Chronology note: This was put together between games of the Saturday DH. Here's hoping game 2 was as successful as the first.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Jed Hoyer admits the Cubs will have a high strikeout line-up.
- Here's how Jorge Soler became a prime-time player.
- The Cubs aren't in the playoff hunt, but they are fighting for an identity.
- We've been waiting. And waiting. And waiting. But Anthony Rizzo says the future has has arrived for the Cubs.
- In case you missed it, Javier Baez made some comments that raised some eyebrows. He says now they're just waiting for Kris Bryant to arrive.
- Jed "Cold Water" Hoyer said that's not happening -- this season.
- Here's the mind blowing stat behind the debuts of Baez and Soler.
- Manny Ramirez has headed home. Do he and the Cubs have a future together?
From Cubs Den
- This was before the first game Saturday, but it's a less than enthusiastic scouting report on Felix Doubront. I liked the results and how he got stronger, but I agree that he's going to need more differentiation between his pitches long-term. Most everything was coming in between 82-89 miles per hour.
- Jorge Soler's first game brought excitement to the Cubs.
- Some were worried when Soler didn't start the first game of the doubleheader. The Cubs are just being careful with a player who has been nagged by injuries.
- Chris Coghlan is imparting wisdom to the club's high profile rookies.
- Rick Renteria recognizes improvement and effort from Starlin Castro.
- Maybe I missed this earlier. I wasn't aware that Justin Ruggiano was going to be done for the season.
- The Cubs will start their homestand on Monday with a tribute to the Jackie Robinson West LLWS team.
- Theo Epstein says the money is there for the Cubs to spend.
- From the "obviously" file, Jorge Soler is excited to be in the big leagues.
- Among five things that were learned in baseball on Friday was that the young Cubs are on the prowl.
- September will provide an expanded audition for the 2015 starting rotation.
- Kyle Schwarber and Victor Caratini are catching on just fine. Nice write-up, though it is behind their registration wall.
- Jorge Soler started his career with a bang.
- VIDEO: Rick Renteria talks about why Friday's win was an important one.
- The Cubs are fine with the "soft" handling of Starlin Castro.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- VIDEO: Jorge Soler is feeling happy and comfortable.
- And while Soler has a blast, Kris Bryant is waiting his turn.
- Football days are long forgotten for Matt Szczur.
- Gordo wonders when the Cubs' business side will catch up to the baseball side.
- Theo Epstein says MLB should take note of the methods used by Jackie Robinson West.
From the Daily Herald
- H/T to Dan... this Fangraphs' podcast gushes over Cub prospects (don't worry about the Rockies part in the title).
- And here's a breakdown of Javier Baez' match-up with Cincinnati Reds' flamethrower Aroldis Chapman.
- From our SBN partners at Fish Stripes, we get a Marlins' perspective on a potential Giancarlo Stanton trade.
Today's food for thought