June 29, 2021 Morning Edition: Cubs News Roundup
This is your Cubs News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of June 29, 2021.
““And the reality of it is a ton of people are going to ask … He’s probably the most coveted trade chip I’ve seen, because every team that’s in it needs him.” More from Cubbies Crib Chicago Cubs: Without improved discipline, Javier Baez is doomed Chicago Cubs Minors: Miguel Amaya has become an on-base machine This Date in Chicago Cubs History: Joe Tinker steals home twice Chicago Cubs: Team’s most glaring weaknesses on display in Dodgers series This Date in Chicago Cubs History: Kris Bryant collects 5 extra-base hits The 36-year-old three-time Cy Young winner is, once again, his usual dominant self thus far in 2021. Chicago Cubs need more than just Max Scherzer to be World Series contenders Even if Chicago went all-in and traded for Max Scherzer, the sad truth is this. The Chicago Cubs need an ace. Max Scherzer has been the most oft-mentioned potential trade target to this point.”
“The 2021 season hasn’t gone as the Cubs expected after trading away their ace and listening to offers on several other highly regarded players over the winter. Trading Yu Darvish, non-tendering Kyle Schwarber and generally avoiding any additions until some bargain pickups late in the winter, the Cubs appeared ticketed for a transition year. With…”
“”He’s been so good for us,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “I’d take that gamble every day of the week,” Ross said. “It was a good baseball game right up there until the end,” Ross said. And perhaps the highlight of the drama-filled contest came in the seventh, when Joc Pederson was thrown out at third while trying to hustle there from first on a Happ double.”
“(Last updated: June 28) LHP Justin Steele (right hamstring strain) Expected return: Early July Steele threw 13 pitches (seven strikes) in one inning in his first Minor League rehab outing with Triple-A Iowa on June 27. The lefty allowed one home run, but manager David Ross said the reliever reached 95 mph in an appearance full of “good signs.” (Last updated: June 28) 3B Matt Duffy (lower back strain) Expected return: July Duffy has resumed baseball activities and said during a recent trip to Los Angeles with the Cubs that he “feels better than before” he landed on the IL on May 25. (Last updated: June 28) RHP Trevor Williams (appendectomy) Expected return: Second half Williams worked two shutout innings in his first Minor League rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on June 27. Rizzo was out of the starting lineup on June 28, but was receiving treatment and could be available off the bench. (Last updated: June 28) 10-day IL 2B Nico Hoerner (left hamstring strain) Expected return: Early July Hoerner went 1-for-2 and manned second base in his first Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Iowa on June 27.”
“You hit the ball hard. You throw the ball hard. And sometimes, the ball is hit with such force that you can’t help but ask yourself, “Just how hard was that thing hit?!” Thanks to Statcast, we now know the exit velocity of each ball hit across the big leagues each day, no matter if it’s a squeaker or a towering homer. Baseball has always been a simple game.”