With the draft completed, I’m back on the road today, headed to Chicago for the weekend series against the Reds. If you’re going to be around Wrigley Field before and during tonight’s game, keep your eyes on Twitter if you’d like to meet up – I’ll make sure to let folks know where I’m headed. For most of the game, of course, you’ll be able to find me in right field BECAUSE THE RIGHT FIELD BLEACHERS OPEN TODAY!
It was almost as intolerable as waiting on the arrival of a top prospect, but, at long last, the day is here. All of the bleachers are open for seating. Some of the amenities will still take another month or so to come online, but I can head down to my preferred spot in the lower right field corner and enjoy a game with whoever happens to sit in that area.
- Cubs players are ready for the full bleacher experience, too (Cubs.com, Tribune). Justify their excitement, folks.
- Yesterday’s blowout win put the Cubs back into positive run differential territory, and the measures of their underlying performance at BP say that this 31-26 team should be … 31-26. Fair is fair.
- Speaking of BP, there’s a massive DRA (their new, comprehensive pitching statistic) update worth perusing. I have a feeling adoption on DRA is going to take some time, but will eventually come. So you can be at the vanguard by apprising yourself of the particulars now.
- The Cubs and Joe Maddon are feeling good coming back to Wrigley with a hint of momentum (CSN).
- No discussion yet on when Jorge Soler (ankle) could go out on a rehab assignment (ESPN). Soler is eligible to return from the DL on June 18, which is just a week away. If he was going to come back by then, though, I’ve got to believe a rehab assignment at least would have been discussed by now. That was always an exceedingly optimistic timeline for an ankle sprain (especially on a guy with previous leg issues), so I wouldn’t look for Soler to actually go on a rehab stint until next weekend, at the very earliest. Hopefully the Cubs can keep getting production from Chris Denorfia and Junior Lake in the interim. (I just got sad about Javier Baez’s broken finger again.)
- Rian Watt on the Cubs’ changing evaluative priorities.
- The full run-down on Day Three of the draft is here, from yesterday.
- The latest MLBits last night, if you missed them, included two very important injury updates for the Cardinals on Matt Holliday and Lance Lynn.
- The other thing you may have missed last night amid the flurry of other stuff is the specific rumor tying the Cubs to the Phillies in trade talks about Jonathan Papelbon.
- This is especially true in this picture:
Pointed out in the BN comments. Cubs 11th round pick Matt Rose looks a good deal like Kris Bryant pic.twitter.com/deBwyV4tRf
— FullCountTommy (@FullCountTommy) June 10, 2015