Borbon has been DFA’ed! Rejoice!

    • willis

      You serious Clark? Holy crap I was all over that one :)

      • turn two

        Christmas vacation…classic

    • cubzfan

      Good. I assume this means Bogusevic is nearly ready to come back. Or could the Cubs be clearing a place on the 40-man for putting in waiver claims in August?

      • Jed Jam Band

        I figure it either has to be Bogusevic or the long-rumored promotion of Walkin’ Watkins. Bogusevic is my guess, but you never know.

        • Josh

          Or it could be Ty wright…..who was pulled from the Iowa game tonight after going 2-2 with 2 HRs and a walk…..not a sexy move, but an organizational player who will fill the spot until Bogs returns

  • Joey

    Borbon DFA’ed according to Muskrat

    • Joey


      • Cyranojoe

        I wonder how many trillion times she’s had her name misspelled, intentionally and otherwise….

  • Chris

    Otherwise once.

  • mudge

    that’s gotta hurt.

  • Cubes

    turns out is was a cut-able offense

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    At 37 and really struggling at the plate Ransom could be next to go. His AB’s should be given to someone with a future like Lake. Bring up Sappelt and give him LF starts against lefty while Lake plays some third.

    • Lou Brown

      Mr. Olt, paging Mr. Olt. You could be up here soon, if you can find a way to hit again. The opportunity is there for the taking, take it!

      • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

        He’s hitting .114 since joining Iowa with 12 strikeouts in 35 AB, along with no extra base hits. I don’t think he’s a dud, but he definitely needs more time.

        • willis

          Yep. He’s nowhere near ready for the majors. Just amazing the swan dive his minor league numbers have taken. Blah blah blah eyesight blah blah. Still, a kid that highly regarded shouldn’t have fallen flat like this. Just amazing.

          • willis

            0-3 tonight with two more Ks…nice pickup. Still wonder why they were so intrigued by him.

            • Cub Fan in Hickory(Mike S)

              yeah, youre right, nobody needs to see to hit a baseball. What the heck is his problem, eye sight, pfft!

              • willis

                Not what I said. People point to his eye issues, well allegedly they have been solved. And still, he’s been God awful. That’s my point. A dude with all the tools to be great has just fallen this hard.

                • Cub Fan in Hickory(Mike S)

                  I say we give him a little more then a month or two after his issues are solved before we pass judgment. He could have easily not known he had this eye issue, and pressed to come out of his slump. Got really down on himself and it messed with his head. His stock dropped dramatically and he got traded. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that hes got some confidence issues goin on. Give him some time, He hit damn good last year in AA, and a comparison to Brett Jackson is not close, Jackson never did half that good in a full season at AA. Olt has still yet to have a full season at AAA as well. Personally I dont think he needs to necessarily be at AAA, he needs to be wherever our best hitting instructors are and just go back to basics for a bit.

            • Kramden

              Hard to believe that a player can be so good and excel at one level and then the switch turns off and that same player completely sucks at the next level up.

              Something just doesn’t jibe with the picture Olt is showing us.

          • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

            It reminds me of Brett Jackson last year, except Olt was performing better in the minors last year. Both had a small sample size in the majors go poorly, some injuries/complications this year, inflated strikeout rate and a disappointing 2013. Not every prospect works out, but let’s hope they can turn it around before concluding they’ve failed.

            • Dustin S

              Olt has looked completely lost, but if there is a bright side in the comparison, other than a good 1/3 of a season at Iowa in 2011, Brett Jackson has been struggling for about 1500 ABs over 3 years now between AA andAAA. Olt has really only struggled this year for about 300 ABs (excluding the cup of coffee in the majors they both had) and he also had the eye injury to blame. Olt is going to have to do a pretty major turnaround from what he looks like right now, but there is a little better chance for him than Jackson that if it’s the eye, his swing, confidence, or whatever…he can put this season behind him and turn it around next year.

              • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

                I just hope he figures it out and we avoid calling him up at all costs. Another discouragement at MLB level could crush the kid.

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

                Olt doesn’t have much longer to work out his struggles — he’s 25 and hitting under the Mendoza line against mostly younger competition. By this time next year, if he’s not tearing up the PCL, he’ll be entering “career minor leaguer” territory.

                • Josh t

                  Relax. Olt still has time. It’s only been a couple with the cubs. I understand your concerns though. Give him a full year in the cubs system before we go into panic mode. Yes it’s not encouraging to see this start but let’s give him a little more time. (This is coming from a guy whose not very high on him to begin with)

  • The Dude Abides

    “Does Not Compute” 3 for 14 RISP, just bad luck…

  • CubsFaninMS

    WOW! I turned MLB Tonight on and literally the first screen showing on the show when I sat down was a graphic showing that Junior Lake has the second most hits in the majors since July 19th. They even showed his hits, compared him to Yasiel Puig, and demonstrated his strategy on catching that ball against the brick last night. I guess that’s karma letting us know to get off ESPN’s back? Who knows.

  • Kramden

    What’s the deal with Junior Lake?

    Is he really that good or is it that this is his first time thru the league and no one has a book on him yet?

    • Kyle

      He’s nowhere near this good. He’s hitting into a lot of good luck.

      That said, he’s holding his own against MLB pitching in a way better than I would have expected. There might be something there.

