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Cubs “Close” to Dealing Bonifacio

The Cubs are going to trade Emilio Bonifacio.  Per the reports, that may come way sooner than later, as multiple sources around the Cubs have said that a deal is very close.

The Orioles, Giants, Royals, Reds, and Mariners have been tied to Bonifacio as recently as this past week.  If I had to guess, I think Bonifacio will be dealt to the Orioles, stay tuned.  The Cubs signed Bonifacio rather close to the start of the 2014 season, and has provided all sorts of value all over the field.  If the Cubs can turn Bonifacio into something tangible moving forward that would be a big win for the organization.

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Hammel Time as Cubs Outlast Pirates

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Two games into his Cubs career, Jason Hammel is 2-0, both wins coming against the NL Central rival Pirates.  Hammel was brilliant once again, as he worked seven strong innings, giving up three runs on three hits (all solo HR’s, more on that later), while walking one, and striking Olt Hr 4-9-14out six.  Pedro Strop made things interesting in the ninth as he gave up two more solo home runs to make things closer than they needed to be.  The Pirates had six hits tonight, five of which left the ballpark, and the Cubs still won, baseball.

More good signs from the Cubs offense in this one as well, the Cubs scored seven times on fourteen hits in the win.  (Insert Emilio Bonifacio had two hits sentence).  Anthony Rizzo is scorching hot right now, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .375 on the season.  Mike Olt, finally getting a start, responded in a big way, he went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Same goes for Junior Lake, as he went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

Tomorrow should be a dandy, as Travis Wood battles Gerrit Cole in the rubber game.

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Game Highlights:

Ruggiano’s RBI Double
Tremendous play by Castro
Mike Olt’s big two-run HR
Junior Lake goes back-to-back with Olt

** PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN KERSEY/GETTY IMAGES

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Cubs Battle Back Twice, Still Fall Short

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Such a tough evening, on one hand you have to be thrilled with the Cubs coming back two different times in this one, on the other, throw strikes!!!  The Cubs offense was up to the task tonight, but the pitching was dreadful, it started with Edwin Jackson, and ended with Pedro Strop, and James Russell.

Edwin Jackson “walked” away with a no decision in this one, and probably deserved worse.  Jackson worked 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, while Castro 4-8-14walking four (yuck), and striking out four.  Pedro Strop, who got the loss, worked a third of an inning, giving up one run, while walking two, and striking out one.  The issue in this one was James Russell coming on and failing to do his job against Pedro Alvarez, he walked Alvarez to load the bases and Russel Martin delivered a game winning sac-fly.

Starlin Castro!  What a night from Castro, he was 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI’s, and two runs scored.  It was Castro’s first time hitting two home runs in a major league game, it was awesome to see, Castro is now hitting .310 on the season, look at that.  Emilio Bonifacio continues to get hits, almost every time up to the plate, he was 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Anthony Rizzo is also going well at the plate right now, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and  a run scored in the loss.

I’ll leave you with this… STOP BUNTING!  Goodnight.

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Game Highlights:

Bonifacio’s RBI Single
Castro with a Three-Run Bomb!
Castro Goes Deep Again!
Rizzo RBI single
Renteria gets ejected 

** PHOTO CREDIT:  ANDREW NELLES/AP

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Bats Cold as Cubs Open Wrigley with a Loss

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It was a day where all you had to do was “get the ball in the air, and it would go” — the problem with that is you Castillo Picture 4-4-14actually have to, you know, hit the ball.  That’s the one part of the equation the Cubs haven’t figured out yet this season.  Anyone that follows this team religiously, like I do, knew that scoring runs would be difficult for this group, but yikes.  Today’s hard to look at numbers?  Two runs on three hits, that’s it, three hits today for our boys in blue.

With the lack of scoring comes the increased pressure on the pitching to not make a mistake, because one run could be it.  Travis Wood pitched just fine today given the howling out wind, but made a few too many mistakes, and took the loss.  The Cubs pen was also a little ragged as well, both Wesley Wright, and Brian Schlitter gave up runs to make the final score a little more ugly.  Good news friends, it’s early, I think that’s a good thing.

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Game Highlights

Travis Wood’s Outing
Castillo’s Long Home Run
Castro’s RBI Single
Bonifacio Makes a Tough Catch

* Photo Credit – Andrew Nelles/AP

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Hammel Gets Cubs into Win Column with a Gem

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One job for Jason Hammel today, go deep into the game and save the bullpen after last nights marathon, job well done.  Hammel worked 6.2 innings giving up one run on just two hits while walking one, and striking out five to earn his first victory as a member of the Cubs.

