We crossed the threshold for stuff happening this weekend to merit a weekend update post for those who checked out on Friday. This is that post.
Friday, August 22
- Later on Friday, we talked about an international scouting change that could have negative consequences for the Cubs – and they are reportedly none too happy about it.
- The Cubs started their series against the Orioles with a win, and Jake Arrieta was all kinds of dominant against his former team.
Saturday, August 23
- Everybody’s favorite: lots of Cubs and Cubs prospects hitting homers and me writing about how awesome they’ve been this season/lately.
- The Iowa Cubs are fading hard down the stretch, which could mean earlier September call-ups.
- Staffing decisions, inclement weather, tarp malfunctions, and … Obamacare?
- The Cubs announced that, indeed, it will be Jacob Turner taking Edwin Jackson’s spot in the rotation while the latter is on the DL with a lat strain.
- And the Cubs took game two from the Orioles in rain-delayed, but convincing fashion.
Sunday, August 24
- Even MORE homers and great plays from Cubs players and prospects.
- The obligatory standings discussion, as the Cubs’ winning ways have pushed them up into 6th/7th place if you’re counting backwards.
- Luke checked in on the minor league playoff races, and, outside of the very highest and lowest levels, things are looking pretty good.
- The Cubs activated Brian Schlitter and immediately optioned him to AAA Iowa.
- Bam. The Cubs completed the sweep of the Orioles behind another former Oriole’s dominant outing (this time, Tsuyoshi Wada).