September is usually a busy roster month and the Cubs are doing nothing to dispel the notion. Two moves of note today, first, the Cubs purchased the contract of Chang-Yong Lim and DFA’d Michael Bowden. Lim is intriguing, the 37-year-old right-handed pitcher was signed this off-season as he was rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery. All that Lim has done since getting back on the mound is dominate, and has done so while pitching at four different levels this year. His most recent stop was at Triple A Iowa where he had an ERA of 0.79 in eleven appearances.
The second move of the day could end up being a big one. There were whispers that once the Red Sox cut Daniel Bard the Cubs would be front-runners to claim him, and they did. This season has been a disaster for Bard, think Rick Ankiel disaster, as Bard can’t find the plate. Bard tossed 6.1 innings in the minors this year and threw ten wild pitches and walked twenty-three, yes both numbers are correct. The Cubs don’t want that Bard, they want the Bard that was considered to be one of the best bullpen arms in baseball in 2010, and 2011. In 2010 Bard worked 74.2 innings while posting a 1.93 ERA, and in 2011 Bard worked 73 innings with a 3.33 ERA. If Bard can find that magic once again this could be a huge deal for the Cubs as they might have acquired the best set up man in baseball for nothing, well they had to DFA Cole Gillespie to make room, so Bard for Gillespie, I’ll take that chance.
It’s all come down to this, one game remains after Anthony Rizzo launched a solo home run in the first inning today to extend the no-hit streak! Only four contestants remain as there are only three points remaining, no it becomes strategy, the obvious pick might not be the smart ones for the guys in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The standings are below, only the players that have a shot at the title are shown, best of luck guys. Be on the lookout for a message from @Cubsnohitstreak for how to submit your final pick.
Darwin Barney broke up the no-hitter against Kershaw in the first inning….hahaha, bet you never thought you would see that sentence. Only a handful of contestants remain as there are only nine total points remaining, time to get creative with your picks guys, and girls. @chicagosports91 extended his lead to three points last night, but it still up for grabs, get your picks in for today’s afternoon affair. Good luck, and go Cubs!
It hasn’t happened a lot (it will next year) but Starlin Castro lead off the game last night to give a few lucky people who still have faith in him three points. The race is tight, only 12 total possible points remaining (4 games), so if you are outside of that you are no longer on the standings, but thanks for playing! Here are the remaining contestants, good luck boys and girls!
Only one week remains in the Cubs no hit streak contest, and things are close at the top of the standings. Anthony Rizzo kept the streak alive yesterday, about six hours before the game actually ended, that was …. fun. See below for the full standings and make sure you get your picks in this week to make a late charge. Good luck!
Per Danny Knobler, David DeJesus has been traded to the Nationals for a player to be named later. The Nationals are in town for a four game series, guess David will just walk across the infield and into their dugout, no word yet on the PTBNL. Wishing you the best Dave, and Kim. The Nationals actually claimed DeJesus off of waivers then the two teams came to terms on a deal. The Cubs are going to save roughly $2.5 million in this deal ($1 million in salary, $1.5 million in buyout), and Ryan Sweeney is close to coming off the DL. Brian Bogusevic is coming off the DL today, and he will be taking the roster spot vacated by DeJesus.
Junior Lake owns the no hit streak contest, as you can tell by the graphic above. Yesterday he came through again in the first inning to reward the players that picked him. What is “inner-sting” as Keith Moreland would say, is that a lot of people that normally pick Lake went a different direction yesterday, oops. Full standings below, get your picks in today we only have 12 days left!