The Cubs offense continued to sputter along in this one, but they were able to push across single runs in each of the first three innings.  Emilio Bonifacio, the every man, went 2-for-4 with a double , and two runs scored, his average dropped to .688 on the season, yeah.  Mike Olt showed why he should be the every day third baseman as he drilled his first Major League home run in the second inning, an opposite field job that just got out.  As a whole the Cubs offense is still struggling, but they were 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position today, a step in the right direction.  The pitching on the other hand has been nothing short of brilliant, and today was no exception.  With Jose Veras unavailable today, Pedro Strop shut the door in the ninth for his first  save of the season, a much needed victory.

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Jason Hammel goes 6.2 strong innings
Mike Olt’s First ML Home Run
Strop makes the catch, almost kills Baker
Strop turns two to win it!

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Cubs Come Up Empty in Opener

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  The Cubs did some good things today, getting hits with runners in scoring position was not one of them.  But about those good things, the Cubs pitching was stellar, and their defense was just as good.  Jeff Samardzija loves facing the Pirates, especially in Pittsburgh, one year 3-31-14 pictureafter going eight scoreless against the Buccos, he went seven scoreless but settled for a no decision.  Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, and James Russell all did their job out of the bullpen, Carlos Villanueva, not so much.  Villanueva faced one batter, and that was it, Neil Walker blasted a walk-off home run to move the Cubs to 0-1 on the young season.

The Cubs struggles were front and center at the plate as they went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, yikes.  They also struck out a lot, eleven times to be exact as they were baffled by Francisco Liriano all day long.  I did like the Cubs approach today though, as they worked deep counts and were able to get to the Pirates pen by the 7th inning, it just didn’t work out.  Emilio Bonifacio had a big day at the plate in his debut as he went 4-for-5 with a double, the Cubs as a whole only had six hits in the loss.

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Highlights:

Great DP by Castro
Bonifacio with a lead-off double in the 8th
Neil Walker, walks off to beat the Cubs

* Photo credit: GENE PUSKAR/AP

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Wood Dazzles, But Cubs Fall to Indians

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The Cubs did a lot of things well today, hitting with runners in scoring position was not one of them.  The Cubs registered nine hits, took five walks, but were a paltry 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and left eleven men on base.  Solid performances up and down the Cubs pitching staff as well, only allowing one run on four hits.

At the Plate:

  • Emilio Bonifacio did well out of the lead off spot today going 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base.
  • Anthony Rizzo has had a hot start to the spring, he continued that today as he went 2-for-3 with two singles.  Rizzo is now five for his last seven, and is hitting .500 in Cactus League play.
  • Mike Olt, Logan Watkins, Albert Almora, and Darwin Barney all had one hit in the loss.  Almora got the start in center, and Olt started at third, both went 1-for-3.

On the Mound:

  • Travis Wood was brilliant today, much like he was all of last year.  Wood worked three scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • Justin Grimm took the loss as he struggled a bit in the inning he worked.  Grimm gave up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Hector Rondon, Chang-Yong Lim, Marcus Hatley, and Tommy Hottovy combined to work four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit while walking one, and striking out three (each pitcher tossed one inning).

 

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Marlins and Blue Jays Blockbuster

A huge trade appears to be in the works, but we all know how quick things can change.  Toronto is obviously going for it as they are rumored to have acquired Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerlhe, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck from the Miami Marlins.  The Marlins will receive SS Yunel Escobar, pitchers Henderson Alvarez and Justin Nicolino, INF Adeiny Hechavarria, and OF Jake Marisnick.  The Marlins, who spent like crazy last winter have blown their team up and are beginning to stock pile young talent throughout their system.  Marisnick, Nicolino, and Hechavarria were all in the Blue Jays top 10 prospects at number two, five, and seven respectively.  Alvarez is a nice young arm that they can put in their rotation right now, and Escobar has always had talent, but has had some issues both on the field and off during his career.  The Marlins have virtually erased 2011 off-season moving Reyes and Buerhle in this deal.  As you recall they have already moved Heath Bell and have fired Ozzie Guillen.  If any more details come out we will let you know.

UPDATE:  The Marlins will also receive C Jeff Mathis and RHP Anthony DeSclafani.  Toronto will receive $4 million from the Marlins.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

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