Your daily family move update (because it’s relevant to the site): the bulk of the move is behind us, but the most critical component as far as you folks are concerned comes this morning. That would be the internet transfer, which could leave me without internet service for a bit today. Fingers crossed that you’ll notice no such thing.
- So, there was a fight last night. Kind of. Edwin Jackson didn’t want to be pulled after just four innings, and Dale Sveum wanted to use a pinch hitter. They argued. Other folks stepped in. It was anticlimactic, as you’d hope intrasquad fights would be. After the game, both Sveum and Jackson deflected questions about the incident, sufficiently downplaying it that all will be forgotten in a day or two. In a season like this one, after a season like the last one, it’s impressive that there haven’t been more blowups. I’m not trying to minimize the argument – it just really seems like a whole lot of nothing. Zambrano versus Barrett this was not.
- Anthony Rizzo is this year’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee for the Cubs. The award recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement, and Rizzo certainly qualifies. His family foundation has been raising funds to fight cancer, and regularly contributes to the community. You can help vote for Rizzo at ChevyBaseball.com, as soon as the voting mechanism is up and in place.
- Dale Sveum really loves the development of Welington Castillo, and sees defensive improvement in Starlin Castro.
- Jay Jaffe writes about the Ex-Cub Factor, and focuses in large part on Matt Garza’s struggles since being dealt to the Rangers.
- Donnie Murphy answers questions over at ESPN. If he played full-time for a season, he thinks he could hit .260ish with 15 to 20 home runs (how’s that for a realistic answer?).
- The Cubs have been involved in 51 one-run games (holy crap!), according to Carrie Muskat, which is tied for the most in the NL, and is the third-most in baseball (dude, that’s a lot of one-run games in baseball this year). The Cubs are 20-31 in those games, but, before you go saying that means they’re so close to being better, remember: really good teams aren’t in a lot of one-run games. They’re frequently winning by two or more runs.