      • Kramden

        Could it possibly be that he’ll prove all of the “expert” and armchair pundits wrong along with all the statheads who have dismissed him based on some of the most benign metrics?

        Then who or what would we believe?

        World gone mad and turned upside down!

        • Kyle

          He wouldn’t be the first player to break out based on raw ability finally showing up. Statheads always acknowlege that’s the case and that it might be again.

          But take his power, for example. HR/FB% is generally a direct indicator of raw power in the long run, but it can have a lot of variance in the short run.

          Lake’s is currently 25%. Giancarlo Stanton, the gold standard for 80 power, has a career number of 24.9%.

          So either Lake is hitting into some luck right now, or the guy who has a career high of 12 HRs in the minors has suddenly developed 80 power.

    • Chris

      Junior played in the top prospect Arizona Fall League for 2 six week seasons and held his own. He batted third most games against the likes of Strasberg and others. His defense is adequate at third or short with a Dunston like arm. I saw every one of his rookie season games with Castro and him switching back and forth between 3rd and short. At times most of us in Mesa thought he was the superior prospect. But immaturity stalled him plus he was very thin. I truly think he can stay up here with a productive career.

    • Jed Jam Band

      The opinion on him was that he could either be great or be heavily disappointing. The idea here is that his inconsistency makes him a mixed bag. Still, his raw talent has always been believed to be good enough to make him a major leaguer in some form or another. He got hot, got cold, and now he’s getting hot again. Think of him as a Soriano type, except with a younger debut and a higher projectionability. He probably isn’t this good, but could he settle in as an everyday starter with 3+ WAR potential? Yeah, absolutely. Only time will really tell.

    • CubsFaninMS

      Kyle sums it up good. Junior Lake was not expected to be this good. He’s known to be polarized/streaky. That being said, he’s clearly showcasing some major league talent that looks promising. The surprising upside is that he LOOKS like an all-star and long-term fixture near the front of our line up. His floor is probably a fourth outfielder. My guess is that he’ll end up somewhere in the middle of that. In short, his surprising short-term MLB success makes his potential even more difficult to gauge.

      • Kyle

        There’s really only one thing that’s making me raise my eyebrow a little about him right now. It’s not his slash line, which is basically being buoyed by hot luck.

        It’s the K-rate. He’s never been below 22% in the minors before this year, and ZIPS projected him at 27% in the majors. But he was 19.4% at Iowa this year and is now at 20% with the Cubs. If he can keep his K-rate down to the low 20s, his offense/defense combination in the outfield starts to look fringe-startery. He could be yet another “not a bad guy as long as he’s cheap, but not a centerpiece of your lineup” guy to join Valbuena, Barney, Castillo. But that’s kind of the downside, too: We already have too many of those guys.

        Probably still in a bench role for 2014, but with our platoon-heavy outfield situation he could get a decent chunk of at-bats, and with his raw talent he could always take a step forward and force his way into the lineup (though I wouldn’t count on it).

        • jt

          Lake had 1373 PA’s in A and AA combined. He K’d 313 of those 1373 for a 22.8% rate.
          In 170 AAA PA’s he k’d 33 times for a 19.4 rate mentioned above.
          He K’d 6 fewer times in AAA than he would have if he K’d at the rate of the lower levels.
          At a BAbip avg of 0.300 that would have him yield an expectation of 2 more hits that he achieved at the 19.4 rate than he would have if he K’d at the 22.8 rate.

          His BB rate also dropped from 0.65 to .059 so the expectation would be that he would have walked one or two fewer times than if he maintained the BB rate of the lower levels.

          Olt going from 24% to 35% over 200 PA’s is a pretty big deal.
          The Lake stats above don’t seem to speak as loudly.

          • Dr. Leroy Quackenbush

            Good stuff JT. What are your thoughts about Olt. Is he Mark Reynolds part deux? I would like to see what we have with Olt.

  • ruby2626

    Borbon good arm, I think not. Anyone remember the inning he had against the Reds a couple months back. Fly to right well in front of the warning track and 3 runners tag and take a base. An out later there’s a fly to short right and his throw home bounced even with the first base bag. After that game I got on here and called him a Juan Pierre clone in the field with that pus arm. Never saw so many guys tag up and go to 2nd on flys to CF than when Pierre was here.

  • Rio

    Did Corey black start tonight? How did he do?

    • Kyle

      Three innings, lots of Ks, too many BBs, one guy hit 2 HRs off him. Not good, not bad.

      • Jed Jam Band

        One correction: He went 4 innings. Other than that, Kyle’s spot on. He basically looks like a classic end-of-game reliever. Has electric stuff that works best when in focused bursts.

        • CubsFaninMS

          Looks like he also made an error on a pickoff.

          • Geo

            Anyone on this site who ever sticks up for that alche Henry ever again, I will vehemently cuss out!! Why the f did they keep trey mc nothing in the trade to Tampa for garza over archer???

            • mudge

              I think that alche Henry is a very nice boy.

            • MichiganGoat

              You sir are NO Alche Henry

            • MoneyBoy


  • http://Thekarlinlawfirm.com Brad

    Ughhh back to reality :( so much for 5 days of good baseball

  • CubFan Paul

    No mention of the dime sized strike zone that danced around all night…

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