If you checked out for the long holiday weekend, you missed plenty of ups and downs in the Cubs’ world …
Friday, July 1
- The Trade Deadline Blogathon is coming! Please check out the details of how you can make it happen.
- One of the best-timed check-ins, Luke looked at Jeimer Candelario just two days before he was promoted.
- The trial and error nature of building a bullpen in July and early July.
- Theo Epstein spoke at length about what the Cubs may or may not do this trade season, and what they won’t do with Kyle Schwarber.
- Ups and downs for the Cubs lately, but their playoff odds are still incredibly strong.
- In news from around the league, the Boston Red Sox got hammered for trying to get around the IFA rules.
- In a rainy mess of a game, the Cubs got whooped by the Mets.
Saturday, July 2
- Luke looked at how the Cubs’ organizational pitching is stacking up to others across baseball.
- Bullets on Jason Hammel’s struggles and Jake Arrieta’s mechanics, among other things.
- The new IFA period opened up on Saturday, but nothing’s been happening as far as the Cubs are concerned.
- Jon Lester was named the NL’s Pitcher of the Month for June. Not sure he’ll repeat in July.
- We checked in on the Cubs’ trio of hamstring injuries – Jorge Soler, Dexter Fowler, and Tommy La Stella.
- Although he’s had some issues on the mound, Jake Arrieta is the best hitting pitcher in baseball by faaaaar.
- The Cubs couldn’t come back against the Mets and lost another 4-3 game.
Sunday, July 3
- The Cubs have several first place teams in the farm system.
- More talk about Jake Arrieta’s mechanics and adjustments, among other Sunday Bullets.
- Another Cubs prospect got the call to the big league team: Jeimer Candelario was promoted, as Chris Coghlan hit the DL.
- The Cubs were drubbed by the Mets to end a four-game sweep. Woof.
- At least the game included some fun, including Candelario’s first hit, Willson Contreras homering, and Miguel Montero pitching.
Monday, July 4
- When the time comes for the next big league debut, Luke wondered which youngster it could be.
- With the Cubs coming back to Wrigley, it was time to truly turn the page on the ugly series in New York.
- The rumor of the weekend was the Cubs, among other teams, checking out A’s starting pitcher Rich Hill.
- The Cubs celebrated the holiday by beating the Reds 10-4, including this long homer from Kris Bryant, who sure does love homering on Independence Day.
- But then Bryant gave everyone a scare when he left the game after a collision in the outfield with Albert Almora. It sounds like Bryant will be OK.